Wednesday, September 21, 2005

What Smells?

I was lying awake last night brainstorming topics when I smelled my hand. I thought, "That's it...smells." For those of you who may not know me very well, my sense of smell is my best sense (my one and only thinks it is a bit over-developed). Being a person who has a "lesser" sense as my dominant gives me a unique perspective on my environment. I am in no way shape or form discounting smell by calling it a lesser sense; however, let's call a spade a spade. Would you rather lose sight or smell; hearing or smell, touch or smell; taste or smell? See what I mean? It is a lesser sense. People can lead relatively complete lives without the sense of smell. Jim's high school p.e. teacher was a little, bald, divorced man without a sense of smell. I never quite believed him thinking it was more an excuse to have b.o. Anyway, I am best at smelling.

I am so good at smelling that I can detect layers in odors. If I sit next to you in SS or church I can very likely tell the scent of your perfume/colonge, deoderant, laundry detergent, and soap. I know it may sound strange, but I use my nose more than the average person. For example, I feel positively or negatively about a book I am reading by inhaling the spine (a good one smells of glue and binding materials and a bad one smells of smoke or food). I am kneenly aware of the smells of other people's houses. I can detect the presence of a pet and identify the kind before I see the pet. I am also affected in a visceral way by smells. A smell can make me feel good, bad, sick, insecure, jealous, or comforted. Some smells have an effect on my tummy, my head, my heart, and oddly my back and neck. So if you are wondering why I am writing all of this, here's why...each of my girls have a different smell. It is so neat to bury my nose in their necks and drink in their unique scent. Here is what they smell like:
Princess smells like a good honest brand of soap (ie. Zest or Dial) and
lavendar, and the air after a good clean rain, and water based paints.

Monkey smells like graham crackers and honey, and wet sand, and
creme soda and new leather.

Baby A smells like orange blossoms, and powder, and oatmeal (the
plain kind) with cinnamon, and the library.

Baby B smells like buttermilk, and cranberries, and fresh straw, and
and green tea, and the air outside during October.

Were any of you wondering why the word "crazy" is in my blog name? Anyway, hope this helps you pay attention to smells a little more. So don't be offended if I ask you "What Smells?" I am just adding it to my inventory...


Blogger Seminole said...

I no longer want to sit by you or invite you to my home. I'm scared.

You and Jeremy should get together and talk. His incredibly large nose gives him the extra sense of smell. As least you don't have a huge schnoz!

9:07 PM  
Blogger crazy said...

Don't be scared. I know this about myself so I don't judge people by their smell.

6:50 AM  
Blogger forrest said...

I am afraid to walk near you now or at least I'll have to check my pits.

You probably don't want to come over to my house either with a dog and kid who is potty training.

8:42 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

I have to say I'm a little frightened now, myself.

12:02 PM  
Blogger GoldenSunrise said...

Dust has a keen sense of smell. I have told him he has a sensitive nose. You guys should talk about smells.

2:06 PM  
Blogger crazy said...

Please don't worry. I am just extra sensitive to my sensory gifts. That's all. I like to think intelligent people like Dust and myself are just a couple of examples. I challenge you all to identify your dominant sense and spend a few moments describing how it effects your environment.

2:15 PM  
Blogger forrest said...

I enjoy good smells, but if you are all about smells what are you going to think of me if I don't smell delicious?

How about sight? You better look good if you are around me. J/K (but wouldn't that frighten you?)

I think smells is the one sense that will trigger the memories the most. Or even better yet is the double team of touch and smell. The temperature touch on your skin with the smell is the best one two combo.

A cold winter day with christmas pine trees.

A chilly autmumn night with a bonfire and roasted marshmellows.

An idian summer night with the smoke from BBQ.

3:35 PM  
Blogger crazy said...

My sight is terrible without glasses. I can't even recognize people without my glasses. See what I mean about smells? You are right about the touch/smell combo. Thanks for getting into the "spirit" of the post, forrest.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Seminole said...

The smell of Salon Selectives and the memories of my big hair days... Now I get it!

I have no good senses. I suck. My eyes are horrible, nose isn't so great, taste is average, touch-average. I'm average. Very average.

11:36 AM  
Blogger shakedust said...

I agree with Crazy. Being gifted with a strong sense of smell just isn't the same as the other gifts. It is nice to be able to pick out nuances in foods and aromas, but I can also pick out the nuances in a trash can across the room. Blah!

My other senses are not so good.

Hearing: huh?
Touch: At least I'm not numb
Sight: I have a 16 color pallet
Taste: Well, I do have taste

8:50 PM  
Blogger verna said...

Wow! Did you used to love scratch-n-sniff stickers?

FYI - this is my 3rd or 4th visit to your site....don't be hatin'...we have dial-up!

9:48 AM  
Blogger jera-mee said...

I also have a very keen sense of smell. My large scent detecting apparatus really gives me a leg up in the smelling game. I will challenge anyone to a smell-off. Any takers?

3:01 PM  
Blogger jera-mee said...

So,Seminole, are you really good at sitting. Just following your line of logic.

3:03 PM  
Blogger jera-mee said...

I used to love scratch and sniff stickers. I especially liked the motorcycle ones that smelled like gas and the skunk ones that smelled like skunks.Seriously.

3:04 PM  
Blogger jera-mee said...

BTW. Why just kidding about REO Speedwagon as one of your favorite bands. They totally rock.

5:00 PM  
Blogger gigi said...

A smell-off? That's hillarious.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Seminole said...

You would Jerbie

7:44 PM  
Blogger crazy said...

Yes, I loved scratch and sniff stickers. But I do have a bit of a bad memory involving them. We used to have sticker charts in 3rd grade and we got to put scratch and sniffs on our chart for every 100% on our spelling test. Well, I was the worst speller in my class so my chart was always only half full at best. I had popcorn and jelly bean (my favs) scratch and sniff eny. I DO rememer the skunks and motorcycle ones. I actually liked the cycles too.

8:29 PM  
Blogger crazy said...

As for a smell-a-thon. You're on! Bring it! I can identify ingredients in sauces by smell.

8:30 PM  
Blogger forrest said...

I would like to be the facilator to this smell off. We'll get Dust, Tam, and Mags together. I create a weird mix of ingrediants and you'll have to identify them. We'll go thru several round. The person who can identify the most correctly wins. +1 point per correct ingrediant, -1 point per wrong ingrediant.

Something like that.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Seminole said...

If you put food in there, Jeremy will lose. He doesn't like food.

10:44 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

seminole... average? Hello? Did everyone know that seminole was the validictorian of her high school class?

10:54 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

wait... who is dust?

10:56 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

so does your nose want to explode when you walk into a yankee candle store?

10:59 AM  
Blogger crazy said...

Actually, instant headache. I will sign up for this smell off. We need to do it soon though, my allergies will kick in soon.

1:47 PM  
Blogger forrest said...

Oh! So your nose has limitations.

Walking into or by a yankee candle store is a lesson on what happens when restraint is not used. It is the brown of smells.

2:54 PM  
Blogger shakedust said...

Gina, here's a hint. I probably bored you to tears with Screwtape Letters.

Forrest, I am up for the smell competition. That is so long as the good smells outnumber the bad ones. I can only take so much of dirty sock mixed with vinegar and decaying fish.

6:23 PM  
Blogger gigi said...

dust...Oh... I know who you are now!
You are actually a really great teacher... it's just that I am clueless when it comes to c.s. lewis.

my brother sal said you are a really cool guy and he enjoyed your class.

6:54 PM  
Blogger forrest said...

Anybody up for the first annual smelloff at the next elevate pm?

9:29 AM  
Blogger shakedust said...

Yeah, I'm up for it.

I did think of one more little stipulation about the smell off. Can we keep it to stuff that everyone has heard of?

5:13 PM  
Blogger Seminole said...

I'm signing Magrelo up. This is so exciting!

8:35 PM  
Blogger forrest said...

I am thinking about forming a panel.

Each participant will get a master list of 30 smelly things (tomato paste, gasoline, cough syrup, basil, garlic, chocolate pudding, etc.) So you can practice up on the list.

From the master list, we will combine 4 together and each participant will have to identify the 4. +1 point for each right and -1 for each wrong ingrediant. We will have a total of 10 smellings for a grand total of 40 points. Each participant will have the same 10 smells.

May the best nose win.
We can have a trophy made with a golden nose.

10:47 AM  
Blogger crazy said...

I LOVE IT!! I CAN FINALLY BE A CONTENDER FOR SOMETHING! I really want that golden nose.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Seminole said...

(It won't be REAL gold Tammy!)

12:00 PM  
Blogger gigi said...

wait... I don't get it...

7:09 PM  
Blogger clearing said...


11:33 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

Ah ha clearing! since you are asking... that means you don't know... and that means you don't know me... and that means I don't know you... and that means you really are creepy...

1:43 PM  
Blogger shakedust said...

Gina, it could be that Clearing is just trying to play dumb. It's hard to tell what Clearing's motivations are, though.

2:15 PM  

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