drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1735 tasting notes

Usually, I add milk as the “whipped cream and a cherry on top,” not as an essential ingredient, but this one continues to be strong and dark and acidic enough it just needs a little softening. But for BBB lovers, it’s definitely one to add to your library.

The caffeine kick is welcome. Word count goal for the day is a little daunting. Just 2100 words, but they need to be constructive and comprehensible to fourth graders. Grade level thesaurus, Tommy Emmanuel on Pandora … here we go!

gmathis

Changed the channel on Pandora, and I believe I have a new favorite ever…Barenaked Ladies children’s albums! I’m singing “Rainbow Connection” with the Dixie Chicks right now. (Has absolutely nothing to do with my choice of beverage, but I know some of you would appreciate that!)

Dylan Oxford

The Barenaked Ladies children’s songs are ridiculously awesome. You could also check out They Might Be Giant’s, they have actually put out three or four children’s cds now (Science and No! are the highlights in my head).

And, if you’re looking for something a little more wacky, you could check out the Dino-5 album, Baby Loves Hip Hop. It aims for sub-school-age children though, but quite amusing. A sample, courtesy of Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016O64VI/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk11

Enjoy :)

gmathis

Oh, yeah—when I taught kids’ choir a few years ago, their special “fun” treat was singing “Vi-O-LIN, LIN, LIN!” at the top of their lungs. Appreciate the leads…my baby is now 18, so I’m a little rusty on preschool culture.

Tina S.

BNL’s 7-8-9 is one of my all time favourite songs they did!

Dinosara

Fun fact: TMBG’s “I am a Paleontologist” song on Here Comes Science was written about me!

gmathis

We are in the presence of a celebrity! How cool is that! (Would love to hear the backstory.)

Dylan Oxford

That’s awesome Dinosara, we definitely need to hear the story!

ashmanra

Ditto on the backstory! :) We love BNL and TMBG!

Dylan Oxford

Assuming that we’re not being horribly nosy and prying into your life, of course ;)

K S

Even if we are horribly nosy we still want to here it.

Missy

I second the, “I want to hear the story!”

Dinosara

Haha, I wouldn’t have mentioned if it I couldn’t tell the story. :) Basically I am a huge fan and have been to enough concerts that the bassist (Danny) noticed me and the dinosaur t-shirts I used to wear to shows. One time he asked me and I said that I was a paleontologist, and he said that his son loves dinosaurs and wants to be one as well. We had a short conversation about paleontology, and when he saw me he would ask how it was going. Fast forward several years and I hear he has written a song called “I am a Paleontologist”. When I finally got to see them again I of course told him I liked the song and he said “I was thinking about you when I wrote it.” Total fan nirvana.

Another interesting fact is that Danny is trained as a physical therapist, and actually went to PT school at the school where I am a grad student. My department (Anatomy) teaches human gross anatomy to the PT students (among others), so it was funny talk about our faculty who he remembers teaching it!

gmathis

Love it—had to go round it up on YouTube for a listen!

Dylan Oxford

Haha, that’s pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Missy

Yes thanks for sharing! Interesting tidbit up there.

ashmanra

Too cool!

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gmathis

Changed the channel on Pandora, and I believe I have a new favorite ever…Barenaked Ladies children’s albums! I’m singing “Rainbow Connection” with the Dixie Chicks right now. (Has absolutely nothing to do with my choice of beverage, but I know some of you would appreciate that!)

Dylan Oxford

The Barenaked Ladies children’s songs are ridiculously awesome. You could also check out They Might Be Giant’s, they have actually put out three or four children’s cds now (Science and No! are the highlights in my head).

And, if you’re looking for something a little more wacky, you could check out the Dino-5 album, Baby Loves Hip Hop. It aims for sub-school-age children though, but quite amusing. A sample, courtesy of Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016O64VI/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk11

Enjoy :)

gmathis

Oh, yeah—when I taught kids’ choir a few years ago, their special “fun” treat was singing “Vi-O-LIN, LIN, LIN!” at the top of their lungs. Appreciate the leads…my baby is now 18, so I’m a little rusty on preschool culture.

Tina S.

BNL’s 7-8-9 is one of my all time favourite songs they did!

Dinosara

Fun fact: TMBG’s “I am a Paleontologist” song on Here Comes Science was written about me!

gmathis

We are in the presence of a celebrity! How cool is that! (Would love to hear the backstory.)

Dylan Oxford

That’s awesome Dinosara, we definitely need to hear the story!

ashmanra

Ditto on the backstory! :) We love BNL and TMBG!

Dylan Oxford

Assuming that we’re not being horribly nosy and prying into your life, of course ;)

K S

Even if we are horribly nosy we still want to here it.

Missy

I second the, “I want to hear the story!”

Dinosara

Haha, I wouldn’t have mentioned if it I couldn’t tell the story. :) Basically I am a huge fan and have been to enough concerts that the bassist (Danny) noticed me and the dinosaur t-shirts I used to wear to shows. One time he asked me and I said that I was a paleontologist, and he said that his son loves dinosaurs and wants to be one as well. We had a short conversation about paleontology, and when he saw me he would ask how it was going. Fast forward several years and I hear he has written a song called “I am a Paleontologist”. When I finally got to see them again I of course told him I liked the song and he said “I was thinking about you when I wrote it.” Total fan nirvana.

Another interesting fact is that Danny is trained as a physical therapist, and actually went to PT school at the school where I am a grad student. My department (Anatomy) teaches human gross anatomy to the PT students (among others), so it was funny talk about our faculty who he remembers teaching it!

gmathis

Love it—had to go round it up on YouTube for a listen!

Dylan Oxford

Haha, that’s pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Missy

Yes thanks for sharing! Interesting tidbit up there.

ashmanra

Too cool!

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