Okay, my darlings. Here’s the thing. I iz BUSTED! It’s harvest season and they’re doing beans. Beans (soybeans) is a nasty crop full of dust and bugs and other hazmat. Started on Friday – I was at lunch with a client and he suddenly looked really concerned and said ‘are you okay? You look like hell!” My sinuses had slammed shut, my face was swelling and my itchy eyes were mere slits, with tears running down my pumpkin-sized face…..his mom was with us and she (a farmer’s wife) said ‘omgosh – I remember when J was a kid – he used to have the exact same allergies to bean harvest – except he also couldn’t catch his breath! So the one consolation is that I didn’t look any more ridiculous – they ‘got’ it. I got a couple of Benadryl and took to mah faintin’ couch – slept for 12 hours.
And woke up to a massive sinus infection with additional chestals, just to make it more interesting. Yay, me. El O just dismantled one of the walls, so that didn’t help. I was driven out of my dusty home so I wouldn’t end up in the ER – I stayed away until the entire house was vacuumed, mopped re-vacc’ed and every window was open to the air, with fans a-flappin’. Saline flushes have helped a lot but this little beast has its claws in my sinuses with a vengeance.
So no perfume review today. Which is a shame because I am itching (ha!) to review Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s new fall lineup. But while I can breathe I can’t really smell anything. So that will have to wait – it’ll be worth the wait, though, because I will be doing a giveaway! Squeee!
In the meantime, I’m researching facial steamers. My sinuses are an Escher Staircase disaster and, barring surgery, steam (and saline flushes) are the only real solution. In my Real Life I used to go to my facialist and revel in the steam. As far as I was concerned I would’ve been happy to just lay there for an hour with the steam opening up my sinuses like a brand new interstate. Back then professional steamers were nearly $1,000. Now you can get one for under $200! I used Teh Google for Best Facial Steamers and I think I’mo go with their ‘top pick’ which is a cute little tabletop model by Secura. It’ll do the trick without me overdoing it, I hope. Oh, hell – y’all know already – I’ll be under that thing for hours!
And I KNOW! I owe several of you leetle packages – I promise to get them out asap. I’m mostly just trying to stay alive over here – it’s been a brutal couple of weeks and we have several more to go before all the harvest is in.
What’s going on with you guys? How is your weather? We are experiencing 30o temp/18-hr time swings. 45F-75F. It’s just ridiculous. Fleece hoodie at 7a, sleeveless tank at noon. But the light is gorgeous and a block away the Gorgeous Trio (Smoky Ash, Maple, Oak) are doing their Annual Fall Shift into Fabulousness. Ash trees are amazing this time of year, with that smoky phosphorescence that shifts from red to plum to burgundy. So lovely!