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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sulking and Procrastinating.

This is it. As of today, I am in my twenties no more. I wanted to write a review of a very gloomy scent, but I have already talked about Messe de Minuit. So no review today. I am sulking.

Luckily I’ve been tagged by my friend Anna to post some facts about myself, and hence, instead of a real post, here are my answers. Also, as you probably have noticed, I am starting the new decade with a new blog template.



4 places I’ve lived in
-NoGoodStoresTown, PA, USA
-Oxford, United Kingdom
-Warsaw, Poland
-Samara, Russia

4 places I would rather be right now
-Home with parents
-Perfume shopping in Paris
-Having a pint or two with husband in a Real Pub in Britain
-Lying in the sun on a beach somewhere warm and exotic, sipping a cocktail

4 websites that I visit daily (believe me, there are more!)
Makeupalley The Fragrance Board
eBay
The Blogs (see the left side for the links)

4 TV shows I enjoy watching
Project Runway
Workout
The Girls Next Door
Men Behaving Badly

4 favorite songs
Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil
George Michael Jesus to a Child
Elton John The One
Elton John The Way You Look Tonight

4 favorite foods
Russian
Thai
Vietnamese
Sushi!!

4 places where I feel at home
At (my parents) home
In all but very snooty stores
In libraries
In cyber-space

4 favorite perfume notes of the moment
Leather
Iris
Musk
Cardamom

4 favorite perfumes of the moment
Kolnisch Juchten, any version
Guerlain Attrape-Coeur
Christian Dior Diorling
Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan

4 favorite perfume houses
Serge Lutens
Guerlain
Fredric Malle
Christian Dior

4 things that I wish for
A small kingdom
Health for my parents
One more child (maybe)
A (full) bottle of Guerlain Djedi

4 favorite books
M. Bulgakov The Master and Margarita
A. Camus The Myth of Sisyphus
M. Tsvetaeva Poem of the End
M. Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being

4 favorite quotations
All I want is a kind word and a warm bed and unlimited power. A. Brilliant
Our soul is ability for pain- nothing more. M. Tsvetaeva.
One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star. F. Nietzsche
Existence precedes and rules essence. J-P. Sartre

I tag anyone who wants to be tagged!

The 1st and 2nd images are by Anne Taintor. The 4th image is Rare Edition by Gil Elvgren.

Tomorrow, a review of L’Artisan Dzongkha.
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And finally, the winner of Kolnisch Juchten sample draw is zeram1. Please send me your address (Contact Me link on the right) and I will mail you the sample.

56 Comments:

Blogger andy said...

Welcome to the crisp side of life... I like your re-styled blog . And then: Why not review the same perfume a second time, might be interesting because if it is a good perfume you will rediscover it and come with an exciting review anyhow...greetings

12:44 AM EDT  
Blogger The Scented Salamander said...

I like your new layout too, it's crisp and fresh. Well, even if you don't want to hear this:

Happy Birthday!

You know 30 years old for a future centenerian, that's really not much:)

1:05 AM EDT  
Blogger Dusan said...

Marinochka, s dnem rozhdeniya! I wish you truckloads of every perfume your heart lusts for :)
Well, at about this time next year I'll have started unravelling the nicer side of my 30s too, so I guess I can sympathize with you :)
I love your book lineup, may I add A Hundred Years of Solitude by M�rquez and The Magus by J. Fowles.
My 4 favourite perfumes of the moment are:
Eau des Merveilles
L'Eau d'Hiver
Dior Homme
L'Instant pour Homme
Have a wonderful time today, dear!
(((happy birthday)))

1:25 AM EDT  
Blogger NewKidOnTheBlog said...

Marina My Darling ...

Don't sulk TOO much. Even at 30, you still make me a cradle-robber ... and you are sexier, more beautiful and more wonderful than ever!

I love you!
Paul

1:40 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Happy super skanky fragrant birthday!!!! And w/ a husband who makes comments like that, how can you keep a good sulk going? :-) Love the new template!

7:00 AM EDT  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

Happy, happy birthday!!!! May all your spritzes be good ones! And don't worry: the 30s are great! (from one who KNOWS:)

С днем рождения

(Babelfish tells me this means "Happy Birthday"; I hope for once they are right and it doesn't translate to something like "sloppy wet socks":)

7:41 AM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Gad, when you babies get all weepy about the big 3-0 it's soooooo ... adorable! ;-) FWIW my 30s only got better, and my 40s are excellent. No, not pulling your leg.

PS Sloppy wet socks to you as well!!! I am looking forward to your review of Dzongkha!

9:16 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Happy Birthday! I Hope you got a big bottle of something very nice..

9:17 AM EDT  
Anonymous Ina said...

Happy Birthday to my friend and fellowe perfume blogger! Love the new layout! Seriously, quit sulking, woman. Just think of all perfume knowledge and perfume quantities you have now that you didn't have 10 years ago. Enjoy your day, sweetie! Ne veshai nos!

9:30 AM EDT  
Blogger greeneyes said...

Happy Birthday Marina! I love the new look. Very clean.

Isn't 30 the new 18? ;) Have a lovely birthday and an wonderful year!

P

9:35 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Andy, thank you! Crisp side of life...I like that :-) The thing about Messe de Minuit is that it doesn't seem all that gloomy to me anymore. Now to achieve that great brooding effect I have to layer it with Caron Yatagan :-)

9:42 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Helene,
Thank you very much! Centenerian, eh? My great grandma lived to almost 100, so it is not entirely impossible, I guess :-)

9:43 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dusan,
Thank you very much! I love your choice for books and perfume and I especially love your wish for truckloads of perfumes for me.
*dreams about a truckload of exclusive Guerlains*

9:44 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Mr. Colombina,
You say the nicests things :-) Thank you.

9:44 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Elle,
Thank you!! Skanky fragrant, that sounds perfect :-)

9:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Kelley said...

The new format for the blog looks great! And, Happy Happy Birthday! I am looking forward to your review of Dzongka.

9:46 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Judith,
Thank you so much! It does say, "Happy Birthday, You Sloppy Old Sock"...no, I am joking, it just says Happy Birthday :-)

9:46 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
Thank you very much! I am wondering if you'd like Dzongkha. On the one hand it has those soulful incensey qualities that I think you like, on the other hand, the iris was very prominent, at least on my skin ...

9:47 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Tom,
Thank you very much! That is the best wish a nut like me could receive :-)

9:48 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Ina,
Bol'shoe spasibo! You are right about perfume quantities...from, I think 4-5 bottles 10 years ago, to...um, a little more than that :-)

9:50 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

P,
Thank you very much! I am also glad you like the template! As far as I am concerned, 30 is the new 29 and I shall remain 29 for next 20 years. At least. :-D

9:51 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Kelley,
Thank you very much!!!

9:52 AM EDT  
Blogger Patty said...

Happy birthday, dear M.! That's an easy age, wait until 40 and then when you are staring at the short side of 50. :)

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Christina H. said...

Happy Birthday Marina!!! You know little T would love some company! :)

10:13 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, Patty! ♥

10:14 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Christina,
Thank you!!! And I am sure that T. would love someone (else) to boss around :-)

10:15 AM EDT  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

So pleased with my Babelfish success that I will try again:

С днем рождения, вы намочили старый носок!

Hmmmm, that MAY not have worked right (jk/jk). Let's try again:

С днем рождения, вы красивейшая молодая женщина!

I HOPE that's better. . . :)
Enjoy your wonderful day!!

10:37 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

HAHAHAHA

Babelfish is the funniest thing on earth. The first one says, Happy birthday, you have made an old sock wet! ROFL
The 2nd says, Happy Birthday, you, the most beautiful young woman. Now that one sounds just right :-)

10:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

I know how you feel about 30- my mother sent me dozens of pink roses and that was the best part. I kept looking around and wondering what was next. The truth is what's to come is so much better than your 20s. Happy Birthday!!

11:08 AM EDT  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

S Dnem Rozhdenija! Nadejus' chto vse-vse zhelanija ispolnjatsja.

11:10 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

BTW- my best friend and I (who have both kicked 30 in the teeth years ago..) both are not big on celebrating our birthdays. No parties, etc. But we did institute something that we do appreciate very much, and you are perfectly welcome to let Mr. Columbina and your family use it:

The Silently-Handed Gift

TSHG's can be something from "the list", and should be given along with the silently served breakfast-in-bed, and the silently poured Mimosa.

11:36 AM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Happy Birthday! I can't even remember my 20s, if that is any consolation, although I rather doubt that it is :-)

12:06 PM EDT  
Blogger freskagirl said...

Happy birthday, M! I love the new blog look. Don't sulk--celebrate! Turning 30 is cool. *toasts the birthday girl*

xoxo Karen

12:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous anna said...

Happy Birthday!!!

12:17 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Cait,
Thank you!! I got rose, got cake...now am wondering what's next :-)

12:28 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Vika,
Ogromnoe spasibo!!

12:28 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Tom,
Great tradition. I think that from now on I am going to establish it in this household too.

12:29 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Robin,
Thank you very much!!!

12:29 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

K,
Thank you! *cheers!!*

12:30 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Anna,
Thank you!!

12:30 PM EDT  
Blogger carolyn said...

Happy Birthday, M! I hope you are having a lovely and wonderful day. I was talking with a friend of mine about birthdays, and she says that 30 is a great year. :-) Today is actually my birthday too--I'm officially in my late twenties as of today! :-) Love the new blog look too. Eat some cake for me!

1:53 PM EDT  
Blogger AnnE said...

A very Happy Birthday to you!

I love your leading image; I agree with her - you really couldn't pay me to be 20 again! Honestly, my 30's comprised my favorite decade. Although I myself have been claiming to be 29 for the last 20 years, so this may sound a bit contradictory. :)

You've accomplished a lot, you have an adoring family, and a wide audience who dotes on your every word - so what's 30? Just a number, darlin'.

Many happy returns of the day!

p.s. I'm very much looking forward to your review of the new L'Artisan - can't wait to try this one.

4:00 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Anne,
Thank you so much for your kind words!! Honestly the comments here were the most wonderful present today! I mean it with all my heart.

5:22 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Carolyn,
Ah, don't tease me, you, young 'un! Late twenties...*heavy sigh*

5:26 PM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

MdeM LAYERED with Yatagan!?!?!

Off to try that right now -- lusty AND musty sounds like perfection.

10:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina,
A very happy birthday month to you. Don't lament over turning 30--I've enjoyed every new year that I've encountered, and I've got about 2 decades on you. With each year, I love the feeling of being more comfortable in your my skin, less pressure to fit in or compromise away to achieve harmony, more enjoyment in who I amand what I do! It truly does get better, and better! I'm sure that you will experience the same. CindyN

10:16 PM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

30???? That's nothin' - you are just getting started! Happy Birthday!

2:24 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
Yes, layered with Yatagan. So the idea did not scare you? That's my girl!! :-)

9:09 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Cindy,
Thank you so much for your kind words!!

9:09 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Flora,
Thank you very much!!

9:09 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina:
I'm very late to the party - Happy, happy birthday week!
Love the new look, too! To a great year and an even better decade. FWIW - I love my thirties, but still will always feel about 24 inside - and researchers say the internal age is what counts! :)
BBliss

11:07 AM EDT  
Blogger deleted said...

Happy happy happy birthday, Marina!

5:40 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

B,
Thank you so much! And that's what I feel too, about 24. :-)

8:18 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

B,
Thank you so much!!

8:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Anna, Fair and True said...

I didn't forget your birthday! I remembered on the day but then... you know how it is. Happy belated birthday!

So another child?! I thought you were a one-child person. Or once you had a girl, which you have, you'd be satisfied??

2:21 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, Anna!
Well, that's why there is "maybe" there. I probably won't do it, but sometimes I remember how it was to hold a sweet little chubster in my hands, and ...:-)

2:29 PM EDT  

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