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drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
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52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2011 – Day 10

Caramel Vanilla Chai…I LOVE Chai!!! I quickly brewed this up, added a little Truvia and skim milk, and took a sip. Hmm, there’s something weird going on in this cup. It might be the balance of spices, the black tea base, or the added flavorings. I can’t really tell.

At first, the after taste is pleasant. I get equally strong caramel and vanilla notes. But then once those fade, the after taste is kind of funky. I would probably like this better as a chai tea latte. It tastes kind of weak when it’s largely water with only a little bit of milk. Oh, I just read the description, and it says it’s an Assam tea base. That must be it. Don’t mind me and my dislike of Assam.

The more I sip on it, the better it tastes actually. This is kind of a weird tea morning. There has just been soooo much drama over this wedding. My brother is getting married in 2012 as well, and he seems to have taken it as a personal affront that I got engaged. I have yet to figure out why he’s so upset let alone how to make him feel better.

It’s created an awful situation for everyone. My fiancé’s parents seem to be really mad at my brother, my fiancé just doesn’t care about his feelings at all, my dad is trying not to pick sides, and I’m left in the middle trying to appease everyone and getting nowhere fast. I haven’t been able to sleep or concentrate in days. It’s kind of ruining the whole experience. I’ve only been engaged for two weeks, and we haven’t even set a date yet. All this drama seems a little premature.

Anyway, I just have to get this off my chest. I don’t know how I’m going to feel better if my brother keeps acting the way he is now. It’s such an unfair situation. I feel like no matter what I do, I can’t win. I’m sorry for making this a rather gloomy, despondent tea post. I think I’m going to go make more of that Ginger Ale Tea from yesterday. It was really great. This chai just isn’t hitting the spot. I need something calmer. If you like chai, this is a good one. It’s definitely unique from the other chais I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

: ( My beau’s cousin got engaged last year and is getting married this July. There is a slight possibility that the beau and I will get married this year (though likely next instead) and his cousin has essentially warned us that it won’t go over well if we get married in the same year as them. I don’t understand how/why people get so tetchy about this – I hope all works out for you!

CHAroma

Thanks. I don’t understand the monopoly on an entire year either. It’s just one day out of 365. Get over it!

LiberTEAS

I am sorry that you’re experiencing such difficulty … it should be a happy time, not one of stress like this. Yes, there is stress involved with a wedding, but it shouldn’t be because of rifts between family members who are also having weddings in the same year! I hope things get better soon for you.

Mercuryhime

I don’t get how people got so possessive about their wedding. Share the joy. If my sister got married the same year as me, I’d be excited to have someone to plan with and discuss ideas and try dresses on and complain about how the fiancé isn’t pulling his weight, etc. I guess you could consider doing a 2013 wedding if you’re feeling generous. Good luck and stay cheerful. :$

Ninavampi

I am sorry to hear about having problems while wedding planning… I feel family should be support not more troubles on top of everything. Hopefully your brother will get over it once he realizes that your getting married in no way was related with belittling his getting married… Most importantly, do your best to enjoy your wedding planning and wedding! So exciting! : ) Congrats again!

CHAroma

Thanks for all the support. I don’t want to encourage his petty actions, but I think we will ultimately move the wedding to early Spring 2013. It will be easier for multiple reasons.

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Uniquity

: ( My beau’s cousin got engaged last year and is getting married this July. There is a slight possibility that the beau and I will get married this year (though likely next instead) and his cousin has essentially warned us that it won’t go over well if we get married in the same year as them. I don’t understand how/why people get so tetchy about this – I hope all works out for you!

CHAroma

Thanks. I don’t understand the monopoly on an entire year either. It’s just one day out of 365. Get over it!

LiberTEAS

I am sorry that you’re experiencing such difficulty … it should be a happy time, not one of stress like this. Yes, there is stress involved with a wedding, but it shouldn’t be because of rifts between family members who are also having weddings in the same year! I hope things get better soon for you.

Mercuryhime

I don’t get how people got so possessive about their wedding. Share the joy. If my sister got married the same year as me, I’d be excited to have someone to plan with and discuss ideas and try dresses on and complain about how the fiancé isn’t pulling his weight, etc. I guess you could consider doing a 2013 wedding if you’re feeling generous. Good luck and stay cheerful. :$

Ninavampi

I am sorry to hear about having problems while wedding planning… I feel family should be support not more troubles on top of everything. Hopefully your brother will get over it once he realizes that your getting married in no way was related with belittling his getting married… Most importantly, do your best to enjoy your wedding planning and wedding! So exciting! : ) Congrats again!

CHAroma

Thanks for all the support. I don’t want to encourage his petty actions, but I think we will ultimately move the wedding to early Spring 2013. It will be easier for multiple reasons.

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