Lexi & Gambit Update

Our fence request was approved, but the materials are expensive and we want to hire someone to do it so we don’t have to…and that’s more money. It took so long to go through approvals that the spray paint showing where not to dig have faded so we’d have to re-request that. At this point it seems like a lot of work.

But that means that they got harnessed up and walked every time they need to go out. Rain or shine. Lazy or not. Sick or healthy. At least 3 times a day. Once in the morning, once in the evening, and once before bed. Sometimes more. It sucks sometimes.

Lexi is still under quarantine. BUT IT’S ALMOST OVER!!! Next month she’ll be able to go off base and we can take her to events on base. YAAAAAY! We’ve brought Gambit twice to the dog park, and one of those times was only because Lexi was being groomed so we didn’t feel guilty leaving her behind. She doesn’t act up and she doesn’t seem to really care. In fact, she always looks like she just woke up from a good nap whenever we come back. But we still feel super guilty.

Gambit’s 3rd birthday is coming around about now. They estimated 6-8 months when we adopted him so that’s around end of February to March. As soon as Lexi’s quarantine is up, we’re going to take them to the beach or to one of the bigger parks. It’ll for sure be a big dog adventure specifically for them.

Both pups have been extra lovey and clingy. I don’t know if it’s because they see Cass coming and going a lot so they’re trying to hold me down so I can’t leave too. But I love their cuddles even if they’re productivity killers. I’ve been working on getting them on some semblance of a schedule even when Cass has very unpredictable work hours. They definitely behave better when they know their next walk isn’t coming for awhile. But it also means I have two very vocal dogs when I’m 1 minute over their afternoon walk time.

I’ve been doing BarkBox unboxings with them, but the January one was a total fail. In November and December’s unboxing, they run all over the place and it’s hard to get them to stay in one area and focus. So I thought if we do it on the bed, they’d stay a little more contained. They somehow managed to scoot themselves into the camera blind spots and would plant there.

On top of that, the chew of the month was a trachea that wasn’t completely wrapped in plastic. Ants got all up in there and it was chaos trying to clean them out. Luckily they didn’t care about the sealed treats and the toys so I didn’t have to deal with that. Here’s hoping next month goes much better. I’ll end this with December’s video.

Lucky Bags | Fukubukuro | 福袋

Lucky bags or fukubukuro (福袋) is a New Years tradition in Japan. It’s a grab bag businesses will put out for a huge discount. It’s a way for businesses to clear out their shelves for new inventory and for customers to get great deals. You’re not supposed to look in the bags, but I saw a lot of people (both US and Japanese) peaking in or digging around.

2019 lucky bag

I remember seeing these bags at Sanrio stores in Hawaii, but it wasn’t a thing. We got up late on New Years and were super lazy, but we decided to wander over to the Aeon in American Village to see if we could find any good lucky bags.

When we first walked in, I was tempted to snatch every bag I saw. But then I saw a Starbucks and I had been wanting to try the limited edition Black Sesame Frappuccino so Cass and I got one to share. I really liked it! Cass didn’t care for it.

Cass and I did a lap of the first floor and I decided to go with a range of bags. First I got one of the bags from the beauty/skincare section. To be honest, I chose it based on the cuteness of the bag. I didn’t look into the brand…I probably should have, but it’s too late now.

2019 lucky bag

I haven’t tested any of it out yet. I’m making my way through some Tatcha products for the first time so I want to finish those out before trying something new.

Next, we got a bag from a section that looked like household cleaners and such. We kind of blindly chose that one. I didn’t realize until after we paid that the back of the bag was see through. But that’s okay, we specifically wanted bags that were a true blind grab bag.

2019 lucky bag

I tried out the detergent on our sheets and I liked it! The scent was on the floral side, but not overly done. I don’t think Cass even noticed a difference.

The last bag we got from Village Vanguard. I had seen some of the unbagging pictures on some Facebook groups so I knew it was really hit or miss. They were color coded by category, but there were no descriptions in English. Some people said the Rycom Aeon had English signs and some people said they just asked at the checkout counter. I left Cass to pick while I walked through Daiso.

2019 lucky bag

We put the pillow on the couch and the dogs use it every once in awhile as a head rest. We put the towel on the front door so we can wipe their paws after rainy walks. Everything else is going to our nieces and nephews.

Our strategy next year will to go more practical. As fun as the Village Vanguard bag was to open, the other bags had things we’d actually use. If we do go with something more fun next year, it’ll be from the Studio Ghibli store or Sanrio. Maybe we’ll go to Rycom Aeon or to Naha for more of a variety. Or maybe we’ll skip it altogether and save the money on something we know what we’re getting.