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After just reading TheTeaFairy’s painful and chaotic start to the day mine is far less dramatic. I woke up this morning around 6:00 and I could taste dragonwell. I love when the mind does that and you just know what tea you are starting with this day. Got up went to the den and thought I should start with milk and toast. I often do this and immediately follow up with tea. Got sidetracked stranding 3 more kerbals on Mun. I didn’t kill them at least. I landed gently but the ship fell over as I hadn’t stopped all the lateral thrust. Honestly I didn’t have enough fuel to get them home anyway. Don’t tell them. They are still smiling thinking a rescue mission is in the works. Silly deluded guys. So at 8:00 as I was about to finally get tea, my wife asked me to take her to the doctor. Nothing serious. She is dizzy and congested like half the people we know. Get out of the doctor, go to the pharmacy, then grab a sandwich to take home from Arby’s. Finally, I am home and go to make tea only to realize my press is too grungy to use. Give it a much needed scrubbing and having my first tea of the day at 2:00 in the afternoon. You know what? It was worth the wait. So very good.

TheTeaFairy

At the beginning, I was gonna say I envied your peaceful morning, but as I went on…Well lets say If I hadn’t read your previous note explaining what this game is, I would have find a wide variety of reasons to think you are good for the loony bin…If you read this note in a context, NOT knowing it’s a game, it’s pretty hilarious!

Hope the wife is ok…

Anna

I’m laughing so very hard right now. We need a fan tea. Doesn’t Mun Kerbal Keemun sounds like a great tea? Totally legit.

(And I wish your wife a speedy recovery.)

K S

TheTeaFairy, I’m beginning to realize it is less a game and more a nerd obsession, but can the loony bin be that far off?

Anna, I like the way you think. I think I am all out of Keemun. I’m not sure what I have that smells of burning rocket fuel and toasted Kerbals. :)

Anna

Going by my experience, probably something from Teavana. Hue hue hue.

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drank Coconut Almond by Zenjala Tea Company
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I checked, I got this in July 2012. I have one mug left after today. It still tastes as fresh as the day I got it. When I drink flavored tea, I want the additions to be light. Earl Grey being the main exception even here I want to taste tea. This one, to me, is pretty highly flavored. The coconut and almond taste natural, in fact there are big shreds of both in the scoop. I can taste tea but would personally prefer the additions be toned down. Based on other’s reviews of flavored teas I am probably in the minority. It is very good just a touch over the top for my tastes.

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A simple green that was very good cold – cause I got busy and forgot.

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drank Creamy Earl Grey by Zenjala Tea Company
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I just read one of my previous tasting notes on this one and I’m glad I did. This is over a year old but stored well. I thought maybe it was losing its flavor as the vanilla is pretty light. Turns out that is how this always was, I just forgot. I like it that way as to me vanilla easily overtakes a cup and dominates. So if you are a vanilla fiend this won’t cut it for you. If like me, you prefer it stay a background note this is quite nice. The bergamot is flavorful but also on the light side. I have enough for one more cup.

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This really is a lovely tea. It isn’t as boisterous as some of my China blacks. It is sweet molasses and caramel, with an earthy sweet potato taste (if that makes sense). Malt? yes, but that isn’t what drives the flavor. Its strength is is smoothness. Re-steeps well.

K S

While sipping this and catching up on tasting notes, I nibbled on a pumpkin Pop Tart. What a great combination! … and I think the healthy tea cancels out the not so healthy pastry.

Dinosara

Tan yang afternoon! I just had a new one from JK Tea Shop, it was quite tasty!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Wouldn’t it be funny if it worked like that? It is recommended you have all the junk food you want, but please add at least 5 daily portions of tea to your diet.

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91

In honor of Lala’s work on the hot tea month thread in discussions, I decided to have this again today with yesterday’s leaf. Still delicious.

I finally landed three kerbalnaunts on Mun today AND I got them home safely. (applause applause) My rocket design skills are still lacking but a score is a score. Kerbal Space Program for the rocket science nerd in all of us. Yeah I should do T-Shirts.

Lala Congrats Rocketman!
Anna

Wow, I imagine the party the Kerbalnauts must be having right now…

gmathis

Do you get to recreate the Apollo 13 things where you dump a box of junk on the kitchen table and somebody says “We gotta make this (round hose) fit into that (square hole) using THAT?”

K S

Anna – The Kerbalnauts stayed out all night partying. I figured the best way to deal with them was to get everyone up at 6:00 and send them back to Mun. Strangely it never wiped the smile off their faces.

Gmathis – the frustratingly fun thing about this game is you have to dump the box on the table before you launch and have a plan for everything. There is no fixing it later. Re-entry is not the time to realize you have no chutes. I keep forgetting to extend the solar panels so the batteries won’t run out. It’s just a simple game but it does give you a new respect for all the thought (and science) that goes into space travel. The only violence in it is due to my poor planning or bad construction. Fortunately Kerbals don’t hold grudges.

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91

This used to scare me. Now I love the sweet smoky fragrance filling the room. A very tasty tea.

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When you go to bed at 11:00 and wake at 12:00, thinking it is morning, you know you are in trouble. Help me Earl Grey, you’re my only hope. The force is strong with this one. Bergamot haters beware. This is not for you. Lalith at Empire Tea Services likes his EG in your face. The addition of orange peel gives a twist that makes it unlike any other companies EG I have tried.

TheTeaFairy

I hopeyou fall into Morphée’s arms easily tonight :-)

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Sipdown.

First off, to the north thousands are without power with 12-16" of snow. We only ended up with maybe 2" of snow and some icing underneath. The -9 F temp is way better than it could have been as the winds are fairly light. We dodged this one. Yeah!

This tea – so you know how you have some high quality expensive teas you keep that make you swoon, and you have some cheapster Steepster bags or low cost loose you always keep around because they are so comfortable? Well this is the middle ground. I smell the puerh more than I taste it. The chocolate is more the base flavor. Peppermint blends with the chocolate for comfort. The spearmint is just barely the predominate taste – or maybe I think so because I don’t crave it in tea. It works well in the combination.

I wish the puerh had a little more presence. As is typical of tea with real chocolate in it, this is murky. That being said, it is warm and comforting on this very cold day.

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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So all week the TV weather people have been preparing us for a major winter storm. Last night they cancelled church so no one would get hurt. I got up this morning and its in the low 30’s and raining. Raining? Apparently north of us will still get pounded but the bulk of the white stuff skirted around us. However, that is only part of the story.

Tonight the temperature is supposed to plummet and the wind pick up resulting in some of the coldest weather in 30 years: -50 F windchills. I remember last time. Our power went out and with the ice we had to stay put. We (me, wife, 2 kids, dog, couple cats, and a bird) all huddled in our bedroom and stayed safe. I am quietly hoping the weather folk miss the mark on the plus side on this as well… and the power stays on.

In acceptance, defiance, or whatever, I am having a toasted English muffin with blackberry jam, and mug of Earl Grey hot while I watch the rain. Kudos to Twinings for a string long enough to wrap around the cup handle. I hate it when the tag gets sucked under. For those who are in the storms path – stay safe.

caile

I hope your power stays on! Stay warm and safe!

gmathis

Praying for all connections to stay connected.

Anna

Fingers crossed! I spent one of the worst Swedish winters of the past decade in my house in the country. Power failures at least once a week, the water froze almost daily… ugh. I remember being all alone (this is in the middle of the forest) in the pitch black night, -30 C, or something, and then having to crawl in under the house to thaw the water pipes with my blowdryer because the hot air gun had been misplaced.

(I still have that blowdryer, by the way, and it still saves me on a daily basis, albeit in other ways.)

I promise this is not one of those cheery, ‘Oh, it could be worse!’ comments, but I’m just so thrilled to be in Rome at the moment. I actually got a mosquito bite last night, that’s how balmy it is.

K S

Thanks all. Steepster is giving me fits today. Just got my notices for the last 6 hours.

Anna, -30 C, that is a night on the ice planet Hoth. Protect that hairdryer, or I guess you could find a Tauntaun.

Anna

I had to google tauntaun!

Anna

(And planet Hoth.)

K S

Oops, my nerd is showing. I watched a Mythbusters special last night and they were doing Star Wars.

Anna

No, I’m faulty – I’ve never seen any SW. It’s part of a basic movie education, after all!

K S

You must be almost the last remaining person to not see any of them. (one in a million lol) If you are ever so inclined start with the original – Episode IV A New Hope. Avoid The Phantom Menace unless or until you are a fan or you will likely not watch another.

Anna

No, thank you for your kind guidance, but they seriously bore me to death. If I want to fall asleep instantly, it’s either SW or The English Patient. I can’t explain it.

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