A good day

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/20 sec, ISO6400
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hello! How’s it going?

Today was a good day for me. I got so much work done in the morning that the rest of the day just flowed along nicely! I guess this happens quite often, and it’s good that I am a morning person because when I am productive, it sets up the rest of the day to go smoothly. But the day didn’t start out very nicely… I woke up stressed-out about all the things I have to do at work. However, after I went through my morning routine and was fully awake, my workload didn’t seem that crazy and it just got better from there. I notice that a lot of mornings go like this, so when I wake up and am stressed-out, I now realize that it will soon pass and that makes it a lot easier to deal with.

So the day was going well, and then I got a huge boost when Mariko asked what I wanted for dinner, and Oyakodon was one of the choices. So of course I chose that! I think I might have mentioned that Okonomiyaki is my favorite food, but I have to change my mind and say that Oyakodon is my absolute favorite food. It’s what I ask for as my birthday meal, and if I had to choose my last meal on Earth, it would be Oyakodon.

Tonight’s dinner was DELICIOUS!!!

"Oyakodon" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Oyakodon” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

Mariko was surprised when I first told her that I wanted to eat Oyakodon for my birthday, but now I think she has grown used to it. Maybe she thought I was joking at first, but after so many years of always choosing Oyakodon, I must be serious! 😜

Related to food, tonight’s photo (14 of my 365 project) at the top of this post is a cool little metal box of shelves. It holds hashi (chopsticks) rests that Mariko made in her pottery class. I think it’s really neat! 👍

I hope you also had a great day. Let’s have a good Friday as well!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Wednesday

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO250
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing? I am in the middle of a coughing fit, which is something I have been having a lot of lately. Well, not a lot but every few days I get something scratchy in my throat and it causes me to cough for about 10 minutes or so. It’s really annoying! Besides that, I have been feeling a little under-the-weather… I’d say I’m about 85%. Just tired and unmotivated.

But a couple cool things happened today. The first is that Koa went to his first baseball practice of the spring season. ⚾️ This time, the team he is on is probably the highest level he has been on so far. I think Koa likes his new teammates!

"Baseball Practice" USA. Texas. Leander. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Baseball Practice” USA. Texas. Leander. 2016.

I watched the whole practice today, and after the sun set, it got so cold! I was shivering so badly. I hope I am not going to get sick. 😰

The other thing that happened is that I received the two Pinky:st figurines that I ordered! The one below is the character named Reina, in the summer yukata. It’s a special set that includes the bench, watermelon on a plate, bucket of water and fireworks, fan, and an usagi (rabbit) mask. It’s pretty cool!

"Reina" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Reina” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

The second figurine that I received today is Maki, but I’ll take another photo of her in a different setting at a later date.

Today’s photo (it’s photo #12 of my 365 project) is of some frames of the Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart”. My parents bought this for me when they visited Japan several years ago. I think it’s a bookmark, but I just keep it on my work desk. I’m afraid that if I use it as a bookmark, it will get lost in a forgotten book!

Well, I should get some rest now… I hope you have a great Thursday!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Tea and Pizza

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing?

Today was filled with pizza at every turn! 🍕 It was amazing… First off in the pizza odyssey was lunch. I met with a couple friends at a pizza place, where we enjoyed New York style thin-crust pizza. I love that style, but actually, I like just about all kinds of pizza so that might not be saying much! At any rate, I probably ate more than I should have. 😃 After that, I returned to the office, and there in the breakroom were several boxes of pizza! I was so full from lunch that I passed on these slices. But they did tempt me!

Later for dinner, we heated up more leftover pizza that we had previously enjoyed on Valentines Day. I had a half slice only because I was still full from lunch. I thought that it was crazy that there was so much pizza all day, but then I had to go pick up Bay from his school baseball game. And when I picked him up… guess what he was eating? That’s right! PIZZA! 🍕 I couldn’t believe it.

Well, I think I am all pizza’d out for a while. Whew! I think I need to run around the neighborhood and burn off these calories. Seriously.

📷 Today’s photo is of our tea supply at work. At around 2:30 pm myself and a coworker enjoy “tea time”, which is simply getting a nice hot cup to get us through the rest of the day. I usually stick to either Green, Darjeeling, or Chai and I was craving the latter. As you can see from the photo, I was out of luck! (Someone else had written that note on the box) Oh well… hopefully we’ll get more Chai soon. I enjoy that flavor a lot! 🍵

Well, I hope you had a nice Tuesday! The weather here in Austin is in the 80s ☀️ and tomorrow will be the same. It’s really too early in the year for weather like this, isn’t it?

Take care and have a nice day!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Sunburst

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/16, 1/125 sec, ISO320
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing? Have a good Monday? 😌

Today’s photo is of the sun (duh). ☀️ But I wanted to see how a sunburst would look with my camera, so I stopped it down to f/16 and shot directly into the light. I wasn’t expecting to see a ring like that, but I think it’s pretty cool-looking. I don’t know if the filter causes it, or the lens itself. At any rate, I like seeing the sunburst effect in streetlights and other bright areas in night shots. It looks very nice!

Tonight I watched the first episode of a “taiga” drama. This type of tv program is a historical Japanese story, and it airs for a whole year. I haven’t watched a whole series, however, “Yae’s Sakura” is supposed to be really good, and it stars one of my favorite actresses, Ayase Haruka. This show is 50 episodes long, and the first episode was over an hour! But I am pretty sure each subsequent episode is 45 minutes long. I’ll update as the series progresses, but the first episode was pretty good, and it has a pretty amazing cast. So far, so good!

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that I created a flower arrangement for Valentines. Well, here’s the photo of my “masterpiece”! 😜

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO640
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

I think it turned out pretty good for a first effort!

Well, I am off to check my Instagram and read a bit before bed. おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Happy Valentines Day to my hunny! 💕

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hi, how’s it going? Did you have a good Valentines Day?

I mentioned that I was looking forward to sleeping late today, but I forgot that I had to wake up early in order to buy Valentines flowers for my wife. So I was at the store at 7 am but didn’t find a good flower arrangement, so instead I bought roses and baby’s breath and created my own arrangement. It’s the first time in my life that I ever had to do that, but thankfully there are some helpful videos on YouTube that show how to create a decent-looking flower arrangement. I think it turned out pretty good! Sorry, no photos today, but perhaps tomorrow I will post one of my creation.

Happily, my wife liked the flowers. 😃 The rest of the day was spent cleaning the house and relaxing, and then after dinner and chocolate fondue (our Valentines tradition), we watched a movie called “The Walk”. It is about the wire walker who tight-rope walked between the Twin Towers. I thought the movie was enjoyable, but not spectacular. The special effects (recreating the views of the towers and of New York) were pretty amazing, however. That was really cool!

Well, the weekend is just about over, but let’s do our best this week!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto