February faves: sights, sounds and smells.

Greetings and salutations!

It’s your friendly neighborhood author here, with my monthly round-up of what’s on my mind and tickling my senses. 

I’ve been in Costa Rica for a wedding so my eyeballs have been overloaded with gorgeous, surprising sights. Giant pre-historic iguanas and crocs giving me suspicious side-eye, beaches of black volcanic sand and insanely warm water, blonde surfers with bodies like brown beer bottles. Most memorable vista? In the car one morning, we came upon a traffic jam: on the other side of the road, trucks were lined up behind the body of an animal the size of a large dog. “I’m not gonna want to see this,” I whimpered, peeking through my fingers. As we got closer, we saw the animal was alive. It was a sloth, crossing the road veeeerrrryyyy slowly: an army crawl, with its two clawed arms. Locals had gathered to ensure its safe trip. Turns out, I did want to see that. 

 

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My soundtrack of choice is jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson. I’m obviously stuck in the past, so I was happy to discover contemporary jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant though her interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. Her voice is idiosyncratic and powerful: playful, strong, punchy, earthy. And she’s a feminist to boot!

 

I love perfume, but my girlfriend is allergic to most of them. Lucky for me, she found one she likes. Rose Petals, Peony, & Bergamot Perfume Oil from Urban Outfitters. It’s made with apricot and sweet almond oils and it smells warm, fresh and romantic. I love how you can see the rose buds suspended in the oil; so pretty! The smell reminds me of kissing girls in long floral dresses and lunch in the hotel garden... J’adore!