Seven Shocking Facts About Me: One Lovely Blog

Uh oh! Here’s another post of personal factoids. Prepare to be shocked, angered and horrified! (Well, not really but it sounded good.)

Simoa of Champagne for Lunch gave me a One Lovely Blog Award (thank you so much!) and rules call for me to share seven facts about myself. Here goes!

Fact, the First

I am a tea snob, something that is very hard on your social life in the United States.

“Oh, you like good quality tea? Me too! I just got some teabags that have lavender, jasmine, kale, papaya and filet mignon! I’ll just put some water in the microwave and make you a cup! I think I have some pumkin spice blueberry peanut brittle creamer to add to it!”

wishing-ring-1914-gross-teaI was actually thinking of some first flush Darjeeling from a particular estate but…

Wine snobs and coffee snobs get all the respect. Tea snobs are humored until they realize that we don’t mean stuff in bags and we certainly do not mean microwaved water or (ugh!) water warmed up in the coffee maker. There’s a reason why I usually just order the coffee.

Fact, the Second

cinderella-fairy-wishesI collect fairy tale books, specifically titles from the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Fact, the Third

When I’m not annoying people with silent movie trivia, I’m enjoying early music. I have a longstanding obsession with the music of the middle ages to renaissance. The first album I ever bought (I was five) was Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia to Greensleeves because real early/renaissance music was a challenge to obtain pre-internet. Now, of course, it’s as easy as firing up Spotify. I love technology!

One of my all-time faves:

Fact, the Fourth

Living celebrity I would like to have lunch with: Jordi Savall.

Fact, the Fifth

For fun, I perform a reenactment of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as a Rocky and Bullwinkle episode. I even do the voices.

“Bullwinkle! The skull is in South America!”

“Oh darn it, Rocky, I never did like grits.”

“Not southern America, Bullwinkle, South America! You know, the continent!”

You must admit that it’s an improvement and Gidney and Cloyd are much better aliens. Plus, Captain Peter Peachfuzz as the crazy guy! Let’s face it, the film should have just been the adventures of Moose and Squirrel and spared us the sight of Shia LaBeouf dressed as Marlon Brando.

Fact, the Sixth

heart-of-a-hero-giggle-into-bookI was a hopeless comic book addict as a kid. Marvel over DC. I liked Deadpool before it was cool.

Alas, I am completely burned out on superhero flicks and haven’t seen one since Iron Man II.

Fact, the Seventh

As a kid, I used to catch, study and release lizards and horned toads. I followed tortoises (it’s illegal to trap them in California, so I looked but didn’t touch) and wrapped my brother’s garter snake around my neck. Yep, I was officially a Weird Kid.

25 Replies to “Seven Shocking Facts About Me: One Lovely Blog”

    1. A R&B cliffhanger with the narrator explaining the plucky squirrel’s plan. “Be with us next time for the Great Icebox in the Sky or A Fridge, a Fridge, my Kingdom for a Fridge”

  1. I am educated enough about tea to know that I know nothing about tea. I always enjoy visiting the homes of tea snobs and letting them impress me with their selection, but I’m not dumb enough to try to impress them. I do, at least, own a tea kettle (I mean, come on!).

  2. I have about 5 or more loose teas on the shelf, from ME style Cardamom or Earl Grey (nothing like Twinings) and aimed at the Russian market as well to Pu Ehr. So you had me at #1.

    Jordi Savall performed his “Jerusalem” suite at Sydney Opera House the year before last, but he was too busy to have lunch with me, I had to settle for the performance, one of the finest ones I’ve been privileged to hear.

    This lucky fellow has had a few lunches with him:

    1. Oh yes, definitely! Cardamom tea is absolutely lovely. My go-to everyday tea is a nice Nilgiri or a Genmaicha. When I want to be fancier, I enjoy some Ti Kuan Yin Oolong.

  3. I can’t live without on and soda water that I mix together. I rarely drink coffee and have more tea when it is colder out. I also collect fairy tale books and love The Grimm Fairy tales and have quite a few books on them. Love to have some on the Russian fairy tales

      1. Yes I know these very well and love them. I love Calendars also and have a Russian Fairy Tale theme right now done in the Art Nouveau style

  4. Yeah, the coffeemaker tea water thing… yuk. If I wanted my Pu-erh after-tasting like watery coffee (blech!), I’d add watery coffee to it. Also, no nukes, either. Microwaved water just reminds me of the ending to Gojira!

  5. As I have previously stated, I haven’t drunk tea for decades. In the sixties, drinking coffee was a way to annoy the generation which had a bad attitude to anything seen as American and un-English. I also prefer Zappa to the Beatles, and I love organ music and opera. Am I the only one in the village?

    1. In the US, our palates have been ruined by a steady stream of dusty teabags dunked in lukewarm water. But I certainly would never condemn someone else’s rebellion against the Man. πŸ˜‰

  6. Loving your facts listings.

    On our end:

    Lapsang Souchong for late night working sessions (and for its chewy, soppy dregs later πŸ˜‰

    Hildegard von Bingen and John Dowland for pretty much anything, anytime.

  7. And even now that I have just celebrated my 65th birthday, I feel no lessening of the cussedness which has kept me going for so long.
    Would you credit it,geelw, The Prisoner was on during my TV-free student years, so I never got to see it!

  8. Yup, Marvel all the way! And yay for Renaissance music! As I was raised by historians/classical musicians, I grew up hearing Medieval and Renaissance music as if it were a normal thing. Which it is, thank you very much.

    And I think that Rocky and Bullwinkle doing the Crystal Skull movie would have vastly improved it and I might have actually enjoyed watching it. πŸ˜‰

  9. Fellow tea snob present, LOL. I agree with you about ordering tea when at a restaurant, the water gets cold fast. There are a few places I do order tea at but since I dislike my drinks to be scalding hot. I always ask them to make the water kids temperature or I will let my cup of tea sit until its warm enough for me to drink. My favorite place to buy tea at is Davids Tea. I had to quit buying their tins cause I started to run out of room to keep these. Now I only buy the loose tea in the 3 oz bags so it can fit for sure in my cupboard. Plus I like that they always have dozens of new tea to try out and I adore their rewards program. I’ve gotten free bags of tea thanks to my being a great tea junkie πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, most restaurants don’t know how to handle the water and don’t have quality teas to start with. The worst is when they deliver the teapot with the bag already steeping inside! o_0

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