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Monday, Aug. 13 – Warm and pleasant. (Okay, so maybe I don’t hate August right now.) SOTD: Nothing. I was busy, I forgot. SOTAfternoon: Muse de Coty. I’m quite sure at this point that my 1960s treasure (1.5 oz, parfum de toilette, boxed, barely used, $16 ebay) is somewhat age-damaged. Review will be posted this next week. I cooked frozen fries on the grill last night along with the hot dogs; the seasoned ones were wonderful and the waffle fries were burned in spots and much less successful. Oh well, it was worth a try. I just didn’t want to bother heating up the house along with the oven. SOTEvening: By Kilian Rose Oud, from a sample spray. I’m only likely ever to have samples of this one because it’s riDICulously expensive, but so nice. Rose and silky vanilla decorated with a smidge of band-aid.
Tuesday, Aug. 14 – It rained last night. I still find it odd that the rest of the country is in a drought situation, and we’re not. In fact, our grass is growing almost as fast as it was in the spring, and I’m having to mow about every five days. It’s a nice problem to have. SOTD: Muse de Coty. We have a new orphan calf in the “guest house.” His name’s Jacob. (I’ve noticed that most of the calves we wind up bottle-feeding are male. I don’t know why. We’ve had maybe a dozen stay in that little shed, and only two of them were heifer calves.) SOTA: Coty Les Muses.
Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Took Bookworm and Taz for their summer dental checkups. No cavities, but Bookworm’s baby tooth is still hanging on. It might not be an issue, but the adult canine tooth is lying in her upper jaw sideways, so we’re going to need to see the orthodontist to check on that. SOTD: Gaultier Fragile EdP (thanks for the sample, Celina!). It’s quite different from the EdT I tested last month.
Thursday, Aug. 16 – Took Gaze for his contact lens fitting at the opthalmologist today. Nobody in the family wears contacts, and although I’ve seen friends/ roommates/ various in-laws inserting and removing them numerous times, I’ve never tried it myself. Gaze apparently has a mammoth flinch-blink reflex. He tried for about 45 minutes, but was not able to get the contacts in OR out. Poor baby. He was really disappointed. I think we’re going to try again in a few weeks. SOTD: F Malle L’Eau d’Hiver. Nice. I like. I even get the “it’s an updated take on Apres l’Ondee” angle, but I don’t think it’s very like Al’O. You just get a hint here and there.
Friday, Aug. 17 – Laundry. Straightening up. SOTD: Pamplelune. Pamplelune is so pretty! I love the florals in it as well as the grapefruit and currant bud. The football coach released the kids early so they could attend the scrimmage game at the high school; The CEO and Gaze went to watch it. Taz didn’t want to go, though, so I stayed home and made brownies for the football parents to sell at the tournament Saturday. The CEO says that Bookworm and PETBoy did a nice job directing the band, which did not march their show but played it from a standing position.
Of course, all Bookworm could think about when she got home were the mistakes she’d made. I did explain that I thought it was perfectly reasonable to use this game – which doesn’t count, of course – as a “dress rehearsal” for real football games, and to tweak what needed tweaking. As in, at a certain point she and PETBoy are standing side by side to direct, but she sped up a little because she couldn’t see him out of the corner of her eye (she has practically no peripheral vision in her left eye). So in the future, she’s going to stand to his left. Makes sense, right? SOTE: Le Temps d’une Fete. I love LTdF.
Saturday, Aug. 18 – Really nice weather for the “directed scrimmage” football tournament at the middle school. Gaze had, I think, hoped to be on the first team defense as cornerback, but wound up on second team both offense and defense. He did get to play some, and had a carry of four yards. SOTM: Moschino Funny!, which was terrific in the humidity.
After cleaning up in the afternoon, I made a birthday dinner for my favorite mother-in-law (that’s a joke, I’ve only had one MIL): steak, scalloped potatoes, green beans, caprese salad with tomatoes out of the garden, toasted Italian rolls, with chocolate cake and raspberries and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Yum. SOTEvening: YSL Paris Pont des Amours.
Sunday, Aug. 19 – Cool and cloudy. PETBoy came to church with us and ate soup and sandwiches before poor Bookworm had to chase him off and bury herself in her Biology/Physics/Calculus homework. SOTM: By Kilian Rose Oud. I spritzed once in the car going to church and instantly became the Least Popular Occupant of the vehicle. The CEO: “That smells like apricot juice. And just so you know, I am not a fan of apricot juice.” (He’s been complimentary of Rose Oud in the past, but that’s been typically after the first blast. Which smells like Band-Aids to me, but hey, I like the smell of Band-Aids.) Taz: “No, it’s more like pumpkin juice.” (He’s been reading Harry Potter books recently.) Bookworm: “I don’t like it.” (At least she’s consistent; she’s never liked it.) Gaze and PETBoy, thankfully, held their tongues.
I managed to get the yard mowed, finally, in the evening, while The CEO and Gaze moved a small bunch of cows from field to field in preparation for giving them medications on Monday. SOTA: Leonard de Leonard. Hmmm. This floral chypre that’s heavy on carnation reminds me somewhat of the old formulation of Lauren by Ralph Lauren. I should do a wrist-to-wrist… it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Fragrance Throwdown. Oh, and that reminds me, I’ve got a Throwdown partially written for Hanae Mori Butterfly versus Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss… must finish it.