What I’ve Been Up to!(As of April 7th, 2019)

Hey, everybody! I am very sorry I have not been as active as I should have been. Lots of stuff has been going on with me, but as always, I have not have forgotten about my blog. 😥 I might just update it every other week now because of what is happening with me during my life currently. Hoping I will be feeling better soon! Thank you for everyone for being patient with me and still supporting my blog! T _T

But this post will be about what I have been up to lately! My life in general is not that exciting, but I always try to have fun when I can! 😀

I now loooooove loose leaf tea!

Yes! I have recently gotten into drinking loose leaf tea!

I recently got into tea because I need caffeine and I think coffee tastes gross. Dx But tea is something I can totally get down with!

I first started off with drinking tea in tea bags, but apparently the tea bags contain plastic in them and I got totally squicked out by that fact. x _o I know the link is about Britain not the United States, but other links have proven that this whole tea bag trend concerning bagged tea trends the same way! > _<; Plus, since switching to loose leaf tea and using my very own biodegradable tea bags I found on Amazon, I have found that loose leaf tea tastes a lot better than tea put inside plastic-ish tea bags. ^ _^

I have also recently bought some Matcha green tea from Costco and I loooove it as well! It’s always fun to have it in the morning when I wake up and get around to making it sometimes. ^ u^

A new bookshelf!

So… Someone at my apartment complex decided to dump a bookshelf by the dumpsters. For the longest time now, I have been using a bookshelf that I made out of cardboard to store my books in and I was SO SO HAPPY I came across this bookshelf since I have been wanting one for so long! So a big THANK YOU to whoever got rid of it because I happily took it and am using it now! ^ _^

It looks really great in my room I think! It is a little banged up, but nothing that a little wood glue can’t fix in the near future. 😉

Planning on Getting a New Furbaby!

So everyone, next to LOCFishy Leon, I will probably be getting a new pet soon that will be a hamster! I recently bough the glass cage for my future furbaby at a thrift store for $8.00 and I will be buying a few other supplies as well when I go to the pet store and pick up my new hamster that day! Can’t wait! ^ u^

Found a laptop in the dumpster… but it was broken. Boooooooo… :C

So recently around my apartment complex, I found a newer laptop model in the dumpster and I was wondering why such a new computer was in the dumpster. O _O; So I grabbed and took it home! I then looked for the model number on the laptop and ordered a charger for it on Amazon just to see if this computer was still in working order or not. But alas, it seems that someone had thrown it in the garbage for a reason because when I turned the laptop on, it seems that the previous owner had dropped it and the screen was incredibly damaged and in complete disrepair. 😦

But hey, as someone living on SSI and wanting a computer for travel, you can’t blame for me for trying right? D; So I am going to be returning the charger which was around 19 bucks to Amazon and be getting most of my money back after the return fee. Hey, I tried! > _<;

Expanding Taste in Sparkling Water

So this topic is kind of unsignificant, but I’m just going to mention it to take up some blog post space, haha. xD

Lately, I have been becoming a fan of Bubly Sparkling Water! es, I know the Pepsi company makes it, and I do hate all things soda, but I do love their sparkling water though, so I’m makin an exception this time around. 8D At first, I didn’t like their sparkling water at first, but because of my aunt letting me try their cherry flavor sparkling water, I really do like the brand now! I’m looking forward to trying more of the brand’s flavors in the near future a lot! ^ u^

These drinks, or my “sodas” I like to lovingly call them because they are carbonated,  I really enjoy drinking them cold! Best of all, they have zeroed out sugar and the drink is just carbonated water! Also, the drinks only having 2 ingredients which make up the “soda” also gets two thumbs up from me! 8D

Conclusion

So yes! That is what I have been up to so far! Like I said at the beginning of the post, I may just start updating my blog every other week now because of some personal issues going with my life at the moment. So please be patient with me everybody as I try to work things out and work on myself as well! > _<;

Have an awesome day everyone!^ o^

What have you been up to lately?

January 2019 Budget Check-In

Hey, everybody! Time for January 2019’s Budget Report! Things were incredibly spendy in January, so all of my money was spent! I’m being pretty careful this February as well, but things are spendy in February as well it seems… T _T

But anyway, come and see how all of my money was spent in January 2019!

Rent/Bills: $500.00

This amount of money I pay that goes towards rent and bills each month.

Activities: $0.00

Woot woot! In the clear agin! LOCMom is helping me pay for my haircuts now, so thank you, LOCMom! ^ _^

Groceries: $169.38

This category is higher now that I am adding Costco food I buy to it. Items featured in this category are some of my more spnedier, but needed items which consist of Quest Bars, Cuties Mandarins (Costco bulk produce), Kirkland Brand meatballs, sparkling water, and healthy snacks like Kirkland applesauce pouches and Pita Chips (Costco bulk bag).

If anyone is wondering, ‘Kirkland Brand’ anything is a Costco bulk item that I buy to get a better deal on food that will last me throughout the month from the bulk store Costco. 🙂 The food I buy is bought in bulk, so it lasts me quite a long time, or at least a month. ^ _^

However, I cannot really do Quest Bars in February and my success in finding replacements for them in Costco has been unsuccessful, so we will see what happens in March. :’C But maaaaaan, I will probably never see that 4 for $5.00 Quest Bars deal I got at Sprouts ever again. xD

Household Expenses: $153.70

Man, I thought this category would be WAAAAAY higher! But I am surprised!

I bought a lot of household items last month because many were needed and I shipped off a few packages. 🙂

Here are a few items that I bought!

Circular Cable Travel Pouches – I have always been meaning to find a great way to transport my charging cables and these little circular pouches will come in handy when traveling! They each even have a netted compartment for the plug part the cable inserts into! Pretty sweet, huh? ^ _^ Bought three of them because that was all I needed. 🙂

Black Anti-Pitpocketing Travel Bag – I have been thinking about buying one of these if I was ever at a convention or just at an event in general where there may be a chance someone would try to target my debit card, identity, or what-not, so I decided to buy a RFID Protected travel bag! And this bag was at a discount store, so this Thrift Store Golden Rule rule apply to them as well: If you see something you like in a discount store, buy it! The bag was only $8.00-ish dollars, so I went for it! 🙂 I really do like it a lot and I am happy that I bought it in the long run!

Black Card Protector Wallet – And for a little added safety, I also bought a card RFID protector wallet for my cards. This wallet is too awesome because Minimalist Me is so happy that I could kick my bulky wallet out of my purse and just replace it with a plastic card protector wallet! I now use a small makeup bag for my paper currency and metal change. ^ _^

If I decide that I will not be using my bulky wallets anymore in the future, I will probably donate them to my new place where I am going to be volunteering at! Can’t wait to get started at my new volunteer job! But I will probably keep one or two of my bulkier wallets just in case… but that decision is still up in the air for me. D:

Small Gray Shower Rug – So my large gray Costco shower rug has always kept getting dirty because the catbox is right next to it and LOCKitty Amelia is very messy when doing her business in her catbox, so my shower rug kept getting filthy with cemented cat sand! > _<; So… I had to buy a smaller shower rug at Tuesday Morning (another discount store) and so far, so good! I only had to shake my new shower rug off every now and then, and it has been very manageable so far! ^ _^

Gorilla Wood Glue – And wouldn’t you know! One of my night stand drawer knobs broke off, so I had to buy some Gorilla wood glue to fix the knob. > _< This was kind of an emergency purchase, so now in case anything wood-ish breaks around the house/apartment, I will be ready to fix it, haha. 😀

Misc. Items: $115.95

Ah yes… the Misc. Items category. Lots of Goodwill purchases here this month, and unlabeled to boot so I don’t know what I exactly bought… But I will be better about listing what I purchased from Goodwill this month so I can properly review this category. In my defense, I was feeling terrible in January on many days, so that is why I did not list everything that I purchased from Goodwill on my budget sheet. Not like Goodwill receipts help to identify items you bought at their store either… – ___- But yes, I am hoping February I will not be such a Spendypants in this category. :C Or be a Spendypants that does not list everything that they bought at Goodwill like back in January…

Entertainment: $5.99

I believe in those Goodwill purchases in the ‘Misc. Items’ category, I bought a few CDs as well to rip to my iTunes music playlist and they would go here in this category, but alas, I didn’t label my Goodwill purchases correctly in January, so I cannot remember how many CDs that I purchased… :C The number was under 10 I am sure….. But $5.99 was the grand total this month for this category; Subscription fees to The New York Times and Shonen Jump make up the grand total in this category all together. 🙂

Eating Out: $11.00

Not too bad here! I believe my most pricey expense here was $5.00 sushi from Sprouts. ^ _^ I still prefer Spendypants Grocery Store, or Safeway sushi though. 😛

Budgeted Items: $0.00

I’m in the clear for January and this category will be discontinued from now on in future Budget Reports (see first part of post). 🙂

 

And the grand total this month comes to…

*drum roll*

Grand Total: $956.02

 

See? What did I tell ya’? Spendy! O _O February is shaping up to be another spendy month as well, but I’m making things work, darn it! > _<;

How was your January 2019 Budget?

Hey everybody! Here is what I have been up to!

Hi, everybody! I am very sorry for things being so quiet around here! I am still alive! > _<; I have just been feeling bad again and it just affects me emotionally, but I have not forgotten about the blog for even a second!

Today’s post will be a catch-up post! Come and see what I have been up to! 😀

Mailing Packages

So I mailed out a few packages this month! I mailed out 3 packages to a friend and to an avatar website company that accepts fanmail! The packages were basically early Valentine’s Day presents since I find the good quality candy I bought this month for early Valentine’s Day presents sells out quickly in February… O _O;;;

And before anyone asks, what I meant by good quality candy was that I bought See’s Candy and Russel Stovers candy. ^ _^ The See’s Candy was $11 in total and the Russel Stover king sized chocolate heart I purchased was $1.00 at Dollar Tree. Score! Shipping all of the candy though put my total up to around $20.00, but that is okay. ^ _^ This just means I won’t have to ship candy out next month!

I will be sending Valentine’s Day cards out in February though and I just have to worry about buying Valentine’s Day themed stamps during that time though, but I have some great ones in mind! I always like to send out Valentine’s Day cards for Valentine’s Day because I hate to see people get left out during that holiday… T _T

Ripping CDs

YAAAAAASS. So, I bought a bunch of CDs from Goodwill to rip to my iPhone. It’s all music I pretty much love to listen to and for each CD being around 2 bucks a pop for about 10-12 songs on each CD, I say that is a screamin’ deal! Better than paying $1.29 for each song on iTunes… > ___> I’m also keeping my CDs I bought around in a CD binder I also got from Goodwill because I want to keep them around just in case I ever have to rip all of them again… Like, if I ever got an Android phone or something like that and couldn’t use iTunes on it. That probably won’t happen in the near future, but you never know!

But I will definitely be keeping my old CDs around until CDs are phased out completely. I’m not sure when that will be, but it is a well-known fact that hardly anyone is buying them anymore though. Dx;;;

Something Creepy on my Bathroom Mirror

So after a trip to Goodwill two days ago, last night, pardon my French, something CREEPY AS SHAT appeared on my bathroom mirror! What appeared on my bathroom mirror were two hands at the center top side of the mirror.

Now everyone, I have not touched the mirror in that spot recently nor has LOCMom. And when I saw two handprints left on the bathroom mirror like that, I immediately freaked.

I could do a whole blog post about this, but in my lifetime as a thrifter, there have been times where I have brought home possessed objects from a thrift store. It all starts out the same: I buy the items from the thrift store, get a certain item I bought home, and on or after the day of I acquire the item, WEIRD SHIT starts happening around the house. Or atleast only to me. You could say you can chalk my thinking weird things are happening to me because of my mental illness, but I somehow know the difference when it comes to the fake things I see and real things I see. Medication helps a lot for me to distinguish the difference as well. 🙂

And the weird crap that happened to happen around my apartment just happened to be creepy handprints on the mirror. Now after freaking out, I went over my Goodwill receipt to see if anything I bought would send up any red flags and it turns out one item put up a red flag for me: a piece of jewelry. I thought it was so cute in the thrift store and wanted to bring it home to wear, but according to this webpage (my go-to webpage concerning haunted objects), jewelry is in the top bracket for being haunted. It even gives me the creeps just talking about it because this whole experience is still pretty raw for me. 😥

So I did what I do to all possessed objects I acquire from the a thrift store: I throw them in the garbage where they go to the dump where they will be buried in the ground never to haunt anyone ever again. This strategy works out well for me most of the time thank god. I sometimes think of thrift stores as hay stacks. Most of the time items in thrift stores are just “hay”, but then you find a “needle” very rarely and when you bring that needle home with you, then ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE in your house. It’s awful. 😦

So the moral of the story guys… If you think you have an item in your home that is possessed by a ghost/spirit, when in doubt, don’t ever donate it, THROW IT OUT. You don’t want that haunted object to haunt someone else’s home who acquires it from a thrift store, do you? I know I wouldn’t… xC

What I did today

So after my traumatic Saturday night, I ended up staying up until 6:00AM due to stress, but I eventually went to sleep and got up in the middle of the afternoon. But I went out and got some errands done!

LOCMom and I went to Raleys, or the Richpants Grocery Store, and LOCMom bought me some Walkers butter cookies! Guys… I love these cookies so much! They only have four ingredients in them and they are basically REAL FOOD which is a win in my book!

After the Richpants Grocery Store, I went to our local Asian market, 99 Ranch Market, to buy some of my Teriyaki sauce. Other than Sprouts and this particular Asian Market, I can never find it anywhere else in town. Boooooooo… T ___T But after going to Asian Grocery Store today, I thought to myself I should learn a few words and phrases in Mandarin because boy was it crowded in there today! O _O The staff and many of the people who shop there are Chinese and do not speak English, so when I go there next time, I should learn a little Mandarin to help me get around better and speak to others if I need to go around them and prepare for such situations like that. I even practiced a little bit of Mandarin tonight with some common words and phrases that will help me out so I will be totally prepared next time! 😀

Chinese New Year is coming up in a couple of weeks, so that may have been why the store was so crowded… ^ _^;

I also went to Dollar Tree next to the Asian Grocery Store and bought some GooGone in there! I really love Googone because it helps get sticky residue off of items that you can’t really get off with a sponge… > _<;;;

After going to Dollar, I went home and relaxed! ^ _^

So that is pretty much what I have been up to and did today! Not much goes on with me these days besides shopping and what-not. ^ _^;

Hoping everyone has been well and thank you for being patient with me!

What has everyone been up to? 🙂