Just Realizing that Lots of Changes are Coming

"Cluttered Corner" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Cluttered Corner” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

As my oldest son gets closer to graduation, it’s finally dawning on me that he’ll be leaving the house in just five or six months. So that means a lot of things that I’ve done each day for many years will come to an end. For instance, I won’t be making tamago-gohan for him for breakfast anymore. I also won’t be picking him up from school. And the dinner table will have an empty chair. All of these make me a little sad. 😢

But of course I am also excited to see what the future has in store for all of us so I will keep looking ahead with a positive attitude. がんばれ❗️

I hope you had a nice day!

またね〜

Entertainment for the Family

"Lets Bowl!" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/120 sec, ISO6400
“Lets Bowl!” Torrance, 2018

Escape room, bowling, pool, and darts. Plus karaage for dinner, mahjong, and watching Venom on the Chromecast. Fun day!

"Spare?" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Spare?” Torrance, 2018
"Mid-flight" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Mid-flight” Torrance, 2018
"Break" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/70 sec, ISO6400
“Break” Torrance, 2018
"Bowlers" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO6400
“Bowlers” Torrance, 2018

Cold Day + Hot Food

"Spicy Pork Dinner" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Spicy Pork Dinner” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Here in central Texas, the weather turned nasty with rain and chilly temperatures. But the dreary day was neutralized by a delicious, spicy dinner! We had a Korean-style pork dish, spicy eggplant and jalapeño, honey tomatoes, spinach with sesame, and steaming miso soup. The perfect meal to heat you up. 🌶🔥

I hope you had a nice day. Stay warm!

またね~

"Too Cold" Austin, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO100
“Too Cold” Austin, 2018

Sticker on the New Power Bank

"Team Zissou" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO800
“Team Zissou” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。

Today’s photo is of the sticker I put on my new power bank. Do you know what movie that sneaker is from? If you guessed The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou you would be correct!

I bought a new power bank because Bay’s battery went kaput and I gave him my Anker power bank. It was good, but it was too heavy and kind of overkill on my power needs, but perfect for Bay. While I was in China, I found that my Anker pack was just too heavy and bulky, but my Mom’s much smaller power bank was great. So I opted to get a smaller capacity 10,000 mAh Oprout power bank (with enough flat surface space to decorate with sticker) and it suits me fine. If I need to, I can even put it in my jeans pocket.

Anyways, so far so good!

I hope you had a nice day.

またね~

Ukulele Blues

"Morning Ukulele" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/150 sec, ISO200
“Morning Ukulele” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I’ve been practicing ukulele quite a bit lately, but my fretting wrist hurts a lot. I think it’s a combination of two things. First, my wrist when I play ukulele is at an awkward angle and thus causing unnecessary strain on my muscles and other connective bits (tendons?). Secondly, the watchband that I switched to a couple of months ago may have been too tight and restricted movement. It’s odd, but because the watchband is so comfortable I don’t realize that I’ve been wearing it too tightly.

But I really need to work on holding the ukulele in the correct position, with wrist straight and bending my fingertips more. When I use this technique, there’s no pain, but once I go back to bending my wrist a lot, I can feel it hurting.

Anyways, I’ve been learning City of Stars from LA LA LAND, and also Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny. They are both really fun! And I’ve been recording my practices on my phone, but the quality is pretty bad… both my playing and the video. But it’s a fun experience.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

またね~