Sunday

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Good evening!

Did you have a nice Easter? Our was nice and relaxing… now that the kids are getting bigger, they aren’t interested in egg hunting but they did enjoy receiving an Easter gift bag this morning. It was filled with candy and customized rubber stamps with their names on them. I remember when they were little, they would enjoy looking for the Easter baskets as soon as they woke up! This morning, Koa wasn’t even at home! He spent the night at a friends house and I picked him up at 10am. Apparently they stayed up until 3am, which is to be expected, but what was a surprise to me was that Koa was able to stay awake all day today.

Before I picked him up, though, I woke up at my usual time (before 6am), and was on my laptop deleting old bookmarks when I came across an old link to a pizza recipe. This one calls for tortillas in a cast-iron skilled for quick and easy quasi-pizza. So I made a couple little pizzas for myself, actually putting an egg on one of them to make a breakfast-style pizza. It was yummy! These were pretty small pizzas, using the smallest sized flour tortillas you can find in the supermarket. Later, when Mariko and the kids were hungry, I made them some more pizzas and they gobbled them up. The pizzas were a huge hit! I must have made about 6 pizzas for them. 🍕

This afternoon cleaned our aquarium, did some laundry, and then had a beer and watched a few episodes of an anime that I was interested in called “The Pilot’s Love Song”. I enjoyed the first 4 episodes a lot and am looking forward to watching the rest of them. I am not a huge anime fan, but maybe that will change… there are some really cool shows out there!

For dinner, we didn’t have a traditional Easter meal (we’re not big on ham), but rather a dim-sum inspired feast as you can see in the photo. It was delicious! No chance for leftovers either, it was so tasty. Then after dinner, we watched Zoolander for the first time. It was so bad but good and fun. We enjoyed it a lot!

I hope you had a nice weekend. Let’s have a great week!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Screen time

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!

Today was a lazy Saturday, in which I spent several hours in front of the TV. This evening I watched a Japanese movie from 2006, Hana. From the very start, it wasn’t very good and I felt like I was wasting my time… but I kept watching in hopes that it would get better. The reviews on the DVD case were pretty good, so I was optimistic. But no, it stayed on its slow, plodding course until the end. Holy cow, it was so boring… and it was over two hours long! I cannot recommend this one. 😞 Avoid!

Well, tomorrow is Easter. 🐰 We don’t have any plans this year, like we used to when the kids were small. I’m sure we’ll have some yummy food, though! We always do. 🍴

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Short week

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hello!

It’s Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Tomorrow I have the day off from work because it is a holiday at my office! So, I will enjoy a day at home with my kids, who also have the day off from school. But, I have a lot of work to do, so I will probably spend a few hours on the laptop getting some things done. 💻

Today’s photos is of my Chromebook, which I am enjoying using. The nicest thing about this model is the keyboard. It is so easy to type on and I can really go fast. I never really had a good keyboard before and didn’t realize what a difference it could make! I just figured they were all the same and I would adapt. But this one is fantastic. I guess Google specifies the keyboard design for all Chromebooks and you can tell they did a lot of testing. I think the keys are spaced out nicely and the keypad travel is just about perfect.

The trackpad is also nice and responsive, a good size, and I have quickly gotten used to the multi-touch gestures. I am now using the two-finger scrolling on my work laptop too! The trackpad on Chromebooks only has one button, so if you want to “right-click”, you tap the trackpad with two fingers, and it will bring up the right-click menu. I got used to it in no time.

One thing I don’t like is that you cannot give your Chromebook a name. I like to name my devices after mythological characters, but I guess I can’t with this laptop. Apparently it would make the device less secure. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it’s a little bit of a bummer.

I do plan on adding some stickers to my Chromebook. I’ve ordered several from RedBubble and they are on their way. I’ve removed the Intel and Acer stickers from the wristpad that you can see in the photo above, so it’s all prepped for my otaku stickers!

Lastly, I put some gaffers tape over the webcam. I rarely use the camera but I am a bit paranoid of hackers turning on the camera remotely, or myself turning it on by accident. Anyways, the gaffers tape is easy to remove, and does not leave any gummy residue.

Ok, I think I am going to read a bit before I hit the sack. Talk again!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Victory at Last

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!

Tonight, Koa’s team had another baseball game and they finally won! 😊 Their team is actually pretty good, but the competition is really tough this year. Tonight’s game was very exciting, with Koa’s team coming from behind to score two runs in the bottom of the final inning to win 8-7. Koa did well, with one walk and he caught two fly balls – one at second base, and one in center field. Plus he is much more aggressive at the plate, swinging at more pitches and getting hits. ⚾️

As you can see from the photo, it was another beautiful evening, with a warm wind blowing and incredible clouds and color. 🌆 A big storm is approaching, and should hit us around midnight tonight… just an hour or so from now! The weather forecast called for thunder and possible hail, so I pulled my Odyssey into the garage for the night, just in case. Better safe than sorry! ⚡

It’s a short week here in the US, because Friday is “Good Friday”, before Easter 🐰, which is a work holiday. However, tomorrow is going to be super busy! I have non-stop meetings from 10am until 5pm which means the only work I will be able to do is from 8am until 10am. Not a whole lot of time to get things done.

But once we make it through tomorrow, it’s a three-day weekend! Woohoo!

おやすみなさい! -B Barron Fujimoto