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As some of you know I have been off tea recently but on Wednesday, my dad finally brought me my teas from the 52teas kickstarter campaign and over the past few days I found myself wanting to try them. Unfortunately, Saturday was my sister’s engagement party (that’s not the unfortunate part), so the past week has been a bit of a whirlwind of busyness.

Then yesterday there was a death in the family so tea obviously was not on my mind. However, what was on my mind was calling in to work to let them know I was dealing with this loss, so this morning I called in and rather than approving the three days of bereavement leave I asked for, they told me the schedule was really tight and that they would see what they could do, and call me back. Seriously. I told them my grandfather passed away and they basically told me that it was too hard to accommodate me and I may have to come in. They even gave me a song and a dance about missing work for his funeral!!! Like are you kidding me?!? And it’s not like I am a manager or anything like that…I am an office supplies associate at Staples. Needless to say I am pissed with the way this had been handled. Oh, and they still haven’t called me back and my shift starts in 15 minutes. Well, I am at home, with my family, where I should be and if that’s an issue they can just write me up. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable.

Anyways, in my severely pissed off mood, I decided I needed something to calm down and so in order to clear my head, I took the time to focus on brewing up a mug of this. Genmaichas have always been a favourite of mine with a special spot in my heart for those made by 52teas. Sipping on this particular one, I’m getting a lot of the toasted rice goodness that I love while the base stays mild and in the background. Meanwhile, I am also getting a combination of cream and spice/ginger that reminds me of the iced part of a gingerbread cookie. The flavoring is not the headliner that I hoped it would be but it’s definitely there hiding behind the rice. One just has to look a little bit harder to find it. Nonetheless, I am pleased and focusing on something other than my frustration has proved to be rather helpful. Also, a great start for the new 52teas!

Roswell Strange, I will have to remember to grab samples of all the teas for you :)

Roswell Strange

So sorry to hear about your loss; my thoughts are with you today. It’s a real shame that companies sometimes forget their employees are human and that things happen outside of work. If they can’t respect that, they’re honestly not worth your time right now.

keychange

Echoing what roswell said. That’s really abhorrent on their part, and I’m so sorry you’re dealing with them on top of already experiencing this loss. I’m so, so very sorry for what you and your family must be going through right now.

Christina / BooksandTea

I agree with what others have said. It’s horrible that Staples is treating you this way.

Starfevre

I’m sorry for your loss and I hope your company gets their act together for you.

VariaTEA

Thank you everyone for your kind words. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks what happened is wrong. Nonetheless, I have stayed home and spent time with my family and have yet to be bothered by work. Hopefully that means they got the hint.

yyz

I’m so sorry for your loss. Hope you are surrounded by live today and are able to focus on good memories.

I’m sorry about your companies reaction. That’s night and day to when I lost my mom. When I was in uni. My employer gave me an indefinite leave, sent flowers to the funeral and all my coworkers got together and donated hours so I would have a paycheck covering the time I was away. Hope that they get their act together. Thinking of you.

yyz

Live= love in the above.

52Teas

I’m very sorry about your loss and also very sorry that the company you work for was less than accommodating for you.

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Roswell Strange

So sorry to hear about your loss; my thoughts are with you today. It’s a real shame that companies sometimes forget their employees are human and that things happen outside of work. If they can’t respect that, they’re honestly not worth your time right now.

keychange

Echoing what roswell said. That’s really abhorrent on their part, and I’m so sorry you’re dealing with them on top of already experiencing this loss. I’m so, so very sorry for what you and your family must be going through right now.

Christina / BooksandTea

I agree with what others have said. It’s horrible that Staples is treating you this way.

Starfevre

I’m sorry for your loss and I hope your company gets their act together for you.

VariaTEA

Thank you everyone for your kind words. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks what happened is wrong. Nonetheless, I have stayed home and spent time with my family and have yet to be bothered by work. Hopefully that means they got the hint.

yyz

I’m so sorry for your loss. Hope you are surrounded by live today and are able to focus on good memories.

I’m sorry about your companies reaction. That’s night and day to when I lost my mom. When I was in uni. My employer gave me an indefinite leave, sent flowers to the funeral and all my coworkers got together and donated hours so I would have a paycheck covering the time I was away. Hope that they get their act together. Thinking of you.

yyz

Live= love in the above.

52Teas

I’m very sorry about your loss and also very sorry that the company you work for was less than accommodating for you.

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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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