Hey there APJ Crew,
It’s official. I am now HAWAII. Yes, I’ve reached the 50th state of birthdays. What a week. Saw so many people, did wonderful things, wore ALL the perfumes and had Aunty Tracey down to stay. This week has been one of the very good ones. Almost every day looking around at the people in my life it is the happiest of surprises how wonderful they all are. Every one of them with some divine spark. It is the people around us that bless us.
Scent Diary: 24.9 – 30.9.2018
We need to have a chat. I have been moved far beyond my regular reading emotional roller coaster. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz was unbelievably good. It’s written in a youthful fashion, so deep and illuminating, written in such an easy style. No wonder it’s won just about every award going and been a NYT Bestseller. The book is practically flawless. Read it.
The perfect gift from Tara at A Bottled Rose
I just finished reading it. Throughout my read I have been pushed to laugh AND cry on public transport (and at home). It has made me examine my own motivations and the inculcated homophobia we are all brought up with, friendship, family, internalising anger and unspoken things. PHWOAR! Mind officially blown.
So, as a little party for enjoying this book so much. 2.30am spritz of Masque Milano Russian Tea.
This morning has dawned cool and cloudy. it was brisk walking the dogs and I decided to go an extra block to warm up. Lovely.
Wearing Oliver & Co Resina. Sweet and warming for a surprise cool snap.
Lunch with BFF Kath and Jin.
Home made dumplings. Jin made the filling and we both spend a very happy couple of hours wrapping the dumplings. Dinner with Dame Hilda, one of our local buddies. The dumplings were a huge hit.
Midnight. Full moon. Jin gave me my birthday presents. SO spoiled. New Oroton trifold wallet, pillow for bed and a set of fairy lights. Two things I’ll use every day and a silly fabulous present for the balcony. He gets me.
Finished Trivia Q&A at nearly 3am.
SOTBed: Parfumerie Generale Drama Nuui from a decant. ALL the jasmine. MMMMMM
Jin was up early and off to the doctor. I took the opportunity to have the place to myself and cleaned the house. PHEW! Feels so much better when it’s had a vacuum, dust and the bathrooms are cleaned. Even got down and washed the kitchen floor.
Dior Granville was my 50th birthday fragrance choice for the morning. I love its cologne-esque softness. Perfect for a warm spring day with Jin and I.
We got in the car and a guy came running over to apologise. He’d backed into Jin’s car and badly damaged the front of it. Poor Jin, his brand spanking new car.
Jin had said we were going for Morning Tea but wouldn’t say where. It turns out Featherdale Wildlife Farm was our destination. We had junk food and coffees, wandered through the animals and birds for a couple of hours. I patted a wallaby and had a photo taken with a Koala. Jin, the light and love of my life, bought us each a years Featherdale Membership. BEST PRESENT!
When we got home I jumped out of the car and Jin was backing it into the garage. Somehow I hit the Garage Door close button and it hit the full sunroof of Jin’s car and smashed it, flipped the mobile connection off and caused the biggest bang and smash ever. O M G! From not having a car claim for years he now has two in one day. BIG DRAMA! We had to go get him a hire car while it gets fixed.
After all that I jumped in the bath.
SOTAfternoon The Aoud by Mancera
Had a nap. Aunty Tracey arrived for the B0th Birthday Celebrations.
Got ready for work.
SOTWork: Vintage YSL Opium Secret de Parfum (EdP). LOADS of compliments.
Trivia was great. A bunch of the crew came to play. We had chocolate cake at half time and everyone had a ball.
Chatting with Aunty Tracey till it was time for bed.
Wearing Guerlain Shalimar EdP this morning. It’s drizzling with rain and a bit cooler. Loving it.
Aunty Tracey and I are spending the morning around the house. I’m feeling very lazy for my first day of 50 so I’ll take it a bit slow.
We went shopping for food and greeting cards at the huge Parramatta Westfield. Poor Aunty Tracey had to wander kms to get all over the joint. I forget how far everything is until I have a senior to navigate it with. We might have had a quick KFC burger for lunch.
Then we popped in to Kath’s Mum and Dad’s place for a 50th Birthday Celebration. We had some coffee and a birthday cake. They gave me the most gorgeous orange red rose that has a very peppery sweet fragrance. So wonderful.
Home for a quick nap and a triple spritz of Un Jardin Apres la Mousson Hermès before going off to work.
We had 11 tables at the start of tonight. Excellent turnout considering the rain and cold. My mate Wendy and her team won the night. YAY>
While I was working Jin and Aunty Tracey went to their favourite Seafood Restaurant and ate up big, downed a couple of bottles of wine and came home happily shitfaced. So cute.
Back home and walked the dogs. Had a cuppa and a hearty belly laugh with Aunty Tracey. She is hilarious. Mocking me mercilessly.
SOTBed: Hypær by Aether Parfums 2018 from a decant. Soft, cuddly, warm skin with a sandalwood fragrance on.
Aunty Tracey and I had Bacon Sandwiches for breakfast. MMMMMMM
Jessica Mauboy Beautiful. I LOVE THIS SHIT!
My mate Vanessa Musson from Bonkers About Perfume is a world class knitter and I had her make me some beanies and a scarf. The arrived and we are proudly wearing them to keep our heads warm and toasty.
We went for a wander down to the shops to get the mail and tonights dinner.
Had a nap
Woke up and spritzed some Oud Spirit by Grandawood.
Jin came home and Aunty Tracey, Jin and I had Korean BarBQ on the new table grill at home. It was utterly delicious and so good to hang out together. I love our home and any time we spend here is good time, especially eating. HA!
Jin went off to bed and Aunty Tracey and I watched Welsh Cabin Building on TV.
Stayed up fumbling around the computer, reading, commenting, searching. You know how it is.
SOTBed: Tonkamande by Pierre Guillaume Private Collection. Sweet stuff .
It’s hot today. Walking the dogs was quite heating.
While we were out doing some shopping I tried SJP Stash Unspoken again (very nice, punching well above its priceline) and Michael Bublé’s Gold Girl (GAK! It seems to have lodged itself in my nose and is eating my head from the inside. AAARRGGHHHHH).
Introduced Aunty Tracey to Gozleme! We had a Cheese and Spinach one for morning tea on our wanderings. Drenched in fresh squeezed lemmon. So delicious. She is a new fan.
Dinner with the crew. 11 hungry peeps had Chinese around the corner from our place. It was so much fun. We ordered for the table and had enormous amounts of everything. Still it ended up being about $25 each which includes they all paid for me because it was my birthday. WOO HOO!
After Scott, Hyun, Steve and I wandered up the street and got ice cream. Perfect night.
SOTDay: Amouage Ubar
Up early and went back to Featherdale to see the first Saltwater Crocodile fading of the season. It was suitably impressive. Aunty Tracey got to feed some kangaroos and Wallabies. I love it there. So fun.
Lunch with BFF Kath, Aunty Tracey, Tim and me. We headed down to Blue Fish in Darling Harbour. They do my favourite Fish & Chips. The view is spectacular and we know the guys that work there and run it. Always a fab meal. Today we spent most of the time laughing in between food. At one point I thought Tim was going to choke on his laughter, hilarious.
Off to an afternoon sniffy. The gang had been there since 3pm and we arrived after they had sniffed hundreds of fragrances and had a few drinks. Everyone was most congenial and friendly (they always are). Aunty Tracey and Tim met old friends Scotty, Kerry & Simon, TinaG and Michael. We also saw Clare, her husband Greg and Joe. These last two men are new to me but I did get to have a chat with them both. It’s always good to meet new friends.
These two photos are off Kerri C’s phone. One taken by her and one by TinaG. Yes, I’m a bloody fool, there’s always one.
Went home and watched ZOO. It’s a new to me TV show about the animals taking over the world. Interesting.
SOTBed: Neela Vermeire Creations Pichola. What a lovely way to drift off to sleep.
Poor old Jin has hurt his back a bit and asked me to Dencorub him. That is my SOTDay. Dencorub. I love the smell.
Aunty Tracey, Jin and I went for brunch to Jin’s favourite Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Pasteur. You’d NEVER walk in here unless someone told you how good it is. It looks so tired and joyless. The waitstaff act like they’d rather be anywhere else, and couldn’t care less if you never came back. The food is spectacular though, seriously wonderful. They know it and charge accordingly. Worth every cent.
Afterwards we went to Max Brenner for Hot Chocolate MMMMMMMMM. Then Aunty Tracey jumped on the train and headed to the airport for her journey home.
This house is so quiet without her. I miss her cheery non stop babble. We’ll have to get her back soon.
Trivia was cancelled at Austral Bowling Club tonight because of the NRL Grand Final. It’s sad but means I can drop round and see BFF Kath at Mum & Dads place. YAY! We did some gardening, had a coffee and chattered away an hour or so. Perfect end to a wonderful week.
SOTAfternoon: The Different Company Adjatay. Still a stinking good fragrance but I wish I’d bought the bottle before the reform.
Watching ZOO. Lying on the couch cuddling the dogs. HAPPY DAYS.
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