And Then There Was Matthew...


So I'll admit, I've been away from my own blog for much longer than I would like to imagine.  So perhaps it does take a hurricane coming through to allow me the time to update you all on life.

So let's rewind to the end of September.  September is my birthday month and I'm thankful to have been allowed to have a milestone birthday - 40!  Yes, on the 25th of September I crossed over into another decade.  Part of me really wanted to have a celebration of sorts (because I never do that) and yet, my schedule didn't allow for much.

I'm thankful for my childhood friends who took me to lunch where I was able to taste my first eggplant parmesan.  Let's just say that I'm in LOVE!  I now dream of eggplant parm.  Is that crazy or what?!

We also stopped by my favorite cupcake shop - CCups. This business is owned by a breast cancer survivor and proceeds go to cancer research.  Plus, they bake cupcakes fresh daily and you never know which ones they will have.

Speaking of cancer research, at work, my school participated in Relay for Life.  It was my first Relay for Life experience.  We had a team and participated in the team lap.  To see so many survivors completing their survivor lap and then to see the caregivers....I mean, it was an amazing experience. A bit of a tearjerker, but amazing nonetheless.  I couldn't stay all night (as this event was 24 hours) but I did stay well into the evening.

Somewhere between my birthday and all the studying I've been doing, I went insane and gutted out my closets.  Seriously!  I just started yanking everything out, sorting, purging, and restocking the closet using only black clothes hangers.  It was that serious.  But (secretly) I feel better.

And now, just as we enter into the second week of October, Hurricane Matthew graced our path. Truth be told, although many are still without power, I'm thankful that the damage our way was not severe.  In the county where I work and the next two counties over (they have a much lower elevation), they have been severely flooded.  When the news anchorman gets in a canoe to cover the story, that tells you right there that it's serious.

We still haven't returned to work because some schools still don't have electricity, so I'm busy trying to catch up on all the grad work I was unable to do while the power was out the past couple of days. Plus, I never finished the work from my internship this summer.  Trust me, I'm getting it done.  But if you know me well, you know, I dream of painting and home improvement projects.

I couldn't resist slapping a huge sample of grey paint in my guest room.  I really couldn't.  Something came over me and said, "Do it!" so I did.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  :-)

Be well!


September's Tea of the Month: Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea


I know, I know.  I just shared a Tea of the Month post with you on yesterday.  Maybe it's the hint of Fall/Autumn in the air, the cooling temps, the chilly rains that have me running to my tea cabinet to find something warm and soothing for days like today.  Or maybe it's because I have so many teas that if I only shared one per month, surely others would expire before I could share them with you in confidence.  Maybe it's a bit of both.  At any rate, just know I love tea and I love sharing my teas with you.

If you recall, Full Leaf Tea Company gifted me four tea samples.  I shared the Sweet Matcha Green Tea with you earlier, but today I'm sharing their Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea.  This tea is such a beautiful blend of the flavors that make chai teas so unique and a hint of chocolate.

When I prepared my cup...ahem, cups, I added a teaspoon of sugar and a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  I know many prefer their teas unsweetened, but as for me, I prefer mine with a hint of sweetness.

I've already had two cups today.  Of course I had to make a little video to share my tea-making experience with you.  I really wish you could smell the beautiful aroma from this tea, but since I can't, you'll just have to take my word for it.

So, what's your favorite Fall drink?

To Tea!

September's Tea of the Month: Victorian Earl Grey Tea


Hello my lovelies,

I recently have been sipping on some delicious tea - Simpson & Vail's Victorian Earl Grey Tea.  It was gifted to me by one of my Youtube followers, and I must say that it's quite a delicious tea. Although I've heard of Earl Grey teas, I'd never tasted any before.  This particular tea is a rich blend of black tea, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, and a high quality bergamot oil.  According to the company, it's a perfect tea to pair with pastries.

Because this is a black tea, boiling temp waters are to be used.  To save time on busy mornings (i.e. all of them) I place the loose tea in my one-cup coffee maker.  I just take the K-cup component out and used the other filtered section.  Works like a charm!

I know some prefer to drink their teas as-is, but me...I have to add a little sweetener.  To me, it brings out the flavors of the tea.  To each his own.  :-)

Is it just me or when I think of cups of tea, my mind immediately goes to My Fair Lady where Eliza repeats, "Cup, cup, cup, cup, of, of, of, of"?  I love that musical!

You know I have to share my Tea of the Month video.  :-)

BTW, if you're interested in joining Stephanie's Teacup or Mug exchange, head over to her blog and sign up.  Her exchanges are so much fun!

To Tea!