Apr 2 2011

what? it’s only $1,074 [day 310]

Deciding to get a pet of any kind is a big decision, not only for the responsibility associated with them, but for the expenses you will incur.  A couple of weeks ago we adopted Zuri, a 6 month-old kitten.  She’s precious and is the perfect fit for our family.  Although we adopted her from the Humane Shelter, we had to pick her up at PetSmart.

Now, adopting a pet means shopping for pet supplies.  Under the challenge rules, I can buy her food and litter, as those fall under the toiletries and groceries categories that are allowed.  I was going to need at bare minimum, a food bowl, a water bowl and a litter box with a scoop.  I was prepared to get creative.  I have bowls and lots of them.  I’m quite sure I could modify some plastic container in my garage for a litter box.  The scoop I had to ponder a little longer.  Old kitchen utensils?  Something in my garage?  After an intense thought process, I decided I would be able to make one from old coat hangers.  Yep, we were ready for a cat in every way possible.

When we went to pick up Zuri, we also picked up my friend E. because she adopted Zuri’s sister a week earlier.  As I was walking though the pet store, I had to stop and look at the senselessness of what I saw.  Gourmet canine cookies.  My kids don’t eat stuff this fancy or expensive.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to treats for pets, but this seems a bit excessive to me.  Does Fido really care if he gets the pretty little treats shaped like dog bones, dipped in colorful icing?

How about pet fashion?  Yes, Martha Stewart has come to the rescue, not only to help your pet in the fashion world, but to stylistically incorporate pets into your home.  Again, I have no problem with pet supplies, what I’m saying is this seems excessive.  Yes, a pet bed is good if they’re not sleeping in your bed.  Yes, they need bowls to eat from.  Yes, they need a toy or two.  But do they really need all this stuff?  Let’s say I bought one of everything for my new kitten.  I’ll choose middle of the line items.

My list includes such things as a UV light cat pee finder, and cat sitter DVD, a mid-sized cat scratch tower, cat repellents to tell them where they don’t belong, a bed and much more.  The total?  $1,074. And once you’ve spoiled your pet and there’s nothing new left to buy, there’s now kitty anti-depressants. Continue reading


Mar 28 2011

toto coffee mug [minimalist challenge item #39]

[item] Wizard of Oz Kansas coffee mug

[purchase info] Purchased for a premium at the airport in Kansas City.  Impulse buy.  :(

[time in my possession] Approximately 12 years

[last used] 7 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[info] I don’t use mugs this small.  Mugs are something most of us own way more than we could possibly use, even if we washed dishes once a month.


Jan 7 2011

keep walking… [day 224]

I recently found this at a thrift store.  I had no idea what it was, I had to look at it a bit.  It’s a doggie treadmill.  A revolutionary exercise system for dogs, to be exact.  This item, at a thrift store, was marked down to $99.99 from $299.99.  If it’s selling for that at a thrift store, I can only imagine what the retail price is.  Let’s look!

I don’t know the model number or manufacturer, but looking at the size of this one, it’s a mid-sized dog exerciser.  Looking online, the most inexpensive one I could find was $599.  The one I found, similar to this one was $1479.

I need some help here.  Who buys these things and why?  Now for the Jetson’s, this made sense.  You can’t walk your dog in space without space shoes, and a doggie treadmill is probably cheaper than doggie space shoes, you know, because they need 4 of them.  I can’t imagine a situation where you would need one of these.

An inner city apartment? No, because you wouldn’t have the space for it.

Rich people? Maybe.  They have big houses and it takes a long time to walk to the door, so they can throw the dog on this contraption instead.  Oh, the irony.

Other situations? Even in my most creative mind, I can’t think of a reason why anyone would need one of these.  My kids and I could put plastic toys on the little conveyor belt and watch them fall off at the other end.  It would be entertaining for a couple of hours and a few fun videos.  Other than that, I got nothin’!   Continue reading


Nov 9 2010

sot barnslig is my new mascot [day 166]

Today, I am showcasing something Amy bought for me.  Now I don’t encourage buying anything from a retail store, but I have to say, this little guy is funny and I think he might be my new mascot for trash society.

!!??!?!???  Seriously?  I can understand one tag, but four?  Was the poor little guy constipated?  I decided to read the tags and do some research…   Continue reading


Oct 19 2010

bidding, not shopping [day 145]

Going once…  going twice…  SOLD! I went to the Samaritan Inn Gala last Saturday night.  This is an annual event and is the biggest fundraiser of the year, providing the Samaritan Inn to thank people who have gone above and beyond them and their efforts to help the homelessness situation our community.

This was the black tie event I spoke of yesterday in my blog, ‘challenging the challenge‘.  I don’t mind dressing up, as long as I can do it my way.  I wore my full length, formal black dress, I put on a little bit of makeup and finished it off with my mismatched Converse-style shoes.  Steve wore his designer ‘jodys’.  Want some close-ups?

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Oct 5 2010

spoiled suburbanite [day 131]

I’m spoiled to my 1.5 mile drive to work.  I have an SUV and I fill it up about every 3 to 4 weeks, unless I have some unplanned trips to Dallas or something.  I decided to walk to work a couple of days ago.

It takes just under 30 minutes to walk to work.  I live in suburbia where people just don’t walk places, well, that is unless they are dressed in fancy running attire or walking a dog.  The looks I got from people driving by, silently said, “Oh, sorry your car must be broken down” or “I wonder what she’s doing”.  And there was the guy in the red Mercedes that was smiling and waving like he knew me.  Odd…

Today I’m riding a bike to work.  I only have 15 minutes to get home after work to pick up my kids, so walking won’t work.  My friend let me borrow her bike.  Thanks Diane!!!

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