In case you live under a rock, let me just inform you that it’s Valentine’s Day. Let me save you the trip to Target and just tell you now: it’s all gone, peeps. That back corner with all the boxes of Star Wars Valentines and candies and hideous stuffed animals? It looks like it’s been robbed.

About all you can do for your beloved at this point is bake them something, wash their car, or do their chores. Or do some other stuff for them that I won’t mention in this polite company.

Since I am a hearty believer in Friends Day, my gift to you is the stuff I love these days. Please notice that I am not a heartless person for leaving my spouse, friends, new puppy, and daughters off of this post – the title says “things!” Because you all know I {mostly} love those people. 

So here it is, in no particular order: the 2016 list of stuff I am crushing on…

1. James Corden, I have a crush on you. Don’t be coy. You are hilarious, and I adore you.

Seriously, people! This carpool karaoke bit he’s got going on The Late Late Show is a riot. I’ve watched many of them, and these two are my favorites. The one with Adele pretty much broke the internet, so if you haven’t seen it yet, a) who are you? and b) you’re welcome! It was great to see her laughing and getting serious about her first love: The Spice Girls.

The one with Chris Martin {you know – Coldplay frontman, ex-hubster of Gwyneth, voted most energetic performer live in concert by yours truly? that guy.} is adorable and funny and heartwarming. There’s a certain humbleness to him that really comes through, and I love how silly he gets. I am also digging on the new Coldplay album. How about you? It makes me want to dance! You know who else really loves it? Clementine. She has sworn off Taylor Swift and pledged allegiance to Coldplay. This has caused her to move up in the ranks of coolness, not gonna lie.

2. While I’m on the subject of the Brits, let me tell you how much I am pulling for Lady Mary and Tom Branson to finally realize they are in love on Downton Abbey. OMG. I torture myself by watching it as it comes out on PBS Sunday nights, even though I have the whole season on dvd hidden away upstairs as a present to my step-mom.

But I didn’t mean to talk about Lady Mary! I meant to tell you that I love this special edition of tea put out by Republic of Tea, Mrs. Pattmore’s Pudding Tea. It’s black tea with vanilla and caramel. It reminds me of one I sort of blend up myself in a jar here at home for Saturday mornings because it’s so luxurious.

Shara gave this to me for Christmas, and I brought it to work to try to make my planning periods a little more enjoyable {and this is where I will ask you what is up with people taking my honey and my half and half at work?! I am not talking about merely taking a little bit and putting it back. I’m talking straight up stealing my brand new jar of fancy honey or using all of the half and half I had in an unmarked mason jar in the fridge and then WASHING THE JAR! Who does this? I mean, there’s stealing, and then there’s taking the last of someone’s something! I don’t know how to handle this – I will accept advice in the comments!}.

3. Did you see Fred’s almost-breakdancing on New Girl’s 2nd episode this season?! It’s near the end of the episode, and unfortunately there is not a single clip of just the part I’m mentioning available anywhere on the interwebs. But I didnt’ want to make you miss out. I am not lying when I say I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. For some reason, watching someone being told to almost breakdance but never get to the actual breakdancing – to do that weird fronting the middle school boys would to back in the 80’s in their Run DMC t-shirts at recess…it just cracked me up!

Fresh Scratch, At the Water's Edge, Sara Guren

4. Remember Water for Elephants? I mean, how could you forget that beautiful story?! Sara Gruen did it again with At the Water’s Edge. This was my anniversary gift from Matt, and I finally got to sink into it at Christmas. It was the kind of story that I devoured in two or three days.

The premise sounds kind of hokey and almost just ridiculously not good, I warn you. It’s World War II, and a young rich couple disgraces the young man’s family with their poor behavior in public. To escape the fall-out, they take a freighter across the Atlantic with his best friend during what is arguably the. worst. time. in. history. to do so. You may have heard of U-Boats? Yes, those. But they are on a mission to Scotland to find…the Loch Ness Monster. Because that will surely be the easiest way to untarnish their good name, yes?


Our protagonist, Mattie, finally learns what it’s like to go without, to actually feel the effects of the war. She also has nothing to distract her from the fact that her husband is a major a-hole. There is also not much to distract her from the fact that Angus, the man who runs the inn where they are staying, is pretty much everything her husband is not.

Seriously. Read it!

Fresh Scratch, Opal Apple

5. I have no idea why this year seems to be the year of the Opal Apple, but it does. They just came, like, out of NOWHERE. And they don’t look good. They look like they’d be mealy. But I swear to you that they are the most crisp, sweet, flavorful apples I’ve ever tasted. My new fave. All that honey that’s supposed to be in a Honey Crisp? Apparently it’s been hiding in the Opal.

Fresh Scratch, GAP Chelsea Booties

6. I am not usually a person who buys multiples of something. I like too much variety in life. But these GAP Chelsea Booties? Le bomb dot com. Holy boots, Nancy Sinatra! I bought these over a year ago in this brown suede, then quickly snatched up the black pebbled leather. Right now they are a little tricky to find, as in, I can’t find a link for you online. But I did see them in a big GAP store last weekend. So there’s hope.

What I love about them is that they feel like someone cut the leather out exactly to fit my foot. They are so soft and sturdy, and I wore them everywhere in the weeks following breaking my leg, because {bonus!} the heel height matches perfectly with a boot cast thing!

7. Lucky #7 is Gwyneth’s {let’s face it – on my blog, we don’t need to bother with her last name} new makeup line with Juice Beauty. Here’s why I love it: it has zero toxins. It also costs the same as the nice stuff I was already buying. So there’s that. Basically, GP set out to develop a line of makeup that rocked like what she has on at a red carpet event, but without all that crap in it. I can tell you that I am loving the eyeliner and the mascara, for sure; enough so that I will be trying the other items as I run out of my old stuff.

I’m going to stop at lucky #7. It’s my favorite number, but it’s also almost time for dinner.

Happy Heart Day, friends! I hope you pamper yourselves today. Because the numero uno person that should love you is you.

xo, mrs. fresh scratch

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4 Comments on things i love more than valentine’s day.

  1. Love this and you Kelli, thanks for always brightening my day. As to your issues with work thieves, Lance suggests you label the mason jar ‘breastmilk’ and then see what happens. Could result in continued theft but it would give you a whole new glimpse into your co-workers! Happy day after Valentines day!

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