Happy New Year

My new year’s resolution? To sort out my damascones from my ethyls from my ionones. That’s right folks – better living through chemistry. And I’m intent on studying, at the molecular level.

What’s yours?

I’m still busy with the last of the holiday whirlwind, but I’ve just enough time to say hop on over to Perfumesmellinthings to read the words of delectable Ida / Chaya…

May 2008 be filled with health, happiness and sniffing pleasures. Much love to you and yours.

  • greeneyes says:

    Lee, you are brave and ambitious. As for me, still being somewhat “green,” I’ll try to slog through some classic houses with which I am shamefully unfamiliar, try to keep up with my posts, comment more, keep up with my reading challenges, and finally, finally, get back to my own writing and see if I can actually find the guts to send something out into the world.

    Best wishes for you in 2008! 🙂

  • sweetlife says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    My resolutions are mostly to move into the next phase of all the things I’ve been working on so far…

    But I will add: to meet as many of my lovely online friends as possible as the spring sniffa in NYC, and possibly even by hoovered by March!

    Dozens of @};-@};-@};-@};- at y’all’s feet and more to come as the year progresses, I hope.

  • Lee says:

    I’m not sure I deserve any more perfume!:”>

  • March says:

    Hey, Lee — I hope you get everything you deserve in 2008!


    Especially more great perfume.

  • Just wanted to wish you a blessed New Year!


  • Joan says:

    Resolution 2008:

    More output than input.

    I will try to follow the Dali Llama’s advice and remember that

    not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

  • Elle says:

    My resolution is to sleep more. Also want to get back to finding time to paint every day. The cosmos will need to work w/ me on these and somehow add a few hours to each day. I’d like 32, but I’ll compromise and settle for 29.
    Oh, and I absolutely must refrain from cutting my own hair on the spur of the moment.

  • donanicola says:

    First things first – Happy New Year Lee! In fact Happy New Year to all here! (I’m catching up after being away for much of the festivities). I’m interested in where you are to start with your scented chemistry lessons as it’s been on my mind to head in the same direction. Ever since I happily ploughed through the chemistry bits in Luca Turin’s book I’ve been gripped with fascination for the subject and wished I’d paid more attention at school rather than just wanting to play with the stuff which exploded. Anyway. Resolutions. Don’t really do them and not at this time of year which is miserable enough I find without trying to impose some (ok probably much needed) discipline. I will try to be more patient though. About everything.

    • Lee says:

      I hope you had a great holiday N! I don’t do resolutions beyond the ‘find out more about…’ kind. The rest are generally daft. And destined for the dustbin of daft.

  • BitterGrace says:

    My resolution is to do more things just for the hell of it, and find some kind of rehab program to recover from the idea that my life needs improving. My life is good. Not as good as the life my dogs have, but that would be asking too much.

    Good luck with the chemistry lessons, Lee. I’m sure you’ll tear it up, as we say out here. (That’s a good thing, in case you were wondering.)

    • Lee says:

      It’ll be the standard auto-didact tearing it up for me…

      Tis often difficult to hold onto the knowledge that we have good lives. I’ll try to keep up with you on that one!

  • carmencanada says:

    I’ve decided to put off any resolutions until Spring. In fact, I’ve decided that my new year would start in March, with the vernal equinox: more hours of light and the rebirth of nature seem more conducive to new beginnings.
    Joining you guys in the “I Love Ida even more than before” club!

    • Divalano says:

      I love this idea. This hasn’t felt like much of a new year to me, more like the continuation of a hard season. Perhaps I’ll copy you; looking forward to spring & starting again there sounds very good to me now.

    • Lee says:

      Sensible. But as the Christmas lights get put away, I need some more sparkle somewhere. These are the worst months for me…

  • Divalano says:

    Love the chemistry resolution, totally appeals to my inner egghead nerd. Me, I don’t really do resolutions but if I had to come up with one I suppose it would be to hold onto the positive, to be here now, & to want what I have. That’s always a good one & particularly tricky for me right about now.

    • Lee says:

      Hey hon, with you all the way on that. We need to talk nerd sometime. My nerd is more outer than inner though.

  • Louise says:

    Single resolution for all things scented and not-to truly rely on my instincts to guide me, not just note them in passing.

    With PDI on my right arm, I salute you, Chaya! Lovely piece, stellar scent, beautiful soul @};-

    • Lee says:

      I only do scented resolutions – life’s too big for all the other ones. And I’m a terrible planner.

      You’re a beaut too!

  • chayaruchama says:

    Love you back, you vile flatterer.
    I ought to box your ears, but I’ll kiss them, instead.

    I’d love to feel healthier in the coming year-
    Find that job where I’m treated like a real people !
    See my loved ones and friends having less pain and more gain [ in just about every conceivable way, really]…
    See a lot less pain and suffering, hunger and dissent.

    Love you all for your immense generosity of spirit !
    Let’s be a blessed bunch.

  • elve says:

    Thanks, Lee 🙂

    Some of my resolutions:
    write more
    learn french
    be more systematic in sniffing.

  • MarkDavid says:

    you look at her picture and think “Can she get anymore beautiful?” And the answer is yes – In person shes all that and more. A goddess, really – sent down from Mt. Olympus with a wit, a nose, a voice, a heart, a knack for learning many languages, and the peculiar ability to make me want to run out and convert to Judaism.

    It really doesn’t get any better than that.

    [Of hers, I am somewhat of a fan…]

  • MarkDavid says:

    …and another thing…


  • MarkDavid says:

    Yeah…I’ve already broken all 16 of the resolutions I made for 2008. So much for that. Less is More is the theme for ’08. Less [fast] food. Less stress. Less frivolity. Less nail-biting (this resolution has been made annually for 13 years – and I’m only 22! Can he do it, one asks…) Less procrastination (oh god). Less mess. Less cell phone. Less internet (dont push it). Less TiVo (now hes gone too far!)

    Im not making resolutions I can’t keep anymore. (nail-biting excluded). So I figure – well, this year we’ll cut back and NEXT year we’ll start eliminating.

    However, there is one more….


    • Lee says:

      I don’t make resolutions either, but I’ve been wanting to go all chemistry nerd for a while, so I decided now’s the time.

      • MarkDavid says:

        I tried the Chem nerd thing once – when I was in Pharmacy school. It was only a matter of time till I had a nervous breakdown.

        But please – by all means – dont let me stop you, or anything…

  • Maria says:

    I have two resolutions. The first is to learn to decant. The other is not to take on burderns that aren’t mine. Wish me luck.

    BTW, I had no idea Chaya looked so hot. She comes across as a sort of Big Mama to everybody, but she looks like a chypre-wearing vixen.

    • Lee says:

      She IS a vixen!

      Good luck avoiding those burdens. And don’t sweat the small stuff, beautiful. You deserve a great year.

  • Gaia says:

    Read more, write more, stress less, learn to let go, go after what I want, be less shy, communicate better.
    (get a personality transplant, apparently, otherwise not much chance of success)
    Happy New Year!

  • tmp00 says:

    My resolution in 2008 is to try to be less type A.

    Read more. Draw more. Exfoliate more. Enjoy more. Get out more.

    Do I have to add sniff more? :d

    • Lee says:

      Hey, I can’t imagine you as type A, though that typology is a little narrow, donchafeel? I’d like to be a little more type A, once in a while.