Hey there APJ Crew,
Life is change and mine is in flux. Yes, I have headed back to the gym for the first time in eons. Diabetes eating has arrived. 50 years of treating my body abominably (and loving every minute, mouthful and lazy couch hour) has come home to roost. I’ve got a year to turn it around or it will be a medical regime forever.
In other news perfume, pals, pets, fun and laughter ruled the roost. Wonderful week. So much self created variety in every day.
I would also like to say how much I enjoy all the chatter, banter, lives, stories, fun and fragrance we have on the APJ SOTD thread each week. I can’t answer every comment but I read almost all of them. It gets confusing when the chains of each comment get too long and I give up. Your stories make me smile and think and sometimes shake my head. Just like family. I love it. Thanks.
Scent Diary: 8.10 – 14.10.2018
Up early, dogs walked and off to the doctor for my results.
Everything in my graph is well within reasonable limits except a bit of naughty bacteria in my intestines and a really high sugar count. The doctor immediately offered to give me medication for both things but I asked for a dietician instead. I have treated my body abominably and want to give it a chance to heal itself before hitting the drug route. A year of eating more healthily, exercising and weight loss should pull me back within safe bounds. This is a chance to spend a year really taking good care of myself and not being such a hedonistic eater. Seriously, you have no idea how badly I eat. I thought because I’d nearly made it to 50 without diabetes while being a complete shite to my body that I was immune.
Jin took me for Yum Cha to celebrate my new year of good life choices.
Got the initial bits of my TRIVIA Q&A done! It’s a lovely feeling.
CLEANING DAY! Everything is getting the full spruce. Clothes, floors, dusting, bathroom (mine, Jin can look after himself) and kitchen all going to be sparkling clean.
SOTCleaning: Vintage Shalimar parfum and modern EdP. I smell FAB U LOUS!
SOTEvening: YSL Opium Fleur de Shanghai. A breathy summer flanker from 2005. A very pretty rendition.
All done with TRIVIA Q&A!! It’s only 12.30pm. I’m going to watch some TV and then go to bed.
SOTBed: Oud Spirit by Grandawood. Sweetly skanky!
Up with the dogs. It’s really warming up here in Sydney town.
SOTMorning: Huere Exquise by Annick Goutal.
Went off to see the podiatrist. there are loads of things I have to learn about my newfound diabetes. Including checks to make sure everything is working properly, also for baselines so they can tell if there’s any deterioration.
This afternoon I had a bubble bath in a gift from my mate Tim. Duel by Annick Goutal! Having the fragrance as well makes me extra DUEL! Smelling fine. Quite masculine leaning. It’s a dark green smell, lightly bitter and softening out to a lovely leather woods dry down. Later the musks will be making decidedly well worn body noises.
I ate a carrot. This is not normal. It replaced my usual afternoon munch of a pack of biscuits or chips. Funnily, the carrot filled the same void and I was SO HUNGRY that it tasted like a gourmet dinner. Learning every day.
Work was fun. Scotty wore vintage Ma Griffe and blew me away with his gorgeousness.
Home and walked the dogs with Jin. Then we went out late to buy fresh produce to help combat my diabetes. I love an 11pm grocery run. It was busy too.
SOTBed: Grand Amour by Annick Goutal. All the flowers! Honeysuckle, hyacinth, mimosa, jasmine, vanilla and myrrh combine to create a spectacularly rich panoply of fragrance. Perfect bed time spritz.
Deliciously crisp this morning. Walked the dogs through spitting rain.
Have I told you guys yet that I’m reading Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski. Grand Australian funny lady, one of our first international movie stars to come out as a lesbian.
Ambre Céruléen by Huitième art today. I wanted some cozy, warm, amber fluffiness. Perfect.
Suddenly the heavens opened and it was chucking it down. About an hour of teeming rain that ws so thick it felt monsoonal. Great gouts of water. We haven’t had a spectacular rain like it here in Sydney for a long time. I can’t remember it ever since I’ve been in Parramatta.
Jin and I went to the gym. Walking across that threshold was BIG. Once inside it was business as usual. It’s been YEARS but everything seemed pretty much the same as every other gym I’ve worked out in. Jin has an app that he is using. It’s so easy because they show you how, your form and the speed. We did chest, tris and calves.
Came home and made Rissoles with Corn on the cob and Spinach. YUM
BATH TIME! and then NAP TIME!
Woke up and my arms are so weak I can hardly lift them. HA! Serves me right. It’s a good feeling, long forgotten.
Ran out to work tonight with zero fragrance on. Driving the car was quite an experience with my poor sad arms.
Tonight, inspired by Sandra’s Leather Lover post I wore DIOR Cuir Cannage from a large decant I bought from Surrender To Chance. I thought I already had a bottle of it when we found out it was DCd in Paris earlier this year but sadly NO! So, of course, I became DESPERATE to have it.
O MG! I am stiff and a little sore from yesterdays gym adventure.
The dogs got the most cursory of walks as it started raining about 5 minutes after we started. They did their business and we came straight home.
SOTDay: Hermès Monsieur Li. Something about this simple, oily, citrus and resins fragrance gets me every time. It’s beautiful. I recently bought a back up in a friends FB sale. It’s perfect.
Went to lunch with a couple of my very longtime friends Nicola and Patrick. We had an excellent catch up and some laughs.
Then off to greet the returning French designer Faycal with Patrick. We had SO MUCH to catch up on from everyone. Faycal has just started a new business creating dresses for young girls. The idea is they are designed to grow with your girl for 3 years. They are impeccably created with the most delicious fabrics and designs. You will ADORE them. Maison d’Auguste is the brand. All prices are in Australian $$ but they will send to the world.
SOTAfternoon: Lolita Lempicka EdP.
OK, day two in the gym. Look at Jin’s GUNS! He He He. We have fun doing it together and he’s really good company.
BATH TIME!! I’ve earned it. Radox and Prada L’Eau Amber bubbles. I’m now wearing Olympic Orchids Olympic Amber. MMMMMMMM So divine.
JIN IS HURTING ME! Well, he is taking me to exercise which has caused all sorts of soreness and discomfort. 5am this morning we got up to do an AQUAROBICS class. Now I’ve done aqua before but this crew take it SERIOUSLY! All of them 300 years old and they are doing the bits and pieces, no problem. Jin and I are DYING! It was a serious workout. FUN! We can’t wait to go back.
Then I had a Dieticians appointment. WOW! Portion control. Never heard of it. What a surprise! Basically, I have been doing the wrong things even when I thought I was being good. Not to mention all the shit stuff I eat every night.
I know it will all make sense after I stick to this for a while.
One good thing she said was that some things I love like nuts, bananas, eggs, wholemeal bread and breakfast cereal (Low GI) can still be consumed, in limited quantities. That’s good. It was looking a little bleak there for a while.
Spent the afternoon cleaning, tidying and organising the house for TinaGs birthday Party tonight. Jin has done the cooking. We are having Make Your Own Vietnamese Rolls. The table is groaning under the weight of freshly chopped fruit and veg, ready to be added to Teriyaki Chicken and Crispy Thin Sliced Pork Belly.
The crew had a wonderful time. TinaG was feted and loved. Chatter, laughs, excellent food, loads of sparkling wine and a chocolate mud birthday cake (them, not me), we were all replete.
TinaG, Kerri and Simon stayed back and we had an impromptu sniffy with cups of tea. Santi Burgas, Parfum de Nicolai, Oriza L Legrand, DSHPerfumes, Parfumerie Particulaire and Memory Motel were all given a good going over. There were a few more brands but I forget. Quite the collection of touches.
I’m bushed. SOTBed: DSH Perfumes Violette de Murano oil. MMMMMM So good on skin.
BEAUTIFUL MORNING! It was even too warm for my long sleeved T-Shirt. I could have been rocking a singlet.
Having done all the cleaning up after the dinner party before I went to bed last night I find myself with a free morning. How luxurious! I’m going to get my New Sniffs done for next week from those things we all tried after dinner last night.
For some reason our internet has been on the blink today. It goes in and out so I got about 1/4 of the work done I was hoping to. Bum. Had a good rest though.
Bath time with Clinique Aromatics Elixir oil and then Aromatics Elixir fragrance for the night. Smelling mighty fine.
Tonight was Norman’s 60th birthday. It was a super fun night full of the Austral Bowling Club peeps. I sat with Anna Maria and Johnny, Eve and her sister Mary, plus Carmel and her ex-husband. we had a hoot. the food and entertainment were good too.
SOTBed: Patchouli Absolu by Tom Ford.
Woke up this morning so groggy. It was like I was walking through treacle. This going to bed early caper is a real shock to the system.
It’s raining. We got a lovely half hour walk in through spitting rain but it was starting to get serious so headed home to warmth and shelter.
Did some blogging. VERY EXCITED! Tara and I have bee talking for ages about doing some guest spots. So now I’ll be doing four Seasonal Posts a year on A Bottled Rose! My Autumn faves will be coming up soon over there. Let’s see how that goes for a year, eh? Here we are on our holiday in Cairns earlier this year.
Bath and getting ready for work tonight. The sun has come out and it has turned into a lovely warm day.
SOTAfternoon: Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise Blue
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