Happy birthday to rafaela!
I need to take today off if I want to be able to trick-or-treat with Elayna tonight. Yesterday = severe pain. And I didn't even do anything, workwise - just tooled around with fibro_witch, mostly just sitting in the car. But everything hurt, getting worse through the day. My nap helped slightly, but I was feeling rough again by bedtime. And didn't sleep well due to pain. So I think I'll be taking an Ambien-aided nap after walking Elayna to school.
First day of work went just fine. :)
Nyargh. She didn't get to go to school yesterday, as they triple-booked registration, and it was noon by the time we were done. She's going today. They're actually going to assign her a kid whose schedule is similar to hers to walk her from class to class til she knows her way around. Like her elementary school, the proximity of this school to local universities means they have new kids coming in all the time.
Restarting this post a bit later - have just dropped her off! She was excited, and confident in all ways save finding her way around. Her Geography teacher actually stopped us on our way in - "This must be our new student!" All of her teachers knew her name, and at least one knew where she came from. Clearly, there had been a memo. Just as clearly, they were all excited to meet her. I have high hopes!
My brain hasn't gotten used to the fact that we live here now. It still feels like a very extended vacation.
Neuroscientists have taken a large step towards figuring out just what makes some memories vivid and others cloudy. Researchers have now discovered that stimulating a brain area that releases a common neurotransmitter helps rats create more detailed memories. The finding will be published in the November issue of the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.
"This is the first time that direct stimulation of a brain region has controlled the amount of detail in a memory," Norman Weinberger, the lead author of the study and a neurobiologist at the University of California, Irvine, said in a press release.
The research links memory clarity to acetylcholine, a common neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine has been found to function in the acquisition of new memories by sending input to the cortex and hippocampus.
Continuing with the Carnaval Diabolique spree...
Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller: Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, patchouli leaf and wild plum.
In bottle: Mostly the musk, a touch of the plum.
On me: The vanilla asserts itself, twining with the musk and patchouli. Plum and pomegranate lurk beneath. This is verra nice. Very warm. Pomegranate coming out more on drydown.
The Organ Grinder: Almond milk, sarsaparilla, tobacco smoke, black patchouli and white pine bark.
In bottle: Sarsaparilla, with pine backing it up.
On me: Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. I can't grab any one note here; it all swirls together. There's a smoky overtone, a smoothly nutty undertone, and something beautifully liquid in the middle. Definitely on my bottle wishlist. On drydown, the liquid solidifies, and this is a conversation at a desert crossroads, by a fire.
Pulcinella and Teresina: Labdanum, cedar, teak and red rose.
In bottle: Resin and wood.
On me: The labdanum rides high here, which makes me happy. Cedar hides underneath. I'm not getting the rose at *all*, which also makes me happy! See, this is why I ordered a complete set of CD decants. Gotta try everything. Mmmm, there's the teak. The addition of labdandum to the woods makes this... dark and rooty, if that makes sense. The visual is of the tangly roots of a very old tree, roots you can hide in... and there is sweetness to it. So unusual. Bottle wishlist, and this is the one I thought I'd like the least!
Melisande, the Puppet Mistress: Jasmine sambac, dark musk, violet water, vanilla bean and mimosa.
In bottle: Violently floral.
On me: Violently floral. It's the jasmine amping, I'm sure. *sniff* Yeah... I can't detect anything but jasmine. Off it goes!