Hey there APJ Crew,
All quiet on the Jin & Portia front. Loads of work for both of us, catching up on our sleep, hanging out when we can. Some sensational perfumes on my skin this week, a wide range of styles and note lists. This is what contentment feels like.
Scent Diary: 17.6 – 23.6.2019
Gorgeous cool rainy winter day. Snuggled in bed till about 10am. HEAVEN!
Got up and did the dusting and a load of clothes washing.
SOTMorning: Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations. The more I wear this subtle beauty the more I notice its depths and intricacies. The leather is so prominent in cool weather.
Jin is working nights so he got up around 11am, we had some breakfast together, he was around for a couple of hours and then went back to bed.
I am doing my Trivia Q&A early. If I get it done while Jin is sleeping, and get a bunch of the clothes washing done and hung, then tonight I can give the house its Monday clean.
SOTAfternoon: More Rahele.
Jin left at 5pm and the house was completely done by 7pm. PHEW! Even in this winter cool I worked up quite a sweat. Gave the house its incense and walked around with it saying “Capture all negative energy, Leave only positive energy.” I know, it sounds dumb but the house always feel utterly cleansed after doing it. Placebo effect maybe but effect nevertheless.
Phil came over. We had tea and chatter. It was fun.
Finished the TRIVIA Q&A quite early. Around 10pm, maybe a bit later.
SOTEvening: JOY EdT by Jean Patou. I’m trying to empty this gorgeous old bottle before it goes nasty.
Made some tea and hit the couch. Watched Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson film, the Hitman’s Bodyguard. Fairly terrible fun film, enjoyed it immensely.
DAMNIT! I forgot to turn my phone on silent. Who messages at 8am? Seriously.
Got up. Hit the social media, checked the blog etc etc.
I’m re-reading James A Michener’s The Drifters. It’s as involving and immediate for me now as it was when I first read it in the 1980s. There’s so much I didn’t grasp or understand then that has me goggle eyed.
SOTMorning: So Nude by Costume National. Such pretty white florals, so wearable and just a little bit weird.
Did some grocery shopping. Bloody Hell. Suddenly there was $200 worth of stuff in my trolley. Mainly consumables. It spends like the cupboard was bare, but really it was just a few things. I did buy myself some yummy cheese though.
Made us some lunch when I got home. For Jin it was breakfast because he’s on nights. I had Tomato/Onion/Avocado Sandwich and Bacon Sandwich, both on Dark Sourdough. Jin had Bacon/Eggs/Sourdough Toast. It was yum.
All my Trivia is in the bag and ready to go for the week.
This came up on my FB feed and I laughed till I couldn’t breathe. Tears streaming down my face. Had to share.
SOTAfternoon: When you thought it was going to be Shalimar but you spritz 4 big blasts of Guerlain Vol de Nuit vintage extrait. Spritzed! YUM! HUGE!
Paris and I went for a nap. It was blissful.
For work at Parramatta RSL tonight I added some Guerlain Vol de Nuit EdT. It’s the modern-ish stuff and still quite good. Brighter and less melancholy than the vintage. They play perfectly together.
Work was excellent. 72 people playing TRIVIA tonight. We had a wonderful time. Jin came up and brought his friend Yoon Mi for dinner. Excellent fun.
Came home and lazed around in front of the computer.
SOTBed: Vetiverus by Oliver & Co
Slept late. Fed & walked dogs.
SOTMorning: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. I thought it’s what I wanted to smell like, and it was nice, but really I wanted something much more amber/woods driven. Oh well. Later.
Jin is off today so we went and ordered our new passports then had a spot of lunch out.
Sent off a bunch of mail at the Post Office. Jin got a card from Aunty Tracey. He’s pretty happy about that.
Made Pumpkin Soup. The house smells amazing.
SOTAfternoon: Kasbah by 19-69. Love this weird ass plasticky amber.
Jin and I cuddled up on the couch with the dogs and slept for two blissful hours. I’ve awoken refreshed and ready to go.
Got up and ready for work, noticed the bathroom Zygocactus is flowering. It’s an offcut from the ones my Mum had on the windowsill of our house. She died in 2001 and I’ve kept them alive since. Sometimes when bits drop off I let them sit for 3 days, swipe the base with honey and pop them in soil. About half of them flourish. They particularly like to be in with other plants. Annoyingly all the others were on the fading side of blooming when I got home from holidays, they must have made a lovely show for the neighbours.
SOTWork: Gold Man by Amouage. I’m loving it lately.
Work was fun at Greystanes Inn. We had quite a few teams to start.
Home watching Korean TV with Jin after work. Happy times.
Jumped out of bed and fed & walked the dogs with my breath puffs of cloud in this 5C morning. Jumper. scarf and beanie were almost not enough. By the end of the walk I was starting to feel the chill.
Warmed up with breakfast Pumpkin & Cauliflower Soup! YUMMERS!
SOTMorning: Le Participe Passé by Serge Lutens. All the spicy stewed fruit and resinous goodness of old school Serge. So good.
I had a full day planned in my head but circumstances conspired to mean almost all my adventures were curtailed for today.
Dropped some food around to Kath’s Dad and had a cuppa with him today. So nice to see him and chat.
Also dropped a food parcel to Kath. It means that a few of her lunches are made now for this week. She hates photos and I always forget till her finger is up declaring it.
I’d like you also to notice my new scarf! It was a gift from my buddy Neela Vermeire! Isn’t it posh? Three colours of green. My favourite colour. (Yes, my living room looks lived in, it is)
Spent the afternoon cocooned on the couch (with the dogs) watching Netflix. The two John With movies. They are fun.
Jin brought home Korean Fried Chicken for dinner. A naughty no no for me but sometimes you just have to splurge right? Bloody delicious.
In bed by 10pm.
Had a weird nights sleep. Woke up at 2am with the foulest tasting mouth. I jumped out of bed, drank some water and recleaned my teeth.
SOTBrokenSleep: Aromatics Elixir by Clinique. I wanted to be wrapped in a warm spicy shawl of delicious. It was perfect.
Read my book for about an hour then went back to sleep.
SOTMorning: Majaina Sin by The Different Company
Went to the Doctor and Dietician to get my blood results. Since September 2018 my 3 month sugars have gone from 8.8 down to 5.9, everything else well within normal ranges. Just need to lose another 10kgs but even that is still 2kgs less than last visit, even after holidaying. HAPPY DAY! I haven’t been a perfect eater but still keeping it within acceptable limits, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Wearing my beautiful Neela scarf again.
Sushi train lunch with Kath. I forgot to get a photo of our left over plates. We ate well.
Then we went around the corner and bought Jin some Wirra Wirra Church Block, 6 x 750ml and 12 x 375ml. It’s his favourite red wine and he just ran out.
Walked the dogs in the cool winter sunshine to warm us all up. Beautiful.
Hung around the house not doing very much really.
Had a HOT bubble bath. SOO lavish.
SOTAfternoon: Vintage Miss Dior extrait. Just one little spritz and it’s perfect.
Jin came home and was really excited about his wine, especially the 375ml bottles. They are only a couple of dollars cheaper than the full bottle so he has never bought them for himself. He then feels like he has to finish the full 750ml or it goes to waste (I usually have one glass with him, just to be social). This is a very easy fix and he was totally chuffed.
We had dinner. Jin hit the hay.
Dog walks in the cold winter night air had my eyes and nose streaming.
SOTNight: La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens.
Later I am writing blog posts and have Freeway by 4160 Tuesdays on, MMMMMM.
Got up early to walk the dogs then went back to bed. Jin is already at work but I don’t have to start getting ready till about 2pm. Going to have another lazy couch day with a mixture of book reading and TV.
SOTMorning: Le Cri De La Lumiere by Parfum d’Empire. I’m not using the decants anymore, the box is open and I spritzed like a madman. There’s a grainy goodness to this fragrance that smells a little like Korean grain tea.
Started watching Jessica Jones again from the beginning on Netflix. It’s so good. Definitely worth reseeing before I get to Season 3.
Alice and Kath surprised me with an afternoon visit. We sat and chatted and had tea. Very civilised. Such a nice interlude.
Bathed, shaved and napped. Made sure everything was ready for tonights event.
SOTEvening: Velours by YSL
Wonderful gig raising funds for a Kids Football Club. It was the parents social event for the year and they had a ball. We were at the prestigious Roseville Golf Club and took over the whole place.
Came home and Jin & I watched a new Korean competition show. Suddenly it was 3am!!! How the buggerance did that happen. Off to bed, night.
SOTBed: Honey Blossom by Aftelier Perfumes
Jin and I walked the dogs together then had breakfast. I cooked an eggy deep pan omelette with some garlic, onion, green capsicum, cheese, dill and parsley through it, with bacon, tomato and toast. Excellent start to the day.
We watched more of this Korean competition show till I completely lost it. Too sad for me to watch. I came into the computer and did some desultory blogging.
Anna Maria came over for tea and perfume. We sniffed new Guerlains, Montale’s, some CdG Incense series and a couple of Pierre Guillaume masterpieces. Then I opened my Aftelier satchel from Mandy, with my order and the newest scent and the most beautiful, personalised note. BLISS!
Now I’m wafting around the house smelling very fragrant and wondering what to do with my free evening. Jin’s at work and I have the house to myself. I might get some TRIVIA Q&A done so it will be less stress tomorrow. There is definitely a bubble bath on the cards too.
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