Shots at CVS

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/60 sec, ISO100
“Mulan” Leander, 2022

I got my Moderna Bivalent booster and this year’s flu shot today at CVS. I simply went to and signed up for a next-day appointment. And while I was checking in at the store, I asked if I could get the flu shot as well. Super-easy!

I got the COVID booster in my left arm and flu shot in my right arm, and I am feeling fine, apart from sore shoulder muscles. I’ve been fortunate to have had zero side-effects from the COVID vaccines and flu shots. 😀

While waiting at CVS after getting the shots, I saw the Mulan toy hanging out with the other plush toys. Is Mulan still popular for the kids?

Hopefully I will stay healthy for the rest of the year. I’m looking forward to some traveling and camping trips!

Filling the Notebook

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Notebook” Cedar Park, 2022

I am getting close to finishing my current notebook, which is a rare thing. I tend to buy lots of notebooks, but most are either empty or barely used. Over the past few months, though, I’ve been consistently jotting little sentences and phrases down in the notebook that my son Bay bought for me when he went to New York City a couple of years ago.

The game-changer has been my Miseyo date stamp. It’s so fun to use each morning, and it gets me in the mood for writing… even just a few words here and there. 😀

Quick Running Update

Hi all,

I just wanted to write a note here that my running continues to improve! Last week I was able to up my distance to 10 km distance without any discomfort, and then after a couple of rest days, I was able to run a half-marathon distance!

My leg did start to feel weak at about the 9 mile mark, so I walked for a minute and did some light stretching before continuing on. The pain didn’t increase and actually went away and I was able to up the pace for the last few miles. It was a pleasant surprise!

Anyways, I am pretty stoked so I wanted to make a post about it. 😃 Injuries suck, but helps put things into perspective.


Practicing Ukulele

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/5, 1/70 sec, ISO3200
“Practicing Ukulele” Cedar Park, 2022

I’m enjoying practicing a couple of new songs from my Studio Ghibli ukulele book: Princess Mononoke Theme and The Legend of Ashitaka. I figured the themes of the two stars of Mononoke Hime would be fun to learn. Plus I think they are really cool songs!

With my morning Twitch livestreams, I often will practice ukulele on my 10-minute breaks, and just this small bit of consistency has made a noticeable difference in my playing. It’s like a little bit of magic! Who knew practice would improve my ukulele playing? 😜

Running Recovery

At the end of February, I injured myself on a long run and have been slowly coming back from it. I’m now back to running about every other day, and I have been able to cautiously increase the distance little by little – I’m now up to about 5km per run. I don’t feel any pain, and could probably run longer, but I am going to go slow. I’m not training, after all. I just enjoy running and I don’t want to jeopardize that freedom by getting injured again.

I also have to accept that my body doesn’t recover as fast as it used to. 😁