We added extra spring and fall viewing polls last year, and then did another this spring (in olden times we only did one in the winter) because so many people were consuming more television during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that the pandemic is shifting to endemic, do we still need extra viewing polls? You tell me. We're having one today regardless, and I was thinking we would repeat the fall listening poll in a week or so? Feedback is encouraged.
So do tell us...
...what fragrance you're wearing today?
...any great tv shows or movies you've discovered recently, and/or
...anything else fun you've been streaming to stay occupied (exercise videos? anything),
Or, as always, just talk about something else...
Note: shown is the Samsung Serif television.
Today is a fresh autumn day, something I love, and I’m wearing CSP Vanille Ambre, which sounds like it should be chokingly sweet but has a few sharp edges to cut through the sugar. It has a golden glow to it — something I find irresistible in a scent, but particularly in the fall.
I love all sorts of movies, and my favourite streaming service is The Criterion Channel, which isn’t just fusty old arthouse movies: this month they have a selection of the films of Doris Wishman, who made a whole lot of raunchy grindhouse films like Deadly Weapons, which you really should look up because you wouldn’t believe me if I described it to you: it falls squarely into the so-bad-it’s-good category. But of course they *do* have a lot of arthouse movies, and it’s a great way to check out movies you’ve heard of but never saw. Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal is usually called one of the greatest movies ever made, and everyone’s seen parodies of it, so I more or less knew what to expect when I watched it for the first time recently. Or thought I did: not fifteen minutes in, I was thinking, “Oh, my god, this IS one of the greatest movies I have ever seen.” It’s completely absorbing — moving and thought-provoking and occasionally funny, as a movie about the inevitability of death ought to be. Highly recommended.
Looked up Deadly Weapons and laughed out loud. I help but imagine two middle school boys skipping PE to dream up that plot?.
That does look like a great streaming channel.
It’s 57 degrees and cloudy here is SoCal. I’m wearing vintage White Shoulders from the late 80s. Another floral bomb.
I’ve been making my way through The Handmaids Tale and nearly at the end of season 3 (of 4). The first season was quite faithful to the book which I read in- you guessed it- the 80s.
My aunt and uncle used to scent oshibori towels with that one when we’d go around for holiday dinners. So the scent always reminds me of their house, which had a Japanese garden, waterfall and coi pond in the back.
Oshibori towels – learnt something new there! I‘ve been to Japan so after googling I know what it was, but never realised it had a name. (Of course it’s called something…). How cool that your aunt and uncle especially scented them!
You are so fortunate. I have never been to Japan. My uncle was a real Japanophile (except for the food–my uncle was not very adventuresome about food), but loved the culture, language, art, gardens—and brought as much of it as he could back to his home.
Must have been so much fun and interesting to go over for a visit at your uncle‘s!
I’d never smelled that one until I bought a mini a few years back. Not the demure blushing lady scent I was expecting!
Lol ? no, not at all!
You smell wonderful – the current WS is not too bad, and the vintage is, yes, a “comin’ atcha” scent, in the very best way! It is a family favorite.
Indeed chilly and cloudy in SoCal. Much needed rain coming.
Not magic sleep, but maybe tonight.
Listening to Dopesick in car on the few times I drive. Reading samples of books waiting for a few new releases.
And totally addicted to Manifest. Every episode is hmmmmmmm what next?
Mani pedi later today, post shower JM golden vanilla and vetiver and a cozy hoodie to wear out.
“Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory, falling on my head like a new emotion . . .”
I have had the Eurythmics/Annie Lennox tune stuck in my head for two days!
Not such a bad earworm to have!
That brings back ’80’s memories!
Spritzed on ELDO’s Eau de Protection this morning, for hanging out with the cat and getting caught up on the news.
As for great tv shows, I really enjoyed the meandering wackiness of Only Murders in the Building, which is a paean to New York City’s grand apartments as well as a successful send up of shows featuring older actors trying to reach a broader audience, and it is a cozy mystery. In other streaming, I slogged through 9 Perfect Strangers, and am glad to report that the final episode does not leave you feeling too mad at yourself for slogging through. Last night I watched the first episode of The Nevers, thought what fresh bodice-Jack-ripper hell is this, and looked it up. Reviews say it gets loads better in episode 6 (?♀️ ?). So of course, I will have to watch at least through episode 6.
As for random news, after a nearly two-year moratorium on buying new clothes except from online sources where I have built up credit from my credit card—namely Athleta, Banana Republic, and Gap (I lost a bit of weight and really needed new clothes), I went browsing in a vintage clothing store in real life on Thursday. Bought a 1960s short plaid jacket (yellow and black hounds tooth) and a terrific MaxMara grey top with a cowl that is covered in a quilt pattern. Not sure of the vintage—I suspect it is not decades old, but it looks very Jackie O, and my husband loves it on me— so it is perfect.
We have rain, so life is good today. Happy weekend everyone!
Those sound like great thrift store finds!
Yes, most of my favorite articles of clothing in my wardrobe come from thrift shops and were ridiculously cheap. It really pays to scour thrift shops IMO.
Eau de Protection is so great! One of ELdO’s best.
I totally agree!
I love “Only murders…” – we finished it a couple of days ago. Did not have your persistence with 9 perfect strangers – after two episodes, we were done.
Waiting my 15 minutes after my COVID booster – I’m at Target and can see lots of cute things to browse.
Trying New Musk oil from Dame Perfumery today. It’s a really lovely musk/ floral – I definitely get the lily of the valley. I have a generous sample of the oil that was included in an order but I can see into the future and see myself buying a full size when that sample is done.
The only thing I’m watching is The Great British Baking Show.
Watch twins! I love this show!
I do too.
My son loves it too, although he tells me that he can’t understand the dialogue because he “doesn’t speak that language they’re speaking in the show.”
Ha, you tell him I don’t always get it either
I think the JD might be my favorite musk. I can’t do hardcore animalic musks, and this one also reminds me of school friends from the 80s.
Dame New Musk oil is good stuff. He makes an EdT version, too, if (like me) you don’t like oils.
Oh really??? That’s very good to know!
Yay for your booster!
A rainy, cool day here again. I’m in CSP Vanille Café to keep me cozy. Also, drinking steaming hazelnut coffee, my favorite.
I don’t watch much TV because I don’t have one. I do stream things occasionally, most recently a French movie The Mad Woman’s Ball which was quite good. It’s about a young lady in higher social circles who is quite free spirited, imaginative, and “hears the dead.” Her father, to avoid social embarrassment and because she won’t toe the line, commits her to an insane asylum. It does bravely look at the exploitation of these women, either to advance “science” or by men in positions of power sexually and physically abusing them. It’s a bit dark as you can imagine, but I enjoyed it. It also has a happy ending, which doesn’t quite ring true.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve been watching older comedians and comedy shows to get a good laugh. Most of these wouldn’t be allowed on TV today for fear of people getting offended.
One of my favorites is Dave Allen, an Irish comedian who was one of the few comedians to make my dad laugh out loud. We watched him at every opportunity. Allen’s favorite subjects were religiosity and dogma. Having grown up in the ‘30’s and 40’s in Ireland, he had a wealth of knowledge of both. My dad, having been born and raised there in same era, had first hand knowledge as well.
Happy weekend to all!
ever watch Derry Girls?
My mothers side was Irish and my nephews wife is from the Emerald Isle. Much Irish dancing for the girls when they were younger.
Derry Girls is priceless! I’ve rarely laughed so much at anything on TV.
It’s a rainy day but I have errands to deal with, so I’ll be doing them glamorously in Portrait if a Lady.
As I do every fall, I’ve been binging horror movies. A few good new-to-me finds:
La Llorona – A Guatemalan film about the family of a military general who was one of the architechs of the Mayan genocide, being haunted by a vengeful ghost. Really interesting and socially conscious retelling of the folktale.
Possession – I’ve been way overdue to see this, but there’s a new restoration out now. A terrifying, dreamlike breakup movie.
Angst – A deeply disturbing movie following a murderer as he breaks into a home to murder a family. Told more or less in real time, with haunting music and voiceovers.
Messiah of Evil – Sort of Lovecraftian, small coastal town turns out to be the mouth of hell kind of stuff, but with a hazy 70s indie vibe.
Last Night in Soho – I saw at Fantastic Fest and I think will be in theaters next week. Visions and fashion and murder and feminine rage. Who can say no?
I can’t take horror, but that list looks so fun! Would love to see La Llorona.
Your list has me quaking in my boots! I have a fascination with ghost and horror stories. However I can’t watch them because I am unable to sleep after! In my early twenties I watched 10min of The Ring and had trouble falling asleep for a week ?
If I could I think I‘d try La Llorona – it sounds like a fantastic retelling.
It’s the least “scary” of the bunch, in terms of jumps and gore and stuff like that. Though the events it discusses are obviously more horrifying than any ghosts.
Yes, please, continue the frequency. The viewing polls are my favorite (and I watch a lot of tv ?)
Today I’m testing Embruns d’Ylang, which I got a sample of with a Guerlain order. I love it, want a bottle, and it is perfect for today’s blustery (but warm) fall day.
I missed participating in the spring viewing poll, but went back and reread the last few ISO stuff to watch this summer.
I’ll thus reiterate someone else’s recommendation of A Suitable Boy, which is available on Acorn. While you have the subscription, catch Boomers – a comedy about, well, Boomers. It’s hilarious and had me and my husband in tears at some points, and wishing there were more seasons.
Other series I’ve enjoyed are the Mysterious Benedict Society on Disney, which has great costuming and sets. I loved last year’s The Right Stuff (ditto on the production values, as I’ve come to expect from Disney) and though I’m really not a space nut or anything (I might be a budding one…), I watched the new series Among the Stars and was utterly transfixed. It’s about the international space station, astronauts & cosmonauts, and teams on the ground, over the course of a couple of years. The footage from the space station is astounding.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming season of All Creatures. We watched the reboot, then went back and watched the original series, and the reboot of that series. Interesting to see what they kept, changed, and left out from the 70s to the 2020s. Would seem they assessed modern audiences to be much more sensitive (or averse) to the blood & guts part of veterinary medicine.
And not at all new, but good fun – I’ve been watching Will & Grace lately and LOL at every episode (shoulda been called Karen & Jack.) Also did a full rewatch of 30 Rock. It’s not even that old, but I’d guess the decidedly un-PC humor might not fly were it launched today.
Ooo sounds good. What does it smell like? Is the Ylang Ylang pronounced? I love Ylang Ylang.
There was this big Ylang Ylang tree in my yard when I lived in Key West, FL. When the flowers bloomed it would scent the whole neighborhood. It was a very messy tree but the fragrance was glorious.
Ooh, sounds amazing!
I can’t say ylang is a note I usually wear, but it brought me back to Ysatis a bit – though the style is very different. There’s a bit of smokiness, and the occasional banana hint that fades in & out, with some dry woods humming in the background. It smells expensive, like Guerlain at its best. And IS expensive.
I gotta try it out.
Ylang ylang with a bit of smokiness sounds heavenly!
We watched 30 Rock for the first time over the course of the pandemic, loved it, and would guess you’re right — could not do this now. Even on cable, I don’t think.
Glad to hear All Creatures is doing another season, I didn’t know.
And Call the Midwife is just so wonderful.
I loved Will & Grace back in the day! Agree with the name, Karen and Jack MADE that show.
Also looking forward to All Creatures.
You smell wonderful – grabbed my bottle and spritzed. kpaint, as you noted earlier this week, we *may* be scent twins! That is almost as much fun as find an evil scent twin!
I have finally signed up for Hulu. In the last6 weeks I watched
– killing Eve.
-Fargo (finishing season 4)
– False Flags
All are amazing shows. Fargo is morbid but acting and plot are amazing (esp Billy Bob Thornton as season 1 bad guy – he seriously nailed sarcastic bad dude persona).
BBT is amazing and under appreciated, IMO. If you’ve never seen “Slingblade” or “A Simple Plan” both are fantastic! Highly recommend ??
Yes! I’ll second this.?
Love BBT! Just about to start the 4th season of ‘Goliath’ on Amazon Prime, the first three all being quite different stylistically. Great cast… I especially like Nina Arianda’s character, a lawyer who works with BBT. She’s hilarious!
Not new, but Mrs America is great. I think it might be why I started subscribing to Hulu.
I loved Mrs America, watched it twice, and will probably go back to it in a couple of years too.
+1 for Fargo! We were late in watching it but are on Season 4 now. Billy Bob Thornton is so good in the first season.
Today I’m wearing Moonlight Patchouli from Van Cleef & Arpels. Love this cosy, earthy orris-patch combo in the autumn. It’s gotten colder so I had to pull out a warmer jacket. Been a bit rainy and the wind was very strong and dangerous for the last 2 days but it’s calmer now and today’s afternoon was even a bit sunny.
Lately I’ve been watching Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Plus I’m eagerly awaiting a 2nd season of The Witcher.
Getting out the jackets here too Lucas!
I posted my Guerlain splits, if you don’t see what you want feel free to contact me, I may be able to help out.
Wearing the new Lush Shade on this gray day. Not a TV person but will watch a good documentary if I see one.
I spent the morning shopping for Guerlains and regretting not just splashing out the big bucks for their higher end releases when I had the chance. Your splits will tide me over for now ?
And the other Guerlain splits as well!
Cazaubon, I called dibs on 5ml of your Cuir Beluga but am having trouble sussing out your email address. Could you drop me a note at my Hotmail account at c a l i n d a 4?
I just emailed you.
It’s raining like crazy here and I’m in Bel Ami, from my second large decant. I believe this is the current edition and I love it as much as the older decant, so I’m thinking it’s time to find a FB somewhere.
I don’t watch a whole lot of television, but when I do I prefer binge-watching older series. After giving up on Buffy after season 6 (I think – got really tired of the little-sister character), I’ve moved on to NCIS, and re-re-watching The Good Place, and occasionally dipping a toe into the original Star Trek series (go ahead and snicker – I know). For new stuff you’d have to ask Mr. G – his latest was Goliath, he enjoyed Ozark and all of Fargo, and now he’s started Jack Ryan. If we’re watching together it’s usually funnymen – Colbert or Seth Meyers or John Oliver. Although we loved the too-brief Enola Holmes. And Stranger Things. Okay, I guess I watch more TV than I thought. ?
I would never snicker at someone watching the original Star Trek, it was the best
No snickering here. I can name an ST episode within the first few seconds…seen them all, multiple times. And I agree re Buffy. With the exception of a few episodes, it should have ended after season 5.
Like SheriG says, it’s dark and pouring rain here. I don’t watch much TV–GBBO, cooking shows, golf tournaments, and Project Runway–but the latter has gone off the rails since Heidi and Tim left. They seem to have gone the Bravo Housewives route, with interpersonal drama taking precedence over design and sewing. More sewing, less drama please! Rant over.
I am staying inside today and making soup out of the fridge leftovers. So far it is skewing Italian, with leftover garlic, onion, zucchini, white wine, and a chicken breast, but I may steer it in a chili direction with the spices. I’m wearing MKK today for a warm and cozy vibe.
We like Heidi & Tim’s new show, Making the Cut, which is on Amazon Prime … and I bought several items from the show this year. Gary Graham was my favorite designer this time; I’m glad that Amazon decided to offer items from all the finalists, not just the winner.
Did you buy Gary Graham’s clothing? Not that I *know* you, (I did see a photo once ?) but I can see you being able to pull off his fashions. I always looked forward to seeing what he would put together and was pulling for him.
I did buy a few GG pieces. The sizing is a bit challenging since he doesn’t offer petites (and I am definitely petite) but with all the drawstrings, plenty of his pieces are pretty adjustable.
Ugh, that makes me not as excited for the new Project Runway series. They’d kind of stopped doing that, and had really high-caliber serious contestants for a while.
Tim & Heidi are on amazon video now on Making the Cut.
What I miss is that very short-lived CFDA show with Anna Wintour and DVF and all the Vogue staffers. I can’t remember what it was called, but it was on Ovation, then moved to amazon and died.
It was more similar to the Making the Cut format, where the competitors were already successful and running their own lines, and competed for mentorships, etc. But they were all crazy talented, and very very serious
– which is much more interesting to me than inter/personal drama.
Waiting for the rain here, and sampling Kilian L’Heure Verte, which I like pretty well. We are supposed to get 5+ inches of rain and winds up to 60 mph. I wrestled the lounge chairs into the garage first thing this morning; still need to tie down the patio table.
Oof what a week. DH and I completed our covid quarantines — yay! He has recovered, though with a bit of loss of smell/taste but that seems to be improving daily. I never got it.
Then yesterday I went to Costco… twice. Got there the first time and realized I’d forgotten my wallet, #^@#^#$^%$
And my printer emitted the Error Code Of Doom yesterday, so… new printer had to be acquired.
Today it’s laundry and storm prep… I’m ready for a nap.
Good luck with the storm!
And congratulations on your husband’s health.
L’Heure Verte! Love the name.
Glad to hear you weathered the health storm and hope for an unremarkable passing of the one on its way.
My husband contracted covid in January, pre-vaccine. Even though we woke up in the same bed, from which I could hear him calling in sick to work because he couldn’t smell anything, I never contracted it.
Apparently I was not an outlier. The studies I was able to find at the time had couples who co-habitated only spreading it to the other in the range of like 40-60% iirc. Of course, that was pre-Delta.
I still want to hear about your SJ cruise! Were you able to get out and about before the covid case came up?
Interesting to hear those stats on couples not sharing covid. We were wondering if it was just the difference in the timing of our vaccines — his were in January, mine in April, so his resistance is likely lower than mine at this point. Shrug… we will never know.
The trip was ok. A bit of a scramble since the first positive case popped up early on, so we were denied landing privileges in some places but not in others just depending on the governmental body involved. Much re-routing.
Bummer ? just when you think you picked the most ironclad travel option. Looks like it’ll be a challenge for some time to come.
Oh! As for TV watching, we are still watching old movies recorded from TCM, nearly every night. This week we watched “The Sign of the Ram”, “The Quiet Man”, “Black Narcissus”, “The Grass Is Greener”, “Young Bess”, “Bandwagon”, and “Meet Me In Las Vegas”. Quite a few Deborah Kerr / Jean Simmons movies in there. And of course Cary Grant – sigh –
I always have a couple hundred hours of TCM on my DVR. Old movies are like my comfort food.
The BBC remake of Black Narcissus is also brilliant, definitely worth watching if available where you are, very atmospheric and brooding.
Glad to hear you escaped unscathed and DH is on the mend.
Ohhhhhh Black Narcissus. There’s a movie.
For sure! I have the Criterion DVD which also has some great extra features about the making of the film. Wondering… does anyone know if the features often offered on their DVDs are also available on their Chanel?
We’re always years behind on TV shows, but having caught up with season one of The Witcher, we’re looking forward to season 2. Ditto with Line of Duty, we started watching it earlier thus year, caught up with six seasons and are now waiting to see if a seventh season is ever made.
We watched the first two seasons of Homeland, but have diverted our attention to Criminal. I hadn’t heard anything about it, but it’s a bit different to most police procedurals, it’s entirely about the interview of the suspect. There are series in English, French, German and Spanish, with different casts using the same set.
Perfume-wise, I can report back on some of my Puredistance discovery set. Black is lovely, but it reminds me of Amouage’s Memoir, which I already have. Ditto with Gold, which makes me think of Fate. I haven’t done side-by-side comparisons, but best I don’t, they might not be all that similar after all.
Sheiduna is a soft spice, very nice, but maybe a bit much clove for me.
I love Antonia, it’s a stunning green floral. It reminds me very strongly of something, but I can’t put my finger on it. It would be good if I could figure out what that is, because it’s sure to be cheaper than Antonia
I like being years behind…it’s so much more satisfying to have multiple seasons ready and waiting.
Yep. We hardly watch anything in real time. We were very late to the Downton Abbey party and I was so glad because we were then able to binge the entire series! (Twice?)
We just started Downton a few months ago – finally got curious. It’s great
Yes! I love to binge on my own time, and I’m too impatient to wait.
During a certain unsettling and stressful 4-year period I stopped watching my go-to mindless guily pleasures, then kind of forgot about them. I’ve recently gone back and watched 4 years of Million Dollar Listings and RHOBH.
Wearing Kulfi, cause it is chilly!!!
I love this poll, too. I’m super binging on The Office. It keeps recording on TV and I have a zillion episodes to watch. They are all out of order. I’ve got Schitt’s Creek ready again. But, my new find, is NEXT. Only lasted one season (covid?) and I have the finale ready to watch.
And streaming has been new to me. Not TV shows, but concerts.
Waiting for Yellowstone!
I have the perfume itch. I am participating in splits, but I want.? Orris Tattoo is screaming my name. Thanks, Hajusuuri, Queen of Enablers!
I’m on a 2nd watch of Schitt’s Creek. Watch it those days I just need to laugh more.
Awww Schist’s Creek is wonderful. Both hysterical and heartwarming! ❤️
Having what can only be described as an extremely lazy day today and wearing Shalimar Philtre de Parfum from a kind NSTer. Still too close to the original for me. I ordered the new Vanilla Planifolia blind and am eager for it to arrive.??
I watched and enjoyed The White Lotus, Keeping Faith and Finding Alice…kind of an Acorn fangirl.
Currently watching Bodyguard (b/c I was swooning over Keeley Hawes after Finding Alice) and My Life is Murder.
My daughter has been indulging in Scooby Doo and is watching Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow as I type!?
I love Keely Hawes. I started the Bodyguard but never finished it. ? I don’t know the other two but will look into them. She was positively radiant in The Durrells in Corfu. (As was the scenery.)
Louisa is my spirit animal.
I ordered it blind too and it arrived today. I like it! Lots of vanilla and just a little bit of Shalimar. I can’t do the original either but did like the Philtre.
My teenager watches and loves Scooby Doo, too!
I think you’ll like MVP, more vanilla and just a bit of Shalimar.
Went to the old Mansfield Reformatory to do the haunted prison type thing. They did a really nice haunted. I would have rather have done the museum part of it. Wearing Coromandel today.
You smell wonderful! I hope your tooth is feeling better.
Wearing Victoria today, not the original VS one, which so many here seem to have positive memories of, but a sample of the reform. It was okay, nothing to open a channel the the homeworld about.
I have been watching the Drew Barrymore show during the week, well, I DVR it and watch it in the evening during dinner, and I have also been watching the Equalizer, the reboot with Queen Latifah.
I did not even think they still made Victoria! I never did smell the original.
I love the polls Robin! The viewing and listening polls are my favorite, keep ‘em coming!?
I’m in Molton Milk Musk edt from a small decant. I ordered one of the edt and one of the edp to compare and contrast. The drydown is similar but I prefer the top notes of the edt.
We recently reinstated our Netflix subscription after a 3 year hiatus and binged Stranger Things season 3, looking forward to season 4. Also enjoying The Great British Baking Show.
On PBS we’re watching the new season of Grantchester. The actor who replaced James Norton as the main character isn’t nearly as good (or good looking lol) but I’ve become attached to all the other characters so I’ll keep watching. This week we started watching Baptiste and in hindsight, it’s a bit violent for my taste but I’m halfway through and have to see how it’s going to end.
Last weekend we watched Legally Blonde. Can you believe I’d never seen it before? I thought it was cute. Apparently 2 is not good, so I’ll pass on that.
Also recently rewatched Good Will Hunting, Catch Me if you Can, Jaws and 16 Candles with madtownteen. I love it when my kids are finally old enough that we can introduce them to some old faves.
My H & I watched the first episode of Baptiste the other night, then he went to sleep and I had the brilliant idea of watching episode 2 on my own. I turned it off about 3/4 through and had to take a break from it for a couple of days because it was so unsettling.
I somehow managed to get through the first season of The Tunnel watching it alone, which I really do not recommend. Watch it, but with a buddy. (And come to think of it, Geordie from Grantchester also plays a cop in The Tunnel. Agree on the new head priest – he lacks charisma but it would be tough for anyone to fill James Norton’s shoes.)
James Norton – yum.
I loved him in McMafia, which I learned about in one of these polls (or on nst, at any rate.) Sadly, it never got picked up for a 2nd season.
I have never watched Legally Blonde or Good Will Hunting.
Oh! Good Will Hunting is just so good. Robin Williams is wonderful, much like his character in Dead Poets Society.
Legally Blonde is much less serious, just a fun feel good movie. In the spirit of Siskel & Ebert ??
Good Will Hunting is very good. Legally Blonde? Very well done but how much you enjoy it might depend on one’s age and gender. If you’ve seen and loved Clueless you will prolly like it.
I’ve also never seen Dead Poets Society. I think Serious Robin Williams is just too much for me so I avoid them.
I thought “Legally Blonde” was funny, too. I will note that I worked at a law firm for many years, and one of my favorite attorneys thought it was dumb.
I loved it too when it came out. But I’ve seen it again fairly recently and it didn’t seem to have as much “snap!” as I remember. Maybe bc my age now?
You’ve watched some of my faves! I do love Legally Blonde, silly as it is. If you haven’t seen My Cousin Vinny, it’s another great law comedy. I know lawyers who have used clips from it to train new associates, lol!
I miss James Norton too! New guy is alright, but not really doing it for me.
I am possibly alone in finding that the show was only just alright to begin with. Without James Norton my attention wanders.
It’s chilly and rainy today and I am in Anima Dulcis. I’m terrible about keeping up with TV shows. Mr. Birdy and I watched all of Hinterland and Broadchurch a while ago. Now we’re watching New Girl and we have made it to the penultimate season. He generally likes darker shows while I am happy to watch fluffy sitcoms.
Our wedding was a few weeks ago and it was a lot of fun. I wore Aprés l’Ondée. Fittingly, it poured throughout the ceremony and the sun came out for the reception!
I loved Broadchurch but never heard of Hinterland – will look up
Rain on your wedding day means good luck! Congratulations!
Congratulations and a perfect choice!
Now you have a Mr. Birdy, awww.?
Congratulations on your wedding! And what a lovely wedding day scent with weather to match.
Many congratulations! I wish I’d worn AlO at my wedding — fantastic choice.
Copying kpaint in Embruns d’Ylang, which I will be taking along on my much anticipated beach trip next weekend. I’ll be driving, so I will be packing heavy, and perfumes will be involved! I decided to find Ed’Y as a result of the recent Guerlain changes to the new bigger bottles. I found a NIB 75ml on *b*ay for regular retail, and snapped it up. It is just a delight from start to finish. My bottle is recent, 2019, so I’d be hopeful that the version in the new bottles is great, too.
I pack shockingly heavy for most beach trips — why not?
Hope you will have a wonderful time.
It is late in the evening… Couple of hours ago I received my mail. My package with Jasmins Marzipane has arrived, 3 days late!! But ok…
Package with samples of Oud Bouquet was supposed to have been delivered today but seems to be stock somewhere in the sorting facility…
Package with a large Nuits de Noho bon bon (gift to my perfume friend) still shows “out for delivery” on it’s tracking but I already saw the mailman who informed me he did not have it and it is because “nobody wants to work”.
Sooo… Jasmins Marzipane. LOVE it. I really love jasmine (the first scent I ever fell in love with was jasmine flowers or jasmine note in perfume). I prefer my jasmine to be the main/dominant note in my perfume. I can tell Lancome had crafted a beauty using the best quality jasmine for this perfume and it is a very realistic sweet jasmine. It takes the spot right next to my beloved Imperial Tea by Kilian. Both very subtle, both realistic jasmines and both true gems.
So glad your I believe blind buy worked out! Am very happy I’d bought Oud Boquet unsiffed, and it turnedout to be delicious.
I’ve also had problems with mail delivery lately. My local post office is very short-staffed, and they’ve been marking things as “delivered” that haven’t actually been delivered yet! I’m still waiting for two of my swap meet packages; I hope they come eventually. From now on, I’m having everything sent to my work address since the post office in that neighborhood seems to do better. I’ve always had a fondness for the USPS since I love sending and receiving things (I used to have a bunch of pen pals), and my grandpa worked for the post office, but things are not going well for them right now. I hope your packages arrive soon!
I can’t believe I’m the first one to mention binge-watching The Squid Game. Has everyone else seen it or are you avoiding it? I found it engrossing, but ultimately disappointing, and not satisfying. As word of mouth says, it’s very violent. Don’t watch it late at night or you might not sleep. I’ve done the new season of British Baking Show, and felt a bit let down. The challenges were getting kind of absurd. I really enjoyed Sex Education, which is something not at all up my usual alley but it was both funny and sensitive. I’m with everyone else on Grantchester, but wondering where they’re going to go with the sad Leonard story. Yes, Call the Midwife is wonderful. I really need something new to watch. I’m pretty bored.
I accidentally watched some of Squid Game without knowing what I was watching.
Surprised this is the first mention of Squid Game. I don’t know what to make of the fact that it is the most watched Netflix original ever given the violence and storyline in general. I watched 4 episodes and felt awful the next day. Watched another 3 episodes and hit pause again. I’ll finish it but do not take lightly the violence and total disregard for human life throughout. Really brings to life “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
I had hoped that Squid Game would involve slowmoving and soothing videos of squids and humans playing underwater catch or the like, but no.
You need to watch My Octopus Teacher, if you haven’t!
I binged watched Squid Game a few days after it was first released on Netflix- I loved it.
“Bad habits? I don’t have any bad habits darling, I’m good at all them!” ? I’m stealing that quote!
The sad Leonard story on Grantchester is killing me!!
I am avoiding it!
My husband (who is recovering from knee surgery) and I watched “Dune” last night — it was very well done! I had never read the books, although I was a big fan of science fiction for many years; but my husband had read them and he was happy with the film adaptation. My goodness, Timothee Chalamet is a gifted actor!
SOTD last night was Calandre, which I’m still enjoying faintly on my wrists.
We just started Dune tonight, although we were doing other things and only managed the first 20 minutes.
We will stick with it, I think, but treat it like a series rather than a movie.
We’re also watching several other shows: Community (on season 5), Sex Education (about to start season 3), Succession (season 3).
Without the husband, I’m also watching Great British Baking Show, and slowly watching Kim’s Convenience.
Kevin keeps telling me to watch The Great Pottery Throw Down so I will start that when I’m done with GBBS.
Hoping to go see Dune this week at our local theater.
Had a good shopping day yesterday: I finally decided to buy a really good, i.e. completely waterproof raincoat and went to the Arc’teryx outlet store. Let the autumn rains do their worst now!
This made up for the fact that when I stopped in at the Jo Malone standalone the holiday perfume line up did *not* include Ginger Biscuit, as they’d assured me a couple of months ago. Boo hiss!
Watched an episode of a new HGTV show called “What Not to Design”. It was like another facet of American Pickers, where the collector’s sweetheart says -beforehand- “I’m not moving in if you have all this stuff.”
I did not see GB in any of the articles about the JM holiday set this year. Sorry!
I’m in several sprays of Royal Earth by The Harmonist. This is a very pretty earthy iris; wears close and comfortingly.
I did a musk vs. musk match yesterday, with PMC Musk Extreme on one arm and Mugler Over the Musk on the other. It’s funny how my brain attaches greater value to objects when I discover they are difficult to obtain, like the Mugler. When I wear them simultaneously, it’s clear that I love the PMC, and I like the Mugler. The PMC has some dirtiness to it that the Mugler doesn’t have, and I love that extra-extra stuff in the base. I mooned over the Mugler quite awhile, so it’s good to put that desire to rest!
Shows! We toggle our streaming services to meet the budget, so we’re behind most folks. WandaVision was great, and it lead to watching the last couple of Marvel movies. Also watched Only Murders in the Building, which was a hoot. I’ve watched the Julia Child PBS cooking shows on DVD. They are so funny and soothing.
I toggle streaming services too! Works better, otherwise I run out of things I want to see on whatever service. So I am looking forward to Only Murders in the Building when I get to Hulu
It’s a lazy Sunday here in Pasadena, cloudy and a chilly 57 degrees. It’s making me want to carb-load. But I will resist. I’m moving into the 90s and am wearing Dolce Vita by Dior my friend purchased at the time of its release. It’s a warm amber.
I finished season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale and am starting on season 4.
Question: has anyone ever seen a movie that you loved when you were younger and had fond memories of only to watch it again years later only to be disappointed and think it’s not nearly as good as you remembered it?
Oh yes, many times! I used to RUN home from the bus stop after school so as not to miss the beginning of Inspector Gadget on TV. I was so obsessed with that show. I wanted to be Penny! I cut my hair in bangs and wore it in two ponytails to try to look like her. When I was able to see the old episodes again on YouTube many years later, I was embarrassed at how dumb it seemed to me!
Yes! I remember watching Logan’s Run, I must have been about 9 or 10, and was blown away by the social commentary and the futuristic feel of it all (we didn’t own a tv, so I had never seen an episode of Star Trek—began watching those at a friend’s house a year or so later). Watched Logan’s Run with my sons a few years ago. Errrr. Well. It wasn’t the same experience. The social commentary seemed hopelessly dated–not terribly enlightened around race and gender roles.
YES! But have also watched things that I liked even better now that I am older. So it can work both ways
I listen to the hilarious podcast “I saw what you did,” which is about movies, and lately I’ve watched some of the movies they’ve featured. I enjoyed “Smokey and the Bandit,” which I’d never seen before, and now I feel like I understand how people got to know all this trucker lingo, CB radio stuff, honk the horn by pulling down, etc. And the main song, Eastbound and Down, is the title of a show my brother likes that I didn’t get at all! Maybe I’ll try it again. I also had never seen a Burt Reynolds movie before, and he certainly was charming, as the podcasters said, which surprised me.
On TV, I get a bunch of internet channels for free, most of which are garbage, but MHz Now is good. It has all international shows. I’m watching Capitaine Marleau right now–she’s always fun.
It’s drizzly and cold here today, and I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow, and I should do some cleaning up around here but don’t feel like it. Anyone else?
You’ve never seen a movie with Burt Reynolds before! Oh gosh, I’ve seen so many- Deliverance, Starting Over, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, Best Friends, Citizen Ruth, he did a TV in the 90s called Evening Shade…. The list goes on…
Plus he was on an episode of The Golden Girls!
Yes he was. I love The Golden Girls. I still watch it, usually just before bed. Never gets any less funny. I can quote them from memory. I wonder what perfume those dames were wearing?
I bet Blanche wore something very big, very loud, and very 80s.
Prolly Giorgio Beverly Hills!
Oh I take it back then–I did see Boogie Nights! It was a long time ago though, and I don’t remember him in it. But now I’m interested in some of his other movies, so I’ll add some more to my list :).
?for Burt and Eastbound and Down.
The show or the song? Or both?
What’s funny about the show is how stupid the main guy is, and he has no clue. Will Ferrell is in a few episodes and he’s just ridiculous.
The song is a classic.
Kenny Powers! We binge-watched the show about a month ago.
Burt Reynolds. Amazing to think his outrageous centerfold in Cosmo was just about 50 years ago. Impossible to imagine a major magazine printing such a photo of a male movie icon today. I was too young to think of him as a sex symbol, but I do remember the Cosmo edition!
If you don’t know what I am talking about, this NSFW link is to a Cosmo story about the man and the photo when Reynolds passed away in 2018. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/news/a48108/burt-reynolds-cosmo-classic/
Yowza! He may have posed nude, but he didn’t really show everything, did he? It’s also hard to imagine a movie star/sex symbol of today displaying so much body hair! Nowadays, I bet someone would tell him he’d have to tone it down. So much for the natural look.
I got my H a sample of the OG Aramis and when he wore it I said, “you smell like Burt Reynolds on a bearskin rug.” Went right over his head.
I saw Smokey and the Bandit in the theater a couple of years ago for the first time. Burt was wonderful in so many things. He had that very quirky giggle/laugh. My husband saw him speak before a movie not too long before he died…said he was incredibly charming.
It rained all night like an open hydrant aimed at the house, and no sign of it letting up today; the view out the back door looks like we’re behind a waterfall. Littles and I are stubbornly staying in our jammies, having had a big breakfast of pancakes with sautéed apples. Looks like the wind has knocked down the rest of the walnut harvest, so if we get a pause in the storm we may try to run out and gather the newly fallen nuts.
I’m not terribly up on new TV, but I semi-recently discovered Bunheads and found it surprisingly enjoyable — love the wisecracking and quick dialogue, and all the dancing.
I spent yesterday in Piment Brulant and it really worked (sometimes it shifts a bit too bell-peppery). Might opt for it again today, for spicy warmth and coziness.
That sounds like a lovely morning!
I’ve gone down a YouTube comedy rabbit hole. I’m watching everything Norm Macdonald. Plus Seinfeld Comedians in cars. The other day binged on In Living Color.
I can’t sit through anything serious anymore it seems. I do plan on watching the Sex and the City reboot when it comes out, in December I think.
Today I am wearing Samsara. Yesterday I wore Angel edp.
I remember watching In Living Color with my parents when I was young. We weren’t a big TV family, but that was a must-watch for a while, along with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Nova (or as my mother called it, “Things Eating Things”), PeeWee’s Playhouse, and The Young Ones. I’ve definitely needed levity in my entertainment options this past year.
In Living Color was so out there. I still remember their halftime show aired during one of the super bowls. Can’t do that today,
First wearing of the new Slumberhouse Mond. It is quite potent and perfect for fall. Kind of a fruitier more incensey version of Ambre Narguile.
Mond sounds very good! Is Slumberhouse the house that’s very elusive with extremely limited releases? It’s hard to keep track!
It’s lovely! And yes, their releases are erratic and tend to sell out instantly. I was lucky, got the email announcement and ordered immediately.
I try to keep shows light and entertaining, not having to think too much. I watch HGTV shows like Beachfront Bargainhunt and Love It or List It. And love both Million Dollar Listing LA and New York.
We also watched First Dates; blind dates meet up at a restaurant. Some awkward moments but a few couples were well matched. Below Deck is another entertaining series about yachties working on private charter cruises.
Clearly lots of escapism in my viewing!
I’m wearing Lui on this very very wet Sunday. I hope to stay indoors all day! And yes, an excuse to watch tv.
I’ve been enjoying many of the shows airing on PBS like Grantchester and Call the Midwives. I also just finished Only Murders in the Building which was fun and enjoyable. It really bothered me though that one actor was very much not on par with the others…. I’ll leave it at that! ?
You smell great.:-)
My birthday is NEXT Saturday, but we had dinner at my mum’s last night and boy did she surprise me. I am now the proud owner of four new bottles of fragrance! Astounding– 10 Corso Como, BDK Wood Jasmin, Lutens’ Nuit de Cellophane, and the new Nicolai Poudre de Musc Intense. It is an embarrassment of riches–but I will eventually manage to get over it. Was in Wood Jasmin this AM as I headed out into the pouring rain for my first professional haircut in about a year. So I am well coifed and scented, as it turns out. Perfectly prepared for building a fire in the fire place and cooking up a stew.
Wow, congrats on the haul!! All lovely scents.
All sounds wonderful! I hope your haircut was a success (and your stew, too).
Today I’m in Jasmins Marzipane. Subtle but seriously an ALL day lasting perfume that lingers with a delicate veil… Ran into a friend of mine at the grocery today and we hugged each other. Felt good because I was wafting this beauty!!
Hello, lovely (and pleasantly-scented) people!
Gosh, it’s been a while. My “scent” all summer and much of the fall was one version or another of Off or Cutter insect repellant. Some tiny flying, biting sort of insect gets to us if we don’t put some sort of insect repellant on, or miss a spot. One was in the car yesterday, and got me six times on one arm. Fortunately, I wasn’t driving. The swelling of the bites went down when I put hydrocortisone cream on that arm.
Last evening was rather gloomy, and I wanted fragrances that I found nice and cozy. I did a microwave version of baked apples for a nice scent and taste. The original microwave recipe involves coring the apples, but instead I just cut the apples up into pieces, put them in a ceramic pan, add water, brown sugar, golden raisins, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves and ground mace, and cook on high for four minutes. I experiment with what baking spices I throw in. I think the original recipe probably just calls for cinnamon.
At bedtime on Saturday, I sprayed on a bit of AC Vanille Insensee. I find vanilla and incense to be comforting scents. Well, always vanilla, and usually I find incense to be a comforting smell, too.
Today I experimented with microwave-baked quince. I think it was the Washington Post that had a recipe for poached quince, but we didn’t have “a generous cup of Riesling” handy. And I didn’t have the oats called for in the quince compote (or quince crumble?) recipe from the New York Times cooking section. However, the quince tree in the back yard gave us quinces. It was the first time I’d tried cooking quinces. I put the pieces I cut up into water with a few drops of lemon juice in it so they didn’t brown too much as I sawed through the rest of the fruit. It might have been somewhat due to the drops of lemon juice, but I have the feeling that the quince would have tasted rather tart anyway. I will say that the cooked quince had a pleasant fragrance.
Otherwise, I’ve been deciding what to do with my various garden plants for the winter. The pineapple sages are planted in the “herb garden” that has many other things besides herbs, and will be blooming until frost.
I pruned the really big jasmine back quite a lot. I’ll be bringing that and its fellows in for the winter. I had the crinums in pots all summer, and will bring those in, and bring in some of the begonias, pink rain lilies (Zephyranthus), and purple-leaved oxalis. If anyone relatively local wants to overwinter a jasmine plant, or crinum, or ginger lily, or wants a little pot of oxalis or begonias, feel free to ping me. (neyronrose at gmail dot com)
The other week, I finally planted the last of the roses that I’d ordered in the late spring and in the summer. That was a relief. I planted more lilacs, too. I have more spring-blooming flower bulbs coming any day now (lol!).
The common varieties of fibrous-rooted begonias performed well and steadily all of this growing year. ‘The Fairy’ rose has put on regular shows of clusters of little pink double flowers. The cardinal flower plants seemed to enjoy our wet summer. I don’t even remember planting the one that bloomed by the driveway, but it could have been a volunteer. As for fragrant things, I liked the regal lilies so much that I’m getting more of those.
Have a good week, folks!
Oh, and now I see that I listed brown sugar twice in that recipe. And I totally forgot to mention TV shows.
I’ve been reading “Hawkeye” graphic novels to prepare for the Marvel Hawkeye show that will be streaming on Disney+ starting in November. Then I went back and read Young Avengers graphic novels to try to catch up on who the Kate Bishop version of Hawkeye is. Billy and Teddy are my favorite Young Avengers, though, as I suspected they would be.
The “Black Widow” movie recently became available on Disney+, too, and I watched that a few days after it first became available. I told Dad that Dottie on “Agent Carter” was an early graduate of the Red Room, and he seemed to make the connection. The MCU take on the Black Widow’s backstory made a few things clearer to me, but made me wonder more about other things (lol!).
Mom and I have been watching “Call the Midwife” and a program that’s a retrospective about Princess Diana that’s currently running on CNN. I’ve gotten Mom and Dad into watching Fareed Zakaria’s Sunday program on CNN, too. He’s able to go more in-depth on a variety of interesting topics than other news shows do. The show a while ago where he discussed space flight with Neil deGrasse Tyson was hilarious.
Glad to see you neyronrose.
I have worn an awful lot of Cutter this year too, but as always your gardening puts me to shame!
Kevin makes delicious quince jam but I have never tried to make it myself.