ode to my sugar bowl

To my sugar bowl:

Dainty, sweet, dimpled little sugar bowl
Gentle jay with downy feathers rests atop
Tiny, provence spoon brings sweet
Spreads a smile through my heart

Ok. In all seriousness. I LOVE my sugar bowl. It’s a tiny grapefruit! With a bird on top! And a cute little spoon to match!

While the sugar bowl was $18, which is more than I would normally wish to pay for this sort of thing, I had a gift card. And given the choice, I would buy it all over again. Because it makes me happy. In fact, it makes me happy in the morning, when I am rarely happy!

Someday, when I have a beautiful kitchen with plenty of light, open shelving and an apron-front sink (swoon) like this one:

I shall display my little sugar bowl front and center. (And hopefully find a way to hide the big, ugly keurig next to it. Love your coffee. Hate your look.)

And I shall love my little sugar bowl. Just like I love my bird tea-towel that was too expensive. And just like whatever I shall spend the rest of my gift card on (it takes me a reaallllly long time to spend gift cards).

Happy Wednesday!

be still my heart- fall fashion part 1

It’s that time of year: the time of year in which I do silly things like wear corduroys to work in August. (That was yesterday’s mistake, although in my defense I rolled them up and paired with leather ballet flats?) I begin to light Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice scented candles. I start dreaming of slow-cooked pork in the crock pot. I even start listening to my Autumn-themed mix cd a friend made a few years back.

My name is Gretchen and I am addicted to all things autumnal.

I just love fall. I love the colors turning. I love the smells, the activities and the crunching leaves. I love pressing leaves in old, heavy books, cuddling up with a scarf. But most of all… I love fall fashion.

I do not love summer fashion. I feel it leaves room for very little creativity. Fall is this open, gorgeous forest, and like Frost’s yellow wood, I want to pick the road with no leaves yet trodden black! Which leads me to a few fall outfits I feel I must have…

Chambray Polka-Dot Shirt: Old Navy
Mustard Slim-Slouch Chinos: Land’s End Canvas
Pop-color Oxfords (I wonder if I can paint the soles of mine…): GoJane
Accessories (including awesome mustache necklace): Forever21

V-neck Boyfriend Sweater: J Crew Factory
Burgundy Knit Jeggings: American Eagle
Dessert Wedge Booties: Toms
Chunky Knit Scarf: Forever21
Braided Belt: H&M
Gold Knuckle Ring: Forever21 

Twill Blazer: Gap
Chambray Shirt: J Crew Factory
Mustard Striped T: J Crew Factory (no longer in stock but I’m sure we’ll see more mustard stripes as we get closer to fall!)
Jeggings: American Eagle
Riding Boots: DSW
Gold Bangles: Forever 21
Gold Watch: Zappos (I’m sure there are cheaper gold watches at Charming Charlie… but they don’t have an online site)


Anyway… those are just a few of my favorite fall things. I shall put on my shorts today with an expectant and excited sense of longing for what the crisp weather will bring!


Well. On Thursday, Kevin and I realized that for the first time in months, we had no commitments for the weekend. If we wanted to… we could have sat around all weekend. But wouldn’t that make for a dull story?

Disclaimer: this is so lame… but I’ll admit something to you guys… after recently becoming hooked on non-callmemaybe Carly Rae Jepson hits, I discovered the song/music video “Good Time.” After watching this video, I started to think that my life has been preeeetty lame since college. I decided that I needed more spontaneity. Which leads us to…

We decided to go to the water park. I.LOVE.waterparks. More than a friend. With the love of a small child. Can’t eat, can’t sleep, Christmas morning excitement kind of love.

It takes about 3 hours to get to the Wisconsin Dells (which happens to be the waterpark capital of the world!) So just like crazy college kids, we drove 3 hours both ways for one fabulous day at the waterpark with my über-fun cousins Rachel and Luke!

So here is my brief review of the latest attractions at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. If you care little for waterparks, skip to the end.

First: Quadzilla

The newest and latest slide. Four people race simultaneously on a mat. Intense fun. Super fast, but not terrifying. Full disclosure: Kev scraped his knee a little, but I am 100% positive that this was a case of an overzealous push-off at the start, i.e. user error.

Next: Time Warp

There’s really no good picture for this ride… it is very dark and possibly the most frightening ride we went on. For the most part, this ride was like being flushed down the toilet but with flashing lights and large jets of water to the face. Screams of delight… and a little terror.

Next: Black Anaconda

The Black Anaconda is a water coaster… there’s a similar ride at the Kalahari. The coaster cruises down, then back up again on splashing conveyor belts. All in all, it was very enjoyable!

That is my synopsis of some of the most thrilling rides of the day. We did some of the slower rides as well, which is nice because the lines are shorter and sometimes you just need a rest from waiting in line. For the record, I did skip the Scorpion’s Tail due to nothing but sheer terror. I might need a little more personal growth before I am ready to stand in a phone booth waiting for the floor to drop out from underneath me.


The moral of this long story is: spontaneity is so good sometimes, even if you end up feeling really pooped for the next few days.

all tuckered out