Watch Yourself

My sisters and I had an amazing weekend in Vegas for my birthday.  At my age I don’t expect gifts or parties, I just want a good time and that’s what I got.

IMG_3815When I got home I found a cute little box waiting for me.  I had been emailing with someone from Jord Watches before I left for Vegas but didn’t expect to find one waiting for me.

Jord is a locally owned St. Louis, Missouri company and they design/produce real wood watches from sustainable materials from all around the world.  They have concentrated on mostly male and unisex designs so far but they have several women’s series in the works.  When I checked out thier website I was dismayed to see none of their watches (not even the mens) would fit my large wrist.

I replied to the email stating my problem of being large boned and they immediately said no problem we will customize the watch to fit you.  How could I refuse?

IMG_3819Imagine my surprise when the watch arrived and it FIT!  I have a nine inch wrist.  I chose the Sidney Cherry with a Mother of Pearl face.  It is gorgeous.  My pictures do not do it justice.

As well as being a large women I am also a sensitive woman.  I breakout when I come in contact with almost everything.  I have to put nail polish on the arms of my glasses so I don’t have a rash on the side of my face all the time.

I wore the watch for an eight hour day at work and I had no reaction to any of the wood parts!  I left the clear pastic on the clasp and it did not bother me all day but the metal on the back of the face did start to irritate me near the end of the day.  Sigh.  I am sure I can counter it with nail polish.

IMG_3817Jord has so many different designs and choices there really is something for everyone.  The packaging makes it such a beautiful gift.

They have also partnered with Albert Pujols of the Angels, the Pujols Family Foundation is based out of St. Louis, and they partnered with them to create a custom watch. The wood that is used is Maple, which is what Albert uses for his bats, the face of the watch includes a baseball player with Albert’s classic swing and a red 5.  20% of each sale goes back for children with downs syndrome and the Dominican Republic.  You know I have to support something baseball related even if it is for the dreaded Angels!

 

 

These are the watches I referred to with much better pictures than I could ever take.

 

Disclosure: In case you’re dense and didn’t read, I received a free watch.  No one asked me to post a review, simply to post pictures to my social media outlets.  And if you believe for a minute that all thoughts are not my own, well then just click that little x in the corner.

Happy Birthday to Me – My Three Year Plan

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It’s my Birthday!  I never used to really enjoy celebrating my birthday.  I would wait for someone else to make plans to celebrate me, and it wouldn’t turn out the way I liked or I would worry that everyone else was having a good time blah blah blah.  These last few years I am focusing more on ME.  And because of that I am no longer waiting for others to celebrate me, I take the initiative and celebrate myself.

This year I have spent the weekend in Vegas with 2 of my sisters.  Just being sisters, just relaxing, just having fun. (full disclosure, I am writing this more than a week before it will post)  I will be having a lovely dinner with family and extended family at the restaurnt of MY choosing.  And if everyone else doesn’t like it or doesn’t enjoy their meal, I honestly don’t care.  It is my birthday, I know I will enjoy my meal.  I’m even making my own cake.  That way I know it will be one I like.

In this directive I am planning out my future birthdays as well.  Specifically the big 5-0.  That isn’t as far off as it used to be.

My plan is this.  At some point in that year (2018 to be a little exact), I will be spending at least two weeks at DisneyWorld.  Anyone that wishes to join me for any or all parts of that two weeks are welcomed graciously.  I will share my hotel room with immediate family members (and select others) but all other expenses are your own.  I have started a small savings account to prepare myself for this event and if you plan on joining me I suggest you do the same.  I don’t think this will be a “summer” event as I hate Florida in the summer and I abhor huge crowds, I am thinking more along the lines of March or April.

I’m a little excited already.

Aspiration

Why is it every time I tell some one that I have developed fluid on the bad knee and I am going in tomorrow to have it aspirated they make this face?

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How is that helping?

 

So yes, it seems just before I had the injection I started developing fluid on the knee.  The injection seems to be working, in that, my ability to walk longer distances without dying is better and my generalized pain is lower.  But the fluid is making it unbearable at times to straighten my knee to it’s full potential, you know, like how straight it needs to be for things like, standing, walking, living.  Minor issue.

Tomorrow someone will once again stick a needle in my knee and this time take stuff out instead of put stuff in.  I hate needles.  But instead of wincing, I will grin and bear it and look at this “aspiration” as an “inspiration”.  Hopefully with this I will be able to be pain free or at least free”er” than I am now.

MORTDECAI

I am a fool for anything with Johnny Depp (ok not anything, I never did see the Alice In Wonderland he did and I will not see the Barber of Seville shudder).  But this looks really good.  And although I know most of the world can’t stand Gwenyth I actually adore her, so there!

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MORTDECAI opens nationwide JANUARY 23, 2015!
SYNOPSIS:
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment Present, An Infinitum Nihil / Mad Chance / Lionsgate Production
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, with Jeff Goldblum, and Paul Bettany
Directed by: David Koepp
Screenplay by: Eric Aronson
Based on: The novel entitled “Don’t Point That Thing At Me” by Kyril Bonfiglioli
Produced by: Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski

Progression

 

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A bunch of friends online are picking words for the new year instead of making a resolution.  I never make resolutions, I never keep them.

I am pragmatic enough to know what I am and am not capable of doing.  I know if I set a resolution to “lose weight” I will eat a Reese’s for breakfast.

2014Last year I made the decision to “Open up the gates” and that worked out well.  I opened myself up to opportunities that I never would have before.  Most importantly I opened myself up to ME.  I spent the majority of my life making sure others around me were happy and taken care of with little to no regard to myself.  This year that changed.  I focused on me.  New clothes, new lifestyle, more focus on my job etc.  It resulted in me getting a promotion, raise, moving into my own apartment and buying a new car.  Not too shabby results, I would think.

So for this year, I am going to focus on Progressing. According to Merriam Webster (does anyone miss using an actual dictionary?) Progression is defined as “a continuous and connected series”.  I am going to continue and connect.

Bring it on 2015!

Full tilt ahead!

 

Out of Body On My Mind

I have been dreading this day for a week.  I try not to think about it before Christmas, but once the last guest goes home on Christmas night, I turn morbid.

It happens every year.  This year, it only took mere moments after for me to snap off Taj’s head for the stupidest thing.  In under an hour I was a mess of tears, apologizing for being a bitch and explaining my mind set.

I thought maybe I could take some time from work and go away for a few days.  But this is a really busy time and I am supposed to baby sit the grand twins tomorrow night.  So I am stuck at home.

I couldn’t bring myself to go to the casino alone this year, so here I sit.  In front of my tv, in front of my computer.  Trying desperately to breathe.  Why can’t I breathe?

I miss you mommy.

Grandmas Girls

Grand Oroweat Sandwiches

When Oroweat Organics contacted me about doing a post based upon my favorite sandwich, I knew I should say no.  I am working way too much lately (that’s a good thing!), I hardly see the grands during the week, and my favorite sandwich is a simple PB&J.  But did I listen to myself?  Nope.  So I said Sure!  I would love to post about Oroweat Organic bread and the amazing sandwiches the grands and I will make!

Three weeks later, after many gentle reminders from the PR rep I am finally here to tell you all about our sandwiches.

Last night I had the chance to babysit the grands and give them dinner.  AHA!  We’re having sandwiches kids!  Since Oroweat Organics provided me with a $25 gift card to purchase supplies, you get to go to the market with me and pick out what you want to buy to put on your sandwiches. What the heck was I thinking?!  Seriously this whole working full-time thing and getting old and being peri-menapausal has really fried my brain.  When is the last time you tried to take 3 kids under the age of 10 to the grocery store?

oroweat_organic_breadsOroweat Organics provided me with 3 coupons good for $5.00 off a loaf of bread, and since the three grands can never agree on anything, I let them each pick out a loaf.  We ended up with Whole Wheat, Double Fiber and Country White.  None of which were the actual Organic sub category of the brand that we were supposed to be trying, but to my credit they were all actually Oroweat (Matthew walked around with a loaf of some other brand for a while and was distraught that he had to put it back and switch it for the Oroweat brand).  After threatening to leave Madilyn in the frozen food freezer to live like Olaf we finally made it back to the car and back to the apartment.  Where I proceeded to set up an assembly line of sorts for sandwich making.

I will never be someone who will stymie someone else’s pallette, but I will be damned if I ever have to try something just because you think it tastes good.  Let me preface this by saying, each kid had their own decisions and each kid ate 100% of what they made.

I divvied up slices of bread, one slice of whole wheat and one slice of double fiber for each kid (I told them if they ate their whole sandwich they could then have another of the white bread).  Then they each decided what their first layer of the sandwich would be, Caitlyn chose Spicy Brown Mustard, the twins both chose peanut butter.  So far so good.  On to the second layer, sliced cheddar cheese all around!  Wait what?!  Yup cheese and peanut butte, it brought me back to childhood of my crazy sister putting a slice of american cheese on top of her PB&J on toast.  But again, whatever floats your boat, just don’t ask me to taste it.  Next layer?  Salami for the girls and Matthew declines, his sandwich is complete.  Fo those of you keeping track, Madilyn now has Peanut Butter, Cheddar Cheese and Salami on her sandwich.  Blergh.

I repeat, they ate every single bite and then made peanut butter sandwiches with the white bread as well! (I don’t know how I managed to not get a single picture of the Country White)

Sandwiches for dinner were a rousing success!  And according to the folks over at Oroweat it was pretty balanced and healthy meal! Yay for Grandma!

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Thanks Oroweat Organics, next time I won’t take so long – oh who am I kidding.

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Disney’s Fantasia for XBox Kinect – Giveaway

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 The breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia,” is available worldwide for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Kinect for Xbox 360.  None of which are systems I own (Wii for me!), so when Disney Interactive contacted me about trying out the game, I declined but offered to do a giveaway instead.  Which means, this is not a review, because I have never played, but is simply a way for you to be gifted a fabulous (I am assuming) game just before the holidays!

From the press release:

In “The Neighborhood,” players will work their way through a restrained 2D urban cityscape, using music and magic to unleash a vibrant and magical 3D environment by interacting with billboards, rooftops, trains and other surprises hidden within the city landscape.  Through this mind-bending experience, players will watch and listen as their movements create bold colors and whimsical music that make “The Neighborhood” a fantastical adventure.

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Some of the tracks from a range of award-winning artists that will appear in-game include:

·         Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”

·         Drake – “Take Care” (ft. Rihanna)

·         Tchaikovsky – “The Nutcracker Medley”

·         Police – “Message in a Bottle”

·         MIA – “Galang”

·         The Who – “The Real Me”

 Additionally, players will be introduced to Yen Sid’s previous apprentice, Scout, via the game’s narrative, who will guide the player as they perform, transform and create music to restore order to the world.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary hits, classic rock, classical music, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways.

Some tracks for the title include:

·         AVICII – “Levels”

·         David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”

·         Antonin Dvorak – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”

·         Fun. – “Some Nights”

·         Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”

·         Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”

·         Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”

·         Elton John – “Rocket Man”

·         Kimbra – “Settle Down”

·         Lorde – “Royals”

·         Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

·         Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

·         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

·         Modest Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”

·         Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

·         White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

·         Antonio Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”

Although I never played I did watch others playing the game at both D23 and E3.  I have been fascinated by this game since I first heard about it back ion 2012.  I wish it were available on the Wii (but really, who am I kidding, I haven’t played my Wii since I moved).

So here it is!  Your big chance!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below and I will ship this puppy off to the winner in time for Christmas!

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Everyday is Black Friday at Children’s Place

Get ready for the biggest sale of the year with discounts to be thankful for from The Children’s PLACE.

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Black Friday savings begin Wednesday, November 26! Everything in store and online is on sale – NO exclusions. Get 50% off your entire order with no coupon needed. Best of all, you get free shipping with every order—no minimum purchase required. From polar fleeces to party dresses, you’ll find something for every kid on your list with stylish clothes and accessories they’ll love.

Used is in the Eye of the Beholder

My car has died.  2001 Honda Accord (purchased new by Kathy) with 160,000 miles led a good life and may possibly be revived by someone with more money and patience than I am willing to give.  Godspeed.

I BOUGHT A NEW CAR!

Ok, technically it isn’t new.  It is a 2014 Chevy Captiva Sport LTX with 9,000 miles.  Since they are fleet and rental cars you can only buy them used.  So for the price of a “new” Basic model car I bought a slightly used LUXURY model.  Yup, this car has the works; Leather Heated seats, rain sense wipers, navigation system, reclinging rear seats (I KNOW!) etc.

I have been car shopping for a while and had planned on making a purchase decision after the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of this month.  But the death of the Accord pushed everything up.  I started vigorously looking for a used car and ended up finding a Tiguan at CarMax in San Diego.  With the clikc of a computer mouse and a reassurance from the sales rep Jenny, the Tiguan was on it’s way to me.  When the Accord died I had to rent a car.  I rented a Captiva and fell in love.  When I test drove the Tiguan it just didn’t fit.  I wasn’t as comfortable in it as I was in the Captiva and I knew I had to change my mind.  Feeling relaxed with Jenn, we talked about the beauty of St.Petersburg (she is from Moscow) and even though she had the Tiguan brought up from San Diego to Burbank for me to test drive, she in no way pressured me or made me feel bad for not choosing to buy it.

Both Marisa and Adam purchased cars from CarMax before but this was my first experience.  If I find myself in need again I will be sure to go back.  From the ease of browsing their lot (all cars are unlocked so you can climb in and around) without someone following you around or hounding you to take a test drive made this experience a smooth one for me.

Below is a slideshow of my new car.  Note the liscense plate.  Anyone recognize the letters?  Caitlyn did right away!

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