My life has suddenly become very hectic, as i’m preparing for a stupid exam I have to write towards the end of November. I’m consumed by preparing for it, and so have been drinking a lot of tea—both as a coping mechanism and as a reward for having read a given number of pages and such. It does feel odd, though, pairing tea with such an arduous task. I feel as though I never want to associate tea with stressful times in my life, even though I know i’m actually using the tea to de-stress.

So needless to say, these times are calling for the big guns. A few days ago it was cantaloupe and cream (always my first love, and shines as it cools), yesterday it was caramel vanilla assam, and this morning it was this one. I sipped my tea while I read ‘Night Film’ which is an incredibly well-written and suspenseful novel, and I relished the fact that at such an intensely stressful time, I can still enjoy some of my favourite things. I have a tendency to allow some worries to become larger than life in my head, so this test has sort of taken on a life of its own, but I need to remember that it’s all relative: it’s a test. Nothing more and nothing less. Just a test.
aaaahhhhhh..but a very important test!
fml.

ifjuly

Best of luck! I really like this note, I relate a lot to it remembering being in school. And how somehow there are still small moments you can enjoy in the midst of the craziness.

keychange

Thanks so much. I am very thankfully not still in school, but have to write the exam for work nonetheless. I miss being a student sometimes, and don’t miss it at others.

JustJames

i’m sure you’ll ace it…. was it you or OMGsrsly that said the ones that stress are the ones that do well? besides….. you’ll have a whole new incentive program soon. well, depending on canada post!

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ifjuly

Best of luck! I really like this note, I relate a lot to it remembering being in school. And how somehow there are still small moments you can enjoy in the midst of the craziness.

keychange

Thanks so much. I am very thankfully not still in school, but have to write the exam for work nonetheless. I miss being a student sometimes, and don’t miss it at others.

JustJames

i’m sure you’ll ace it…. was it you or OMGsrsly that said the ones that stress are the ones that do well? besides….. you’ll have a whole new incentive program soon. well, depending on canada post!

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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