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uuuugh. We leave for the States in exactly a month and it hit me in a rush around three this morning. I woke up in the middle of the night completely dried out, it felt like my mouth was full of cotton, so I got up for water. Then I got to thinking about Pao, our tortoise. If I’m feeling this dried out, how must she be feeling? I remember my in-law’s house being very dry, and she’ll be staying with them while we’re gone. But they’re going to be gone the second week we’re gone, but my mother in law is supposed to be lining up someone to watch them while we are all away. Has she done that yet? Everytime I ask, she laughs it off like I’m silly for worrying. Gah. And we still need to make care sheets for the girls, they need to know that Earlie needs to be kept away from Bella and Pekoe, they can’t just throw them all in the same room. And you can’t leave glasses of liquid on tables when Pekoe is around, she will go out of her way to knock them over.

…see? My brain, when it gets to running all anxiety-like, it don’t stop. But then around 6 I had a huge sneezing fit and now I’m all stuffy and need to unstuff so I can get shit done. Thank goodness for this tea. We need to restock ASAP, we only have enough for 2, maybe three cups at the most and that is unacceptable.

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drank Superstar by RiverTea
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So we recently went through our tea stash and set aside all the teas we didn’t like or we were just “meh” about. It has been kinda nice to go to our tea-filled expedit and know that whatever I grab, I’ll enjoy. I don’t have to force myself to sip down something I don’t like, I can enjoy the teas I love.

This is one of them. I love the strawberry and the grapefruit. It’s caffeine free, which is great tonight, because I am exhausted and I need to be able to sleep tonight.

All in all, this is a hit for me.


WANT! Both the tea and an Expedit for my tea.

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It’s 2 blocks by 4 blocks, and 6 of the blocks have two drawers. One block is just perfect/nordic mugs, and the last block is whatever doesn’t fit in the others. Every block is full to the brim, and that doesn’t even take into account the other 2×4 expedit full of teapots >.


Hah wow! That is a lot of tea and tea wares. I could probably fill a 2×2 Expedit quite easily, and keep all my tea ware (aside from cups & mugs) on top. Some day I need to get a china cabinet for displaying all of my tea cups, which have been in storage for at least a decade.

Alas, it looks like we’re going to have to move soon, since I just can’t handle paying this much for an apartment that can’t even provide consistent heat in the winter and cold running water ever. So no more furniture buying until we get a new place.


I’ve done the same thing, only with 2 doors instead of drawers lol

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Sil, we have a door on our teaware expedit, it’s our Teadis. It has a flashing blue light on top with our TARDIS teapot and says “POLICE BOX” on the front and the door has the “pull to open” sign.

We are ridiculous.

Anlina, I so feel your pain. We could not wait to get out of our last place. Good luck finding a place! We were house hunting around this time last year, so happy to be settled.


Hahaha that sounds awesome…not ridiculous!


That is amazing. Can you post a picture of the TEADIS pleeeease?

I’m so grumpy about having to move again. This place is really great in so many ways, and it’s the first place I’ve had a chance to really settle into since I left my spouse five years ago. I’ve moved way too many times in that span and I wanted to be done with it. But I know that I can do better for this price, and I don’t feel happy paying a lot and not getting good basic services. I’m hoping our next place is awesome and I can stay there for at least a few years. Like, at least two – that shouldn’t be too much to ask right?

We’re going to stick it out for the winter, since the lease expires in spring and seriously, fuck moving in winter :P

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I will poke the wifey when she gets home and make her take pictures with her pretty camera!

I feel you on the moving during winter part. We moved during the big ice storm last year, it suuuucked. We have pets and we lost power very quickly, so we ended up going to stay with the inlaws, moving everything into their garage, and just staying until our condo was available in early January.

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I still hate how much I love this blend. But oh, I do. It got the depth and strength of a breakfast tea, but then it has a sweet fruitiness that just works so well.

It’s keeping me company on this snowy night. My poor, poor wife is caught out in the snow. She left work three hours ago and she’s halfway home. It’s usually a two hour commute. Gonna have the kettle ready when she finally gets here!


This is my daughter’s favorite tea too. I might have to order another tin of it for her for Christmas.

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed this up in the hopes that it will kill my cravings for both hot cocoa and ice cream. Dairy is the enemy, and while this does contain dairy, it is considerably less than a cup of cocoa or a bowl of ice cream.

And surprisingly, it does. YAY. It’s creamy and chocolatey and does remind me of an ice cream cake.

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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I had forgotten the beauty of this tea. Orangey and creamy, this was wonderful this morning. Just what I needed. Cannot brain enough to fluff out this review.

Tea good. aisling tired. grunt

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How have we never reviewed this tea? It’s so, so good. Easily one of our favorites. It really, really does taste like a blueberry crumb cake. This is part of a tea of the month club my brother signed us up for one Christmas. I really enjoyed it! It came with two big bags of tea, which is great in the case of this blend, but for the ones we didn’t like, well, it’s not so great. And I wish it said somewhere on the bag just what is in these blends, because they are no longer available online.

Regardless, this tea is an absolute gem of blueberry cakey goodness and it’s my hot toddy of the night with Jack Daniels Honey.

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drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s storytime!

Picture it, DAVIDsTEA, October 2014. My darling wife, De, and I go shopping in store for the first time in a while. She looks up at the tea wall in shock.

“There are so many I haven’t tried!”
“So get some and try it.”
“Okay. 10 g of this, 10 g of that, 10 g of Currant Affair…”
“Seriously? You won’t like it. You don’t like black currants. You hate rooibos. In what world is the combination going to be tasty for you?”
“I think I’m going to like it!”

Cut to a few days when she finally made a cup.

“This is not good. It’s awful. It tastes like cough syrup.”
intense side-eye

Anyway, I am loving the smell of this brewed up. There’s a little Asian grocery store we like to go to and pick up these huge bags of assorted gummy candies. The purple ones are black currant and I love them! My dad can be blamed for my enjoyment of black currant, it’s one of his favorites. I hope it lives up to the smell.

Meh. It’s okay. Nothing worth stocking up on, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.


Lol too funny

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She kills me.

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ll never forget the time I was home from college and sick as a dog. My throat was raw, I couldn’t stop coughing…much like I am now. Mom was away visiting family in Michigan (we lived in Tennessee) and my dad took me to a Chinese restaurant, ordered a big bowl of hot and sour soup, and told me to eat it. Sure that it would only make me sicker and I wouldn’t be able to taste anything anyway, I defiantly took a bite and nearly spat it back out. It was hot! And sour! Shocking, I know. But when I actually swallowed the mouthful, I was in heaven. It burned all the way down my throat and left relief in its wake. It warmed my chest and helped ease my cough….it was amazing.

Since then, when I’m sick, I want hot and sour. I want that burn.

This tea gives me that delicious burn and it’s a sneaky little beast. The mouthfeel is all sweetness and mango juicyness. The minute I swallow, though, the starts to burn and it is glorious. I am glad I stocked up before they discontinued it, and I’m taking some down to Tennessee to share with my Dad while we’re there over Christmas.

Now I’ve got to gather the courage to try the hot and sour soup I just made…I think I got a little red pepper flake happy and it was slowcooking for the last 7 hours, so you know it’s gonna be crazy spicy.

Wish me luck!

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This was my hot toddy of the night last night with Fireball whiskey. My nose was so stuffed up that I could only barely smell the cinnamon, whereas my poor wife (who does not enjoy cinnamon) was across the house complaining about the smell XD.

It was…okay. I think the water temp was too low (my wife always leaves it on the lowest possible setting and I never think to check it) because the tea didn’t really taste like anything and there was only a slight aftertaste of cinnamon, not the burn I craved. Of course, my tastebuds are likely screwy as well. This will remain one of my favorite teas, but I don’t think I’ll toddy it again any time soon.

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is giving me the creamy sensation I crave, because I’ve cut all dairy products out of my diet until this chest cold heals up. My body is producing more than enough phlegm on its own, it doesn’t need help from milk.

Anyhoo, it is lovely. I am glad we stocked up before this was discontinued, and the vanilla orchid is nowhere near as good.

2 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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