Boom, did it, 50k words written for NaNoWriMo! #NaNoWinner2015! I like to thank the powers of Shou Pu’er for this writing win. I have a box full of pu’er samples and I drank down every shou pu’er sample I had and badly dented one of my aged oolong stashes to fuel writing this thing. Funny as I last week that I knew I was going to finish despite not having an actual real story title nor a book cover. Apparently having a cover increases your chance of finishing writing 50k words by 60%. More funny is that half my secondary … Continue reading, hoot!
This week has been crazy in Oolong Owl land. I had the unfortunate accident on Tuesday night were my body went one way and my ankle another way. Then I spent a large chunk of my Wednesday in urgent care. Turns out I have a sprained ankle that everyone was surprised wasn’t broken and now I’m in crutches and an itchy ankle splint. I discovered that it is impossible to carrying things while using a pair of crutches at the same time, and I also have to scale a twisted flight of stairs all the time. It isn’t in the Tea Owl’s … Continue reading, hoot!
Yesterday was my birthday and I got into all sorts of hyjinx. First off, DIM SUM! Hoot, who ordered the chicken feet? Once I got back, I had a few hours to drink, usually enough time for my usual chug down an entire session and get crazy while writing. I decided to crack into my sample of White2Tea’s 2015 Last Thoughts. A tea friend gave me a 7.5 gram serving. Reading into it, I probably should of went with a 3 gram session in my tiny ~75ml gaiwan due to tea potency, however I wasn’t thinking about that. I wanted some extravagant … Continue reading, hoot!
I thought I wasn’t going to do this again. NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. This event has your write a 50,000 novel, or at least jump start on one. The point is to just get the ideas down. Broken down, writing 50k words isn’t too bad as it’s just 1,667 words a day. If you follow NaNoWriMo communities or their newsletters, people get together and write of all ages writing their great insert-country novel. Some even publish theirs. I participated in 2012 NaNoWriMo and “won”. Winning NaNoWriMo means I got 50,000 words written that month. Actually the last day was a … Continue reading, hoot!
I recently finished doing some matcha tasting work. Matcha has been on my mind a lot as matcha is the big trend now. Tea companies are pushing it, adding weird flavors it it (cheese pizza matcha yo), and selling it as magical cure to all your problems. I’ve been reviewing it and tea companies that aren’t exclusive matcha sellers are scratching their heads wondering if there matcha is any good and scrambling to find better. I’ve drank so much matcha this year that it is simply crazy and potentially damaging to my body. I also been drinking so much matcha I still … Continue reading, hoot!
If you caught my Drink Militia Interview, I mentioned I have been DYING to go on a cruise. I’ve been putting off booking one for awhile since I had some green card stuff I had to deal with. So I had to wait to book anything until I got my green card extension and fingerprinting appointment taken care of. Now that I did my appointment and now sitting around waiting for mail, I can go on a cruise! I right away booked a cruise to Alaska for the end of August! YES! I will also be back home in Vancouver for a few days. I’ve … Continue reading, hoot!
I love Daiso! I’ve purchased a number of cute little tea pots and cups for cheap. Daiso is a Japanese Dollar store. I first encountered them years ago in Richmond, BC, near Vancouver. I was very happy to learn when I moved to SoCal they opened Daiso stores and they are spreading like wild fire – I got 2 stores close to me! I crashed a new one that opened nearby and they had a special display of different green tea and matcha foods. Green Tea Pastry Roll Weird warnings on package. The warnings did not lie, the pastry smelled a … Continue reading, hoot!
Last Friday while eating my lunch I was looking through ebay and showing off my finds to Chatzy tea friends and twitter. Oh man did I find weird stuff! I imagine not all of you readers are on twitter, and these tea ware finds were just too crazy to not see! I’ll link everything I found just in case someone really wants to get it. Items linked July 2015. Tea Pets If you get deep into the bowels of ebay and aliexpress looking at tea pets, you’ll find quite a few NSFW ones. I won’t link those. Even deeper into the bowels, … Continue reading, hoot!
With it recently being Canada Day (July 1st) and living in the US, I was thinking what it was like being a Canadian Tea Drinker. There’s a sort of pride in being a Canadian Tea drinker and being set apart from our North American neighbour. Before my obsessive tea drinking days begun – I had heard that tea sold in Canada was better quality as 1. We get the British stuff and 2. Canadians will not drink crappy tea. I googled around for proof. Right off the bat the two big tea bag brands – Red Rose and Tetley pop up … Continue reading, hoot!
I had something else planned to post for Oolong Owl’s Sunday Tea Hoots but then realized it was Father’s Day today. Plus June 21 is also my Dad’s birthday. Poor guy, often Father’s Day is in the June 20s so he gets stuck with the same double duty gift! I don’t think my dad really reads Oolong Owl, but that is okay he has an excuse. My dad is legally blind so he’s not that computer friendly. He can somewhat get by with a iPad, mostly for email, taking photos, playing games and watching videos I send him. (You want to … Continue reading, hoot!