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Chanel for the Cat Box

May 22, 2009 - Jennifer Brookens
When I went to Wisconsin for my uncle's funeral last weekend, I stayed with one of my cousins. She and her husband have a boarder at their house, and at Christmas he bought the wrong type of Chanel perfume for the woman he was trying to impress at the time. "This bottle has been sitting here for months. It's way too strong for me and I've been trying to pawn it off on someone," she said. Jokingly, I said, "I can always use it on the cat's litter box." She eagerly pushed the box at me and I could smell floral/vanilla mix without even opening the box lid. Her description of it as "stripper perfume" seemed to ring true to me as well.

The box ended up coming home with me. My first night back home, and sure enough the cat's litter box hadn't been changed. So after taking a deep breath before hauling it out to the garage for changing, I think the perfume might not be such a bad idea (Reason #1 for not holding your breath until you're on the verge of passing out). I find it in the luggage, point the bottle into the little cove where the catbox is located and squirt. I instantly regret it, as the scent overtakes the entire downstairs. A few minutes later, my husband asks if I put on some new perfume. I ask, "Why, do I smell like a stripper?" He wrinkles his nose and slowly steps away. Smart man.

It takes two days before the floral/vanilla scent finally dissipates. My daughter loves the pretty pink box and the bottle but I know better than to ever let her get her hands on it. I definitely need to find a better smell for my house. Maybe I should learn how to cook after all.


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