New Phone (Motorola Moto G6)

"Moto G6 and Case" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Moto G6 and Case” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I replaced my old phone, a Motorola Moto G4, with a new one. I went with the latest in the Moto G line, the Motorola Moto G6, which was on sale at Costco for a nice price of just $189, unlocked. Three and a half years ago, I bought the Moto G4 for $179, so it’s keeping with the tradition of a nicely-priced mid-range (some would say “budget”) phone. I just can’t see myself spending a ton of money on a phone, even though I know they are huge parts of our lives.

"Old and New" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Old and New” Cedar Park, 2018

As you can see from the photo above, the size is about the same, but the screen is slightly taller, and better quality. I ordered another wallet-style case since that is what I prefer – having my drivers license, main credit cards, and a bit of cash with my phone simplifies things for me. I just grab that, my keys, and my camera and I am ready to go! Plus the wallet-case is nice protection for my phone. I don’t need a screen protector for the phone… my G4 doesn’t have any scratches on it. It looks brand new! So hopefully I can sell it for a decent price.

Moving my data from the old phone to the new one was really easy, and only took about 20 minutes. Almost all my old apps were downloaded and installed automatically and settings came across as well. Plus using Lastpass made logging into everything painless. I highly recommend using a password manager!

"Transfer" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO500
“Transfer” Cedar Park, 2018

Once everything was installed, I decided to use a different launcher instead of the Motorola Launcher. I mainly don’t like how the folders look with the Motorola version, with the tiny app icons stuffed inside. I went with Nova Launcher, which I used to use with my old Samsung Galaxy S3 several years ago, and since I actually bought the “Prime” version for the S3, it was still available for installation even for the new phone! With Nova Launcher, I now have the extra customization options to change the icons. So far here is what my phone screen looks like. Nice and tidy:

"Tidy" Cedar Park, 2018
“Tidy” Cedar Park, 2018

The folders on the bottom row are (from left to right) chat/messaging/phone, maps/location, music, Instagram/photo-related, and fun stuff like games/Kindle/Netflix. I like the simple look with beautiful illustration as background.

I’m enjoying the speed boost that comes with the upgrade to the Motorola Moto G6. And I am very happy that I was able to get a good deal on a solid phone. 😊

I hope you had a nice day!


Beaujolais Day

"Beaujolais Day" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Beaujolais Day” Cedar Park, 2018

Yes, today we opened a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau to enjoy with dinner. It’s nice to celebrate Beaujolais Day, which is on the third Thursday of November! The wine is fruity and light, and while I prefer a cabernet or pinot noir, this fresh wine is enjoyable and fun. I look forward to it every year. 😆

I hope you had a nice day!

Wordless Wednesday

"Two More" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Two More” Cedar Park, 2018
"Old Grinder" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/35 sec, ISO3200
“Old Grinder” Cedar Park, 2018

Cat Hijinx

"Soaking Mouse" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/18 sec, ISO3200
“Soaking Mouse” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight’s photo is of Lani’s water bowl and the cat toy that often finds its way into it. We’ve actually never seen either of the cats put it in the bowl, but we know it’s one (or both) of them that do it because the mouse sometimes is in their own bowl, which is up on top of a counter that Lani cannot get to.

Cats are so sneaky. 😼


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!


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

Ink and Water

"Ink and Water" Cedar Park, 2018
“Ink and Water” Cedar Park, 2018

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Yesterday I was watching some videos about Inktober projects, and one of them featured a cool technique in which you sketch with water-soluble ink using a fountain pen, and then go over with a water brush to add some shading. I don’t have any water brushes yet, so I just used my watercolor brush to give it a try. And I am pleased with the results! It’s really fun, actually.

For these two sketches, I started with pencil, then used my Pilot Metropolitan (M) and Pilot Namiki Blue/Black to draw the lines on watercolor paper. After waiting for the ink to dry, I erased the pencil then used the brush and water to pull the color from the ink.

I like how it turned out, and have ordered a Sailor Fude De Mannen pen and a bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris ink to do more of these types of sketches. I can’t wait!


Back to Basics

"Black Watchbands" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Black Watchbands” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I was checking out some videos about the really cool Orient Triton watch today, when another video was recommended which was all about the Seiko SNK809. It got me interested in trying on the original black watchband that came with my Seiko, and when I replaced the band, I fell in love with it again. As much as I love NATO and ZULU bands, the Seiko SNK809 has a clear display back (so you can see the inner workings of the watch) and it’s a shame to have it covered by the NATO-style watch band. So, I went back to the conventional band and have been enjoying quite a bit.

I also noticed that although I have lots of different color watch bands, I keep going back to plain black. I think it just looks so nice. Simple and clean on the wrist. So, after trying out many bands, I have to say that a plain black nylon/canvas strap is what I like best.

I hope you had a nice day!