Campfire Rebel

I'm an old fashioned bar of soap kind of lady!
I’m an old fashioned bar of soap kind of lady!

I’ve got quite a perfume habit.  I love them, and I love to buy them.  I can be a bit of a snob, though.  Also, a bit of a weirdo.  There are certain perfumes I own that I don’t dare wear at work.  They’re the sort that I know will elicit, “What’s that smell?” from the general public.  One of my favorite scents is Campfire Rebel by Pinrose that smells like you’ve sat around a bonfire all night.  To me it’s strange and mysterious and interesting, but I wouldn’t say everyone loves it.  Fortunately, not that I’d stop wearing it, the husband likes most of my scents, too.  The only one he has ever been not so wild about is an Orange Blossom I got from an old New Orleans fragrance house.  It reminds me of summers wandering in St. Augustine, but it’s a bit soapy so I kind of get it.  Most of my strongest memories are associated with scent.  

Recently, I bought some soaps from TJ Maxx that have the most wonderful fragrance.  I got a Gingerbread and a Nordic Spruce.  I’ve been using the Nordic Spruce, and it wakes me up every morning and smells fresh and Christmasy, and it makes me feel optimistic.  Since then I’ve been on the search for a good Christmas Tree perfume that I probably won’t be able to wear to work.  I just ordered two samples of some Demeter perfumes.  I decided to try Fraser Fir  and Bourbon .  I’ve bought their Grass, and if I remember right, their Dirt perfume before, too.  They always do a great job on nailing down a scent.  I used to wear Dirt with Dream by the Gap when I was younger.  I’ll report back on how I like them.

I’m so excited, and Kelly and I are on the countdown to our anniversary vacation.  We’re going back to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It’s been a few years since we’ve been, but it’s one of our favorite spots to visit.  We have been there on a trip before we married, and we went there on our honeymoon, too.

Everyone's seen this view of downtown Eureka. That doesn't mean I love it any less.
Everyone’s seen this view of downtown Eureka. That doesn’t mean I love it any less.
The first time we visited we stayed at The Grand Central Hotel. This is the view from the porch where we hung out eating candied jalapenos and crackers and people watched.
The first time we visited we stayed at The Grand Central Hotel. This is the view from the porch where we hung out eating candied jalapenos and crackers and people watched.
We love to visit in the Fall because the leaves are amazing! It's so beautiful on that side of the state.
We love to visit in the Fall because the leaves are amazing! It’s so beautiful on that side of the state.
I always look forward to seeing this Fraggle Rock pooch and it's buddy in the neat classic toy store there.
I always look forward to seeing this Fraggle Rock pooch and it’s buddy in the neat classic toy store there.
We stayed in The Pearl Tatman House on our honeymoon. It's gorgeous, conveniently located, and has an amazing outdoor hot tub room!
We stayed in The Pearl Tatman House on our honeymoon. It’s gorgeous, conveniently located, and has an amazing outdoor hot tub room!

This year we’re staying in the Starry Night Cottage and one other place that Kelly won’t tell me about.  He wants it to be a surprise.  He’s also planned an excursion train ride for one afternoon.  The Zombie Invasion will also be going on with parade while we’re there, and we’re entertaining the idea of participating.  We’ll see.  Even if we opt not to do the parade, it goes right past the place we’re staying in so we can sit on the porch and watch.  I can’t believe it’s almost been 3 years since we got married in Memphis!  Time flies when you’re having fun!

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