10 Things I Learned Working At A Tea Shop

I spent a good chunk of last year working at a gigantic tea store chain. Since lots of great conversations happen over hot beverages, I’d associated tea with lots of special moments in my life, but I hardly knew anything about where it really comes from. From my first day on the job, I was given what was pretty much a tea intensive, complete with a little corporate-designed test I had to take before I could start selling the stuff. Those few days were interesting, but the real fun started when I was able to talk to customers about their tea preferences and make all kinds of combinations to try during my shifts. I will never be one of those people who partakes in a “tea tastes better than coffee” debate (is it really so novel to enjoy both!?), but I left that job a total tea addict and have never looked back. If you’re looking for something new to add to your routine, I highly recommend you take the plunge into trying new teas. There are hundreds of different flavors and variations to choose from, and unlike most yummy things, it’s actually good for you! Here are a few things I learned in my days as a tea girl to help you get started. Keep reading »

Miley Cyrus In Trouble For Getting Spanked Onstage With The Mexican Flag

  • Oh Miley, just stop.  The pop princess is in trouble with the Mexican government after she got spanked onstage with a Mexican flag while twerking in a comically large prosthetic butt. (Which, in and of itself, is UGHHH.) The incident occurred in Monterray, Mexico on Tuesday night and officials are investigating possible desecration of the flag, which carries a $1,200 fine (pocket change for Miley) and a 36-hour jail sentence. You’re on your own for this one, kid. [TMZ]
  • Kendell Jenner was not welcomed with open arms by the other models at New York Fashion Week, who supposedly put cigarettes in her drink. [In Touch Weekly]
  • Nick Cannon wore a $2 million pair of Tom Ford slip-ons covered in 14,000 diamonds on “America’s Got Talent.” The shoes are currently being reviewed by the Guinness Book Of World Records for possible inclusion as the most expensive pair of shoes in the world. [WWD] Keep reading »

“Doctor Who,” “Listen” And Coping With Trauma

I get behind on “Doctor Who” — being cable-less will do that to you — but this week’s episode was being widely touted as one of the best in years, so of course I had to make it a priority to watch. When “Doctor Who” is good, it’s really, really good; it is at heart a celebration of humanity, and as much as The Doctor’s companions can be cast as his accessories, he’s often also their foil, the vehicle by which they have the opportunity to express their humanness.

I’m not too cool to admit that I’ve taken life lessons from “Doctor Who” — I abide by John Green’s definition of “nerdiness” as “unironic enthusiasm about the miracle of human consciousness.” (I’m also not so pretentious that I consider my opinion on it invalid despite the fact that, no, I haven’t watched the original series, so there.) I named my blog for a quote from “The Power of Three.” I have “Allons-y!” tattooed on my leg. I think one of the show’s strengths is its zeal for adventure and discovery, not just in terms of travel to distant places, but in terms of introspection and self-discovery: see “The God Complex,” or really any regeneration. The show’s protagonist has to find out over and over who he really is. Keep reading »

Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Nesquik Is A Thing Now

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Nesquik has debuted a new chocolate milk beverage we are welcoming with open arms and clogged arteries: Girl Scout cookie-flavored milk. (At least it’s lowfat Girl Scout cookie-flavored milk.) The two limited edition flavors are based on the popular cookies Thin Mints and Samoas. That’s right, I wrote based on. Although the Scouts will receive royalties for licensing their cookie brands — just like they’ve done for lip balms, for example — there will not actually cookie pieces or ingredients in the milk and, in fact, the Samoas drink is marketed as “Caramel Coconuts.” I have no clue if Girl Scout chocolate milk tastes decent, but as they are only in stores through this month, you should get your hands on one now if you want to find out. [NesquikGirl Scouts Utah (PDF)]

Monica Geller’s 14 Best OCD Tips

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When it comes time for me to clean my apartment, I have no patience, no desire and no idea where to start. I usually get as far as taking out a spray bottle of disinfectant and cleaning around the various piles of clutter that have accumulated, before becoming overwhelmed and sitting down for a snack, never to finish my task. When I recently found myself in this exact scenario, I turned the TV on during my snack break and started watching “Friends.” It was The One With The Chicken Pox, and Monica was obsessing over the way her boyfriend Richard made the bed. In life, we can all take some notes from Monica’s OCD ways when it comes to tidying up, because wouldn’t life just be nicer when our toilet paper is folded at the tip? Here are 14 of Monica’s anal retentive rules to remember next time you need to clean. Keep reading »

Chavril Is Calling It Quits After 14 Months

  • Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger — aka Chavril LaKroeger — are reportedly filing for divorce after just 14 months of marriage. The pair seemed to lack trust and had a policy of never drinking or partying without the other. A source told Us Weekly, “Chad is just a complete jerk in the way he talks to her, and the way he talks to people in general … A lot of her friends don’t like him.” Or maybe she finally listened to his atrocious music? Avril, you’re better off! [Popdust]
  • Gerard Depardieu claims to drink a whopping 14 bottles of wine a day, as you do. He also bragged about killing two lions in self-defense. Suddenly, Gerard Depardieu sounds like an amazing dinner party guest. [Page Six]
  • The doctor who performed the unplanned biopsy on Joan Rivers the day she went into cardiac arrest has been identified as Gwen Korovin, Broadway’s favorite ear, nose and throat specialist. She’s served famous patients like Nathan Lane, Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth and Julie Andrews. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »
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