Saturday, February 4, 2012

Times they are a'changing

My position at work was eliminated, so I'm now unemployed.  Hopefully I'll be receiving unemployment benefits soon.   The upside of this is that until I find employment, I'll have more time to do perfume testing, my art, getting the garden ready for spring, etc etc.

Okay, here's the weekly run down of my final work week and scent:

Oh first, had a wonderful brunch with friends on Sunday - wore my favorite Miller Harris L'Air de Rien

Monday:  Oh shoot, I don't remember properly BUT I think it was Guerlain My Insolence (Mondays are difficult for me to remember! ;)  Esp this Monday because that was the day I found out about downsizing our office.)

Tuesday:  My beloved Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie.   


Wednesday:  Dior Hypnotic Poison - I realised when doing my page on what perfume bottles I have that I have never reviewed this!  Check out Katie Puckrik's youtube video.   I don't find this as 'foody' as some of the other bloggers have noted.  I get a nice anise/rootbeer note with musky vanilla wood..  Hmmm I'm weird.  Anyhoo, here's Robin's take on it .  Notes from Basenotes: Caraway, bitter almond, jasmine sambac, moss, jacarander wood, vanilla, musk.  I love it!

Thursday:  Exit interview/paperwork with the HR department.  It's time for Tauer L'air du desert Marocain.  This is my second sample of it  Did he change the formula?  This sample is extremely weak and not at all as long lasting as my previous one.  Color me disappointed.

Friday:  My last day at work - L'air de Rien!!!


Please don't worry about me being unemployed!  Other than not having a lot of 'fun money' to play with, I really think this will be a good thing for me for awhile.

Also if you look to the right on my main page, you can see I'm adding pages of my perfume bottles, decants and minis, and will be adding one of samples.  Enjoy!


(picture of me, taken by The Moth on Sunday at brunch)



28 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear the bad news. I bet that last week was difficult. I worry about what's happening in the department I work in. A coworker is on temporarily covering a maternity leave in another department and he hasn't been replaced. I have a feeling he won't have a job to come back to.

    I think I need to send you a care package soon. We can't have you getting low on frags!

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  2. Frida, per your request, I won't worry about you being unemployed, although I do worry about the country as a whole right now.

    At any rate, I wanted to tell you that I love the photo of you that the Moth took. Are you growing your hair out a bit? It looks dynamite with those longer layers and the reddish-blonde highlights. Tres, tres sexy!

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  3. I was unemployed now for a month. It was great period haha. :)
    After a lot of work and stress - it was great time to relax and do nothing.
    Now I work again and hopefully, I will find time for perfume making and all other things...

    I hope benefits will come soon. :)

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  4. Frida, enjoy your respite. :)

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  5. Hi Frida - it's sometimes harder than others to remind ourselves that the universe is working on our behalf. Sudden changes bring a certain weirdness, but I have no doubt you will be fine. As *jen says, enjoy this break and the insight that it brings.

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  6. A blog post with a Bob Dylan title, mentions of L'Air de Rien and L'Air de Desert Marocain-I'm giddy! : D

    I certainly hope nothing has changed formula-wise in LDDM! If you need a comparison sample I can send you some from my bottle. Let me know.

    I'm glad you have other interests to pursue while you're out of the job scene. It sounds like a breath of fresh air!

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  7. It's not fun to be unemployed but it is a good thing you have room in your life for this at this point and as you say, you will have more time for the more fun things in your life. May all turn out for the best.

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  8. Things have changed so much in the last five years or so. I hope we've seen the worst by now. Sorry about your job situation, but free time can be so wonderful! Just don't turn on the TV...a mistake I've seen in so many, including myself, when suddenly unemployed.

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  9. Being unemployed sucks when it wasn't your choice. I hope you'll find the next job slightly earlier than you'd need it.

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  10. Hey JE!! My position was eliminated; so there's no going back but that's okay - I'm sure I'll find something more suited for me. You are so kind, but truly I don't need any more samples - I have more than enough to keep me busy for six months or so! xox

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  11. Suzanne, thanks for the compliment - yes I'm growing out my hair. I have a lot of grey framing my face, so I'm embracing the Crone (with a few highlights LOL)

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  12. hello Ankica!! I plan on doing the same thing!! Thank you

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  13. Josephine, thank you - I hope to use this time wisely and without anxiety!

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  14. hehee Cym - glad to make you giddy!! It could have been that my entire system was off - it was a whirlwind of a week. A breath of fresh air is exactly right! Thank you!

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  15. thank you MoS(Christos?) Did you know that I am 1/2 Greek? We hail from Nisyros. I'm looking forward to some fun downtime, that's for sure

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    1. I have been to Nisyros! I nearly didn't leave, as the butcher had our passports and we had no clue. The photo of me in a blue and white T-shirt dress munching a baguette in my post about Long Term Perfume Loves was taken there... : - )

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    2. oooh!!! In my immediate family, only my 'baby' brother has been there! Our last name is really Contoveros - my grand father changed it to Spiros when he came to the US. I need to see that photo!!

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  16. Olfacta, that position was all grant-funded; but I am looking forward and will try really hard not to turn on the TV, but I have Downton Abbey Tivoed so this morning, sigh, the TV will be on.

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  17. Undina, I'm hoping to find a job that feel right-er, if you know what I mean. Thank you!

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  18. Not to be flippant (unless it amuses & distracts you as needed!) but if I'd been in your place, I would have switched to regular Poison and applied it with a FIREHOSE until the final day of employment. Then I would have "dropped" the bottle by accident in the lobby on the way out. Cleanup! >:(

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  19. Hi BF,

    Just caught up with the news - the pic of your lovely autumnal locks drew me in too... : - ) I am glad you are facing your new situation with such equanimity. By "unemployment benefits" do you mean what we call "redundancy" ie a payout by the organisation for making you redundant, rather than ongoing benefits from the state that are given to anyone who is jobless? Just curious about the differences in terminology.

    I also thought it most apt that you wore "L'Air de Rien" on your last day. This move may look like you are out of a job (ie "look like nothing"), but can be seen as a fresh start and some valuable time to yourself.

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    1. Basically, I'm on the dole. They didn't give me any severance pay. The eliminated the position due to budget cuts.

      :) re: LADR. That you my dear! Unfortunately my plan to visit the UK is now a pie in the sky dream, but one of these days!

      PS: I saw Audra the other day - she asked about you. We talked about Replique in detail - she found an old bottle of hers and was talking about the differences between that and the sample I gave her. Quite fun! Of course, it was at The Feve! ;)

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  20. Good luck to you! I'm sure you'll use all of this newfound time creatively... xoxo

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    1. Thanks Sonia!! I have a bunch of ideas, and getting them together - but first I have to clean the dining room which is now the sewing/art space. I'm in a doll swap and starting on it already!

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  21. Frida, I tried a sample of Atelier's Orange Sunguine and I like the smell but it makes me sneeze.

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  22. Oh, darn! Maybe there is another citrus that your nose likes better? I actually really like The Body Shop's Satsuma...have you tried that?

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