Monday, February 13, 2012

Transitions

As many of you know, my position was eliminated and I'm now unemployed.

Last week was my first week of no job.  I had thoughts that I would have been tending to a lot more than I actually accomplished.   What DID I accomplish?   Lots of naps.  Updating my resume.  Sending out said resume.  Nap again. Started watching The Tudors while drinking coffee and knitting.



Olenska sent me a bottle of TokyoMilk Arsenic which is the perfect perfume for these days of transition, as it makes it own unique transition from the moment I spray it on to the next day when I can still smell traces of it on my clothes.  Being the beautiful writer that she is, check out her review of this gloriously weird yet warm scent.  (The notes listed on the bottle are absinthe, vanilla salt, cut greens and crushed fennel.) I wore it all last week - and am still haunted by it when I put on this one sweater....

It makes me think that I really wish someone would come up with a perfume called Paregoric.  Gosh I loved that stuff as a kid.  I used to fake stomach aches just to get a little taste of it.  Yeah yeah I know, it's camphorated tincture of opium.  Ooops!  But the scent was amazing - from what I can remember, it was anisey-clove.

So today, I'm half-heartedly going through samples, and decided to test Amouage Memoir Women. Dork that I am, I have ALREADY tested it, and feel the same way I did back here when I originally talked about it, and said it really wasn't memorable for me.  Truly truly.

Has anyone else sampled something that they already blogged about?  I sure do hope so, so I wouldn't feel like the only oddball!

Time for more of The Tudors.


24 comments:

  1. Knitting really is a balm for the soul (more so when you can use it as an excuse to watch too much television). Best of luck with your job search.

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  2. Hello Karen! Thanks so much for stopping by - I peeked at your blog and am going to look for some good reads (which btw, I am on Goodreads).

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  3. Just wanted to wish you good luck with your job search! not an easy feat here in Northeast Ohio.

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  4. Also wanted to ask if you ever tried Beach by Bobbi Brown. What a great perfume. Smells exactly like the beach

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    1. Never have tried it - I'm actually not a fan of the beach, but I have heard that if you like that type of the, Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess is another for beach lovers!

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  5. My "darn snazzy" not so smartphone just went and ate my comment four times, so am having another go from a hardwired machine, and then it is bedtime...!

    I was just going to say that I am impressed at all the stuff you have accomplished in one week of being off work. I feel sure I would have done a lot more napping, as you have been through a stressful time. And you have also updated your cv and sent it out! Me, I have been between jobs for several weeks now and am still putting off doing my accounts...so you are an inspiration. : - )

    And I am not convinced about Paregoric as perfume, but I do think I have done that thing of testing a sample after you have blogged about it. In my case I think it is the blogger's equivalent of that thing you feel when you are not sure about something you bought: "Post-Purchase Cognitive Dissonance", that's the fellow!

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    1. Well we unemployed persons here in the US have to contact at least two employers per week. So I'm doing my duty! Glad I can be of help!

      hehee PPCD! Love it!

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  6. But you are consistent in *not liking* the sample you retested, so I think that requires a pat on the back. :)

    If you're planning to go back to work, I wish you luck in the search. If not, I wish you a pleasant break from the rat race!

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    1. Hello Natalie! I was actually a bit surprised that I felt the same way, as one of the reasons I don't rate perfumes is because I feel that maybe down the line, I'll feel different.

      I would LOVE to take a break from the rat race, but have to contact two employers per week while unemployed. Sigh!

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    2. Well, maybe it will work out that no one will call you in for an interview for a while.

      I know what you mean about changes of heart, although like you and Suzanne, I think I expect to change my mind more often than I actually do.

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  7. I agree with Vanessa: you already got your resume updated and sent out in the very first week that you were off. That's quite impressive.

    I've never heard of Paregoric -- and that's rather odd, considering that when I was growing up, my mom was a nurse.

    Regarding your question, I haven't re-tested anything by accident, but somtimes I will resample something later and wish that I'd written about it differently. I should probably edit some of my posts, but I'm too lazy to do so. :) Luckily, this sort of change-of-heart doesn't happen often.

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    1. Suzanne, not so much impressive but what one has to do when one is on unemployment. :(

      Paregoric was something that I believe was used widely until the late 60s or so - then the government gave it a Schedule III ranking in 1970.

      I am surprised myself that the change of heart thing doesn't happen that often! We know what we like, I guess!!

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  8. I am so glad that Arsenic worked its magic on you. But even more, I now find myself craving a perfume called Paregoric! How about a "Patent Pharmacopaeia of Perfume"? (It would have to contain YSL Opium and BPAL Laudanum...)

    Krista J. just sent me a sample of Serge Lutens' 5 O'Clock au Gingembre, which I reviewed before. Back then I gave it 3 stars-- meaning, it was nice but maybe it didn't totally click. But Krista's sample is different somehow-- more concentrated, deeper and more truly gingery. I think I may have to reassess my original judgment.

    RE: resume..... GAMBATTE! (Japanese for 'go for it!')

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    1. PS going back to my TokyoMilk "connection" two Saturdays from now and hoping they've restocked Excess!

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    2. We need to get someone to make Paregoric!!! And I think I'll mix up a little PPoP once I get some Laudanum (is that BPAL worth me getting a sample?)

      Oooh, let me know re: Excess. Seriously I can paypal you some moolah. Zee socks will be in the mail to you ASAP.

      And re: how that perfume sample was different - I still am a bit confused as to why my current sample of Tauer's LdDM doesn't quite live up to what I remember from my first sample. Hmmmmmm.

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  9. Thanks for your message on my blog! I love changing my hair and realized how tired I was about my own that right after posting I headed to the bathroom and chopped off some bangs again. Not so rockabilly this time, but still cute. I'll post a pic!

    Hurrah for new hair-dos/colors!

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    1. Hello Sonia!!! Looking forward to seeing the new picture (and thank you too for stopping by!)

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  10. TokyoMilk Arsenic sounds like a perfume I could get into, but what's with the cockroachy bug on the bottle? It reminds me that I've been rethinking my bottle labels but that bugs never really crossed my mind as an art option. Sorry to hear about the j-o-b. Thanks for the post on my blog. Hope to see you there again some day.

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    1. Hello J! Thanks for stopping by! Now the bug thing, even though I think it's kinda cool, I don't really know what it has to do with arsenic - and it reminds me of the stink bugs which invaded our home this past year. Sigh!

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    2. Yeah, it does sort of look like a stink bug. Again, not so sure that was the right art option. On the other hand, it got us talking about it, so . . . ?

      Stink bug invasions! I honestly think that would give me nightmares. Give me spiders and flies, but please, oh, please, don't give me stink bugs :)

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    3. LOL! yep, it got us talking.
      BTW, you know what's really weird? I have never crushed one of those things so I don't know if they stink! You'd think that given my interest in smelly stuff, I would have done it by now. My challenge to myself this weekend - if I find one of those rascals, smash and smell!~

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  11. I clearly remember commenting on this post last Monday... Did I say something wrong? If I did - sorry, I didn't mean to! (though I think Blogger ate my comment without warning me ;) ).

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    1. No you didn't do anything wrong!!! Either blogger ate your comment, or I did - with this new tiered thing, I almost deleted someone's reply when I was trying to reply to them. I hope to goodness I didn't do it to you!!!

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