Hey there APJ Crew,
This week felt quiet until I look at everything that went on. Heaps of fragrances, some friends, shopping, eating, swimming and Trivia. A little bit of Jin time and some quiet down times.
Scent Diary: 26.11 – 2.12.2018
Jin got home from work at around 7am. He took the dogs out for a wee and I woke as they came home.
PHEW! I jumped out of bed and rushed off to Aquarobics. Did a shallow class and a deep class with 200m swimming in between. Afterwards I was hoping to do 300m more but at the mid point of my 200m lap I got a calf cramp. Finished that lap but felt my body was telling me to sop.
Came home and weighed myself. I’ve admitted here and elsewhere to falling off the diet wagon last week. We also didn’t do any weight lifting last week due to schedule clashes. Nothing eats calories faster than pumping some iron. I fully expected to have gained a LOT more than I did. Extra 500g, no sweat. Back to the grindstone.
SOTDay: De Bachmakov by The Different Company. LOVE these 10ml Travel Bottles from The Different Company. So cute and the have an extraordinary tin to carry them in.
Came home. Dusted, swept, vacuumed and cleaned my bathroom.
Doing the clothes washing no, second load at 12 midday.
MORE TRIVIA Q&A. I have a Christmas gig tonight and am trying to have as much ready before I start all that as is possible.
Bathtime. Had a beautiful 40 minute relax in there. Used Kiehl’s Original Musk lotion and fragrance. I smell amazing.
Got ready to be a BEAUTIFUL drag queen.
On the way out I might have spritzed some Liberté by Cacharel.
Did a fabulous gig for Castle Hill RSL Staff Christmas Party. We had a ball. I love staff events because I can be so rude and crude, they were all hysterical. Excellent night.
Came home and Jin had organised VIETNAMESE ROLLS for dinner. My happy place.
SOTBed: Beyond Paradise Blue by Estee Lauder
Today was busy, busy, busy again.
SOTMorning: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations
Took Paris to the vet where he had a urine test. Nothing unusual at all in his urine, they tested everything they could from it including sugars, protein, blood and a bunch of other stuff. NOTHING!! That tells us that this is probably excitement or telling us he has the shits.
Scott came over for Office Day. We got through so much stuff. Excellent day. Jin was home with us so there was a lot of laughter and chatter. There was also a LOT of perfume sniffing, so many new arrivals. You’ll meet some in New Sniffs this week.
SOTEvening: Eau d’Epices by Tauer Perfumes. Got two unsolicited compliments about it through the night too.
Work! Tonight the Tequila Mockingbird crew won the $1000 Jackpot! Amazing! The whole room was so thrilled for them and they got a standing ovation.
SOTBed: A teensy swipe of vintage Shalimar extrait by Guerlain on my hand backs, just to help me nod off to sleep.
Woke up to the most outrageous storms. Rolled over and slept for another hour.
Jumped out of bed, took the dogs for a quick wee.
Went to Sydney Olympic Park Pools for Aquarobics. One class, 300m swum. Done.
SOTMorning: Yuzu Fou by Parfum d’Empire. Citrus fun.
Fed & walked the dogs. After I dried them off they came to the lounge room and slept.
My last long term partner Varun sent me through a book store voucher for my birthday in September. I only just got around to buying the books. Can’t wait to get my nose into these babies.
Collapsed on the lounge and slept till about 4.15pm.
Jin came home, chatted and went to the gym. He was later than expected and I have to work so we couldn’t go together.
Cold old rainy night in Sydney tonight. I even put the dogs coats back on.
SOTEvening: Eau Absolue by Mona di Orio
Wednesday night is so weird. Bucketing down with rain, expected the place to be empty, we have a full house for trivia! Only one spare table at the start of the game. Here are Wendy, Steve and Claire, collectively known as the Three Roads for trivia. They came in second tonight. No Claire is not Goole-ing an answer, this is after the game. We have a zero phones policy while playing.
Watched Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on Netflix tonight. It was kinda good. I got swept up in it.
SOTBed: Vanille Noire by Yves Rocher. The first fragrance I bought in Europe this decade, in Prague with Jin. Just around the corner from our hotel in the red light street. It was also our first trip together. Happy memories galore.
It’s 7am and the Medical Centre just called to confirm my appointment tomorrow. 7 AM! Are you freaking kidding me!
SOTMorning: Parfum de Maroc by Aftelier Perfumes. Spicy, resinous and sweet, Mandy has captured a fabulously Disney-ised version of the markets in Morocco. This one is really hard to find now but if you get a chance, sniff it.
I went and grabbed Wendy to take her to the shops. It was her very first outing with a wheelchair. It made almost everything so much easier. She didn’t struggle to get around, there was no waiting for her to catch her breath.
We met up with Liz and Sue for coffee and chatter. Liz gave us a new doctor for Wendy to go to. We went down there and they were excellent. Seriously amazing. Wendy will be going there regularly and is even seeing a Dietician next Thursday!
Home. Relax for an hour. YAY!
SOTAfternoon: Mandragore Pourpre by Annick Goutal in the old bottle. So lovely and green with a spicy hit. You can see there’s quite a bit of air in this bottle. It’s been a favourite on and off.
Grabbed perfumer/candlemaker extraordinaire from her work and we drove her home through the peak hour traffic. Excellent catch up. So excited for all the good things happening in her life.
Next door to Ainslie’s is the Imperial Hotel where we shot Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. My friends Andrew (ex Aussie) and Renato (his gorgeous Italian partner) are in town from London and Andrew celebrated his birthday today with a legion of his Aussie mates there. Here is an old work buddy from the Albury Hotel, James.
Came home and hung out with Jin for a while.
SOTEvening: RIMA XI by Carner Barcelona
Jin went to bed early so I stayed up a bit and watched The Day After Tomorrow for about the 6th or 7th time. Maybe more.
Jan and I were up and out to do a 6am Aqua class (me) and Treading Water Practice (Jin). Then we both went to the gym together and did a short back, biceps, core and abs workout.
Home for brunch. I really splurged this morning. Eating all my daily 4 slices of bread in one meal with BACON on them. It was well worth it.
Fed/walked the dogs.
SOTMorning: L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Intense. This screams summer at the pool to me. I wanted to keep that water baby scent around me all day.
Had my Dr and Dietician appointments. Both were extremely happy with my results. The 3 month sugars average is sitting at 6.2 which is a vast improvement. Everything else that was slightly above or on normal has evened out. Both of them were happy with my result and excited that someone has taken their advice to heart and followed the rules they advised. I did have a run in with the dietician because I think Lite Milk is weak as piss. On comparison it’s 2% to 4% fat, yes I know it’s saturated fats but for that minimal amount in my coffee, maybe a glass on its own a week and on my cereal I really believe that the incredible joy that Full Cream Milk brings me is worth it. She agreed that my bloods said that this was not having a deleterious effect. PHEW! I also told her Guardian cereal tastes like cardboard, HA!
Jin went off to bed at 12.30pm because he’s back to night shifts for four nights now and I’m left with the rest of the day at leisure.
Watched some TV, read and snoozed. It was a close to perfect afternoon.
Did some blogging.
Watched the Reese Witherspoon movie This Means War. In what alternate universe would anyone EVER pick Chris Pine over Tom Hardy? AS IF? What a load of steaming turds. That’s almost as annoying as Dermot Mulrony going for Cameron Diaz over Julia Roberts. SHITE FACTOR = 98.77%
SOTBed: Black Saffron by Byredo. My mate Pia gave the most precise description of Black Saffron. Starts out all fruity and dewy, ends up cold, wet, tarmac.
LAZY MORNING! Didn’t even get out of bed till nearly 10am. Jin came home around 5am but I didn’t even stir when he got into bed.
Walked the dogs in the peaceful, sunny Saturday morning.
Jin cooked dumplings for brunch and we watched some Modern Family. He’s been watching the series again from the start. It’s amusing.
Bathed, shaved and sorted myself for a Christmas Event tonight. YAY!
SOTDay: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. I have a couple of bottles of this roses musk adventure lying around the house. So easy to wear and so, so lovely. We have a lolly in Australia called Musk Sticks, it’s one of my favourites and smells just like lovely. Jin can’t even be in the room when I’m eating them because he says the smell is like the taste of Korean soap. Funnily, he likes Lovely.
Got ready, looking good and wanted to up the ante scentwise. SOTEvening: Methaldone by Aether Parfums.
The gig was excellent. Had a wonderful time. The hosts decided they wanted a Paris Is Burning, walk the runway, everyone in houses, extravaganza. There were four categories: Military, Cowboy, Corporate and Runway Virgin. Everyone got dressed up in crazy outlandish costumes. Here I am with one of the owners Ken.
Afterwards my BFF Kath was supposed to collect me but she was still at Alice’s birthday Dinner of Tacos at a local pub. She came and collected me and we sat outside in the balmy evening eating and drinking till they kicked us out. Sydney is so funny. I’m sat there on the sidewalk dressed in all my finery, people walking past, revellers and drunken Xmas party people. No one even notices me but almost everyone stops to pat and cuddle Kath’s dog Ruski.
Got home. Fed & walked the dogs with my Drag Face on but in mens attire. Felt like a right freak and was very glad the few people out didn’t notice.
Home again, TIRED!
SOTBed: On my chest DIOR Granville, refreshing cologne plus. On my wrists a dab of vintage CHANEL Coco extrait. Excellent contrasting combination. They give each other extra life.
This morning I gave myself another swipe of CHANEL Coco, just for fun. Fed and walked the dogs wafting it and loving myself sick.
Got a good start on my Christmas cards.
BFF Kath’s sister Jane had a 50th birthday lunch at Ma & Pa Waples house. It was nice. I left as the Chinese food arrived.
Started on the 2019 Christmas Cards. Daunting task.
Bathed, shit & shaved. Bloody forgot to dye my beard! Damnit! Oh well, you’ll get to watch it turn very white this week.
SOTAfternoon: Brasil Dream by Estee Lauder. So tropical. Full of creamy ylang, coconut, citrus and patchouli. It was a 2009 summer release and I adore it. So hard to find now, even online.
Work was fun. Good crowd, loads of laughs.
Home and more Christmas Cards.
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