Hey there APJ Crew,
Jin and I are back living together. We had the kids by themselves, they left yesterday, and I know it’s hard to believe but I have NO COMPLAINTS! They were not perfect, who is?, but they were respectful, tidy and very low maintenance. I also like the people they are turning into. Now that their English is conversational life is much easier. My Korean is still about 20 words, so obviously I’m not helping matters.
Scent Diary: 6.8 – 12.8.2018
Up early and cooked breakfast for the kids & Jin. They are off for a SCUBA diving adventure three hours south. Hopefully they will be doing a dive with the seals there. Very exciting stuff. Here they are standing on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
SOTDay: Vint-ish Guerlain Jicky EdT
Went to see Anna Maria and Johnny on my way to collect the dogs and we had a cuppa. Then Anna Maria and I picked up the pooches. Boy were they happy to see me. Back to Anna Maria’s where Jinx & Paris got to play a bit with Milo, their dog. We had Meat Pies and Peas! YUMMY! Lunch of champions. Forgot to take any photos, sorry.
COMPUTER! Catching up.
SOTComputing: Lolita Lempicka EdP. It floats effortlessly over the Jicky remnants.
Trivia Q&A. I’m trying to focus but my head’s everywhere tonight. Got the Jackpot questions and the Games done and organised the base of the Q&A but I think bed is the answer.
SOTBed: Nirmal by Laboratorio Olfactivo. The carroty iris and violet with amber base work well over the last gasps of my other fragrances today. I probably should have worn this to do my Q&A. Lavishly encrusted with cold, unlit incense this iris beauty is gorgeous.
Up early and finished Q&A. Forgot to send it to the girls and got some frantic calls later in the day. My head seems to be elsewhere.
Scotty came today for Office Day. I’m almost caught up now. PHEW! Loads of parcels in and out today, banking, communicating, heaps accomplished.
SOTDay: Alahine by Teo Cabanel
Spent some afternoon time answering comments on the blog. We have the best community here. So many conversations are going on and it’s like sitting at a big dinner table. My heart is full of all the love in the APJroom.
SOTWork: Vint-ish Guerlain Mitsouko EdP
WOW! I smelled HUGE tonight at work. Maybe the extra couple of spritzes as I left the house were unnecessary. It was wonderful though. Full night for the club too 74 players including Jin and the kids who only stayed for dinner.
I’m home and really sad that CHANEL Australia has DCd the CHANEL No 18 EdP 75ml. BUM! Did you read Val the Cookie Queen’s post on it this week?
Woke up so early this morning, grabbed Paris and we slept on the couch together.
For lunch Jin cooked us a BarBQ. Korean Style Meats and Aussie Sausages served with Potato salad and Kimchi. The kids loved it and so did we.
My Boucheron Trouble Legere had been sadly unloved for ages so I grabbed it out and wore it to the movies to see Incredibles II (Yeah, Incredibles was good but not great).
Then I went to work in it and it’s still powering away happily after all that.
Hit the couch and watching more LIMITLESS.
Woke up late. Fed & walked the dogs in beautiful winter sunshine.
SOTDay: Vintage Hermès Caleche. Who doesn’t love an aldehydic floral? This beat up old bottle was a gift from Michael Edwards when he was having a clear out. Every time I wear it his gentlemanly manner and friendliness comes to mind.
I have armloads of shit to do but instead I’m watching Limitless and fart arising around on the computer. COME ON! I’ve earned a big fat hairy day off. Jin’s at work, the kids are out gallivanting and I’m in my pyjamas drinking copious amounts of instant coffee and watching TV. HEAVEN!
Gave the house a VERY quick go over: vacuum and bathroom sink. Got the RISSOLE meat made up. Jin’s going to grab some extra potatoes for mash and I’ve got peas and gravy. WOO HOO! Dinner tonight is going to be yum.
There were six for dinner. Jin, TinaG, Sindy (Neice), Daniel (Nephew), Jacob (young Korean man who works at the local grocery who wants to improve his English) and me. We had Rissoles, Mash Potato and Peas with Onion Gravy. Dessert was two different types of Melon. Lots of chatter and laughter. We could see Jacob struggling but managed to include him in the evening and he joined in at times too.
SORRY! I was having such a good time I forgot to take photos.
TinaG, Jacob and I sniffed some new perfume arrivals before we realised it was 11pm and a school night.
After they left I watched more Limitless.
SOTEvening: Vintage Mitsouko Extrait. It’s a new arrival and I wanted to make sure it’s the real deal. It SO is.
SOTDay: Methaldone by Aether.
I’m really enjoying this outrageous synthetic conglomeration. Like the fizz of electricity in a smoky room but also warm and cozy sweetness. Full of contradiction and interest.
Jin walked the dogs with me this morning. Cool, sunshiny day and the dogs love it when we take them together.
It’s the kids last full day in Sydney. Jin is cooking them breakfast.
Collected my friend Wendy. We had a shopping day. She needed a new phone and some groceries. We bumped into our mate Liz at the shops and had some brunch. It was excellent.
This may have arrived this week. I’m so excited to have a bottle. Suede Osmanthe is bloody gorgeous. Pierre Guillaume at his finest.
Coffee date with my girlfriend Linda to celebrate her birthday. It’s always nice catching up with her. SO MANY stories to share.
Tonight Jin was working so I offered the kids their choice of food, Chinese or KFC. They were also offered the chance to do whatever they wanted on the night. Anything legal in Sydney, up to them. All they wanted was KFC and lazing around the house. QED! They ate like refugee children, I thought they were going to choke. Apparently there is no KFC in their part of Slovakia, Zlina. You have no idea how much they put away. I thought I’d bought enough for leftovers for Jin and I tomorrow. NOPE! All gone.
Don’t tell them I said this but they have been excellent guests this year. Can’t wait to have them back.
SOTBed: Niki de Saint Phalle
The kids flight was 7.30am. That meant a 3am wakeup. I was surprisingly sad to see them go. Relieved as well but with a big helping of sad.
Jin and I came back and slept. We earned it. Basically one full month of non stop action and excitement. The Scent Diary may get pretty humdrum for a couple of weeks. I’m going into recovery mode lock down.
Wearing a frag that gets almost zero attention on the boards and blogs and also very little around here. Guerlain Terracotta Voile d’ere is a very pretty, lightly warmed white floral that hints at the suntan lotion craze of the naughties. It came with a lid and a spritzer but no cap, which makes it look like a Tester. This bottle has been in my collection for years and you can see how little it gets used. Today in the cool warmth of Sydney winter it fits perfectly.
Tonight I’m out with Kath and Alice to the Sydney Opera House to see something. I’m sure they told me but I’ve completely forgotten. There will be details later.
Fed and walked the dogs in a daze. Jumped in the car and met Kath for Pedi Day. I’m giving my nails a rest this winter so zero colour but I love having the girls cut and shape, clean and scrape. After we went and visited her Mum & Dad which was fun.
Home and in the bath. Shaved but did not colour my beard, it’s going to have to wait till Tuesday.
SOTDay: UÈRMÌ – UR±SILK
I smell almost nothing from the notes list but this stuff is really lovely. It it obviously 21st century niche but different to anything else I’ve smelled. UR±SILK takes a while to finish its opening woodsy thing and once that calms down a coconutty fig emerges which makes my nose think the wood is sandalwood and hints of a wet cardboard leaning iris. All underscored by some standard issue niche base. I’m not complaining, it works very well for me. This came as a GWP with the latest FiF order and I love it.
Work was excellent tonight. We had two newish teams and the regulars. Sunday nights is really special to me. I get to hang with Anna-Maria & Johnny that you know and a bunch of other people that I adore.
Home now, I’ve walked the dogs, made a cuppa and respritzed UR±SILK. It’s feeling VERY FB worthy. Maybe my next FiF order.
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