Triticum Turgidum

Lying Dormant and Waiting to Bloom Since 2005

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Location: The Prairie, Illinois, United States

I am a beauty-loving ambidextrous higher-order primate who learned transcendental meditation at 7, statistical analysis at 23, tap dancing at 30, and piano at 35. I tolerate gluten, lactose, and differences of opinion, but not abuse. Or beets.

Friday, December 30, 2005

A Few of My Favorite Things

Some of my former perfume board buddies have decided to post their favorite perfume finds of 2005 on their blogs. I decided not to participate because pregnancy rendered me unable to wear perfume almost 8 months ago, meaning 2005 was a wash for me scentwise. But I figured I'd share in their spirit by posting a few things that I discovered or rediscovered during 2005.

Asfour EDT. Okay, I just said I can't wear perfume, but this was a happy find. I love citric notes that don't smell like sweat and I love iris. This scent marries the two seamlessly. Fresh yet earthy, blah blah blah. Let's just say I like it. Available at

Bissell SpotBot. If you have spots on your carpeting, this will annihilate them. No more scrubbing on your hands and knees. The only problem is that you may end up with perfect 6" circles of bright cleanliness on an otherwise dingy carpet. Solution: make a pattern of circles or spell out a dirty (er, clean?) word. Fun!

Shirataki Noodles. Thin, bean-thread-like noodles that have zero impact on your blood sugar and about 20 calories per (generous) serving. Warning: they're almost 100% soluble fiber so they function somewhat like Colon Blow. Consume wisely.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion. The best stuff on the market for oily skin. Unlike every chemical sunscreen I've ever tried, this SPF 55 physical sunblock actually reduces the oiliness of my skin and prolongs the life of my makeup. It's $36, but I've been using mine daily (face only) for 7 months and I'm still nowhere near the bottom of the bottle.

Oink Baby. These baby clothes make me laugh out loud. They're modern interpretations of retro adult fashions, mostly from the 60s and 70s. Picture mini leisure suits, oversized collars and cuffs, Pucci-like patterns. I figure anything that gets people to smile with delight when they see my kid will be good for her. Check out my latest acquisition.

My friend Kristie. We've known each other for almost 30 years. Two days after Christmas I received a hostile email from a member of my birth family, and right on its heels came a warm and supportive email from Kristie. She's the closest thing to a sister I have, and has known me longer than anyone except my parents and brothers. Family is what you make it. I love her.

Patrón Añejo Tequila. Good sippin' tequila, zero gag factor. G bought me a bottle for Xmas. (I'm expecting diamond earrings for my push present. Sorry, tequila won't cut it.) I'll be saving my Patrón for the first hot day of the year, when I can sit outside and consume a nice tumbler of it, chased by an icy beer. Ahhh.

Zingerman's Pecan Pie. Hands down, the best pecan pie in the world. The texture is chewy, crisp, almost toffee-like. Not syrupy. The flavor is deeply nutty and smoky, sweet but not too. Worth the outrageous price at

There's a lot to love in this world; you just have to keep yourself open to experience. With that, I wish you all a happy new year. :-)


Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Yay, so happy to see AsFour listed! It is one of my favorite finds of the year too.

Wishing you a peaceful delivery & a very happy 2006, K.

10:33 AM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

Wow, I can't think of a better endorsement from a more auspicious source! :-) Happy new year to you too, R!

11:26 AM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger mireille said...

I'm so glad you did this. I miss your arcane finds and equally arcane evaluations of said finds ... xoxo ♥

7:51 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger mireille said...

and Happy Happy New Year ... such Great Expectations! xo

7:52 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger mireille said...

just one more: ZINGERMAN'S!!! xo

7:54 PM, December 30, 2005  
Anonymous Jonna said...

Happy new year, K! I can't WAIT TO HEAR when she arrives.

And will Zingerman's convert an individual who is generally creeped out by pecan pie, or should I not waste my time? It's the syrupy jelly of mystery that skeeves me, not the pecans.

12:50 AM, December 31, 2005  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

Yes, M, Zingerman's!! Woo-hoo! A bit of A2 in a colorful box. Have you seen the website? Too much fun.

J -- it's the syrup that skeeves me too. Most pecan pies are really a thin layer of nuts floating on a sea of dark corn syrup. Z's pecan pie is the least syrupy I've tried. The nuts go pretty much to the bottom. And the crust is wonderful. I'm salivating just writing about it...

Happy new year to all of you! May you live long and prosper. \V/

3:06 AM, December 31, 2005  
Blogger cjblue said...

I hope you mean friends of the fragrance board with which you used to be associated...and not former friends ;-b

Love your list, so glad to see you participating in spirit. And thanks for the reminder that there is nothing like a good friend.

2006 will be a wonderful year for you and your family. ♥

1:31 PM, December 31, 2005  
Blogger mreenymo said...

Happy New Year!

Yes, you should absolutely expect diamond earrings for "push day." Nothing less will do! I've had two, so I've picked up some nice loot myself. :):)

Hugs to you and G, darling!

8:16 PM, December 31, 2005  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Well, it looks as if you have been on another kind of exploration.

Wishing you, Greg, baby girl & Cowgirl a very happy and healthy new year.

8:04 PM, January 01, 2006  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Push Day---that is a good one! HA

Thanks to you,Zingermans pecan pie graced my table on Thanksgiving! Thanks for the goodies from Zingermans and for opening up a whole new world of caloric glory to me and DH!


5:10 PM, January 03, 2006  
Blogger Bela said...

I knew I was missing out on wedding presents and baby showers; I hadn't thought of 'push presents'. Drat!

Happy New Year, K! :-)

10:41 PM, January 03, 2006  

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