Done last week (20170917Su - 23Sa)

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:42 pm
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Another rough week, especially Sunday through Tuesday when we didn't have our Bronx. The house felt very sad and lonely. N brought him home from the vet on Wednesday; while she was coming off the ferry she saw the Bath Fitter truck waiting to get on to come and install our new shower.

Bronx is recovering, but he lost a lot of weight over the weekend; he was in really scary shape when he came home. He's better now, but still not his old self. But it's so good to see him rampaging, or at least romping, even if only for a while. Best the vet can figure is that he has some virus -- possibly herpes -- that is mostly dormant but gets reactivated when he gets anything else. Poor little guy! But we have him back! That's the important thing.

We also have our revamped shower -- it's a lot bigger than the old one because it makes better use of space in addition to being a bit deeper, and it has a full-width curtain instead of sliding glass doors, which I hate and Colleen has a lot of trouble with. The floor is only about an inch and a half up, with a squishable rubber dam to keep the water in. It's wonderful.

Another cow sighting Thursday morning when I went out to plug the car in; I'd forgotten Wednesday night. (Friday when Colleen and I went out to the Country Store on the way to dinner, the clerk who checked us out told us that someone from out our way had been in early the previous morning to get some hay "to lure a cow". Right. I know where he lives! Hopefully he came back later for some fencing.

We finally found a good caregiver for Colleen. She'll be coming in only one day/week, Thursday. Our housekeeper comes on Tuesday, so we'll be pretty well covered, and save quite a lot of money over our former 3 day/week schedule. Unlike (previous) G" and all of the others we interviewed, M has made a career of caregiving and loves it.

Link of the week is the Ig-Nobel Prize winning paper, "On the Rheology of Cats", in Rheology Bulletin 2014-07, p. 16. (It's a PDF, so you have to scroll down to it.) You also need to pull down NASA's coffeetable book, Through the Eyes of Cassini

Notes & links, as usual )

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:08 pm
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I was working on a small machining project for work in my workshop, another situation where the commercial version is available with a two week lead for $1K or so, and thirty minutes of work on a scrap piece of aluminum in my workshop will have us the equivalent on Monday. Which is great, when I get paid to run a lathe, until I dropped a tiny setscrew, bent over to pick it up, straightened up, and smacked my head into one of the handwheels on the mill. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say I pulled a crescent-shaped chunk of skin off the handwheel once I stood back up. Now I'm sitting in front of the fireplace with a pounding headache.

I had been intending to make a speedometer cable adapter for the Spitfire next, but I think I'll put that off until later.
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Don't expect to catch a ride on Uber in London, England -- the license for Uber has been pulled.

Informed immigrant.

A Saudi Arabian textbook has been withdrawn because it contains Yoda.

Life as a trans man in early 20th Century America.

The pleasures of learning Latin later in life.

I'm not sure that I agree with this article that considers Aung San Suu Kyi's shrugged response to ethnic cleansing as something unremarkable. For a Nobel peace prize winner? It is remarkable. It is outrageous.

Rhode Island is paying Dreamers' DACA renewal fees.

A quiet energy revolution of microgrids in Japan.

If you leave your kids alone for a few minutes, predatory strangers aren't the problem. Do-gooders are.

If you are with someone who was shot (or if you have been shot) use a car to get to the hospital; it can be faster than waiting for an ambulance.

Cowgirls of color compete in white male rodeos.

I knew that Senators didn't necessarily read every bill, but you'd think they'd read the ones they sponsor -- so why did NPR have to explain the contents of the Graham-Cassidy anti-healthcare bill to Cassidy? And if you need a quick reference to what it contains, here's a chart.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is worried about whether we all can recover from these monster storms.

Windy is a fascinating way to look at how the weather is affecting you.

Hail to the traveler!

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:08 pm
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How is it Knitty's 15th anniversary already? Weren't they celebrating the 10th anniversary just the other day??

I've been knitting since December 2004, so I wasn't quite as early an adopter as I like to be for most things... Knitty had already been around for a few years at that point. But it feels so weird to know that I've been knitting for almost 15 years now (and still haven't mastered nupps or attempted steeking).

I'm writing this on the 18th, because I joined Knitty.com's Patreon SPECIFICALLY so I could get early access to patterns. I've already seen people on Twitter posting obliquely about how great the patterns are, so... let's see what I'll want to cast on for!

First up: Pistachio Saffron by Carol Feller is a stockinette "sweatshirt" sweater. Grey with green stripes. Loose-fitting, knit in the round, with a wide open neck... it feels very Classic Knitty. It's knitted using size 4 and 5 needles (so I'm guessing it's DK weight yarn?) I like the design but feel no burning urge to cast on.

Welcome Welcome by Teresa Yoon is cute! It's the other kind of Classic Knitty - a stylish-but-wacky stripey sweater that features a HUGE intarsia shark. It's knitted in a fluffy alpaca yarn, so it looks airy and cozy at the same time. Between the intarsia and the fitted sleeves, though, this is more of a "I wish someone would knit this for me" than "I want to knit this for someone" sweater. (plus, it's modelled by the designer in the smallest possible size - XS - with 2 inches of positive ease. I'd feel a little more confident about this pattern if I could see it knitted in a larger size, worn by a larger model.) Don't get me wrong - it's a GREAT design, I just don't know if it's one that will necessarily flatter me.

Now we head into cardigan territory, the land of the "almost certainly won't be knit by me". I'm also seeing a lot of patterns inspired by other Knitty patterns... truly a celebration of Knitty, by Knitty!

Cascadilla, A Bit of Funk, Habanero, Glaswegian, and the intriguing Turbulence )

I mistook Turbulence by Nonconformknits to be a shawl, but the designer's name should have made me realize it was more than meets the eye. It's a cocoon, knitted as a rectangle and seamed, with edges picked up. My first instinct was "naw, I don't do cocoons or kimono-sleeves or any other thing that's big and shapeless", but this is knitted using Wool of the Andes Bulky. I... I have WOTA Bulky. And I'm pretty sure it's available in a Superwash version, too. Must... check... stash...

We depart the world of cardigans to check in with some cowls and skirts.

Alicorn, Hostkappe, Cowichan Waves )

This issue has not one, but TWO knitted skirts! Both of which are adapted from other garments!

Booboo by Jeane de Caster was designed as a sweater and was converted into a skirt. It is knitted in the round and steeked, then stitches are picked up to knit center bands which are then overlapped and sewn together. The resulting skirt is pretty, but that sounds like a lot more work than I wanna do for a knitted skirt.

Wilwarinda by Naomi Eckerman is like a fusion of the Lanesplitter skirt and Nymphalidea shawl. I actually knitted the Nymphalidea, so I feel an instant affection for Wilwarinda. Interestingly enough, the garment is not sewn up so you can wear it as a shawl OR a wrap skirt using buttons and/or shawl pins. I'm... I'm really tempted by this one!

And finally, the accessories.

High Voltage and Lesula socks, Dendritic mitts )

Patterns to add to queue -

Yes, even if I have to buy new yarn:
Wilwarinda skirt/shawl (Women's L, 500 yds worsted weight, 440 yds sock-weight ombre - could use the Autumn Day Knitpicks Chroma Fingering that I bought in 2013 to make a second Nymphalidea shawl, but would need a complementary worsted weight color. Might just buy 500 yards of Wool of the Andes Superwash in Coal so I can make this? I think Coal will be a better contrast than Bittersweet. Maybe I should buy a skein of each just to be sure. The new Galerie yarn comes back in stock on the 21st or something, so maybe I'll place an order then?)

Maybe, if I have the right yarn:
Dendritic mitts (worsted weight, maybe the Cascade 220 Superwash in Wasabi? or Knitpicks Swish in that light green color that I was saving for Vineyard mitts?)

Cowichan Waves hat and cowl (bulky, maybe use the White Buffalo yarn)

Turbulence cocoon cardigan (bulky, could use WOTA Bulky Superwash - oh wait, WOTA Bulky Superwash costs something like $8 a skein and I'd need at least 9... maybe I'll go with Mighty Stitch Bulky instead, for 3.49 a ball? Brava Bulky is 1.99 a ball and is apparently a bit bulkier, but it's also 100% acrylic so :/)

Hostkappe cowl (fingering-weight/2 skeins of sock yarn, solid and variegated)

Lesula socks (two contrasting-yet-complementary skeins of sock yarn)

In which the Bittern is pissed

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:16 pm
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This so-called article is a piece of crap. It purports to provide the results of a study and conflates the numbers in the study with society as a whole in ignorant ways.

For example, second paragraph:

Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes “offensive and hurtful statements.”


A fifth of undergrads? No. A fifth of the 1500 undergrad students they surveyed. That's 300 or so.


Villasenor conducted a nationwide survey of 1,500 undergraduate students at four-year colleges.


Nationwide? There are far more than 1,500 four-year colleges (for those of you not American, the word includes universities). How were the colleges chosen? How were the students chosen? How many were chosen at each university? How many overall were from the same discipline? There's no way to know. We don't even know if he chose accredited schools, or those pay-for-a-degree places. Did they ask at Ivy League schools, the majority of whose students come from well-off families? Did they ask at places like City College of New York, where the tuition is much lower and people who are there are from a variety of backgrounds, not wealthy? Ag and tech colleges, out in the countryside, or only urban colleges?

Further down it says the margin of error is 2-6 percent, "depending on the group." Oh, really? Which group is 2% and which is 6%? We aren't told. It appears we are to be grateful that a margin of error was even mentioned.

The whole thing is supposed to be about undergrads' understanding of First Amendment-protected free speech. Since we are not told the exact wording of the questions asked, it's impossible to know if the responses were appropriate to them, or if the questions were leading the students to a specific response.

And then there's this:

Let’s say a public university hosts a “very controversial speaker,” one “known for making offensive and hurtful statements.” Would it be acceptable for a student group to disrupt the speech “by loudly and repeatedly shouting so that the audience cannot hear the speaker”?

Astonishingly, half said that snuffing out upsetting speech — rather than, presumably, rebutting or even ignoring it — would be appropriate. Democrats were more likely than Republicans to find this response acceptable (62 percent to 39 percent), and men were more likely than women (57 percent to 47 percent). Even so, sizable shares of all groups agreed.

It gets even worse.

Respondents were also asked if it would be acceptable for a student group to use violence to prevent that same controversial speaker from talking. Here, 19 percent said yes....


Let's look more closely, ignoring the editorializing sentence for the moment. Half of who? Half of 1500 people is 750 people, scattered across the US. And then again -- 19% of who? Everyone? Women? Men? Democrats? Republicans? We aren't told.

Meanwhile, the entire other side of this survey is ignored. By stressing the minority and ignoring the majority, the minority's views are inflated and made more important. Let me turn this around for you: more than 80% of undergrads say that violence is not acceptable in dealing with an unwanted speaker. Try turning around all the other numbers, and the story falls apart. Instead of "students" substitute "students surveyed", and it also falls to pieces. Who cares what 1500 people out of 200 million think? If we don't know why those 1500 were specifically chosen, why should we care?

I have worked with surveys, written surveys, conducted and analyzed surveys. It is possible to have a statistically perfect survey with 1500 people surveyed, but only if the respondents are very carefully selected to avoid bias. There is no way to tell if that was done with the evidence given in this story. For all we know, those respondents could have been selected from the same departments or majors at all the colleges. The colleges could have been technical schools or enormous state universities or religion-affiliated schools. There is no way to know. Why does this matter? Liberal arts, political science and pre-law students are more likely to have read about the First Amendment than optics majors or engineers, for instance. I'm not saying the optics majors or engineers would be more conservative or liberal -- but they are less likely to have discussed free speech in a class. Improper choice of respondents can provide very slanted results -- for example, the survey that said Dewey would win over Truman was conducted by telephone, and the calls went to houses on the corners of two streets; this meant that people who were wealthier (because corner houses pay higher taxes, based on road frontage) were questioned, while their less wealthy neighbors (who voted for Truman) were ignored.

Also, by not including any context relative to current events, there is no way to know if the small percentage who thought violence was acceptable was the same as during the Vietnam War, for instance, or Desert Storm. I guarantee you, it was not the same percentage as during the Revolutionary War, when those who spoke against any prevailing view to an audience who disagreed would have been lucky to have been ridden out of town on a rail, if not tarred and feathered. (Feel free to do the research if you wish; be sure you have a strong stomach for the details of what happens when boiling tar is applied to skin.)

What it all comes down to is this: this story is written poorly by someone who does not understand how statistics should be used, and was not properly edited. It was published in order to scare people, although the publisher may not have realized its propaganda value. By not including the whole story, and by allowing editorializing in the middle of it, it slants the results.

This would not have been published during the time when Kay Graham was publisher. Editor Ben Bradlee would not have let this story pass. He would have told the reporter to rewrite it, clean it up, and get more depth into it.

And the reason I am writing this is that this is not the only paper that misleads with statistics, and you need to be aware of this, and of what to look for when someone is quoting a study, badly, misleadingly, in a way that bids fair to be used for propaganda. Be cautious and critical when you see numbers and statistics, and look for whether the writing is made personal/editorialized. It matters.
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The weekend really flew by. We got a lot done on Saturday, but then I ended up feeling headache-y and nauseous (might have gotten a little dehydrated) so we took Saturday evening and all of Sunday easy, watching Peter Pan Gone Wrong (and other bits by the Mischief Theatre Company) and also Spy and also SING.

So, here's the past week in photos.

September 11: I knew that Daniel had a rough week ahead of him, and I didn't have my work materials yet... so I spent some time hunting down a good food-processor cookie recipe, and baked a batch of S'Mores cookies (using a chocolate chip/graham cracker/marshmallow blend).
Read more... )




September 12: It's getting to that time of year when I start to crave green growing things in the house... specifically, sprouts and cat grass.
Read more... )




September 13: In the past few weeks or months or whatever, I've been making meals with fewer leftovers (1/4-lb burgers, nachos, pizza night, etc). In order to save Daniel from having to eat at the cafeteria all the time, I'm trying to make meals specifically for him to take to work. This particular day, I did some quick googling and discovered a recipe for pepperoni green peas fried rice. The recipe called itself a late-night meal (i.e. drunk people food) but I think it's decent enough for lunch!
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Daniel had dinner with his co-workers at Bonchon, so I'm doubly glad that I got to cook a meal for him that day.




September 14: Bento of the day! Today's experiment - flavoring the tamagoyaki with Bulldog sauce and mayonnaise and aonori for an "okonomiyaki-without-cabbage" vibe.
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September 15: Daniel and I got an invitation to an EX Raid in Pokemon Go - a special invite-only Mew Two raid, for which we got 2 days advance notice! We ended up with some 40-50 people at the raid, and after a few false starts (my game kept crashing or not showing the gym), we finally took down Mew Two!
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Despite MewTwo having a much higher catch-rate than the other legendary Pokemon, I did not manage to catch him. Hopefully I can get another invite to an EX Raid.




September 16: We went out to the Sloppy Waffle again! This time, I was determined to try more of their Liege Waffles!

September 16 2017

...but I couldn't resist ordering the Chicken n Waffle AGAIN because it was soooo good. Daniel also ordered the S'Mores Liege Waffle, and paid extra to make it a chocolate-chip Liege Waffle.

As previously noted, I ended up feeling headache-y and nauseous and once we got home, I lay on the couch and watched the BBC presentation of Peter Pan Gone Wrong on the TV's Youtube App. I had seen a clip on Tumblr and assumed that it was just broad gags about wardrobe and rigging malfunctions; it turns out that it has a meta-story going on in the background about various dramas going on between the actors. I really liked it, and now we're looking into seeing The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway, possibly for my birthday.

Of course, the last time we tried to watch a Broadway show for my birthday, it was Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, a different sort of Play That Goes Wrong... and it went so wrong that the show on my birthday was cancelled (I think after a performer was injured and hospitalized). So... we shall see what happens.




September 17: I still wasn't feeling 100% better, so we had an easy relaxed day of watching movies - Spy via Netflix DVD, SING via Netflix Streaming. And we picked up a pizza at DaVinci's, where Daniel made a friend.
September 17 2017
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The weather forecasts continue to be uncertain as to whether we're going to be significantly impacted by Hurricane Jose, which has apparently been meandering around the Atlantic in loops, getting downgraded to a tropical storm and then upgraded back to a hurricane. Every time that it gets humid and cloudy, I think that it's the hurricane, but no; apparently the current forecast is for Jose to hit us around Friday.

In other tales of indecision, I'm taste-testing Adagio.com's Thai black tea and Thai Chai tea. Apparently I've been looking for a replacement for Celestial Seasonings' decaf Sweet Coconut Thai for over two years, and I need to decide whether I want to go with a caffeinated thai/coconut chai, or continue my search for a decaf chai-adjacent beverage.

The Thai Black tea offers to main advantages over the Thai Chai. First, it's about a dollar cheaper. Second, it contains honeybush, making it slightly less caffeinated by volume.

Official description:
Served hot or iced, our Thai Tea adds something refreshingly exotic to your day. Blended to replicate delicious Thai restaurant tea at home with notes of coconut, cardamom and vanilla. To tickle your taste buds with a tantalizing authentic experience, prepare your own traditional Thai Iced Tea by pouring the freshly brewed tea over ice, topping it off with your choice of sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk. One sip, and you will feel as though you’ve been transported straight to the streets of Bangkok.

Ingredients
Blended With Black Tea, Honeybush Tea, Apple Pieces, Cardamom, Dried Coconut, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Safflower And Natural Coconut Flavor"


I don't know if it's the honeybush or the apple or the vanilla and coconut flavorings, but the first thing I noticed when I opened the pouch of Thai black tea was the sweet scent. And now that I've brewed it, the main thing I'm noticing is the combination of sweet coconut and cardamom.

...Dangit! This is basically DavidsTea's Cardamom French Toast, or possibly 52Teas' Coconut French Toast with Cardamom Maple Syrup! I think it might be a little more subtle than the DavidsTea equivalent (which has lemon peel and cinnamon and at least two different kinds of sugar) and a little less coconut-y than the 52Teas equivalent.

So now I have three containers of fairly similar (but subtly different) tea. I'm torn between using up the 52Teas (to clear it out, because it's the oldest) and using up the Adagio Thai tea (because it's cheapest).

Done last week (20170911Mo - 16Sa)

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Rough week. Especially yesterday, when N and I took a very sick Bronx to the emergency vet in Seattle. He had a fever of 106; apparently I can't tell at all from his nose and ears. He was also throwing up and not eating, and wasn't anywhere near his usual rambunctious self.

Note: apparently a virus. He's recovering well, and we'll be taking him home tomorrow.

The house seems very quiet and lonely without our Bronx boy. Brooklyn and even Ticia are rambuncting as best they can, but it isn't the same. Meanwhile, apparently cats really are liquids. Or should I say that cat is a liquid?

Thursday, one of our neighbor's cows got loose in our yard. One of those things that's very funny in retrospect. We've also been having a hard time finding a caregiver for Colleen.

As I said, rough week.

Two public service announcements:

  1. Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans; How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze
  2. If you happen to be on Whidbey Island next Sunday (the 24th, a week from today), drop by our house for music and food. "The usual potluck bash", as we used to say of the Starport.

I'm trying to establish a schedule, so that I actually get things done, have some time for Colleen, and don't spend all my spare time online. 9-11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays are earmarked for "Unpleasant Chores" - unpacking, cleaning litter boxes, finishing up the taxes, taking out the garbage, and so on. Tag "UC:"

Notes & links, as usual )

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Sep. 17th, 2017 05:04 pm
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Water temp meter part II:
I left the project half-finished last night, intending to fill the radiator with the water that had been lost in pulling out the water temperature sensor. This morning I got up, intending to drive the Spitfire over to the Annual Little British Car Show, poured a bunch of water in, and watched it cascade out of the sensor recess. Tightening the nutbolt (a bolt with a hole through the center that the sensor lives in) down didn't help. I drove my normal car over, checked out some pretty cars, and drove back, and then removed the sensor and started poking at it. Halfway up the bulb that lives in the water, there's a tapered ring of metal. I thought it was a precision tapered ring, that sealed against the matching taper inside the water pump. But this is automotive: there is nothing precision outside of the innards of the engine and transmission. Instead there was secretly a rubber gasket that, when I removed the old sensor, had stayed inside the water pump housing. It was totally shot, and no amount of trying to carefully put it back in was going to save it. I ended up getting an o-ring from my collection of high temperature water-resistant o-rings and using that instead, but because it was smaller, the nutbolt no longer managed to press the sensor down well enough to seal. I had to cut a little collet on the lathe, like a thick washer but sawed in half so it could be put in two pieces around the sensor line. With that, everything sealed correctly, as far as I can tell, and the car is ready to go again. A quick jaunt around the block shows the water temperature gauge indicating roughly the right numbers. I'll check tonight to see if the radiator is full of water.

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Sep. 17th, 2017 09:26 am
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The water temperature gauge on the Spitfire has slowly been dying. It was reading 120F when the car had been off for two days, and got up to 160F when the car was running. It was a really cheap unit. I bought another really cheap unit off ebay and replaced it last night, which was way more of a pain than it should have been, because the previous owner ran a LOT of extra wires through the grommet in the firewall and there was no longer room for the sensor to fit through. I also forgot that the first step is putting the gauge in the dash, because you can't remove the sensor from the gauge, so after routing the sensor through the grommet and along the engine and installing it in the water pump, I had to undo it, feed it through the dash, and redo it. But now it works, at least.

Yesterday I spent about five hours painting the house, getting a layer or two of exterior paint on all the sun-facing wood on the first floor, and getting a good start on the non-sun-facing wood. Today I'll get the small amount of wood on the second floor. Man this is sore work, all above my head, a lot of it from a ladder, but it should last several years and more importantly prevent the wood being damaged by being exposed, as it was. Looks a lot better, too, than all the flaking and peeling paint that had been there since we moved in.
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One of the problems with buying and taste-testing as much tea as I have is that when I encounter a tea that tastes familiar, I have several hundred tea reviews to scroll through before I can find the original. (254 posts tagged with 'tea', according to Dreamwidth.)

To this end, I just spent half-an-hour going through five years of old posts and opening them in new tabs. Does this tea remind me of DavidsTea's Cardamom French Toast, or 52Teas' Coconut French Toast with Cardamom Maple Syrup? Could it have been the Republic of Tea Gingerbread Cuppa or Cardamom Cinnamon Tea or Hi-Caf Toasted Coconut Black tea? Maybe it was Green Teahouse's Cinnamon Cocoa Rooibos

And I have discovered:

1. I was really into coconut-flavoured black tea circa 2014/2015. Possibly due to Bigelow Tea's Girl Scouts Caramel and Coconut Cookie tea.

2. The tea I was thinking of is the now-discontinued DavidsTea Coco Chai Rooibos, which I thought might make a good substitute for the discontinued Celestial Seasonings Decaf Sweet Coconut Thai.

I had been interested in Coco Chai Rooibos because it was a rooibos (i.e. non-caffeinated) chai with coconut, which made it fairly similar to the discontinued Decaf Sweet Coconut Thai... but I waffled over whether I wanted to spend $7.50 on 2 oz/20 cups of DavidsTea or just get the not-yet-discontinued Celestial Seasonings Coconut Thai Chai (caffeinated) for $5.49 (for a 20-satchet box).

It's now two years later. I still haven't committed to a substitute for Decaf Sweet Coconut Thai. But if I'm willing to put up with the caffeine, I think Adagio's Thai Chai might be the best and most cost-effective option.

Official description:
"Creamy sweet coconut and playfully floral lemongrass highlight this succulent black tea chai blend. Let the aroma draw you in and you'll swear, you hear it beckoning to come closer, just take a sip. We suggest two heaping teaspoons per 8 oz cup, sugar, cream or coconut milk if desired.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Dried Coconut, Cardamom, Lemon Grass And Natural Coconut Flavor"


It's $8 for 3 oz, which makes it cheaper than DavidsTea. Adagio helpfully estimates that to be 21 cents a cup (I think that works out to 3 oz making 38 cups of tea? So about 12 cups per ounce? That seems about the same as DavidsTea's estimate of 10-15 cups per ounce of tea.) That would actually make it cheaper than Celestial Seasonings (but only if I ordered $49 worth of tea at Adagio and got free shipping).

I'll have to compare this to Adagio's Thai Tea, as I apparently added 3 oz of Thai Tea for $7 to my last order. The Thai tea has "Black Tea, Honeybush Tea, Apple Pieces, Cardamom, Dried Coconut, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Safflower And Natural Coconut Flavor"...

...so it won't have the ginger, cinnamon, or lemongrass. Hrm. We'll have to see if that makes enough of a difference for me.

I last regularly ordered tea from Adagio in 2010. Their tea prices have crept up a bit since then (I see that my first non-sample order was 4 oz of the Valentine tea for $6 - current price is 3 oz for $7) but I really had forgotten how affordable their stuff is.
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This has been a hell of a month for weather.

Our neck of the woods has been spared the nightmare storms of Harvey and Irma (as well as the fires on the West Coast) but we've still been careening wildly from chilly "bring your plants indoors" cardigan weather to hot humid weather that's murdering my plants.

This means that I've been focusing all of my energy on finishing my Lycka tee before the weather is officially too cold for short sleeves.

WIP Wednesday
Pattern: Lycka by Stefanie Schuster
Yarn: Knitpicks Cotlin in Blackberry

I'm currently working on the front of the Lycka tee, specifically the right side after casting on for the sleeve stitches and dividing for the V-neck. I think my decision to go down one needle size and recalculate the numbers has worked out.

I need to consult my phone while knitting the Lycka tee (both because I keep forgetting the pattern, and because I need to keep track of my rows so I know when to stop decreasing). But occasionally I run out of power, or my phone is otherwise occupied screencasting shows. Yesterday, I took that opportunity to knit a little bit more of the Forest Ridge shawl. I will finish it someday! Probably!

WIP Wednesday
Pattern: Forest Ridge by Mary Formo
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow Kettle Dyed in Pacific (probably)

I forgot to take a photo of the Wolkig cowl, which I worked on quite a bit while waiting in line for Force Friday II. Hopefully I'll be able to wear it when cardigan weather returns!
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I'm trying to improve my morning routine by actually getting up at the same time as my husband and doing some morning chores - emptying and washing Chester's bowl, feeding her breakfast, and so on. I still have a long way to go before I'm able to fit in a 30+ minute workout (which is kind of sad, because I seem to recall one of the reasons I got those exercise DVDs was so that I could do my morning workout while Daniel did his workout on the elliptical machine). But I'm going to try, and maybe by the time we can move into a house that's more workout-DVD-compatible, I'll actually get there.

Helping me along on the road to "being functional before 9 AM" is my morning cup of tea. I fed Chester before I had my first sip of tea this morning, and now I'm not sure whether I remembered to sprinkle PEG powder on her food (polyethylene glycol, which Dr. Licht at Tufts recommended for Chester's chronic constipation).

Today's morning cup of tea is another Capricorn-themed blend from Adagio Teas. This one is Capricorn Tea Blend by Aera Crystal, who wins my award for "person most likely to secretly be an elf or elemental mage". It's a blend of Assam Melody ("Rich aroma, more sweet starchy than malty, like roasted plantains. Rounded mouthfeel, malty without being overpowering. Slight notes of raisin. Brisk astringency and not extremely pungent. A solid, 'friendly' Assam, from the well-regarded Meleng Estate.") and Blackberry ("Bright, citrusy Ceylon black tea infused with sweetly tart blackberries is an adventure for your palate. Pleasantly sweet and bakey aroma, like fresh berry scones, floral-fruity aroma and slightly dry finish") and my beloved Hazelnut ("...the full, bright taste of Ceylon black tea with the cozy creaminess of hazelnuts. Very nutty and aromatic, slightly roasty with a rounded, sweet flavor. Toasty dryness. A mellow, very well-blended cup of tea.")

And indeed, this is a mellow sweet tea! I was a little nervous when I saw the red peppercorns that accented this tea, but I think this is peppercorn in its "slightly perfume-y" incarnation rather than "omg spicy hot chai". The Chestnut Ceylon blends well with the Assam Melody, and the Blackberry Ceylon manages to be sweet and lightly fruit-scented rather than overwhelming.

I dig it! I might get more, when I next place an order at Adagio! (Among other things, the sample tins are cute but kind of hard to scoop tea out of due to being tiny and packed full of tea leaves. The sooner I can upgrade to a 3-oz pouch, the better.)

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