Blog post by Gwen
Kitchen Reno Journal - Day 1
The kitchen reno begins! Six workers are here today. Old kitchen gone – no stove, no sink. Pots, pans, dishes - everything packed safely away from dust and dirt. Workers come and go all day long Banging, drilling, pounding. We’ve set up camp in the basement and cook off a hotplate, drink wine from jars and shiver with the shared excitement of how great the new kitchen will be when it’s done.
Kitchen Reno Journal – Day 10
Kitchen reno dragging on. Fewer workers and less banging, drilling, and pounding. It seems we are always waiting for something to ‘come in’– the grout, the glue, the lights. The tiniest bit of despair has begun to set in. We’ve taken to reheating food in the microwave and drinking wine from the bottle.
Kitchen Reno Journal – Day 21
We are slogging on. The guys are great, but the ups (the granite countertops are fab!) and the downs (the cupboards hung too low) are a roller coaster ride, and I want to get off.
Kitchen Reno Journal – Day 36
Hurray! We are in the final stages! The electrician came today. He seemed like a nice guy. He wasn’t what I was expecting at all. He was young, slim, engaging and enthusiastic about his work. What was I expecting? A middle-aged fat guy with a butt crack? Well, yeah. Oh, and my electrician smelled of Axe and not at all like Fat Electrician, the EDP from Etat Libre d'Orange.
What can I say? Fat Electrician is my only reference point for how electricians should smell.
The way it opens with a nose-tickling astringent, metallic note that segues to the nutty, sweet smell of chestnut cream that juxtaposes a note of dry, earthy, woody vetiver keeps me wanting more. Should these two things go together so well? They do in this juice. A good thing, too, as they provide the axis the fragrance is built on. As it blooms, it goes through a stage of smelling bitter and green and a little smoky from olive leaf. Then, myrrh picks up the bitterness of the olive leaf, while its cousin opoponax carries over the sweetness from the opening. Together the myrrh and opoponax make Fat Electrician resinous, smoky and deep. A whiff of vanilla contrasts with the earthy vetiver and gives the fragrance a comforting vibe, so it never feels weird or unwearable.
Fat Electrician doesn’t evolve much – it doesn’t have to; it’s perfect just the way it is. It’s an inspired treatment of vetiver that’s a little sweet, smoky and sensuous.
Kitchen Reno Journal – Day 42
Kitchen reno – COMPLETED!
Love the new kitchen! We’ve moved out of the basement and are cooking with gas again!
I miss the guys, though. I got a real charge out of the electrician. His knowledge was current, and he really knew how to conduct himself.
Sometimes I crack myself up.
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