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 »
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 »
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 »