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!
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!
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!
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?
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”! 😜
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！
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!
Mine was great. Since Mariko is resting up after her dental surgery, I took the boys to Japanese school this morning. While they were in class I had about four hours to myself and since I was downtown, I decided to take some photos near Town Lake. The above photo is the best one I took (in my opinion) but I also took one a few seconds before that included more of Austin.
As you can see, the weather and light were amazing! I got lucky with the timing on these… but like I said in the previous post, you need to have your camera with you in order to have that kind of luck. What do they say? “Luck favors those who are prepared.” Or something to that effect. Anyways, I had my X100T with me all day so I had a good amount of photos, but these two are my favorites.
After shooting these, I went to Caffe Medici for a cappucino and some reading time. Thankfully my wife told me about this new location, and it is convenient and comfortable!
I spent an hour reading “The Alchemist” which I am enjoying quite a bit. The setting of the story really clicks with me, and of course the lessons that the main character learns are thought-provoking. Very interesting so far!
After Japanese school, I took Koa to baseball tryouts for the Spring season, and right after that, he had a birthday party to attend. The party took place at a paintball facility and the kids had a ton of fun! If you don’t know, paintball is sort of like a wargame, but the guns shoot little balls that are filled with non-toxic paint. The kids all wore goggles and face shields, plus jackets so that the paint balls didn’t hurt too much. I think the party was a huge success, as all the kids had huge smiles on their faces by the end of the party.
So, that was our busy Saturday! (Oh, we also went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant… yum!) I hope you also had a nice day as well. Looking forward to sleeping late tomorrow!