Hey there APJ Crew,
This week has been infinitely quieter. Thank everything. I really needed some chill time. Still managed to get out and about, saw some buddies and spent some quality time with Jin. The good thing about having more time is wearing more fragrance. YAY! Big week of scent.
Scent Diary: 9.9 – 15.9.2019
Woke up when Jin got home. Went to the spare room and slept till 11.30am! WOW!
Fed & Walked the dogs.
SOTMorning: Glacialis Terra by L’Artisan
Jin and I went out to get my head shaved, him some lunch, hit the Post Office and the local Korean grocery store and butchery for tonights dinner.
Home and I got busy on TRIVIA Q&A and got the laundry done. Jin is still watching The Big Bang Theory. Every time I walk out to make a coffee or anything it turns into 15 minutes of TBBT and chatter with Jin.
Remembered today, through FaceBook, that this time in 2017 I was travelling with Varun through North East India. It was a wonderful holiday.
Because Jin has been home and parked in the loungeroom I didn’t give the house a full scrub. It has been vacuumed thoroughly though, kitchen and bathroom cleaned. Feeling a little guilty because I didn’t give the place its usual dust down but the world won’t end. Jin couldn’t care less.
Tonight Jin wanted Sun Gyup Sai (Pork) so we brought out the table cooker. I cut up some potato and onion, washed lettuce and opened the pickled radish. Jin mixed up his famous Shredded Shallot Salad. We ate till I was groaning full. SO DELICIOUS.
Watched a couple of episodes of The Big Bang Theory together.
Jin hit the hay around 10.30pm.
SOTEvening: Snob by Le Galion. The lily is refreshing and prim. Good working scent, pretty enough to be noticeable but introverted enough to let me think.
Finished up TRVIA Q&A around 2.30am. NOW I’m wide awake.
SOTBed: Notes by Robert Piguet. Very slightly dirty clary sage, geranium and vetiver fragrance sweetened with tonka and zinged with some metallic aldehydes. YUM!
Watched Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper in The A Team. It’s dumb fun. Totally engrossing.
Started watching Aquaman but more about that later.
Got to bed at around 5.30am. Went to the spare room so I wouldn’t wake Jin.
Jin came and woke me at 9.30am. BASTARD! Ha. It was sweet. He came in for a cuddle. I Death Breathed him and rolled over, slept till 11am.
SOTMorning: Shalimar EdC by Guerlain. So good. The king is in.
Organised my weeks worth of trivia stuff. Very chill morning.
Got some amazing arrivals! YAY! Postcards and Tea Towel! So spoiled.
LtoR Postcard from Diana in Russia!, Tea Towel and Postcard from Rocco & Vera on their Greek honeymoon, DIOR Postcard from Tim and South of France Postcard from Neela & Tony. The world at my letterbox. Happy dance.
Made some chicken salad with garlic sauce for brunch. YUM!
Watched Aquaman. I saw it at the movies and was completely underwhelmed. The terrible wigs and poor old Nicole Kidman, who now looks like a slightly melted Madame Tussauds wax figure, had me frothing at the mouth so much my enjoyment of story went right out the window. Well, it does get better on a smaller screen. So much that tormented me is forgivable when it’s not blown up 1000 times biggers.
Beard dyed, trimmed, bathed and shaved.
SOTEvening: Insolence EdT by Guerlain
Work was pretty quiet tonight. Only 51 players. I love the nights when just the really regular crew is in though. We all have such a good laugh. It feels more homey too.
Home and Jin is still gripped by The Big Bang Theory. I watched some with him.
SOTBed: The Afternoon Of A Faun by Etat Libre d’Orange. As it ages the immortelle becomes more pronounced and honeyed. It’s now a thick, treacle like texture and I love it even more.
Jin and I walked the dogs together this morning in the glorious sunshine.
I came and did some computer time. Checking, commenting, answering and reading.
SOTMorning: Uptown Moonshine by DSH Perfumes. It’s Dawn’s birthday today so I’m celebrating by wearing her fragrance.
We were going to go to Hermès today but I am so angry and upset about their refusal to use my preferred name that I don’t want to go there. Yes, I’m a princess but this has been playing on my mind and making me sick. There will be no more Hermès shopping in Sydney. Jin rang me friend Jean and told her, at least they know.
So to make this big blue baby smile Jin took me to lunch at the Sydney Fish Markets. The sunshine was spectacular and these photos look amazing but still don’t do the day justice. I’m not really much of a seafood eater but add enough lemon and tartare sauce and I like it.
Afterwards we went to Birkinhead Point Outlet Mall and wandered around. The only thing I loved didn’t come in my size. I was bummed but my wallet was happy. Jin had a lactose free milkshake and I had coffee. It was a lovely way to spend the day.
Had a nap.
SOTEvening: Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens. All the vanilla, bakery and Iso E Super. MMMMMMM. You’ll notice my bottle is the older one with Palais royale logo. YAY!
Work was really fun tonight. I kept getting gorgeous whiffs of my perfume. YUMMY!
Netflix. I stayed up watching Olympus Has Fallen with Gerard Butler. The new Angel Has Fallen is out so they’re letting us watch the old ones on Netflix. YAY!
Then I started watching The Lucky One with Zac Efron but I was so sleepy that I had to turn it off.
SOTBed: La Colle Noire by DIOR
Jin left at 3am. He is the Special Ops Mechanic on the Broken Heel Drag Train. HA! Sydney to Broken Hill for the festival. Poor bugger, he was fairly foggy as he was leaving this morning. Here’s a pic my mate Christie took of Jin and Lada at one of the stops on the way.
As soon as he left I jumped into his warm spot in the bed and slept till 9am cuddling his pillow.
Up, fed and walked the dogs through a cool and cloudy morning. My perfect weather.
SOTMorning: Youth Dew by Estee lauder
It was my mate Penny’s birthday recently. We had a catch up with Pam at Penny’s, HIGH TEA! Loads of stories, laughs and chatter. These two girls are amazing. Their lives are so full and they live them with joy. Even the horror medical stories are full of mirth. Some people are balm for the soul. I left walking lighter (not that I was in any way down or dark, just extra lift)
Bathed and shaved.
Watched The Lucky One with Zac Efron on Netflix. One of the nicest chick flicks I’ve seen in ages. Zac Efron is totally believable, I was surprised at how much I believed his character. By about 1/3 of the way in I was 100% invested. Even cried in it.
SOTEvening: Idylle EdP by Guerlain. I recently grabbed this from FragranceNet for next to nothing. It’s even more radiant that my old bottle. Young, fresh and zingy. So good.
Worked at Lane Cove Golf Club tonight. It was really fun. Over 70 players for Turbo Bingle Balls.
Home and changed, fed and walked the dogs. now I’m going to chill.
OK, I watched Netflix. Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts as the evil queen. Then The Princess Switch, which I absolutely loved. It was corny and right at the start you already knew the outcome but it was so cute and lovely.
SOTBed: Alahine by Teo Cabanel
JIN UPDATE: They hit a couple of goats on the way to Broken Hill and they busted up three of the four locomotives pulling the train. They had to cannibalise one to fix the other two. What was meant to be a 12 hour day turned into a 19 hour day. They finished and left to hit the hay and had to be back on board in 5 hours.
UP! Fed & walked the dogs.
SOTDay: Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle. Spring!
Went and vacuumed the front of my car. Having lunch with my mate Lisa and she is very clean.
Got down to the Post Office to find a card from Aunty Tracey on her European jaunt.
Went and had the most fabulous catch up with my camera shy girlfriend Lisa at the Gunner Barracks in Mosman. We so rarely get together and it’s always a treat. She had the High Tea and I had the Chicken, Polenta and Broccolini, then I ate half her scone. It was so much fun, we were belly laughing at ourselves. Some days the world seems extra beautiful. Mostly the clientele is 60+, very calm and wealthy so us two laughing indecorously was not really in the mood of the venue. What did happen though is that the room got buzzier and by the end there were others laughing and the volume of the rooms chatter had increased to a loud thrum. I give us kudos for lifting the whole experience for everyone.
Home and I was going to watch some TV but Paris and I fell fast asleep together on the couch. Woke up at 7.30pm. That was a seriously deep sleep. I’m rested and groggy now.
SOTEvening: Tobacco Nuit by Atelier Cologne
JIN UPDATE: The railways somehow didn’t organise a changeover driver on the route at the halfway point today. Jin and his sidekick Lada were left stranded till a new driver could be got there. All the passengers were transferred to buses. What a shermozzle. He hopes to be home by about 3am tomorrow. ANOTHER 19-20 hour day. He’s going to be wrecked. Poor guy.
Quite late my body decided I was strivingly hungry so I went and cooked some SAUSAGES! Did a mix up of onion, potato, brussel sprouts, shallots and gravy as my side. It was freaking delicious.
Watched Reds 2 on Netflix. It was fun. The first one was better but this is a silly romp with a stellar cast. Yeah, I enjoyed it.
Started watching How To Train A Dragon. I LOVE this. Seen it before a couple of times, never gets old.
Jin arrived home at 2.30am. We went to bed.
SOTBed: Trayee by Neela Vermeire Creations
Woke up of my own accord around 9am.
SOTMorning: Sampaquita by Ormonde Jayne
Fed & walked the dogs. The hawthorn hedge in the cemetery across the road is in bloom. There are hardly any bees around this year, normally it’s swarming with them. I did find one happy little camper though, she couldn’t get into enough of them.
Made myself some Vegemite Toast with Tasty Cheese Slices, breakfast of champions.
Jin woke around 11am, he was still so groggy and tired he ate something and then went back to bed. Poor little guy.
I FINALLY cleaned my fish tank. The whole clean. Emptied it of water, plants and fish. Took it onto the balcony and scrubbed it, the sand, the accessories and made it gleam. The fish are currently in a pristine wasteland. I’ll go grab some fresh plants tomorrow.
SOTAfternoon: 1845 Sandalwood by Mt Romance
Finished watching How To Train Your Dragon.
Jin got up and went to work. He looked 100% more alive and ready for a long night ahead.
I now have the evening to myself. BLISS!
Had a steaming hot bath with Olympic Orchids Amber Labdanum Bath Oil.
SOTEvening: Eau Absolue by Mona di Orio. It smells even deeper and richer over the amber base of my bath.
Watched The Witches on Netflix with Angelica Houston. LOVE it. Did notice the Grand High Witch had some fabulous perfumes on her vanity. They have added new labels to old favourites. I see Diva, No 5, Val a Versailles, Penhaligon’s and a couple that I have no idea.
After the movie I turned last nights leftover sausages into Curried Sausages! My favourite peasant food. SO BLOODY DELICIOUS!
After dinner I watched more Netflix. This time it was Sarah Jessica Parker’s All Roads Lead to Rome. It was cute, funny, sweet and mostly predictable. I really love that SJP allows herself to become such an ordinary, day to day mother in look and emotion. She played it like I remember my Mum being. You know, doing her best, exasperated at outcomes, shocked and appalled by the child she raised yet still 100% in love with that nightmare being.
SOTBed: Stash Unspoken by Sarah Jessica Parker
Jin came home around 7am. I didn’t really sleep properly after he got to bed so I jumped up and had a cuppa, then hit the bed in the spare room for another hour.
SOTMorning: Grand Amour by Annick Goutal
Walked the dogs through the warm spring sunshine.
Had one of my all time favourite breakfasts as a kid. Toast, Vegemite & Cheese with a cuppa. So simple yet utterly delicious.
I’m spending today on TRIVIA Q&A because tomorrow night I’m busy. It feels weird to be doing it on a Sunday.
At around 2pm I was only getting the creamy dregs of my Annick Goutal so I decided to add something a good deal heftier.
SOTAfternoon: Notes by Robert Piguet. That’s twice this week I’ve reached for this zingy aldehydic woodsy mayhem.
BLOODY BUGGERING BOLLOCKS!! I’ve just realised that Scent Diary went live at 02.30 instead of 22.30. How BEASTLY! Oh well, carry on.
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