January – greatest month of the year, amirite?!?!? No? Me neither. Now starts the slog to spring, which … is even longer here in Santa Fe. In Washington DC (which just had a big snowstorm), spring starts busting out its warmer rains and greener grass in late March or early April, with the scattered joys of spring bulbs (crocus, snowdrops) even earlier, sometimes much earlier, i.e., whenever they feel like it. Snowdrops in actual snow are a delight. In contrast, February – April here (if you’re inclined to visit) are the worst weather months, cold and brown and windy; spring finally shows up some time in May. It snowed here this week, which is lovely to look at although it was quite cold (8F) and Coco was not loving it; I did get her a coat and some sweaters which she clearly needs. It’s warmer today, finally, and in a couple more days it’ll all evaporate.
My job is allegedly coming to an end this Friday (I still don’t have the paperwork) and like Cinnamon, my feelings are … complicated. It was a good job, but it was also a stressful job made much more stressful from the other side of the country. I have savings, and I didn’t expect them to let me bring my job in the first place, so. I’m going to coast for awhile and figure something out in due course. I did see the kids at Christmas, which was great, but the travel was brutal and a bit terrifying with Omicron, so I’m self-quarantining for a week, but so far, so good.
I still haven’t worked up the courage to pull my perfume out … one of these days. I desperately want to smell Mitsouko but I think I’d be too upset if it’s a bust, so I need to lower the stakes. I’ve been yearning for L’Artisan Mure et Musc for some reason. I was late to that party – I think it was their most popular fragrance long before I found it – but there are times when nothing else will do.
Indoors here at the moment is fragranced by some evergreen-scented pinecones I got on a whim from Trader Joe’s which are really quite nice, along with my old standby, Thymes’ Frasier Fir candle. I also ran across (at TJ Maxx of all places) a Volcano candle from Capri Blue, which I think of as the smell of every Anthropologie I’ve ever been in; I like it, but it’s a heavy hitter for sure. When I need something light, I go with Aquiesse’s Thé Mandarin, which does indeed smell like tea. That should be a more popular scent; I demand more tea-scented candles! I kept my eyes peeled for a candle that smelled like ginger (or gingerbread) but no dice. There are entirely too many holiday-cookie candles that are waaaay toooooo sweeeeet although I’m not complaining because hey, at least I could smell them!!
Do you smell all the candles at TJ Maxx (or wherever?) You do, don’t you, it’s not just me? Also, do you ever buy, like, the weird “gourmet” candies or chocolate or hot sauce or whatever at TJ Maxx or World Market or some random store, just for fun, kind of a low-stakes gamble? I got some Belgian chocolates that turned out to be excellent and I wish I’d bought more of (all gone when I got back) and some truly terrible shortbread. Win some, lose some!
Tell me about a thing you tried (food, fragrance, book, etc.) that turned out to be a pleasant surprise or … not!