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Fair warning, the first half of this note is a bit of an angry rant so feel free to skip to the part about the tea.

Today has just been an off day for me. I woke up, knit an entire blanket, and then when I showed my family, they all had something negative to say about it. That just put me in a bad mood because seriously, who are they to have anything bad to say when none of them could even knit a line, let alone an entire blanket in 4 hours. So in order to avoid them, I napped under my newly knit blanket. Then I got woken by my sister who wanted to ask me if she should wake my mother because our kitchen sink was leaking. Seriously?! Why would you wake me up for that?!? Then, I went downstairs to make my eggnog latte and the regular eggnog was all frozen so I had to use Almond Nog. And to top things off, my mother’s annoying friend is over and since my mother was too f-ing busy playing video games to come downstairs and entertain her, she sat in the kitchen with me while I prepped my tea, asking all sorts of obnoxious questions and bitching about how the kitchen “looks like a hurricane hit it”. I was in the middle of making my latte so I was doing a couple things at once! My mother does the same thing. Like are you really complaining there is a mess while I am doing something with the things making the “mess”? As soon as I was done everything got cleaned up but it was certainly not necessary for me to have to listen to the bitching.

Anyway, on to the tea. First thing I noticed about almond nog in comparison to regular eggnog is that it does not foam up quite the same. So as latte, this is rather flat today. However, the almond is contributing a strong taste that is blending with the coconut and other flavors in the tea to come off as an almost almond shortbread cookie type taste. It’s not necessarily bad, but it is covering up a lot of the subtleties of this tea so I am a bit sad about that. Still, no sense being upset because at least I produced a drinkable cup, even if it wasn’t the drink I was expecting.

Cameron B.

Ooh wow, a blanket in four hours! Did you use some amazing soft giant bulky yarn? :D

VariaTEA

So it is definitely a loose knit since arms are obviously larger than knitting needles. Plus, since I am using only my forearms, it is narrow which my family thought they should point out and ask why I didn’t make it wider and blahblahblah.

Cameron B.

Looks cushy and soft! :D

Suziqzer

Sounds like a nice blanket and I would love to know how to do that! Sometimes family can say the meanest things and often I don’t think they mean to. I hope your day improved and you got some good tea time :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, arm knitting is so cool! I haven’t tried yet because I’m scared I’ll have to go to the washroom as soon as I’m all set up. :)

Cavocorax

That sounds SO freakin’ annoying. Sorry to hear that. :| But you made a blanket! That’s awesome! It looks like it’d be s cuddly and warm!

Fjellrev

Oh people. Sorry you had to deal with their unnecessary stupidity and ignorance. I’m sure your blanket is lovely and I sure as hell wish I knew how to knit.

Plunkybug

I think a knit blanket in 4 hours is super awesome, and they are dumb for not realizing it. :P Sorry your day didn’t go as planned though, especially with frozen nog and mom’s annoying friend. HUGS!

Roswell Strange

A whole blanket is impressive! Feel impressed with yourself and fuck your family. On the kitchen “mess” thing; Tre does that all the time (complain)! And it drives me crazy too; he’s a fucking chef – he should get it, right!?

Dustin

I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at your sister. Waking up one person to check if you should wake up another who might actually be able to solve the problem! Was there anyone she could have woken up before you to check if she should wake you to see if she should wake up your mom?

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Cameron B.

Ooh wow, a blanket in four hours! Did you use some amazing soft giant bulky yarn? :D

VariaTEA

So it is definitely a loose knit since arms are obviously larger than knitting needles. Plus, since I am using only my forearms, it is narrow which my family thought they should point out and ask why I didn’t make it wider and blahblahblah.

Cameron B.

Looks cushy and soft! :D

Suziqzer

Sounds like a nice blanket and I would love to know how to do that! Sometimes family can say the meanest things and often I don’t think they mean to. I hope your day improved and you got some good tea time :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, arm knitting is so cool! I haven’t tried yet because I’m scared I’ll have to go to the washroom as soon as I’m all set up. :)

Cavocorax

That sounds SO freakin’ annoying. Sorry to hear that. :| But you made a blanket! That’s awesome! It looks like it’d be s cuddly and warm!

Fjellrev

Oh people. Sorry you had to deal with their unnecessary stupidity and ignorance. I’m sure your blanket is lovely and I sure as hell wish I knew how to knit.

Plunkybug

I think a knit blanket in 4 hours is super awesome, and they are dumb for not realizing it. :P Sorry your day didn’t go as planned though, especially with frozen nog and mom’s annoying friend. HUGS!

Roswell Strange

A whole blanket is impressive! Feel impressed with yourself and fuck your family. On the kitchen “mess” thing; Tre does that all the time (complain)! And it drives me crazy too; he’s a fucking chef – he should get it, right!?

Dustin

I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at your sister. Waking up one person to check if you should wake up another who might actually be able to solve the problem! Was there anyone she could have woken up before you to check if she should wake you to see if she should wake up your mom?

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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