Hey there APJ Crew,
Kids final week with us. They have been fun to have around. Jin and I really like the young adults they are becoming. LOADS of fragrance choices too. All round good week, this has been one of the good ones.
Scent Diary: 19.8 – 25.8.2019
Jin got home at around 8am, I kind of remember him coming in but I don;’t think I really roused.
Woken by a freaking LEAF BLOWER! Those things are noise pollution.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz package arrived!! YAY!
SOTMorning: Eau Absolue by Mona di Orio
Went off Yum Cha. First pic is as we arrived. Second pic is when the table is a mess and we are all on a food high.
The we wandered Ikea together. The kids have a solid design sense and were cleverly picturing uses and placements for pieces. They got happily inspired and it was fun.
Physio! I have finally been to see the physiology. Muscles, tendon and bone all in disarray. She gave me some exercises and told me to ice bath it for 15 minutes once or twice a day. Also some anti inflammatory gel if the pain came back.
I gave the boys a very late dog walk. Poor buggers, they went for a wee in the morning but breakfast and major walk were delayed. They forgave me. YAY!
SOTAfternoon: Kolonya by Rasei Fort. It works beautifully with the remnants of Eau Absolue.
Did the clothes and linen washing.
Jin got PIZZA for dinner and we watched the first Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) with the kids. Remembered it’s MONDAY! O M G! I forgot to write my trivia.
Didn’t get to TRIVIA Q&A till 11pm, really couldn’t focus very well. Got quit a bit done.
SOTBed: Veil by Oliver & Co Perfumes
Went to have a little goodnight cuddle with Jin when he went to bed and slept off till 9am. WHOOPSIE!
Jumped out of bed FREAKING OUT! Ran to the office and got the TRIVIA Q&A finished and sent to the crew by 11am. Talk about a heart starter.
SOTMorning: Vintage Nocturnes PdT by Caron. Inspired by Kathleen.
Spent a lovely couple of hours getting everything together for send outs. I can’t leave the house till a delivery arrives but I’m making the best of it and getting catch up stuff done.
In ARRIVAL news. I had two parcels arrive, one from Fragrancenet sat there for a week as I imagined the order being mine. Joop Le Bain (after a write up in Fragrantica), a few from Guerlain: L’Homme Bois, Insolence EdT, Chamade EdT (I love the square bottles)
The other I couldn’t work out what it was so I opened it immediately. They came without boxes, is that the way it happens with Anat Fritz bottles? It was the LKNU 15% off sale, couldn’t help myself and glad I did.
Clippered, dyed and shaved my beard. Jumped into a delicious Bubble Bath of Dana British Sterling. Cost almost nothing and bubbles up a treat, scent is very quietly modern barbershop.
SOTEvening: Insolence EdT by Guerlain in the new packaging. A refined Insolence, still a resinous fruity orange blossom and violet fragrance but much less thick and syrupy. I think this will find a whole new market.
The kids came to Trivia tonight and Jin joined halfway through. I sat them with one of the tables and they won a very respectable THIRD!! Everyone was thrilled. Daniel also won the Paper Aeroplane throwing competition. It was a good night, loads of laughs.
Came home and hung out with Jin watching Korean TV. He went to bed. I’m not sleepy but too lazy to do anything constructive.
The Harry Potter series of films has become my latest watch. Since watching the first film with everyone on Monday. Made my way through No 2 today (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
SOTBed: Ballets Rouges by Olympic Orchids
SOTMorning: Oud Luban by Aftelier Perfumes
Lazy house morning.
KFC in park
Shopping at Westfield Parramatta
SOTDay: Classical by Anat Fritz
Watched some of Harry Potter No 3 (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
SOTBed: Queen by Queen Latifah
SOTMorning: Séville à l’Aube L’Artisan Parfumeur
Up ar 4am to get the kids to the airport. They have been so god this year. Suddenly they are really likeable young adults, full of curiosity and fun. They’re smart and self sufficient. Happy to come out and do stuff or stay home and entertain themselves. Both Jin and I enjoyed having them here. This will probably be their last visit because Sindy starts university in October and who wants to go to the other side of the world when your world becomes about being a uni student and all your friends from there.
Came home and went to bed. Woke at 11.30am.
Physio. Now that we are addressing my ankle it’s interesting that my achilles tendon seems to be the root of all the drama. It’s so tight that everything else is in spasm which has caused the bone to lock down. I now have some extra exercises to do thrice daily. Fingers crossed for quick recovery.
Did the bed linen and towel washing for the kids.
SOTAfternoon: Le Jardin de Monsieur Li by Hermès
Went to the post Office and dropped off a bunch of packages. Also got a surprise card from Tara! YAY! Who doesn’t love Starry, Starry Night? Great choice.
Watched the rest of Happy Potter No 3 (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
Jin went to work around 5pm. I fell asleep on the couch till nearly 7pm.
Made very simple frittata and bacon for dinner.
Harry Potter No 4 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is probably my favourite of the series. Started watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
SOTBed: Elegance Animale by Lalique. Though I don’t love this fragrance I am drawn to it irresistibly. It’s getting quite a bit of skin time since I bought it off a friends Sale Doc.
SOTMorning: Queen by Queen Latifah again. I love its thick, sweet, ropey take on vanilla and patchouli, cost me next to nothing and smells so good. It’s getting harder to find on the discounters nowadays.
Jin and I walked the dogs together and are spending the morning hanging out.
Dropped the dogs off for a wash.
Went and visited Scotty at work.
Popped around to grab some decants from Tyson Ali.
Grabbed the dogs from their wash and teeth clean.
Opened my newest arrival. It came from my buddy Susan, her Sale Doc on FB, and I am so excited. Finally Ambre Nuit by DIOR! It is my SOTAfternoon.
Home. MORE Harry Potter. Finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and then watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2. Seriously, I didn’t want it to end.
Had a bath. The bathroom is a bit cold in winter so I had the oil bar heater in there with me and a steaming hot bubble bath. Bliss.
Woke up this morning with a headache and my ankle is really paining. Bugger.
SOTMorning: Slowdive by Hiram Green. Stunning hit of honey, like nothing else. Perfectly warming for a crisp winter morning.
I’m feeling a bit lost today. Not depressed per se but a bit down. At sixes and sevens. My head keeps playing over this damn unhappy customer and that she is taking Turbo Trivia to NCAT, the Fair Trading board. I do my best to ward off the intrusions but it’s impossible.
This week I finally decided to go back to London for a couple of weeks in November. It’s been a yes I will/no I won’t, up in the air kinda amorphous deal till now but it doesn’t feel quite right. So silly. I’ve alerted a bunch of people I’m coming. Now I have to UNalert them if I don’t go. Grrr.
Jin and I went and did some running around. Post Office, Butcher, Grocery store and then he got his hair cut.
We came home and did some couch time in front of Korean TV. I was mainly drifting in and out of sleep. Jin was happy as a pig in chiffon.
Last weekend Jin very pointedly asked if we could have dinner together ALONE. He only has one night we can spend together this week. So I made the whole day for him. It was fun. Dinner was his famous Spicy Pork BarBQ with some salads I threw together.
Afterwards we watched the Disney film Coco. It was fabulous. we laughed, cried, sat on the edge of our seat and were thoroughly outraged by the baddy. It was so fun. The music is heaven too.
Lovely warm Sunday morning. Sunshine peeping in the bedroom.
SOTMorning: Iris Tubereuse by Creed
Jin and I had breakfast together. Nothing special.
Then we cleaned out the Cutlery drawer, the Utensil drawer and the Pots & Pans cupboard under the sink. All of them have been becoming increasingly unmanageable lately and we decided the morning should be spent reorganising and cleaning. We even got a little snappy at each other. HA! Like 5 year olds. It blew over almost immediately.
Around 1pm he went off to bed because he took on some overtime work tonight. It’s impossible to say no to Sunday night shift, the money is good.
I had leftover Spicy Pork and Salads. COLD is even better next day. MMMM
Did a few loads of washing so I don’t have to do it tomorrow.
Tried to get some Trivia Q&A done but my mind wasn’t in it. Went and watched TV.
SOTEvening: So Nude by Costume National
Work was super fun. We got rid of the microphone and I go as a guy now. It has kept my swearing down to an absolute minimum. Also I warn any families that there might be some blue language coming out of the room and invite them to move if it offends them. Managing their expectations and hopefully responses.
Home now. I’m feeling lazy as. Last loads of washing to be done and hung.
SOTNight: Eau d’Epices by Tauer. Seriously stunning stuff.
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