white_jenna: (*plot*)
A little better today. Less numb, more ready to get to work. Study weekend; should hopefully be able to knock out most of the Prezi tomorrow.
white_jenna: (Baby Rico)
Talking to a friend/keeper today, we agreed sometimes the little things are all we have. So I'm starting the 100 Days of Happiness challenge again. Post one thing each day that makes you happy. It really does help.

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.

white_jenna: (Tifa)
I gotta go to bed. Hugs, thoughts, prayers.
white_jenna: (Sephiroth closer)
Soooo, they've added Sephiroth to Dissidia Arcade. I need this like now.
white_jenna: (Somnus)
Poked at the discussion I'm leading on red wolves for about 45 minutes and that was the extend of the homework tonight. I'm just burned out. And tonight's the night the husband does laundry, so it would have been a quiet apartment and tomorrow night is AAZK and Audubon on Wednesday and the fate of the f-ing country on Tuesday.... It'll all get done; it's almost over.

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....
white_jenna: (I watch for the plot)
Getting ready for bed and remembered I hadn't posted.
Today was doctor's appointment, awesome husband getting me lunch, nap time, and poking at homework.
Hopefully more later.


Nov. 4th, 2016 10:25 pm
white_jenna: (BPAL)
I got my package of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloweenie scents yesterday and had a chance to test several today.

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!
white_jenna: (Baby Rico)
Incredibly busy day today, as 'my' ferrets and bats had their annual checkups, and red-tailed hawk got the bandages off her feet. I missed out on restraining the new 15' 150 lb python as I'm a) on weight restrictions after hurting my back lifting her when she first came in and b) still had to feed the education boa (and python is still in quarantine).

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.
white_jenna: (I watch for the plot)
I am incredibly tired and was supposed to go to bed at a decent hour. That's not happening....

Came home to no power due to bad storms. Came back on just in time for me to watch Nature 'The Story of Cats'.

Hopefully more content tomorrow.
white_jenna: (Baby Rico)
Hello there! My name is Jenna, and I'm an animal keeper at a small zoo. I'm also doing graduate school online, so blogging every day seems like a fantasticly smart move. Based on last year, you can expect to see 'what homework I accomplished today' posts, along with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oil reviews.

And, first entry in, and it's already 15 minutes past my bedtime. Yee haw.
white_jenna: (Books and cats)

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

white_jenna: (Lick It)

Final entry!

Done with the first semester of grad school!

Ordered Aelian's Phoenix! Gift card covered the shipping! Wish I needed GC imps!

Still need to clean the apartment!

Probably back to posting once a month!

white_jenna: (Lick It)

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....

white_jenna: (Dancing Gen)
Got the paper posted today! Still half a page short, but I don't care anymore. Reviewed and connected classmates' IAPs. So still need to write brief notes on a couple more CELs when they're posted, and re-read a couple papers from the reader, and then write about conservation and participation, due the 4th. Ugh, I forgot how tiresome some of this reading could be. Then course evals and done! And need to get the aparment cleaned for family on the 4th! Yay!
white_jenna: (BPAL)

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.

white_jenna: (Baby Rico)
Hope everybody stateside had a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
white_jenna: (BPAL)
So, the Lab just announced their gift with purchase for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday:

Open of yourselves, you doors, for mightly Ploutos will enter in: golden amber and smoky oudh with honey, patchouli, and 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.
white_jenna: (BPAL)
*yawn* Guys, I am tired. It's only a quarter past nine, and I could have slept a half hour ago.

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.
: 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.
white_jenna: (Somnus)

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.

white_jenna: (Baby Rico)
Got feedback on my paper last night from my student leader, so yay, having a direction! It does require actual work, though, and I am so very tired of it. Got several sentences written this evening, woo hoo! Just gotta keep chipping away at it.

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.

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