Hey there APJ Crew,
We hit a new decade, Australia burned, temperatures soared and I had four glorious days to myself. So much beautiful perfume worn, saw some mates, ate some grub and watched some Netflix. Pretty good staycation. I’m feeling revived.
Scent Diary: 30.12 – 5.1.2020
BLOODY HELL! It’s muggy! Woke in a pool of my own juices.
SOTMorning: Scent by Costume National
Cleaning up this morning after out triumphant 12 person sit down dinner last night. It was awesome.
Benjamin and Andreas popped over. They are new to Sydney guys. Moved back after years of travelling for work. I had completely forgotten asking them so it was a Mid-Clean visit. They were so cool about it.
Continued cleaning. All clothes & linens washed and hung by 3pm. Hopefully even in this humidity they will dry by this evening. Having dusted, vacuumed and polished the house for guests last night it was a breeze to get everything ship shape. Thank goodness because it’s too hot to work hard.
Watched some GRIMM on Netflix! It’s being taken off on Jan 5 so there’s nearly two full seasons I need to get done by then.
SOTAfternoon: Rose Barbare by Guerlain. My newest. It’s freaking gorgeous. MMMMMMM
Hung out with Jin when he got home. He is so cute. Called me as he was leaving work to tell me how hungry he was and could I have dinner ready in 25 minutes when he got home. He did it in a really thoughtful, non pushy or expectant kind of way. Who could resist.
We watched the last couple of episodes of Netflix ATYPICAL together too. Excellent series. Well worth a squiz.
SOTBed: Russian Tea by Masque Milano
Up and walked the dogs through the muggy heat. It feels kind of oppressive today.
SOTMorning: Black Perfecto by Guerlain
Jin needed to go get some results from the doctor. I rode along and did some grocery shopping and had a leisurely cup of coffee at the mall. It was nice. Poor boy had to wait 50 minutes to be seen, even though he had an appointment.
Home and my fragrance has wafted off into the heat. We put the moisture removing AC setting on. The apartment is blissfully cooler now and drier.
I paid all my outstanding bills today. Gas, Electricity, Road Service and Car Insurance. Going into 2020 with ZERO bills except for a medium amount on the credit card.
NOT going out tonight. I donated money to WIRES. WIldlife REscue Service, especially needy after all the destruction the drought and fires have caused.
It’s a good feeling.
SOTAfternoon: 4711 Remix Cologne. ALL the citrus. MMMMMMMM
Did some computer stuff. Packed up a PPP to send to Marian. Went to the Post Office again. TinaG and I thought we were buying incredibly well priced CdG Incense fragrances but they turned out to be INCENSE STICKS! Had to send them back to the UK, $41 later! Bloody hell. Did a little more grocery shopping for my ENORMOUS cheese platter this evening.
Thank everything the heat is starting to abate. 44C was just a smidge too hot for this delicate flower.
Home. Computer. Chilled out.
SOTEvening: Shalimar!! Vintage extrait and Ode de Shal-Lemur.
Alice & Kath arrived. We had the chillest, chattiest evening. They stayed till about 11pm. We had champagne with the 9pm fireworks on TV. I got to have my cheese platter with all the trimmings and it was wonderful.
Midnight came while I was on the phone to Jin. Called Varun in India next. Sent a few Happy New Year texts.
Dogs fed and walked around 1am. Waited till the threat of fireworks was done.
Woke at around 10am. Slept like dead people.
SOTMOrning: A Quiet Morning by Miller et Bertaux. Calming woods and stuff, perfect to ring in the new year.
Walked the dogs in the warm, but not blistering yet, sunshine. Also took the moulting hair stripping comb. For some reason Paris is moulting HEAPS this year, I’m pulling out great wads of it every week. The birds love it though.
Just realised I’ve been alive in 7 decades! 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s 10s, 20s! Pretty impressive at only 51 years old!
Jin woke up around 1pm. Made us traditional Korean New Years Day Dumpling Soup. BLOODY DELICIOUS!
We watched some The Good Place on Netflix.
Fell asleep together on the couch, all smushed up, under the fan.
SOTAfternoon: 1957 by CHANEL
We took the bikes out to fill up their tyres and get the cobwebs out from the engines. It was gorgeous in the cooler air of evening.
Back home and I started the cleaning up of the garage. Getting rid of all the business stuff pre 2013. I thought Scott and I had dome a good job last year but it seems we were very crap and hardly got any out. I’m finding stuff as far back as 2003. YIKES! My big idea is to remove enough crap that we can get rid of one of the shelving units, creating more space for our bikes and then Jin will also be able to put his car in the garage with mine.
Jin got a call to work overtime tomorrow. It’s a 5am start so he hit the hay almost immediately.
SOTNight: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations. Damir is wearing Mohur Extrait, Val is wearing Mohur EdP and I wanted to fit in but be different. Pichola is a perfect heat beater.
Watched some GRIMM!
Organised some papers for Jin to take to work tomorrow and shred.
Spent an hour faffing on social media that felt like 10 minutes. GAK!
Woke up around 9am. Grabbed my beautiful greyhound Paris and cuddled him for a while.
SOTMorning: Dangerous Complicity by Etat Libre d’Orange
Computer for a while. Saw this and had a chuckle.
Walked the dogs in the glorious, dry, clear heat. Amazing for me. Probably terrible for the fire conditions. So many millions of hectares of bushland lost, homes, lives of animals and people. All to save some money in the budget. The amount of Australia on fire is about the size of Europe.
SOTAfternoon: Gold Man by Amouage. Sometimes you need to lean into the heat with a resinous aldehydic floral.
I am procrastinating from cleaning up the kitchen and watching GRIMM!
Jin called and told me I’m making Spaghetti Bolognese for us for dinner and he will make garlic rye bread. He was at the shop buying the provisions. HA! Firmly told I’m not the maid and that I just cleaned the friggin’ kitchen, VERY excited for Spag Bol.
Made it for us but it was Spinach Fettuccini Bolognese with added silverbeet and capsicum for a little extra health. Jin’s Grainy Rye Garlic Bread was a triumph, he makes it with my balcony grown curly parsley. (You might also note my Christmas gift from Gina, Ohio State napkins. They have been a huge talking point at both the events they’ve come out at. Only one pair more after these. Thank you!)
Then I realised that while doing the cleaning today I wasn’t wearing my phone and my steps are only 1,300! Grabbed the dogs and walked 4, 200 steps. They are completely tuckered out.
Cleaned the kitchen AGAIN without my bloody phone. So, while my phone says around 5,500 I reckon my score is much closer to 7k. Damnit!
SOTNight: Boronia by Grandiflora.
Watched GRIMM till late.
SOTBed: Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder
It’s freaking hot.
SOTMorning: New Traditions by ETRO.
Walking the dogs this morning was a very sweaty affair. Came home drenched. It is hot and steamy out there.
Went downstairs to keep on cleaning the garage out. Got caught in a box of old photo albums that went from the 1920s all the way up to about 2008. So much family history all together in one box. I keep them there in case there’s a need to leave in a hurry. One box of memories to take. Four generations of photographs.
Came up for lunch. Watched some Grimm!
Went down to continue the garage but it’s just too hot. I took the dogs down with me and when a bunch of boxes fell from their position they let me know in no uncertain terms that their tenure in the garage was done.
SOTAfternoon: Geranium Pour Monsieur by Frederic Malle
Jin came home and made us a messy, delicious, veg filled frittata. YUM!
We went to the cinema and watched the new Jumanji. It’s cute. We laughed. It wasn’t amazing but it was a perfect bit of fluff. Seeing it in the cinema made it extra BIG.
Home. Dogs fed & walked.
SOTBed: Calypso by Robert Piguet
I’m awake. It’s 9am. Must have been snoring last night because my throat is dry as a statues titty.
SOTMorning: Oriental Mint by Phaedon
Dogs fed and walked in the humid heat.
Damnit! It’s too hot to function normally. How do people work?
Also, I keep crying about the devastation of Australia. WTF is wrong with these governments? Everyone is playing the 12 hour news cycle blame game and nobody is getting anything done. It really feels like the Hunger Games watching from the city.
SOTAfternoon: Mitsouko EdP. MMMM I smell amazing!
Jin and I spent the day inside. We watched the bushfires till I couldn’t stand it. Donated more money to the RFS, here’s the link to Celeste Barber’s Rural Fire Service Fundraiser. No matter where you are in the world you can donate simply through PayPal, who have waived all fees and charges.
It was stinking hot.
Then we watched Korean TV.
I did some blogging. Everything seems so insignificant in comparison to the fires.
Jin and I headed off to the Sydney Olympic Pools for a swim this evening. The water was unbelievably gorgeous. Wasn’t in long and someone vomited in the lap swimming pool. PANIC! Evacuations. The other pools were all too crowded so we fled.
This was the sky as we drove home. Taken from the car, no filter or tweaking at all. Australia is burning.
We got home and chilled. I have been on the computer. Jin is now fast asleep in the living room.
SOTEvening: Vintage Infini by Caron
Watched GRIMM! till I started falling asleep on the couch.
Cleaned teeth, drank water.
SOTBed: Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal. Beautiful, tropical citruses shine through in this heat.
Woke up to a much less intensely hot day. Still a sweaty, dry mouthed mess and a bit disoriented.
SOTMorning: Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal again. It’s so gorgeous in the heat and I smell beautiful.
What Celeste Barber has done is amazing in two days. No doubt. Raising nearly AUD$20m from the people of the world. Awe inspiring.
Can we go back and remember when Notre Dame burnt down? Within 24 hours US$650 million were raised.
BATHTIME in Rose Jam!
SOTEvening: Rose Barbare by Guerlain
Went and hung out with Anna Maria and her family before work tonight. They were having a 2020 welcoming party. It was excellent fun.
Work was pretty quiet. We had a great time though.
Home and Jin is organising our November Europe trip. We are taking his parents over to see Jinki and the kids.
Walked the dogs.
Chatted with Neela Vermeire.
Ready for bed now.
SOTBed: Iris Tubereuse by Creed
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