Friday, 30 March 2012

Extending the gratitude

I just found out the other day that my blog won a Libster award. Liebster is german for dearest, favorite, or beloved. In order to win this award, a blog must have less than 200 followers and be a favorite of someone else on the interwebs.

I was nominated by an Exuberant friend of mine, Erica Schmidt. A yoga teacher, author, and all around outstanding person. Her most recent book, I let go, is a self help book of immeasurable worth. You can buy it for $2.00, though. Your pelvis will be eternally grateful and spacious, just like Erica's. Her yoga classes are pretty spectacular as well. The Mysore classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm are especially awesome. If you're from the Halifax area, you should definitely check them out. They take place at the shala, which is right above lululemon. You can get a 3 month unlimited pass for $90, which would give you ample opportunity to take her classes. The jokes are excellent and come free of charge.

I now have to pass the award on to another excellent, though under-followed blog.Without further delay the next recipient of the Liebster award is *drum roll*.

Nicole! Nicole, myself, and our mutual friend Courtney were lab partners in our intro stats course. We had an excellent time rejecting Hos and finding confidence intervals. After mastering these essential life skills, she has since moved to Australia to pursue her masters degree and befriend koalas, kiwi birds, and other exotic wildlife. Feel free to follow her to read about these excellent adventures.

Until the next time.


Monday, 26 March 2012

Tea mixology

As of tomorrow, March 27, I will have completed my 25th lap around the sun. My time has been remarkably consistent each time. How boring and predictable.

To make up for this ho hum regularity, I'll be sharing with you five of the best five minute tea mixes I have yet to find on my quest towards tea alchemy greatness.

1. Can't wait for summer? Try mixing equal parts of midsummer nights dream and mango madness. The perfect balance of tart, sweet, minty, and awesome. It'll have you thinking warm, carefree thoughts in no time. Hakuna mata.

2. Like maple bacon? Try mixing 3 parts oh Canada to one part Lapsang Souchong Star. The little piglets will thank you.

3.You'll want to sit down for this one. Mix equal parts Forever nuts and buttercream. Hopefully it's a big comfy chair so you can melt into it in a state of pure bliss. Add some agave and see what happens.

4. Love roasting marshmallows on the open fire, but don't have marshmallows or a fire? Have no fear, lapsang souchong star and vanilla oolong are here! Go for thrice as much oolong as lapsang. Now all you need is an acoustic guitar and some friends to sing with. Good times.

5. Candy cane enthusiasts take heed. Mix 2 parts vanilla oolong to one part peppermint amour. All that without the cavities and empty calories. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Feel free to post your own mixes in the comment section! Enjoy the tasty recipes above.

Adios amigos.


Sunday, 18 March 2012

Matcha Matsu and other green things

Seeing as though yesterday was St. Paddy's day/Irish awareness day/be kind to gingers day, and I am a ginger of Irish descent\leprechaun, I found it quite necessary to celebrate, though not in the usual way.

I was certainly sporting my greenest attire (a lime green golf shirt and khakis), which made me immensely happy. It's probably my favorite color to wear. That and brown. I'm a walking forest most of the time. No wonder I get along so well with environmentalists.

Since I don't drink beer, and it's highly frowned upon not to drink some sort of green beverage on St. Paddy's day, I made my way to Davids tea to get some green tea instead. The resident matcha expert was working, and so I asked her opinion on the best way to enjoy this regal beverage. Apparently iced with soy and agave is the way to go! It was definitely delicious. If you haven't tried it this way, then I highly recommend it. If you've never tried matcha before, then I super recommend it. It'll change your life. I was so energetic afterwards. I settled for two "pints" of this. An excellent life choice indeed.

Naturally, the most sensible thing to do after consuming green beverages is to practice yoga...or maybe that's just me. I did so in my finest green athletic attire, which makes it all the more awesome. We even got to leap frog our way around the class to practice jumping through. It brought me back to my frogger playing days, oh nostalgia.

To make the day all the more Irish, my brother and I played some golf at the simulator. I played super awesome, probably because I was wearing all green and a golf hat. These increase your skill level substantially.

Hopefully yesterday's shenanigans treated you well. Enjoy the last few days of winter. Spring will soon be upon us! Speaking of spring, the spring collection is most delicious. Pink flamingo iced is most excellent.

Live long and prosper,


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tea poetry

There once was a tea from afar
It came in a silver tin jar
With a smoky taste
It lights up my face
They call it Lapsang Souchong Star

Oh, forever nuts
Forever my favorite
Stay tasty my friend

Jolly jellybean
A sweet and tasty spring tea
Rooibos tea is great

Exceptionally awesome
Xena princess warrior
Outstanding tea
Terrific tasting tisane
Iced, it is amazing
Can't get enough
Add agave for extra awesome

Chicory dickory dock
A tea that most certainly rocks
A wonderful tea
And it's caffeine free
So don't even look at the clock