Sangria Punch


Tea of the Day: Sangria Punch by Teavanna

Description: Colorful as a drive along the Mediterranean coast, this flavored black tea is deep, complex and full of personality.Rich red grapes, tangy orange slices, juicy peach and crisp apple spring to life with a hint of sweet cinnamon, creating a magical elixir.

Dry tea smells dark and just slightly fruity with a little bit of a tang to it.

Steeped tea smells a little brighter than the dry and tastes smooth and slightly tart and overall very pleasant. It’s really a shame that I discovered this tea after they shut down their website and closed the only brick and mortar store they had in my state. Alas, such is life. Still, it’s worth a try if you can get it!

Liquor is a chestnut brown in the cup

Tea Rating: 4/5

Earworm of the day: Bloom by The Paper Kites.

I am away from home for work training and I’m finding the experience…strange.

On the one hand I appreciate that the company I work for is taking the time to train me and putting me up while I am away. Also, I get to see my family over the weekend, which is good because otherwise I would likely not see them until July, when they come up for the wedding.

On the other hand, I have a lot of time to myself. I’ve realized that even when I am the only human in the house, my dog and sometimes the cats come give me affection, or demand it. I miss my other half, and my best friend, and my fur babies.

But…I’m also not finding that I suddenly hate myself just because I’m alone with only my thoughts and my books to keep me company.

I’ll be glad to go home when it’s time, but so far the experience isn’t too terrible.






Tibetan Rapberry


Tea of the Day: Tibetan Raspberry by Xanadu Tea

Description: Highlighted with real raspberry for additional color and flavor, this tea is a real treat from the secret garden.

Dry tea smells like warm raspberries with a stronger smell behind it, something like you might expect having just picked berries in your own garden.

Steeped tea smells very similar to the dry, but with a touch more depth and bite

Liquor is a chestnut brown in the cup.

You can absolutely taste the raspberry, which is great because often flavored teas that do not have pieces of the source of the flavoring do not match their smell. It’s very drinkable without sugar but adding sugar does not detract from the flavor or diminish the pleasantly smoky finish. It also tastes like it would take milk well, although I did not try it.

Tea Rating: 4/5

I live a life where I know that dreams can come true.

I know this because some of them have.

I day dreamt about the perfect place for my fiance and best friend could live together without too much wanting to kill each other (even in my dreams I know that relationships are never exactly perfect). And, a year ago, we found it and secured it.

I’ve spent many hours of my teen and adult life dreaming about a truly good romantic relationship, one that will last through good times and rough patches alike; I’ve recently celebrated two years with the man I’m going to marry next year.

Because of these, and many other smaller dreams and goals I’ve met or achieved, I find that my dreams are expanding.

I dream about the wedding itself, and the honeymoon, and at least one awesome vacation I’d like to go on with my future husband.

But, and I think more importantly, I dream of the bigger things I’ve never before considered could be a reality.

Some of them are a little more grounded, like the one about becoming a counselor a bit later in life and helping people work through life’s pains and hopefully come out stronger people. Because of where I work getting the degrees required for that dream is a very possible thing.

Others a little more outlandish, like traveling the world pulled by my camera to take pictures of all the beautiful things, even the ones that are a little sad as well.

Who knows, though? Maybe both of those things will someday come true. And in the meantime, it’s fun to dream


Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”Ashley Smith

Strawberry Lychee


Tea of The Day: Strawberry Lychee by Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Description: Strawberry is widely appreciated for its appetizing bright red color, special flavor and appealing aroma. Combine this with the mellow sweetness of Lychee fruit, considered a supreme delicacy by China’s Emperors for more than 2000 years, and you get one of our more popular tropical teas.

Smells very sweet and strongly of strawberry, like a strawberry candy, when dry

Steeped tea smells fruity but less candy-like

Liquor is a clear light brown in the cup

Tea is light and fruity. Easy to drink and refreshing, does not need to be sweetened

Tea Rating: 3.5/5

This past weekend, I took the 6 hour drive from my home to where my family and one of my best friends live.

It was an uneventful and very pretty drive both ways, much like when I went in July, but with one important difference.

I traveled alone.

This doesn’t usually make a difference. I like to drive, it can help me clear my head, and 12 + hours in a car by myself gives me lots of time to think about things that normally get pushed aside.

As an example, at one point during the trip I heard a song that brought forth a gut-punch realization and the depth of it just had me crying. Believe it or not, sometimes it’s nice to let out that kind of emotion without having to explain myself or reassure anyone that I am actually just fine. Plus it allowed me to communicate something important to my other half that I had previously been unable to find the words for.

So, I still enjoyed the drive.

But now that I’ve actually traveled with my significant other, I find that travelling without him just feels…off. I was a lot more drained from the driving, and significantly more impatient to be done with it. Plus, while I was away I woke up tangled in the sheets of my borrowed bed and sore in a way that I’d never been before, like I spent the whole night looking for something (or someone).

I’ve always tended to like to be physically close to the person I’m dating, but I’ve needed my own space and time to myself too.

Now it seems that I don’t need the space, or at least not in the same way. At this point, I’m quite content to do my own thing while he’s there, whereas in the past just having another person in the room while I was doing something just irritated me beyond all reason.

I have to say, all these changes blow my mind, but I really enjoy being a part of them

“[Tea] is a beverage which not only quenches thirst, but dissipates sorrow.” ~Chang loo, c.828

Moroccan Mint


Tea of the Day: Moroccan Mint by Golden Moon Tea

Description: An enlivening blend of green tea and fragrant mint leaves. Green gunpowder tea with mint oil and mint leaves

The tea smells just like you’d expect: mint. There is a touch of grassiness to the scent as well

Liquor is dark amber in the cup.

Smells like mint, tastes like mint

Pretty Standard mint tea. Easily drinkable and fragrant, the kind of tea you could just drink all day.

Tea Rating: 4/5

I discovered something on my trip last week:

I love to travel.

I hate airports

I mean it, going new places, seeing new things, walking around, driving around, getting lost, finding stunning gorgeous moments because you’re just wandering around…It’s all amazing

I don’t even mind planes. Sit down, get settled, and then there’s a perfect excuse to nap or do nothing but read

It’s the airports…

I realized while I was on a middle-of-the-night extended layover that the problem I have with airports is that they’re full of stress. Even when I myself am doing just fine, there have been enough stressed out people coming through that they leave some of it behind and it just hangs around

Not a very pleasant thing. And it’s even worse when I myself am dashing from gate to gate.

So…come fly with me, but let’s not stay in the airport too long