Monday, Nov. 25 – Chilly. Brrr. Virginia Tech is on Thanksgiving break too, so The CEO is home this week. He did a TON of laundry. I did the usual Monday grocery shopping, and also had to drive to Blacksburg to buy Gaze a tuxedo shirt. The high school band provides concert dresses for the girls and tuxedos for the boys, but you have to provide your own shirt. The smallest size Belk had was a Medium (15-15 ½ neck), and I knew it would be too big, but there you go. Tucked in, it won’t be so bad.
While I was out, I did some sniffery at Belk. The older lady who has run their perfume department for aaaaaages was actually quite nice to me today, even though I told her I wasn’t interested in buying anything, just wanted to smell anything new to me. She actually offered me some samples! I picked up one of Coco Mademoiselle EdP for my sister, and one of J’Adore Voile de Parfum, which is lighter and “fresher” than the current J’Adore, but somehow less chemical and annoying. I also smelled Estee Lauder Modern Muse on a card and liked it very much (for a department-store fragrance), but I didn’t bother to put it on skin because that’s always a gamble for me. I smelled Oscar de la Renta Something Blue, which is really watery, and Marc Jacobs Honey, which smells like the statistical average of everything on the trendy side of the aisle, all sweet+fruit+vague floral. The SA told me that everything Chanel sells well, and the trendy stuff (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, etc.) sells to grandmothers who are buying Christmas presents for their teenage granddaughters. I always smell Clinique Aromatics Elixir when I go in there, too, just to check. Yep: still stale pee in a rose hedge. (After three hours, AE smells amaaaazing. Up top, though, on my skin? Horrifying.) Esprit d’Oscar still might be my favorite relatively-new department store release.
I also snagged two samples via ebay, things that you can’t sample around here: Caron Accord 119 and Hermes Kelly Caleche EdP. I didn’t like the Kelly Caleche EdT at ALL – too cologney. Too citrusy. Too vegetal. Too vetivery. Vetiver (and some jasmine partials) can sometimes go celery-like on me, and I DO NOT LIKE THAT. Bleargh. However, I read somewhere that the EdP was quite different, and it is – the leather is quite soft and there is much more of a floral aspect to the EdP, with rose and mimosa forward in it, as well as a wisp of vanilla in the base. (Or is it the combination of iris and benzoin? It’s not terribly sweet, but it does have just a tiny touch of That Fluffy/Powdery Thing I Like So Much in Iris Poudre and Mariella Burani.)
Tuesday, Nov. 26 – UGH, we have freezing rain. Nasty nasty outside. Testing that Caron Accord 119 today, and I don’t like it much: dark unsweet berry, patchouli, amber. It has a rich dark texture and “color” to it, a deep plum brown velvet. I see why some people really love this. I don’t. I need some lightness to most of my perfumes – aldehydes and florals, mostly. If I had only this to wear, I suspect I would become deeply depressed.
After a few hours this starts to smell a little like B&BW Dark Kiss to me. Not that that is a bad thing – we really like DK around here! Bookworm wears it probably more than anything else. 119 smells richer and less floral, much darker, definitely more expensive. But I need those florals, myself.
The high school was planning to put on their benefit concert this evening – it’s an evening when the fine arts department puts on an event that benefits the local “Christmas store” charity, which provides Christmas gifts at a very low cost to families in need. The choir sings, the band plays, the drama club puts on a short one-act play. The visual arts department decorates the theater/auditorium area with the best of the fall assignments. We’ve got a really good fine arts program, and it’s delightful to go to this concert. However, because of the icky freezing rain, it’s been postponed until next week. (Bookworm is bummed; she wanted to go.)
We are curled up in front of the fireplace, toasty warm.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Woke up to a light snow, just a dusting. Cleaned house, because we didn’t do it last weekend and tomorrow’s Thanksgiving – which I will not be cooking at all this year. I’m only doing fruit salad and rolls for the meal at The CEO’s mom’s house, and cranberry gelatin salad for the family get-together at my mom’s house, a Thanksgiving/Dad’s birthday thing.
SOTD: Kelly Caleche edp again. I love this. Took the kids to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Verdict: better than the first movie. Better, possibly, than the book (but not better than The Hunger Games, the book). Exciting.
Bookworm has been delighted by what she calls “a sky of the proper color” – black, spangled with stars. We have very little light pollution out here, which is lovely.
Thursday, Nov.28 – Thanksgiving, of course. Because of various family arrangements, I’m not cooking today. Dinner at my mother-in-law’s, and I’m only taking hot mulled cider, fruit salad, and the Sister Schubert’s rolls my brother-in-law requested. Dinner was good… but odd, because no pie. And why no pie? We celebrated my sister-in-law Jean’s birthday with her usual angel food cake topped with whipped cream and cherry pie filling, and my niece MK’s birthday with a Pepperidge Farm fudge stripe cake. No pie. It was weird. The menu included turkey breast, dressing, broccoli casserole, corn pudding (a specialty of my brother-in-law’s), the aforementioned fruit salad and rolls, and sweet potato casserole. Oh, and whole-berry cranberry sauce. We ate well.
SOTD: Mauboussin. Seems quite a bit more powdery than I remember, but I don’t know whether it’s my decant or what. Bookworm wrinkled her nose. I tested her by suggesting she smell my vintage Emeraude, and she said the Emeraude was ‘way better.’
Friday, Nov. 29 – Basketball game at Virginia Tech (the students are on break, so the university gave out tickets to the game to faculty & staff. The CEO had four, so he took the kids while I did a bit of shopping. Just a bit, though – I do not DO that Black Friday craziness, although I visited TJ Maxx and Barnes & Noble, as well as Target, picking up a few gifts but mostly some necessities.
Then, on to my dad’s birthday dinner. Menu was strikingly similar to Thanksgiving, but that was okay. Yum. For my dad there was a sugar-free spice/fudge marble cake, and there was a ton of leftover Thanksgiving pies from my aunts – pumpkin, sweet potato, caramel apple, and pecan. Plus ice cream. Never let it be said that my mom skimps on a holiday dinner: ham, turkey breast, dressing, green beans, corn, salad, rolls, shrimp poppers, scalloped apples, grape tomatoes and pickles. SOTD was Parfum Sacre.
Saturday, Nov. 30 – The CEO got up very early (4:45am) with Bookworm so he could take her to the airport in Roanoke to make her 7 am flight. She made it back to New Haven without incident, by 1 pm. I got up to make sure they had some breakfast, and then made sure that Gaze was awake so he could go hunting with our neighbor Jeff. (They had no luck; didn’t see any deer.) Then I went back to bed! We had brunch very late. Virginia Tech – UVa game this afternoon, and I pulled down some of the Christmas decorations. We never put up the tree until Dec 10 at the earliest, so I just set out my Nativity scene – oddly, the donkey is missing. I don’t know why. I can’t remember him being out of place when I packed things up last January.
SOTD: Amouage Lyric Woman. Very lovely. Got a compliment from my sister-in-law on it.
Sunday, Dec. 1 – Warmer than last week, up almost to 50F. Our church has started its usual “December Nights” meeting schedule, which involves our borrowing another church’s sanctuary for a 5pm service. (We normally meet in a school, and set up/take down everything we need, and the early evening service gives volunteers a break.) SOTD: Memoir Woman.