Monday, February 29, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Cottage Window

Cottage Window - 'The smell of a clean cottage on a fresh summer day mingled with ivy.'
 
This scent was not what I'd expect something called Cottage Window to be.  I would have thought more fresh, outdoorsy, greenery.  On cold sniff this too bad and not too far off from what you might imagine it should be, but there is a 'sexy man' note in it that really comes out when this is warmed.  I suppose it shouldn't surprise me because quite a few outdoor type scents seem to have a cologne-y note.  Why is that?  When I go outside, I don't smell sexy men.  *shrugs*  But anyway, the cologne-y note was very strong in the warmed scent and that's just not my kind of scent.  Maybe people who like romance scents might like this in the bedroom, but I am not a romance scent fan and I'm not a bedroom melter.
 
I melted three cubes (about 1 oz.) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent. 

[This was a gift.]

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Natters - Feb. 28 / Are We Famous?!

Back in January I was contacted by someone from Flare magazine, asking if I'd like to answer some questions about blogging for an upcoming article.  My first reaction was super excitement, but then I reeled myself in and wondered 'Is this for real?'  So over to my old waxy bloggy chatty friends I went to ask their opinion, and found a couple of them had been contacted too.  We chatted about it for a while, wondering what the motive was.  The person's website looked legit, the magazine seems legit, but what was the article going to be like?  My chatty friends mentioned the TV show Scream Queens, which I don't watch.  They said there is a crazy candle blogger character in the show and that she's really over the top.  They wondered if this article might be meant to pick on the waxy world.  Hmm.  What to do?  We went ahead and answered the questions and sent them back.

Then we waited and wondered.

The article was posted on the Flare magazine website last week!
You can read the full article . . . HERE

Hehe, just a little screenshot preview.

Whether the article is meant to pick on us or not, it was quite exciting to see some of my own quotes included.  (Even if one of them was a bit paraphrased.)  To see Julie's and Sunnee's quotes was exciting too.  And then I had to laugh when, sure enough, the Scream Queens show was indeed referenced.

I don't know if the article will appear in the actual magazine.  It's a Canadian magazine, so I guess I'll probably never know.  I've bookmarked it on the site though, and it makes me chuckle just to see it, whatever the intent of it was meant to be.

Now go read it!

Read - Blue Moon (The Immortals, Book Two)

Blue Moon
(The Immortals, Book Two)
by Alyson Noel
2009
284 pages

'Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever's powers are increasing, Damen's are fading―stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen's past―the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden―but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them―or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...
'

*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

This book was . . . inconsistent.  It was vague and all over the place.  One of my problems with the first book was that same vagueness, details that were just glossed over.  This time things were happening and I was left wondering what I'd missed, how we'd ended up on this or that path of events.

Ever and Damen should be living happily ever after now that she knows she and Damen are immortals and soul mates.  Damen is teaching her things he knows.  They're happy and in love and what could go wrong?  Well there is a new guy at school who everyone just loves, but for some reason he gives Ever the creeps and just has a feeling he's bad news.  And now Damen is having headaches and having trouble using his powers.  It has to be related to Roman, the new guy, right?  Ever is sure of it and it, and as a reader you automatically assume it, but really, there isn't anything in the story connecting the two.

Let me sidetrack for a moment.  Those powers.  Really?  Okay, so he's immortal and has lived over six hundred years.  I still don't get the magical powers thing.  Well, I don't understand how he made himself immortal either just by drinking some elixir he concocted.  Vague, remember?  But the magical powers thing just irks me.  In the first book he had the power to put the whole school to sleep so he could have an important conversation with Ever.  He moves faster than normal humans.  He can manifest things out of thin air.  He can calm through his touch and put up shields to guard against people messing with his mind and thoughts.  How?  Why?  And now that he's made Ever immortal too (which I still don't understand) he's teaching her how to do these things too.

And that elixir, that stupid red juice!  Couldn't the author have come up with some other way for them to be immortal, some other vague thing that didn't really need to be explored?  This red juice is so freakin' annoying to the story.  Now that Ever is immortal she needs to drink the elixir too.  And now we see this red juice does weird things to you, besides just giving you immortality.  Apparently you no longer need to eat or drink.  And it makes you grow at alarming rates.  At one point in this book it said Ever had grown something like three inches in one day.  Another day she'd grown another inch.  So wouldn't Damen be a giant, and Ever would be well on her way to being one?  When does this growing stop?  Why does it even happen?  What purpose does it serve in the story?  And the not eating or drinking regular foods is just another pointless inconvenience.

At the beginning of this second book Ever was learning to manifest things like Damen does.  When things start going wrong for Damen, as the headaches and wonky powers get worse, suddenly Ever is a master at manifesting things.  When she needs a car, she manifests one.  When she needs this or that, she manifests it no problem.  Yet when she's desperately trying to get into Damen's house, she can't manifest a key?  Ugh!

So anyway, Ever is pretty sure new guy Roman is behind Damen's illness.  Then out of nowhere Damen dumps her and starts hanging out with all the cool kids at school, the ones who have always been mean to Ever.  Her two best friends also desert her and start hanging with the cool kids.  Again Ever is sure Roman is behind it all.  Somehow the story then jumps to Ever knowing that Roman is poisoning Damen's elixir.  

Huh?  What?  I mean, it kinda makes sense but nothing in the story led to that conclusion.
Ever just knows that something is wrong with Damen, and that Roman is most likely the cause of it.  The story makes a more obvious case for Roman somehow controlling their minds and actions, yet Ever comes to the conclusion that he's poisoning the elixir.  Well okay!

Ever than makes it her mission to learn how to 'use' Summerland, the magical land between living and dead, so she can learn everything she can about Damen and figure out how to make new elixir.  Somehow in this quest for knowledge the story shifts again to Ever realizing that maybe she can go back in time to before the car accident that killed her family, and get her life back to normal.  Well alrighty then.  This all happens in the last quarter or so of the book and it's actually the strongest part.  But once again, it seems like such a pointless inconsistency.  If the whole story would have been about THAT, it would have been awesome.  But then we're back to Ever battling Roman to try and save Damen.

Obviously she does save him, but at a cost.  Because our girl Ever is not the brightest main character in the world of YA novels, she's easily tricked into a curse that means she and Damen can never be together.
Noooo!  Not that tactic!!!  I *hate* that drama tactic.  But yes, that's what we'll be dealing with in the next book.

How did I feel about this book overall?  It's weird.  At times I think I hated it.  Yet I got through it pretty quick and never got to the point where I felt I wanted to just toss it aside.  I think the potential was there, it was just rough around the edges.  And I keep hoping each next book in the series will be a little more refined.  I guess I think there is still hope for this vague and awkward story.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Apple, Pecans & Sage

Apple, Pecans & Sage - 'A compelling blend of enticing scents. Crisp apple, nuttiness of pecans, and spice.'
 
I really liked this one!  I think sage is a note I love but don't realize it.  I seem to remember a couple other scents I've had with sage in it that I've really liked.  But anyway, this one is a wonder in-between type scent.  Like if you don't feel like a heavy bakery scent but aren't quite in the mood for a bright fruity scent.  It could work as fall scent but also works as an everyday scent.  It comes across a little spicier on cold sniff.  Once warmed the apple shows up to lend more of a perky, pretty note.  I think it does stay on the warmer side of the spectrum though.  It's just a really nice, slightly apple-y, softly spiced scent.  Sage appears to be the strong note in here although I really wouldn't know what sage smelled like on its own.  It's kind of hard to really describe this but I do know that I want more and will look for it if I place another order from the Scentsationals website.

I melted three cubes (about 1 oz.) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Butter Rum Mocha

Butter Rum Mocha - [no scent description]

I like butter rum scents when they remind me of Lifesavers candies.  I like coffee scents.  Mocha is chocolate coffee right?  I'm iffy on chocolate scents.  But I still don't understand how this came out smelling like dreaded zucchini bread?!  LOL  I don't know what it was in this scent that made it smell like that but once my nose and brain found that, that's all I could notice.  Luckily the scent was light enough that I was able to let it keep melting for a while just to see if that note went away but it didn't and I turned the warmer off after about an hour and a half.

I melted three cubes (about 1 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had lighter medium scent.

[This was a gift.]

Monday, February 22, 2016

Natters - Feb. 22 / Quickie

Do any of you watch the TV show Superstore?  It's a sitcom about a group of employees at a Walmart type store and it's hysterical.  Well it is to me anyway because it reminds me so much of my own workplace, even though I'm at a fruit juice factory and not a store.  Tonight's episode was especially hysterical because they had a corporate rep come and do an anti-union presentation and it was SO spot on for how our meetings go.  LOL

Anyway, you should all watch that show.

We've had a few days of glorious days with temps near 50.  A lot of the snow is gone.  It really felt like spring.  But no, our temps are falling again and there is talk of a storm coming.  Bleah.

Casey is probably switching to the 12hr night crew.  He will still be doing the same job, just on a different line and on the 12hr crew.  He's sick of the constant overtime and some things going on.  He's thinking he'll get his days off on the 12hr crew.  I'm thinking they'll just keep asking him to come in on his days off.  We'll see.

My mom seems quite certain she'll go ahead and get her other hip replaced soon.  She was hoping for maybe June, but the way she's talking now I think she'll maybe do it as soon as she can.  She said today she needs to call the doctor and see what he says, get the process started again.  I'm not looking forward to going through this again but at least I know what to expect this time.  And *hopefully* she doesn't have the setback of a post-surgery cracked hip this time!

Rosegirls is having another sampler sale this Friday.  Are you ordering?  There is a berry sampler, and a Zen sampler.  I'm hoping to nab a berry one.

Hmm, I think that's it for tonight's quickie randomeness.
Leave a random comment!

Melted - Scentsationals / Caramel Latte

Caramel Latte - 'Delicious caramel blended in a rich latte.'
 
I almost didn't like this one.  The telltale bitter note of the coffee was quite strong, but it was the weird salty note that nearly ruined this.  Must have been a salted caramel latte, heh.  However, there was just enough sweet creaminess to make it okay for me.  Overall, it was a deep, rich coffee scent with a strong creamy caramel note to top it off.

I melted two cubes in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

[This was a gift.]

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Homemade Root Beer

Homemade Root Beer - 'Fizzy and sweet with a hint of vanilla, this American favorite is perfect for the dog days of summer that need a little extra pop!

This scent was just plain fun.  It really does smell like root beer.  It's a little more sharp than a creamy A&W type root beer.  This makes me think of the root beer barrel hard candies.  I would not want to melt this very often, but for a fun change of pace once in a while, this one made me smile.

I melted two cubes in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

[This was a gift.]

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Melted - Scentsationals / Corner Bakery

Corner Bakery - [no scent description]

When I started melting this I was thinking it would be yummy sweet bakery notes, like cakes and cookies.  A closer look at the picture on the package shows less sweet things like breads and rolls.  The scent itself leaned much more to just a variety of spices that corner bakery might be using.  It wasn't as sharply spicy as some of the more fall-like spiced scents are, but it was definitely warm spice.  There was a bit of a soft bakery note, and the main spice seemed to be whatever that one is I really don't care for . . . either nutmeg or clove.  Sadly, I was not a fan of this one.

I melted three cubes (1 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

[This was a gift.]

Friday, February 19, 2016

Natters - Feb. 19 / Random Haul

Hello!  It's been a while, huh?  Things have been a little crazy for me lately.  Not only do I still have the ongoing 'Do I want to keep blogging?' thing but it's just been a lot of little things also occupying my mind and time.  The urge to blog is still there but I don't know how consistent I can be, and I don't want a sporadic blog.  (Funny to say that, I know, since that's exactly what this has become.)

Anyway, I'm here now and not making any claims about what might happen in the future.

So what's been happening?  Work has been crazy.  Another HUGE source of stress is gone though.  The Witch Hag has been fired.  This woman was something else, so angry and hateful.  She bitched about everything, bitched AT everyone, sucked at her job, and was constantly in trouble.  She got herself fired though when she stuck her hand in a running machine and got hurt.  Oh my gosh, to have her gone is like lifting a load of bricks off my stress filled chest!  Also in work news, those big raises they hinted about have been approved and go into effect Feb. 29.  Woohoo!  I've been working some over-time lately, which I rarely do, and it's killing me.  My feet/knee/back pain just keeps getting worse.  I've even agreed to switching a couple days with the lead girl on the other day crew, so it will break up my schedule a bit and give me one day on, one day off, one day on for a little bit.  I know, I know, everyone is screaming 'Just go to the doctor already!'

Elsewhere, we finally got the oven working again.  The first heating element we'd ordered was the wrong kind.  The second one was also wrong.  We were able to return both directly to the store but lost money because the shipping charges aren't refunded.  People told me to take the broken element to a well known local appliance shop, that they'd figure it out and probably have the right one in stock.  Ha, nope.  That place did nothing.  They wouldn't even look at the piece and TRY to figure it out.  They just kept saying they couldn't do anything without the model number.  The dude did show me where the numbers can usually be found though, so when I got back home I looked and sure enough, there it was.  I also took a closer look at the actual heating element and found a part number etched into it.  Typed that number into Google and --tada!-- found the piece we needed.  Ordered it, got it two days later, and our stove is finally working again.

Got all of our taxes done too.  That was another thing taking up time on my days off, another thing causing nagging stress at the back of my mind until it was just done and over.

Had some other piddly little things going on with my mom too.  So yeah, the past couple weeks have just been a blur for me.  It's finally looking like things are slowing down.  *knock wood*

I even have a small random haul to share!

Monday I was in town with my mom and she wanted to stop at Dollar Tree.  I don't think I've been in there since before Christmas.  I haven't been watching Dollar Tree or haul or craft videos on YouTube nearly as much as I used to, and I've gotten over that feeling of 'I need to buy that so I can make things too!'  That's actually been a big relief too.  But my mom wanted to stop and get some things so in we went.  I saw Easter washi tapes and had a very brief urge to grab some but it quickly passed when I reminded myself I still have plenty from last year, and the ones I saw looked the same as last year's anyway.  I did end up getting this pack of St. Patrick's Day stickers though.  I don't really need them or know what I'll use them for but St. Pat's is something you don't always find tons of things for.  I'm also thinking about starting my notebook journal again.

Also found these at Dollar Tree.  You know I like to try all the different Russell Stover flavors as I come across them.  One is Hot Cocoa, and one is Caramel Latte.  I haven't tried them yet because I split them with hubby and we give our opinions, and I keep forgetting I have them!  I'll have to set one out today to remind myself.

Did my regular weekly shopping this morning and found this adorable little guy at Walmart.  He was $4.24 and is a little over six inches tall.  It's very light styrofoam, and the 'moss' is just fuzzy stuff, like fake grass or something.  He's so stinkin' cute!  I hope Minion doesn't chomp on him.

I even took the time to stop at Target this morning, another place I haven't been since probably before Christmas.  I'm over the Dollar Spot craze too since I'm over the crafty thing, but I had seen these gel pens in someone's haul.
It's a ten pack of fun colors, for $3.00.  They're supposedly scented too but I don't care about that.  I got them to add to our stash of coloring book supplies.

While browsing the rest of the Dollar Spot, I spotted these stickers and decided I wanted them for my journal if I do get going on that again.  The little banner reminds me of the Christmas ones I had.  Those bunnies are cute too.  I'm really looking forward to Easter!  I saw some nice decorations at both Walmart and Target but resisted buying any more than I did because I just can't remember offhand what I already have.  I know I bought some things last year but heck if I can remember what!  lol

I bought this Game of Thrones t-shirt for myself.  I do love Target's shirts, and I've really been loving the Harry Potter one lately, so I wanted to see what else they had.  I swore at the end of last season that I was done with that show because I was sick of the shock value violence and didn't care for where the story was going.  I must admit though, I'm anxious to see what this season will bring.  I've heard a few things about the books, and the other day I saw the newly released trailer and yeah, I can't wait for the new season.  Maybe I'll get sick of it fast and give up, but I'll at least give it a try.

And then I saw these books and got all excited.  We are totally diggin' the Shannara Chronicles show.  I'm so glad now that I did not give up in that first episode.  I don't know how many books there are in the series but this looks like the first two.  I was so tempted to grab both of these but didn't because I have so many other things to read, and I'm already watching the show.  But dang it, I still want them!

That's what's been up with me lately.  How have you been?  Surviving winter?  Looking forward to spring, or Easter, or anything in particular?

Melted - BHG / Iced Lemon Poundcake

Iced Lemon Poundcake - [no scent description]

This smelled so good on cold sniff, a wonderful lemon bakery scent.  I don't know how it turned into a wildberry cheesecake type scent when warmed?!  Yeah, I was baffled by that turn of events.  I even melted more the next day, in a different warmer, thinking maybe the first warmer just had residual scent from something else.  Nope, berry dessert scent filled the air that second time too.  It wasn't a bad scent, not at all, but I'm just baffled and laughing at how it changed so much.

I melted two cubes in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Read - Evermore (The Immortals, Book One)

Evermore
(The Immortals, Book One)
by Alyson Noel
2009
301 pages

'After a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school―but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head―wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is―or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
'

*** SPOILERS ***

This book has been on my wish list forever and I'm now finally getting around to reading it.  I went into it with fairly high hopes because I enjoyed author Alyson Noel's Soul Seekers series.  I was aware that a lot of people trash talk this series but I don't put much stock in reviews so that didn't bother me.  It bummed me out then, that I was disappointed in this book.  I did not hate it, and I did enjoy it enough to dive right into the next book in the series, but it was quite lacking.

A lot of things in the story made me think of Twilight, to the point where I had to double check which one actually came out first.  There were a lot of things leading us to believe it was another vampire story, which I was okay with, but then no, we discover he's not a vampire after all.  My hopes soared briefly, thinking maybe it was going to turn into a fallen angel story!  But no again.  So what the heck IS Damen?  I'm still not sure.  He's an alchemist from what I gathered.  But what gives an alchemist the powers of magic that this guy has?  Oh yeah, he figured out the key to . . . something.  I don't know, it was all pretty vague, and that's what made it disappointing.  Some things that seemed quite important were just breezed through or vaguely explained, almost like the author wanted something besides the vampires and angels that were all the rage, but couldn't quite come up with something complete.  The vagueness of what Damen is or can do might have its perks since it opens doors to all sorts of possibilities, but you know me and how I need rules and limits in my paranormal stories.  lol  And sure enough, Damen could do whatever was convenient for the story, which is always something I see as an easy cheat.

I liked main character Ever but I did get tired of her unpredictable back and forth feelings towards Damen.  One moment she's madly in love with him, and suddenly she's giving him the cold shoulder and doubting herself and his intentions.   Then we find out that Ever and Damen have been a couple time and time again, throughout many of her lifetimes.  Hmm, well THAT sounds familiar.  Remember the Fallen series, the story of Daniel and Luce who were cursed to always find each other in every lifetime but he's always have to watch her die?  Apparently that's happening in this series too.  And I got a little excited again, until it was all glossed over again and left vaguely open ended.  Hopefully (!!) this will be explained more in the rest of the series!

Damen is immortal and has somehow made Ever immortal in this book.  Why hadn't he done it before?  He's over 600 years old and they've apparently gone through several of her lifetimes together.  If he knew he was going to keep losing her, why didn't he make her immortal long ago?  I know it said something about him setting it up for her to choose, but had he ever attempted it before?  I'm not sure because, like I said, things were quite vague when it came to important details like that.

The whole things with Ever's dead little sister Riley was rather heartbreaking.  Riley hung around in ghost form for quite some time, visiting Ever and helping ease the pain of losing her whole family.  But eventually it was time for her to move on and that was a bit of a tearjerker.

There was quite a lot going on in this story, which was another bit of disappointment.  The Soul Seeker series kept a much better streamlined pace.  Then again, the Soul Seeker series came out later, so maybe the author had perfected her craft a bit more by then.  But even with the bit of extra baggage, this was still a pretty good book.  I just really wish some of the major points had been explained a lot better.  Hopefully they will be before the end of the series.

Oh! I forgot to mention . . . it was sickeningly annoying how many times we had to read Ever 'press my lips.' GAH!!!! 

Watched - Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak
2015
1 hr. 59 minutes
Rated R

'After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas' alluring sister and protector of her family's dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.'

I'd wanted to see this movie since I first saw commercials for it last year, and yesterday I finally got a chance.  What a disappointment it was!  Ugh!  All along I'd been thinking it was going to be this wonderfully creepy haunted house ghost story type thing, but nooooooo.  Turns out it's a 'con the rich girl out of her money' scandal, and there just happen to be ghosts in the house.  And it was all so predictable on top of it!  The acting was fine and lovely and all that.  I liked the characters.  (I'm not usually drawn to Tom Hiddleston but found him quite appealing in this.)  I suppose even the story was okay.  I was just so put off though, that it wasn't what it was hyped to be!

Bummer.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Melted - Sniff My Tarts / Honey Gingerbread

Honey Gingerbread - 'An appealing mix of ginger, clove, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg blends with citrus and buttery cake like notes. Sweet vanilla and smooth golden honey balances the finish.'

I kept skipping over this one whenever I was looking for something to melt and I'm feeling like a fool now.  What a nice scent!  It's a lighter bakery, not at all the heavy, spiced gingerbread type I was thinking it would be.  It is still like a gingerbread scent, but it's easier to take, much lighter and a bit sweeter.  There is no super sweet and floral-y note from the honey, like honey scents can sometimes have.  This is cozy, comforting.  I want to eat it.  It makes me think of warm sweet bread, or warm pound cake with sugar and honey drizzled over it.  Oh!  It makes me think of the November cakes in The Scorpio Races!

I melted half of this tart (about 1.4 oz. worth) in my Glade hot plate warmer and had very cozy medium-strong scent.

I would love to have more of this!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Natters - Feb. 10

The replacement heating element for the oven arrived today.  It's the wrong kind.  I didn't realize when I ordered that some had end plugs that were straight and some curved up.  I ordered the curved one, and we need the straight one.  So I hopped online quick and ordered the other kind.  I'll deal with returning this one later.

I didn't do much today.  Went to the bank, stopped at the post office to get stamps, made a quick run to the grocery store for a few things, and did some laundry.  I finished the puzzle we'd been working on and started another one.  I watched a bit of true crime TV but none of the cases today really interested me.  I ate too much junk food and drank too much soda today, and now I'm feeling all blah and super tired.

The lady at the post office told me sending a box to Korea would cost $72.  I was like, what?!  I reminded her it was to an APO address and she played around on her little scale computer thingie and said it didn't offer any options like that.  I told her I knew that wasn't right and I'd figure it out online.

I've been having no luck with hot cocoa lately either.  I tried two different Starbucks cocoa mixes yesterday and today and hated both.  I tried a French Vanilla pack from a brand I've always liked in the past but I didn't like that one either today.  Yesterday it seemed like everything was tasting 'off' to me, and it seems to be happening today too.  I hope I'm not getting sick or something.

We watched last night's episode of Shannara this evening.  Bummer that the better looking brother is the one who died, but at least the other figured out the king is not really the king.

I'm not quite done with the Evermore book yet.  Damen assured Ever that he's not a vampire though, so I'm really curious now to see where this is all going.  If I don't finish it tonight I'll hopefully be able to finish it at work tomorrow.

Do you do anything fancy or special for Valentine's Day?  We don't.  My thoughts are already jumping ahead to Easter.

Alright, well I'm tired and just rambling, so I'm off to read my non-vampire book before bed.

Melted - Front Porch / Eucalyptus Mint & Rain

Eucalyptus Mint & Rain - 'Crisp raindrops blended with eucalyptus and a hint of mint.'
 
This one reminds me of a rainy spring day, not a gray and dreary day, but the kind where there is sun despite those light showers.  Casey said it reminded him of sinus relief type scents and I suppose he's right since there is eucalyptus in it.  I didn't get that though, didn't get any sort of mint or medicinal vibe.  Instead, it was more like a happy almost laundry detergent type scent.  There is sweetness, and brightness, and a feeling of . . . wet.  (lol)  This is not the type of scent I usually go for but I really did enjoy it.
 
I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.
 
[This was a gift.]

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Natters - Feb. 9


There was drama at work this weekend.  There is talk of big changes coming.  And still, we're just in the same old grind as always, with things getting worse when we thought for sure we'd hit rock bottom already.  The only 'good' thing is that most of us are in the same boat, sharing the same feelings, and kinda keeping each other going until we see what's going to happen.  We're supposedly getting "substantial" raises soon but they keep preaching that "With more money comes more responsibility.  We're really going to be expecting people to step up their game."  Ha!  Right.  We're so short on people because they can't get anyone to stay.  They are supposedly having a hard time just getting people in the door, and then those people are all arrogant, lazy asses who quit the first time they're told to do something.  We now have people working twelve hour shifts seven days a week!  That is insane.  But yeah, they say big changes are coming, so we'll see.

I was thinking the other day that while I don't mind venting about work and stuff here in my Natters posts, I'd like to get back to talking about more fun things like I used to.  Things like my thoughts on TV shows I'm watching or books I'm reading.  Instead of waiting to only do a review at the end, I'd like to comment here and there along the way if it seems Nattersworthy.  Like the book I'm currently reading, Evermore, by Alyson Noel.  It's an older series but it's new to me.  I really don't know must about it at all.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first book of the series and liking it.  I was a little surprised to find it seems to be heading down a vampire path.  And of course, if a YA novel has vampires I can't help but compare it to my beloved Twilight.  In fact, I'm probably going to sidetrack in my reading after I finish Evermore, and just go reread Twilight again.  I'm having an urge to watch the movie again too.

I'm behind on watching The Shannara Chronicles.  We have last week's episode to watch and the new episode is on tonight.  I thought I was really getting into that show but apparently not if I'm a week behind.  LOL

Sleepy Hollow returned last week, now on Fridays.  I'm not sure how I feel about that show these days.  I do like it enough to keep watching but it's getting a little 'meh' now that they've gotten away from the original story so much.  I'm convinced that Abbie with somehow encounter Katrina and Henry over there in whatever otherworld she's lost in at the moment, and that will be her way back to the real world and will be the way that Katrina and Henry come back to the show.  I can't believe those two are really done.  They were too huge to the story!

Vikings returns next week for the, what, fifth season . . . ?  I'm excited for that although it's to the point them I'm fearing for Ragnar's life in every episode.  

Elsewhere in my life I've just been quietly enjoying simple things like working on jigsaw puzzles and watching true crime shows on the ID channel.  I haven't really been watching many videos on YouTube lately.  Staying away from the haul videos has killed my urge to be crafty and keeps me from wanting to go to Dollar Tree and Target's Dollar Spot.  (Although I did just see a video this morning showing some of the new Easter and spring things starting to show up in the Dollar Spot.)  I haven't been fretting about wax.  If I want some, I'll get some.  If I don't feel like melting, I won't melt anything.  I am getting to a point in my stash where I need to cut a bunch of things down to 1 oz. (ish) size so I can just grab something from the box and toss it in the warmer.  You know I hate cutting wax.  *whinydramaticsigh*  I've been sleeping a little better lately.  I'm very much looking forward to spring and summer, which still cracks me up because I used to NOT be a summer person.  I'm just sick of winter now in my old age.  Give me some cold and snow around Christmas to set the holiday mood, and then move that crap out.

So yeah, in general, just kinda hanging out and living the quiet life.  It seems to be working for me at the moment.

How are you?
Looking forward to anything?
Watching any of the same shows I am?

Melted - Front Porch / Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel - 'Yummy caramel goodness!'
 
I was not a fan of this scent.  The caramel was nice, sweet and gooey, but the 'salted' part killed it for me.  I need to figure out a way to describe that note.  Biting?  Sharp?  Harsh?  I'm not sure.  But there was just enough of that biting-sharp-harsh saltiness to keep me distracted from the otherwise creamy-yummy goodness.

I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had STRONG scent.  Maybe that was another problem.  Usually I love a good strong scent, but maybe the strength made that salty note just too much for me to take.

[This was a gift.]

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Natters - Feb. 6 / Oven Update

Posting on a work day!  Woohoo!  Yeah, it was a fairly decent day at work so I didn't come home hating the world and wanting to hide away in sleep right away.  I thought I'd go ahead and do a quickly little post.

I found out we don't need to buy a new stove after all.  Far from it!  A coworker had the same thing happen and told me we can order a replacement heating element for under $20, and that it's super simple to just pop the old one out and the new on in.  So I already have one ordered, should be here by Friday.  *phew*

My supervisor and I were talking about movies and TV again today, like we always do.  Jericho and The Tudors came up, and now I'm REALLY wanting to watch The Tudors again.  And the Harry Potter movies.  He couldn't believe I've only seen the later ones once.  I haven't seen the final Twilight one at all yet!  I'm soooo slacking when it comes to movies.  I'm kinda wanting to start my Netflix account again but if I don't even watch things I already have here, why should I start paying to watch other things?

Short and sweet but at least I posted.
I'm off to bed now!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Natters - Feb. 5 / Taxes & Ovens

Hello!  I've had a nice little break but now it's time to get back to nattering.  I think we'll all just have to accept that on days that I work there most likely won't be a Natters post.  I don't know what it is but the twelve hour shifts just suck the life out of me these days, even if they are good days.  I'm trying to stay up a bit later at night though, to help with my sleep, so maybe I'll be able to get into a habit of posting even on work days.

So what's been up these two and half weeks I've been Natter-free?
I wrestled for a while with whether I wanted to continue blogging.  For a couple days I'd made up my mind that I was completely done with it, not just Natters posts but all of it.  I was at peace with my decision.  Then the old urges started creeping back.  I resisted though, just to see if it was an urge out of habit or truly and urge to blog.  The longer I resisted, the more okay I was with not blogging, so I took that as just being old habits dying hard and that I really *was* done.  It was very nice to just spend my free time away from the computer and not want to blog everything.  But then I just started really missing it again.  I always look forward to checking my email in the morning to see if there are any new comments.  You already know I love the interaction and really feed off that.  And then little comments and things here and there the past few days have really made me decide to come back once again.

And today is a great day for nattering on a blog called It's Always Something because man oh man, it's been that kind of a day today!  My feet are all kinds of achy from work and trying to find shoes that are comfortable.  My sinuses are waging war behind my face, making everything miserable for me.  I bought a Caramello candy bar this morning at the gas station so I'd have something to munch while I drove to town to do my shopping, only to find the caramel had exploded out of the chocolate and glued everything to the wrapper.  Yeah, no one handed maneuvering on that mess.

I get to the store and have a fairly short list, and am glad this will be a quick trip so I can get back home and get other things done.  Nope.  I dash into the back 'seasonal' room to get some bird suet bars and end up getting sucked into looking at all the clearance stuff they have out there at the moment.  I eventually realize I'm wasting time and abandon that room to try and get back on track.  But no, as I head towards the other side of the store I go past the wax aisle and that's when I notice it's newly restocked with spring scents.  Well of course I have to stop and look!  But wait, I don't need to study them all and take notes because I'm not blogging anymore.  So what?!  I still have waxy bloggy friends who don't frequent Walmart, so maybe they'll want to know what's new.  And I get sucked into scribbling a list and sniffing things and sending messages to waxy bloggy friends.  I linger in that aisle until I'm sure the girl stocking shelves nearby thinks I'm a creeper, then I give up and flee in another attempt to get back on track.

Over in electronics I need to try and find a battery for our home phone.  Do they even sell landline phones anymore?!  They do indeed, but they don't have the battery that I need for ours.  I'm not even sure the battery is the problem.  So I find myself looking at all the phones, considering just buying a new one.  Wait, what?!  My list was short and sweet and this shopping trip was supposed to be quick!  Forget the dang phone that no one uses and go get some freakin' groceries!

Once I finally get over there things do indeed go quickly.  I grab what I need, get checked out, and head for home.  Casey helps carry the bags in when I get home.  He disappears to finish watching whatever anime series he's currently into, and I put the groceries away and quickly get laundry started.  Then I sit down to finish working on our taxes.

For some reason, the tax program will not work on my computer.  It does work on our extra computer though.  We had this same problem last year.  Not a big deal, right?  Except there is no printer connected to that computer and I've never been able to figure out how to get it to network and use my printer that's here on this computer.  No biggie.  Last year I just saved the files on a flash drive and used that on my computer to print it all.  Cool.  Easy peasy.  Except that this time I can't get the files to save in a format that will let me reopen them on this machine.  How did I do it last year?!  I'm getting all frazzled and pissy and then I hear some weird noise that at first I dismiss as coming from the washing machine.  I realize that no, the washer has been done for a while now.  So what is that noise?  It sounds like somebody dragging something across our icy snowy porch or something.  Even Minion came running from his sleep spot to see what the racket was.

As I head through the kitchen towards the back door I notice the stove out of the corner of my eye.  I'd had it preheating so I could make some cookies today.  Why is there an orange light in there?  I open the oven door and smoke pours out.  WTF?!  I see sparks and a sort of electric arc from the heating element to the side of the oven.  I slam the door in shock and scramble to get the over turned off.  I watch through the window as orange molten metal drips from the element to bottom of the stove.  I panic and yank the cord out of the outlet.  The orange changes to white and eventually dies down to the gray-black of a normal heating element.

Well that's just freakin' fabulous.  I've never ever seen a stove do that.  I've never even heard of a stove doing that.  All that 'scraping' noise was probably the sparks and electric zapping going on inside.  It was loud in the beginning!  I can't imagine what the inside looked like in those moments before I got there!

So now we'll need to go oven shopping.  This one is just shy of 20 years old, so it's probably time anyway, but geez!  I'm hoping at least the burners on top still work until we can go get a new one.  Hubby suggested going tonight when he gets home from work but bleah, it's just been such a crappy day that I really don't feel like going anywhere.  I work this weekend and the menfolk live out of the microwave when they have to fend for themselves so I'm thinking we should be okay until my next day off, and we can go then.

Once I sorted all that out and got my racing heart slowed down, it was back to fighting with the stupid computers.  I did eventually get the files to save and get them over to here to print them.  Things were looking up.  Then my sinuses kicked it into high gear and I'm feeling super miserable all over again.  I took some meds that don't appear to be doing anything.  I really just want to go back to bed and sleep for about five days.  I know I won't though.  I'm like a toddler fighting nap time.  So instead, I'll go work on the latest jigsaw puzzle we've got going, and watch some true crime shows on TV.

I hope your day is going much better than mine.

BHG / Scentsationals Spring 2016 Scents

My Walmart has a newly restocked wax section, with spring and summer scents pushing out the lingering summer and fall ones from last year.  There are still plenty of the usual ones there, like the orange cupcake and the overly sweet brownie ones that are always there.  The fall ones have FINALLY gone on sale.  I even saw the honey cake one from Christmas on sale for fifty cents a pack!  Too bad I don't like that one.  

But anyway, I did a quick browse at the newer spring type scents and thought I'd share.  I did not sniff them all and did not take any notes.  I didn't even separate my list into Scentsationals and Better Homes & Gardens.  Sorry!  I'm slacking as a blogger, I know!

Anyhoo!  The new ones I noticed . . . 
  • Sun Washed Poppies
  • Apricot Rose Water
  • Iced Lemon Poundcake
  • White Peach Mango
  • Sunlit Strawberry Patch
  • Exotic Paradise Punch
  • Tropical Fuse
  • Bali Shore
  • Egyptian Cotton
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Orchid Paradise
  • Love Letters
  • Tea Thyme
  • Pink Velvet
  • Day Dream
  • Violet Sugar
  • Sunset Creek Azalea
  • Serene Spa Resort
  • Isla Bonita
  • Caribbean Sea Breeze
Some of these might have been around before.  A lot of the tropical ones sound the same year after year.  And some of these I'm quite sure were out last year but I don't see them in my old post from back then.  I was just excited to see fresh new stock in the wax section!
 
I only bought two for now.
 
Pink Velvet - 'This sweet and fun fragrance mingles sugared lemon, apple and pineapple into a sweet heart of tropical punch and red currant. Sugar cane and vanilla bean in the base deliver a captivating finish.'
 
 The picture and the little blurb on the package are very misleading.  You'd probably think this was a nice mellow bakery scent, right?  The more detailed description I've included is from the Scentsationals website and yeah, it smells way closer to that than what the picture on the package would have you think.  Before reading the description I would have sworn there was something floral with a hint of musk in this.  Now I can pick out the pineapple, along with the slightly warm sugar and vanilla.  This is sweet and fruity, but there is just enough hint of something bakery-like to keep it from being a tropical drink type scent.

Iced Lemon Poundcake - [no scent description]

Well you knew I had to buy this lemon scent.  I mean really, who am I to pass up lemon?!
There is more poundcake than lemon in this.  It's definitely a bakery scent.  The lemon is light, just enough there to sweeten and brighten things up.

Have you seen any new spring scents popping up at your Walmart yet?  I'm sure there are some out there that aren't at my store yet.

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 2 / Feb. 2016

Welcome to the month of February! Congratulations, you survived the start of the New Year! If this is your first month joining us, Band of Bloggers is a revamped version of the Order of the Odor, where we do a monthly chat about all matters of waxy things and life. We hope you join us in the conversations!

This month's question is:
Now that we have settled into the new year of 2016, we wanted to find out what are your goals for this year (life, blog, work, travel etc)?
My goals are pretty small for the most part.  For life in general I'd like to get at some projects I've been pushing aside for too long.  Things like finally buying new curtains for the kitchen, sorting through years of old bills and receipts, purging accumulated junk from the attic.  I'd like to get back to working on family history things.  I'd like to just relax more, allow myself to chill on the couch and watch crap TV, etc..

As far as wax, I'm not quite sure.  I feel like there might be more Rosegirls in my life this year, since I do like the changes they've made with limited ordering and faster TATs.  I feel like just sticking with some old favorite vendors to get my waxy fix now and then, but I'm also feeling like I'm okay with letting my stash run out and not bother for a while.  This doesn't surprise me much since fall and winter scents are my favorite and that's when I get most excited about melting.

For the blog, I'm not sure about that either because I am still (yes, STILL) wrestling with whether or not to continue.

I think 2016 needs to be a year of getting back to more simple things for me.

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