Hey there APJ Crew,
This week was hectic. I seem to have been running from pillar to post all week. Every day has been chock full of stuff. So many mates, work drama still and some sensational fragrance. Good week, lucky to be alive in this moment.
Scent Diary: 15.7 – 21.7.2019
I fell asleep on the couch. Jin had an early start and I’d been watching TV. When he left he woke me and sent me into our warm bedroom, heater still on. HEAVEN! I went back to sleep till about 10am. So lovely.
Got up and got the weekly post ready. There were a bunch of samples that I needed to make to be sent out and some packs I wanted to make up for friends. Ended up with a melange for my SOTD. Gucci Bloom Acqua del Fiore, some La Via del Profumo and CHANEL 1957. I smelled fabulous.
Went out and did the Post Office and some groceries like bread, milk and some berries.
Came home, fed and walked the dogs in the sunshine. Beautiful.
House cleaning time. As I had thoroughly cleaned the place on Friday for the Dumpling Party and then cleaned up that mess on Saturday the house only needed some vacuuming, a flick of the duster, kitchen floor and my bathroom done. Also got four loads of clothes washing done, hung and some in the dryer.
Watched some more TV. Before going on our honeymoon I’d started to rewatch the series ARROW. Picking up again where that left off is easy and I really like it.
Jin came home. There’s a new Chinese restaurant at the end of our street. He’s had a bee in his bonnet about it since it opened and tonight we went and checked it out. Jin loved it. I prefer our regular one that’s just around the corner and we have been going there for years. It feels mean going to the competition.
TRIVIA Q&A. Most of it is already done. Just gotta writer 60 questions and my day is finished.
SOTEvening: NO±Suede by UèrMì, YUM!
It’s now midnight and I haven’t finished my Q&A yet. Need some fragrant boostings.
SOTNight: Arpege EdT, it’s a vintage bottle and some of the aldehydes are beginning to go greasy and metallic in the first two or three minutes. Then it settles into Arpege perfection. So glam.
Gave myself some more Arpege for bed.
This morning dawned sunny and warm.
SOTMorning: Madonna Truth or Dare Naked
My mate Sue came down for coffee. We wandered around the corner and had so much catching up to do that I completely forgot to take a damn photo. Sue knitted me this beautiful scarf, I’ll be rocking it a LOT for the rest of winter. So glam having something hand made.
That crazy woman who won’t accept my very reasonable offers of compensation over the Drag Queen arriving late is threatening to take Turbo to the Fair Trading crew. What a punish she is. Wants every cent back. She doesn’t want negotiation she wants revenge. I’m fit to be tied. Some people are vile.
Bathed, shaved and refreshed.
SOTEvening: La Colle Noire by DIOR. I bought this bottle off a Sale Doc on a FaceBook perfume page. So happy to buy one opened and a bit used. It means I don’t suffer Opening Fear or Remorse and the scent gets used. It’s now sitting in the favourite tray with Granville, Mitzah and Leather Oud from the DIOR Prive line. Amber and roses with some soft woods and musks. Heavenly.
This weeks funny
Today was freaking gorgeous. Cool sunshiny day.
Jin parked himself on the couch and slept and watched TV most of the morning, then he went to bed for a real nap because he is on nightshift this next couple of days.
OK, so I am still dealing with this woman who wants to bully and rob me. What a super sized cow. She will not be reasonable, won’t negotiate, changes her story, wants this affair to be as protracted as possible and is basically after a fight. She has offered to take it to the tribunal and I have strenuously agreed. At least I’ll get a fair hearing and stand up to a bully. Sometimes, even if you get beaten up, the standing up to injustice and rotten behaviours is the only moral course. The problem is, it also plays havoc with my head. I couldn’t eat today till a response was crafted and sent. It was gruelling hours of chipping away, not only at the response, but also going through previous correspondence etc. GAK!
So my late, finished the damn letter, victory over my own inability to stomach conflict lunch was ham, cheese, salad sandwich and a cuppa. Fulfilling, filling and so yummy.
Had a fabulous long bath soak in Aromatics Elixir Bath Oil.
SOTEvening: Wearing Aromatics Elixir by Clinique lotion and fragrance. So good.
Went to Greystanes Inn for work. Excellent night with the crew. Peter & Linda were in the house, so I asked them for a quick selfie so you guys can see them. They’re a couple of my Greystanes buddies.
Home from work. dogs fed & walked, dinner eaten.
SOTNight: Inspired by a Facebook Fragrance Friends post I’ve given myself a good hefty spritzing of Boucheron EdT.
Watching more ARROW.
My eyes popped open at around 6am. I went to the toilet and then lay in bed fretting about this crank customer. Not big fret just enough background noise to preclude sleep. I read for a bit and then Jin came home from work. It was nice to have a little chat before he went off to bed. I took the dogs out for a wee and made myself coffee.
Came to the computer.
Cuddled on the couch with Paris, then fed and walked the boys.
SOTMorning: Dia Woman by Amouage
Went into Hermès Sydney city store to get the Gloria Petyarre scarf. I knew something was off with the sales assistant the moment we tried to say hello to each other. Every sentence I said she had to ask me to repeat and sometimes would start talking to me in the middle of my sentence. It was weird. Anyway, she wouldn’t let me buy the scarf under Portia but insisted on using the name on my credit card. It was really unsettling. I walked out.
I gave Evie a call because she works just down the road and we went for coffee and profiteroles. Yes, I had one. It was utterly delicious. We had such a good catch up. In the pic she is wearing the navy cashmere scarf Jin and I bought her in Mongolia. I was so happy to see it on her on a surprise visit day.
Then I walked to the other side of town (Barangaroo) and met Alice & Kath for a steak lunch. Loads of laughs and delicious food. Kath hates photos so she’s hiding behind me.
One of my mates David met us down there. I was hoping he’d stay for lunch but he only had time to drop off the scarf his auntie had knitted for me. How freaking cool is that? It would have been so much more fun if he’d stayed.
SOTEvening: Patchouli Patch by L:’Artisan
Dinner with Jin, Lula, Chris and Jamie. Recently we had Chris and Jamie to ours for lunch. They are a couple, have been for decades. Chris’ Mum is getting to the point where she needs others around and the boys have rented their lavish city house out and moved in around the corner from us. Jamie cooked the most fabulous Roast Beef and Veg, then Sticky Date Cake for dessert. OMG! You have no idea.
Jin was so tired, his eyes were drooping and his speech was starting to become less coherent. His understanding of English was starting to slip too. Poor little guy.
SOTBed: Lolita Lempicka EdP. I wanted a lively violet sugar lift.
Today was as close to a perfect day as is possible.
Watched ARROW till about 2.30am.
Went to the spare bedroom and slept like a dead person till 10am when Jin woke me to take the dogs for a walk. Which we did.
SOTMorning: Kiehl’s Original Musk.
Jin had the day off and needed to go into Parramatta city centre to doctors and shops. While he was busy I went and had a pedicure and a delicious cup of coffee.
Then we did a little shopping.
Lunch together at our favourite nearby Vietnamese restaurant. I thought I took a food shot, it was enormous and bloody delicious. Sorry.
Went and bought dog and fish food at Pet Barn.
Dropped in to see Scott at his work St Vincent de Paul. Took him a rainbow thousand pancakes cake.
Came home and Jin cooked up a big batch of chicken soup.
While he was doing that I took the dogs up to the vets for their annual shots.
We dropped off still steaming soup to one of our mates who has had pneumonia, Paul (Dame Hilda), and to BFF Kath’s father. We stayed and had a cuppa with Dad and a chat.
Back home and Jin marinaded some pork, I chopped some veggies and we had home table BarBQ for dinner. So fun, still with chatter and plans being made all through the day.
It’s 9pm now. I’m about to feed and walk the dogs.
BUBBLE BATH time.
SOTBed: Caron Pour Un Homme
Woke up, fed and wandered with the dogs. Perfect winter morning. Sunny and warm.
SOTMorning: Velours by YSL
Went around to Ray’s Surprise Birthday Party but he was arriving an hour later. Left my gift, chattered for a short while and went.
Lunch with a girlfriend.
Cleaned the house. Not a Mother In Laws First Visit Clean but quite dedicated. The place looks lovely when it’s all done.
Went and ordered dinner from the local Chinese! My favourite.
Scott’s birthday. Originally it was to be 9 for dinner but due to illness Lee’s girl and Jin couldn’t attend. No worries, we had a wonderful evening. So many excellent stories and the food was amazing. LOADS of booze flowing too.
I can’t believe we forgot to take even one photo of the night.
After they left I vacuumed again and then gave the table its seasonal beeswaxing. It will be left for the next couple of days to soak in before I rub it all off.
SOTBed: Shalimar extrait by Guerlain
I was up quite early this morning and looked after the dogs.
SOTMorning: Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations
Spent a couple of hours hand washing last nights china, glassware and cutlery. It’s so rare I bring out the Wedgwood and I know it will be going back in the cupboard for the next 12 months at least so I like to do it in the sink. Also there are WAY less streaks on the glassware and cutlery if I hand wash. It’s kind of zen too if I have the time to do it.
SOTAfternoon: 1969 by Histoires de Parfums. Bought off a friends Sale Doc. Thanks Rose, it’s fantastic.
Jin woke up very late, early afternoon, and was delirious. Fever, dizzy, talking funny. I took him straight up to the doctor and he was given heavy duty pain, antibiotics and a gargle. Poor little guy. He’s bad. I am also feeding him ginger, lemon, honey and garlic in his tea. In the pic you can see him wrapped in four layers top and bottom and the most unfocussed I’ve ever seen him.
He took his drugs as soon as I got him home and then when I made him lunch he was already sound asleep. Talking and moaning. I ate it. Chicken soup, YUM!
It’s so late (nearly 4pm) I can’t dye my beard or even get ready for work. I’ll be going as a guy. I’m off for a quick bath now.
SOTEvening: Mitzah by DIOR
Here we are at Austral Bowling Club tonight. If you look very closely you might even be able to find Anna Maria!
Back home now and going to warm up some Chinese reheats for Jin. See you in the comments.
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