Sunday Cuteness

Another day of awesome shots from my iPhone 🙂 riley and kuma  
riley  emily  
uncle jerry  portland zoo  


Simplify Sunday- Moving 


sleepy shibs Moving is very interesting when you’ve been operating as a minimalist. The last two times I’ve moved it has been pretty spur of the moment, but since I don’t have a lot of stuff; it has been fairly manageable. 

For my latest move, I literally called my sister at 11am and told her I was going to move and she should come help me. I had found seven boxes a few days earlier. I had those and some packing tape, nothing else and nothing packed. I started packing, using the boxes and any kind of container I already owned (luggage, storage totes, reusable shopping bags, drawers, laundry baskets, anything and everything!). 

I had borrowed a mini van, and I packed everything and took over the first load to my new place, which was about 25 minutes away. I unloaded the van, then went to buy a bed. About this time, my sister got to town and met me back at the old place. We easily loaded everything else into the mini van and her SUV. Most of the room in the van was filled with Riley’s kennel 🙂 

We drove back to the new place and unloaded. We were done at 4pm! Packed, loaded, unloaded, and bought a bed in five hours! 

I know it’s silly, but I’ve never loved minimalism more. I felt so proud of myself for getting it done so fast and easily! I also think that my efforts to get rid of everything unnecessary this year really paid off, because I have only found three items to give away in the last two months at the new place. 

Next week’s Simplify Sunday is going to be about how I furnished my apartment, and how much I worried about not buying too much stuff… I like how it turned out. Stayed tuned! 


Sinplify Sunday- Packing Party

 sunshine and my princessAnne is having a packing party, and I’m kind of jealous. I don’t really want to go to all the trouble, but I love getting rid of things! 

So, instead… What would I do if I were completely starting over? What things would I actually need? Here’s what I got rid of:

  • Two pairs of tights 
  • Three pairs of socks
  • One shirt
  • A Packers foam finger that is just always in the way (sorry, Packers, I still love you very much!)
  • Two pairs of too small leggings
  • Three books
  • An old messenger bag 
  • Small decorative dish 

That’s it. I lost steam. Still, I think that’s pretty good (for someone that recently went through the entire house, and has been doing constant stalking of anything that might be useless!). 

On a related note, while thinking about starting over- how much do we really need, space wise? We are two people and two dogs, and we live in a four bedroom house. Kind of crazy, right? 

A few years ago I lived in a studio, and I loved it. Everything was super organized, and I hardly had to buy anything. Sure, I would have loved to have a closet (there wasn’t even one) for storage, but it made life feel so simple. I know that’s extreme and not for everyone, but it’s something to think about. How much do I really need? How much is just excess? How much good could these things I don’t even use be doing for someone in need? 

Just more of my ramblings 🙂 Happy Sunday, friends!


Growing Up 

This will be short and sweet, but today I’m thinking about change. Isn’t it interesting how much we change over the years? I feel like I am a completely different person than I was in my twenties. 

It’s funny how I thought I was such an adult, I knew everything, I had all the answers.

Now I am in my thirties and I feel like I know nothing! Does anyone else feel that way? 

And for babies… Look how much Riley has changed! She’s not quite seven months in the first picture, and three months in the second! She’s practically a grown up dog now. 

older Riley  

younger riley 


Reasons I Wish I Were My Puppy

1) She is the cutest puppy I’ve ever seen.vacation shiba

2) She rocks Packers gear like no other. Packers Shiba

3) She has the best mentor! shiba besties

4) Even being the cutest ever, she has the scariest game face! don't mess with me

5) Who’s better at riding shot gun? (Just kidding, I don’t really let her ride like that)  

riley riding shotgun

 6) She is a master at hiding. invisible shiba

Most of all, I just want to snack, nap, and play all day like Riley. 


Racism and Puppy Training

puppy trainingI signed Miss Riley Annabelle up for puppy training, since she is a little monster dressed in fuzzy fox’s clothing. At the first class, we were given this handout on things that a puppy needs to be introduced to. Notice the bottom, left hand corner.

I have so many questions.

  • Did the Caucasian instructor think anything of this when she handed it to my Asian husband?
  • Is said husband “Asian” or “Oriental”? I mean, WHAT? Why does it even say that? What is the difference, other than one term is socially acceptable and the other is not? I don’t even know where to begin.
  • Is this really necessary? Aren’t dogs mostly color blind? Don’t they really just see primarily in shades? Why doesn’t it say to introduce my dog to a blond and a brunette, if this is necessary?
  • Racism insanity aside, am I really supposed to go find horses and turtles, and take my puppy to the airport and a sporting event? Are puppies allowed in the Moda Center now, and I’m just out of the loop?

rileyI kind of skipped this homework. I just don’t even know what to say. It is true Riley is afraid of everything, but this list is kind of blowing my mind.

Am I overreacting?