Happy birthday to wispfox!
Hello to new reader ultra_lilac and returning reader stevietee!
Bone-deep aching all over. Was going to volunteer at the book fair today - going to have to skip out on that. :( At least I put in my time there on Friday.
Being achy and weak = very frustrating, dammit.
The Persistence of Story
That's the name of the talisman themaskmaker made me for my hospital stay, which I said I'd post a pic of and never did... well, she took one. :)
(see it bigger here.)
In her words:
The name of the talisman refers both to her nickname, "Story," and to the persistence of stories, of all Story, in the world.
It's a replica of the gate of Shayara, her own city, which you can see on the opening page of her journal (click the link above). I made it from silver paper, card stock, silver thread, beads, and a silver pen nib. The gate is about 1.75 inches tall.
I am honored that she was moved to craft this for me... :)
The Mask of Secrets project is still open...
A map of the mouse brain down to details of individual cells has been completed, the first project of an institute funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul G. Allen, it was announced Tuesday.
The new Allen Brain Atlas is being made available online without cost to neuroscientists studying brain circuits and chemistry, a potential boon to cancer and other disease research because of similarities between the brains of mice and human beings, according to a statement issued by the Allen Institute of Brain Science.
''We want people to use this and make discoveries,'' Dr. Allan Jones, the institute's chief scientific officer, told The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Yggdrasil: The World Ash. Nine woods, nine leaves, and three herbs each for Ratatosk and Vidofnir, with three final herbs to placate Nidhogg.
In bottle: I swear I'm getting lotus from this. o_O And crumpled fresh leaves, the juices on your fingers...
On me: Ummm. This is a beautiful light woodsy thing. One of the things I love about BPAL is that they have quite a few scents that are forests, but they're all different forests. There's lots of light in this one. Juniper is here, but in the distance. Silvery-barked birch. That lotus-like smell rises. The scent changes, like your're walking through the forest. Yum. :) EDIT: Oooh, sage on the drydown!
Saint-Germain: ...gilded amber, hypnotic lavender, brash carnation and deep mosses.
In bottle: Something sharp! And then the lavender.
On me: Amber, lavender, and carnation are weird together, at least on me. Wow. This is very different from in-the-bottle, and I do not like it. Elayna has dibs, though, as she loves lavender and carnation.
I am thinking about swapping away my F5. I'll review it later or tomorrow. It's not bad, but I don't think I'll ever wear it. And I may swap my spare Mum Moon - must wear it more and see if I fall in love. I think I'll use one bottle of it, but I don't think I'll use two...
Now to bed. *sigh*