746 Tasting Notes

tea for a queen!
simple business classy tea.
teacups clink and clack tea.
warm and toasty and light.

is it my birthday? it must be my birthday. cuz there is a MCU Harlequin AU Challenge being filled in AO3 and it’s got my big fluffy name all over it. (i need something to balance out all the darkDARK fics i always end up with, poor Clint.)

carol who

Ok, ok I know I’m old and dumb but what is “MCU Harlequin AU Challenge being filled in AO3” I only know the words “being filled in” and I’m not sure of the meaning in this context. :( I know duh, right.


Oh Carol! ask away! anytime! i mean, how will you know if you don’t ask?
but also, it’s really not important haha.
i’m talking about fanfic. cuz as will happen with the internet, it seems there are a handful of tea drinkers that are also big fanfic readers. and there are lots of fandom tea blends for heavensake, and we all found eachother on here so many notes are often highlighted with fandom cheers.
so. yup. to explain. :)
it’s a M arvel C inematic U niverse Harlequin Romance themed A lternate U niverse writing Challenge and the stories are being posted on archiveofourown.org also know as AO3 in abbreviation.
so, for instance, Tony Stark & Steve Rogers have a marriage of convenience and then fall in love after much turmoil Jane Austen style, or Clint Barton is a stable boy & Phil Coulson wants to court him but tradition and status standing do not allow it without bringing shame to his family name, etc etc. you get the idea. basically the Avengers do Pride and Prejudice.

so, yup, i know you didn’t ask for fic but to highlight my explanation,
and since i do have a tardis on my desk next to my green arrow figurine…
i’ll just put these here (the first taste is free haha)
(but i add a disclaimer and say that DW isn’t know for it’s fanfic and when i did try to read some a while back i didn’t go well :(
i just pulled these from the top ‘liked’
maybe some other steepster ladies have some recommendations?!


OMG. I’m happy you got into all that because I did not equate that with Avengers/P&P crossover and now I am going to have to look at some of those..

Also, WHY YES, I’d love to try some DW fic. I haven’t had much luck with those either, to be fair. But those are some good authors, so off to Calibre I go with them! (I’m copy your system now which makes sense but also means I have about 300 fics to tag but once it’s done it’s done FOREVER so that’s cool. I’m cool with it.)


i recommend you search the tags like: Alternate Universe – Regency, Regency Romance, Regency, Marriage of Convenience, Alternate Universe – Jane Austen Fusion, and Harlequin. to start.
there are a few clint/phil that have a lot of kudos.

here is the MCU Harlequin Challenge: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/mcuharlequin
but the first one i read that got me to this place was this http://archiveofourown.org/works/779087 (which is not in the list)

and to explain, i don’t always go so fluffy with my pics, but after reading a story like this http://archiveofourown.org/works/562971 i can sometimes use a bit of happy ending quick read romance.


and YAY!! cuz i love calibe AND i especially love my title labeling system. it’s simple and keeps things super organized without much effort. which is ideal as a foundation.

but listen, i wanna confess that i’ve also been using evernote. not that you should too! no.
calibre is great and works well and i still use it 100% it’s the only and best way to get stuff onto my kindle. period. but i have been saving every fic i read in evernote too. cuz i can search the full text of every fic. for those times when i’m like, oh the story had this and this and that in it and i wanna share it with someone or read it again. but it was a labor intensive project for a week or so. and not necessary but i had an intense compulsion to do it anyways. that’s me.

for calibre, there are add-ons too. i use one that lets you import and export folder names as tags. and another one that helps you find duplicates. and there is also one for fanfic specifically where you can subscribe to unfinished fics and then it will update your file in calibre when it’s updated online.
but i don’t actually use that add-on, cuz i only read finished works. but i thought it might be something that would suit you.

(now i’m just gonna take all of this and post it over on the fanfic thread cuz THAT is what it was created in the first place! haha)


I love Calibre. :D I’ve been using it to store ALL my fic (and on dropbox so I can access it anywhere if I need to for some reason), but never really did much with it for fic…

But just keep giving me organizing ideas and I will think about them and then eventually copy you. :P I think your Evernote idea is pretty genius because, like you say you can just search for the fics you want without having to tag….

I used Calibre to create a separate library JUST for fic so at least with that I can tag the hell out of EVERYTHING and not worry about it cluttering up my non fic books.

I wish the collections add-on would work, but now that I’ve gone paperwhite, I can’t go back… I just can’t – it’s so great and I get to read in the dark when i try to get my toddler to calm down and just lie down in bed. I get some of my best reading then because it’s quiet and I’m left alone while she snuggles next to me and finally falls asleep. The crack is unfortnuate BUT I’m going to try and wait until September before replacing it bc usually Amazon releases new product then and I’d rather wait for the next gen, just cuz?

I will look into those plugins, and add more now that I see you’ve copied this discussion to the proper place!! ahaha

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a good tea.
i drank this in the shower on Saturday morning.
literally in the shower.
and then i spent time trying to find a bit by the comedian Kyle Kinane online so i could share it with you. it’s about drinking beer and listening to your ipod on shuffle in the shower. but i guess it’s only in his current live show at the moment cuz i couldn’t find it online.
thank you cavo again and again.

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doooodzz! freakin delicious! so good cavocorax . so. good.
had enough for only one cup and i re-steeped it the next day. yup that good.

i’m wearing press-on nails. i’m addicted. (moraiwe, if you read this and wanna talk nail stuff email me wink wink!) i tried them once before and was not good at them, but now i totally get it. oddree and i go on vacation to the beach next week and i have my glitter and neon nails picked out and my kindle fanfic loaded.

don’t forget: pack the tea!!

Tea Sipper

aw, I hope you guys have the best beach trip! :D


Beach trips! That sounds awesome.
Also, I’m glad you liked this tea. I think it’s currently my fave from HI.


BEACH NAILZ! bam hahahaha
aren’t they magnificent!?!


Woah. That’s freaking awesome.

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okay so binge watching Hannibal might not be the best idea in the world.
so i just watch episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at the very end of the day to, ya know, rinse the taste out of my brain meat.

this tea was really nice! i was like “this tastes strangely slightly soapy, and it’s tasty!”

Thank You Cavo !


Did you just say brain meat?

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okay yes i have a ton of samples to try. 64 to be exact.
not to mention 25 reviews to write for teas i’ve already tasted.
but why would that stop me from still buying more tea and making more blends?!?!?

Be Nice To Clint.

this blend still needs a little work. but it’s a good start. it just needs more bite is all. i like the puerh because it gives it a leathery note, but i think it mellows out the other flavors too much. the candy apple is barely there despite how “sweet” tasting all the reviews online seem to say it is. so ya takin out the puerh. probably gonna go bold and try gunpowder. i know weird i know.

Version 1.0
candy apple – because, CIRCUS!
pu erh dante – leather and smoke grrrrr
tiger eye – EYE. eyes. ya know, kinda rhymes with “sniper eyes” er, um, that
cornflowers – because, PURPLE!
red peppercorn – “Mild peppery taste with a hint of acidic sweetness” duh you dangerous snarky yet adorable jerk you

i’m making a Hawkeye blend because even though the blenders on adagio get so many characters exactly right, i haven’t seen or tried a good blend that really pins down Hawkeye.
and he is a hard one to pin down. the sassiness of Tony, the ruthlessness of Natasha, the endearing everyman of Casual Steve. Clint has a lot of faces and facets. and you have to if you’re going to be a Secret Agent and a SHEILD Sniper and a Circus Orphan and a Landlord and an Assassin and a Babysitter for your neighbor and an uncertain Dog Owner. and unless you read the comics and read fic and watch the cartoons and the movies i don’t see why anyone would get all his parts and pieces. so no hard feelings.


You make me want to know Clint better!

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

some tea pictures!

Steepster’s Ultimate Fan Fic Thread!

i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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