Oh, yes! It’s that time of year. Time to bare your perfumed souls. Fess up! what did you buy in 2015 that you loved? that you regretted?
And..yes, FESS UP! What are you longing for in 2016? Perfume? Body creme? Chocolates? Books? Love? Revenge? A Better World? A puppy?
What’s on your list?
Perfume. My Perfume 2015 was sort of weird – as I mentioned in the Best Of post, after sliding way under my radar I found myself enamoured of Acqua di Parma’s Nobile line. Love every last inch of it. I fell for the Gelsomino body creme via Surrender to Chance (Blame Patty) and, after wiping out that entire jar , I bought an express ticket down the rest of that rabbit hole. Without a moment’s hesitation I bought another Gelsomino creme, then the Rose and the Magnolia. All are sublime and I don’t regret any of them one bit. HaHA! Feels good. Smells good.
Mallomars Diet. Y’all know of my undying love for those little goodies. You also know that I am not getting one bit younger and cannot afford to get one bit fatter. So I hit upon the perfect solution for my Mallomar addiction. Buy as many boxes as I can. Yes. Truly. I’m one of Those People. Our former postmaster (who sensibly dieted and exercised for 3 years and lost 100lbs) told me there are, in essence, two types of people: those who eat whatever they crave if it is before them and those who crave that which is not before them. I am the latter so if I find myself craving, say, a piece of chocolate cake I bake one, cut two slices (yeah, like I’mo eat just that slice) and then freeze the rest. 9 out of 10 times I will totally forget the slices are in the freezer until July, at which point they are way past their chow date. And so it is with the ‘mars. One of the cubs asked me why I had 10 boxes of Mallomars in the chest freezer. “So I won’t want them”. Weird, but there ya have it. It works for me. Not sure how the freezer feels about it.
Daryl Hall. Okay – just looking at that..huh. Weird. But. Daryl Hall. I was in the clubs during the height of Hall & Oates. Perfect-pitch Daryl, belting out every other jam. Other than Extreme Danceability I didn’t give them much thought, certainly not some SuperFan or anything. Oh, occasionally I’d pop in a H&O cd, dance around the living room, then get back to work and Life. Then came YouTube. And Facebook. And I was invited to Live at Daryl’s House (dunno why). And I was busy so I said ‘later’. And later became 2015. And now I am freakin’ MESMERIZED. Old Daryl Hall tunes reworked with artists younger than The Cubs (who the hell is Chromeo and who told them they could rock the snot out of Method of Modern Love?). Old talents reinventing their work with Daryl Hall (who really is a pitch-perfect musical genius)…..Joe Walsh is not only Not Dead, he is still rockin’ and rollin’ HARD. I used to hate that Norah Jones song ‘Don’t Know Why’ – then I listened to Smokey Robinson and Daryl Hall arrange the living socks out of that thing. Bliss.
But more than that, watching Daryl Hall, at 69, walking his talk as well if not better than when he was 30…..something snapped in my own psyche. This man has worked his craft his whole life. And I wondered why I haven’t done the same. I thought I was done painting – an insane thing to think but there ya have it. Painting is as much in my DNA as music is in his and while I may never be Art’s version of Daryl Hall, that part is irrelevant. What is relevant is I must do it – so I spent the last 4 days just doing coloring (for Color Theory). I thought Adult Coloring Books were a gimmick – and they may well be – but it seems to be the perfect way to progress back into the studio. I put Live From Daryl’s House on a loop, pulled out my pencils……got to work. Hours. Taking my time. I suspect it will take the better part of a week to color one page. Cool. Interesting side note: I haven’t slept as well in the past year as I have these past 4 days. Maybe I’m rejuicing my DNA. I do know I’m not so…..bitey.
So…..what’s in your DNA? Cooking? Gardening? Running? Knitting? Reading? Whatever it is, get to it. If you like music, throw on some Live from Daryl’s House. You’ll thank me.
Getting healthier, too. This has been in progress for some time. My foot is as close to healed as it’s gonna get for now and I can easily walk a mile without pain. So I saddle up the Presa (our foster girl) and we go a-roamin’. I’m still doing exercises via Yoga for Healthy Aging and I am feeling way better. March and I were discussing allergies – I am being tortured by mucus membrane issues (ALL mucus membranes – draw your own conclusions – but, really? who gets itchy EARS?) and we think I’m internally out of whack. Now that I am insured again I can begin looking for a good dermatologist and get a panel done. But beyond that, pretty much what needs to be done is getting done. Back to long walks, yoga, breathing…….being mindful.
Let’s finish out my ramble with…perfume. Okay. Coming out of my miasma, I’m realizing that I haven’t really looked much at perfume beyond my Seven Sisters. I thought I was sick of perfume. Then it hit me: I was sick of myself, being in that fog all the time. It’s a slow slog out of it, like coming out of some ooze, but the progress continues. And with it, a renewed interest in scent. I mean, really! Look at the Acqua di Parmas! They’ve been around since The Flood and it’s like Christmas in July for Musette! Doesn’t matter – doesn’t have to be ‘new’ – just ‘new’ to me, right? I’m delving into some interesting Houses (Carner Barcelona is new(ish) to me – more on that to come). Some vintage beauties. Stay tuned.
So whazzup with you all? Tell me something. I will be back this Friday and announce a winner of some pretties!
Speaking of that, see below:
And, oh! Before I forget, one of my resolutions is not to be so freaking LAME about announcing winners. Part of it is my infrequent postings – but I plan to be back on the Posse on a more regular basis (just standing in for March right now – she’s jammed with work). But awhile back (11November) I wrote about the Cartier and Creed ouds and was giving away the Creed carded sample. How Time Flies and How Lame Musette Is. That sample is still sitting on my desk,giving me the Disappointed SideEye……sigh. I failed her. But I went back and had Ana eyeball random.org and the Eyeball came up with Elizabeth! (who moved to CA from the Chicago suburbs). If you read this, Elizabeth, gmail me (evilauntieanita) with your details and I’ll send that – and a few other things- out to you.