Caddie Woodlawn Meets Today’s Timepiece

I love watches. I think it stemmed from reading Caddie Woodlawn as a little girl and seeing her fascination with her father fixing timepieces – from clocks to watches. She ended up loving to work with them too; I think of it like I do knitting. That soothing, redundant place you get to while you’re creating/fixing. So now, I usually won’t wear a watch unless I find one I love and that feels really comfortable to wear all day.
I don’t know if you all have heard of JORD watches, but I hadn’t until a few weeks ago. I found myself on their site, having serious watch lust, as I looked over their wooden choices – all sustainably made. They have watches for both men and women, and honestly you could switch some between the two and it would work for either gender.
Jord Watches - Cherry and Mother Pearl
I’m now the proud owner of their Sydney Series brand – the Cherry and Mother Pearl. Bella asked for the small pillow immediately – because obviously we haven’t read Caddie Woodlawn to her yet so why would she care about the watch? So besides the fact that this watch is something you can wear with almost anything, and keep forever, it has a:
  • Sapphire Crystal Face
  • Seiko Quartz Chronograph Stopwatch Movement (VD54)
  • Screw-down Crown
  • Swarovski Crystals

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And? For just $10 they’ll custom size it for you before it ships.
And YES international friends! They’ll ship to you and it’s not as much as a house payment! ::praise hands::

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Things I love about it:
It’s so, so smooth. All the edges and sides are just perfectly smooth.
Each one is made uniquely so they all have slightly different looks – even with the same wood used.
The face is clear to read, it’s easy to set, and it’s sturdy. I don’t have to worry about it catching and snapping on something.
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You can purchase your own JORD watch here, read more about them, or find out check out their FAQ’s for more info. They’re also really active on social media – on FB, Twitter, and especially Instagram.

I received a JORD watch in exchange for my honest review – all opinions are my own. A thank you to JORD for letting me be a part of this!

JORD Wooden Watches

Let’s Talk About Weird Pregnancy Things

I get terrible food aversions when I’m pregnant. I don’t know if it goes hand in hand with hyperemesis or what, but it’s been a regular occurrence for each one.

Some are the same. Chicken – cooked or raw. Tortillas or anything with a “bready” smell to it. Raw vegetables for first tri. Cheerios. Some I don’t see coming and then BAM. I can’t bear the thought of eating it.

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The Quirks That Bind

Last night I asked on Facebook what some of your quirks were.

Facebook Quirks

You guys. YOU GUYS. I don’t think I have ever laughed this hard. I was literally crying. I read so many of them to Sam this morning and he was shaking his head as tears rolled down my cheeks.

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Lady of the Flies

Usually I post little bits of life on Twitter/Instagram/FB so I thought I’d do that here instead. 

This afternoon I went to Crossfit. It was 98* and that place only has fans so 20 minutes in I thought for sure I was going to pass out on the floor in a heap of sweaty blob. They’d just have to mop me up.

Obviously I made it through.

After, I needed to head to the grocery store for food. We’d had Bella’s play therapy this morning so there hadn’t been a chance, and Sam is coming home tonight instead of Friday – which I didn’t know until a few hours ago. As we headed there, I decided I was too exhausted to shop and then cook as it was already after 5, and I didn’t have a store list. I drove home to order Chinese.

As soon as we got in the door, the flies hit. Everywhere. Like some sort of freak fly storm. I was so grossed out. Windows, counters, we just kept finding them. I gave up whacking them and started sucking flies up in droves through the hand vac.


I finally figured out they were coming in from the garage (waiting till Sam gets home to find out why) and the door was cracked. Pushed the garage door opener to get them moving out, shut the inner door, and in my hurry knocked over Bella who began to bawl that I’d pushed her over.

I’m comforting her, batting off flies, still all sweaty, and downloading the Urbanspoon app on my phone so for-the-love-of-all-things-holy we can just have dinner delivered and I can sit down.

Finally we got rid of nearly all the flies and calmed down. She’s playing now, I’m writing, Sam’s on his way home. Charlie’s barking at invisible people.

Sometimes I wonder if other grownups have these insane kinds of moments. Or just me. In my house of flies.

Yesterday was a Disaster and My Friends are Amazing.

Oh yesterday.

Where do I begin?

Yesterday we went to the zoo with Laura and her kids. While there, I left my phone sitting on the restroom counter. I realized it as soon as I walked out and turned around to head back. One other woman had gone in, and I passed her as she came out. She smiled at me and walked off.

When I went back in, my phone was gone. Not just that – I have a phone that holds all my credit cards, military ID, drivers license. Like – my whole life in cards was in it. I was sick, knowing what a mess this was going to be. And at myself – because I forget big things constantly since Kaden died. All.the.time. This happened to be the biggest forgetful thing so far.

I quickly searched my purse to make sure I hadn’t stuffed it in there by accident, and then ran after the lady to see if she’d found it. She’d disappeared in less than a minute – gone. It’s a small zoo with only one way out and an open walking plan, so I was incredibly surprised not to see her.

I checked with lost and found, then security. Nothing. Ran back to Laura who called it, and after two rings it was hung up on. Then again.

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