101 Tasting Notes

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Bye, Steve Carlsberg. I actually really enjoyed the light grapefruit flavor. Though I realized that I should be steeping twice as much Adagio tea as I usually do – I find the teas light, and my literal teaspoon isn’t very exact – so for the future I’ll load up the spoons.

Ooh at lunch I started reading a 3-part close to 300k-word Hannibal fic by an author I’ve never read… and it seems really good. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend… and next week… and perhaps next weekend. (This fic’s podfic even has a gag reel. That’s a first for me.)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/813951?view_full_work=true

Terri HarpLady

I have a sample of this that I need to drink…So many Adagio fandom samples left to drink…

Cavocorax

Oh, I’m adding this to Calibre toutsuite!
And a gag reel? Neat-o! Do you listen to many podfics? I was thinking of trying it for my commute home (busses are too crowded to sit & read, but I can listen to things at least)

Cavocorax

Also, I just found out that Adagio has cheaper shipping to Canada (starting at $7 instead of $28 so now I can go nuts! I bought Thor & Loki thanks to Shmiracles samples getting me hooked)

Roswell Strange

(Cavo I may bug you for a sample of Thor)

Cavocorax

Yes! No problem Roswell. :)

OMGsrsly

Just make sure your headphones are fully plugged in. ;)

oddree

That’s good news about Canada shipping! Yay, Adagio! Some of those fandom blends are hook-worthy for sure (hello, Bilbo and Stiles). I have tried podfics and audio books, but it’s hard for me because I tend to pause and daydream (ahem) when I read fics and then I just get lost when I try audio. But there are fanfic podcasts (I used to listen to these a little: http://spnfic-podcast.livejournal.com/ but they’re gone I guess) – This one is pretty great, and multi fandom: http://www.slashreport.com/
I trust rageprufrock :) (ooh, there’s a Hannibal one from last year…) though I will warn you, you may get sucked into other fandoms you never thought you’d like…
(P.S. I started that long fic I linked to above and it’s AWESOME oh no oh no! Read to 2 am and now I’m at work booo)

Cavocorax

I love Slashreport! :D They just posted a new one on SPN that I’m itching to listen to, but… newest NightVale ep is first. :D

But I had no idea it was RagePrufrock who did the podcast? :O A friend recced it and I got hooked without actually looking into the who’s and why’s! And the other lady is from Toronto! Neat-o!

Cavocorax

Also, I’m adding that to my Kindle! :D Here’s hoping I’m off a few days soon so i can ust read without worrying about sleep. (I couldn’t sleep last night so read a shmoopy Dean/Cas domestic fic instead)

oddree

I have regular weekends, and because I’m a genius, I am now 30% through 2 books (Dune, Eckhart Tolle) and that longfic and I REALLY don’t want to be at work this week or sleep or do anything else but read. I couldn’t sleep last night, and then when I finally did, I woke up sweat soaked from a nightmare where I was back teaching high school again. Horrors horrors! My go-to feel good Dean/Cas was always wingfic hahahahaha. Oh wingfic. I hope you get some time off soon! I always want to be all, blah blah Mondays to you and then I realize you probably have no regular schedule like us 9-5ers.

Cavocorax

Haha. I’m reading The Wisdom of Psychopaths, all the fic that gets thrown at me, and then I just started A Storm of Swords on my bus ride to work this morning! Sometimes a kindle is bad because it’s TOO easy to switch back and forth!

oddree

Ooh the nonfic-fanfic-fantasy(I’m guessing) triad! Let’s guess which will get finished first… HA. You are a reading machine… on your reading machine :) I always blame Shmiracles because she bought me my kindle when I had stopped (stopped!!!) reading fanfic. Then I got her into it, so now we’re even steven.

Everyone deserves a day off. Good luck to you!

Cavocorax

Oh god. Even steven…. :D
and I don’t know how I’d manage without my kindle. I love it so much! (I just don’t like the newest update bc it wants to sync everything and I don’t want anything online – I’m all Calibre-baby!)

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Finishing off this tea, steeped in my sister’s adorable little blue teapot and bubble teacup at my work desk – making the days better with tea!

I am trying to get through my Nightvale teas, since they aren’t my favorite, but allergies are bad so drinking tea by the potful is necessary anyway.

On Monday night I went to a rave on an island about 1.5 miles from my house, and yesterday I went to Kings Dominion with Shmiracles and rode every single roller coaster with no wait (plus froyo, Instagramming, & Kindle time). Friday I’m going to a baseball game, and tonight is the penultimate episode of Martin Freeman’s Fargo. Getting through day by day by day…

Flavors: Flowers

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Um, I am trying this iced, and chocolate iced tea is not the best idea. What was I thinking with that one?

I woke up this morning and Shmiracles gave me a Hannicure – what’s that you ask? Why, it’s a Hannibal manicure. No flesh eating involved, just fandom-themed nails, like a little knife and fork decal, or crazy plaid, or extreme paisley, or super gorgeous light peach paint with antler decals. She is so talented. I love them so. Fandom nails, it’s a thing! Sorry I can’t post pics at work, but we’ll have to get pics up somewhere. Because it’s awesome.

Finally, can someone send me Kenyan Tinderet from David’s Tea so I can make the Hong Kong Milk Tea recipe from this page: http://www.davidstea.com/recipes?&currid=usd&LN=EN
How good does that sound? So very very good. I’m joking, I can find some on my own, but has anyone tried any good Thai iced tea style recipes???

Cavocorax

Hahah. The hannicure sounds awesome! Also, sounds like it’s supposed to cure the angst from the heATEus!

oddree

Totes! Oh man, I LOVE all the puns in this fandom SO MUCH. They’re constant and never ending. Shmiracles already has separation anxiety from the nails currently being on my hands, but I will force a Tumblr post dedicated to them. I’m also waiting for my etsy antler necklace to arrive from Vietnam. So I can coordinate.

Cavocorax

OMG. Oh. that’s just SO COOL. #jealous. Hahah.
My friend made me an SPN necklace so I will just have to be happy with that I suppose. :P (should be here soon too!)

oddree

Ooh I want to see it! And someone made it for you too. I have a Robin necklace, a Sourwolf necklace for TeWo fandom, Dean’s amulet (of course) and perhaps more that I shouldn’t admit to in public haha. It just happens, I swear. Fandom.

Cavocorax

Hahahaha. Well, seeing as I’ve spent HOURS knitting a Game of Thrones scarf that I could probably have just bought, I understand. (And I hope to have it ready for NEXT winter.)

Cavocorax

I’ll put it on tumblr when it arrives! And maybe here too! :D
Dean’s amulet!

oddree

I’m very impressed by knitting. I have trouble completing a simple cross stitch. I’m all, OOOOOOHHH SCARF!!! when I see a completed one. Though I will spare you a winter-is-coming joke and just wish you good luck in finishing it :) Though I guess where you are you could die from cold and the lack of scarves, so these things are important. I’m basing this on Hannibal’s ridiculous fur hat and stereotypes.

Cavocorax

I really enjoy knitting but I’m self-taught (something I did while on mat leave) and I’m sure I’m holding the needles wrong so while I can knit, I do it very slowly! That being said scarves are the easiest best way to start. :P And if you can cross stitch, you could probably knit. At least a scarf.

Yeah I could have REALLY used that scarf this winter. I’d wrap it around the most of my face too because there were days where I’d go outside and it felt like my eyes were freezing. WHUT? Maybe I just need a mask like Bucky in Winter Soldier.

I adore his ridiculous fur hat. :) So happy I didn’t have to work outside like those guys!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed this one overnight as I think it was born to be an iced tea, and boy is it good! Like drinking sweet cucumber water. I almost feel like it can hydrate me enough to try running after work. SUPER refreshing. And it’s a gorgeous day which I’ve wasted all day inside at this stupid desk, so I’m gonna go for that run anyway.

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
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Shmiracles got this tea when we were at the beach, and it saved me most days from complete and utter dehydration. Still is. I cold brew a bag in an infuser bottle overnight, and then enjoy it while reading in the sun at lunchtime. Awesome. I think the peach flavor is really strong, and the scent, plus there’s apple & cinnamon. It’s really nice. I know what I’m going to be doing the rest of the summer…

sherapop

I like that the Tazo blends use natural flavoring, so even though the flavor may be strong, at least you know that it’s not a science experiment—with you as the guinea pig!!! lol

oddree

Yes, it’s not that fake sweet peach smell or taste – it’s the real deal. Don’t mess with peaches!!

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87
drank Lemony Gunpowder by Harney & Sons
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Oh goodness, I oversteeped this so much. Basically I just forgot I was steeping. IDEK how long. Well, I drank it anyway! The lemony covers up the gunpowdery, so this isn’t as bitter as it could be. Happy Monday workday!

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drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
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I have apricot tea and apricot tartlette cookies, and my whole desk smells like apricots. Yay, vacation tomorrow with Shmiracles! South Beach ahoy. Essentials for the beach: Kindle filled with slash fic & Thomas Harris & poetry, Hannibal & beach music playlists, Timolino, ceviche. I did make an awesome playlist, I have to say – all euro synth and goth poetry and cheeky humor. I’ll add you to my instagram? I’m giraffodil there.

OMGsrsly

I’ll add you to my instagram! :)

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I seriously loved this tea. It made my morning! When I first smelled it, I noticed the grapefruit, and then when I steeped it, I noticed the slight smokiness. Really smooth and balanced to taste. Earls are my favorite, and this was a special one. I always can tell if I love something when I cradle the cup in my hands and savor it, even if it’s a styrofoam cup at work. I didn’t want to drink the last of this, because we don’t have any more, but I’ve added it to my wish list. Thanks, Cavo!

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This one is always so light. It’s sunny outside, so that’s okay. Probably one of my faves from the box, though I am partial to the glow cloud… Hey, I’m not sitting in a bathroom stall at work, drinking this, and crying this afternoon! Plus plus.

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Thanks, Cavo! This brings back memories, though I haven’t actively read and written Destiel since 2010, it was my first SPN pairing (which my Sam/Dean friends have graciously forgiven me for). The cinnamon and cocoa was nice and soothing this morning. I like Cara McGee’s stuff anyway. Also, fandom.

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