The Earl Of Grey Smells Like a Princess

5 Sep

Earl of Grey Smelling Pretty

Tazo’s Earl Grey (tea bag format) was the one tea that got me through a week of instructing a martial arts kids camp. My body is very anti-mornings. Whatever it is about my chemistry, mornings are just not for me. Getting up to do a kids camp at 9am was a strain. Getting somewhere by 9am is bad enough, never mind that it’s to deal with high energy kids. Ugh. Don’t get me wrong. It was a good experience. It was even fun at times, you know, when the caffeine kicked in. But kids at 9am. Dude.

I was in “grab whatever caffeine I could find” mode, and I found a box of Tazo’s Earl Grey in my pantry. Not my favorite, but it met all the qualifications of having caffeine and being palatable.

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The End of Summer, The Revival of The Tank

3 Sep

Tea Tank

Tea Tank: Make Tea!

For serial this time. Let’s start, just like in school since it’s the first week for all of those poor children. :D

How was your summer?

Mine was good. Sort of. Not really. Could’ve been worse though. It got better.  Like it just wouldn’t stop. Just when you think you’ve got your life figured out, some other glop happens and then you have to clean that up. Gross. All better now though! Got rid of another MONUMENTAL source of stress, so we’re okie dokie. Sneaky sneaky stress. I may not have been blogging, but I’ve been drinking lots of tea though, so over the next couple weeks I’ll fill you in, summer report style. Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Tazo’s Earl Grey
  • Yogi Tea’s Peach Detox
  • Teatulia’s Ginger
  • Teatulia’s Peppermint
  • Stash’s Rou Gui
  • Tao of Tea’s Dragonwell
  • Yogi Tea’s Bedtime
  • Teatulia’s Neem Nectar

And I think that’s most of what’s been going on. Lots of tea bagses yes… That’s what happens when your schedule is retarded. Good tea bags are important to have when life gets crazy. The only catch then is just remembering to grab your thermos before you run out the door!

Teavivre: Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea with honey

11 Jun

Serious need of a boost today! Too drained to even preface the blog post with something mildly interesting. Help me tea! Continue reading 

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Teavivre: Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” Green Tea

3 Jun

Teavivre: Jasmine "Dragon Pearls" Green Tea

It’s yet another gray and gloomy day in the land of Portlandia. Don’t you all want to live here! Woohoo!

For whatever reason, the Muse of Cleaning is speaking to me today. I don’t recall invoking her so she must just be here of her own volition, telling me there’s too much clutter and my feng shui’s all out of whack. Maybe my apartment was so bad that she felt an emergency visit was needed.

The Muse of Tea is always in my place though, and she’s demanding that I open the next sampler from Teavivre. Who am I to argue? What better way to fix my feng shui, than with the help of tea… Continue reading 

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Teavivre: Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea

30 May

Teavivre: Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea

Today’s one of those creepy weird days where last night, I totally had in my mind something like 3-5 different things I wanted to get done if I was feeling awesome in the morning. Today I woke up and had a lot of energy, but it was more like an anxious before-the-storm energy, and just wanted to do EVERYTHING – AT THE SAME TIME. NOW. RIGHT NOW. Lots of enthusiastic energy and lack of focus is terrible. You get 10 things partially done and then crash, so nothing actually gets done. You are awful, adrenal system! This isn’t helping at all. Jerk.

Fortunately, I recognized the situation after about 15 minutes of running around like a headless chicken, and realized the most logical course of action was to stop everything and drink tea. Aside from the focusing and leveling powers of tea, I’ve found that this little bit of guiding wisdom is helpful and applicable in many, many situations:

When in doubt, drink tea.

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Teavivre: White Peony Tea (Bai MuDan)

28 May

Teavivre: White Peony Tea (Bai MuDan)

I was really hoping for some kickass weather this weekend. My productivity goes through the roof on a glorious summer day. The news kept talking about how it’s gonna be so sunny and awesome and wonderful… and then all we got was some ridiculously blah overcast. Nothing demotivates quite like a serious overcast. It’s like the weather gods didn’t care enough to paint a nice sky or put together a brooding rain storm. They just slapped some shades of gray on a painfully blank canvas. Their laziness is contagious! Or maybe it’s like someone sucked the life out of the sky and now its a pale vampire zombie, limping along lifelessly outside my window and making me want to play Wii all day. Terrible weekend for a BBQ. Pretty good weekend for tea though, giving me a good opportunity to review another of Teavivre’s samples! Woohoo! Movin’ right along… Continue reading 

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Teavivre: Bailin Gongfu Black Tea

23 May

Teavivre: Bailin Gongfu Black Tea

The good folks at Teavivre were very kind to offer me the chance to review some of their teas. Of course, that was at the same time things starting getting retarded in my life and I was about ready to set things on fire. Now that things have settled, I will review their samples promptly, carefully and lovingly. Continue reading 

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Tea Forte’s Skin Smart (4 of 5)

2 Feb

I hate apartment hunting. So much lol. Everything is so expensive these days. It’s ridiculous. It’s either too expensive or too old or in a bad neighborhood or was designed by a retarded monkey. The fireplace does NOT belong in the middle of the apartment! The heating vents do NOT belong on the valuable wall space. In one of my many other lives, I will design apartments that won’t drive people crazy, and there will be much rejoicing. In the meantime, I will rejoice about tea. This swiss apple was pretty damn good actually… Continue reading 

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Tea Forte’s Skin Smart (3 of 5)

18 Dec

…and back again! Thing got rough and busy – again. Lost my power adapters for my camera. Favorite cat died a terrible death from kidney failure. Stuff like that. Not enough tea in the world for that one. But enough about my holidays. I hope all of you are having a great holiday season, drinking all sorts of tea and chilling with family and friends. With a little bit of a break today, I’m totally jumping on the chance to continue with the blog. Tea Forte’s Honey Yuzu is up! Continue reading 

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A Magic Carpet Ride

27 Oct

Oh. My. Tea. I slept last night. It’s a miracle. I slept nine hours. NINE hours. I wonder if it was the Cherry Marzipan from last night. If it was, I need to buy more. Now. In fact, I got so much sleep that I’m awake enough to do a tea review early today, before martial arts. Amazing.

I saw the sample offer from Magic Carpet Tea and decided to jump on it. Oolong with dates you say? Yes, please. Interest in an oolong sample requires no explanation but you may be wondering, dates? Really? I like dates. You know why? Because Indiana Jones likes them. I know you’ve seen Raiders Of The Lost Ark. If you haven’t, get out. Right now. Don’t come back until you’ve watched it.

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