Today our fabulous Guest Poster Anita/Musette talks about her cool construction job, and her other construction work — layering perfumes!
A piece of angle iron. Simple.
A 30´ container loader. Complex.
But it starts with a piece of angle iron. And a genius partner. And some serious cojones if one is to translate that genius and angle iron into a 30´ container loader in 2 weeks. We did it. But it took a lot out of us. 18-hr days for 16 days means at the end of it all you hate everybody – and you want to smack the daylights out of somebody just to blow off some steam. And it´s Delivery Day. And there´s a 40mph crosswind. Driving rain. And a 70´ high bridge to get across.
That is NOT the time for Mitsouko. On good days, Mitsouko is my BFF, armoring me so I can take my poor, frail psyche out into the world to try to sell a match or two. On days like Container Delivery Day, Mitsouko is good for an assault charge! On those days she not only gives permission for you to be a flaming, vicious shrike, she actually ENCOURAGES it! I´ve said that before and you know it´s true. But she´s supposed to be my go-to gal for difficult business days. What to do? Construct.
A little note here: I am not, by nature, a customizer or layerer (layer-er? Lay-erer? Oh, forget it!). I´m just a gal who likes perfume and whatever I spritz, as long as it doesn´t have the heave-y musk drydown, is pretty much okay with me (not you, Catagan – sorry!). And Mitsouko is perfect Just the Way She Is. Except When She Isn´t.
Enter Liz Zorn, another genius. Miss Liz constructed an Historical (a Historical? Oh, forget it) Chypre that is absolutely gorgeous! Lush, bloomy/plumy (what is it about chypres that reminds me of plums?) – but a tad too soft for a workday, especially when that workday is at the tail-end of two of the most stressful weeks of my life. Alone, neither of them quite worked and Jolie Madame made my nose itch (only because I was so damn tired – don´t beat me). Together? ZZZZZZZZZZIIIIING! The Zorn HC softened Mitsouko´s normally-fabulous bladey edges and Mits shaved off a bit of the pillowy plumpness of the HC that was smothering me in downy softness.
Each of those scents is perfect and I adore them as they are- just as a piece of angle iron is perfect in and of itself – but construction (and a genius partner) makes for wonderful things. That construction was a lucky fluke and it kept me going even when, after all the construction Drama, the blasted thing was too tall to get out of the shop! I will love that duo forever.
Another is my summer construction, which I never even thought about until now – I just always toss them together – I thought I loved Malle´s Bigarade Concentree. Until I bought a FB. Damn you, Full Bottle! Could it be JCE slipped in a little bit of that sweat note? – not exactly the thing I want to smell in 100o heat – but layered with a bit of Fresh Lemon Sugar…..(it´s a good thing JCE is still alive or he´d be spinning in his grave)…. Now that´s some good stuff right there!
So that´s my construction story for the day. And the loader is in the hangar. And my 18-hour days are done for awhile. And I´m too whipped to write anymore (we´re doing process piping this week. Mercy!). So it´s your turn – and I know you all do it – what are your constructions (good and bad – oooh! Tell the BAD ones, too, okay?)