Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31st

Cas is not doing the best at respecting my space and allowing me to blog tonight. I just went through a good ten minutes of him getting between me and my computer so I couldn't type, and if I tried to he's just rub all over my hands because he wanted to be pet. So I pet him. A lot. Did that stop him? No. There is no stopping Cas when he's doing something like this, unless you literally remove him from the room and shut the door. Luckily he decided to just...rub his face on the corner of the laptop instead. Gotta leave your scent everywhere, you know?

Work was really good today, despite going there on only two hours of sleep! I met so many nice people, which always brightens my day. And my long-ish shift went by surprisingly quickly!

And now, I need to eat dinner.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 30th

The ever-present conundrum: Do I shower now and sleep in later, or sleep now and wake up earlier to shower? Why can't I just...sleep now, but also sleep in? Long work day tomorrow as well, so I'd better figure it out! Gotta be up bright and early!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 29th

I got to hang out with not one, not two, but three awesome dogs today! One I'd met before, he's a little old bichon frise. He walks super slowly but he is a precious tiny dog. The other two were new friends! There was a lab/retriever who was really old (14 years old!) and deaf and she lived with her other dog friend named Shiloh who was a beagle mix. Beagle mixed with what, I could not tell you, but I can say that he was partially hairless. It was like a beagle face and hairless dog body. Kinda bizarre, but interesting! I do really love meeting new animals.

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28th

I love shredded cheese so much. This is the conclusion I've made about today. Not much else, really.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 27th

Okay friends, we're gonna do a fragrance review today.

Tonka by Commodity
Notes: Tonka bean, cardamom, sandalwood, benzoin, artemisia, almond

I have to say, I tried this without expecting much. I didn't look at the notes first, I just assumed it would be a vanilla-esque scent. Pretty standard fare. But no, this one surprised me. I sprayed it and was greeted with a delicious, milky chai tea latte scent. I find tonka on its own to be pretty so-so, and I usually see it as a base note or one used to complement the others notes in the fragrances, but I'm so pleased with how it smells here. It's definitely the focal point, but the cardamom adds a perfect spice to it. The sandalwood and benzoin make the base super warm and fluffy and cozy as well. This is a real hidden gem of a winter scent. If you like scents like Diptyque's Eau Duelle, this may be a new love for you.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

August 26th

Work was short and then I napped! Now Cas is being my little spoon. No plans tomorrow, other than laundry! What a weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25th

Work was pretty easy breezy today! I have to get up earlier than I'd like tomorrow, but it's not a long work day so it'll be fine.

When will my allergies stop being so obnoxious?

Also I would just like to say that I had some amazing strawberry shortcake today.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

August 24th

Ooh girl, I am salty tonight. Sometimes work (not my main job) is just...not good. It's a shame when the job you're doing is something you love but the company is not reliable or communicative to the point where you suffer. It just bums me out, honestly. But luckily I have another job, one that is amazing, with great coworkers, great management, and is oftentimes super fun.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 23rd

Today I slept a lot. I ate some junk food. I browsed the internet. Was it a productive day? Not at all. But it was a much needed day of relaxation.

I'm currently testing The Lion Cupboard by 4160 Tuesdays. I can't figure it out. But I think I like it, just not on me. It might smell better on a guy. It's very unisex though.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August 22nd

Work was weird today. I gradually started feeling more and more off throughout my shift, and when I left I was really dizzy and lightheaded, and anxious as well. Not sure if the lightheadedness caused the anxiety or the other way around, but I felt pretty uneasy. Dinner helped and I was able to drive home okay, but I just slept after that. I'm just now getting myself out of bed to eat something. I should be able to relax a bit tomorrow though.

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21st

Work tomorrow! In the afternoon though, so I can sleep in.

Today was exciting! The eclipse was pretty neat, I ate good food, I fed a tortoise...cool stuff. I'm tired though! Also hungry. But...I want to sleep. Cas is on my pillow with me.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20th

Work was busy today and I'm glad to be home, and to have tomorrow off for some sweet eclipse viewing! Other than that, there's not much to report. I'm just having a chill Sunday night.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 19th

I beat Magikarp Jump! I still have to get 100% completion - or at least get all the patterns - but in terms of story goals, I'm all done! I'm really excited about my newest fish. And all my other fish. Magikarps are great friends.

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18th

I decided I probably need to wear the perfumes I sampled again in order to give a better review. So that might come somewhere down the line, depending on when I get around to trying them again.

I am super jazzed that I've got absolutely nothing planned for tomorrow. Yes, a dog walk may come up...but I'm really enjoying the idea of a day all to myself, doing a whole lot of relaxing. Sunday is gonna be pretty chill as well - I do work, but not for too terribly long. And then I have Monday off as well!

Cas is here making biscuits and purring, which is a great alternative to what he often does while I'm blogging, which is trying to eat my fingers. He's being super snuggly and good tonight! I love him!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17th

Well, I ended up walking two dogs today. It kind of messed up my sleep schedule though. I had to get up early after staying up lately, then I slept during the day...not great. I guess I'm going to sleep now? I already know I'm going to wake up in the middle of the night. And then I gotta get up early for work! Ah, what a week!

I test two perfumes today as well, so I'll try and review at least one of them tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16th

Wowie wow the first three hours of work felt like an eternity today. It was fine after that but for some reason I just felt like time was going extra slow and it was not particularly great. Not a work issue, just a me issue. I think between my two jobs I got a little burnt out and it came to a head today. No work at all tomorrow though!

Cas is interfering with my typing. He keeps nibbling and rubbing on my fingers. He needs some attention.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15th

Work felt really long today. And tomorrow is an even longer shift, so hooray! It may be super fun though, who knows. Work is unpredictable!

I think I would like a coloring book and a big ol' box of crayons.

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14th

Ahh, gotta love when your cat tries to make biscuits on your leg but you haven't trimmed his claws recently so he straight up scratches the hell out of you.

Let's talk fragrance, shall we?

Unknown Pleasures by Kerosene
Lemon, caramel, earl grey tea, vanilla, honey, bergamot

This was an interesting one for sure. Upon first spray, I got so many notes and scents and ups and downs and I didn't know which way this fragrance was going. After about thirty seconds, it started to settle into a really interesting gourmand. It was sweet and lemony, of course, but it was also herbal from the tea. The addition of honey made this smell like...well, like honeyed lemon tea. That's probably awesome for a lot of people. I'm sure it's very comforting. But for me, it smelled like the sort of comfort you get when you have a cold. Ricola lozenges, warm tea, all that jazz. So yes, this scent is very unique, well-blended and lovely. But it's not for me.

Goodbye Piccadilly by 4160 Tuesdays
Violet, iris, leather, lavender, patchouli, vanilla

This one isn't in the Fragrantica database, so I apologize for the picture I got from Google Images. So, if you know me, something in that note list should be making you say, "Kate, what the hell?" And you're not wrong. I do not like lavender. Not in any form. It gives me terrible headaches. However, once upon a time I tried a different 4160 Tuesdays scent with lavender in it and I managed okay, so I thought I'd give this a chance. I didn't pick out this sample. I ordered three samples from IndieScents, and they included one of this as well. I was very hesitant to try something featuring some of my absolute favorite notes combined with a note I dread seeing.
But I have to give another round of applause to 4160 Tuesdays, because this was not a bad scent. I'm honestly not even sure how to describe it. Candied violet and iris are at the forefront, but at the beginning I did catch some lavender - but it was okay. It sort of remained throughout, but not necessarily in smell, more in the way it added to the composition. It kept things from getting too cloying. It made everything a little earthier. (As did the leather and patchouli of course.) Will I be rushing out to get this? No, I have other violet/iris scents that I enjoy more. But this was super interesting and I can absolutely see someone loving this. This is signature scent material right here. Bravo.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13th

Allll riiiight. So totally excited to go into work at 6:00 PM and not get done until whenever we finish. Gotta blog first, because I don't know what my break situation is going to be like.

I might do another perfume review tomorrow - I'm testing Unknown Pleasures from Kerosene today and it's super interesting!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 12th

Whooo what a long day! Tomorrow's gonna be a long one too. Thank goodness I can sleep in on Monday!

I've been sampling a few scents from 4160 Tuesdays lately but haven't had any luck. I tried The Buddhawood Box and Sunshine and Pancakes but neither were that great on me. The former smelled like curry, the later like strange citrusy wood. I'll try something else tonight, I think.

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11th

Today, the new versions Saint and Sinner from Kat Von D.

Saint (2017) by Kat Von D
Vanilla, peach, almond blossom, mirabelle, white florals, musk

I'm usually wary of sweet fragrances, as my skin tend to make things EXTRA sweet. However, this fragrance surprised me! Despite the gourmand notes, this is actually very pleasant. Now, it is sweet, don't get me wrong. But it's not toothache sweet. I got a lot of peach for the first few hours, then in the end of the drydown the mirabelle really came out, which was beautiful! My only complaint is that the opening is pretty...standard. I don't feel like this is terribly unique until the very end when the smell is so faint that I have to put my wrist to my nose to smell it.

It's a good fragrance. I like it. But it's very safe, which isn't what I've come to expect from Kat Von D. However, I feel like this would make an exquisite gift for gourmand lovers.


Sinner (2017) by Kat Von D
Vanilla, plum, patchouli, cinnamon, musk, vetiver, white florals

This smells VERY similar to the original! I know some people have had issues with projection and longevity but on me it lasts very nicely. It's a little more subtle in its projection, but I actually enjoy that. The original could be a bit overbearing.

So for those unfamiliar with the original, what does this smell like? To me it is spiced plums and vanilla, with a sumptuous patchouli base. It's quite heady, not really a summertime scent but perfect for parties on winter nights or a walk on a crisp autumn afternoon. The cinnamon and plum create such a cozy feeling, this whole scent is like a heavy dream. If you like your scents rich, absolutely give this a try.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 10th

Wooo long work day! The first of many this week! I say that like today is a Monday...it's Thursday, but I work every day for the next week. And Sunday is an after hour rearrange-the-store kind of shift that will probably go into Monday...so that's fun. Hopefully we'll get everything done quickly.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9th

Hi friends! I am overly stressed about having to get up early tomorrow. I'm not sleepy. I also have a stomachache. I am anxious. I don't like being stressed about this sort of thing, because then I get like not enough sleep and I feel bad. Gotta get sleepy. Gotta sleep well. Gotta get up and shower and go to work like a good normal adult!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 8th

I just got back from the most chill dog walk ever. He was a little bichon frise and he was just the slooowest walker ever. So we literally just meandered around. Sniffed a few things. Went in the grass. It was really calm and peaceful, and he was so nice! I haven't had any bad walks yet, which is great. Some have definitely been harder than others for one reason or another, but the dogs have all been pretty good. That makes me super happy.

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7th

Well, I almost had a dog walk today, but it got cancelled. But I did a whole bunch of cleaning today! My kitchen and bathroom look so much better! I need to do like a deep clean of the kitchen floor, but it does look a lot better. I'm so happy!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 6th

Yaaaaay it was so nice to have a lazy day today! Nothing to do at either job so I just got to relax. I actually got kind of bored, funnily enough. But tomorrow I'll see if there's any dog walking to be done and try to pick up a walk or two if I can. No other plans!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August 5th

Yoooo there is a David's Tea at the mall now and it is awesome.

I'm watching compilations from America's Got Talent right now. I'm on that part of YouTube. Will I be up all night? Possibly.

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4th

Please let this sore throat be gone by the morning. I don't have time for this.

I walked some pretty neat dogs today. I also got groomed by a bird. Not a bad day.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3rd

I walked a dog named Beans today. He was a good and happy boy. Tomorrow I'm walking a dog named Hank!

I am wildly sleepy right now. Time for some good rest and kitty cuddles.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2nd

So on Sunday I shaved my legs. Not terribly interesting. However, since then they have been CRAZY itchy and I have no idea why. I didn't do anything differently. I've been diligent with my moisturizer. And yet, the itching persists. Anyone had this happen to them?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1st

I am mentally and physically exhausted tonight. Now, it's for a good reason - I worked my butt off. In the past three days alone I've walked about ten miles, nearly half of which were today while at my second job. But today was hot and sunny and I am by no means in shape, so all this sudden physical activity, while it feels good when I get home and think, "yeah, I can do laundry at 3:00 pm instead of 9:00!" is also coming as a bit of a shock to my body. It'll get easier though.