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drank English Breakfast by Tazo
98 tasting notes

Does anyone else think this tea tastes like chicken broth? Anyone? Just me? Not that that’s a bad thing… it’s kind of rich. And I feel sick pretty consistently these days, so it’s kind of nice. I just don’t know.

Can I read this fic outside instead of being here? Y/N? http://archiveofourown.org/works/828998/chapters/1575445

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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SO GOOD. I only had 1 tea bag, and I know we can’t get this online, so I steeped it about 5 times this weekend. It’s heavenly. So is the weather. Everything else, meh. But I’m running again, and after my boring test tomorrow I don’t have to study insurance for awhile, and I’m all caught up on Hannibal. So not everything.

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Appropriate for today, because last night I decided to run away from work as fast as possible to go running in the sun, make goat cheese pasta and bleu cheese/potato tarts, & then finish S1 of Hannibal. Good call, I say to myself. Then I got my caramel fix from this tea this morning (I’m trying to save some for Shmiracles, I swear). I’m also trying to convince her to watch Hannibal too, though it’s hard because, TV. Though I was all, Oh look there’s swiggity swag the nightmare stag again… Ooh vomit & body parts…

OMGsrsly

Oh, body parts. The gift that keeps on giving.

oddree

Have to say, have never had cause to seriously consider if it’s possible to regurgitate a human ear before. First time for everything!

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drank The de Vendome by Nina's Paris
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Wow. This tea is amazing. I don’t really get the citrus as much as the strange spiciness – it reminds me of Catholic church, so like frankincense and myrrh or something. Maybe it’s the marigolds! Also, golden flowers, yes. It’s very TEA and strong, but soft and lovely. Thanks, Shmiracles, for letting me try some from your samples!

I think I had nightmares last night. Maybe I shouldn’t have watched shows with dismembered human totem poles in them before bed, maybe???? (Though, looked pretty amazing, I must say.) Why didn’t I dream about Hoechlin and baseball, or how Dylan O’Brien looks in all those Maze Runner pics? Oh, brain.

OMGsrsly

OR dream about how Tom Hiddleston is a closet fanfic fanatic. That was a good one.

oddree

Yeah but was there really a closet involved with that dream? Because even from the few memes I’ve seen, I’m pretty convinced he reads it haha

Cavocorax

Said dismembered totem pole resides in my office. Wild mice currently live in it. How’s that for creepy/awesome? :P

I love idea that TH reads fanfic. :D Makes me feel less creepy if he’s in on it too.

oddree

AAAHHH that’s perfect! Wild mice. Seriously, that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen on TV, and I don’t get creeped out that much, but I was getting creeped out. But moreso, impressed. It was amazing. That episode really took the show up a notch for me for several reasons, not least the totem pole, and now I can’t wait to finish the season. Kudos!

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Ah, found this tea entry, finally. This one was a little light, and I wanted to like it more, but I am a fan of the cinnamony flavors with green tea, especially these Hobbity blends from Adagio. I had it with some Trader Joe’s milk & honey biscuits, and poured boiling water on my hand, but it doesn’t hurt.

Today is also lame (migraine day #4 + work + everything), but Sterek gets me out of bed, and a surprise Tyler Hoechlin or Martin Freeman radio show on my iPhone can definitely make my morning bearable. I love imaginary people, and internet people, and fantasy people. Sometimes actors. I just have to make it to lunch, then yoga, then baseball & Hannibal. Think I can make it? IDK, maybe!

OMGsrsly

Work + migraine = ouch. Best of luck to make it through the day!

oddree

Thanks! I am so far so good. Sometimes prescription drugs are awesome :)

Cavocorax

Yay for helpful drugs!

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I really wanted to like this tea, since today is all about migraines, disappointment, depression, rain, and Monday… and I got caramel, yay! The caramel and hazelnut overpowers the chocolate and vanilla that I am less fond of, and it’s sweet without being too sweet. So I’m a fan of this tea, thanks, Cavocorax, for sharing! I’m still only halfway through S1, but I get the antlers reference at least.

Cavocorax

I read the first sentence and thought on no, she wanted to like it but she’s gonna say she hates it! /0\ But you don’t and that’s cool. Glad you got some chocolate/vanilla from it, AND I’m happy you’re enjoying the show so far. We just finished filming the last episode of S2 so now I’m just waiting to see if NBC is renewing it or not.

Hope today is much better than yesterday!

oddree

At least it’s halfway over! Today I mean, not S2 because I have to catch up – before I get spoiled by a fic description or Tumblr in general. Sorry for the fakeout – I’m glad I liked this one too, but if I had read the description I would have known since I like caramel :) I also dropped the bag on the floor (because today sucks) but only lost a teeny tiny bit and still have lots left (WHEW!). I think I would have just gone back to bed at that point haha.

OMGsrsly

All I have to say is… swiggity swag the nightmare stag. (Oh, tumblr.)

Cavocorax

SWIGGITY SWAG!
Someone needs to make a tea for that.

Also, bookmark this for the end of Season 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WP6_m9rRlI It’s a pretty awesoe fanvid that NBC is promoting.

Also, if I did that I might have been tempted to just give up too.

oddree

I’ll check that out! I love it when networks use fanworks for promos – MTV does this lots but, well, MTV – and I was going to get back to you when I’m all caught up anyway to see if there’s anything else I’m missing. Like, IDEK the nightmare stag had a fandom name ;)

OMGsrsly

There is SO MUCH stag fanart it’s amazing and awesome.

oddree

Ok, but, now I’m pretty certain there’s stag sexytiems fics and I’m getting a little afraid LOL (jk, I’m in a werewolf fandom, for goodness sakes)

OMGsrsly

Anything is possible? But I don’t read Hannibal fanfic because the well done stuff just creeps me out to no end.

Tea Sipper

I hope it’s better for you tomorrow!

Cavocorax

I wish I had fic recs for you for later, but I have NOTHING. I tried reading a few Hannibal/Sherlock crossovers, but they felt false. And most of the other fics I read are Hannigram and I haven’t read any that were good enough to make me really feel that ‘ship. It’s not difficult to convince me that Hannibal might want Will; it’s harder to convince me that Will is ready to go cannibal just to get with Hannibal. I need something written well enough to make me accept that. :|

Cavocorax

Course I haven’t looked in months! Maybe fic based on the newer season will be better written?

OMGsrsly

I’ve seen a couple recs, but as soon as I saw the tags I was all NOPE and clicked the red X.

oddree

Oh, I know what that’s like – some of the best shows don’t have good fics. I don’t ship anyone on the show yet, and I’m not sure I ever will, but while your OTP of course has the best fics ever, it’s typically torture to try to read a pairing you’re not into. Though I giggled a little when you said Hannigram, because I didn’t know the portmanteau :) Right now, I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever read a cannibal fic, and I wanna say yeah maybe? Maybe a hell!Dean fic, back when I read Destiel.

Cavocorax

It’s funny that the portmanteau made you laugh when I just saw THIS: (http://hannibal-tv-show.tumblr.com/post/82097048717/color-division-hannibal-embrace-all) on tumblr.

It’s a spoiler free set of gifs for possible relationships and their zanyish names.

OMGsrsly

OMG. CHILLYWILLY.

oddree

Hahahahaha murder husbands. Though I might be willing to read Hannidelia? If I read het. Though Gillian Anderson never really counts re: categories. And some of these characters I have yet to meet. I remember a time before portmanteaus, but once I discovered why ppl were portmanteau-ing all over the place because of Tumblr, I was like OH I GET IT. Reasons.

OMGsrsly

J^2^ is still the best portmanteau.

OMGsrsly

AWW. Let me try that again. J 2 is still the best portmanteau.

oddree

Cavo – that fanvid is AMAZING! I got the song stuck in my head last night, and the lyrics are so dramatic and perfect. Ravenstag – that sounds like an estate from a gothic novel, no? Something romantic and dark. If Poe and Hemingway had a baby.

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How steadfast and useful you are, my go-to hangover tea!

Happy Friday, everyone. I went out last night on a work outing w/ beers, and an all female Guns n Roses cover band, and Vietnamese food carts. Fell asleep before 10pm watching condensed baseball games on MLB.com. Woke up and cuddled my cat for awhile before eating some cold pizza and running out the door. Living the dream.

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
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Aww, this is the last of the Amande Amaretti. Guess we’ll have to go back to France…

Actually, I’m planning a trip to Montreal… goes to look at tea shops in Montreal… Yup, France it is. Though I’m sure I could bring back some Chinese tea and Gauloises.

I have extreme Spring fever today. I’m just staring at the computer screen but nothing’s getting through. That Hardywood beer right after work is going to taste AMAZING.

Sil

montreal! yay odree! there are lots of nice tea shops in montreal :)

oddree

The quick google search I did agrees :) Some place called Second Cup seems to be ubiquitous, and there’s David’s Tea, and fancy places for high tea, but I’m probably going alone and I’ve made the mistake of having to eat high tea for 2 by myself before – soooo many macaroons and tiny things add up! I’m not going until September, so I’ll have lots of ideas by then so I’ll get back to you :)

Sil

second cup is just a coffee shop – maybe a little classier than uh dunkin’s donuts without the donuts… a step down from starbucks sort of?
teafairy/variaTEA and a few others could give you a bunch of places to visit and peruse :)

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I just read outside in the sun during lunch, and it was glorious. Also, because I read this:
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1163398
Mythological creature!Sherlock monthly fic partnered challenge series? By one of the best writers in any fandom? SO MUCH WIN. I’m halfway through the second one and I can’t wait to keep reading.

The first one is mermaid. LOVE.

Cecil tea – light and green – is perfect for this, today. There’s even tentacles on the cover art.

Cavocorax

Oooh, I added it to my kindle!
I’ve got about 2 hours left in a Clash of Kings and then, THEN!, I can spend the next month reading fic again. Or two months! Or more!

I just went a few months without reading any ‘real’ books so I have tried to focus on just one book, but that’s silly.

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I’m clearing fic from other fandoms off my kindle, so reading some Bilbo/Thorin, Cecil/Carlos, and even Dean/Castiel, going way back (but not waaaaaaay back – though I’m sure I have a Batman/Robin on there somewhere). I figure Night Vale tea is appropriate, and I am 3 episodes behind, so.

This Dean/Cas is pretty clever: http://archiveofourown.org/works/968916
Short and sweet Sterek: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1347190
some Night Vale: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1254298?view_full_work=true

I’m still looking for the elusive, good, lovechild!Frodo fic… Does it exist??? I swore I saw it once on AO3.

Cavocorax

Ooooooh! oOoooooooh!
Thank you.
Also, The last two episodes were better than usual in my opinion so you are in for a treat.

oddree

Sweet! I was excited when I heard the latest episode was going to mention the cat, and also was called “Cookies” – Who doesn’t love cats and cookies?!??

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