Upping my Denim Jacket Game

I have owned a denim jacket for a while now and while I quite like it and it is more versatile than I expected, sometimes it feels like something is missing. The best course of action seems to be to get some sweet patches to sew on it and make me even cooler than I already am.

So of course I went onto etsy and had a look at what was there and I found a bunch of patches (and one pin) that I obviously need to buy.

 

It seems that I have 3 main themes when it comes to choosing accessories: skulls, cats, and feminist  messages. At least being predictable when it comes to these things makes it easy to buy presents for?

Now I have problem that I don’t know if all of these would fit on my jacket – and if they do that might be a bit overkill. Time to buy a new jacket?

 

5 Dog Breeds I Wish I Could Own

While I love my cats, there are times when I wish we could have more pets – like when I saw a Scotty Dog at the vet clinic and fell in love – but Ben and I have decided that our cats are enough work as it is without added another animal to the mix. Plus being renters it would be even harder to get approved with 3 animals than it already is with 2 animals. So for the moment I get to squeal with excitement when I see puppies in the street and try and pat them without the owner noticing.

To try and make me feel better I decided to come up with a shortlist of the top 5 kinds of dogs I would like to own. If we were in a perfect world where trendy dogs weren’t ridiculously expensive, or dog breeding didn’t result in awful health issues for the animal, or puppy farms didn’t exist, I would definitely go for at least one of these 5 breeds. Please note that these are in no particular order, because I doubt I could rank them and would have all of them if I could. Imagine all of them wearing a bandanna as well, because bandannas make all dogs measurably more awesome.

 

1. Dachshund
Cool Daschund

 

This is a no-brainer. I mean, look at how cool that dachshund looks right there; who wouldn’t want one of those? I want to have one and give it a little turtleneck sweater and just cuddle it while it tries to wriggle away. Can you imagine how hilarious it would be if it and Ned chased each other through the house? Or if I got them both walking on harnesses and taking them down the street? So Cute! Plus look at this anatomy diagram. Isn’t this a perfect description of a Dachshund?

2. French Bulldog
Ettore jumping

 

The day I saw the Scotty Dog at the vet I also ended up walking behind a couple with a French Bulldog puppy. I almost tried to steal it, because it was so excited to be out and sniffing things and lolloping around that I felt like my life would be incomplete without it. I mean, look at the dog in that photo there, doesn’t he look so happy to be running around? I feel like a little dog would suit me better, so we can be stumpy little chubby buddies together.

3. Giant Schnauzer
5 Giant Schnauzers at once.

 

One of my memories from when I was a kid was that my Aunt and Uncle had Giant Schnauzers as pets. I was quite a tiny child, so these massive dogs were terrifying. Now that I am not a tiny child I have realised that I would really like one of these please. The black ones make me think of giant Scotty Dogs (I mean, look at the ones in that photo with the long fringes) so I would definitely go for one of those.

4. Doberman
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I tend to alternate between wanting a tiny little dogs and a big intimidating one. Since I was young I always loved Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Dobermen, so I feel like I needed to have at least one of those on my list. Because a Doberman has the connotation of security dogs and that they’re ‘dangerous’, I would love to have one, train it properly, and just watch as people wonder how I can handle such a large dog. We would have matching resting bitch faces. I would never get approached by Charity Spruikers! I can only see positives here!

5. Bull Terrier
#yoshi #yoshidog #bull #terrier

 

I had to find out what this breed was by googling “Shark Dog” – Bull Terrier was one of the related image searches. I used to not like these dogs, because of the sharky resemblance, but they have grown on me over the years. They’re another breed of dog that look scarier than they actually are (if you treat them well and train them properly, of course) so I feel like they would add to my intimidation technique when it comes to pushy people on the street. Plus they are smaller than a Doberman or a Giant Schnauzer, so that means less food, and less trendy than a Dachshund or a French Bulldog, so probably cheaper as well.

 

I feel like the Bull terrier is the winner here, so now all I have to do is try and convince Ben that we need one. Time to collect cute Bull Terrier photos…

Replacing my wallet

Recently I discovered, on a fateful Friday morning, that I had lost my wallet the night before. I found this out when I got to the train station and when to pay for my train ticket and my wallet wasn’t in my bag. Nor was it anywhere at home. Or at the pub I had been at, and none of the taxi companies had it. I waited about a week, but by then I was resigned to the fact I had very little to no chance of getting it back so I might at well properly cancel my cards and get replacements. If you’ve never had to replace the entire contents of your wallet let me tell you, it really sucks. Like, I would be less annoyed if I lost my phone, because then I’d only really have to go through the bullshit of replacing one thing; everything of importance in my wallet has its own annoying process to replace, and now I get to update all my direct debit payments to a new card and try and remember a new card number. There are still things I haven’t gotten around to replacing yet because getting a new photo ID and bank cards was frustrating enough.

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Stationery Woes

I love stationery. Sometimes I think I love it a little too much. I head straight to that section whenever we go browsing in shops. I make a beeline to the notebooks, wistfully tracing what is on the covers with my fingers, deciding which ones have the best colours. I always choose a red variant initially, then remind myself of the multitude of red items I own, so if I was to potentially buy something I should shake it up, colour-wise. I weigh up the pros and cons of lined vs unlined vs grid pages. Sometimes, if I can do it unnoticed, I will give them a subtle sniff and breathe in the papery smell they have. Some of them are surprising, one that I have has a distinctly peppery smell to it!

I go through a similar process with the pens and pencils, debating internally over whether I would use black or blue in more, or if I should get a bright coloured ink to make things interesting. I take them out of their holders and cradle them, feeling their weight and testing their balance. I very rarely end up actually buying anything because I already have entirely too many notebooks that I’m not using to justify buying any more. But every time it’s a serious struggle, a test of will.

So when my friend asked on facebook if anyone wanted to buy stuff from a stationery website to bump the order up enough to get free shipping, I understandably went a bit crazy looking at everything. I think at one point I had over 10 tabs of product pages open. Finally I was able to narrow it down to three things. And that ended up being about $85. Shoot. So I’m putting them up here so I do’t forget about them and can close the tabs I still have open.

 


1. Washi Tape: $29.95 2. Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen: $32 3. O-Check Undated Diary: $22.95
 

The washi tape I can go without, but the pen and the diary I reeeeeeeeeally want to buy. Ben has a Lamy pen (but a different kind) and it feels so nice to use, and the diary will match my O-Check notebook journal and will be good for general organisation. Plus they all look pretty. And I wants them.

I think I’m the only one in my family that feels this way about stationery. There have been a few times where I’ve asked for stationery as presents for my birthday or Christmas, and they always seemed so confused at what I mean. It’s frustrating because I don’t know how to explain what it is I want, but I also don’t understand how they can’t see what is so amazing about this kind of stuff. Don’t they hunt for the perfect pen to write with? Am I crazy for obsessing over these things as much as I do?

I think, in a way to try and justify buying more shinies, I’m going to take the little notebook that’s propping the laptop up and start actually using it. The first day of a new month seems like a good time to start. If I can write something in it every day for a month then I shall give myself a reward. Sounds like a good plan to me!