Happy birthday to bitsyboo!
Hello to new reader desperance, and returning reader mistercrabby!
I slept off the braindrugs. Painwise... mild pain yesterday, moderate pain today.
The cartoons are re: menstrual cramps, but this is so my life with fibromyalgia lately.
* We watched ShakespeaRe:Told last night - their newsroom retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. She enjoyed it quite a lot, so we're following that up with the Branagh version later today. I think doing this could be fun - update/"original". 10 Things I Hate About You could be up next. I'll need advice on the non-update versions, as I'm used to seeing Shakespeare on the stage, not in the movie theater. (One of these days, I need to write up the experience of working the Utah Shakespeare Festival in '92...)
* We are listening to Gaia Consort right now, because she saw solcita's photo icon on my friendspage and declared her pretty; I told Elayna that solcita was a musician, too, and I am now showing her. She likes Gaia Consort.
* We did more back-to-school shopping yesterday. Criminy, middle school is expensive! We have pretty much everything she needs now, but the band needs $40. Thank goodness band gets her out of gym, because gym uniforms are $20. Also good news: we managed to get her a pair of comfy black buckled shoes that'll look great with jeans, dresses, and her band "uniform". Marked down like whoa.
* And we are finally going to Bodies: The Exhibition today!
Scorpion venom is responsible for 10 times as many deaths per year as snake venom. But the deadly poison could also become an effective new cancer treatment.
Storyville: No lab description; this is a C12 exclusive.
In bottle: Sweetly musky.
On me: Oh hell. Y'know how some of BPAL's scents are not-you, and some are wonderful, and some are completely made for your skin chemistry - it's as if Beth studied you and made something that blossoms just on/for you, that smells nice on everyone but on you, it's just... you? Gorgeous and amazing and made for you? Yeah. On me, that's Kathmandu, Drink Me, Beaver Moon, Blood Moon, Torture King... and Storyville, rarest of the rare.
There's creamy sweetness in here, and a thread of skin musk and a winding trail of tobacco, and a hint of sex, a touch of booze - like hungrily kissing someone who's just partaken of some really good whiskey. EDIT: And some foodiness - small cakes eaten between clients. Beignets? Are there beignets in here? Holy crap, I smell like musk and a whiff of chocolate and a touch of a really good cigar and licking really good booze off someone's body and beignets. *whimper*
The history of the real Storyville, from bpal.org: Storyville was New Orlean's (and the nation's) first legalized prostitution district from 1897 through 1917. It was named, ironically enough, after Alderman Sidney Story, the man who wrote up the legislation concerning the "District," as it was called by locals. It was a flourishing area, where people of all racial backgrounds would gather for entertainment. The more popular brothels would hire piano players, known as "The Professor," to play in the parlor. There, many visitors to the city experienced the sounds of jazz for the first time in their lives. However, with the rise of Prohibition and WWI, the district was finally shut down (over objections of the city) by the federal government in 1917.
I don't know how she gets that in a bottle. But dammit, she does.
And I only have like half an imp, and it's prohibitively expensive. Notice to the world: If you want to give me a gift? For $WINTERHOLIDAY or, well, anything? Storyville. Please. Omigods please.
Carceri d'Invenzione: Redwood, red sandalwood, black pepper, blonde tobacco and frankincense.
In bottle: Very sharp and masculine.
On me: Very sharp and masculine. I can do masculine fragrances (see Torture King and Geek, see repeated insistence that I'm a boy), but this isn't one; this is department-store men's colgne that comes with a gift-with-purchase. I'm detecting some complicated stuff behind that, the woods and tobacco, but something overpowers it utterly. I think it may be the frankincense, as I know that everything else in here works for me in other fragrances.
...hm. It's dying down a bit. I'll see if it goes away and lets the good stuff up for air before I consign it to the swap pile.