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Doing: Taking lots of photos of flowers. I really love Spring. I also spent part of the weekend participating in the Dog Days of Summer readathon. I needed to catch up on some reviewing material... but I don't really need an excuse to spend the weekend reading.

Watching: Doctor Who starts tonight! The in-laws are coming over to watch it with me.

Thinking: I was perhaps somewhat unreasonably irritated by the name of the Dog Days of Summer readathon because it isn't summer here. It annoys the hell out of me to see snow in the shops in the middle of summer, beaches on the calendars in winter and festivals to the dead being celebrated in spring. The experiences of a whole hemisphere of the planet being ignored. It gives me a slightly better appreciation of what it must be like to experience micro-aggressions--though only slightly. I imagine the micro-aggressions experience by people without my white, cis-gender, (mostly) able-bodied privilege are so much worse. And I also feel a little annoyed with myself because the organisers of the readathon are lovely people who didn't mean anything by it.

Reading: Just finished A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan as part of the readathon. I'm thinking my next read will be Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier, since it will have to be returned to the library soon.

Wondering: I've got a busy couple of weeks coming up. I'm really hoping I'll manage to squeeze everything in.

Writing: Mostly birthday cards. September is a bit crazy on that front.

Drinking: Lots of Australian green tea. I need to restock on some teas but will wait until after my birthday.
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Macro of a prostrate grevillea 'Bronze Rambler' in flower.

What are you doing/thinking/wondering/making/reading/etc. that you don't normally post about?

Doing: I actually managed to get out yesterday and take some photos, as you can see from above. I've been stricter with myself about not working on weekends, making it a little easier to find time for these sorts of things.

Watching: My sweetheart and I have been juggling a few different shows. He was inspired to start rewatching Supernatural. I'm not quite sure why. We only made it to the 5th or 6th season the first time around, so it will be interesting to see how we do this time around. So far, we're a few episodes into the second season.

We're also rewatching an anime called Yakitate Japan. It's a shounen anime about making bread, is light-hearted and filled with puns.

On the roleplaying end, we continue to stalk Adam Koebel. He's got a Burning Wheel campaign going for Roll20. One of the things I disliked about the games on the RollPlay channel is that some of the players had a propensity towards murder and chaos, perhaps to make things more entertaining or to stir things up. It had the opposite effect for me, making me bored and irritated. I find the players on the Roll20 channel to be much more interesting. They make things difficult for their characters without wanton destruction.

Finally, we're watching a Russian drama called Night Swallows which is, unsurprisingly, based on the very same piece of history as our Night Witches RPG. We're finding some great inspiration and have already learned that we've been pronouncing one of the names incorrectly.

Thinking: There's something about September that triggers my "holy crap, the year is almost over" button. I've been looking over the goals I had for this year to see whether I can realistically achieve them or whether they need to be revised. I've also been thinking a little bit about what I might like to achieve in 2016.

Reading: I'm between books at the moment and I'm not quite sure what I'll pick up next. It will depend a bit on how quickly I get to writing a review of Equilibrium because I don't like to try keeping two review books of similar genres or styles in my head at the same time. So if I want to get started on reading something today, it will be Stormbringer by Alis Franklin because it will be fun and I won't be reviewing it. However, if I don't get any reading time until tomorrow afternoon, I'll read my next review book, which will be Aurora: Eden by Amanda Bridgeman.

Writing: I'm still struggling with making time for my own writing. I'm doing a bit better than I was, but that may simply be because work is quieter at the moment. Anyway, I'm back to plugging holes in Siren Songs.

Wondering: Related to the above, I've been wondering a bit whether writing is something I want to continue with. Editing and reviewing keeps me pretty busy and I've been enjoying it a lot. Whereas I really struggle to convince myself to sit down and so some more writing. And if I do want to continue with writing, what do I want to be working on? Do I want to focus on short stories or novels? Do I want to give fanfic a go?

Drinking: A mix of different teas, but mostly alternating between Earl Grey and Chocolate chai.
calissa: A black and white photo of a large, dark teapot and a small Chinese teacup with a fish painted on the side (Tea)
Melon Seed green tea )

Bold Breakfast )

Forest Berry )

Yerba Mate )

Overall, a pretty great batch!
calissa: A black and white photo of a large, dark teapot and a small Chinese teacup with a fish painted on the side (Tea)
Aged Loose Pu-er )


Chocolate Oolong )


Lapacho )


Chamomile )

All in all, not the strongest batch I've tried.
calissa: A black and white photo of a large, dark teapot and a small Chinese teacup with a fish painted on the side (Tea)
Just one more batch after this one and I will be all caught up. Until the next one arrives (which should be in the next week or two)!

Green rooibos )

Nilgiri )

Hibiscus )

Mango and Chili Black Tea )
calissa: A black and white photo of a large, dark teapot and a small Chinese teacup with a fish painted on the side (Tea)
I'm a bit behind with posting about my tea adventures. I'm also a little amused to discover I'm behind with actually drinking the tea. There's a batch and a half that I haven't even touched yet--six samples in total. But on to Batch Two!

I'm actually missing a photo of one of the samples. I took it to a friend's house and we drank it in its entirety without a single photo. Since then I have taken to trying a cup out myself before sharing it with friends. Each sample has enough tea for me to do this and still have plenty left to share.

The sample that's missing was called Afternoon Tea Blend. It was pu-erh tea with lychee and liquorice root. It didn't have as much flavour to it as I expected, tasting instead like a plain, good quality black tea. I suspect that the fermentation of the pu-erh combined with the heavy build-up of tannins in my friend's teapot to overwhelm the other flavours. It was, nevertheless, a very lovely tea and we had a wonderful afternoon drinking it together.

Turkish Black )

Super Mood )

Smoky Earl Grey )
calissa: A black and white photo of a large, dark teapot and a small Chinese teacup with a fish painted on the side (Tea)
Back in October, Sahaquiel was kind enough to give me a subscription to Monstrositea for my birthday. Every month the company sends me samples of four different teas to try, some sourced from other tea companies and some sourced directly from the producers. I've been having almost as much fun photographing the samples as drinking them.

Turkish apple tea )

Gin Shan Creme (White Dragon) Oolong )

Chuan Hong (River Red) Black tea )

Black Tea Blue Fire )

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