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We are back in “self-isolation” after a sudden fever in my toddler on Saturday night. He was fine the next morning, but the lovely new rules and lack of testing availability in Ontario mean we have to assume it was covid. Really cramping my plans of easing into one-parent mat leave (husband went back to work last week) when we can’t access my planned outside help (grandparent, daycare). Frustrating! Been starting my 2-kid days of isolation with matcha “lattes” (just made with half water/half milk, no fancy frothing) in an attempt to have enough energy. I’m not sure it’s working, but that could be related to lack of sleep and recovering from sickness. Also, my toddler is obsessed with colour-changing mugs, so this kills two birds with one stone as I get a hit of caffeine + entertain him for a few minutes!

Anyhow, this was one matcha latte in a long line to come, most of which haven’t been quite as satisfying as I want but were fine. I want this to be more BERRIES, especially since I’m kind of taking care of the cream aspect with the milk. It’s fine, but I just want more.

CrowKettle

Hope your toddler feels better soon! Being sick or having sick family members is never fun and the self-isolation is an extra blow.

Kittenna

Thanks! He seems to be ok although his appetite is kind of small (sore throat??) but the isolation reaaalllly sucks. I have more empathy for people who’ve had to do it in the past, for sure.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope all this gets a bit lighter for you soon, Kittena.

Thank heavens for tea.

Dustin

We are doing something similar. The 9yr old was exposed in class and sniffly 2 days later, so the school presumes a positive and with 3 positives the class goes into remote learning for a week. The district has no guidance on what they want done with siblings of presumed positive kids, so the 12yr old is home this week too with nothing to do. Pandemic parenting is the best! :/

Lexie Aleah

Hang in there! My friend’s husband traveled to another state on a fishing trip with his dad for two weeks. I was supposed to stay with her and help watch her kids. Unfortunately, they got Covid from some other kids at school right when it opened again around November. She was on her own with both kids while also working which wasn’t easy but she was vaccinated.

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CrowKettle

Hope your toddler feels better soon! Being sick or having sick family members is never fun and the self-isolation is an extra blow.

Kittenna

Thanks! He seems to be ok although his appetite is kind of small (sore throat??) but the isolation reaaalllly sucks. I have more empathy for people who’ve had to do it in the past, for sure.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope all this gets a bit lighter for you soon, Kittena.

Thank heavens for tea.

Dustin

We are doing something similar. The 9yr old was exposed in class and sniffly 2 days later, so the school presumes a positive and with 3 positives the class goes into remote learning for a week. The district has no guidance on what they want done with siblings of presumed positive kids, so the 12yr old is home this week too with nothing to do. Pandemic parenting is the best! :/

Lexie Aleah

Hang in there! My friend’s husband traveled to another state on a fishing trip with his dad for two weeks. I was supposed to stay with her and help watch her kids. Unfortunately, they got Covid from some other kids at school right when it opened again around November. She was on her own with both kids while also working which wasn’t easy but she was vaccinated.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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