So much food

"Mt. Karaage" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 10mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“Mt. Karaage” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How was your Tuesday?

Today is my younger son’s 13th birthday… yes, he’s a teenager! And now both my kids are in their teens. I can’t believe time flies so quickly. 😱

Koa has requested the same birthday dinner this year: karaage (Japanese style fried chicken). As you can see in the photo, the chicken was piled high! In fact, I knew there would be a mountain of karaage again so I got out my ultra-wide-angle lens for my dslr to give it even more emphasis. It was so delicious, that I am thinking that I might want karaage for my birthday dinner as well. 😄

Seems like these days I’ve been posting about food A LOT. Well, yes. I guess it’s fun to take photos of the yummy food that Mariko prepares, and then I need to share that of course. 😘

In other news, I’ve been enjoying the book “The School for Good and Evil”. It’s fun and funny! But, I have a reading problem in that I find so many books I want to read, but cannot read fast enough to get to all of them. And the sales that Amazon has on their kindle books doesn’t help either. My library of unread books keeps growing and I may never be able to catch up. 📚 Oh well. しょうがない

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Library Luck

"At the Library" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO250
“At the Library” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going? Have a nice Sunday?

This afternoon I went to the library to return a couple movies that I borrowed, and while there I checked the catalog to see if a book I have been wanting to read was available. I’ve done this for several months now, but always the online catalog would say “0 copies available”. Once in a while, book two or book three of the trilogy are available, but never book one.

Today, though, the catalog said “1 copy available” for book one, and also books 2 and 3! I went to the stacks and only found book 3. 😕 So I asked the librarian to check on it, and she said that someone might have returned them this afternoon and then she went off to look. A minute later she returned with books one and two in hand! 😄

So, with a smile on my face, I checked out all three of “The School for Good and Evil” books and headed out the door. My lucky day!

And now it is time to get reading. I’m sure someone will place a hold on the book, which means no renewals for me, so I got to finish it quickly!

またね~

バロン

Library Visit

"At the Library" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“At the Library” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!

Today Koa and I went to the library to pick up some more books since he blazed through 5 paperbacks of One Piece manga. I also returned a book that I started reading, but was not really into anymore. That book, “Cursor’s Fury” is the third in a series of a fantasy epic. I thought the first two were really good, but for some reason, I just didn’t feel like continuing the series at this time. I’ll probably pick it up again at some point in the future, but for now I felt like I wanted something new.

I was just browsing the fiction section and I came across “Panic in a Suitcase” by Yelena Akhtiorskaya. It sounded interesting… the story of a family of Russian immigrants to the United states. We’ll see!

One thing that has changed about me as I get older is that now I don’t worry about not finishing books. When I was younger I’d feel an obligation to soldier on through a book that I wasn’t even enjoying all the way to the end. I’m not sure exactly why. But now I feel like it’s not such a big deal to not finish a book… who cares anyways? Life’s too short to spend time on things that aren’t fulfilling or enriching. You have to just let things go, right?

Anyways, that’s my thought these days.

I hope you had a nice weekend, and let’s have a great Monday!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Morning Downtown

"Shirts for Bookworms" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Shirts for Bookworms” Austin, 2016

こんばんは! Hello, how was your Saturday?

Mine was pretty good. This morning I took the kids to Japanese school and then had the morning to myself downtown, so I went to my two regular places: Whole Foods Market and BookPeople. First stop was the market but I didn’t buy any groceries today. Instead I had a healthy breakfast of spinach, cilantro tofu, and salmon. It was yummy! I enjoyed that while working on a blog post. I usually sit upstairs on the mezzanine level and I had a nice little view that you can sort of see in the photo below.

"Blogging" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/200 sec, ISO800
“Blogging” Austin, 2016

It was nice and relaxing and zero stress. Just what a weekend breakfast should be like! After finishing my blog post, I went across the street to my next stop: BookPeople. The photo at the beginning of this post is of some of the fun t-shirts they have for sale. I particularly like the Choose Your Own Adventure shirt, although I wish they had a “By Balloon to the Sahara” version. I would probably have to buy that one if they offered it, since that was my favorite book of the series.

I didn’t do any book shopping (I have too many books to get through at the moment) but just enjoyed a nice large “Hemingway” from the cafe, which is coffee and two shots of espresso. Just the kick I needed. ☕

It was a perfect morning… I enjoy visiting the book store very much!

Take care!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

New book

"At the Library" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO1600
“At the Library” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Happy Saturday!

Today I finally took my car in for a safety inspection so I can get a current registration sticker. Happily my 12-year-old Honda Odyssey passed inspection and I should be receiving the sticker in a few days. But, I am about 3 months overdue… woops! I’m terrible. 🚐

Later on in the day I went to the library to re-borrow the book I was reading, but while I was sitting there book-in-hand, I realized that the book just wasn’t for me and I’d look for another one. I was about a third of the way through On the Map, but I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. Maybe someday I will want to read it again, but for now I’m looking to dive into a Fantasy epic… so I picked up Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. It looked interesting, and after 12 pages, I’m still reading so it can’t be too bad, right? 😛

Today’s first picture is from the library of course, and the second photo is one I took at Hopdoddy Burger Bar, where we enjoyed a nice dinner. 🍔

I decided I wanted to only take black and white photos during June, but I couldn’t wait, so I jumped right in today with a couple monochrome images, using the black and white + yellow filter film simulation on my Fujifilm X100T. I have shadows at +2, and highlights at 0 for these. I think I like the look of them!

"Bartime" Round Rock, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO2000
“Bartime” Round Rock, 2016

I hope you had a great day!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Wet weather

"Here Comes the Rain" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Here Comes the Rain” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hi, how’s it going?

The weather here in Central Texas has been stormy, humid, and grey. I don’t mind it so much since we need the rain, but what we don’t need is all the mosquitoes! They seem to be everywhere these days. This evening on the way to Bay’s piano lessons, he smushed a mosquito in the car. And when I was doing dishes after dinner, I could see a couple of those pests outside the window just looking to suck my blood. Yuck.

Anyways, I’ve been reading a pretty interesting book about maps called “On the Map” which I borrowed from the library… but I read so slowly that I reached the maximum number of times I could renew it so I had to return the book to the library. 😞 But I have enjoyed this particular book, so I’ll need to give it a couple days, then go borrow it again. And hopefully I can finish it within the 6 week limit.

Okay, time to reach for another book. Have a good evening!

おやすみなさい!

– バロン Barron Fujimoto

Bright day

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/15 sec, ISO6400
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! How’s it going?

Today I spent the first half of the day at the baseball fields watching Koa’s team play back-to-back games in the bright morning light. It’s only April, but the Texas sun is already strong. In fact, I got a nice sunburn on my arms! Koa’s team lost both games, but they had fun and scored a decent amount of runs. Tomorrow, Koa is playing in another one… the All-star game! ⚾️ He was one of the players chosen to represent his team, so that means 3 games in two days. And on top of that, Monday night, he has another regular game! so 4 games in 3 days. It’s crazy! Normally there are not so many games in one stretch, but there were a couple earlier games that got rained out, so these are make-up games. I think Koa is going to be one tired player!

Today’s photo is of my latest Instax prints and the cool set of markers I use to take notes on them. I love the Instax prints so much. They have a wonderful charm about them… Even my mediocre photos look nice when printed on instant film! ☺️

I am about two-thirds of the way through Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, and I am enjoying it a lot! It’s interesting and fun… a nice light YA read, and great for a change of pace. I recommend it. In fact, I am going to read more right now before I sleep.

おやすみなさい and take care!

– B Barron Fujimoto