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swallowed in sound

I think I’ve mentioned my tea obsession on the blog before. It should come as no surprise that mostly, at work, I drink tea. The problem comes in how to MAKE tea at work. When I was in the lab, I would clean my little tea infusers in the bathroom. Our bathroom sinks had grates and I would get all the little leaves out of the sink after I washed my infuser. Here at work we have a sink for washing things (lunch type utensils and such). So I thought this would be fantastic except that the little food catcher is WAY down the pipe and always gross. I hate cleaning (and thus using) my tea infusers now. Our bathroom sinks do have grates, but everyone else cleans their stuff in the breakroom sinks, so it would be a little weird for me to be taking my tea stuff into the bathroom to clean it. All of this is a long story to explain that I’ve been using tea bags (the big open kind for loose leaf tea) to make my tea now.

I have been using the ones from Adagio because they are super cheap ($3/100) and super big. But they taste/smell kind of woody and are brown and stick out from my cup and look funny. While I was in Vancouver I found a little bag of tea bags that were ALSO super cheap ($2/110), kind of plasticy feeling, and still pretty big. The sad thing is now I have no IDEA where I will find more of these little bags. I even love that they are called “Tea Packing Paper” instead of tea bags.

Cheap yummy soup for winter

Hambone soup: ham, 2 cans of kidney beans, can of corn, 2 potatoes/yams, water/vegetable stock, spices

Glass straws and lime/grapefruit infused water

The only way I drink water anymore

Play among the stars

So our Sunday ended up being fun. I woke up at 8am and discovered Bear had been tinkering in the basement.

 

Bear has been DYING for an amplifier for these speakers he picked up from a hoarder’s house. Apparently on Saturday night he got impatient and decided to try making his own.

We had the roofer come by at 10 (he showed up at 9:40 before I had a chance to wake Bear up). We then signed paperwork and gave him a pretty hefty check. We’ll get shingles and a dumpthingy on the 26th. We’ll get a new roof, new gutters, and ventilation for the roof on the 27th.

Once he left, I started cooking. Mr and possibly Mrs Cranberry were coming over.

The recipe for this meal is from Smitten Kitchen. It’s fantastic. I would have preferred the barley instead of pearl cous cous, but Bear would only eat it if I made the substitution.

Bear’s friend Mr Cranberry showed up, sans Mrs Cranberry. I gather she’s busy trying to finish up her PhD. Bear and Mr Cranberry played video games and chatted and watched youtube and anime snippets for hours. Just before Mr Cranberry left, I baked cookies.

It was a pretty fantastic weekend.

This coming weekend we are headed over to a friends for a “meat extravaganza”. Considering one of the hosts is a pescetarian, it might be a little interesting. Of course we are going though, Bear is excited. Not surprisingly the invite went out from the pescetarian (we know her better), but it was titled as her husband’s and her husband’s bff’s meat extravaganza. I’ve now said and typed meat extravaganza so many times this week that the term has lost any meaning it might initially had.

We’ll see how long Bear and I last.