Egg Noggin’


Tea of the Day: Egg Noggin’ by Bigelow

Description: A smooth and delicious blend of black and green teas with the creamy flavor of eggnog

Smells like eggnog with a nice black tea bit underneath

Liquor is honey colored in the cup.

Smells and tastes like eggnog but (obviously) not as thick so it’s smooth and tasty going down

Tea Rating: 3/5

Thought of the day: What makes people stand out in your mind, even if you never see them again?

For me is a combination of confidence without being cocky mixed with good humor and kindness

This sounds like it’d be hard to pick out or even see…but it’s not

It’s the guy in the grocery store who smiles at you when you suddenly turn around right in front of him because you forgot something

It’s the woman who thanks you for simply doing your job at work

The person who pays for your lunch because you were willing to wait for him to buy his groceries

The woman who writes individual thank you notes for a group present that you contributed to

The person who works the late shift at the airport who remembers you specifically from the last time you traveled and asks where you’re off to now

Obviously these are specific examples, but my point is there are people all over the place who are comfortable enough with themselves to really appreciate the people around them and show it

These are the kind of people I’d go back and talk to again, if ever given the chance

“I don’t want tea, I want justice!”
Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals


Vale Breakfast Tea


Tea of the Day: Vale Breakfast Tea by A Cup of Colorado

Description: Vale breakfast tea will wake you up year ’round with rich aromatic notes to warm your morning as you enjoy the full bodied flavor of a very special tea blend

Dry, smells like sweet tea but with more body and a hint of sharpness

Once steeped, the tea lightly sweet on it’s own, with a rich body to it that fills you up

Tea Rating: 3.75/5

Had a lovely reminder today of how important self-image is to how other people see you

This time it wasn’t because I accidentally hurt someone with my self-irritation but someone deciding I was interesting enough to want to continue a conversation with.

It happened like this: I’m doing my normal morning stuff and just chatting with the couple of people who have come in for the early visiting, totally comfortable with myself and happy to be friendly. That kind of thing passes the time and makes the people who come through the visiting area feel a little better about being there. In a certain sense, doing this allows me to do my job and pass the time pleasantly for me.

Apparently though, because there was no undercurrent of stress with it, I made enough of an impression that I ended up with a phone number. Not my intention by any means, I have enough going on as it is but it was still flattering and a bit surprising.

Definitely a small epiphany moment: If I’m happy with me then the rest will follow along.

Also encouraging; I must be on the right track with that.

“The Chinese say it’s better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.”
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Mile High Tea


Tea of the day: Mile high tea by A Cup of Colorado

Description: A blend of Ceylon teas, which are famous for their crisp pungent flavor and aromatics, grown high in the Colorado mountains

Smells crisp and almost sharp before steeping

Red brown, almost magenta in the cup

Has a smokey smell and flavor. It’s a good tea, but not out of this world…easy to drink if you’d just like a cup of tea and aren’t looking to be wowed

Tea Rating: 3/5

Today I want to re-visit a topic that I’m sure I’ve mentioned before : The importance of self-perception

I bring this up because I got myself in trouble at work because I was allowing doubts to creep in. Things are going well, but I was still feeling like I wasn’t doing my new job well enough and that there just wasn’t any way to get the hang of it, etc.

Now, on face of it, internal anger and myself doesn’t hurt anyone else.

However, because I’m me, what I feel leaks out in other ways. So I was acting irritated, and a few people that I work with saw it as throwing fits because they needed something from me

Not good.

I gave myself a nice long pep-talk last night, and wrote out how I feel about myself, the good and the bad. Also, the reasons why the bad things are not true…or at least, less true.

Today was a much better day.

Double Bergamont Earl Grey


Today’s tea: Double Bergamont Earl Grey by Stash Tea

Description: We made a good thing better by adding double the amount of 100% pure bergamont to our award-winning Earl Grey tea

Leaves have a very very citrus smell.

Once steeped, the citrus smell persists, with a full bodied tea smell coming through. Liquor is rich mahogany brown. Lovely full bodied citrus taste that leaves behind a mouthful of pleasantly tangy sweetness

Tea Rating: 4/5


I remember as a kid there were little commercial shorts on the PBS station in between my shows that would show something that looked really strange or new and then the camera would shift to show what ordinary thing it actually was and some kid would say “it’s all how you look at it”

I’m sure the point was to encourage the children watching to look at things in new ways and exercise their imaginations, but thinking about it now, I find a deeper meaning

The key to happiness isn’t having all the things we think we want or having a “perfect” life. It’s looking at what we do have through different eyes. It’s that whole “count your blessings” cliche. To me now, as an adult, I don’t hear that advice as a reminder to praise God for all that I have (although a little gratitude to the Powers that Be never hurts anything) but as a reminder that there is more good in my life than bad. 

And I bet all of you, if you really sat down and thought about it, would come to the same conclusion.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be big things that make you life good. It can be a lot of little things. 

In fact, it usually is. 


Vanilla Creme


Today’s tea: Vanilla Creme by Stash Tea

Description: Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans are combined with premium black teas for a rich, smooth and sweet tea. Made with blended black teas, vanilla bean, and natural flavors of vanilla and nutcreme

The dry leaves have a sweet and nutty smell, making me think of cookie dough as it is baking.

The liquor itself have a very nutty smell and is a rich mahogany brown in the cup. As I drink and smell the tea I keep feeling like this tea should be a cookie…a vanilla-y nutty cookie. I also think it would taste great with a dash of milk or cream and sweetened with brown sugar. Definitely going to be getting more of this tea.

Tea rating: 4/5

Today I have thought a lot about perception.

How I perceive the world. How I think people perceive me. I often find that my view of myself is very different from the face I present to the world. I don’t mean I’m not genuine; I mean that I expect that my quirks are more annoying or more strange to others than they actually are. And I am often surprised by the gratitude extended to me for doing the kinds of things I just expect a decent human being to do.

I have also from time to time been unexpectedly perceived as aggressive or hostile when I am simply (to me) being decisive and assertive. My regional HR manager described it to me in a way that didn’t occur to me, but something that is true when I think about it: I am young and confident and that kind of confidence can be seen as aggression…particularly if the person I am interacting with is not as confident as I appear to be.

The was I see myself, though still likely harsher than it should be, has vastly improved over recent months. I’m happy with myself as I am when I’m alone, and confident that I have what it takes to do anything and everything I want. This change has come about in a much longer time than just this summer, in little bits here and there. But, up until the point in July that  I confronted the fear that was holding me back, most of the change wasn’t something that showed. Now it does, and for the first time in my life, I’m getting feedback without asking for it. Apparently changing my perception of myself has a bigger impact on what goes on around me than I ever would have thought.

Lesson learned: self perception is just as important as how others see you

“As the message drained away Vimes stared at the opposite wall, in which the door now opened, after a cursory knock, to reveal the steward bearing that which is guaranteed to frighten away all nightmares, to wit, a cup of hot tea.*
* The sound of the gentle rattle of china cup on china saucer drives away all demons, a little-known fact.”
Terry Pratchett, Snuff