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My awesome morning breakfast is a banana honey matcha smoothie, comprising the following:

1 cup soy milk
1/2 tsp. Bee Pollen matcha
squirt of liquid amber honey
1 small banana

I just love the honey + matcha combination.

I have to stay home today because I unexpectedly woke up with pink eye today. What gives? So looks like I’ll be drinking tea all day and trying to find school-related stuff to do here. Tea marathon, here I come.

Courtney

Ooh I was just dithering over this one before I put in my matcha order hah.

Courtney

I hope your eye heals up quickly!

Fjellrev

Despite choosing the highest level flavouring for it, it barely tastes of anything? Maybe a little like bee pollen, but nothing too noticeable. So I’d only order it if you wanted it for the health benefits, but if you want something with a noticeable flavour, don’t bother.

And thanks! It’s just more of an annoyance than anything else. I wash my hands A LOT so what gives.

Courtney

That’s what I surmised from all the tasting notes haha. I went with Rich Berry Pie instead. :)

Thank goodness your defence was yesterday haha!

Fjellrev

Which level of flavouring did you go with? It seems like distinctive is more than enough for the fruit flavoured ones, lest they start to taste a little on the chemical side. But that sounds like one that should have a lot going on in the flavours!

Haha you’re right. It would have been such a stupid thing to postpone something over.

Courtney

I went with delicate. I’m not brave enough to try higher levels of flavouring quite yet. This is only my second ever order with Red Leaf because I drink matcha so slowly. I also wish you could pick and choose with the deals which ones you want at a higher level. Although, perhaps a quick email could sort something like that out.

Courtney

What was your thesis on, if you don’t mind me asking?

Fjellrev

Yeah, I think that’s why they have different kinds of deals, so if you want them at different flavouring levels, you could perhaps split them in half and get 5 + 2 in delicate and 5 + 2 in robust. But then you end up with tons of matcha haha. I’ve really slowed down on the consumption too. The only way I rip through it is if I get into the habit of making multiple cold lattes on a daily basis. I once finished 30g of French Vanilla in less than ten days!

As for my thesis, I’m looking at a gradual sound change that has been occurring in various varieties of North American English since the 18th century. I’m seeing how far along the change is in the variety of English here, and conducting quantitative analyses with several possible factors which tend to affect rates of change in language. Sounds boring, I’m sure. :)

Courtney

Less than 10 days, that’s crazy! I think that’s the trend I’m heading towards now though (though perhaps not quite so fast). I am loving the cold matcha latte. I was off milk for just over 7 months, so now I’m diving back into it. May as well start with delicious matcha flavours.

Haha, if it interests you that’s all that matters! Does that involve the sort of sound change that accents would produce? I thought perhaps it was in the biology field and I’d have someone to nerd out with. :P

OMGsrsly

Fjellrev, that sounds so cool! I love that you’re doing a quantitative analysis. :)

Fjellrev

Courtney, phonological variation is part of a puzzle piece which comprises speakers’ different “accents” haha.

OMG, yeah, that’s kind of the funny thing about linguistics. No one really knows much about it, assumes it’s about learning random words in a dictionary, when in actuality we conduct experiments, test hypotheses, analyze spectrograms, some even work with ultrasound, etc, so quantitative analyses are pretty much a standard thing. :)

OMGsrsly

You’re doing SCIENCE! :D I’m used to non-science degrees being really subjective things like history and english. Haha. Archaeology has quantitative aspects, yes, but writing papers is a lot of BS-ing! “Based on this, a possible interpretation might be…”

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, I think most people associate humanities with history and English, which further makes you think of subjective BS-ing indeed. There are some subjective aspects to linguistics too, depending on the sub-field. Interestingly, here, you can get either a BSc or BA in linguistics, but regardless of what you do in grad, it’s a MA. Yet back at U of A, they grant a MSc in linguistics, and up until the mid-80s, all ling degrees there were granted as BSc’s. So weird.

Courtney

That’s actually fascinating. It always struck me as more subjective than quantifiable. Granted, I don’t spend a lot of time contemplating linguistics haha!

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Courtney

Ooh I was just dithering over this one before I put in my matcha order hah.

Courtney

I hope your eye heals up quickly!

Fjellrev

Despite choosing the highest level flavouring for it, it barely tastes of anything? Maybe a little like bee pollen, but nothing too noticeable. So I’d only order it if you wanted it for the health benefits, but if you want something with a noticeable flavour, don’t bother.

And thanks! It’s just more of an annoyance than anything else. I wash my hands A LOT so what gives.

Courtney

That’s what I surmised from all the tasting notes haha. I went with Rich Berry Pie instead. :)

Thank goodness your defence was yesterday haha!

Fjellrev

Which level of flavouring did you go with? It seems like distinctive is more than enough for the fruit flavoured ones, lest they start to taste a little on the chemical side. But that sounds like one that should have a lot going on in the flavours!

Haha you’re right. It would have been such a stupid thing to postpone something over.

Courtney

I went with delicate. I’m not brave enough to try higher levels of flavouring quite yet. This is only my second ever order with Red Leaf because I drink matcha so slowly. I also wish you could pick and choose with the deals which ones you want at a higher level. Although, perhaps a quick email could sort something like that out.

Courtney

What was your thesis on, if you don’t mind me asking?

Fjellrev

Yeah, I think that’s why they have different kinds of deals, so if you want them at different flavouring levels, you could perhaps split them in half and get 5 + 2 in delicate and 5 + 2 in robust. But then you end up with tons of matcha haha. I’ve really slowed down on the consumption too. The only way I rip through it is if I get into the habit of making multiple cold lattes on a daily basis. I once finished 30g of French Vanilla in less than ten days!

As for my thesis, I’m looking at a gradual sound change that has been occurring in various varieties of North American English since the 18th century. I’m seeing how far along the change is in the variety of English here, and conducting quantitative analyses with several possible factors which tend to affect rates of change in language. Sounds boring, I’m sure. :)

Courtney

Less than 10 days, that’s crazy! I think that’s the trend I’m heading towards now though (though perhaps not quite so fast). I am loving the cold matcha latte. I was off milk for just over 7 months, so now I’m diving back into it. May as well start with delicious matcha flavours.

Haha, if it interests you that’s all that matters! Does that involve the sort of sound change that accents would produce? I thought perhaps it was in the biology field and I’d have someone to nerd out with. :P

OMGsrsly

Fjellrev, that sounds so cool! I love that you’re doing a quantitative analysis. :)

Fjellrev

Courtney, phonological variation is part of a puzzle piece which comprises speakers’ different “accents” haha.

OMG, yeah, that’s kind of the funny thing about linguistics. No one really knows much about it, assumes it’s about learning random words in a dictionary, when in actuality we conduct experiments, test hypotheses, analyze spectrograms, some even work with ultrasound, etc, so quantitative analyses are pretty much a standard thing. :)

OMGsrsly

You’re doing SCIENCE! :D I’m used to non-science degrees being really subjective things like history and english. Haha. Archaeology has quantitative aspects, yes, but writing papers is a lot of BS-ing! “Based on this, a possible interpretation might be…”

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, I think most people associate humanities with history and English, which further makes you think of subjective BS-ing indeed. There are some subjective aspects to linguistics too, depending on the sub-field. Interestingly, here, you can get either a BSc or BA in linguistics, but regardless of what you do in grad, it’s a MA. Yet back at U of A, they grant a MSc in linguistics, and up until the mid-80s, all ling degrees there were granted as BSc’s. So weird.

Courtney

That’s actually fascinating. It always struck me as more subjective than quantifiable. Granted, I don’t spend a lot of time contemplating linguistics haha!

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