OK now I’m really IRRITATED

I just finished my post about purging about 30 dog toys when I felt cold and realized I had a bag of dog toys I put “away for a rainy day” in the closet.  I think I shouted a few expletives, sat down and ate some lunch so I would calm down….

A trash bag stuffed full of dog toys
WHY DO I DO THIS???!!!

I mean, I am literally ashamed and embarrassed right now. My last post (that I literally wrote an hour ago), I was so chuffed and proud of myself because I thought that I had sorted through them all.  I was shocked that I had 57 toys in the house! Then I realize “WTF, there’s another TRASH BAG FULL??”

I can’t do this anymore, all this spending and shopping. It’s really not like the dogs care, they don’t sit in their kennels at night and wonder “oh! It’s been X months since I’ve seen big floppy monkey, I wonder when mom will bring him out of the trash bag full of toys that she has shoved in the closet?”

The SECOND huge piles of dog toys that I needed to sort through. Lula’s giving me an “Are you serious, woman??”
Donate pile. 9 in total.
The trash pile. I did decide to move the big monkey into donate pile. 11 in total.
The keepsies. 4 in total.

So really truly.  This is obviously an issue I need to work on

In total, including last post I: 

  • Donated 21 toys
  • Threw away 26 toys
  • Kept 34 toys

Grand total 81. My dogs. PETS had 81 toys. There are children in the world who have no toys. There are people in the world who don’t have and can’t afford 81 things.
Never again.

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Purging the dog toys

I have two pugs. They are awesome. Their toys AREN’T.

The Pugs. And their hippo pillow. I count this as a toy.

Because dear god, do two little dogs need that much?

(Warning, photo-heavy post)

I’ve posted about minimalism and pets before.  This… Is a CONSTANT struggle for me (hey! At least I can acknowledge it. That’s the first step to recovery!) 

I buy dog toys. I BUY DOG TOYS!

I BUY DOG TOYS!!!!!

Lots of them!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not conducive to a minimalist lifestyle. Oh sure, I point fingers and say that other people buy them and bring them over (which they DO). But I  (ME, Krissy, writer of this post and the keeper of the blog) buy dog toys. Guilty, guilty, GUILTY!

So after posting about my “new” dining room table and seeing the hoard of dog toys (and cringing at the mess) I decided today was the day to purge.

Toys in the second bedroom that we rarely go into
A giant caterpillar (see guitar for reference. This is a BIG caterpillar)- also in the room we rarely use
Toys shoved on their dog bed in the living room
Secret “stash” holiday toys sneakily hidden in the ottoman
Toys strewn across the floor. This is ok though.
Shhh. I also have brand new toys hidden in my closet for when I feel they need new toys.
So I piled them all up in a big pile Kon-mari style.

Big pile. Little pug.

57 in total.  The pile made me sick to my stomach. It seemed to overwhelm Ellie as she stood over them.

Donate! 11 in total!

All the ones that were in good shape that the girls never played with went into a donate pile. I’m going to washed these and take them to the Humane Society.  A lot of times they’ll send newly adopted animals home with a toy. Mine also have a yearly yard sale (more like warehouse sale, they have so much stuff) and people buy toys.  They also have programs here for pets for Homeless and often they’ll provide a bag of food and a toy for homeless person with a dog.  
Trash pile! 16 in total.

I poured over these.  They’re were pretty trashed. I have a hard time justifying throwing away toys, and while most of these look in good shape, their were parts coming off, the grunt parts inside I couldn’t wash (and I won’t let them play with dirty toys) and I just didn’t feel they were safe anymore. Some of these were VERY loved.  But it was time for them to go.

By this point both girls were getting stressed out. They know that when things go in trash bags, they’re going away forever.  Little Ellie in particular (hates when I get rid of her things).

The remainder. These are the keepers.

I ended up breaking into the closet stash and giving the girls two new ones (to make myself feel better).


Agust D

Remember I was griping at 2something in the morning on 2/17/18 that stupid US iTunes didn’t have Agust D’s (Suga) album? Well, the Universe was listening to me that early morning because some 4 days later, they put (most) of his album on US iTunes.

I’m STILL gonna gripe because idiots didn’t put his Intro song or um, one of the main tracks (the fricking self-titled Agust D on the Agust D album). But I guess I’ll be happy with what I can get.

I’m still going to IMPATIENTLY  wait for the rest of it.

Oh and it’s #9 on iTunes album charts today. Not fricking bad for a “K-Pop” album that came out two years ago.

And yes on 3/2/18, I’ll at least check out what J-Hope releases.

Purchasing things to save your sanity

Sometimes, you have to buy things.
About 6 years ago,I picked up this dining room table (and chairs) for um.. I think $45 at a garage sale (I’m so cheap). It was painted badly when I bought it, and then painted badly again (with spray paint. Psh!) after I bought it.


Then after a while, my pug Talula decided that the table legs were her favorite place to dig for buried treasure (kibble she dropped under and on the legs). Ellie then caught onto the game and decided to help (and scratch up the table too).

I had to put furniture mover things on the feet as I had to move the dining room table EVERY DAY to pick up kibble because there was no stopping Lula.

After 6-ish years of this, it got to the point where the legs were so trashed and covered in dog smudge I couldn’t even keep it clean anymore. I thought about painting the legs again but figured, why bother? I spent 15 minutes EVERY DAY moving this thing and cleaning the bottom of a table and I was FRUSTRATED.  Yes, I tried training my bratty pugs, they’d play Find The Kibble game while I was in the shower, when I wasn’t home and every time my back was turned.  So, after about 5 minutes of mulling it over I decided to buy a different stinking table. (I can’t get rid of the chairs, they’re too cool looking)


(In case you were thinking, “well why have it in the first place? It’s not very minimalist.” We use it every day for eating, as a desk and for family conversation.)

And lo! I found one. For $10. You read that right, see the sticker? 10 DOLLARS on sale (I think I mentioned how stinking cheap I am?). I was also feeling generous and donated an extra $5 to the thrift store (all extra money goes toward domestic violence victims). 

Look at the legs! Where you gonna spit your kibble NOW??? So I spent $15, the dude at the store helped me load and I brought it home. 


Little Miss Hates Change Lula pretty much figured out right away that her Seek-the-Kibble game was over and done for and pouted for about half an hour under the “new” table. LOL try to ignore the mess of dog toys, I’m still working in minimalising their mass of toys)


(I do plan on refinishing this when the weather clears up si it will at least match the chairs a bit.   I have already found a new home for the old table, they will be using it as an outdoor table.

Long story short (too late?), I bought something “new” to save my sanity.

Anime list

You know, I was thinking that since I’ve now posted… 3 anime “reviews” (if that’s what you want to call them) I should probably make a list of anime series I liked and some I thought were OK.  Just to have them on here. 

These aren’t in order and I’m sure that I’m missing some. Also I won’t be including feature films on here or you’d be here all day reading them.  I also won’t be adding ones I hated or never bothered to finish because I found them boring. 
I was thinking about adding a list of the J-dramas, K-dramas, British TV shows and foreign films eventually.  Really, I do watch other things beside anime.  I spend too much time in front of the TV reading subtitles. In didn’t realized I’ve watched so many until I put them in list form.

(And if you want to get really nit picky about my list, I classify as female and am from the US if that clears things up)

Loved (and watched and re-watched and know some by heart):

  • Fruits Basket
  • Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
  • Devil is a Part-Timer
  • Norigami
  • Soul Eater
  • FLCL

Here’s the ones I really liked:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Chobits
  • Elfin Lied
  • High School of the Dead
  • Baka +Test
  • Squid Girl
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Space Brothers
  • Ajin: Demi-Human
  • AngelBeats!
  • Space Dandy
  • Ranma 1/2
  • Mushi-Shi
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero
  • Nana
  • Ben-to
  • Assassination Classroom
  • Kamisama Kiss

And I did manage to suffer through and think these were OK:

  • Death Note
  • Sekirei
  • Claymore

Tanuki

While I’m really trying to work hard at minimalism, sometimes I really truly feel the need to buy things.

I found this adorable Tanuki figure for 99 cents at the thrift store and I had to have him. I NEVER find Japanese items in the area I live in as we really don’t have a large Asian community or people who even know what a Tanuki is. But I was so jazzed to see him he had to come home with me.

2 something in the morning

Yaaaah. So for some reason tonight, I have a serious case of insomnia. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know.  I figured maybe some long-winded rambling post might make me somewhat sleepy, although I’ve been considering just staying up all night and maybe working on some chores.  Or re-watch FLCL as that seems to be my insomnia show (remember when this was on Cartoon Network? Because I do)

She’s an alien!

Eh. 

So I guess we’ll just write about the recent music I’ve been into.

I’m gonna say, maybe 6 months ago I got really into KPOP. Now, don’t get me wrong, about 7 years ago, I knew about GD and TOP. 6 years ago, I knew about BTS. 5 years ago I knew about Miss A.  But 6 months ago… I fell into some kind of black hole and I haven’t been able to get myself out of it.  I’m in it for the dancing, singing and rapping (in that order), their looks are just an added bonus.

I can’t even explain what made me fall in, but I did.  Oh yes. G-Dragon. That guy. I ended up listening to some songs from his EP Kwon Ji Yong and ended up falling in love with Divina Commedia. Then started listening to his other stuff he did solo and fell for Butterfly, then thought what the hell, I’ll listen to Big Bang too.  

My boy G-Dragon

Then my mom brought up BTS and the AMAs and I got excited about that… And got into DNA and Mic Drop and J-Hope doing Boy Meets Evil… And Red Velvet came out with new stuff and Pandora started playing things from this group I hadn’t heard of yet called Seventeen and Zion T. and Winner and Zico and then I thought “I’m in trouble” until I came across Dean and heard Love and realized “I’m not in trouble, I’m fucked.” So. I’m in the KPOP hole and I’m not gonna fight it anymore.

Anyway, I decided to watch some of the Seventeen videos that didn’t have Woozi in them and thank god I did (I love Woozi).  The video for Lilili Yabbay with Performance Team is so SO beautiful. It’s contemporary dance, it’s artistic, I’ve watched it about 20 times and the stupid song is stuck in my head.

Flower Boys

I also heard about Fanxy Child and that got me into millic. So Paradise has been on replay constantly because it’s also got my boys Dean, Zico and Crush.

millic and Fanxy Child (Zico, Dean, Crush, Penomeco)

And in the same Hip Hop vein (I never really openly admitted I love hip hop until recently. But I do, and I don’t care what language it’s in either) I’ve had Agust D ‘Agust D’ on repeat. And I’m kind of annoyed I can’t download his stuff on iTunes. That just me.  Suga is popular enough here, Agust D would sell but… Shrug.

And dear god, he’s fast at rapping

I keep hoping we get more talented folks like this coming out with new stuff.

BamBam on your face

I like to check Hot Topic periodically because sometimes you can find Kpop and Jpop merch on there (Yes, I own 2 G-Dragon shirts, one Big Bang and one Babymetal shirt and I’m proud of it!) 

But I saw these Got7 face masks on there and um…. That’s just a little weird for me, folks.


They only have three boys (so far) and I highly doubt that Hot Topic even knows what group this is from.  You too can buy an imported BamBam Bamboo, Mark Rose or Jackson Avocado sheet mask! 

I’m all for buying things with your favorite group but, I’m gonna pass on the Got7 single sheet mask, thanks.