Tea of the Day: Nirvana by the American Tea Room

Description: A heavenly blend of Japanese sencha with peony petals, berries, figs and kiwi make this green tea the perfect tea for inner reflection

Dry tea smells very like tropical fruit and not much else

Liquor is a lovely light gold in the cup

Steeped tea still smells fruity but less intense than the dry.

The tea is light and sweet but not so sweet it is cloying. Because of the sweetness it needs no sugar. Side note, there are chunks of fruit in it, which I love.

Tea Rating: 5/5

Question of the day: How many miles did you drive/ride today?

Not really sure, maybe 10? What is more significant is that I walked about 3, with two large dogs. It actually went surprisingly well, after the dogs figured out that if they each pick a side of me and stay there they don’t get in each other’s way or stepped on.

In other news, I have been writing in this blog for three years! I started with this post, and though I have not written as often as I did in the beginning, or as consistently as I had intended, I am glad I’m still here, still writing.

This blog has even helped me communicate things that I could not have in one conversation, or even several, and writing about some of the tough spots in my life has helped me work through them. I still can’t 100% say why I decided to start a blog, but I’m really glad I did.

Life has been interesting these last few years, and I don’t know where I’m going aside from some major mileposts along the way, but I hope to still be writing 3 more years from now!


The General


Tea of the Day: The General by America’s Tea

Description: This malty-flavored tea is bold enough for even a five-star general to enjoy. Take a sip, and you’ll feel like you just saves the world from Axis powers.

Liquor is a rich dark brown in the cup

Dry tea smells bold and a touch grassy, almost like an oolong tea

Steeped tea smells malty, as advertised. The grassy is still there, but muted. 

The tea tastes very strong and coats the mouth, which is pleasant, if a little astringent. Adding sugar lessens that aspect, but makes the aftertaste more bitter.

Tea Rating 3.5/5

Two questions today, because I started this yesterday and never finished it

Question of the day (August 9): What made you compromise? 

It’s an interesting wording for this question: a “what” rather than a “who,” when my experience has always been that you make compromises for the sake of a person (or persons) you care about. Sometimes, like in a work setting, you will compromise because if you can’t reach a middle ground nothing can be done and work grinds to a halt.

Regardless of the setting, though, compromises are made because of people, not because of things.

Question of the day (August 10): Who do you look up to?

My parents. More specifically, my mother. I know I don’t tell her enough, but I am more than a little inspired by her story.

She worked hard in a highly technical field serving her country and providing for her family while also working on college classes so that she could eventually become a librarian. Talk about drive! What’s more is that she is now doing her dream job, the job she went to school for, which is a dream that many never achieve.

Now that I know what my dream job actually is, I can only hope I will be so fortunate and driven as she was (and is) to actually end up where I want to go. I am really lucky to have such a great example in my life to try to emulate

Manhattan Hustle


Tea of the day: Manhattan Hustle by America’s Tea.

Description:  “Manhattan is often described as the cultural capital of the world so we brought you a tea as diverse and hardworking as the people of Manhattan. We sourced the best black teas from all over the world and then perfectly blended them together. The result? Watch your productivity skyrocket and focus intensify with your first sip. This tea will inspire you to hustle.”

Dry tea smells strong and slightly sweet

Liquor is a dark brown in the cup

Steeped tea smells more like coffee from far away, slightly bitter and rich

Decent tea, but definitely needs some kind of sweetener

Tea Rating: 3/5

Honestly not sure why some of my post in a different font than the rest of it.

Question of the day: What is the one thing you want to accomplish tomorrow?

Get all of my bills paid. With online banking and bill pay, that is not a difficult thing to accomplish, but it is important for peace of mind so that I can relax over the weekend.

Yesterday, I spent most of my day feeling fuzzy and out of contact with the world around me.

Today, I still feel a little fuzzy, but also motivated to create. It’s a rainy day and I have a couple of ideas for photographs in my head that I think would actually benefit from this weather.

It almost feels like my creative self was tired of being ignored and so rattled the cage (i.e. the rest of my brain) so that it would be given space enough to be let out, to breathe. I often wonder if other artistic folks have the same feeling, like they have another person living inside of them that is not always in sync with the rest of them, or at least not always content with being ignored.

I know I feel better when I don’t ignore my artistic/creative urges, but I also find that it is easy to push them aside as being less “important” as other concerns that are more traditionally practical.

Ideally, at some point in my life, I’ll be able to have a job that allows me to be creative so that the practical and impractical become one and the same.

Rocky Mountain High


Tea of the Day: Rocky Mountain High by America’s Tea

Description: This unique Oolong tea is grown at the same elevation as the Rocky Mountains. Sit back, unwind and embrace the beauty of Colorado with a unique tea blend whose natural sweet floral taste is highly satisfying. Whether you’re just finishing up a day at Breck or enjoying a cool summer night in Denver, this tea elevates your spirits and soothes your soul. You can get two infusions per tea bag with this tea blend. It’s like doubling your money.

Dry tea smells sweet and grassy

Liquor is a light golden green in the cup

Steeped tea smells and tastes more floral than the dry. It is very easy to drink and has a lovely sweet aftertaste that lingers. I can’t say much more except that I really enjoy it.

Tea Rating:5/5

Question of the day: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

My husband to be, as is pretty standard for us. I don’t remember the exact details of what we were talking about at the time, but at one point I was almost doubled over because I was laughing so hard.

I’m glad that we still make each other laugh so much.

Random musing of the day: my thoughts on dude clothes.

The first thing I notice is that unless we’re talking graphic tees, with men’s clothes you get a lot of a few items, whereas with women’s clothes you get a lot of different items but only a few of each one.

For example, when buying jeans in the women’s section, you’re lucky to find more than a handful in your “size,” and have no guarantee that any of that handful will fit. Plus, with all the different styles, finding your “size” in a style that you like can narrow that even further.

Conversely, in the men’s section, you have a few basic styles, such as straight leg, cargo, and elastic waist, but a lot more of each size. And once you know what your size is, you can literally just grab and go once you find it. No dressing room shuffle, no angry glaring in the mirror at jeans that are betraying you yet again.

Then we get to the actual quality of the material. Most women’s jeans have either stretch material in the fabric or are made to be softer, or both. This sounds great, but what it means is that the material ends up being thinner. And, even though just about every woman has some amount of thigh rub (even when I was a size for I’d rub holes on the inside of my jeans just from walking), the seams on women’s jeans are less robust as well. All in the name of being comfortable…except that even the comfort thing doesn’t hold up. Yes, lady jeans may be softer….but with dude jeans there isn’t the worry that you’re going to suddenly have a hole somewhere awkward

This is all in the name of being comfortable…except that even the comfort thing doesn’t hold up. Yes, lady jeans may be softer….but with dude jeans there isn’t the worry that you’re going to suddenly have a hole somewhere awkward. Plus your booty is covered. And you have pockets that you can stick half your arm into.

Really the only downside is that you’ll need a good belt because you’ll have to go with a wider waist to fit them over your hips…

Scott Lang: Ant Man Blend


Tea of the Day: Scott Lang: Ant Man Blend by AEH at Adagio Tea

Description: A blend of orange, lemon, soleil, and white tangerine tea, accented with orange peel. Full of bright, cheerful citrus flavors, to invoke both Scott Lang’s home state of California and his sunny and optimistic personality.

Dry tea smells very citrusy and bright

Liquor is a light, clear, red brown in the cup.

Steeped tea smells much less citrusy than the dry.

The tea is light an pleasant and slightly citrusy.

Tea Rating: 3.5/5

Question of the day: Did you act your age today?

This question is silly. I’d like to think that’s the point…

What I mean is this: how do you define “acting your age?”

Is it, at 27, going to work and actually doing work and paying bills?

Because if that’s the case then I absolutely I acted my age.

But if it’s being totally serious and no smiles and such, then no.

I spent my lunch playing a game. And a good chunk of my day being excited and laughing. (Wedding planning is great this far out.)

There is a lot of joy in my life and I often get the impression that “act your age” means ignore that. That being an adult means being sad. Or angry. There are a lot of awful and sad things in the world. Sometimes I cry and rage over them.

But today, I chose to be happy and goofy.

If that means I didn’t act my age then I embrace that concept with my whole self.

Sam Wilson


Tea of the Day: Sam Wilson Blend by AEH at Adagio Tea (custom made blend)

Description: a blend of cinnamon, cream and summer rose, accented with chocolate chip to invoke warmth and sweetness just like Sam Wilson himself.

Dry tea smells sweet, rich, chocolaty, and slightly floral

Liquor is a slightly muddy red-brown in the cup.

The tea has a nice balance of sweet and floral flavors , and doesn’t need much doctoring.

Tea Rating:4/5

Questions of the day: Who inspires you?

I’m a very lucky person in that I have a number of people in my life who I draw inspiration from, depending on what I am doing or trying to accomplish.

Right now, my inspiration comes from my two closest friends.

My one friend shows me (and everyone else) that age is no barrier to accomplishing your goals and dreams, so often when I feel like I can’t, I look to her for that little light of hope I’m missing.

My other friend has been through so much its a wonder in itself that she still can care about other people. But she still does, and I find that to be something to strive for. Plus, when I’m struggling to be calm about a particular situation, she almost always has another way for me to look at it, to be less angry or sad. Even when there isn’t really another way, she believes in my ability to overcome so strongly that it seems silly not to believe, too.

And finally, a quote from Eartha Kitt, when talking about what she really wants from a relationship.

I fall in love with myself and I want someone to share it with me. I want someone to share me, with me” (Eartha Kitt)



Tea of the Day: Hamilton by America’s Tea

Description: This stimulating black tea is an ode to Hamilton’s work ethic. The faint vanilla flavor is a tribute to the meal that helped seal Hamilton’s legacy.

Dry tea smells like either vanilla cream soda or coffee with vanilla cookies.

Liquor is a dark chestnut brown in the cup

Steeped tea is rich and lightly sweet. Adding sugar makes it smoother but doesn’t otherwise change the flavor. Adding milk actually taste like the cream soda it smelled like at first.

Tea Rating: 3.5/5 (very sensitive to steep time for a black tea.)

Question of the day: Who did you see the most today?

Well…that’s not as easy to answer as you might think. As I’ve been at work most of the day, my coworker who’s desk is closest to mine is currently the person I’ve seen the most, but by the time I go to bed tonight it will be my fiance or my roommate, maybe even a tie since my roommate and I often talk after my love has gone to bed for the night.

Regardless, that’s a question that is not as easy to answer as it first sounds