Scent Diary, Jan. 14-20, 2012

Well, finally, Scent Diary returns. Can’t really explain why it took a hiatus, except that writing it was boring me to tears and then when you stop writing it for several days you can’t go back and remember what went on… so I just picked up again on a Monday, and now it’s back.  BTW, all photos except the hot chocolate one (which has a Flickr link) are mine.

Snow Jan 2013Monday, Jan. 14 – Wet, raining buckets. If it were colder, we’d be getting snow. We’ve had warmer-than-usual temperatures all winter, and I for one do not like it. The CEO’s happy; the warmer weather is easier on cattle since they don’t have to eat constantly to keep their body temperatures up. But I like my couple of months of cold weather. I was a kid in the 1970s, which was one of the coldest decades of that century, and of course cold winters seem normal to me. SOTD: Guerlain Metallica, which I see that I have never reviewed… it’s nice. I have a decant.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Wet, still raining buckets. SOTD: Jacomo Silences edp Sublime. I like it a lot; it reminds me of Chanel No. 19 in the current edp version. (Well, I say current. It’s not available in the US, but I ran across it in the Rome airport Duty Free shop when we went to Malta in 2010, and I spritzed some on both times we were there. I don’t even know if Chanel still makes it or not, but I found it far preferable to the current edt, which seems thin and sharp.) It lasted very well through my eye appointment, the first in about six years.

Regarding that checkup: my eyes are in good health, but I have a small amount of myopia in addition to the age-related close-up focusing problem that has been annoying the pants off me for at least three months now. So my prescription is for, get this, bifocals. Gah. I won’t have to wear them all the time, but for any task where I’m reading and doing something else at the same time (say, cooking from a new recipe, or crocheting on the couch while watching TV). Bleah. In any case, I went ahead and ordered my new glasses, thin metal frames with no rim on the bottom of the lenses. I rather like them.

The other fragrance that new Silences reminds me of is Deneuve, so I pulled that out once the Silences wore off and wore it.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Wet. Still raining buckets. SOTD: Chanel No. 19. Wearing this, and discussing it with friends on Facebook, made me want to get out all the green-floral-almost-chypres I know and test like side by side on my arm, so I could run my nose up and down my arm as if it were a smell-harmonica. Weird, I know. But wearing Silences edp Sublime yesterday made me think of No. 19 EdP, which I don’t own (and which is d/c at least in the US, though they had it at the Rome airport Duty-Free in 2010). And I was also thinking of L’Eau de Chloe, Deneuve, and Silences. Oh, and AG Heure Exquise as well. Very similar compositions those.

Not feeling so awesome today. After dinner (yummy leftover pasta), I took a bath and went to bed. SOBedtime: Shalimar Light.

Thursday, Jan. 17 – Wet. Supposed to snow later today as temperatures drop. The CEO snurfled my neck this morning and said, “What are you wearing? You smell smoky.” SEEEE? Shalimar, even Shali Lite, SMELLS LIKE WOODSMOKE. On me, anyway. SOTD, post-shower: Black Cashmere.

Poor Bookworm is driving herself crazy with the statistics for her Science Fair Project. Each Virginia Governor’s School student must prepare one, and it’s a grade. Last year was bad enough, but this year she’s supposed to do something different with her survey statistics and she says she doesn’t understand how to interpret them. The snow will prevent her from going to school tomorrow to use the school computers, so I’ll have to download the software so she can do it here.

It did snow – we got maybe 6-7 inches! It was supposed to continue snowing through the night, but it had stopped by 8pm. More Black Cashmere for bedtime.

Hayley and kids Jan 2013Friday, Jan. 18 – Snow on the ground, sun in the sky. It’s lovely. The boys were up early to put on snow gear and go out into the pasture behind the house, where there’s a slope that’s good for sledding. The dog was absolutely beside herself with joy. She likes to roll around in snow, and she loves playing with the kids, and both at once is her personal (canine-al?) idea of heaven. Neighbor kid, Makayla, came over to sled as well, so there were plenty of people for Hayley to chase around.

Bookworm was feeling sorry for herself this morning at breakfast: beautiful snow she doesn’t have time to play in, and this Science Fair project that she hates is driving her crazy, and she wishes she had never done Governor’s School in the first place, and if high school is driving her crazy how is she going to manage college? Poor baby. The CEO spent some time commiserating about Science Fair and talking to her about the benefits of taking the hard classes now and getting used to what will be expected from her in college, and I think it helped. Eventually, she did go outside and sled for about an hour, and it seemed to do her good.

Bookworm sleddingSOTM: Vintage Coty L’Aimant PdT. After lunch, performed all manner of embarrassing beauty rituals, such as coloring my hair (I am getting a few gray hairs here and there, but mostly what bothers me is the way my hair goes a dull light brown in the winter and takes color away from my face) and neatening my brows. Showered. SOTA: Antonio Visconti Alhambra, a sample sent by a friend. I know very little about the line and the few notes I remember from looking up the fragrance online include classic florals on an oriental base. It’s got some nice orange blossom and rose and a raspy, Shalimar-like opoponax/vanilla vibe.

Picked up my new bifocals today. I’m getting used to them. My sister-in-law E and her kids are visiting her mom, so they all came over to have dinner with us.

Saturday, Jan. 19 – Still snow on the ground but a clear sky. My niece and nephew came over and played in the snow with the boys and Makayla. They made a snowball five feet tall and then had to quit because they couldn’t roll it anymore, and after that my nephew Curiosity made a snow chair, complete with ottoman, side table, and cup holder… so of course he had to come up to the house and ask for a cup of hot chocolate to PUT in the cup holder! It amused me no end. SOTD: Organza Indecence.

The CEO took Bookworm to a track meet today. She was only running one event, the mile, and she hadn’t run that since she was a freshman! She placed 10th, not fabulous, but decent. Her time was maybe 6-7 seconds slower than she’d wanted, but it was a PR for her.

I ran out of the prepackaged hot cocoa mix packets, so I dug around and found a recipe for my own. Here it is, adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe:

Hot Chocolate
Hot Cocoa Mix

2 cups powdered sugar (I didn’t have any, having finished the bag making icing for my birthday cake last week, so I threw 2 cups of granulated in the blender and spun it around for about twenty seconds. That makes it “superfine” and more dissolvable. Works just great.)

1 cup cocoa (Alton recommends Dutched cocoa, but I didn’t have any of that either. The Hershey’s Dark cocoa I had on hand worked just fine.)

2 cups powdered milk

½ cup dry coffee creamer (I had plain, but you could probably use flavored if you want)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cornstarch (optional, I didn’t use it)

Mix all ingredients together and store in jars. (Alton also recommends a pinch of cayenne pepper, which Bookworm and I would probably like, but I left it out because Taz and The CEO don’t really care for spice heat.) To prepare, spoon 2-3 heaping tablespoons into a mug and add 6-8 ounces of hot, not boiling, water. Stir thoroughly and top with mini-marshmallows if you wish.

We made so many mugs of hot cocoa that I RAN OUT of clean mugs!! All 13 of them (yeah, I have a lot of mugs) wound up in the sink or the dishwasher.

Sunday, Jan. 20 – Good church service today. SOTD: Dior Dolce Vita edt. I sold the bottle I had because I just wasn’t wearing it often, but some kind soul sent me a 2ml sample. I do still have two tiny 5ml parfum bottles – so pretty, and the juice is incredibly rich.

Bookworm discovered that she had a crucial error in her raw data, so she and The CEO spent most of the day correcting the error and re-running her statistics tests. The boys and I went to see my parents, who’d wanted to have us over to celebrate my birthday. Mom fed us turkey breast, broccoli with cheese sauce, re-stuffed potatoes, strawberry pretzel salad, fresh rolls, and scalloped apples, with chocolate cake for dessert. YUM. We Skyped with my brother in Florida and then my sister in Texas. (My brother-in-law is due back from Afghanistan sometime in the 1st or 2nd week of February, and my sister will be SO GLAD to have him home.)

On the drive home, I discovered an absolutely delicious smell clinging to the sleeves of my leather jacket, which I hadn’t worn in several days at least. Couldn’t identify it at first, which was frustrating because it smelled so wonderful. But finally it came to me: a bit of Cuir de Lancome, plus some Amouage Memoir Woman. So when we got home, I spritzed a bit of each. Wow, it was fabulous!

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23 thoughts on “Scent Diary, Jan. 14-20, 2012”

    1. Good!

      The Strawberry Pretzel Salad is one of those composed gelatin salads that Americans got so fond of in the 1950s and which have become staples of potlucks and church dinners all over the US – in short, it’s more like dessert than “salad.” Here’s a recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Judys-Strawberry-Pretzel-Salad/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_RelatedRecipes Except that for the pretzel layer I break the pretzels instead of crushing them, and I don’t put sugar in the pretzel mixture. For the cream cheese layer, I use 1/2 cup of sugar, instead of the 1 cup the recipe recommends. Even so, it’s still pretty sweet. We call it salad but treat it like dessert…

  1. Sincerely hope you’re going to review Mettalica because it’s carnations? I hope? Why does no one do carnations?
    Also, glad you finally smelled the new Silences. Wish all refos were that good.

    1. Oh, I will! It’s nice… though I’ll point out that reviewing the discontinued makes people tend to gnash their teeth and rend their garments out of sheer frustration. Ah well.

      The new Silences reminds me less of old Silences than it does other green-floral-almost-chypres. Not that I’m complaining. It is really lovely, and right in my wheelhouse.

  2. It’s nice to have you back. Now I need to try the new Silences. How different is it from the original ? I am with you on bifocals, I went with the lineless ones because I need them all the time. Also like the hot chocolate recipe.I will have to try it when I get some powdered milk.

    1. I will be reviewing it soon. I have nearly used up what’s in this sample, though, and might have to wait for another one to do it justice! Briefly: it’s not as green as the original, and in some ways more iris-y. Reminds me more of No. 19, Heure Exquise, and Deneuve than the old Silences – not that that’s a bad thing at all.

      I have a line on my bifocals because I won’t have to wear them all the time, but I know if you’re wearing them all the time the invisible line is easier.

  3. So glad you’re back and doing well. Tell Bookworm she will do fine in college. Going to a challenging high school has given her good study habits, good organization skills and she has the motivation to do well. Also remind Bookworm that while she probably has 5 to 7 classes in her schedule in high school, she will probably take no more than 5 classes each semester in college (unless she signs on for 19 credit units each semester). From your description of Bookworm, it sounds like she is conscientious, hard working, motivated to do well and genuinely likes learning. These are all attributes that make college easier. I wish her much happiness and success at college!

    1. Thanks! I’ll pass on the good wishes. She does get very anxious and stressed (always has – there was a gifted-student class project that gave her hives when she was in fifth grade!), but she is quite capable.

  4. I was definitely glad I’d stuck it out in AP Chem and AP Calculus when I got to college: as a nonscience major with no interest in majoring in the sciences, I got to skip some VERY killer intro science classes and take more of the courses I really wanted to take. It doesn’t sound like my high school experience was as rigorous as Bookworm’s, at that, but she may find that her GPA benefits in her freshman year. (Or maybe she’s planning on a science major and she’ll have to take all those horrible classes anyway! LOL).

    Jealous of your snow!

    Y’know, I’ve never cared for No. 19, but I’ve only ever tried the modern EdT and the Poudre flanker. Wonder how I’d find the EdP. The EdP, by the way, is currently available for purchase on the US Chanel website (as is the parfum). It says “Limited Edition” but I feel it’s been up there quite some time. hrm.

    1. The snow is awesome.

      I cannot say the same for Science Fair. Governor’s School in general I think is a wonderful preparation for college, but I do wish Sci Fair were optional. Grrrrrr.

      You need some No. 19… maybe some vintage EdT. I gave my parfum away to someone who loves it (I don’t, for whatever reason).

  5. Love the pictures of your kids in the snow. Where I live now there are no decent tobogganing hills and I miss doing that with my family; Southern Alberta river valleys have hills, but they’re extremely steep, the landscape is all 90 degree angles here. (And rain in JANUARY? I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around that.)

    I’m glad to hear that Bookworm has such a strong work ethic, it’ll do her good in university. My own marks in high school were really good, but I put in little effort because I didn’t really need to study to get them, and paid the price my first year at university – what a disastrous year! I see it all the time with my piano students: in the long run, working hard counts for a lot more than talent.

    1. Yeah, rain in January. It’s not unheard of… but it had been unseasonably warm. Today it’s 23 degrees F, with wind chill to 6. That’s more like normal winter weather for us. The snow is largely gone now, with only the gigantic snowball and the snow chair still standing out in that pasture. It faces south. The OTHER side of that hill is still covered.

      You are so right about hard work leading to success! I didn’t have to work hard in high school, either, and BOY was college a big wake-up call for me.

  6. It never ceases to amaze that Chanel No 19 edp is so hard is get in the US. Why is Chanel so funny about this? Occasionally they release it for a limited time, and everyone gets excited. It is constantly at the counters in Australia (tho’ I have not looked for a while so should check). Strawberrynet will sell ya some, no questions asked …

    1. Bizarre about No. 19. I wonder if the EdP generally doesn’t sell well in the US when it’s available? Whether Americans prefer the EdT? I’d rather have the vintage EdT myself, because there is just nothing else like it, but the EdP is so rosy and comfortable – I think of it as being like “No. 19 Eau Premiere.” Incidentally, I do not like No. 5 EdP at ALL; there’s something weird in there that seems wrong. But the modern No. 19 EdP I find much softer and friendlier. Now the question is, Do I want some No. 19 EdP, or do I want Silences EdP Sublime instead??

      I did see some 19 EDP for sale online somewhere, can’t remember where but I don’t think I looked at Strawberrynet, probably because I know they’re located in Asia and the shipping has always worried me. It may be a fruitless worry, though – I did just buy Bookworm a beautiful prom dress from a Chinese company, and I am HOPING HOPING that it gets here fine without any troubles. And that it fits, of course, though I had email conversations with their sales people regarding measurements. (Luckily, her bust-hip-waist measurements fit one of the standard sizes; it’s her height and the length of shoulder strap that might be an issue.)

      1. Good luck with the prom dress!

        I confess to using Strawberrynet quite a lot, never with any problems, because although its prices are a bit higher than other online sellers, its shipping to Australia is very reasonable, and QUICK (compared to US shipping). (Shipping on perfume is 10% of purchase price, to a max. of $10; shipping on makeup and cosmetics is free. If you add a cosmetic or skincare item to a perfume order you get free shipping on the whole lot.) I’m saving for a FB of 24 Faubourg EDP and I will probably get it from Straw., and pick up some makeup as well.

        The US is such a huge market – I can’t imagine that Chanel cannot make money out of No 19 EDP, even if the EDT is more popular. No 5 EDP – yes, there is a weird synthetic scent in there that I noticed quite a bit at first and a lot of people have said the same. Chanel’s nod to the 1980s! I’ve become more accustomed to it recently and enjoy the rich vanilla in the EDP that I don’t get in the EDT or parfum.

        Wearing vintage No 19 EDT today. I know it is vintage because I bought it myself in about … um … 1984 was it? 🙂

        1. If I lived on your side of the world I’d probably use Strawberrynet with no qualms whatsoever. I do hear that it’s reliable.

          I can’t THINK of a reason why they’re not selling EdP in the regular lineup. Of course, it’s moot for me anyway because none of my local department stores sell No. 19 anyway. Really. They’ll load you up on Chance and No. 5 and Coco Mlle, including body products, but no 19. No Cristalle, either.

          In 1984 I was still dabbing on my KL Chloe, my Emeraude, and Prince Matchabelli Cachet. Didn’t buy a single bottle of it for myself, either… and when I *did* buy perfume, it was drugstore stuff! By winter of 1985 I was in college and working down a tiny bottle of DvF Tatiana parfum, which my mom hated, so I left it in my dorm room when I went home.

        1. Huh. That IS peculiar. Wonder if S-net prices in Aussie $?

          I will say that the Silences edp Sublime is cheaper, for what that’s worth.

  7. I share a love of green floral chypre and I love the visual of a scent harmonica! Love #19 and picked up the perfume online at Chanel dot com last Christmas. It’s fantastic!

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