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The rest of the weekend!

So this weekend was exhausting. I woke up 5 hours after getting back from the show and headed to my drum lesson. I got back from my drum lesson and did some food shopping, dollar store shopping, and a whole mess o' house cleaning. Irritatingly, the house still isn't all that clean. Went over to tzel's place for St. Patrick's Day potluck and got our green on.

Woke up sunday morning a little earlier than I wanted to, feeling a little tired still. I decided not to care, piped the ol' iTunes throught the AirPort, and finished the event prep, moving furniture around and zipping out for a last minute soda run.

Then it was finally time for the BPAL spree.

It has been just less than a year since we did this before, and I found that I really haven't learned anything. We still got very scent-fatigued by the end, having tried a monumental amount of imps! We did things in two rounds. The "wish list" round, and then the "giveaway" round. We went around the table and people read off their wish lists to see if anyone else had the ones they were seeking, and then we went around and tried to give stuff away. Since gorthx and orkid (who are sadly too far geographically removed to attend) had been so generous, I had a LOT of things to share.

The attendant BPAL testers were (around the table counterclockwise!): Me, salami_salome, tzel, msteleute, wasabi_poptart, traceracer, paleotheist, drivingblind, and omphaloskepsis. Ideas abounded as the day went on as to how to better handle this. I thought that next time we should have an event-specific order made where everyone contributes to the imp list, so we don't have quite so... much. Xie had developed a clever box insert made from a wacky noodle (!) for imp storage.

A side note about my house: I wish there were a few more inches so people could walk around the table.

Anyways! I have a few questions for the attendees: what are the websites/sellers where you can buy storage boxes? Not that I don't like my ragtag bunch of boxes as a solution, but maybe there's something better. Second, to Tracy, what unscented lotion do you use for mixing?

I have no actual scent reviews or comments to post at this time, except that this kind of event proves just how useless someone else's reaction to a scent can be! One person's "locker room" is another person's "pleasant floral"!

Later on the remaining smellers (and their assorted heterosexual life partners) cleansed our palates with spicy food from Chapala, which seems to have upped its prices in the time since I last visited them. But man... that was good. Then I spoke with my parents on the phone a bit, and Jack and I watched Koyaanisqatsi which I quite enjoyed, if that's the right word for it. At some point all the motion started to get to me and I actually felt a bit motion sick, but other than that I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the score and patience and thoughtfulness in moviewatching paid off.

This morning we were greeted with news of the pet food recall and things have been kind of buzzing along since then. Still sort of hating on Crystal Reports at the moment.



( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 19th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed meeting you all!

Friend at will :-) ...
Mar. 19th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time. It's funny but when I am in hostess mode I act like a total freak. I hope I was not too freaky. :)

I am sure we will cross paths again (in person!) soon. :)
Mar. 19th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
not at all :-)

thanks again for the aspirin! Next time I will know to pace myself.
Mar. 19th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
The boxes I found online were at http://wingedfetish.com/main.htm under treasured trinkets.

Turns out I was not only scent fatigued but totally fatigued at the end of it all. After I got home I could barely keep my eyes open. I fell asleep for about an hour and then still went to bed by 11:30 pm (my normal bedtime is closer to 1:30 or 2am).

Thank you sooo sooo much for hosting, I really enjoyed seeing everyone and sharing the experience. I have such a better idea of what scents I should try ordering in the future as a result of getting to smell and try so many. Next time I need to come up with a better way to divide up my available testing areas (arms, hands, etc) and come up with a better way of labelling what I put where - maybe little sticky labels? :)
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
You know, not to be a jerk, but I look at those boxes and think, "I could make a better box than that." It's just a piece of plastic! And you know, I would prefer a solution that doesn't force you to coil the labels which makes them more likely to tear off.

I wonder what it is, neurologically, that happens with the scent thing to make it so tiring! And how do the people who work there handle it?

Keep thinking about ways to better organize the sampling! I am trying to decide what I want to do next. I think scaling down on Ebay is the answer and then I can focus on the ones I really like, and THEN find out if there are more out there that I really like.
Mar. 19th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I didn't shell out 30+ dollars for it and instead used the box Janine made for me with the crazy wacky noodle insert :)

This was another one I found http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=10132 - again way expensive (and sold), but it's another idea of how to create the insert.
Mar. 19th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
That is FAR superior. What do you reckon that mesh is made from? If I am going to store mine upright I will need to be starting with a taller box. Hrm.
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)

time to browse the hardware store perhaps.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
What was the website where you found the empty imps and funnels and stuff?
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Archibald Sisters in Olympia, WA is where I got the last batch. But I was there. You can also order 2oz bottles fragrance free from their website. hand and body lotions rae 2.95 and jojoba is like 4.95.

Mar. 19th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll check them out.
Mar. 20th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
My favorite box is the one faded_graymalk made for me. She's doing the most gorgeous damn boxes, handpainted, and adding different-sized dividers. I've got one that started as your bland book-shaped box from Michaels; it now holds about a dozen bottles upright with imp-length sections inside for stacking those little buggers together too. Mine has a medieval-style unicorn under a pomegranate tree; the box she made for mask has a three-dimensional iron cross, while lakiw's is a tracery of gold feathers on a black background. Just plain GORGEOUS. I would show the pictures, but I can't get any to come up on her journal right now. Argh!

She'll customize whatever you want, and she'll even swap for BPAL. :D

So sorry I missed the swap . . . But I was thinking about you all!
Mar. 20th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Boxes!
My picture host went away. I'm currently keeping my impbox photos here:

Mar. 20th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Boxes!
gorgeous!!! well done!!
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Boxes!
Those are just beautiful.

I'm in the midst of paring down right now, but I definitely want to start storing upright... I went to reorganize last night and found a leaker!

If there is another swap later this year, we will keep you posted. :D
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for hosting! It was so much fun, I'm currently wearing Seance. Very victorian!
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to do it!

I'm currently wearing Highwayman, which I thought I liked, but today it smells like burning motor oil on me. BLEAH.
Mar. 20th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew you guys were going to go have Mexican food!! I totally would have gone to hang out with you guys.
Mar. 20th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Aww!! It actually took us a looooong time to get around to it! Next time we will know that there will be food post-BPAL then.
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