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Today did not get off to a good start, Steepsterites.

I set my alarm for 8am so that I could be up in time to welcome my couch, lovingly, when it was delivered ‘sometime between 10 and 2pm’. Showered. Dressed. Went downstairs to get tip money for the guys. Passing the front desk, the concierge says: “Sorry you missed your furniture delivery!”

?!?!

But they told me 10 and 2, I exclaim, flailing and looking (I am sure) generally aghast. I’m early!

“No, they were here yesterday,” he says.

Of course, yesterday I was out running errands and incommunicado, because I wanted to be sure my house was perfectly in order and prepared for my couch, for which I have been waiting for six months.

Sigh.

So instead of getting tip money at the market around the corner, I bought a chocolate toffee bar. Eff it, I tell you. Eff it all and give me candy.

I needed a tea that would stand up to a Skor bar. Earl Grey was the tea that got me interested in better quality (and loose) leaf. I love it, but I’ve strayed away from the perfumey stuff in recent months. Still, it sounded capable of cutting through the candy bar, and I’ve had this tin in my cupboard, untouched, for everrrrrr.

It’s an extremely bergamot-y tea. The scent of it is high and forward, but not bitter; there are times when Earl Grey’s bergamot tastes more floral to me than citrusy, but this cup is very much in the citrus end of the spectrum — possibly more than any I can recall. For all that it’s a very smooth cup, with no astringency even after four minutes in boiling-hot water. I think I’d enjoy it with a bit of milk and sugar (which is how I usually prefer my Earl Grey — I skipped it today because I don’t like to first rate a tea with additives).

It’s also not bad with the candy bar, though I think for the other half, I might switch things up and go with some Dawn.

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LENA

Oh no, that’s awful! That couch must be pretty bad ass to warrent a 6 month wait!

Rabs

::HUGE HUG::

Cofftea

HAHA! Early??? I’m only laughing cuz I’m pretty sure that’s the 1st time it’s ever happened in the history of furniture.

JacquelineM

Oh, that’s devastating! Were you able to hammer out a future delivery date?

sophistre

It came to me from Italy! A contemporary retailer I found was having a crazy sale on Italian designer stuff, so I made out like a bandit…just…like a really, really, really slow bandit. :( I was able to reschedule for next Wednesday. I’m sure it was my fault — I must have written down the wrong date, or something. So disappointing! And I feel awful about them coming over here and having to wait.

LOL Cofftea. This is why I’m sure it must be my fault, hahaha.

__Morgana__

So sad. The control freak in me would be fuming about this for weeks….

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LENA

Oh no, that’s awful! That couch must be pretty bad ass to warrent a 6 month wait!

Rabs

::HUGE HUG::

Cofftea

HAHA! Early??? I’m only laughing cuz I’m pretty sure that’s the 1st time it’s ever happened in the history of furniture.

JacquelineM

Oh, that’s devastating! Were you able to hammer out a future delivery date?

sophistre

It came to me from Italy! A contemporary retailer I found was having a crazy sale on Italian designer stuff, so I made out like a bandit…just…like a really, really, really slow bandit. :( I was able to reschedule for next Wednesday. I’m sure it was my fault — I must have written down the wrong date, or something. So disappointing! And I feel awful about them coming over here and having to wait.

LOL Cofftea. This is why I’m sure it must be my fault, hahaha.

__Morgana__

So sad. The control freak in me would be fuming about this for weeks….

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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