The S.E.C.R.E.T. Misson at the Children's Museum of Houston: Fun, Rewarding & Challenging!

The Children's Museum of Houston is alright in my book. Those people keep my contact information in their virtual Rolodex and reach out from time to time with some great opportunities. The most recent example is when they reached out to me at the beginning of the summer to ask if I'd like to visit with my family to try out the new S.E.C.R.E.T. Mission, which actually has its last day at the museum TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 5TH! Labor Day is the very last day you can experience this awesomeness. Ack! Leave it to me to tell you about it at the last minute. The "Special Elite Crime Resolution and Espionage Team" has seven missions that you can be assigned. They range in level of difficulty.

Your group can have each child receive an individual mission, you can work in teams or you can pair off and solve the missions that way. My best friend since fourth grade and her three kids joined me and my two. Her kids are in 8th, 6th and 4th grades and mine are in 6th and 3rd. She went with her two daughters on a mission and I went with my two sons and her son on a mission. Let me say from the beginning that I am so glad we did it that way. We saw them all throughout the time we were there. The missions are supposed to take roughly 30 minutes each to complete, but, of course, that depends on how many tangents are involved with your crew. There is an additional charge for the missions, too. I have to say that the mission we received wasn't easy and I felt like we needed to put our minds together to get it right. My 6th grader would have figured it out but the other two (3rd and 4th) would have needed some guidance. I think they would have gotten too frustrated and given up if I hadn't been there.


This is a picture of my friend's son checking in. All the kids get their handprint scanned, but, now that I think about it, I don't think we actually activated anything with a handprint, so I think it was all for show. You can see in that picture that he is wearing an orange and black bracelet. This had information in it that allowed him to open doors and activate other things during the mission. This took place in the "spy shop", which sold all sorts of cute things pertaining to science and forensics.

You can become an "elite agent" with your picture shown on the screen for everyone to see IF you solve all 7 missions. Since I am just posting about this on my blog (and if this is the first time you are hearing about the missions), it doesn't look like you or your child will become celebrities this way. We went to the mission the week or two before school started. We just finished our second week of school, so it took me 3-4 weeks to get my act together and write this post. Ugh. I can really annoy myself sometimes. If I had known it was about to wind down, I would have written it much sooner. Maybe I can find out where the S.E.C.R.E.T. Mission will be heading to next and you can follow them. If you care at all about learning to become a top secret spy, you'll figure out a way to get yourself there. Or just go tomorrow! Labor Day!




These badges illustrate the different missions that you can be given. I don't think we picked a certain mission. They assigned us one based on the difficulty level that we requested. I think I requested the "Don't make me look really stupid in front of my kids and my friend's son, please" mission, which I also think had something to do with securing some expensive, top secret crystals. You can buy the badge for the mission you completed at the end for only $316. I take that back. It was only $3 or $4. Maybe $5. Somewhere between there and $316. So, not bad.






Each mission receives a different set of tools, such as a magnifying glass, a USB port, a flashlight, etc. Pictures of some of the tools are below. You also receive a special book that keeps you on track during your mission and a pen on a lanyard. All of that makes you feel very espionage-y. I dare someone try to stop you when you are looking super official with all of your gear. You get special permission to enter through the exit in one section of the museum because of your special badge, so WATCH OUT, CRIMINALS. WE HAVE LANYARDS. STEP. BACK.




This is my son personalizing his mission book. They were all so excited to get started. The older kids were trying to act like they were too big for it at first, but then they got into it. They liked pretending, too. Of course, they did. It was a challenge with a lot of different scenes and places to discover.


Throughout the mission, you will find that you keep getting directed back to the mission control area, which has a very NASA-y feel to it. You have to log on to the computer with your bracelet to receive the next step or the next clues to solve the mystery. It was very cute and very well done. It was entertaining for the adults, too. There are lots of computers, even on a busy day, so there isn't really any waiting for your turn to get the information that you need.


Below are my friend's daughters getting the information that they needed. I'm not sure which mission they were on, but it was different from ours. We were still trying to compete to see who would finish first. Those three were a fierce trio, though. We couldn't catch them! My guys also liked to make frequent stops, such as for lunch. Still not sure how they could stop to it when there was rampant crime going in right there in the Children's Museum. The evil doctor WAS TRYING TO STEAL THE ORANGE CRYSTALS, FOR GOODNESS SAKES!



Another cute part of the mission was choosing your undercover name. There were so many fun ones to choose from. It looks like my son chose Zero Dragonfly, which is ironic because that is the name we almost named him. (Where's an emoticon when you need one?)


The crystals! Here they are! Those look worth saving, if any crystals ever looked worth saving. You must agree? Just looking at them again makes me not regret the few times I snapped at my kids about not having enough time to use the fake ATMs at the fake bank in the fake town while trying to solve the crime. I had these beautiful crystals in mind. If I didn't stand up for the safety of those crystals, please tell me who would?? *blots sweat from brow, gets back down off her chair*


Those fake ATMs and these giant lily pads below really can get a spy off course, but what is a trip to the Children's Museum without getting stuck on a lily pad and having a quick panic attack that you can't escape? I don't say that from experience or anything.


Now, HEEERRRREEEE'S where it all went down. These pipes. These dadblasted pipes. We weren't sure how to get the pipes to work for us right the first time, but luckily the people that work at mission control were super nice and knowledgeable, so they got us back on course. After a little frustration, we grew to love these pipes. They light up with different colors and shapes. You have to enter a special code into them to solve the case ultimately. It was tricky and rewarding. The kids loved that part. It was obvious when the crime had been solved. Once you received the flashing lights that you were waiting for, you had to hurry back to mission control to wrap everything up.




The experience was definitely a fun one. If we were to do it again, I would get there early and do it first thing so that there would be plenty of time (and energy) left over to explore the rest of the museum. I think we all formed some fun memories that day! Remember, tomorrow is the last day that it is at the Children's Museum of Houston, so consider heading over there to try it out!




The museum covered the cost of admission, the cost of the missions and the cost for parking in exchange for an honest review. This an honest review! No smoke and mirrors here!


2015 Kia Soul EV Review: My entertaining experience with an electric car

When I get contacted by Drive Shop to review a car, I get very, very excited. The car I drive is on its last leg, I mean wheel, and it is always great to drive a new car for a while. If I always drove a new car, then driving another car would be sort of "meh", but, since mine is old, it's definitely more "yeh". Although "yeh" is not a word, I do hope you'll look past that so that we can move on.

Actually, that's not true. If I had a new car and was asked to drive this electric KIA, I would still be excited. IT IS ELECTRIC. I know my boys were excited to drive a car that we had to plug in to charge. Now, before I go any further, I have to send out a big apology to KIA and to Drive Shop for JUST NOW reviewing this car. I DROVE IT LAST FALL. I'm a terrible person for just now reviewing the dern thing! This is not any reflection at all on the car itself, but more on my busy life. I vow to make more time for blogging and reviewing this year. I vow to better manage my part-time job so that I have more time at home to write things like this post right here. I really, really love writing and I love this blog. More than that, I love that you read it!

I also love Drive Shop. They have been nothing but good to me. This is the 6th car I have driven and reviewed for them. You can check out my other car review posts here.

Let's talk about this car now. I drove a 2015 Kia Soul + EV, so it's still very much a current car. Why don't you look at it for a second?




Second's up. This is the cute little thing parked at my older son's flag football practice. I was driving a Smurf and who doesn't love Smurfs? Every time I drive a new car for Drive Shop (Please call me again, Drive Shop! I'll do better!), I must deal with the "Did you get a new car?" questions umpteenth times in a row. People are always shocked to see me in anything other than the white 2008 Hyundai Veracruz that we used to drive my 8-year-old old home from the hospital as a newborn. That child is nearly 5 feet tall and we are still driving the same car around. I mean, goodness gracious, we can squeeze the life out of a vehicle. As a result, any new car I drive gets a lot of attention. I see that as a win-win for people who want me to review a car. [Insert a gigantic wink, wink here.]


My boys aren't small little things at all and they were able to get their long legs into that car pretty well. Could they put everything they ever owned into the back seat with them? Not really. That's why it's a good thing there was the cute little hatchback you see pictured below.


I think that this car would work really well for families who don't have two boys that both play baseball and flag football. We carry around a lot of equipment- folding chairs, a gigantic rolling baseball bag that fits bats, gloves, catcher's equipment and a tall palm tree inside, a smaller baseball bag and sometimes a pitching machine. With all of that stuff in the car, finding a place for the groceries can be challenging. Fortunately, Kia made a cute little hatchback shelf (can I please call it that?) that can hold some groceries and groceries can also be piled into the back seat and on top of your children. It can all be worked out.

That cord, though. Don't lose that electric cord. I can see my sons accidentally packing it into their baseball bags and then it accidentally getting lost at a park far, far away and the next thing you know, the whole family is running for miles and miles and miles back home like a small collection of Forrest Gumps. That would be a mess.



I didn't mention the folding SEATS up there that I like to carry around, too. FOR THE LOVE. See, it's folding chairs for the flag football game and folding seats for the baseball game bleachers. It's insanity. You can see that they fit nicely into the back, though. Nice and cozy. I have a friend who drives a similar size and style car. She has a son that plays baseball and she works it all out, so I know it can be done.



The electric side of this car was a new experience for sure. I must say that it made me a little nervous. If it ran out of charge, where would I go? You can't just pull into any old place and fill 'er up, you know? You have to plan ahead. Fortunately, there are all sorts of places where you can go charge your car (26,000 240-volt charging outlets available nationwide, per the website), but many of them require special passwords and payments plans and whatnot- all of which I would have if I drove this car regularly. In my case, though, I just needed to plug it in at home overnight. My boys competed over who would plug the car in first. Not sure how long that competition would last the longer I had the car, but I can assure you that they found it absolutely fascinating, as did my extended family. We drove it to family birthday party one night and I realized that I didn't have enough charge to really make it back home. I plugged it in to my parents' outlet in the garage. It was late already. We ended up spending the night, which actually was a great thing. More time with the family, right?



Let's talk about other features of this car. I know a back-up camera is common in new cars these days, but, hey, we don't have one in my 2008 Hyundai Veracruz, so let us enjoy the moment a little.

This car also comes with a steering wheel, which turned out to be a great thing. A steering wheel with a lot of buttons! Hello! You can manage all sorts of things without ever leaving your steering wheel.


This mass of matter is actually half car, half alien. It was sort of cool to put a little extraterrestrial into suburbia. The glowing blue alien lights let you know how charged your car is at that moment. All three glowing is what you are after. The white contraption near the headlight, of course, is the power cord. The shield to the left of it moves away so that you can plug it in. So nifty. According to Kia's website, "all Soul EVs come standard with the quickest available charge port, the DC Fast Charge, which supplies an 80% charge to an empty battery in about 30 minutes".

The MSRP on this car is $31,950. It gets 120 city and 92 highway miles per gallon equivalent. So, you can go pretty far on this thing before having to charge it back up. There are all sorts of technical questions asked and answered on the Kia website, if you are considering purchasing this car. I can tell you that it was a lot of fun to drive and that I think it would be the ideal car for many situations. I am a speech-language pathologist and do a lot of testing and driving between schools and hospitals. I could see this being an ideal work car for me, as an example.

Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment via this Facebook link to let us know what you think! If you drive an electric car, especially this one, it'd be great to hear about your experiences, too!


5 Things That I'll Do, If I See You Do It First

I have never thought of myself as an outright follower. I have my own ideas! I say when wrong is wrong! The truth is, though, that I am more of a follower than I thought. The other day I started listing the things that I'll do if I see you do it. I'm okay with being a follower, though, if you are a follower like me. If you are a follower, then it's okay if I'm a follower, too. That's sort of how followers-who-don't-think-they're-followers cope with things, apparently. We're all upset until we realize we aren't the only ones who live this follower life.



So, here are the things that I'll totally do, if I see you do it.

#1 Get One More: This mostly applies to chips at a Mexican restaurant, but can also be seen with just about any appetizer at any restaurant that I've frequented. The chips overtake me, especially when there is queso involved. I'll be quite alright with my decision to quit stuffing my face ("No, no...hee, hee...I've had QUITE enoughdidyoujusttakeanotherchip?" *stuffs three more in her mouth*), unless I see you go for one more. I can actually do enough damage to the chip basket by myself, even if you never had one. I think there is something deep inside me that thinks if I don't finish off the chip shards at the bottom of the chip basket, I'll be doomed to eat nothing else forever. In general, though, if you get one more of something, I might get one more of something. Like a glass of wine. Hooooo, boy. Let's not even go there.

#2 Take Notes:The other day, I was in a class-like atmosphere. I realized when I started taking notes, girlfriend next to me started taking notes. You know she didn't think that was an important thing that was just said until I started moving my pen across the paper! I'm the same way, though. "Ohhhhhh, no, you aren't. You aren't the only one who just thought that was an important piece of information. Look at me! I'M WRITING, TOO! I'M TAKING NOTES, TOO!" I actually love taking notes. If I could go back to college or high school and just take notes, I so would.

(My husband is the exact opposite. If he doesn't want to take notes, THE BOY WON'T. I can be feverishly writing things down that we may have heard together during a sermon or a class of some sort and can be outright breaking a sweat over it and I'll look to my right to see no notes being taken whatsoever. I'll joke with him and ask him if he wants to borrow my pen to take notes. He knows I know that he wants no part of my pen. I sometimes just take notes because I want the teacher or leader to know that I'm listening and thinking that he or she is saying something important. My notes may just be "one two buckle my shoe", but I'm writing something down! I'm such a people pleaser. I need to get a grip. My husband is such a leader. He does what he wants to do and that's it. It's served him well in life to date, but, still, TAKE SOME NOTES, SON!)

#3 Move The Mouth:
This one is embarrassing. Although I have done this while someone is talking- my mouth moves when their mouth moves- it's really noticeable when I'm feeding food to a baby. As I approach their mouth with a spoon and his or her mouth opens, my dingdang mouth opens up, too. FOR THE LOVE. I'm not eating the food! Why am I opening my dingdang mouth? I consciously try to keep my  mouth in check when I'm feeding a baby in front of someone else, because, hello, weird. I don't feed food to babies too often anymore, but still. I'm a real Mouth Mover sometimes and I've got to quit that. (Sidenote: My 14-month-old nephew moves his little mouth as he concentrates on his shape sorter. It's the sweetest thing. It must run in the family.)

#4 Drive That Way:
Nothing more shameful than when you find yourself trying to get around an accident or construction or something and you find a stream of cars going in a certain direction, so you follow them...down a dead end road. All of you have to goooooo to the end, back up, tuuuurrrrrn around... You feel like waving down everyone you see going that direction to tell them to stop looking like an idiot ("BEEN THERE!"), but you have no clue if they live on that street or need to go that way or what. All you can think about is how stupid they look, but then you stop yourself because you were just there. "Look at all of those followers. The poor souls." You feel all high and mighty but that is only because not even 2 minutes before you were the one yelling out "OH, FOR GOODNESS SAKE, IT'S A DEAD END" as you slowly made your way out of the blasted cul-de-sac. I'm really bad about driving that way if you drive way in parking lots. If I'm not sure how to get out of a big parking lot, I'll follow you for so long, you'll be tempted to jump out with a can of mace.

#5 Sneeze: Did that girl just sneeze? Oh, no, ma'am, she's not the only one sneezing today. Look at this...look at this...watch this...I'm about to sneeze, too. Hold on...hold on a dang minute... It's coming! Iiiiiiit's coming. I LOST IT. I lost the sneeze. This is terrible. The letdown is too much. I was hoping to sneeze because she sneezed. I felt the urge. I was about to sneeze and then...nothing. Gone. Yeah, if you sneeze, I'll usually sneeze, but, if I lose the sneeze, well, it takes a while to get over. If you see this happen to me, give me some space.

There's my five.

I need to work on my  leadership skills and I know it.



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Posted by Kelley's Breakroom on Sunday, January 10, 2016


My Dog's Favorite, Free and Very Strange "Toy"



Oh, I am just pathetic. The last blog post I wrote was the fast food guide (when ordering for a lot of people) and I wrote that in August 2015. I wrote another post since then, but it was about a wood watch that was sent to me, so that doesn't really count. I think I'm ready for this blogging thing again, but only different. I took off all of the ads. I took off a lot of the extras in the side bar. I don't do this for money. It's just hard to find time to do it. My life is probably a lot like yours, which means there is not a wholelotta (is too a word) time for fizzle fartin' around writing a blog post.

But, this is 2016.

It's a new year.

I only mention this because I want this new year to be different. I want to make more time for creativity. I have sort of lost myself in work and in the carting of children to school, to practices and to other activities. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else than present for my kids, of course, but I feel like I need to make more time for nonsense.

I need nonsense back into my life. I need the silliness. I need the lightheartedness.

I don't want to get into why my 2015 didn't contain a lot of the above because my year paled drastically in comparison to the year that others had in terms of profound sadness and despair. My eyes immediately sting with hot tears when I think of that. It always will. Forever.

I'm so very grateful for my faith in God. I know that many don't believe. I am not here to force you to believe anything that you don't want. I just know that my year would have swallowed me whole had it not been for Him catching me and helping me to see life from a different perspective.

So, I think I'll get back to this blogging thing, even if it is only once or twice a month. I want to get back to it the way that I started it. When I started writing it, I wrote it for fun. I wrote it for the handful of people that I knew read it from time to time. I didn't write it to catch Google's eye. Google can be quite the finicky friend. Google is half finicky friend and half Janet Jackson.

"What have you done for me lately? [Buh-dunna-dun-dun] OooooOOOOoooo, yeah!"

Such high expectations, that Google.

(But, seriously, if you are reading, Google, know that I would L-O-V-E to be on the creative team that decides how G-O-O-G-L-E will be dressed each day. So fun! Seriously, call me.)

This is the point where I should close this blog post off, but, you know, you came all the way over here to read this and all you've read was blah-blah-sentimental-blah-blah-seriousness. That is no good at all. So, can I tell you real quick-like about my dog? I'm going to take that blank stare as a big YES.

My dog turned a year old on December 6th. During her first year of life, we became pretty good friends. She is really tight with my two boys, though. They all have each other's backs. As much as we love and watch out for her, though, there is one thing she loves above all else.

It's not us.

It's not any toys that she has been given.

Nope, not food.

Not the lamp cord she severed in half.

Not water.

It's not even the paper towels she tries to eat when she happens to snag one.

Or other dogs that she meets at the park.

She does love her pink ball, but it's not even that. (The video of her playing fetch all by herself with it is right here. Super cute video, I must say.)

Nope, nope and nope.

Let me just say, when she first started playing with this in the yard, I had no clue what it was... I thought she was chasing around a mole that was underground. I changed my mind and later thought maybe there was a little mouse she was chasing around the yard, only the mouse was ALWAYS there and that was super gross. That wasn't likely. The next thing I thought about was that it could be water underground that she was hearing from the sprinkler system, or maybe even the pipes, and she was chasing the sound around the yard, only why would she be doing that when the sprinkler system wasn't on? Or water wasn't running in our house?

I was surprised when I found that her very most favorite thing in all of the world was this...



Yep. A rock.

She is absolutely, 100% MADLY IN LOVE with this rock. Only, it's just not this rock, but all the rocks like it. There are plenty to choose from in our backyard.



And also...



And that's just one side of the yard.

She would pack up her suitcase and leave us all for these rocks, if they ever decided to skip town.

When we get home from school in the afternoon, I will literally go outside, lounge back in a chair, take a 30 minute nap and let her play with her rock. If I gave her an hour, she'd play with it for an hour. She'd play with it for even longer. Sometimes she'll take a quick break to go to the bathroom, but, boy, does she keep that bathroom break to a minimum. She must get back to her rock tossing.

This is her in action with it.




She's almost scary with all of that mud around her face. She looks like she's from The Walking Dead. The Walking Dog. That'd be her show.

She sometimes tries to sneak one inside the house in her mouth, but we have to put our foot down somewhere. I won't enable her rock addiction to that degree. It is very much an addiction. She makes a frantic, delirious, joyful noise when she and the rock first come into contact in the afternoons. It's sort of the way I sound when I get some Chick-Fil-A nuggets and that most delicious Chick-Fil-A sauce. If you try to come between her and that rock, be ready to say goodbye to a few of your fingers. Again, sort of like me with those nuggets. Or a hot Shipley's glazed donut. DON'T EVEN.

So, that's it. That is her favorite toy and her very favorite thing in all the world.

Petco, call me. Maybe we can work something out.





(Pssst... Thanks for reading. I've missed you.)


The 5 Reasons I Love My Wood Watch (and a GIVEAWAY of 3 awesome JORD wood watch coupons!)

This post is identical to the one I put up less than a week ago, EXCEPT it now has the giveaway included. Please go to the Rafflecopter at the bottom for a chance to win one of 3 coupons.

That sounds so bossy, right? You can wear whatever watch you want. I just think you'll like this watch for several reasons. I'll tell you right from the outset, I was sent this wood watch to try out. JORD made it. We have been communicating about this watch for months now. Because I have lately been a ridiculous "blogger", I am just now getting around to getting my act together. I put blogger in quotes because I have only blogged 11 times since January 2015. I'm trying to get back around to being a once-a-week blogger AT LEAST, because I really do like writing here.


JORD was nice enough to give me several watch styles to choose from, despite my sorry blogging habits. Once I picked one, I then had to size my wrist with a measuring tape that you can print from their site. It wasn't long after that when I received my watch in the mail. I must not have sized my wrist right, though, because the watch didn't fit quite right. I will admit, however, that I didn't open the watch all the way. I had never seen a watch that clasped the way this one did. When the watch repair guy put in one more link, he showed me how it opened in two directions. I think he thought he was going to be all clever when he opened it up from both ways to show me that it did, actually, fit my wrist. It didn't, though, so I was happy that I went through the trouble to find the watch place.

Because, if I hadn't, I would've looked really air heady.

Speaking of places to get a watch sized, just find a "watch repair shop" before you go all over every place like I did. To be more specific, I went into Kohl's. They sell watches! You'd think they could put in an extra link into mine, even if I didn't buy it from there. BUT NOPE. They could at least sell me a watch fixer-upper tool. BUT NOPE. I'll tell you where you can put your Kohl's cash, Mrs. Kohl's Watch Area Employee.

Oh, she was nice about her unhelpful ways. Now, I feel bad...







This watch, though, this watch.

Okay, I will be honest with you. I wasn't sure I'd LOVE the wood watch. I thought that it was going to be cute enough, but maybe not my favorite watch. I have a lot of watches. I'm sort of an avid watch collector. Once a watch's battery breaks, I need a new watch. That's ridiculous, I know. I just hardly ever, ever change a battery in a watch. I think I'll change the battery in this wood watch when the time comes. For one thing, I've found a watch repair place, remember?

So, why should you wear it?

#1 It gets noticed. I'm sure you don't care about that sort of thing. I don't wake up wondering if people will comment about my watch, either. It's just that...they do. With this wood watch, they do. I hardly ever get comments about my watch so frequently and so often as I do when I am wearing this watch. People are fascinated by it and have called it "stylish", "modern", "cute" and lots of other great adjectives. This is the watch that I picked out below from the Fieldcrest series. It is more plain than the other choices I had, but I liked that about it. It seems to blend in with everything. It is simple and feels dressy when I'm dressed up and casual when I'm casual. It is a Maple watch but does not go well on pancakes.


The watch taken from the site:

 
The same watch taken on my iPhone:
 


#2 It is different. You don't already have a wood watch, right? It's kind of fun to wear something that is a little out of the ordinary. Several times people have said something like, "At first, I thought it was wood".  I usually give them about 10 seconds of silence before I belt out, "THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS WOOD! HAHAHA!!" The earlier it is, the louder I yell. This lovely, pretty, awesome one below (for $199) is wood and rose gold, so 'fess up on that one if you wear it and get asked. No one likes a liar.



#3 It is lightweight. I know most watches out there aren't pinning people down to the ground by their excessive weight. I realize people aren't bulking up because of their watches. "Is he on steroids or is his watch just, like, really heavy?" This watch is light, though, which makes me type faster. Pretty sure.

#4 It is reasonably priced. The watch I am wearing is $120. They do have even more expensive ones, of course. I really, really, really love this ebony and copper watch for $295. The rose gold one up there is $199. I still think that is reasonable for something so unique.


#5 It is made my artists and also, the whole sustainable thing. Artists! Fancy! "JORD was derived from a desire for timepieces that model our modern lifestyle. Sustainable, efficient, simple, and influenced by experiential living. JORD owners don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go." Ooooo. I like that.  Now read this one: "JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then we'll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. We have fun. This is our journey." I like it!

You want one now?

Even if you don't want one, are you thinking you'd like to give one? I am. The next person that wants a watch is getting one of these. Take note, family.

If you want to check out their many, many styles, go this way.

I am so excited to be partnering with JORD to give away three coupons for $25, $50 and $75 off an awesome watch. My watch was $120, so any of those coupons would bring it to under $100. I think that's a great deal! For your chance, enter using the Rafflecopter below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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The 5 Reasons You Should Wear a JORD Wood Watch (Giveaway coming soon!)

That sounds so bossy, right? You can wear whatever watch you want. I just think you'll like this watch for several reasons. I'll tell you right from the outset, I was sent this wood watch to try out. JORD made it. We have been communicating about this watch for months now. Because I have lately been a ridiculous "blogger", I am just now getting around to getting my act together. I put blogger in quotes because I have only blogged 11 times since January 2015. I'm trying to get back around to being a once-a-week blogger AT LEAST, because I really do like writing here.


JORD was nice enough to give me several watch styles to choose from, despite my sorry blogging habits. Once I picked one, I then had to size my wrist with a measuring tape that you can print from their site. It wasn't long after that when I received my watch in the mail. I must not have sized my wrist right, though, because the watch didn't fit quite right. I will admit, however, that I didn't open the watch all the way. I had never seen a watch that clasped the way this one did. When the watch repair guy put in one more link, he showed me how it opened in two directions. I think he thought he was going to be all clever when he opened it up from both ways to show me that it did, actually, fit my wrist. It didn't, though, so I was happy that I went through the trouble to find the watch place.

Because, if I hadn't, I would've looked really air heady.

Speaking of places to get a watch sized, just find a "watch repair shop" before you go all over every place like I did. To be more specific, I went into Kohl's. They sell watches! You'd think they could put in an extra link into mine, even if I didn't buy it from there. BUT NOPE. They could at least sell me a watch fixer-upper tool. BUT NOPE. I'll tell you where you can put your Kohl's cash, Mrs. Kohl's Watch Area Employee.

Oh, she was nice about her unhelpful ways. Now, I feel bad...







This watch, though, this watch.

Okay, I will be honest with you. I wasn't sure I'd LOVE the wood watch. I thought that it was going to be cute enough, but maybe not my favorite watch. I have a lot of watches. I'm sort of an avid watch collector. Once a watch's battery breaks, I need a new watch. That's ridiculous, I know. I just hardly ever, ever change a battery in a watch. I think I'll change the battery in this wood watch when the time comes. For one thing, I've found a watch repair place, remember?

So, why should you wear it?

#1 It gets noticed. I'm sure you don't care about that sort of thing. I don't wake up wondering if people will comment about my watch, either. It's just that...they do. With this wood watch, they do. I hardly ever get comments about my watch so frequently and so often as I do when I am wearing this watch. People are fascinated by it and have called it "stylish", "modern", "cute" and lots of other great adjectives. This is the watch that I picked out below from the Fieldcrest series. It is more plain than the other choices I had, but I liked that about it. It seems to blend in with everything. It is simple and feels dressy when I'm dressed up and casual when I'm casual. It is a Maple watch but does not go well on pancakes.


The watch taken from the site:

 
The same watch taken on my iPhone:
 


#2 It is different. You don't already have a wood watch, right? It's kind of fun to wear something that is a little out of the ordinary. Several times people have said something like, "At first, I thought it was wood".  I usually give them about 10 seconds of silence before I belt out, "THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS WOOD! HAHAHA!!" The earlier it is, the louder I yell. This lovely, pretty, awesome one below (for $199) is wood and rose gold, so 'fess up on that one if you wear it and get asked. No one likes a liar.



#3 It is lightweight. I know most watches out there aren't pinning people down to the ground by their excessive weight. I realize people aren't bulking up because of their watches. "Is he on steroids or is his watch just, like, really heavy?" This watch is light, though, which makes me type faster. Pretty sure.

#4 It is reasonably priced. The watch I am wearing is $120. They do have even more expensive ones, of course. I really, really, really love this ebony and copper watch for $295. The rose gold one up there is $199. I still think that is reasonable for something so unique.


#5 It is made my artists and also, the whole sustainable thing. Artists! Fancy! "JORD was derived from a desire for timepieces that model our modern lifestyle. Sustainable, efficient, simple, and influenced by experiential living. JORD owners don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go." Ooooo. I like that.  Now read this one: "JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then we'll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. We have fun. This is our journey." I like it!

You want one now?

Even if you don't want one, are you thinking you'd like to give one? I am. The next person that wants a watch is getting one of these. Take note, family.

I hope you will stay tuned because I am going to be partnering with JORD later this week to give away significant discounts to these watches. The fun part about that is that there will be more than one winner. Three to be exact. JORD is giving away a $75, $50 and $25 coupon. I am liking that a lot. That means, if you wanted my watch, you'd only have to pay $45 if you won the $75 amount. I think that's a deal.

If you want to check out their many, many styles, go this way.

Please either comment in the Facebook comments below or go to the Facebook post below to let me know what you think. Commenters on this post will be the first alerted regarding the giveaway, which will happen very soon! Let me know what you think!


So, soon- maybe later today, maybe tomorrow- I am giving away $25, $50 and $75 towards a JORD wood watch. Commenters on...
Posted by Kelley's Breakroom on Tuesday, August 25, 2015


The Fast Food Ordering-For-A-Lot-Of-People-At-The-Drive-Thru-Window Guide



It seems the posts I write about my husband are the most popular around here. I once wrote about how I entertain myself at The Home Depot when he won't leave. I also pondered about whether or not he had another love once. That post still gets a lot of hits, too. He provides me with plenty of material.

The other day, he made me mad about something. We don't really fight fight, but we do get mad at each other sometimes. (My mom used to repeat a word to indicate how heavy duty it was going to be performed. "Grocery grocery shopping" meant we were going to be at the store for at least a solid two years and "clean clean the house" meant I couldn't get away with throwing everything under my bed.) So, while we don't throw iron skillets through kitchen windows, we do get highly irritated at times. So, anyway, he made me mad about something. I can't remember what. I do remember that I told him that he had a bad attitude. I told him that I was glad he wasn't my boss at work. Something along those lines. My face was all cloudy. That is when he said all smug-like, "Well, if you worked for me, I'd fire you."

The way he said it made me look down and immediately start laughing hard, but in a way where I was trying to hide it. My shoulders were shaking. My mouth was trying hard at stifling the laughter.

"Is that laughter? Huh? You're laughing because I'm so funny, aren't you?"

"No, I'm remembering a funny joke I heard earlier today."

An obvious lie.

That is the only way we get out of serious conversations and arguments. This usually works, but not so much at the fast food restaurant. WOW. Wow, wow, and wow. My husband can't handle ordering at the fast food restaurant for all of us. He just can't handle it. So, I've decided to write him out an ordering guide. I wrote it in a blog post in case you needed to pass it on to someone in your life. Go ahead and change up the parts that don't apply to you.


The Fast Food Ordering-For-A-Lot-Of-People-At-The-Drive-Thru-Window Guide
 
*Let's just get this out of the way now. There is no need to say, "This isn't [insert fancy restaurant name]!" We know that. We can read. There was something about the golden arches that told me we weren't at [insert fancy restaurant name again]. I still want extra lettuce in my chicken wrap. Now, tell the nice lady.
 
*If I order a chicken wrap, can you make sure to ask for a fork? They won't just give you a fork when you order a chicken wrap because you eat wraps with your hands, except I like to eat mine like a salad. Yes, I do. Yes, I do. I do eat mine like a salad. Yes, I do. You just haven't seen me do it. I open it up and eat it like a dingdang salad.
 
*Try getting the orders before you cruise up to the ordering area. Write it down. Take deep breaths.
If you don't write it down beforehand, you are limited to only 3 eye rolls and 2 deep sighs and only 1 combo of the two.
 
*If we are paying the money, I want it how I want it. Can you ask them to make the tea half sweet and half unsweet?
 
*Always remember that if they can't make it half sweet, half unsweet, you can get 2 Splenda packets. (If you feel like the person at the drive thru window isn't too judgy, ask for 3. I don't ask for 3 usually because I don't like imagining fast food people talking about the girl who has an addiction to Splenda behind my back.) It's best to have them placed into the drink before they hand it to you. If they don't do that sort of thing, make sure to get the Splenda packets. Also, most tea lovers want lemons in the tea. Make sure to ask if they have real lemons. If they don't have real lemons, most people don't want any lemons. Packets of lemon juice are the worst. Why aren't you writing this down?
 
*You say you love your family, but if you don't know the names of the sauces that we like at Chick-Fil-A, how can you even say that? Chick-Fil-A sauce and Polynesian. Two of the first and one of the second. Make flashcards.
 
*Don't super size the whole order, just the drinks. If they ask if you want to super size the fries, say no. If you say yes because you are just wanting to get this thing over with, I might have to call over your shoulder to just super size the drinks and that'll make you grumpy.
 
*I realize we've been at this window for a good thirty minutes now, but did you ask for just ketchup on the boys' hamburgers? They don't want mustard and they don't want mayonnaise. You can't just say "ketchup only" because they'll leave off the lettuce and the tomato and they'll eat that. Oh, also make sure to ask for no onions. One of the hamburgers should come with pickles.
 
*Oh, back to the tea. I LOVE flavored tea but I'm going to need you to ask the nice teenager if the flavored tea is a brewed tea or flavored by using a syrup. I can't take the syrup in my tea. Please, just ask! We're paying for this tea! But, let's not talk about tea for too long because then I'll be reminded too much of the time I was hijacked at the mall by the uppity tea people.
 
*I know the line behind us is stretching underneath the Interstate and into the next town now, but be sure to ask for extra napkins. See if they have those hand sanitizer wipes that Chick-Fil-A supplies. Just ask. It doesn't hurt to ask. Please, just ask! You didn't ask!

BIGGEST TAKE-HOME: Write it down and kwitchercryin.
 
 
I really can't imagine why my husband thinks ordering at the drive-thru window is such an ordeal. It all seems pretty simple and straightforward to me! Still, because I am so considerate, I thought it was best to come up with this guide for him.
 
And, no, I don't want to order because that means I would have to be driving and how can I read my Us magazine and drive at the same time?
 
 
If you have anything that needs to be added to this guide, you know I want to hear!


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