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Halleluia, Rosalie! [Dec. 3rd, 2006|11:58 am]
Zoethe
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Thanks to NaNo, my November mornings were rather rushed affairs, and I fell out of the habit of making myself a nice cuppa. Then December 1 rolled around, and after working out I decided a cuppa was just what the doctor ordered.

Imagine my dismay when I reached for the P.G. Tips box and found it quite as vacant as a church on Thursday.

Seems that one of the big draws for the Tuesday night Magic crowd is that a good cuppa English tea is provided sometime in the course of the evening. Ferrett confirmed that last Thursday, when the box was discovered to be empty, the crowd (and it was a crowd--some eight players, including the weasel) experienced great distress and dismay. I am highly amused that we brought this habit back with us from England and are infecting the people around us, mostly fresh-faced twenty-somethings who can pass it on to their children.

Today, I opened a fresh box of P.G. Tips and am sipping a cuppa as I write.

For cripe sake, have a cuppa tea!
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2006-12-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
I wish I could! That's one thing I am sorely lacking right now. Money's horribly tight this week, but next pay period I'll have to see about getting some.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 05:59 pm (UTC)
Definitely!
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[User Picture]From: cassiopia
2006-12-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
I picked up the same habit while I was across the pond back in May. I always wrinkled my nose at the idea of milk in my tea. I was a sugar only girl. Then while I was over there I figured, "well, when in Rome..." (er Oxford in this case) and I was hooked.

I'm not a milk drinker. I now have to buy a half pint a week just for use in tea. LOL

I've been experimenting with the tea I use. I've not tried P.G Tips. I'll have to look for it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 05:58 pm (UTC)
It's British, so will probably be in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2006-12-03 06:47 pm (UTC)
You can order it off amazon's grocery section too. :)
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[User Picture]From: conglacio
2006-12-03 09:27 pm (UTC)
That sentence sounds so odd to me.

(Me=British)
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[User Picture]From: thejunebug
2006-12-03 10:44 pm (UTC)
Heh. In this xenophobic nation, we consider most of our own citizens to be foreign.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:48 am (UTC)
I was sort of amused myself to see them in the ethnic foods section - it honestly should be called the imported foods section, except a lot of the Chinese and Italian foods there are produced in the U.S.

But you're right. I don't recall an "American Foods" section in English groceries/.

And while they do stock HobNobs, they are sadly lacking in prawn crisps and the other fabulous English crisps. My, how I loved those....
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2006-12-04 01:53 am (UTC)
Mmm. Prawn crisps.
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[User Picture]From: thestalkycop
2006-12-03 06:11 pm (UTC)
You hold Nerd Night too? My nerds drink me out of house and home too. And they always spill sugar on the counters and leave it there to set into a solid lump that won't come off.

Belated congrats on NaNo. I crashed and burned. Ah well, there's next year, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 07:15 pm (UTC)
I get up on Wednesday mornings to cups and glasses scattered all around the house. But I don't mind - it's great that Ferrett has a Magic group to play with now.

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[User Picture]From: thestalkycop
2006-12-03 08:03 pm (UTC)
I always find that one cup goes missing too. It turns up the following week, about half an hour before Nerd Night starts again, somewhere strange, like the bathroom cabinet, or on the bookshelf, or something like that.

All the same, I like having the nerds around, they're all lovely.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:45 am (UTC)
Haven't much had the cup gone missing, but I will need to buy new glasses soon - our collection is growing thin. Breaking in the dishwasher.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-12-03 06:23 pm (UTC)
That silly horse's ass I know who thinks that everything from England is better wanted a friend of mine in England to send him a box of PG Tips. Even though it was pointed out to him that you can buy it here, and it's the same thing. ::bangs head repeatedly on desk::

*sigh*
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[User Picture]From: off_coloratura
2006-12-03 06:31 pm (UTC)
I got a total PG Tips addiction when I was in England this summer. I bought a box here, and it was all stale and fishy tasting. Totally different from the stuff I'd enjoyed in England. I don't know; do they export the crap or does it become crap as it's shipped over?

Anyway, it wasn't the same thing in my experience, even though it came in the same box and was ostensibly from the same maker.

Ditto for Twining's.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-12-03 06:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you might have gotten an old box. The stuff I had was the same.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it is a matter of how quickly it moves off the shelves. The stuff we get here tastes fine.
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[User Picture]From: lyahdan
2006-12-04 06:46 am (UTC)
I wonder about that. I'd actually never heard of the brand until reading it here. Then I saw it at Cost Plus and figured I'd snag a box since I was on a strong English tea kick. Problem is, it was rather anemic and blah. Maybe it was just old.

I'm working through the box at work, but I'm switching back to my Taylor's of Harrowgate once it's gone. I want tea that can bite a bit even with milk in it. I can feel the tannin in my Yorkshire Gold. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 10:35 am (UTC)
Yorkshire tea is very good as well. The PG Tips I get here is definitely not anemic, though. It may be that the box you got was old.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 07:16 pm (UTC)
That's ridiculous. You should thwack him.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-12-03 07:18 pm (UTC)
He's such a horse's patoot that he orders stuff from Amazon.uk, even though he could order it from the American Amazon.com.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 07:20 pm (UTC)
That's very silly. And childish.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-12-03 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yep, it sure is. I told him it was really stupid because he has to pay all that extra for shipping, but he persists just because it's from England. We're all pretty fed up with him.

He's also the one who wanted everyone to get him stuff from the last two Steeleye Span tours and send it to him for free. No one would. When it was brought to the attention of the band members, all of whom had met him in 2004, Maddy Prior called him a "greedy bastard," and Peter Knight was in favor of sending him nothing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:40 am (UTC)
Some people are users. You can only choose not to be used by them - you can't teach them a damned thing.
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[User Picture]From: weds
2006-12-03 06:37 pm (UTC)
I never accepted the nomenclature the whole time I was over there. I cannot enjoy a cup of if I do not specify what the cup is of!

I am now forced to brew tisane. *wanders off* :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
Whereas we bought in with great enthusiasm!
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[User Picture]From: gypsydove
2006-12-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
I love love love you.... milk in tea..the only way to go...

I have my hubbie hooked on Earl Grey, but for the life of me, I can't get him to drink Tea proper.

I finally found a store (a new tea shoppe) that carried the P&G brand...that doesn't cost an arm and a leg...now if I just had money...grin..
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:41 am (UTC)
I had tried it once back when I knew ex-pats and loved it, but it didn't work in Lipton for me, so I was excited to go to England and drink tea, and then excited to find out the better brand for it.
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[User Picture]From: fragiletender
2006-12-03 07:51 pm (UTC)
We have a reciprocal tea arrangement with a friend in America, we send her British teas and she sends us American herbal ones (we mostly drink herbal tea). It's great because tea isn't that heavy so it's a fairly cheap habit. Have you tried some of the other teas that are popular in the UK like Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling and Ceylon?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:43 am (UTC)
Had English Breakfast there, which was better than the English Breakfast I've had here. Had Scotch tea (I think?) and it was delicious. Not big on Earl Grey or Darjeeling.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-03 07:57 pm (UTC)
It doesn't really count, cause it's herbal and not proper, but you have inspired me to go make some tea!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:44 am (UTC)
And as I said, enjoy - or I should say I hope you did enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:43 am (UTC)
Enjoy!
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[User Picture]From: thejunebug
2006-12-03 10:43 pm (UTC)
PG Tips is the best. When I lived in England, I fell in love with it. Of course when I came back to the States I couldn't get it anymore, but imagine my joy when I saw that my local Harry's Farmer's Market (of Good Eats fame) carries it! At $12 a box, it's pretty hefty, but awesome nonetheless.

My major triumph however came just this weekend- my dad in law, who insists on drinking Lipton and nothing else, forgot his tea and had to use mine. He is now a PG Tips convert, just like I knew he'd be if I ever got him to drink it. :) I'm going to get him a giant box of it for Christmas.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 01:54 am (UTC)
It's actually not that spendy at our local supermarket. You should see if you can find it for a better price. It's great stuff.
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[User Picture]From: thejunebug
2006-12-04 07:12 am (UTC)
I'll keep looking but I think it's wishful thinking. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 12:37 pm (UTC)
It baffled me more that he had to specify, "hot." Who drinks Earl Gray iced?!
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[User Picture]From: vrax
2006-12-04 01:12 pm (UTC)
I spent a decent amount of time looking for another box for you guys yesterday. Where can one purchase PG tips?

And thanks for calling me a fresh-faced twenty-something, now I feel young again!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-04 02:38 pm (UTC)
We get it at the Giant Eagle down the street from us, which has been modernized and has an extensive ethnic foods section.

And glad to make you feel young again, you whippersnapper!
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[User Picture]From: jenmcd
2006-12-06 03:50 am (UTC)
Now that you're not writing furiously, have you had a chance to play with the quilting software?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-06 10:39 am (UTC)
Alas, no. I have, instead, been working furiously - all day Saturday and late evenings, including until 10pm last night. Sunday was the only day I didn't wok, and we had company and a birthday party to attend. I'm exhausted and utterly wiped out. And it's likely to continue through much of December.

Can you say, "whee"?
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