No Scent Diary, Oct. 7-13, 2016

No diary this week. Just nope. Come Wednesday night, I couldn’t manage to focus long enough to write about the week.

Though I will tell you that I wore Chanel No. 19 EdP on Election Day. And that I was very proud of Gaze for giving up a free day to go and hang out at the polling place to distribute literature for our Congressman running for reelection. As for the current political situation, I’m not happy.

George is TICKED OFF.George is ticked off.

(I would probably have been about 80% this unhappy had Hillary Clinton been elected. I’m embarrassed by the whole thing. Couldn’t we have managed to find people more qualified to run the country than an egomaniacal, disgusting boor with no experience and a person ambitious enough to use her office to excuse away her extremely poor judgment with regards to the security requirements of her job/borderline-treasonous acts? But enough about the mess here, except to say that if we don’t at least start trying to understand each other’s concerns, we’re gonna make it worse.)

I wore Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea and Teo Cabanel Early Roses and Le Galion La Rose (yeah yeah I promise I’ll get around to reviewing that one soon), as well as Frederic Malle Iris Poudre – a no-brainer comfort scent for me – and a dab of FM Musc Ravageur. I wanted the cinnamony goodness of Organza Indecence at some point, but it seems to be still packed away in the bedside chest, so I didn’t go digging for it.

I did notice, however, that I still have a few “end-of-summer/early fall” frags in the Hatbox of Current Rotation, so I should probably put them away and go digging for some cooler-weather scents now.

belize-by-f-ermert-creative-commons-1200x640Want to hear some good news? We leave on Friday to drive to my sister-in-law’s house near Dulles, and on Saturday, we’ll fly to Belize for a week. The whole family this time, because it’s been seven years since we vacationed with all three kids; summer internships and college tours and summer school have all interfered with taking a trip together. But since The CEO and I got booted from not one, but two flights on our trip to Hawai’i in July and had vouchers of $2600, we were able to swing the airfare for Belize.

One of the three (four?) sets of Mayan ruins in Belize. This is Lamanai Archaeological Refuge.
One of the three (four?) sets of Mayan ruins in Belize. This is Lamanai Archaeological Refuge.

We will snorkel over a reef, visit a tropical-animal zoo, and make a trip to some Mayan ruins. I hope the AC in the hotel rooms works as promised. I may or may not get a chance to post or check in via internet there; we’ll have to see how things go.

I’m sorry to be missing Thanksgiving at home; that’s Gaze’s favorite holiday, and one of my favorites as well. We may have to come home and do a family meal the next weekend!



10 thoughts on “No Scent Diary, Oct. 7-13, 2016”

  1. I don’t know if you follow The Black Narcissus blog, but its author and I both decided Chanel No. 19 would be the perfect fragrance for a strong woman to wear on Election Day! Unfortunately I don’t own any, so I went with another option. So funny that it was your choice too!

    1. I love Neil’s lyrical writing. And he’s right, No. 19 was excellent. I call it my Invisible Armor scent.

      Should probably put my blogroll back up, too.

      But I admit that I just cannot, cannot face more “Americans are stupid, Americans are gross, I can’t believe the rest of the world has to deal with this disgusting pig now,” criticism at the moment. CANNOT. So I’m having to stay away from his blog until he can stop writing about Trump.

      Look, I didn’t vote for the guy. I think he’s vile. But I know far too many people who voted for him for reasons having NOTHING to do with his racist sexist homophobic attitudes to listen to non-Americans who don’t give a crap about the lives of people in flyover country complain about how horrible these Trump voters are. My sweet mother voted for him. And it wasn’t because she’s stupid, and it wasn’t because she’s a racist. It was because the next President of the US will be nominating at least one, maybe another, justice to the Supreme Court, and because every day of her life, she is deeply, deeply troubled by the fact that it is legal to kill preborn babies. She could not in good conscience vote for a candidate who was certain to shift the balance of the Supreme Court further liberal.

      I have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, as I do of Hillary Clinton. I’m worried about the growing divide between coastal/big-city people, and central-flyover/rural people. I’m worried that we understand each other less and less all the time. I’m worried that there seems to be no place for people in the middle to stand.

      Neil, and other non-Americans, certainly have the right to express their opinions concerning the duly elected leader of the United States. But I also have the right not to read their hate-filled diatribes against people like my mom.

      Sorry I just dumped that all over you. I should in good faith go say it to him. But in all honesty, I don’t want to start an internet comment war over there – I just can’t take any more arguments. I can’t.

  2. I, like you, am not happy. Couldn’t eat for the first 24 hours. Then I worked our local RAM event Thurs-Sun, serving many patients who very likely, if they did vote, voted for Trump. What a huge gift to our community. I’ve never received so much in return for such a small time commitment on my part. And I realize how lucky I am.

    1. I have to ask, because what RAM means to me might not be what it means to you. Given where I grew up, it means “Roanoke Area Ministries” and refers to an ecumenical religious organization made up of area churches and synagogues that helps people with physical needs like shelter and food. I’ve served at RAM house at least a few times, and my brother’s youth group (I was already married and moved 50 miles away) served meals there regularly.

      So, out of curiosity, what’s RAM to you?

      There is, I believe, nothing like making a connection with people you didn’t think you had anything in common with. Blessings on you for opening yourself up to that!

      1. Sorry, Remote Area Medical. I believe they are headquartered in Rockford, TN. They were in Bradenton, FL last year & came back last weekend. They come in to a community & create a pop-up clinic providing free medical, dental, & vision care. I’m sure most of the core volunteers are church-going people, but there was no religious or political overtones, just “What do you need fixed today – let’s fix it.” Amazing organization & awesome to see in action. These guys/gals are the real deal. So glad I went & hope to help out again for purely selfish reasons – that’s a high I want to feel again.

  3. I’m so happy you get to have a family vacay all together!
    I know how precious that is to you and
    I hope you all have a wonderful time.
    My own dear mama voted for T as well for the same reasons I’m sure.
    She knows where I stand and we have a deep love for one another despite our differences in opinions.
    We don’t talk about it,and we keep the peace between each other this way because I love her dearly.
    I saw her yesterday and she brought Danny and I a beautiful poinsettia.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving, Mals. ??

    1. I have to think that live-and-let-live is the only way we can get through this.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and D and your sweet girls and your grandbebe.

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