Today's Tell it to me Tuesday, brought to you from Janet at The Art of Getting by (go sign up yourself, it's fun) is as follows:
What are some of your favorite smells and is there a reason attached to why you like them so much? And in a two parter, what smells can't you stand and why?
Let me first start off by saying I have a bad sniffer. I can't smell everything, and I can't say that I'm altogether upset about that. Usually it's when someone says "euw! Do you smell that?" I can gladly say....No. No, I can't smell it.
Now, this doesn't exclude me from really gross smells, or pleasant ones, and I don't know why or how or when it comes or goes. Usually, it's generic candles I can't smell. I have two companies I buy from, Yankee Candle, and Kinfolk Candles (a local brand from my hometown comparible to Yankee!)
My favorite smells, are of course, candles. And other than candles, food is a close second. Something about a pot roast makes me think of home. I don't know why either because my mom didn't make it all that often. There is this produce store, Shaeffer's, that has a certain smell. I'm not sure what it is, so I'll say I love the store smell. Something about it reminds me of my childhood. Is it fresh and clean? Or, is it a mix of all the fruits and vegetables? I'm not sure. For all I know it could be pesticides. But, it's one of those smells that brings back that memory of being young.
I'm also a sucker for Gain laundry detergent, fabric softner, and dryer sheets. I love to wash my blankets and pull them from the dryer and smell them. There is nothing more cozy than curling up on a cold night with a yummy comfy blanket. God, I wish I was at home right now.
My cats. Go ahead and laugh it up. But honest to god, my cats smell like baby powder. I don't use anything on them to make them smell good, and they get a bath once every year or longer. They naturally smell delicious. I can lay my head on them and smell them and feel comforted. Ok, that makes me sound like a crazy cat lady, but really...I'm not. Yet.
I think it's powdered sugar I smell that reminds me of my Gma on my Dad's side. Because whenever I smell this smell, it reminds me of the toast she made us, that we can never re-create. She made us wheat toast (I'd never eat this or crust at home) with butter, and powdered sugar. But it was a perfect mix, so that the butter didn't suck up all the powdered sugar. I have never been able to make it the same way. Pancakes remind me of my Gma on my Mom's side. You always woke up to the smell of pancakes, and breakfast was always ready it didn't matter what time you woke up.
Smells I can't stand? Ugh, #1 on my list with no thinking twice...POPCORN! I don't know why, but it makes me nauseus. It's not that I hate popcorn, I'll sometimes eat kettle corn, carmel corn, cheese corn and the occassional buttered popcorn, but to smell it? Bleh. When people ask me why, I just say I think it is because I work in an office. It's something you smell every day, and I can't stand it. The guy I share an office with, eats that shit all the time! Going to the movies? Most people LOVE the smell of popcorn, it makes me want to gag. Can you believe they make a popcorn candle? Why?
Gum. This goes along with my gum phobia, I can't stand to look at it, smell it, touch anything that's touched it, including the wrapper, and the smell makes me want to puke. I don't care what flavor it is. I think it is the most disgusting thing in the world, to chew on something for hours and not swallow it. It traps all the shit in your teeth, yet you chomp away on it? That is a serious phobia.
People love to tease me with it, but seriously, knock it off. The whole time someone is chewing it I'm thinking please don't touch me. I know they've touched it. I won't even kiss someone if they have chewed it and I know about it. The only bad memories I have pertaining to gum, is once it was stuck on a spoon when I was like 7 years old. I remember from that point on, I would not use the spoons with that pattern because there was no way of knowing which spoon it was on. (I think this also sparked my plastic fork usage) So, I know it started young. So, anything bubble gum scented, flavored, stay the fuck away from me with that shit!
My dog. She smells. I bathe her twice a week with tea tree oil, but for 2-3 days a week she smells still, like nothing you can imagine. She has skin allergies, so she's constantly shedding her skin, and stanking up the house. It's horrible. Thus, the reason I burn a billion candles, to cover it up.