Thursday, July 14, 2005

Favorite Smells

I kinda feel like this is the sort of post that a middle schooler who has been online since birth would write, but I felt like sharing. So sue me. These are in no particular order.

  1. Old fashioned roses...the kind that aren't floral shop perfectly shaped but are more of an explosion of rosy goodness, cabbage rose, lush thick petals, grown in the backyard kind of roses.
  2. Gardenias. They instantly flash me back to our old house in West Monroe. The gardenia bush was outside of Granny's bedroom and when you stepped out to cut a few blooms, you had to make sure there weren't any snakes sunning themselves on the concrete stoop. Gotta love Louisiana. The only snake I worry about where I live now is my downstairs neighbor...the one with the meth lab.
  3. Newsprint. What can I say? Always loved it, always will.
  4. Polo Blue on Frank. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
  5. Sulphur. Mmhmm. Like after you blow out a match, the sticky wet scent of tar being laid on a roof or street or the air after a lightening storm.
  6. Tortillas being warmed on a gas stove.
  7. Coffee percolated over an open camp fire.
  8. Super Elastic Bubble Plastic. Those of you familiar with the gooey substance from a tube that you can blow into "plastic bubbles" know exactly what I'm talking about.
  9. Babies. The sweet, clean, powdery fresh smell of newness in a way that isn't duplicated anywhere else.
  10. Ocean. I drink in the salty, tangy, briny air when standing on the beach. Hand me a frosty piƱa colada and when the scent of pineapple mingles with the smell of the ocean I am in paradise.

Leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite smells.


Anonymous said...

Stacie and I would like to add puppy breath, freshley cut grass, the smell of dirt after a summer thunderstorm in the desert.

SocialKim said...

Film canisters, particularly with unused rolls in them. Ever since that one college black and white photog class, I just love that smell!

Skunk smell. Don't ask me why but it makes me feel warm and safe.

Playdoh, the Gulf of Mexico when the water is choppy, magnolia blooms and fresh baked brownies.

Louisiana air after a few years spent in Missouri, Johnny's Sweep the Kitchen pizza and a cold pitcher of cheap beer...

Anonymous said...

Fresh poo.

Anonymous said...

I second puppy breath.....It is the BEST!
xo xo,

Juliabohemian said...

pizza cooking
wet trees (from the rain)
freshly washed baby
raw silk clothing
clean laundry right out of the dryer

Kaya said...

I'm a wee bit worried about the Anonymous who likes fresh poo smell but other than that, these are all good. Mmmmm....Johnny's Pizza!! I'd love a few slices of Sweep the Kitchen right now!

sean said...

HELP KAY!!! I think I left my phone in your car and this is the only way I know how to reach you. ummm... i can't say give me a call if you have it obviously but could you check for the phone... i'll figure something out. could you call my friend danielle at eight four eight five six one nine if you find it? she'll let me know and we'll figure out some sort of rendezvous. GRACIAS DARLING!!