Posts Tagged ‘Tea’

Today is one of the few Saturdays in a while where I have not had to get up early, go to the library, go volunteer or do some sort of school work so, while eating my breakfast, I turned on the TV. While I was sitting there, still in my pajamas, eating a slice of toast and sipping on a large mug of Tetley, I began to reminisce about Saturday mornings past. I remembered sitting on a couch, curled up in a blanket, or cuddling in my parents’ bed, my mom and I with our dogs, watching Saturday morning cartoons while our Dad made us breakfast in bed.

Saturday morning cartoons. I lived for “Disney’s One Saturday Morning” when I was a kid. I’ve never been one to sleep in on Saturday mornings simply because of this glorious morning of moving pictures. I still, to this day, wake up promptly at 9:00 – no matter how late I was up the night before – although I no longer have the time to indulge in such activities.

So, this morning, a morning on which I did have the time, I flipped onto ABC to find that the brightly coloured cartoons that once lit up the television screen no longer glowed softly on my retinas, but instead my beloved “One Saturday Morning” featured – wait for it – actual people.

Unacceptable. Completely and utterly unacceptable. I wanted cartoons not PEOPLE. Saturday morning cartoons aren’t Saturday morning cartoons if there aren’t any CARTOONS!


No cartoons. I can accept the fact that the same cartoons that I watched back in the 90’s are no longer on, but I thought that at least they’d stay true to the essence of a good, lazy, Saturday morning. What is a lazy saturday morning without a solid, two hours of animation?

Instead, Saturday morning is now filled with That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, Wizard’s of Waverly Place and The Suite Life of Zack and  Cody.

No. Just no.

Whatever happened to classics such as Doug, Pepperann, The Weekenders, and Recess? After that (as most Ontarians would know) you could flip over to YTV and watch a little Rugrats and Sailor Moon to get you through lunch time?

Those were my shows, they were the epitome of Saturday Morning. I looked up all of these shows this morning and I get a fluttery feeling inside, remembering the awesome Saturdays I spent doing absolutely nothing productive because I didn’t have to.

I think we should start a petition. I want my children to be able to have the same awesome Saturday mornings I had, and with CARTOONS, not lame kiddy sitcoms. Anyone with me?


And to finish off a blog about childhood television memories, how about the Pol Roger countdown?



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that my heart lies in london?

I’m not sure why, but today I have been craving all things british.

I’ve been looking a grad schools in the UK that have the program I’m looking into, I’ve been browsing Topshop like it’s my job, I’ve been drinking english breakfast tea all day and craving some Cadbury Fingers and/or Hobnobs and/or Lemon Dutchys and finally I’ve resorted to looking up flights.

I’m craving London.

Now, my love of London is something, like my love of Harry Potter, or Christmas, or tea, that never goes away. On occasion, however, this love turns into a slight obsession and the prospect of being in London (or England in general, I mean if I were merely a train ride away I wouldn’t complain) is all I can really think about. 

I think these thoughts started to surface yesterday in my Restoration and 18th Century Literature course. We were discussing Country House poetry and discussing the 18th century country house and its role in british culture. This got me thinking of Pride and Prejudice, which then got me thinking about this house I visited while in England nearly four years ago (we left for England on March 11th! It feels like only yesterday…). The house is called Stourhead and you can check it out here. I remember seeing peacocks on the grounds (actually) and being in complete awe of this wonderful family home. This house reminded me of Pride and Prejudice because part of the 2005 movie with Keira Knightly was filmed there. So since that lecture (it was the only one this entire semester in that course that I have taken more than a page of notes) I have been on an England high and I can’t seem to come down off my cloud.

I’m also really excited because two Christmases from now I’ll be in England, specifically in St. Agnes, Cornwall for the majority of the trip. We’re staying in the same house that we did back in 2005 and we’ll be there upon our arrival and through to probably the 27th, when we’ll head up to Wales to stay with more family up there for New Years and finally, we’re spending a few days in London at the end of our trip before we fly back home because I would not be a happy peep if we did not. 

Although I’m super pumped for that trip, it’s so freaking far away. I would give anything to take a week off in May or something just to fly over there for a week or something and trek around England/Scotland. All I want is a week. All I want is London.

london love collage



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If today was productive, or unproductive. You tell me:

Productive: I figured out what I’m going to write by Buddhism paper on…

Unproductive: But I haven’t done any school work…at all.

Productive: but I did go get a book to help me write said essay (The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman).

Unproductive: but after buying said book I spent 1.5 hours downtown shopping and got three things off my wish list from a previous blog post (blue skirt, AA Bodysuit, belt) and spent too much moneeez. 

Productive: responded to all outstanding social networking messages, etc.

Unproductive: see above.

You see my dilemma? 

Despite that, however, I will spend sometime updating this lovely blog here by posting a *puts on announcer voice* TEA OF THE DAY-day-day (see the echo effect there? snazzy, right?). 

Today’s tea is a Starbucks Grande Unsweetened Non-Fat Black Tea Latte. It’s my new regular order from Starbs. I get it unsweetened because I’m not a huge fan of their classic syrup (it’s just…sweet) and I like my tea strong rather than sweet and the tea latte is better than just a tea because it’s, well, delicious and comforting. It’s a pretty basic tea, but I just say KISS (keep it simple, silly). 


Speaking of cheesy phrases, the English Department just sent out their clothing order forms and they decided on the WORST slogan for the year clothing. The geniuses decided on “English Majors: You Do the Math”. 

What? I get it, but really? That’s the best they could come up with? “You do the Math”? I mean haha, we’re english majors so we hate numbers, but it’s such a terrible clothing slogan. If I were on the committee I would have gone with something like, “English Majors: We Kiss by the Book” to allude to the classic line from Romeo and Juliet. Oh, Petrarchian conceits and Juliet’s rejection of them *sigh*. Needless to say, I’m not wasting 40 dollars on an American Apparel zip-up hoody this year. Terrible. 

Maybe I’ll go be productive now…


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Okay, so since, apparently, I’m obsessed with tea, I thought that I might start doing updates with a tea of the day, plus a song, book or photograph (or something along those lines). I thought of this mostly because I bought a new kind of tea today and have recently started listening to Belle and Sebastian (I know, I know) and the two seemed to go together so nicely. Plus, tea drinking and english literature go hand in hand, do they not? 

Today when I went to the little man (our grocer) down the road to pick up some essentials I picked up a box of tea-march-21tea that I have been eyeing for the past few weeks. It’s St. Dalfour’s Black Cherry Tea. I’m a huge fan of cherries (specifically dried) and cherries plus tea sounded delicious to me so I finally picked it up. It did not disappoint. I tried it once just plain and then again with a splenda packet and milk and in the future I’d opt for the latter. If the tea were tangier (which is what I was expecting on the first try) I wouldn’t have gone for the milk, but the cherry flavour is definitely more mild, making the addition of milk appropriate, not to mention absolutely delish. 

Right now, for my eighth book in my 52-in-09 challenge, I’m reading the classic, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I’m only about 60 pages in and so far I’m liking it quite a lot. I will discuss more once I’ve finished. 

Finally, the song of the day. As previously mentioned, I just recently purchased myself a larger collection of Belle and Sebastian and it was so worth the 30 dollars I spent on iTunes albums yesterday, because they’re great. They’re like The Beatles meets Simon and Garfunkle meets Stars. What’s not to like? To be completely honest, I decided to really start listening to them because I was rewatching an episode of how i met your mother from season one called “The Return of the Shirt”, the one where Ted gets back together with an old girlfriend, Natalie, who apparently loves sock monkeys, Kraav Maga (sp?) and Belle and Sebastian (“that one Belle and Sebastian song she always listened to…”). Kinda sad but whatever, that show is awesome. I digress. The song of the day is “For the Price” by this lovely scottish band, enjoy:

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Arrowroot biscuits, broken into pieces…check.

My Norton (one of many) and notes…check.

Large cup of tea…check.

Myself, with glasses to make me smart( and to allow me to see the screen)…check.

Full-screen Word document as to avoid distractions…check.

Days till due date: 3
Next break: dinner with BBT and HIMYM, while revising.

And go.

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From SparksFlyUp

01. What’s the last TV show you saw?
I just illegally watched Gossip Girl. Blair and Chuck NEED to be together. 

02. What are you wearing at the moment?
Wooly socks, jeans, blue shirt, cardigan and my new Circle Scarf from American Apparel

03. Favorite Song of the Moment?
Weak in the Knees by Serena Ryder

04. What is your favorite scent?
Daisy by Marc Jacobs

05. What’s your occupation? What do you do there?
Student at Queen’s. I learn things and write essays. 

06. What do you drink the most?

07. What is your favorite restaurant?
Ciao Bella on Lamb’s Conduit Street in London, England. It holds great memories and has great food. What more could you ask for?

08. What will you be doing after finishing this?
I will read some Psalms from the Hebrew Scriptures and maybe some Hamlet. That’s what you do when you study English and Religion.

09. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I haven’t grown up yet and I still don’t know what I want to be. Soo there ya go.

10. Your favorite romantic movie?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

11. What’s the least favorite thing about yourself?
To steal from a recent Postsecret postcard, “I am not ambitious enough for my own dreams.”

13. What are your ideal qualities in a novel?
I shouldn’t want to put it down and I need, need, need to be able to think about it afterwards, also I need a chuckle and maybe a good cry. The Book Thief (my most recent read) did all of that for me, as did my favourites such as Harry Potter and all of John Green’s books. 

14. What time do you usually go to bed?
I aim for between 11 and midnight. I’m proud to say that i haven’t had to pull any all nighters this year.

15. What’s the meaning behind your LJ username/name/nicknames you go by?
Well, this one (samstarr) was a nickname given to me by my friend vicky several years ago. It started as Samster and turned into SamStar which turned into stamstarr for the purpose of avoiding awkward meaningless numbers in my username. On Youtube and Twitter and almost everywhere else, however, I go by hplondonlove which basically means that I love Harry Potter and London. Riveting story, wasn’t it?

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