Reducing delivery

mahi mahi tacos
Mahi-Mahi tacos from Dos Coyotes Border Grill

Delivery is awesome. Food delivery is, well… sometimes it brings tears to your eyes when you think about how amazing it can be.

No cooking? No mess to clean up? No need to put on pants to go out and interact with people? Sign me up.

I closed/deactivated/deleted all of my food delivery accounts (Postmates, Grubhub, Doordash, etc.), this week. Not to make any kind of statement (though, I do not like some of their practices) but because it’s a lifestyle that I no longer want.

Amongst other reasons, I want:

  • to cook at home more often.
  • to have more control of the ingredients and food quality that I consume.
  • to reduce food waste (and the utensils and plastic bag waste that comes with delivery).
  • to stop ordering too much in order to meet the “delivery minimum”.
  • to force myself back outside more often, to interact with people and experience places.
  • to “consume less from the internet”.
  • to treat “eating out” like an occasion, not a routine.

This isn’t to say that “I’m never ordering delivery again!”. When those occasions occur, there’s always the phone (who does that anymore?) and even ordering online, direct from the restaurant (not a service) without needing an account.

Apple Hill, Placerville, CA

Boa Vista pumpkin patch

People in this area are obsessive about visiting Apple Hill during Fall. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but, it’s definitely “the thing” to do. Apple Hill is a series of 50 local farms, near Placerville* where people can visit to pick apples, eat a variety of apple pastries and donuts, wander through arts and crafts booths, and more. 

We spent Saturday visiting three farms, High Hill RanchBoa Vista Orchards, and Abel’s Apple Acres. They’re three of the more popular, bigger farms, which was evident with the sheer amount of people at each one. High Hill had the most to do while Boa Vista had better overall prices. Abe’s Acres was a more intimate setting with a great area for kids. 

High Hill Ranch
High Hill Ranch Jona Golds

We had fun wandering around each of the three. it was nice (as always) to be out in fresh air and nature, while taking in the sites and sounds of these ranches. The arts and crafts booths were intriguing, though we didn’t buy anything. The people watching was stellar.

Boa Vista sugar apple cider donuts
Boa Vista glazed apple cider donuts

I’m generally a fan of glazed donuts over others but, in the case of the glazed vs. sugar from Boa Vista, the sugar donuts won out. They were so, so good.

Sign at High Hill Ranch

I will never not be entertained with the way that some people use quotation marks on signs.

Overall we had a fun time, and we’re sure we’ll be back to visit again. There are 47 other farms up there!

Additions to my T30 kit

I found the Fujinon 27mm f/2.8 for a great price (refurbished) and, even though I haven’t spent a lot of time with this focal length*, I bought it. One, because I had been thinking about adding a pancake lens to my inventory and, two because of the price.

I plan to use it this weekend.

I added a larger eye cup and grip to the Fujifilm X-T30. While the size of the camera makes it great for quick excursions, I found I didn’t like carrying it for longer periods of time. The grip helps that.

The eye cup was a necessity (for me) to help better use the viewfinder with my glasses. When possible, I always try to put bigger eye cups on my cameras so, this isn’t unique to the T30.

*40mm equivalent on a crop sensor camera

Oki Bowl

Oki Ramen

Last week, while in Washington, DC, I had a chance to visit an old favorite, Oki Bowl. We sat at the bar where we had this view (above) of the “magical window” and watched bowls of ramen make their way from the kitchen to the tables or the to-go orders.

It’s not the best bowl of ramen that you’ll ever eat but it is good, and comforting, and a great place to sit and have conversations about life, work, and anything else that you want.

oki ramen

The setting and decor is what makes this place for me. Even though most of the tables are communal, it’s setup where you still feel like you can have an intimate conversation with the people you are with.

But next time, the camera comes with

Washington Circle Park
Washington Circle Park, Washington, DC

The above photo was taken as I was walking from the metro stop to my hotel, passing Washington Circle Park (in DC). It was much darker than the picture shows but, all I had was my cameraphone and this was the only result that made me happy. This was one of the few times that I regretted not traveling with my camera.

There were a few other times that I regretted not taking my (Fujifilm X-T30) camera. I opted not to because I assumed that 1) I wouldn’t have time to take pictures, and 2) I didn’t want to carry more things with me (I like to travel light). 

Rather than dwell on whether leaving the camera behind was the right decision, I am happy that I at least had the cameraphone for the few times I did want to take pictures, and still was able to travel light.

Accepting imperfection

Cosumnes River Preserve
Cosumnes River Preserve
Fujifilm X-T1 | 18 mm | f 8.0 | 1/60 | ISO 200

There’s a purple streak of light, resulting from the lens flare, in the middle of the photo. I spend a lot of time deliberating whether to remove it. Ultimately I decided to leave it in, accepting the photo’s imperfection.

One of the lessons I like to reiterate in my work (with people with intellectual disabilities) is that you cannot just look at a person and know that they have any disability. And it’s the same in reverse; you cannot assume someone has a disability if they look physically different.

The same goes for other aspects of people and health. Judging people by how they act, look (physically), or communicate is not enough for you to make a decision about their health. This rings even truer for me now, with a recent diagnosis of another chronic disease.

Pain, stress, confusion, sadness, denial, worry, and depression. They can be hidden with something as simple as a smile.