So the watch that I've had for the last 20+ years is a watch that DH bought for me, which I loved.
However, it's been disintegrating for the last couple of years and when I had to wrap scotch tape around part of it at work yesterday to prevent my sweater from continually catching on it, I knew it was time for a new one.
(see the tape)
I've also needed to wear a bandaid under my old watch because with the weight that I've lost, it's too loose and it's been rubbing my wrist and causing chafing:
So, with all of that (plus DH telling me to go and buy myself a new watch that "we" would pay for rather than it coming out of my personal money), I headed off to my favourite jewellery store in Dundas, Martin's Jewel & Gift Shop (I've been shopping here since I was a teen). And, after trying on various watches while trying to find something that was close in design to my beloved old watch, I finally decided on this one and I LOVE it:
The face is bigger than my old one but it has the fake diamonds around the face the way my old one did and that was the deciding factor. Because the reason I liked my old watch as much as I did is because it was functional AND feminine and that's the reason I ultimately chose this one as well.
When the lady took it into the back to take out a couple of links, I wandered around the store and while she was gone, I found 4 pairs of earrings that I liked plus a key-chain pink pen and a set of 3 miniature penguins. When she came back out, I picked two of the pairs of earrings to keep as a reward for successfully completing BLC20 and the key-chain pen and miniature penguins I bought for my MIL for Christmas (and I had hers wrapped). Here are the earrings I bought:
These ones are a little blurry (I couldn't get it to focus):
But, while she was in the back wrapping the presents I found for my MIL, I found something else for her (salt and pepper shakers that look like birds and they hang on a tree - she loves birds so I figure she'll love this). So, back went the lady again to wrap this new present. It was so hard not to buy more stuff because there was a LOT in there that I knew would be good presents but although, I continued to look, I didn't buy anything else. Although, there was a framed black and white photo of an aerial shot of a train going along the tracks by the old train station in town, which I think DH would love so I may go back and get that for him. I'll have to think on it.
So, in the end, my $85 watch ended up costing me $215 with all the additional purchases plus taxes. But, all in all, I think everything I bought was worth it.