Monday, Sept. 6: Labor Day. Time to put away your white shoes if you haven’t already (I no longer own any white shoes, even sandals!). Gorgeous weather, sunny and cool. Virginia Tech had classes today, so The CEO went off to his office/classroom and missed my family cookout. I made a completely new recipe that turned out well: Root Beer Float Cake. The NAPA store was open, but I didn’t go in. I don’t think it’s all that unfair that I didn’t have to go in – I’m part-time help. As such, I don’t merit health insurance or paid vacation or overtime (when I work more than I usually do), so the occasional (unpaid) holiday is kinda nice.
Wore PdN Le Temps d’une Fete, lovely sunny-grassy-meadow thing. Gosh, I love it. In this weather, it’s more hay-wood-moss-patchouli than floral, and bears very little resemblance to Chamade, but in the spring it will smell more like spring blooms to me.
We made the kids go to bed at halftime, but The CEO was up late watching VT battle Boise State at FedEx Field. It was either an exciting or a nerve-wracking game, depending on whether you care who wins.
Tuesday, Sept. 7: Because The CEO cared who won that game last night, I have been instructed to hide the sports section of the newspaper from him today.
SOTD: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. The weather was much hotter today, in the low 90s, but 5EP has never been the wrong choice.
Wednesday, Sept. 8: Another hot day, in the upper 80s. SOTD, from a tester at Walgreens: Calvin Klein Euphoria, which smells like a cross between Coco Mlle. and B&BW Dark Kiss – i.e., not all that pleasant. Three cheers for my boss, for giving everyone a performance bonus! Now… how shall I spend it? Serge Lutens?
Kidding. Kidding kidding. It’s $50, and I need a new pair of brown leather casual shoes, to replace my square-toe heeled mules. I love the way they look, actually, but the insoles are disintegrating, and if I put a new insole in there, they won’t fit. And to be honest, they’ve never been exactly comfortable. I’m not seeing this style currently available, so they must be dated now, but there ain’t no waaaay I’m buying those peep-toe wedge booties I keep seeing on models lately. Urgh. That trend’ll be gone next year, I’ll bet, or at least I hope so. I don’t find it flattering to anybody’s legs, even slender models’ legs. Maybe a shoe-boot would work for me – one with a snip-toe, less square than the old ones but not pointy? $50 will get me at least partway to a new pair of something, anyway. Shoe shopping is always a pain if you have weird feet (mine are wide, with both a high instep and a narrow heel – which is why mules tend to work great for me).
Thursday, Sept. 9: The furniture guys delivered new mattresses for the boys today, as well as a TV stand to replace our old hand-me-down entertainment center. And instead of taking Gaze to the doctor, I took his stitches out myself, since two of them had already worked their way out and the other three came out easy as pie. His hand seems to be healing fine – it’s going to have a thin scar, but it’s faded to pink already, with no oozy bits or pus at all. SOTD: Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur. I still love its pretty-slash-dangerous vibe.
Friday, Sept. 10: Hey, I just picked up a vintage bottle of Poison Esprit de Parfum via eBay. Just think of the wrath I can visit upon my children in the future – Don’t make Mom angry, or she’ll summon the Cloud of Poisonous Death! Bwa-ha-ha! At the very least, I’ll have something to compare the modern version with for a review. I’d like to get back to retesting for the Bois des Iles – Champagne de Bois Throwdown, but the latter part of the week has been too hot. I’m not breakin’ out the woody scents until the mercury stays under 74F. Arpege, anyone? Samsara? No?
SOTD: L’Arte di Gucci. It too is an intense sort of scent, but the hot pink rose and the green gardeny chypre stuff keep it from being too heavy in this weather. I still prefer to dab it very lightly, so I’ve decanted from my spray bottle – which is an awkward, unwieldy thing to hold – into a roll-on bottle.
The high school football game was Away and the marching band went, so poor Bookworm got home a little after midnight, tired and starving. This bodes ill for Saturday’s track meet – a really big multi-regional one.
Saturday, Sept. 11: The CEO was able to get tickets to the Virginia Tech – James Madison game in Blacksburg today, so he took Gaze with him. Bookworm was off to that big track meet, and Taz was coughing and running a fever yesterday, so I stayed home and cleaned per usual.
It started raining shortly before kickoff, rained hard all afternoon, and VT lost. Lost. To JMU. I decided it might be wise to take down the VT flag and put up the US flag before Gaze and The CEO got home. Losing to JMU? Utter disaster. The only good thing about this is that nobody in this house will be making jokes about UVa football for quite a while. (Go Cavs!)
Bookworm came in 7th out of 144 girls in her section of the race; I think she was 23rd overall out of about 320. Which isn’t bad, mind you, not at all. And her time dropped about 9 seconds from last week’s time, but this was a flat course as opposed to the hilly one they ran last week. She might do comparatively better on rough terrain, though – not because she runs better on it, but because she’s not as affected by the hills as some of the other girls are. I’m proud of her – especially since she’s doing so much and working so hard.
SOTD: Bois des Iles, since the rain has cooled things off quite a bit. Later in the evening, I wore Champagne de Bois.
Sunday, Sept. 12: Taz is better. (But now my throat hurts, so I’m probably getting his bug.) SOTD: Bois des Iles on my right arm, Champagne de Bois on my left. It’s been fun getting input from family members on which one they like better at which stage, and why. The answers keep changing. Throwdown review is being written at the moment, so you should expect to see it by Wednesday at the latest.
I am behind on swaps and ‘fume stash transactions, so I beg your patience if you’re waiting for a package from me! I’ll get to it, I promise… soon, I promise!
Photo of perfume collection is from user true68 at Fragrantica. I’m not fond of the new Chloe, but the bottle is really pretty, and isn’t this an attractive, well-framed shot?