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Chanel, Mars, and Maui. Mmmm.

More unrelated tidbits. I apologize to those who dislike the ploughman's platter approach to LiveJournal. Just take the chutney and leave the cheese if that's all you're interested in.

1. Perfume I'm sampling today: Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. Quite lovely. Sweet, sophisticated; touches of orange, florals, and maybe patchouli (which, like many an off-putting scent, can smell very good when mixed with the right things). Elegant, and I'm enjoying wearing it, as I always have so far with the Chanel scents I've tried. I'm not getting an "I can't live without this!" reaction, though, which is good, considering it is seriously $100-a-bottle perfume. I'll stick to the decanted trial spray I bought for cheap off eBay.

2. There is someone in my extended family who likes to send email forwards without checking Snopes.com first. But, then, this person does have an AOL address, so we can't expect them to know about the real internet. Still: today's email claimed that we should all troop outside to admire the night sky because, this August, Mars is going to be so close to Earth that it will look the same size as the full moon in the sky. Okay. I can understand falling for the notion that pressing #-9-0 on your phone will allow scammers to make long-distance calls on your line. But how do you get to be 70-something years old without realizing the astronomical catastrophes that would need to happen for Mars to get close enough to Earth to appear the same size as our Moon? We'd be sending Bruce Willis out on a rocket with a nuclear missile to destroy the Red Planet if that were happening--provided we weren't deluged by our own massively irregular high tides.

3. Speaking of tides, have I mentioned we're going to Maui in September? *does hula of joy* Never been to Hawai'i before. (Notice how the linguist is a dork and includes the glottal stop.) Been reading a guidebook about it, and am quite stoked. Red sand beaches! Black sand beaches! Ten billion waterfalls! Lava-rock tidepools! Tropical fruit! Jungles! Deserts! Sunsets! Swimming everywhere! Still being in the United States so you don't need vaccinations in order to visit, and can drink the tap water! Oh, but uh, kenshi and others coming along, I feel obliged to mention that they have something called the cane spider. Fortunately, not venomous or aggressive. Unfortunately, huge and hairy, and fond of crawling around inside houses and cars. *shudder* OK, but still--no panthers! No snakes! No monkeys to throw the coconuts at your head! Really, Hawaii could be a lot worse.

4. Oh yeah, I had a 4th: I've started reading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. I'm liking it very much, which doesn't surprise me, as Eliot is fabulous; but sometimes I am annoyed by my music-associative mind. For whenever I see the title, I get Styx's "Mr. Roboto" in my head, only with the words, "Thank you very much-a, Daniel Deron-da." How inappropriate and lame is that? I don't even like that song. The VW commercial was funny. But still.


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Jul. 29th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Where on Maui are you staying?

If it helps, I was there a week and never saw a cane spider. I saw tons of geckos though.

My sister lives there - she works at the Grand Waialea (sp?) - all the vowels throw me off.
Aug. 1st, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
We'll be staying somewhere in Kihei, but it's a small enough island that I imagine we should be able to visit most of the sights in a week. (I hope...)

Geckos are adorable. I look forward to those.
Jul. 29th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh! Spider! Ahhhh! Make it go away!
Aug. 1st, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Luckily a number of people now have assured me that they've vacationed on Hawaii without ever encountering one. And that in general the place is gorgeous and we'll love it.
Jul. 29th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my boss sent that forward out not too long ago. Silly people.

Giant spiders! Meep!

I'm sure you will enjoy yourselves thoroughly, giant spiders notwithstanding. My dad took Mom to Hawai'i shortly after she discovered that she was pregnant with me. So technically I've been, but obviously, I don't remember much :) My biggest connection with the islands is my love for Lilo & Stitch (which I'm told is a surprisingly accurate depiction of island life, especially considering it's a Disney film).
Aug. 1st, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
Cool--glad other pregnant women have survived Hawai'i. :) I had a similar travel experience with France: i.e., Mom was pregnant with me when they went there. Oddly, I don't recall much about it either. But I do seem to be sampling French perfume right now. Hmmm.
Jul. 29th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh, Coco Mademoiselle is my favourite perfume in the galaxy. :-D I'm wearing it right now (well, it's worn off, but I still smell it). :-) How lovely that you've discovered it! A close second would be Stella McCartney's Stella, which is divine, too. :-)

Congratulations on the Hawaii trip! Can't wait to hear all about it, when you go. :-)
Aug. 1st, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
I see why you like Coco Mademoiselle so much--it's really very pleasant and elegant, in a fresher way than the regular Coco (which ain't half bad either). Hope I don't get too addicted. Will have to look into Stella as well! Rose, mandarin, amber notes according to a website--sounds like a good classy mixture.
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
Hee! :-) I figured you would dig Mademoiselle, too! I agree with your thoughts on it. It's refreshing and not overpowering like some perfumes can be.

You would like Stella!!
Jul. 31st, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
oooh hawaii nice.

I might be going back to the Maldives over Christmas. Well that's the plan, if I get the time off.
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