Lately

I’ve been slacking on Scent Diaries again.

snow homeThere are 14 inches of snow on the ground outside. We still have electricity, thank goodness – this was a fairly dry snow with small flakes, so it didn’t pile up on the utility lines. It’s good sledding snow, though; the boys spent several hours sledding on the hill behind the house yesterday.

Our usual MO for being snowed out of school is to sled some, and then come in for hot chocolate and a marathon viewing of The Lord of the Rings extended box set. However, with Bookworm away at college, nobody seems to want to watch that. Sigh.

(Funny, this guy doesn't look much like Bane, does he?)

(Funny, this guy doesn’t look much like Eames from “Inception,” does he? Still less does he look like Bane. So young. And so skinny.)

We did, however, watch Black Hawk Down (edited for TV) with the boys last night. I’d never seen that all the way through. Good movie. Very very intense.  It left me with several questions, such as 1) Um, why were we in Somalia anyway again? and boy, we got outta there in a hurry.  2) Whatever happened to Josh Hartnett? 3) And why are there so many international actors – including the gorgeous and talented Eric Bana (Aussie), Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh), Ewan MacGregory (Scottish) Orlando Bloom, Jason Isaacs, and my crush Tom Hardy (all British) – in a movie about US military forces? They all manage credible Yank accents, by the way (Bana’s character is perhaps supposed to be Southern, and he overdoes it a bit, but then most non-Southern actors do whether they’re British or not).

Stolen from the internetses, don't remember where.

Stolen from the internetses, don’t remember where.

Currently reading Barbara Herman’s Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume. I’ve been enjoying Barbara’s blog, Vintage Perfume, for some time and was really delighted to see a book focusing on significant and influential perfumes, particularly things that no longer exist.  Loving her mini-reviews of classic scents.

My desktop background has been rotating around several photos of tropical beaches and/or flowers, like this one. I don’t know why.

Sunset005I did my nails, a pretty sunsetty coral color. I have terrible soft, chipping fingernails (have always had them, and so does my mom… so does Bookworm), and they are a strange, almost-square shape. Also, my hands are not particularly attractive, so I usually don’t bother, but I wanted color. This is very lovely – but I did two coats and a top coat, and it’s already chipped.

Perfume? Either my big winter heavy-hitters like Alahine and Tabac Aurea, Parfum Sacre, Centennial, Vanille Tonka, and Dolce Vita (in parfum, mmm, delicious), or BWFs like Tatiana, DK Gold, Carnal Flower, and Memoir Woman.

Okay, it’s stretching the category to call Memoir Woman a Big White Floral, because it’s so freaky-deaky – herbs! aromatics! leather! moss! castoreum! But that’s what it is at heart, beautiful jasmine and tuberose bolstered by all that harem stuff.

Oh – and I’m working on the novel, too. :)

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10 Responses to Lately

  1. sacre bleu says:

    I’m glad you’re here, whenever you’re here.
    I have nails exactly like yours. I wear neutral colors most of the time, just to try and keep them from peeling, chipping, etc a bit less, and to hide all that. The most I ever get is three days. You just can’t do dishes, sweep floors, feed dogs, etc, and not chip weak nails. C’est la.

    I’ve been wearing Spring scents this week, notably my cheap thrill Thymes Bergamot, because I am weary of Winter, single-digit temps, and snow.

  2. annemariec says:

    I haven’t seen Black Hawk Down but I will say that Eric Bana can probably do a decent Yank accent because like so many Australians, he ingested a strong diet of American film and TV when he was a nipper. Unfortunately American actors in Australian roles nearly always fail at the Australian accent because they have not been exposed to it often enough. Most come out with a cockney inflected sound, and leave it at that. Their directors probably feel that near enough is good enough.

    I have square nails too. Only the thumbs are nicely rounded. So sometimes I just paint one thumbnail, and make a beautiful job of just that one nail. To pull this off you have to choose a feature colour – you have to look like you mean it. That coral you are using would be perfect. Sometimes I use a really dark winey red, almost black, from Clinique, and sometimes a grassy green with sparkles (Avon). Fun! And if it chips you only need to repair one nail.

    • mals86 says:

      I’m sure that’s true about Aussies doing Yanks! I myself, having seen a looooot of Masterpiece Theatre growing up, can do a passable BBC British accent. I cannot, however, do Brooklyn except in the broadest, most ridiculous, jokey sense, and I can’t do that flat-A Midwestern one either. I have some difficulty ditching my own Appalachian accent for a true Southern one, although they’re related. And to be specific about it, there is no generic “Southern” accent. There’s a Georgia accent, an Alabama accent, a Texas accent, an East Tennessee accent divergent from the West Tennessee/Arkansas accent, and so on. There are three distinct varieties of Virginia accent alone! None of which, I am certain, are distinguishable to people who don’t live in the area and would find nothing odd about, say, Harvard-educated Texan Tommy Lee Jones playing an Alabamian. He did beautifully, as a matter of fact, in Coal Miner’s Daughter, playing a West Virginian.

      The CEO did his master’s degree in New Zealand, but as I discovered when I accompanied him on a four-week trip to Australia and NZ, his mock-Aussie is much, much closer than his mock-Kiwi!

      • mals86 says:

        And Hmmm… I’ll have to think about doing only one nail, as an accent. My ring finger nails are the prettiest-shaped ones.

      • annemariec says:

        That’s fascinating about accents – the small but significant regional variations. It’s much less common in Australia, vast though the country is. There are differences, especially between rural and urban people, and to my ear Queenslanders in particular have a very distinctive accent. But as you say, you have to be a native to pick them up some of these differences.

  3. Bookworm says:

    Accents are very strange things. Some people here (CT) pick up on mine right off the bat (including my Singaporean roommate) but others don’t. My East Tennessee and West Virginia accents are pretty good (mostly because they’re both very similar to my natural accent except the East TN one has a really drawn out long i), but I can’t even mimic the accent on a friend from Kansas who sounds like the news anchors on TV because I can’t control my natural accent enough to get that neutral American accent. People from the same place also often have varying degrees of accents. For example, my accent is much thicker than Taz’s and our bedrooms are all of 20 feet apart.

    No one wants to watch LotR? Really? Not even Taz? It was his idea a third of the time.
    What have they been watching?

    I MISS SLEDDING. There aren’t any good hills here that don’t end on a road.

    • mals86 says:

      You yourself had very little accent until you hit about second grade, and I was all WUT HAPPENED TO MA BABY!?! It KILLS me that nobody gets that Yale joke at Yale… except the kid from Alabama, I think you said.

      (No, other readers, I can’t tell it online. It’s an accent joke, and if you can’t hear it you won’t get it. Of course if you’re not a southerner you might not get it anyway.)

      Nobody wanted to watch LOTR. Oh, Taz pulled out Return of the King, but then proceeded to RUINNNN it by skipping every third scene. I do not get him.

      And I’m sorry you’re not getting to sled. I got to sled my first year at college… on cafeteria trays, and on a broken chair. So much fun.

      • Bookworm says:

        My friend from Kansas got it too, actually.

        No one gets Taz. I can explain his LotR thing, though. He likes to watch the exciting battle scenes and not the talking and walking around scenes.

        Cafeteria trays would work. There’s just small issue of a nonexistent suitable hill.

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