I think I smelled someone on the train today wearing Sunflowers. Remember that perfume? When I was in junior high basically everybody wore either Sunflowers or CK One. (There was also a gaggy one called "Vanilla Fields" that you could get at a drugstore.) Those two smells are right up there with peanut butter and crayons on the recognizability scale for me. This got me wondering, are there any perfumes that popular/pervasive now? Anybody have a kid, little sister, mentee, etc. who's at the right age to answer this question? I see a lot of ads for that Delicious perfume, presumably derived from apples. Kids like to smell fruity.
I feel like perfume is one of the most luxurious, indulgent things I could buy for myself, but whenever I go to Sephora with this intent (because, maybe, I got a raise), nothing smells very good. Maybe the process--bombarding your nostrils with 40 different scents in a row--is flawed because your smell receptors shut off in defense. Dunno. But I like perfume, the idea of it especially. I like reading descriptions of perfume; like wine descriptions, they seem improbable. Sometimes Lucky will do a spread on which perfumes to wear with which clothes to match your mood, like "foxy" or "sultry." Notice the moods are just synonyms for sexy. Notice, also, that I pulled them out of my ass. But really, I think they're usually like "sultry" and "romantic" which can also be used to mean horny, right? Feeling romantic? The outfits for that, duh, are flowers + lace. Sometimes one of the moods is something like "clean" or "modern," and you can tell right away that's for the woman who rejects sexy. "Reject a world where some things are sexy, since you might not be."
Something food-related: For dinner I made potato salad with quartered baby Yukon gold potatoes, celery, shallots, capers, basil and a slightly creamy, mustardy, lemony vinaigrette. I also had some sauteed broccolini, and a homemade mango popsicle for dessert. John is out of town, so I am free to eat meals that consist solely of side dishes.
Something poetry-related: I'm reading Bluets by Maggie Nelson. I'll reserve judgment for now, since I think I may review it.