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I want something sweet and decadent.

Last night I had a bad night, so I went to the music building and played until I didn’t have the fine motor control to trill and playing forte actually produced strain. I was shaky and so, so tired, but I couldn’t stop. When the kid working in the music library left after security had locked the doors, he asked if I wanted someone to walk me home. “I’m fine,” I said, “I do this all the time. But thanks.” (It was about 2 in the morning). It was so unexpectedly nice.

Today, though, I’m falling asleep. My sleep schedule’s been so wonky because of things like this. And I don’t get lunch.

So I want something sweet and creamy and heavy, and I tossed in a teaspoon of mate. Which will either wake me up or give me a panic attack. Here’s to hoping for the former.

I’m leaving school and going home for the weekend. Hopefully I’ll feel better then.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

It’s nice when the universe reminds you there’s good out there, waiting to help if you need it! I hope you sleep well soon.


Please take care of yourself. I know it can be hard when we’re super busy, but it is important and you deserve it!


Thanks guys. I’m just in a bit of a funk right now. I think I’m just going to watch movies and knit and not stress tonight :)

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Another sipdown! Woohoo!

I shot our winter play last night, and I’m sitting here watermarking the photos… it’s so boring. This is keeping me company :)

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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Another sample sipdown! This one came from Azzrian, I’m fairly certain.

I have about five different vanilla teas in my stash right now, and even for me that’s a bit too much.

This one has a really interesting sort of baked goods smell wafting from it – as if it really were a “cafe” vanilla tea instead of just a vanilla tea! There’s a buttery fruitiness to it that’s really intriguing. A lovely cup.

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Byebye! Sipdown time!

I’m actually really happy to be getting rid of some of the teas that I like… but don’t love, and therefore don’t drink a lot.

Also: this is my 300th tasting note! Woohoo!


Congratulations on 300!


Congrats on 300~!

Miss Starfish

Happy 300th tasting note!

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drank Mystery Genmaicha by Unknown
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Another mysterious Japanese tea from my friend. I’m 90% sure it’s a bagged genmaicha. The bags have that distinctive sort of roasty smell, and it tastes like a genmaicha. So that’s what I’m calling it.

No information on the tea whatsoever, but it’s good. I just left the bag in my 8oz Pavina and it didn’t get bitter at all, which is wonderful and surprising.

180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Blendy Stick by AGF
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My friend doesn’t drink green tea, and her parents came home from Japan with, well, green tea. So I passed a bunch of my teas off to her, and she traded me.

I can’t read anything on the package except for the words “Blendy Stick.” I figured it was some sort of matcha. When I opened it up, there, were a bunch of little plastic tube-type pouches which had written on the “Matcha au lait.” Awesome. Matcha with milk.

I don’t have a way to heat milk, so I heated my water to 180F and mixed that in 50/50 with milk from the fridge – I figure that would take the temp down to 150ish and also give it the support of the milk. I mixed it with my stick frother until it all looked edamame green and there was a little layer of froth on top.

It’s good, it’s really good! The first thing that hit me was the sweetener – it’s definitely sweetened, but it’s not done so past the point of drinkibility. I can still taste the matcha there, which is good. Interesting!


I’m just getting started with matcha. Hadn’t thought about combining it with milk. It would have to be coconut or almond milk for me, but sounds interesting.


It’s nice and creamy. I don’t have a lot of experience with matcha, but I’m finding for now at least that it’s too strong for me without milk.

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I’ve found my Earl Grey. Plain, it tastes like a well-rounded EG: not too much bergamot, smooth black tea. With milk, the cream overtones come out. It works both ways. I’m very happy. :)


I don’t know if it is true of this one, but I have found that several tea shops are all selling tea from the same distributor. You can tell by their descriptions. It could be handy to know in case there are other teas you want to order from a different and don’t want to pay shipping for two different companies.


Huh, interesting! Thanks :)

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Erm… I’m 90% sure that this came from Rachel, but it was so long ago who knows. If it was someone else, I’m sorry!

Pale kind of spinachy-flavor with a little bit of nuttiness. It’s good. I like it. Not in love, but I’m on my second steeping, so that counts for something :)

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A little milk, doesn’t get bitter. Not bad.

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drank Jubilee by The London Tea Room
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Sipdown from Terri HarpLady! Thanks! It’s taken me forever to get to it, I know… AND I have a package for you going out next week! :)

It’s a smooth black tea blend. I think I prefer flavored blacks in general, but this was a good afternoon knitting tea.

Terri HarpLady

It came today! What a wonderful surprise, Michelle! You made my day! Thanks :D

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