Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Holy cow, it's cold outside!

I'm glad I finally sent my sister the scarf that I crocheted for her last spring.

(Of course I tied in all those loose ends before I sent it!) And it make me realize that is one of the reasons I like crocheting with variegated yarn - you get all those color changes without having to tie in all those ends!

Things at work have been, oh, well, we'll just say, stressful... - They laid my assistant off yesterday. So, for the last 48 hours, I've been on somewhat of an emotional roller coaster - alternately feeling like "I can do this!" to feeling like "I am so overwhelmed!"

Now I have to spend two days packing up all my stuff because they want to clean the carpets on Thursday. I'm so far behind because of new software and "etc." and now I have to take two days of work to pack and unpack my stuff so they can move my desk? Does the little frowny face made with the : the - and the ( come to mind here?

Ok, so this was the closest picture I could find to fireworks - kind of looks like one of those big ones that go way out then sparkle down, doesn't it?

Well, the fireworks are for my 25,000th visitor! Wow! And it was someone who lives way up north in Canada who visited here about 7 p.m. Pacific coast time. If I don't hear from this person in a day or so, I'll go to the next one and the next one. For they and Michelle won my prize (ok, so it was a bribe) of gourmet chocolates from our local chocolatier, Chocolate Necessities.

One good thing did happen today. FedEx ground delivered my new bottle of Christian Dior "Dolce Vita" Eau de toilette. The description say it contains apricot, cinnamon, peach, clove, cardamom, bergamot. ("Tester" - comes without the fancy box. )

I have worn this fragrance for a long time - maybe 10 or 12 years...it is getting increasingly hard to find. I used to be able to get it at Costco packed up in a plastic box in one of those designer fragrance towers that they have - but then it was only available at the Bon (now Macy's) or Nordys - and then only on line - now it is hard to even find it on line - mostly get an "out of stock" message - but every once in a while I'll surf the web and go looking for it. (it must be available someplace in the world because you can still get "Tester" bottles. Go figure...) All the reviews I have ever read about this fragrance give it about a 14 out of possible 15 - people who wear it, love it and will go to great lengths to find it.

The day after Thanksgiving I hit the jackpot and found a site (www.unlimitedperfumes.com) that had it in stock. Even though I still have about 1/4 of a bottle, I whipped out my credit card as fast as I could and bought it right there on the spot! It is my Christmas present to myself - my one small luxury - I don't buy purses or shoes or fancy clothes - but once or twice a year, I get my 3.4 ounce bottle of perfume. I think I'm worth it.

I hope all my friends in the snowy weather belt are staying in where it is warm and dry. Guess I'd better get to bed - I have to go to work earlier now to do the tils for our retail store...I don't do real well at "0 dark 30" and that's what time I have to get up now.


Leigh said...

Tina, you're definitely worth it!

I'm sorry about your job situation. It seems that companies are trying to bolster their profits by burdening their employees. Yesterday Dan was given the second 5% pay cut in about a month. It's a sad sign of the times. Seems that success ought to be measured by the fact that a business offers a valid service or product to the public, and supplies jobs to the community so folks can buy their stuff. The eternally bigger profits mentality is going to be the ruin of the American way of life.

And regarding the weather (gosh but I'm talkative this morning), I'm beginning to understand why they changed the "global warming" catch-phrase to "climate change"!

Kathy said...

I'm glad you found your perfume, Tina - you deserve to treat yourself to this indulgence with everything that's been going on in your life lately.
I hope to post about the storm that went through here, but since I was the "Main Shoveler", I got so tired that about all I could do when I came inside was warm up and collapse in my chair until the next bit of shoveling. (sigh)

Wool Enough said...

I know what you mean about your beloved fragrance. I was addicted to "Tea Rose" some years ago, but the company went out of business, and the stuff just cannot be had anywhere. I make do with Crabtree & Evelyn's "Evelyn Rose," but it's not the same.

But you might try The Vermont Country Store. They stock a lot of fragrances that are no longer widely available. And if you request a certain item and indicate that you are a regular buyer, they might arrange to get it. I don't know how they do it, but they have many things that simply can't be purchased anywhere else.

Michelle said...

Tina, I am so excited to try your local chocolates! I'm not a connoisseur, but I do love chocolates of many kinds.

If "tester" bottles are all you're finding now, I would think they are no longer making it and are selling out of the last of their stock. I'd snap up whatever you can find in that case! And yes, you ARE worth it. The tastes, smells and textures we love (can we say 'fiber' and 'yarn'???) are what make life pleasurable, and we shouldn't deny ourselves totally of these things.

Tina T-P said...

Hey ladies - Thanks for being so supportive - T.

Sharon said...

Oh boy, Tina - I'm sorry for you and I'm sorry for your assistant. What a horrible time of year to lose your job.

Aren't we funny about our fragrances. I wore one for years that I loved but got priced out and moved to Happy from Clinique. I've worn it for a dozen years and feel safe that my company and fragrance will still be around. I don't wear make-up at home in retirement, but I still wear my fragrance. I totally understand.