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I had a truly vile evening which was composed of a hellishly difficult test in school, getting stuck in a sprinkler system on the school grounds that I couldn’t see because it was so dark which left me soaked like a wet rat in the cold night, and my wriggling and jumping must have made my (beloved, beautiful, worn every day for over a decade) watch come loose, and I lost it somewhere either at school, on the train, or in my walk home through my town. Sigh, sigh, sigh. Boy oh boy is it a Queen Catherine day.

Slightly smoky, a little complicated, alotta delicious. My shoulders have straightened, and my chin is up. I think I’ll have another cup!

ashmanra

Catherine can do that for you! It is her specialty. And I hope upon hope that your watch is somehow found and returned to you. To lose a well-traveled hat AND a beloved watch in one week is TOO MUCH! The girls closed the door to the living room this morning in disgust because I was murmuring sloppy, passionate endearments to my first morning cup. Oh! I have to remember that! A great way to get some alone time….

JacquelineM

I know! I said to my husband “If things come in 3s, what am I going to lose next!!?!?” and then I thought to myself “Sheesh – after that test perhaps I’ll be losing my 4.0 average at school!!!” I will happily lose my errr…lunch carrier bag…instead?!?!

He hee – yes – good way to get some alone time :)

JacquelineM

Oh! I lost my sunglasses a little while ago – maybe that can be 3 :)

ashmanra

Yes! So it is over now…

takgoti

Here’s hoping today is far less stressful! And for the record – I have found that speaking to inanimate objects is nearly always an efficient way to clear the room.

JacquelineM

Hello takgoti!!!!! :) :) :)

ashmanra

Hello takgoti! I was scratching my head wondering what inanimate objects JacquelineM had mentioned speaking to when I realized I WAS THE ONE who spoke to an inanimate object! Thing is, I do it a lot. I get very personal with my tea in the mornings. I once apologized quite eloquently – it was very moving – to a cup of English Breakfast for not drinking it in a long time. They closed the door that day, too.

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ashmanra

Catherine can do that for you! It is her specialty. And I hope upon hope that your watch is somehow found and returned to you. To lose a well-traveled hat AND a beloved watch in one week is TOO MUCH! The girls closed the door to the living room this morning in disgust because I was murmuring sloppy, passionate endearments to my first morning cup. Oh! I have to remember that! A great way to get some alone time….

JacquelineM

I know! I said to my husband “If things come in 3s, what am I going to lose next!!?!?” and then I thought to myself “Sheesh – after that test perhaps I’ll be losing my 4.0 average at school!!!” I will happily lose my errr…lunch carrier bag…instead?!?!

He hee – yes – good way to get some alone time :)

JacquelineM

Oh! I lost my sunglasses a little while ago – maybe that can be 3 :)

ashmanra

Yes! So it is over now…

takgoti

Here’s hoping today is far less stressful! And for the record – I have found that speaking to inanimate objects is nearly always an efficient way to clear the room.

JacquelineM

Hello takgoti!!!!! :) :) :)

ashmanra

Hello takgoti! I was scratching my head wondering what inanimate objects JacquelineM had mentioned speaking to when I realized I WAS THE ONE who spoke to an inanimate object! Thing is, I do it a lot. I get very personal with my tea in the mornings. I once apologized quite eloquently – it was very moving – to a cup of English Breakfast for not drinking it in a long time. They closed the door that day, too.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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Collingswood, NJ

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