Well, everything went well (for me) this Ides of March—in fact, better than expected. (Perhaps because I wore the Crucifix and put the chapstick in my pocket. I was superstitiously under the protection of Jesus and Paul McCartney.) Milo returned home from Orlando, and based on the stories he told me, I couldn’t gather that Mo had gone with him.
And he gave me my birthday present, a Kermit the Frog model with Indiana Jones clothes. It’s great. It’s so great.
I’ve been playing PotO songs on the piano that I hardly ever play (namely the ones in the end of the book). I discovered that “Masquerade”, despite its intimidating appearance, is actually quite easy, and that “Point of No Return”, with its crazy, unorthodox chords made up of double sharps and flats, is extremely difficult. I played it through…very slowly…but it was hard.
I have been searching for the perfect picture of Erik to just happen to carry into work with me someday soon. That’ll be fun. Of course, there’s plenty I do not yet know about him, as I was explaining to Katie and Tinny earlier, so if anyone has any input, I’m all ears. For example, I have no idea where I’m supposed to have met him. I need to figure out what the American equivalent is of 20,000 francs (adjusted for inflation), because that’s how much he makes each month (doing…something…?). I figured, my last fake boyfriend was rich, so this one can be, too. Even though he is not technically my boyfriend. No; he’s obsessed with me, he’s in love with me, but I see other guys, which infuriates him, and kinda frightens me, because I almost suspect sometimes that he might kill another guy if he knew that I was in love with him…almost. (All mention of Milo curiously stays out of conversations about Erik; it could be tricky to explain why Erik has not killed Milo, or even attempted it.) And although he has a dangerous temper, he’s generally very nice to me, and (I think) is coming over to make me breakfast tomorrow. Or maybe I’ll save that for some Friday morning. Anyway, if anybody else has ideas, let’s hear them. Sigh…this is what was hardest about the break-ups with Cross and Dante, don’t you think, Cort? We had to stop making up stories about them.
Thursday morning, I’m going downtown to meet a teacher from FSCJ for an interview. I’m doing a story on her for my journalism class, because she recently had a novel published. I’ve been e-mailing her back and forth, and she seems really cool. She’s young (early 30s) and has a great sense of humor, and she almost reminds me of JKR, probably mostly because of how young she is. I’m very excited (and also, for some reason, a trifle nervous) to meet her. It should be fun.
Updated perfume list:
- Versace Bright Crystal
- Calvin Klein Euphoria
- Calvin Klein Reveal – I liked this one a lot. It was woodsy and warm, with pepper kind of shining through. It has great lasting power, too! I still had hints of it at the end of the night.
- Lancome La Vie Est Belle
- Jo Malone London Mimosa & Cardamom
- Michael Kors Sexy Amber – No, I don’t like this at all. I thought I did but it smells awful on me! Medium lasting power.
- Michael Kors 24K Brilliant Gold
- Michael Kors Glam Jasmine
- Michael Kors Sexy Rio De Janeiro – Disgustingly sweet when I first put it on, but I grew fond of it throughout the day. A gentle scent, good for summer. Doesn’t last very long, though. For that reason and because I need to be more selective, it’s coming off the list.
- Marc Jacobs Decadence
- Marc Jacobs Daisy
- Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
- Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
- Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet – When I closed my eyes and smelled this one for the first time, I had instant mental images of white tablecloths, crystal chandeliers, a tuxedoed live band, and the word “elegant”. Unfortunately, this scent does not appear to be available in an EDP and did not last very long. It lasted longer than either of the Ralph Lauren scents, however.
- Dior Poison Girl – Awful! It immediately smelled as though I had drenched myself in vanilla, which, despite enjoying the flavor of, have always detested the scent of for being too sickeningly sweet. It was fairly long-lasting, too.
- Miss Dior Eau de Toilette
- Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
- Chanel Chance
- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – This one is making the finalists list. It strikes me as a good spring smell. I had visions of lying in soft grass, staring at puffy white clouds and feeling a light breeze on my face. I imagined being at a Renaissance Faire. It lasted most of the day. Also, I’d be lying if I said the marketing of smelling like the British Natalie Portman wasn’t working on me somewhat.
- Chanel Eau Tendre – It was a pleasing smell, but I guess I would just say it was nothing special to me. Not bad, but I’ve tried other things that stood out to me a lot more. Long-lasting, though.
- My Burberry
- Paco Rabanne Olympea – This is probably the longest-lasting sample I’ve tried so far, and fortunately I liked it. It had an unusual salty scent and was almost, but not quite, masculine. Very earthy, which I seem to dig.
- Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense – Hated it. Also long-lasting, but it had a disgusting vanilla scent, mixed with pepper.
- Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
- Elizabeth Arden Untold
- Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu
- Modern Muse Le Rouge
- Vince Camuto Capri – I really liked this one. It was calming and lasted most of the day. It described itself as a “cool breeze off the Mediterranean Sea”, and I felt like I could visualize that when I smelled it.
- Thierry Mugler Alien – I thought I would like this one seeing as it was made up of pretty much all things I enjoy, but maybe I just didn’t like the way they went together? Something about it was too strong and off-putting, and the thought that crossed my mind was that it was just too “adult” for me somehow. Long-lasting, though. I won’t be trying it again, for sure.
- Thierry Mugler Angel – I couldn’t stand it. It wasn’t that it smelled bad, but it smelled like something sweet I would like to eat, like a cookie. I don’t want to smell like a cookie.
- Ralph Lauren Romance – I actually really liked the scent, but it only lasted for about an hour. Maybe the concentration was just too low? But whatever the problem was, I can’t choose as a signature scent something that I’m going to have to reapply several times throughout the day. That’s not simple enough for me.
- Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance – Not a fan. It was too sickeningly sweet and also only lasted around an hour (thank goodness).
- Jimmy Choo Illicit – Another one I liked but that didn’t last long enough for me to give it another shot.
- Victoria’s Secret Endless Love – I actually adore this scent. It smells absolutely enchanting right out of the bottle. But for some reason, it just doesn’t smell good on me. So I have to give it a pass.
- Juicy Couture Gold Couture – This barely lasted at all and just really wasn’t my thing.