What I’ve been doing this week.


Unfortunately I still have this blasted cold- now sinus infection- so my week is reflective of that state. Here it is:

Drinking lots of tea. My favorite right now is Smith’s White Petal. All I need to say is, heavenly osmanthus.

Making soup in the slow cooker. Here’s a really good recipe for Italian Sausage Soup.

I’ve managed to create a new addiction. Have you found Pinterest? It’s amazing. I’ve spent hours and hours there this week. Follow me if you’d like.

Did you know Poppytalk Handmade also makes for a splendid time suck? I’ve spent a few hours over there too. I’m trying to figure out which Nest Pretty Things I need the most.

My new BFF is my DVR. I’m all caught up on Pan Am which has turned out to be a terrific Mad Men substitute. Love the costumes, good acting and the story lines aren’t half bad. I just can’t get over not being thrilled with the casting of Christina Ricci.

Of course, I’ve also spent time getting caught up on my favorite blogs and here are a few highlights:

Another Perfume Blog’s “get to know me” post. I loved it. I want to do one too.

I am one of many NST Angela fans, and I ate up every word of her Bottega Veneta review. It got me stomping my feet in the middle of Nordstrom’s to hasten its arrival. That’s an exaggeration. I didn’t do that. But I imagined it, and I will do so once I feel better.

I really enjoyed Olfactorama’s review of Tania Sanchez and Luca Turin’s new book “The Little Book of Perfumes”. I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t even try. I’ll link to it instead.

And finally, Nathan Branch published another installment of the series, “Letters to a Fellow Perfumer: Mandy Aftel & Dawn Spencer Hurwitz”. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the intelligent, creative, and intriguing process of these two perfumers.

Have a lovely and fragrant weekend!


11 thoughts on “What I’ve been doing this week.

  1. I adore Pan Am. My mom was a stewardess in the late 60s/early 70s, and my father was an airline pilot, so I’ve got some nostalgia there on mom’s behalf. I personally love Christina Ricci because she’s appropriately ridiculous, just like some idealistic women were then.

    1. It’s not so much her character, it’s her acting style. I’m not a huge fan. I think a stronger actor could make her character more well-rounded and believable but with the idealism intact. JMHO of course πŸ˜‰

  2. Hey Trish,
    Can’t wait to see PanAm, it was a huge hit at the Comic Con in San Diego. I’ll probably start watching it with Eve when she returns for a three month break in December. My dad worked at LAX when I was a child and I so clearly remember those outfits. Gee, I wonder if we flew into NYC on PanAm over from Argentina when we immigrated here?
    Oh…Pinterest and PoppyTalk what a beautiful time suck, I know!!
    Intending you feel better soon. xo

    1. I think you’ll really appreciate the costume design of Pan Am. I don’t know if they’ve nailed all the fine details a la Mad Men, but it’s really really good.

      And oh my goodness, PoppyTalk is wonderful! I love the concept. I have had it bookmarked for a long time, but only delved into it this past week.

      Thanks for the well wishes, I’m gonna turn the corner tomorrow, I can feel it!


  3. I hope you’ll feel better soon. Being sick is never fun but sinus infection for perfumistas is just plainly cruel!

    I think that DVR is the best thing that happen to TV in the past decade! No more jokes about not being able to program one’s VCR πŸ˜‰

    I also liked that APB’s page. I keep working on something like that for my blog and can’t finish it. But I would really like to see something like that on most blogs I read.

    1. Thanks sweetie, I hope I feel better too πŸ˜‰ And yes. I miss my perfumes something awful. Aside from inhaling the steam from my tea and soaking in a lavender bath, the olfactory pleasure just ain’t happening.

      Let’s keep encouraging each other to get those “get to know” me posts up and running, I love that idea!


  4. Thanks for sharing all the fun links! (and the link to me) I hadn’t seen Olfactarama’s review, and I totally agree with you and with her.

    1. You are so welcome. Thanks for such a fun post! I hope to get something like it up at some point. We shall see.

      I had gone back and forth about reviewing the new Turin/Sanchez book. When I read Olfactorama’s, I thought she nailed it and let the idea go πŸ™‚

  5. So sorry to hear this cold hasn’t left you along yet… Should I send over my nasal squads?
    Pinterest still puzzles me… No clue how to use it. Probably a good thing πŸ˜‰
    P.s. I’m spending the better part of my days baking. For no particular excuse or audience.

    1. Yes, please do! I need all the help I can get. Pinterest is a bit puzzling at first, but once you start making your “boards” and checking out the blogs people have pinned photos from, you start to discover some real gems.

      I love that you are baking for the sheer pleasure of it! Do you have any favorite recipes for Hanukkah cookies I could make with my boys? My creativity is ending at dreidel shaped sugar cookies with blue sprinkles. Oy!

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