Random Thursday: Coffee, Tea, or Time Sucks?

First, a Non-Random Announcement

Birthday Cake2

Happy Birthday to my Dear Husband!

May your Thursday be randomly filled with all the happiness you can handle.

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From Matisse’s Latte Period:

These are almost too fantastic to drink.

Latte art

Almost . . . .

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Time Suck the First: Janie’s Fault

“Hey, Mom!  Can I show you something on the computer?”

“No computers or TV until tomorrow, remember?”*

“I just want to show you something.”


Fine.  I’ll stay in the kitchen.  Just google Electric Man 3.”

“Hmmm.  Okay . . . Oh.  Huh.  Cool. “

“I know right?”

Electric Man 3

Some time later:

“So . . . Can I come in and watch you play?  Mom?  Mom?

“Nice try, honey.  Ooooo—got him!  Level eight . . . “

“Moo-ooom!  Not fair!”

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I Prefer FreeCell and Paperclip Jewelry, Myself

Writers Block Fun

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Time Suck the Second: Blame the Black Cat Cafe

There is no time suck like preliminary research for a new writing project.  I have no idea at this point what might be important later, so I’m absorbing it all and chasing down paths that lead me pretty much everywhere.

Like to the Black Cat Cafe in Matlock, Derbyshire, which is now part of my extensive  Bucket List Tour of England for all sorts of reasons.

One of the things that caught my attention is an entry on their menu:  “FAIRTRADE Tea – Blended or Specialty teas and infusions from Teapigs”



Several of you probably know about teapigs already, but the population of Western Illinois was unaware of this Nirvana of Leafy Infusibles.

Watson and I spent some small (cough )amount of time exploring their wares—adorable teapots, intriguing diffusers, and, at least to our wondering eyes, All The Teas.


We also noticed that for a mere  £15 pounds or so, they will deliver to us barbarians in the wilderness.

Which means I think I’ll put my mother on the hunt for imports first—
sharing the Time Suck clearly  runs in the family.

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Owl the LOLs

Laughing Owls

My theories vary every time I look at this, but today, I think they’re laughing over the exchange rate between the US and the UK . . .

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Time Suck the Last:  Egging on Hamlet, Over Easy

This one’s on Watson, who found it, but a small portion of the blame goes to Geoff Klock, who put together 198 quotes and references to Hamlet in movies and television and other resources, some familiar, some unexpected, some very odd indeed.

It’s long, but ultimately worth it.

Stay through the credits!


*The management does not negotiate with members of the radical Anti-Homework League.  That is all.


13 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Coffee, Tea, or Time Sucks?

  1. Those owl images just gave me the strength to keep up from my desk to make some tea, which I pray will give me the energy to complete the rest of the work day. To owls! And teapigs!

    • I’ll pass that along, Downith!

      A friend of mine from Ireland made me what she called builder’s tea—I called it ‘church tea.’ 😀

  2. Hamlet definitely calls for more than one viewing. I caught many of the clips the first time through (go Sophie!), but after reading the credits, need to got back and review (literally and figuratively). Well done. And thank Watson.

  3. Birthdays of spouses are the best holidays of all. Sending happy, random wishes (though with you and your daughters–I’m sure he gets all the happy & random he can take.)

    I’m really excited about these teapigs. Thank you got sharing them.

    How can an owl smile so effectively without a mouth? It truly is in the eyes. Both fantastic & terrifying. My. Favorites.

    • Happy and random covered it, Lisa—plus a lot of spontaneous hugs.

      I love the name so much: teapigs, teapigs, teapigs . . .

      Owls are magic.

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