Lunch with friends


How are you today? Mine was a good day. I got a lot of work done, which is kind of funny. The reason I say that is not because of the actual work, but because my morning routine has changed a lot lately concerning it. For a while now I have been stressing about the tasks and projects that are on my plate. And usually I would be filled with a bit of dread that I might get them done. But I always do, and things work out. So nowadays, I wake up, think about work, but the thoughts are not filled with stress about how am I going to manage, but rather wondering in what way I will end up managing things. I have confidence that things will get done, but I am curious to see how I will actually do them. Like I am two people, and one is sitting back watching the other. Strange, isn’t it? But it’s also fun and fascinating.

But there is some sad news at work too. A coworker who I have worked with for 7 or 8 years is leaving. She found a different job with better growth potential. So while we are all sad to see her go, we are happy for her too. Today’s photo was taken at a local pizza joint, where we took her out for lunch. I made an Instax print of the photo for her, and my friend and I wrote a short good luck message on it.

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

I hope you had a great Thursday! The work week is almost over and the weekend is near!



At home and Instax

Hi everyone! How are you this evening, morning, or afternoon? I’m doing well, although my back hurts a little bit. Luckily it is not serious, and not one of those inner muscles. So I think a good night’s rest will set things back in order. 😊

"Kasumi Arimura Instax" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Kasumi Arimura Instax” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

I’ve been going a little crazy printing out from the Instax SP-1 lately. I’ve gone through my Flickr photos a bit and selected a bunch to print out – I have 22 photos in the queue! It’s so fun to fill up the album. I don’t have one specific subject to print out… I print all kinds. From family photos, pet photos, landscapes, black & white, you name it! I also print out photos of my favorite celebrities such as the one above of Kasumi Arimura. I watched the movie “Flying Colors” and enjoyed it quite a bit, and also thought she was great in “Amachan”. So, why not make an Instax print? The photo is now a bookmark for one of the many books I am currently reading (and never seem to finish).

My Instax album can hold 108 photos and I think I have printed about 50 so far, giving away 10 or so. It’s funny that this little printer and the photos it produces has been so fun. I am still trying to figure out exactly what the appeal is and how it fits in with my photography hobby. Maybe I shouldn’t think about it too hard and just enjoy the experience?

Well, I hope your Wednesday was enjoyable!



Chilly mornings


Today was chilly again especially in the morning. I mentioned yesterday that my windshield was icy, and today was almost as cold so the car iced up again. ❄️ I thought I would take a photo of it to share… this time it didn’t take too long for it to melt (maybe only 3 minutes). The past couple days I have been parking backwards on the driveway so that when I leave in the morning, I can just drive straight out. I think this change of angle has made it easier for the windshield to freeze.

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

This evening, Bay and I went to the theater to see “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”. 🎥 It was a special one-time movie event and the theater was very full. The girl who collected the tickets said there were only 20 seats left unsold! I was wondering how many people would actually go to the event and was pleasantly surprised at the turn-out. Plus, everyone was a Sherlock fan, so the vibe was really good. Before the show started, there was a bunch of Sherlock trivia on screen which was pretty fun. Bay got more answers correct than I did which is not surprising!

"Sherlock Special" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/300 sec, ISO25600
“Sherlock Special” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

Oh, we got tickets to see Star Wars again for Saturday! I can’t wait. 😆

Hope you had a wonderful day!


Back to work


How was your Monday? For me, it was “back to work” and I was sort of dreading it. But, I actually enjoyed it and got a lot of work done! 😃

Today’s photo is of the laptop where I write my daily (mainly nightly) blog post. In fact, I am typing on that laptop right now. The table is pretty low, and I am sitting on the carpet, which is nice because our cat Miki 🐱 can lean up on me and act as a little heater. Convenient, huh?

"Laptop Station" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/80 sec, ISO6400
“Laptop Station” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

This morning was so cold outside (for Texas) that my minivan had ice on the windshield. 🚐❄️ I didn’t think it was so bad, but it didn’t clear up quickly, so I had to pull over and let the heater melt the ice on the windshield. Fun fun fun!

It’s another chilly evening so I am thankful to have Miki here. Please stay warm wherever you may be!



End of the Weekend Ride


How’s it going? Did you have a nice first weekend of 2016?

I’m sad to see the long weekend (and holiday-time) come to an end. Honestly, I am not looking forward to work… but I am sure I am not alone on that one!  😜 Today was another relaxing day spent at home with the family, but I did get out to ride my motorcycle for a little while this afternoon. It was a lot of fun, even if I only had a short while to ride.

Now that it is the new year, I should do some maintenance on the bike, including changing the brake fluid and engine oil. I also should replace a couple of the dashboard bulbs that have burnt out. All-in-all, my motorcycle has been super-reliable and one of the highlights of my life. Every time I go for a ride, I’ve had fun. It’s a real sense of freedom, riding a motorbike! I highly recommend it. 👍

By the way, I have another blog devoted to riding my motorbike, although I haven’t updated it since last year. But please take a look if you are interested!

"Filling Up" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: Motorola XT1064, 3.54mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO80
“Filling Up” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.