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Thank goodness that this one is so much better than that Royal Phoenix that I just dumped. I was taking a big risk brewing another unfamiliar sample, but it worked out.

This is a really good roasted oolong. It retains a lot more of the floral flavor than other roasted oolongs that I have had. Way to go thepuriTea! (^^)

Oh by the way, in case anyone is wondering (I know I left you in suspense and you are dying to know, lol), I survived my piano recital on Sunday. It wasn’t as perfect as I way hoping for, but it could have been a lot worse. I was terribly stressed out about other things the couple days before and I’m just glad that I was able to make it through the performance. My hands completely went off on their own tangent right in the middle for a whole 7 seconds. grrr. The awfulness of it. Playing a piece perfect a thousand times over for no one to hear and then a whole audience hears that. ugh. Oh well. At least I had a pretty dress (^^)
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxNRCCXF70kYdTZrdHN2ZW5GelE/edit?usp=sharing

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good for you getting up there and performing!

That kind of experience is exactly why I didn’t go into performing although I was a music major. I love singing and creating music with other people, but freeze up to an extent on stage. It does get way better though the more often you do it. I still dabble with performing from time to time, but mostly in choirs or really informal settings.

Shelley_Lorraine

It’s my 4th recital there (I’ve only been playing a few years). The only thing that keeps me looking forward to more recitals is that piano. Oh boy I would do anything to have that piano!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

From what I can see, it’s a beautiful piano! (I can’t watch at work.)

moraiwe

The Storm! That song is so fun to play! And I thought you did lovely! :)

(And for what it’s worth, unless anyone in the audience was really familiar with the song, they probably didn’t notice your mistake. You kept playing and it passed off as part of the song really well <3 Performing is hard)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Just got to watch it and like Moraiwe said, you pulled off the mistake with confidence. I am not familiar with the piece and didn’t detect a big mistake. The piano, your playing, and your dress were beautiful!

Shelley_Lorraine

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oh gee, i know I could have done worse! Most of the students there were playing things much harder than I. The teacher I have is excellent (albeit intimidating and Russian. lol) I haven’t heard a single student of hers ever sound like a beginner (except maybe me! haha). But one girl there completely stopped playing three times during her piece and just trembled at the piano until she could remember. I felt her pain. But then, with a piece as impressive as hers was, that kind of mistake is easier to forgive.

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good for you getting up there and performing!

That kind of experience is exactly why I didn’t go into performing although I was a music major. I love singing and creating music with other people, but freeze up to an extent on stage. It does get way better though the more often you do it. I still dabble with performing from time to time, but mostly in choirs or really informal settings.

Shelley_Lorraine

It’s my 4th recital there (I’ve only been playing a few years). The only thing that keeps me looking forward to more recitals is that piano. Oh boy I would do anything to have that piano!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

From what I can see, it’s a beautiful piano! (I can’t watch at work.)

moraiwe

The Storm! That song is so fun to play! And I thought you did lovely! :)

(And for what it’s worth, unless anyone in the audience was really familiar with the song, they probably didn’t notice your mistake. You kept playing and it passed off as part of the song really well <3 Performing is hard)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Just got to watch it and like Moraiwe said, you pulled off the mistake with confidence. I am not familiar with the piece and didn’t detect a big mistake. The piano, your playing, and your dress were beautiful!

Shelley_Lorraine

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oh gee, i know I could have done worse! Most of the students there were playing things much harder than I. The teacher I have is excellent (albeit intimidating and Russian. lol) I haven’t heard a single student of hers ever sound like a beginner (except maybe me! haha). But one girl there completely stopped playing three times during her piece and just trembled at the piano until she could remember. I felt her pain. But then, with a piece as impressive as hers was, that kind of mistake is easier to forgive.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) (this will be my 4th degree, but first/only graduate one :) )

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea most often one that I recognize as having significantly notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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Wyoming

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