I slept until 11 today! Unheard of. Clearly my body needed it. My body doesn't always allow itself the things it needs, mind...
Today I've had energy to do laundry (hey, that involves lugging a heavy thing over multiple sets of stairs), clean up a bit, and tackle the mountains of open tabs and e-mail. (When I'm as brain-tired as I've been the past few days, I just cannot even deal with e-mail.) I think I made the extended deadline for the Readercon bio-bibliography; I still find that format super-excessive! I'm down to Inbox 12, with almost everything that remains being stuff I need input from other people to take action on or stuff that I need to keep visible for the next week or so. The goal is to get All That Is Not Writing done today, so I can jump into writing tomorrow; my hope is that some of the poetry that's been lurking around the sides of my brain will come out and play.
I want to try out for the play trowa_barton's directing, but looking at my June schedule, thinking about my July schedule, and thinking about my novel deadline - in addition to days like today, which are frustratingly full of nonwriting Stuff - makes it very clear that I should not do that right now. Ah, theatre. Someday again.
*looks at schedule* I'm not busy on July 21st yet. But we'll probably do a college tour then.
Hey! I can breathe through my nose again! Let's do some BPAL reviews.
Leather Phoenix: matcha tea, wild frankincense, champaca, petitgrain, star anise, aged oudh, rose taifi, narcissus, Himalayan cedar, 11-year aged patchouli, and black leather accord.
In bottle: Leather and patchouli hits first; battered leather jacket worn in head shops. Cedar underlying that, and little spikes of anise. More a new-age shop, then.
On me: Leather leather leather, which falls away swiftly to just the hint of it, soft leather wrapped around warm skin. This blends so well - it's rare that I don't get individual notes. This is the new-age shops of my early twenties. I can practically hear quiet meditation-y music, hints of chimes. Incense in the background.
Gathering Wild Mushrooms: Wild mushrooms, hay absolute, ginger root, hiba wood, and ginseng.
In bottle: This jumps and sparkles! Ginger and ginseng, of course.
On me: And it's so different on me. On me, it's smooth pale wood with hay scattered atop it. Still not getting mushrooms. I love this - it's light and soft and really texturally interesting - but I wish the ginger and ginseng didn't disappear on my skin! Is hiba similar to hinoki? Because I swear I'm getting hinoki here.
Ecstatic Revelry: Blackened amber, cardamom, cumin, labdanum, tobacco tar, patchouli, and raw honey.
In bottle: *koff* WHOA that is a LOT of SCENT. At first it's just BAM, but it resolves to resin and cumin.
On me: Sour. Sour, sour, sour. Something in this doesn't like my skin chemistry. I think it must be the tobacco tar or blackened amber; I know how their tobacco and amber notes work on me, but not tar or blackened. Sadface! I wanted honey and cardamom!
On the Death of His Mistress: Plum musk, ambergris accord, matcha tea, oakmoss, patchouli, violet leaf, and cypress.
In bottle: *side-eye* Very perfumey. Also very sugary?
On me: I think maybe the violet leaf is sharpening this? With the ambergris? And the plum musk? I have a lot of question marks? The oakmoss is lurking way, way behind that sharpness, and I'm not getting the cypress at all. This is nice, but it isn't me.