There is something so vaguely disquieting about having your fridge on the fritz. It started seeming “not quite right” late last week, until it toppled over into the “definitely warming up” category. Calling trusty Sears for repairs, scheduled for Saturday morning, I felt fairly confident that they’d be out – based on my experience in the past – and that they’d either have it fixed or give me the bad news to go buy a new one.
At the end of my appointment window of 8-noon, they call, their guy is, um, sick and has to go home. In other words, he’s hit the end of his shift, and they got nobody to come visit me. With my fridge warming faster than the Poles, I decide not to guy buy a new fridge, which nobody can deliver until Wednesday, right then, but reset my appointment with the new untrusty Sears for Monday morning between 8a-noon.
It’s 3p on Monday, no Sears, though I did get a call at noon to let me know he’s running behind and to make sure I was going to blow my whole day and sit around here and wait for him. They do realize I have no food, right? Because I threw it all out on Saturday and Sunday, though the freezer does seem to be holding at some fridge-like temperature, but it’s not very big.
I fully expect another call at 5p to tell me he’s “sick” again and can they put me on for tomorrow morning. When even Sears can’t get service right, I give up.
Amouage almost always gets it right. The new Memoir from Amouage for men was created by Karine Vinchon Spehner. I believe she’s the adorable perfumer we met at Robertet that also did the L’Artisan vetiver.
Notes on the men’s: Top Notes: Absinth, Wormwood, Basil, Mint; Heart Notes: Rose, Frankincense, Lavender Absolute; Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Guaiac wood, Amber, Vanilla, Musk, Oakmoss, Leather, Tobacco. This is green smokin’ woods. There’s more of a green wood feel on the open, with the herbaceous notes wafting around making it more green and herby. The green lasts a good time, but it loses that more herbal smell early on as it blends into the woods and seems to surface as oakmoss. Rich smoke, leather, green woods, what’s not to love here?
This is such a guy’s scent, but I think women can definitely wear it. I love putting the men’s and women’s scents side by side, they just seem to fit together somehow.
Memoir for women has that rich fall-like feel of the men’s. Notes of absynth, cardamom, mandarin orange, pink pepper, wormwood, clove, incense, pepper, jasmine, rose, white flowers, musk, french labdanum, oak moss, styrax, leather. Where the men’s veers green, the women’s heads into spice/pepper with more emphasis on jasmine and incense, lighter on the leather, keeping the smoke, but not in the same way. Lord, I love this thing, but I don’t think I could wear it after like March, it’s just too made for cold weather. They are both a warm fire that just wrap you up in comfort, but with two different woods they are burning.
$265 for 100 mls, available at Parfums Raffy, Luckyscent, Aedes and Bergdorf and probably a few other retailers as well.
Yeah, let’s do a drawing for a couple of sets of samples of both. What do we want to talk about today? For me, the dwindling life cycle of appliances. I remember back with fridges lasted for two decades. Now I can get maybe 5-7 years out of them, and they just croak. I don’t really care that much when it comes to cell phones because the technology changes so much, I WANT a new one every couple of years. But fridges? Seriously, just no. It’s a thing I need to keep my food cold, it’s just functional and should be ancient by the time I have it hauled out of my house.
But you don’t have to talk about my malfunctioning fridge, you can talk about comfort scents of the Amouages, which are your favorites, or what scent do you like to snuggle up with on a cold winter night?