Wednesday, 31 August 2011


Fact: I am  extremely caffeine sensitive. That means I can't drink coffee. At all. I can't even eat tiramisu if I want to sleep in the next three days.

I have friends who could drink a coffee before bed and still sleep soundly all night long. Not me though. No way. So if I want a hot, comforting drink I am all about tea.

With only a fraction of the caffeine of coffee, I can have up to 4 cups of tea a day... then I get the shakes and feel nauseous (I am such a lightweight  *sigh*).

I wonder if there is a support group for people like me. I'm gonna google it. Maybe I should start one.. in the meantime, let me tell you about some of my favourite teas.

Twinings Earl Grey
So light and refreshing. I'm not entirely sure what bergamot is (or how to pronounce it) but it is delicious. A perfect afternoon tea. Twinings version is nicely balanced - not too much of any one flavour. I found some other brands taste like you are drinking an orange tree.

English Breakfast
This is your good all rounder. Any time of the day this little gem will make you feel all warm and cosy. Not too heavy and not too light.

Green Tea
When you feel like you need a hit of antioxidants or when eating yum cha or sushi this is the tea for you. It is the business. Totally aids digestion and stops you feeling heavy or bloated after eating a lot (as I usually do).

Dilmah Extra Strength 
My current  favourite. I like my tea like I like my men - hot, strong and dark *wwwiiiiiiiinnnkkkkkk*. So I often find that one tea bag is never strong enough. But these little gems do the trick. I put two tea bags in my gigantic-head-sized tea cup and I am happy as a pig in poop. As they say in their ads 'do try it'.

Now I know there will be tea lovers out there who look down on tea bags as an inferior tea-drinking method. And I don't want to start beef with any hardcore, fundamentalist tea groups, but I just do not have the time or inclination to use loose leaf teas. I appreciate the ceremony of tea making, and it is a wonderful thing to share a pot of tea with a friend, but when I am workin' 9 to 5 (sing it, Dolly) I am grateful for the invention of the humble tea bag.

I love tea so much I might just marry it.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Nerdy Loves Her Booky Wooks

I am one of those people who doesn't watch a lot of tv (ugh, I hate it when people say that. It's so pretentious). This is not due to the fact that I think it makes people stupid (it does), or that most of the programming is aimed at the lowest common denominator (it is), but more to do with the fact that I recently lost my remote*.

This was a blessing in disguise as it forced me to use my study break for something other than staring vacantly at the idiot box. And happily, I discovered three amazing books that I love. So like Oprah, I want to share them with you:

Born to Run - Chris McDougall
As you will note from my previous posts, I am new to the sport of running. When I went to my GP recently, we were bonding over our love of this crazazy sport and he suggested I read this book as it would change the way I think about running and the human body.

It changed so much more than that. Without carrying on like a fan girl loser, let's just say that this book helped me harness the simple joy I feel when I run. It has also made me more aware of my body and the limits I set on myself. Powerful stuff. Ooh and I learned that chia seeds are not just for growing chia pets - informative!

Bossypants - Tina Fey
I love comedy. And funny people. 30 Rock is one of the greatest shows being made. And Tina Fey is a comic genius. She's not a funny chick, or funny for a girl, she is just comedy personified.

Tina's voice and self-depreciating style come through loud and clear here. For me, knowing the back story adds depth and richness to this already fascinating comedian. The book is funny, sweet and shows another side to the good girl of comedy. I couldn't put it down.

The Bedwetter - Sarah Silverman
If you don't like being confronted by your own worst fears and insecurities - don't read this book. Sarah lays all her humiliations, triumphs and regrets out on the table for the world to see. And if you don't like it?

Too. Fucking. Bad.

I was discussing the differences between Tina and Sarah with my Awesome Friend of Awesomeness, and I think this text exchange sums it up perfectly:

Me: Really interesting their different experiences of SNL. Tina is 'the good girl' who did her time and won Lorne Michael's approval. Sarah walked in and said "pee, shit, fuck, cunt - peace out".

AFofA: Ahahahahahaha! Exactly. :) I fucking bastard cunting well love her.

Now the semester has started again and I have to go back to reading text books and journals until the next study break. So until then, read well and often. Peace out.

*I found the remote. It was stuck under the couch. Luckily I am slightly compulsive and must watch things sequentially and from the beginning, effectively preventing me from watching most of what's now on tv :)