New Backpack

こんばんは!

How are you doing? I guess I am ok today.

As I have mentioned a couple times in the past, I am a bit crazy for bags, backpacks, and messenger bags. Tonight I was shopping online and came across a great deal on a cool mid-sized backpack. It was on sale, and also I had an REI dividend to use so I got a great price on this JanSport Hatchet Daypack. I love the design! It looks like it will be a nice addition to my small collection of bags. Its 28-liter capacity seems right between my Patagonia Minimass messenger bag and the cavernous 41-liter capacity North Face Router. I like the Router backpack, but it does get huge!

The only thing about the JanSport is that I am not sure exactly what color REI will ship to me. The website says “Grey Tar/ Shade Grey”, but those are actually two different colors. Both look nice to me, but I am hoping that the darker “Grey Tar” is the one I get. It has a bright blue interior which makes finding things easier.

Today was another cold one, with another frozen windshield. The layer of ice this morning was a little thicker than the last one, but still it melted away quickly once I got some warm air coming up from the dashboard.

"Frozen" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/90 sec, ISO6400
“Frozen” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

I think I am ready for some warmer weather already. I am truly a summer person! 😎

Stay warm tonight!

-B

Getting up there

Hello! How was your Monday? Mine was pretty good! I met with a good friend for lunch and we spent a lot of time discussing Star Wars and it was fun to just geek out. We are the same age, so we have a similar experience of watching the original trilogy.

Today’s photo is one I took while I sat in traffic this morning. I noticed that I forgot to reset my trip meter after filling up the day before, so I set it to zero and I noticed that the odometer just hit 142,000 miles!

USA. Texas. Austin. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
USA. Texas. Austin. 2016.

It’s a 12-year old car so things are starting to go wrong with it. But I love the mini-van so much… it has taken us safely and reliably on a lot of fun road trips and camping excursions. ⛺ I will hate to see it go, but I think that it is almost time to get a new car. 😔

140,000 miles is a long way. In fact, it is almost 6 times around the world! 🌎 This Honda Odyssey is amazing. I am hoping my next car will take me as far.

Have a good night and let’s do our best tomorrow!

-B

Lazy Sunday

こんばんは!

Wow, the weekend went by quickly (it always does, doesn’t it?) but I had a very relaxing one.

Tonight I grilled burgers for the family and they turned out great. This time, I added some Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and scotch bonnet pepper sauce to the ground beef before grilling and it made the meat a little tangy and gave it a bit of heat. Everyone thought they were delicious! I topped the burgers with sharp cheddar, the buns were from the supermarket bakery (yummy), and the fixings were mayo, mustard, ketchup, onions, tomatoes, pickles, jalapeños, and lettuce. Too bad I didn’t take a photo, but it probably wouldn’t do it justice!

It’s cold out today (in the 40s) so we enjoyed the heater:

"Lazy Sunday Morning" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Lazy Sunday Morning” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

Tonight will be below freezing where we live. Please keep warm and let’s have a great week!

おやすみなさい

-バロン