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My six-year old loves little Shopkins toys, and on the package it says to go to the shopkinsworld website for more fun and excitement. She really wanted to go. The site pointed to apps and games so we downloaded Shopkins Chef club. It was a fun game where shopkins fall into a bowl and you try to connect identical ones with lines and they blow up and more fall and you see how many you can get in a minute. She'd play, then I'd take a turn, then we'd run out of lives for the hour and go do something else.

I started figuring things out about the game, so before she woke up I'd play a few rounds on the ipad and win her some coins to get better helper virtual shopkins. Then I realized if I had it on my phone it was the same account and I could play over lunch too... one thing lead to another, after a couple weeks of this we had something like four million coins, I'd paid something like $18 for game upgrades, I like buying game upgrades because I think developers deserve something back when they provide some fun for us, and then I figure I HAVE to keep playing because hey we paid for it.

One morning, I'd earned enough gems to get a super ultra rare crazy grand power shopkin or whatever, an occurrence that happens about once a week. I traded my gems for the shopkin and shut my phone off. Checked in later, the gems were gone but the shopkin wasn't there. Game bug.

I was mad so I uninstalled it from my phone. Just quit playing cold like that.

It was awesome.

I didn't miss it at all.

It's made me think about what else I could just quit.

Do you ever look around your house and see too much stuff in it and fantasize about torching it all and walking away?

I wonder if I'd miss pokemon if I quit playing. I met some nice friends through that game. It gives me something to do in checkout lines. But it is something I log into every day. I think I am concerned about the things I log into every single day, maybe that's the line when something is unhealthy.

Maybe I should be one of those religions that gives things up for lent, like chocolate or coffee or phone games. When I am into religion I'm really into religion. It's the nerd brain mentality, we are light switches, no in between. What else should I be quitting, that's my question of the week now.

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Mar. 19th, 2017 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I fantasize about torching 90% of my son's stuff. You know, the stuff that if you touch it he insists that he still plays with it...and then doesn't.

Shopkins was a craze here too, even my son was into it for a while. Collected a few and then stopped.

Mar. 19th, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
Facebook did this experiment where they deliberately crashed the app to see how tolerant people were of that. I uninstalled it after a few crashes. That was more than three months ago and I really don't miss it at all.

Anyway the point of giving something up for Lent is that it's supposed to keep you mindful of God or whatever. It's supposed to remind you of sacrifice daily. If it's easy and you don't think about it at all, then you missed the point.
Mar. 19th, 2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
The one thing I really love about this expat lifestyle is that we have to do major purges at least every 2-3 years. We're just starting one right now, getting rid of all sorts of clothes and books and dvds and kitchen stuff that we don't need or use because we have to "make weight" on our way out of here (our household goods can't weigh over 7200 pounds total).
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:03 pm (UTC)
I log into LiveJournal every day and I'm not the least bit concerned about that. But when I go over to Facebook, I always look at the clock to see what time it is, in the hope of limiting myself to X amount of time on Facebook. I can scroll through Facebook for a very long time and at the end of it, I feel like I wasted most of that time. Not so on LiveJournal; I read everything on my friends page, skimming one or two people but mostly reading everything and commenting on a lot of people's posts. Where I really piss away a ton of time is thejigsawpuzzles.com. That site is addictive.

I'm very happy not to have a smart phone. When I finally stand up from using the computer, I am done with all the stuff I love to do and read online.

Edited at 2017-03-19 05:03 pm (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:04 pm (UTC)
I purged a lot from moving around so much when I first moved to Philly, and I've kept that going in that I go through all of my stuff at least once a year and get rid of what I'm not using. I've been in my house for 4+ years now and have made countless trips to thrift stores and posts on Craigslist. I don't want to be one of those people who doesn't know what I have.
Mar. 19th, 2017 07:35 pm (UTC)
My favourite recent purge story involves my parents. For my Mom's birthday, my sister and I bought her a couple of shelf attachments so she could have easier access to whatever is at the back of her narrow pantry. We just bought two to start, as we weren't sure Mom would like them. When my parents emptied the cupboard so Dad could install them, they discovered things like salad dressing that probably dates back to when they sold their trailer (about a decade ago). Dad immediately went out and bought three more for the remaining shelves.

I just re-discovered a jack post in my basement that has been tucked away since before the last round of renovations (in 2008). It is prompting me to do a "wander and pitch" before I go back to being complacent about the fact that I have far more stuff than is sensible. It's bad enough that I'm even considering a cookbook purge!
Mar. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm quitting Twitter and Reddit this week, but keeping Liverjournal and Facebook. We shall see how that goes... I am trying to be honest with myself about the reasons I am doing each one, and the outcome. For example, meaningful social interactions and leads to some pleasure= keep. A form of time suckage, distraction or increasingly depression = cancel the account.
Mar. 19th, 2017 11:32 pm (UTC)
I miss moving often because it facilitated purging my belongings. I haven't moved in 2.5 years and it just feels like there's soooo much stuff around.
Mar. 20th, 2017 04:23 pm (UTC)
I had the Simpsons Tapped Out game on my phone for ages, and would play near constantly. Then when I knew I was going on holiday with 2 weeks no access, I deleted it. I felt a bit blank at first when I'd open my phone and have nothing to check in on, but now I feel much happier. however, that wasn't remotely a social game, so a bit different.
Mar. 21st, 2017 01:34 am (UTC)

This happens with games for me too -- Sims, PetSociety then Pokémon all followed a similar pattern.

Mar. 22nd, 2017 04:12 am (UTC)
I usually have either my personal laptop or work laptop with me (in addition to a smartphone always). When I travel without a laptop, I expect to miss it ... but I don't. Good reminder I could easily spend less time with either one.
Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:15 pm (UTC)
ugh that's why I quite playing temple run too. :( downside: it actually lowers my blood pressure. demonstrably.
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