Monthly Archives: February 2012

Delicious tea

I love drinking tea, I drink about a full pot of tea a day. And since I prefer loose leaf teas, this can get a liiiitttle expensive since the only place I know to get good loose leaf tea is Teavana and if you’ve ever been there, you know what their prices are like.
So I was excited to discover an online shop for teas on etsy.com (From 4chan no less). teaman’s prices are so much better, and he has an amazing selection of hand blended teas in loose leaf or tea bag form. He did not have my favorite genmaicha tea (sadness) but I did pick out a Rose hip Hibiscus tea that sounded yummy, and at only $5 for 4 ounces I bought it right away. I also picked out a sampler of five of his tea bagged teas. He has a special going on through the month of February where if you spend over $7 you got ten teabags of ceylon tea for free so I thought why not.
I think I annoyed my boyfriend a bit with my obsessed checking of the mailbox every day, a couple times a day, until my tea finally arrived.

The tea I ordered from teaman

I kinda look like a drug dealer.... of deliciousness!

It was late when I got the tea so I went right ahead and brewed me a cup of the sleepy time tea that I picked out for the sampler. I don’t know if it helped me sleep or not but it sure was tasty. The next day I brewed up a pot of the rose hip hibiscus. As soon as I opened up the Ziploc bag I was entranced, the smell was so strong and so deliciously amazing. I would love to have a candle of it so I could just continue smelling that tea.

my teapot with some rose hip hibiscus tea in it

Yes, that is my stove, the lighting in my apartment sucks.

I think this what heaven smells like.

The tea brewed up into a gorgeous deep pink color. The taste was delicious. Similar to Tazo’s passion fruit tea but less….in your face. I would love to brew this as iced tea sometime. Mmm….drink a cold glass of this on a hot summer day…ahhh.

I recommend anyone who likes tea, even a little bit, to check this guys teas out HERE. His selection is large and his prices are good.

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Ah…online arguments

I just got into an argument over at sociological images, one the recently posted article “Lady Gaga’s Patriarchal Bargain, because I disagreed with the way the majority of the commentors were reacting to various posts. Specifically posts that did not have a feminist slant to them. They generally treated the posters like idiots, that they had no idea what they were talking about, basically treating them like children.

I stepped in and tried to talk with one of the posters. This poster had called one of the others a “poor uninformed misogynist” despite other posts showing that this is not necessarily true. I tried to explain that perhaps the poster would be better listened to if she had a better attitude, his opinion wasn’t wrong, I agreed with it partly. But she flat out denied any truth to it.
Does this seem like a good environment for a conversation? Perhaps to the majority of the commentors who didn’t seem to want a conversation, rather a validation of their views instead. I was under the impression that the blog in question was a teaching blog, there to inform readers about different sociological problems and inequalities. So I assumed the commentors would be willing to teach and discuss.
I’m venting a little bit here, I tired to stay reasonable over at the blog but at the end I got, as  I was called, “passive aggressive.” I supposed you could say I was passive aggressive, but I still truly meant and felt everything I said.
If anyone who reads this cares to comment and perhaps explain where I went wrong in what I was trying to do, I was the poster Sarah over at Sociological Images.
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Ruling of Prop. 8

The federal appeals court finally ruled the Prop. 8 is unconstitutional today. It’s about time. Of course it’s unconstitutional. I honestly, really, truly, don’t understand why so many think homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to marry. I mean, so what if they do? Does allowing them this somehow lessen the meaning of a marriage between heterosexuals? They’re just asking for a basic right everyone has, you could still easily live your life without ever knowing a homosexual couple.

People bring up the argument that marriage is an act before God, and God does not approve of homosexuality. So…. does that mean my atheist boyfriend and myself, who is agnostic, shouldn’t be allowed to marry? Who says marriage has to have anything to do with religion for every couple. If a couple wants to get married in a Church, they have that right. If a couple wants to get married in a sacred forest, that’s their right.

Another argument is that homosexuals cannot have children together so it’s unnatural. So does that mean that my aunt, who has never been able to have children, should not have been allowed to marry her husband. Does that make her marriage unnatural? And with advances in genetics and in-vitro fertilization children for homosexual couples is hardly impossible.

A funny thing, (well, not really funny) is that a lot of the arguments used against same sex marriages are the same arguments that were used against interracial marriages. I wonder when people will learn that their arguments just don’t work. Unless someone can explain them to me?

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Managing Death by Trent Jamieson

Last night I finished the second book in the Death Works Trilogy by Trent Jamieson. This one was another fun read similar to the first book. In this book though, things are very different. Steven is now the RM of Australia with his cousin Tim as his Ankou. So now we get to see more about the day to day stuff of the buissness of death with still quite a bit of Steven running around and getting into trouble. And we finally get to meet some of the RMs from the other regions around the world, particularly Suzanne, the RM of the US.

I found this story to be more interesting than the last one, there is more neat Death powers and less running away from stirrers. The story is also more complex with two, (or maybe three?) bad guys this time around coming from the history of Mortmax.

Some things in the novel were rather predictable, a few tried and true plot points. But other things swung at me way from left field. So far from left field it makes me wonder how and why they happened. Almost doesn’t make sense. But then again, when you’re dealing with beings who have been alive for millenia who really knows what they think about?

One thing I really wanted explained were the caterers. Who the hell were they? They’d been at every death moot so are they human? If not, why would there be an inhuman catering group? What do they do for the rest of the year? Are there other groups around the world that require their services? It seems a small detail but I really want to know. It seems like the author has a habit of having things and people in his universe but never really explains how they work. Strange considering how well his concept of death is developed. I’ve always been one of those who really enjoys a book if the author really makes everything work. Magic and other phenomena work based on a set of logic and rules that fit their world. I don’t understand Jamieson’s world.

I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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