Tea and Sympathy

May 4, 2010

I have found that the one thing I can expect from life is the unexpected. I know, it sounds cliché. And I really hate to be cliché, although it IS fun to type and say. Cliché (ok I’m done I promise).

As I was saying.

As a child, I always hated those assignments where I was supposed to write out my goals for the year or a 5 year plan. Where will I be in 10 years? What will I hope to accomplish?? What will I have done??? I have no clue. But this is not for lack of having goals or hopes or dreams, I have just always hated putting these on paper. because on paper they become real. Like a contract. Then if I find the list at 30 and it is all wrong –  well I’d just hate that. No offence to those who make life lists – they are just not for me.

So here I am, needing to make some big decisions. And these are all decisions where it would help if I knew where I wanted to be in the next 5-10 years. Oops. As I sit and contemplate which applications to complete, which important forms to sign, and which direction I want to be heading well it’s just all a bit overwhelming. So I fall back on two of my lesser vices- shopping and tea. I wandered onto Tea Forte and there the trouble began…

(pictured: Café Cup, $20)

I have always seen these tea bags and never been able to justify buying them. Apparently they are amazing, but also a bit pricey. THEN I wandered onto the part of the site which suggested that I use their product in my wedding planning, as favors for the shower or reception. Amazing idea! I plan to have tea-related gifts at my wedding or reception. Look at me! All grown up and making plans and goals for the future aren’t you so proud??!

That’s enough planning for this month… I’ll leave plans to make the money and find the man some other day. Until then, cozy up with a cup of hot (or iced!) tea, and leave your unnecessary planning for tomorrow. I’ll be browsing the Tea Forte site and making plans for how to use my next paycheck!


spice up my life

February 3, 2010

I’m working at spicing up my life.

I’ll spare you all the “TMI” details, but I will say that I’ve been trying to identify what in life makes me happy and unhappy. You know… spend more time being happy. After some serious soul-searching, I found that (among other things) I LOVE to cook. I know, you probably already figured that out, but I’ve always been a week late and, like, $49.95 short on these things.

Now that I’m busy cooking up a storm, how much fun would THIS be?

Kuhn Rikon Herb Chopper. All new from Williams-Sonoma. Only $19.95! This would definitely help me to find better use of my Thyme…

Rhymes and Fluff

December 11, 2009

 ‘Twas four weeks before Christmas and all through the house, there was decorating and merriment, and hopefully no mouse. 

The stocking was hung by the chimney with care; and sleeping nearby was little Zola Bear.

When suddenly, through the door, came a man with a tree –It was green and smelled pine-y, and filled us with glee!

They focused and straightened, wrapped it with ribbon and light- While I sat and watched, and photographed the night.

It was snowing outside, for the first time this year. And New York was dusted in car-exhaust and cheer.

And then, we were finished! I glowed all white and pink. “Hurray” She shouted, “Now we need a drink!”

So we filled up our cups with rum-spiked cocoa. But without any whipped cream, which is big a Christmas No-No.

So I ran to the store, and whipped some up fast! Happy Christmas to all- Wish yours is a blast!

Oh, yeah. I SO need this for next year!!

 Stainless Steel Cream Whipper. From Williams-Sonoma. $100.

I can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that spring is here! Even if spring in the city means rain, rain, rain, and more rain. All this dreary weather makes me just want spring to end and summer to get here!

So after almost two straight weeks of rain, I needed a little pick me up. So of course, I did a little “windows shopping.”  Are you Mac users jealous you can’t use that pun? …No? Well I thought it was funny…

Anyways. I found these!

laidback elegance

Laidback Elegance Filagree Tumbler set. Available for $40  for thes set on UncommonGoods. Made from recycled glass. And so very pretty!

If I had these, all I’d need is a pitcher of something cold and delicious and three good friends. Oh yes – and a little sunshine!

In other news…

March 25, 2009

And now for something completely different.

Normally, my lust for material possessions is more focused on pretty and shiny things. As for the more everyday items: these I have (and can generally I can afford). Today I started my daily post-work, tea-and-internet time on the Onion. I (shamefully) admit, I ended up there today by following a link on a friends Facebook page. Judge if you will, but statistically I’d venture to guess that you checked your FB page at least twice today since lunch today…

Anyways, back to the shopping at hand. After browsing through a few breaking news stories, I ventured into the online store for some windows-shopping (Ha Ha. Play on words cuz I use windows. See it’s funny becuase I use windows… Nevermind.). Found a few mugs that I’d love to drink my morning coffee out of! Like this one!


This one is fun too! Especially considering my current level of caffiene consumption, which seems to be slowly working its way back up to it’s college-days level. Both mugs are  sold for $7.99.


Apparently the Onion is good for more than just hard-hitting, serious journalism. Fun for shopping, too!

On a serious note, I have a serious Camellia sinensis addiction. To save you the trip to wikipedia: I am addicted to tea. I drink it like it’s my day job. If I could find a job where I drink it for a living, I’d quit my current job in a second and take it. To venture a guess, I probably have over two dozen types of tea sitting in my kitchen at this second (not counting the ten-or-so other teas purchased by roommates). I have them all: black, green, white, red, and herbal. Teas from countless countries and companies, leaves of  several shapes and sizes. And one with blue flowers! I drink strong malty tea in the morning, tasty tea as an afternoon pick-me-up, after lunch tea, after work tea, after dinner tea, and tea to put me to sleep. Oh, it’s a good life!

Today, I had one of those days at work that where I lost all faith in any goodness of humanity. So I cam home and immediately self-medicated with two of my favorite addictions: tea, and of course shopping. I decided to take a little internet-trip to Ten Thousand Villages, becuase where better to restore faith in humanity than a company committed to fair trade? And lots of pretty things too!


This is a handmade cream & sugar set with a woven  bamboo basket.  Sold for $28. With this, I could feel happy for three reasons: 1) it’s pretty, 2) it’s fair trade, and 3) I’d be drinking tea!


March 11, 2009

I have always been a bit melodramatic.  When I was younger, I used school plays and such as an outlet for some of this personality flair. These days, I use my roommate and friends (sorry). Of course, some of it MAY show up here on occasion as well!

Recently, I’ve had a bit of drama with a popular delivery services. Actually, two of them. Last week I spent HOURS (20 minutes) on the phone trying to figure out how to pick up a yummy chocolate delight I won in a giveaway by the fabulous theambershow. After the HOURS (minutes) on the phone, I spent DAYS (1/2 hour) waiting at the pick-up site for them to find the box and carry it to the other end of the building. All this occurring on an afternoon that I had actually taken 2 hours off work, with the intention of going home and drinking tea and staring at the wall. Woe is me!

THEN… This week I spent HOURS (minutes) on the phone with the OTHER delivery service, trying to figure out how I could get another delivery held for pickup. [Sidebar: Roommate kindly pointed out that I should just have things delivered to the office and save myself this headache. What’s the fun in that?! Dramatic AND stubborn… It’s like a trifecta of qualities!] So, I come to find out that the package (containing a (RED) iPod shuffle) is somewhere in a pick-up center located at the end of the universe (Brooklyn).  I happened to be going to the end of the world for work today, so I decided to “swing” by on my way back to the office. “Swing” here means going HOURS (minutes) out of my way, and TENS of subway transfers (two).  All this after a dramatic morning (in this case, ACTUALLY dramatic), that I’ll spare you the details of for the moment. So I get off the train, somewhere in Brooklyn that  I can only imagine is near the border of Indiana. I walk through what appears to be an abandoned factory town (hence, Indiana), and finally find a poorly marked door that leads to Narnia. Well, maybe just a pick-up center with my iPod shuffle, but equally exciting!



So, in honor of the arrival of my newest (RED) product, and all the drama leading up to the blessed event, I bring you a very appropriate (and fantastic) find:  the Antoinette Fainting Sofa – Ruby Red. Available online through Urban Outfitters for $575. This couch would be the perfect prop for my little dramatic flair. I’d buy it today, but then I’d have to have it delivered… and that might be a bit too much drama this week. Even for me.