Winners! and some Transitional Chat

…you Posse!  Sooo much fun reading your comments and choices from the Beautyhabit post.   El O and my wallet don’t thank you, though…you created so damn many lemmings..I went back and looked at my cart:  I could open the Hooterville branch, running around dabbing face cream on cows and spritzing rosewater on chickens!

Oooh!  speaking of rosewater.  I am such a rosewater junkie…..I have an entire shelf in my cabinet devoted to flower essence sprays  – eucalyptus and tea tree (feet, obviously – so OW on the face!)….lavender, which keeps me settled down when it’s Clobberin’ Time…but the vast majority are rose distillations.  Something about a good rosewater just cheers my poor, tired skin right the heck UP!  So…Beautyhabit is now carrying the Alteya line of Bulgarian Rose essence products.  Remember my pop’s line about not knowing whether to defecate or lose his ability to see?  Yeah, that.    Anyhoo, the icing on the cake is the discount code (don’t forget – it’s POSSE and it’s still good through 31May2014).   FREE SHIPPING!

So, this isn’t a review.   I haven’t tried the line yet.  But as soon as I do……

I’m scrabbling through my rackety mind to see what else….oh, yes…..WINNERS! (heh.  rackety mind)

Bruno spun the dial and….

epic woman! zazie! sharon c! nemo!

send me your info (anita AT perfumeposse DAWT cahm)  and I’ll get it to the Beautyhabit beauties.  These are eGift certificates so all I need is your email address (please put it in the body of the email).    I’ll gather all four and get them over there asap.

Sorry for the short, rambly post.  I have to get my business and household ready for my absence.  I am off to Dallas for my father’s military honors service.  My father (whom, as some of you know, was profiled in Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation) was insanely proud of his WWII service – in many ways, in his later life it came to define him. Plus, he was a Media Hog.  Got a camera?   My dad always knew where it was pointed and made sure to get his grinning self in that shot!  The service is being covered by a PA newspaper; I like to think my father is tickled blue to be in the spotlight, again!  Like Audrey Hepburn.  Gawsh….can they please leave that woman in peace?  Please?   Have you seen the new Dove chocolate ad?   I’m usually pretty easygoing about these things but this one skeeves me right out.  Creepiest thing I’ve seen in ages!!!.  dovehep1Funny, about the ‘prep’ thing.  I know there are guys out there who plan and organize before they leave..but El O Ain’t That Guy.  He’ll throw 5 socks and a banana in a bag, hop on his bike and it’s vaya con Dios, baby!  Me?  I’ve spent the last 2 days with customers, shippers, the vet (they are going to check in on Bruno while I’m gone – see what I mean?  Can you imagine El O setting that up?  Neither can I)…….

…anyway, with all the ‘prep’, the one thing I am not going to do is clean the house before I leave.  Do you know how many times I’ve done that?  And why!  Whyyyy?  I could leave for Just One Day – and come back to a Hazmat site.    Next life?  I’m coming back as a guy.  Or Bulgarian Rosewater. Or 5 socks and a banana.

  • Barbara B says:

    My high school senior son left on a trip to Disneyworld with his marching band today. He took a backpack-that’s it! He texted me from the airport that he was one of the lightest packed people and everyone was like “whaaaaat”! Definitely does not have my genes!
    My father was a concentration camp survivor , so I thank your dad and all World War II vets for their service (or my over-packing self would not be here)!!

  • Nitasha says:

    Haahhaa so true about the clutter of daily life that fills our lady brains! I’m stuck in the role despite being the disorganized one!

    Have a great trip and that’s amazing your Dad gets to enjoy the spotlight again!

  • Dina C. says:

    I hope you enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony to the fullest. My dad was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and that was a glorious day after a long slog through cancer-land. I fully understand what you said right above about having no regrets. I think that there’s a kind of good grief (Good grief Charlie Brown!) that leaves you cleaned out and purified. What a remarkable man he must have been (evidence: his military service and his amazing daughter!). Many thanks to him for his service to our country. Have a great trip, Anita. Those flower-waters sound lovely and perfect for warm weather ahead. Hugs to you!

  • maggiecat says:

    I’m a college professor in Dallas, Anita, and my students work on something called the Veterans History Project as part of our class. I encourage them to try to interview as many WWII vets as possible (the interviews are stored in the Library of Congress). I’m glad your dad is getting the honor and recognition his life deserves, and that his story was recorded.

  • malsnano86 says:

    I’m sure the service will be bittersweet… I hope more sweet than bitter. I can hear the affection when you talk about your dad (all your family, really, including doggies).

    Rosewater is nice, isn’t it? I have a rose hydrosol thingy from Dabney Rose that is so refreshing.

    5 socks and a banana… Men. 🙂

    • Musette says:

      mals, it’s weird….I have almost NO grief at my father’s passing. I think it’s because I was blessed with so much time with him and, for the bulk of his time down here he was in relative good health and pretty great spirits. I find my own grief is usually fueled by regret – and I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to mitigate most of that with my last services to him, making sure his passage was as comfortable and pain-free as possible (as a friend said re morphine suppositories “I’ve had one of those….and if I could, I’d walk around all day with one of those stuck up my ___”)

      That being said, I’m in total agreement re the service itself. Our military does Ceremony in a beautiful way.

      I can’t wait to try this new Bulgarian rose hydro and report back. Teresa is verrra fussy about her hydrosols, so it should be top-notch!


  • Sapphire says:

    Have fun in Dallas! Weather is supposed to be pretty nice. Low around 65 and highs around 86 if that helps. Your situation packing and planning for a trip sounds just like it would run in my house. I have to organize everything for myself and our 2 boys, including snacks and weather contingencies. My husband packs his stuff and acts perplexed when I get frustrated. He would help if I told him what I needed him to do, but it’s just about as fast to do it myself.

    • Musette says:

      El O is about to get a crash course in What I Do All Day (as in “I don’t know what you do all day”, esp as regards the biz. Never mind that in the past 4 hours I’ve sent out 10 project-related emails, paid 3 bills essential to the continued running of our biz, talked to the vet (Bruno has bad diarrhea), etcetc…and also done 2 loads of laundry and got his lunch ready for tomorrow! Come 8a tomorrow? He’s on his own! LOL!


  • rosarita says:

    That’s so cool about your dad! Mine was in WWII – he’ll be 90 this year – but he rarely talks about it. A million stories about everything else, but not that. I don’t push, who knows what he saw. Have fun in Dallas… enjoy the heat!

    • Musette says:

      There seem to be two types of Veterans (gross generalization here, of course): those who externalize(d) their time in combat and those who internalize(d) it. My pop’s edit button was always a bit loose, A, so externalization of almost everything was modus operandi for him. Interestingly, it wasn’t until he reconnected with his vet group (761st Tank Battalion) that the button broke. I always wondered if reconnecting with them gave him permission to relive it. Prior to that, I don’t recall him ever talking about his war life.

      Happiest and Healthiest of Birthdays to your pop! And thank him so very much for his service!!!


  • Michelle says:

    Hi Musette,

    How great about your Dad. Thanks for another rollicking post, lotz of lolz! I love rosewater and orange flower water. A million years ago when I had hobbies, I made my own “potions” from oils, flower waters, essential oils and other natural products. Someday, right? XOXOX

  • Portia says:

    Have a blast in Dallas Musette.
    I haven’t tried waters yet, except in aromatherapy, is it similar?
    Portia xx

    • Musette says:

      In much more diluted fashion, Portia. It’s used as a facial/body mist for hydration, stress relief, a makeup fixative (I always spritz a bit to fix my powder) . It’s also used just to futz around, like if you’re sitting at your desk and you want a cookie – spritz your face instead! Redirects your hands and mind for a minute, until the urge passes! LOL! xoxoxoxoA