Today I got to hear "What'd I Miss" from Hamilton and "Bad Boy" by Cascada on the way home. Yes, my music tastes are eclectic.
It was so wonderful to get that extra hour of sleep last night. To wake up with the sun instead of in darkness. I was really tired over the weekend and felt a bit sinus-y today, so not sure if I've got a touch of something or not. Will try to make tonight an early night.
Oh, phooey, forgot to call that lady about Audubon....
Apple X: Red apple and patchouli with vanilla cream, white musk, red musk, and teakwood. First sniff, tons of apple and red musk. On drydown, very similar to Mania (Screeching white musk collides with a howl of red musk, with sharp white grapefruit and pale strawberry leaf) but sweeter and redder. Love it, definitely a keeper, and perfect for fall.
Dead Leaves and Blackberries: I adored the DL note from the series last year. However, I didn't get much of a berry note from this one. A faint hint at first that reminded me of B&BW's Sun-Ripened Raspberry from wayyy back in the day, and then it was almost florally. Like blackberry flowers instead of the berry. I'm almost wondering if I got the wrong decant. The DL note was almost absent. Pass.
Dead Leaves, Blackcurrant, and Tobacco Tar: Somewhere along the way, blackcurrant became one of my favorite notes. I love it, and it works very well on me. This is no exception. This is perfume. It's fancy and sophisticated, and is still going strong some 7 hours later. Definitely a keeper!
In early tomorrow to the admin building for the annual "do you want to stay registered for health insurance?" meeting. Then a check up at 2 pm for my back (I'm 90% recovered, I think, after 2 weeks of restrictions and prescription anti-inflammatories). Need to work this weekend incorporating feedback on the felid (cat) evolution paper and the visitor/sign study. And leave feedback on other people's projects. Final drafts of both papers are due at the end of the month. Felid won't be that much more work, except for a family tree and time line. I'd rather kill myself and get the draft done close to perfect than have what I've got with the other paper where it still needs a *lot* of work. ...ha, just counted the felid paper and it's 3365 words.
Okay, past time for bed.
And, first entry in, and it's already 15 minutes past my bedtime. Yee haw.
Met all the on-line ones for this year, here's next year!
Women Challenge: Level 4: WONDER WOMAN - read 20+ books written by a woman author
1. Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
2. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. Feed by Mira Grant
4. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
5. Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
6. Batgirl: Knightfall Descends by Gail Simone
7. Batgirl: Death of the Family by Gail Simone
8. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
9. Batgirl: Wanted by Gail Simone
10. Batgirl: Dealines by Gail Simone
11. Dragon's Heart by Jane Yolen
12. Wonder Woman: Contagion by Gail Simone
13. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
14. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
15. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
16. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
17. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
18. League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
19. A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey
20. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
21. Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
22. Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
23. Dreams and Slumbers by Seanan McGuire
24. Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
25. Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher
26. Eve by Anna Carey
27. Once by Anna Carey
28. Rise by Anna Carey
29. I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore by Cathy Guisewite
30. The Katurran Odyssey by Terryl Whitlatch and David Michael Wieger
Alphabet Reading Challenge: Read a book whose title starts with each letter of the alphabet.
A: American Terrior by Jacob Rowansen
B: Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
C: Civil War: Captain American/Iron Man by Ed Brubaker
D: A Day at the Beach by Jim Toomey
E: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
F: Fletch by Gregory McDonald
G: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
H: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by....whoever actually wrote it
I: I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore by Cathy Guisewite
J: John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis
K: The Katurran Odyssey by Terryl Whitlatch and David Michael Wieger
L: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
M: The Magnificant Ambersons by Booth Torkington
N: Nothing's Sacred by Lewis Black
O: Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
P: The Potpourrific Great Big Grab Bag of Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Q: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
R: Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
S: Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar
T: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
U: Under Orders by Dick Francis
V: Violet: Her Adventures Continue by Jade Green
W: Wonder Woman: Contagion by Gail Simone
X: X-Men Origins II (various authors)
Y: Yukon Ho! by Bill Watterson
Z: Zits Supersized by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge: Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from you TBR pile.
1. Feed by Mira Grant
2. John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis
3. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
4. Dragon's Heart by Jane Yolen
5. Bird Families of the World illustrated by Ad Cameron
6. Fairest: Of Mice and Men by Marc Andreyko and Shawn McManus
7. McNally's Gamble by Lawrence Sanders
8. Samejima-Kun & Sasahara-Kun by Koshino
9. Black Butler, Vol. III by Yana Toboso
10. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker
11. The Last Unicorn Deluxe Edition by Peter S. Beagle
12. Carnivore Behavior, Ecolgoy, and Evolution edited by John L. Gittleman
What an Animal Reading Challenge VIII 2015: Level 4: Read 21 or more animal books. Yeah, I got this....
1. The Potpourrific Great Big Grab Bag of Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley: Bucky and Satchel
2. Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder: Constant bats and owls
3. A Day at the Beach by Jim Toomey: a Sherman's Lagoon collection
4. Batman: Night of the Owls by Scott Snyder: See above
5. Batman: City of Owls by Scott Snyder: See above
6. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop: The Others
7. Dragon's Heart by Jane Yolen: self-explanatory
8. Under Orders by Dick Francis: it's a Dick Francis book...
9. Bird Families of the World illustrated by Ad Cameron; self-explanatory
10. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik; here there be dragons
11. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs; werewolves
12. Fables: Camelot by Bill Willingham
13. Fairest: Of Mice and Men by Marc Andreyko and Shawn McManus
14. League of Dragons by Naomi Novik; self-explanatory
15. A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey; Neville and Grey
16. Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster; self-explanatory
17. The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher; Rowl and the cats
18. Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant; mermaids
19. The Last Ivory Hunter by Capstick; self-explanatory
20. Lost Animals by Errol Fuller; self-explanatory
21. Bloom County XI: A New Hope by Berkeley Breathed; Opus and Bill
22. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker
23. The Last Unicorn Deluxe Edition by Peter S. Beagle
24. Carnivore Behavior, Ecolgoy, and Evolution edited by John L. Gittleman
25. The Katurran Odyssey by Terryl Whitlatch and David Michael Wieger
Ugh, the Trading Post put a selection of Pie scents up tonight. Reminding myself that foody scents do not work on me.
Actually had the computer turned off and remembered posting. :P
Got my reading on participation and community based conservation so I can now write about it. And then frantically clean the apartment. Got a load of laundry and dishes done tonight, so there's that. Also need to make Christmas lists, buy Christmas presents, get the tree up....
So, not doing Sea World, which frees up some money. And then the echocardiogram/Holter monitor bill came. :P Thank goodness for insurance. But I can put it on the credit card and worry about it after my "thanks for being healthy" insurance check comes in.
I did splurge and picked up some decant leftovers: 13, Palmyra, Black Silk, Clemet, and Phil. So still planning on getting a bottle of Aelian on Monday unless something better comes along.
Reviews from today:
Dead Leaves, Honey, and Oudh: Same dl note, but immediately the honey and oudh take over. Honey is hit or miss with me; luckily, it's not very strong here.
Dead Leaves, Red Musk, and Neroli: Very little dl. Mostly a sweet, but not foody, red musk. Really nice, but I like my musks a little more interesting. Gave it to the husband, who's wearing it now.
En Garde: Rum-flavored candies, caramel, pirate tobacco, sugar cane, and vanilla beans. When oh when will I learn to leave the foody scents alone?! I don't want to smell like them! Why did I get a full imp of this? Strong sweet caramel, with sweet rum on dry down. Gave it to the husband, who doesn't want it either, so looking to rehome.
A Holy Man Advises a Woman to Invoke Mary Against a Devil: White musk, tobacco flower, white tea, Tunisian neroli, and blonde leather. On first sniff, wow, this is bright white! Very much encompasses the artwork/theme/idea. Could see this being "Holy" for those putting together FFVII scents. It's the white tea that comes out at first, and almost something citrus like, without the actual fruit. On dry down it's white musk and leather, and yes, it's blonde leather.
Yes, that's worth placing an order for. Was debating about sending my wish list to Jason or his mom, then remembered I've got $7 left on the gift certificate she got me for...Christmas, my birthday? Anyways. Would love to get Edith Cushing, but it's still out of stock due to component issues. The current plan is to wait to see if the Yules go up. If not, I'm gonna get a bottle of Aelian's Phoenix. That's my favorite out of those, and they're cheaper than the Crimson Peak and Palmyra. I do like the frankincense and caramlized myrrh one, but I think I'll have better luck with the multiple notes. Also, I think I had...Penitence, maybe, all incense, and eventually rehomed it.
Didn't even try to write today. Tomorrow will be busy with cooking, so we'll see how it goes.
Still have a page left on the park paper. Still not sure where it's all going to come from.
Dead Leaves, Frankincense, and Copal is incredible. Sharp dl note to start with, then gorgeous resins. Definitely a keeper.
Speaking of gorgeous resins, I need the following Anniversary scents. And have no money at this time to buy them with. :(
AELIAN’S PHOENIX: Golden amber and patchouli with fiery peppercorn, cocoa, white cedar, neroli, vanilla pod, and frankincense.
CLEMENT I’S PHOENIX: A sepulchre of frankincense and caramelized myrrh.
ISIDORE’S PHOENIX: Feathers of deep plum and wild violet darkly gleaming with myrrh, black amber, and benzoin.
PHILOSTRATUS’ PHOENIX: Rays of sunlight, shining with gold: amber glittering with orange blossom, Calabrian lemon, warm saffron, golden vegetal musk, and honeyed incense.
So that's not too bad, right? 4 out of 10? I really am tempted one of these days to catalog the notes of all my scents and see in front of me how much I love amber, vanilla, etc.
Was actually in bed before I remembered I hadn't made a post for today.
Cold, but ended up in the 40s. Most of the snow has melted.
Will not be doing MIL's for Thanksgiving.
Some progress on the park paper. Still not enough. So tired of it....
Major grocery shopping trip tomorrow. Getting free fresh turkey through work, so that's covered. Sage buttermilk biscuits, stuffing, corn, bacon-cheese potatos in the crockpot, buttermilk pecan pie.
Made this rocky road crockpot cake on Friday. Definitely gets better as it ages. May make for the crockpot cook-off in January. Not sure, though. Could also do the potatos. Still looking for the "perfect" recipe. Trying a mac and cheese next.
That's about it. Time for bed.
About five inches of snow yesterday, and it looks so pretty today; it really stuck around on all the trees. Cold this morning, but supposed to get back up in the 50s for Thanksgiving. Weird.
Ebony's definitely doing better. Yay Convienia.