As you can see in the photo above, we were at the baseball fields. Koa’s new team (The Rockies) had its first game, and it was super chilly out. The kids wore undershirts but of course they were still cold. I even had extra clothes on (a sweater, two jackets, thermal leggings under my jeans, a scarf, and a lined ski cap) and I was freezing!!!
But the game itself was fun and Koa did well. ⚾️ That is him pitching in the photo and he didn’t give up any earned runs. He came into the game as a relief pitcher, with the bases loaded and got out of the inning only giving up one run (on a throwing error). I was so proud! 👍
I am glad that Koa likes to pitch and can go up in the spotlight and do well. I know it can be nerve-wracking! I used to pitch in little league as well, and I don’t really remember much of it, although I think I was pretty good. So I guess pitching runs in the family.
I am finally starting to warm up and I think it’s time to hop into the cozy bed. Talk again tomorrow!
Wow, today was such a windy and chilly day here in central Texas. When I left the office, it was in the 40s and my car was getting blown around the lane on the drive home. Not fun. Plus, I drive a Honda Odyssey and that car is like a giant sail.
Once again, I had a busy day at work. But this week, I’ve been using a tool to track the time I spend on each task. It’s called Toggl and it is a free web app which is super-easy to use and has some great features. I know that I am pretty much constantly working throughout the day, but couldn’t recall exactly what I spent my time on. But with Toggl I can easily start a task, giving it a name and associating it to a project or category. It starts a timer and keeps it going until I either click stop, or switch tasks, in which case I just enter in the new task name and it will start timing the new work task (while saving the old task). If I switch back to a task I was doing earlier in the day (or any previous time actually), I can click that task in the timeline and Toggl will start the timing the task using the old settings (name and project). It is so easy!
I can also see a running count of how long I have worked that day, and there are some simple reports to view everything in easy charts or tables. Surprisingly, I spend a lot of my day scoping out tasks and emailing… today I spent over 1.5 hours doing those two things! I’ve found that I use Toggle constantly now… the only time I hit the stop button is when I take a break or go to lunch. Otherwise, I am either working on a task, or switch over to task scoping, or email, or if I have to go into a meeting, I will also track that. It’s actually very interesting!
Okay, enough about work stuff.
So, today’s photo is completely about recreation. It’s another photo of the Pinky:st character, Maki. I think it’s a cool figurine! I have also been tweaking the black and white settings on my X100T, and now I am pretty much set on using the Yellow filter, with +1 to both highlights and shadows, and +2 to sharpness. It gives a nice contrasty look, but the skin tones are still natural-toned. I like it.
Well, it looks like it will be cold overnight here. I will put an extra blanket on. Take care and stay warm!
Today for me was pretty good. I am so busy at work, but I did get a lot accomplished today and I am feeling good about the rest of the week. Yes, it’s still early on I know!
Anyways, today is National Cat Day in Japan and I’ve been seeing a lot of cat photos in my Instagram feed. This is the first time in 19 years that we haven’t had a cat in the family… I miss Miki a bunch. When I typed my nightly blog posts, she would usually keep me company. But I know she was loved and felt loved so I am happy to have had shared the time with her.
Today’s photo is of our little Hinamatsuri display that is in our house. Mariko put it on display last week and we’ll keep it on the table until after Hinamatsuri is over. I think this display is pretty cute. It’s a compact version of the more elaborate displays that many Japanese families have but I like it a lot.
Well, I just had a big yawn so that means I should get ready for bed. I want to sketch a little bit tonight too… I have my sketchpad and pencil in my bag and I want to start up again with the art! It gets me thinking about if I can do photography and freehand art at the same time. You know, splitting the creativity… will I run out of the creative spirit? I guess there’s only one way to find out! Onward and upward!
こんばんは！Good evening! How was your Sunday? Mine was great!
Today I woke up early, made some coffee, and started working on a little drawing on the computer while everyone else was still asleep. It was a lot of fun! It brought back so many memories of using my old Wacom Art Z II tablet. The picture I am working on is kind of a funeral scene in the winter snow… a little morose I guess, but it just turned out that way. I am re-learning how to use the tools and trying to improve my drawing skills. And of course, practice is important with everything! I’m not sure how far I will take this particular image, but it’s a start at least. So nice to get back into this kind of art!
You know, I have been into photography now for a long time and I haven’t really done any other art since my 20s. I guess my interests changed over time, but it’s funny… it can change again. Maybe I will do more computer art! It’s a lot of fun and there is a lot of freedom in it… much more than photography. I wonder as I do more drawing and painting with the computer, what my thoughts will be… how will it be different now that I am in my forties as opposed to when I was in my twenties. I’m excited to find out! (And how will I think about photography in my 60s? and so on…) ❓
Well, it’s time to get some rest so that I can have a good Monday. I hope you have a nice day!
Today we bought something pretty cool – a Wacom Intuos Art tablet. Bay has been wanting to use a good tablet stylus to do art on the computer and our current tablets don’t have the hardware necessary to use the good styli. So instead of investing in an iPad Pro or Surface Pro, we got the Wacom. I used to have a massive 12×12″ ArtZ II Wacom tablet a long time ago and enjoyed using it with Painter 5, but I sold that tablet when we moved in 2000. Although I liked it, that size just took up too much deskspace. The new Intuos we got is the small version, and it’s a nice size for drawing, and the price was good as well: $99. I figured we shouldn’t spend a lot for a tablet that may or may not get much use.
Besides Bay, I have wanted to try a tablet out with Lightroom, and Mariko said she’d also like to create some art with a tablet. So, I gave it a go for a few minutes in Lightroom tonight and it was a nice experience! Especially with using the Adjustment Brush. The pressure sensitivity is really precise and it is easy to add subtle effects. I think I am going to enjoy using it!
Today’s photo is of the Baby’s Breath flowers that I used to make the Valentines bouquet last week. I think they look pretty cool in close-up.
It’s getting late, so I will say goodnight! おやすみなさい！