Yet Another Weekly Update… | July 19, 2020

Hello hello hello! I hope you’re all doing well! Please bear with me as I continue to churn out these weekly updates instead of reviews and am more delayed than usual in blog-hopping and responding to comments—it feels like something is always coming up to mess with my blogging and reading juju. My exams are also very close (the first half is NEXT SATURDAY AAAH) so I’ve decided to give myself after exams to get back to reading and blogging.

Some good news: I’m feeling much better than I was last week! After cutting out the food that I suspect has been causing my hyperacidity and bloating, my pains have been becoming less frequent and less severe. Plus, now that the worst of caffeine withdrawal is over, I find that my sleep is also getting better—I don’t even need an alarm to wake up now, when before I used to set three alarms (and snooze every one… lol).

Also, today, after I complained to a friend of my caffeine withdrawal, she sent over samples of her tea collection for me to try. She even taped the instructions on the bottles, since she knows I’m an ignoramus when it comes to tea. I was so touched! I might not be a tea person but this is the perfect time to get into it. She especially recommends something called Phoenix Oolong Tea, which she got from her visit to Shanghai.

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So much tea! And a wild pack of Golden Oreos on the side. My brother and I are fans.

Also, Melanie @ Grab the Lapels and I will be buddy-reading Butler’s Parable of the Sower, so I’m slowly making my way through it. A number of reviewers on Goodreads have commented on how the theological aspects of the novel weren’t to their liking, since the protagonist here also tries to form her own notions of God, but surprisingly I’m finding it one of the more fascinating parts so far. I think it’s rather audacious to try to reformulate the Judeo-Christian tradition from your own perspective, and I admire the protagonist’s guts for doing it.

Parable of the Sower


Well, that’s it for now! Just out of curiosity, are you a coffee or tea person? What blends or leaves (flavors?) do you usually prefer? Let me know in the comments!

16 thoughts on “Yet Another Weekly Update… | July 19, 2020

  1. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! And good luck on your exams!

    I am more of a tea person, but am also a tea noob – that is, I am lazy and just use bags of whatever. Also, I really like *gasp* herbal tea. Sacrilege, I know. I can say for sure that Lapsang souchong is disgusting.

    I’ll be interested to see your take on Parable of the Sower. I read the Patternmaster series several years ago and it was wild.

    1. Thank you! I was that way with coffee—I need coffee but I’m too lazy to grind beans, so I have capsules and an espresso machine. Ha, the name doesn’t exactly sound very appealing either! I’ve never been into herbal tea but I know I won’t be picking that up!

  2. Literary Elephant

    I am historically not a hot beverage person at all, which is surprisingly inconvenient, so one of my goals this year was to experiment with tea and try to find something I like. Since the year has taken such a turn that goal has taken a back burner, but perhaps if you start posting professions of love for your teas it’ll motivate me to pick it back up, haha. I hope you’ll find a good coffee replacement, at least!

    And I’m glad to hear that you’re liking Parable of the Sower so far, even the elements that have been controversial. I’ve yet to read Octavia Butler, but I really want to! Looking forward to your (and Melanie’s!) thoughts, when you have the chance to post them! (No rush of course, and GOOD LUCK on your exams!!)

    1. But are you a cold beverage person, at least? Haha! I can’t imagine my day without at least some drink in hand, whether coffee or tea or milk tea! So far I’m loving the teas and maybe not even missing coffee 😦 The fragrance is what really gets to me—smelling it beforehand is so soothing!

      Thank you so much!!! I survived the first day; one more batch to gooo!

      1. Literary Elephant

        Yes! In college I got into the habit of taking a water bottle with me to class, and now I can’t go anywhere without something cold to sip on, haha. I’m glad you’re liking the tea enough to ease the transition! I would definitely agree on liking the smell of tea better, I can’t stand coffee warm or cold because the taste/smell doesn’t appeal to me at all, but teas smell nice!

        Hooray! And good luck!! 🙂

  3. Good luck with your exams! It’s impressive that you are blogging at all with your exams so close. I also need several alarms to get up, but that is entirely my own fault – I always go to bed way too late. Coffee for me, I am addicted 🙂 . Occasionally, I drink lemon ginger or camomile tea.

    1. Thanks for the well wishes! I’ve survived the first set at least, haha! Yay for another coffee person ☕️ I love the smell and the taste of it, but surprisingly I’m also getting used to tea as well. I’ve never tried those teas but I’ll put it on the list!

  4. I mentioned that I read The Parable of the Sower many years ago, before I started Grab the Lapels, so I remember in general what happens, but not the depth of the religion Lauren crafts. I’m enjoying the part during which Lauren is making her first converts, including the father Kevin. I know for a fact that Christians debate religion — I used to teach at a small Catholic college and have seen them do it — but it doesn’t feel the same when Lauren does it. She’s trying to convince people of her religion, whereas Catholics seem to debate interpretation.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and that you got me reading Butler again. Her work is fantastic.

  5. Good luck on your exams, Gil!!! And I’m glad you are feeling better! Your tea sampler is so aesthetically pleasing, and is making me think about switching from daily coffee (even on weekends when I shouldn’t *need* caffeine) to a healthier tea habit 🙂

    1. Thank you! It does give me joy to look at it too! If it weren’t for my stomach, I would never have switched to tea—I was just too attached to coffee. I would say now that I’m also starting to enjoy tea, especially the fragrant ones!

  6. It’s so nice to hear you’re feeling a bit better! I hope you like the teas, I’m quite an ignoramus when it comes to tea, too, and now I’m quite curious as to how they’re supposed to be made?

    Good luck with your exams! Also I do quite enjoy reading Wrap Ups (and I think a lot of people do, at least on my blog they get more views than most Book Reviews), so you’re doing no disservice to your blog there! 🙂

    1. I am too lazy to follow the instructions to the letter (like water has to be a certain temperature?) so I just usually steep the leaves in boiling water in a teapot, then pour! I wouldn’t be able to distinguish taste anyway, lol. Thank you for the well wishes and for dropping by here 💕

  7. Good luck with all of your exams! And, I know how you feel – I myself have something of hyperacidity and experience stomach problems (but, that is also in addition to my often increased heart rate and I am not sure if am allergic to something maybe) – so my health is also a wreck this summer. I am a coffee person definitely (an expresso person), but because of my increased heart rate, I drank very little of it this summer – hopefully I will get back to it! These teas look amazing too btw – I am sure there is nothing like a tea from Shanghai!

    1. Thank you! They’re finally over, and I have around a month of rest before the sem starts again. 😌 I’m sorry to hear about your health – it’s vexing to not be able to enjoy things we normally would, even little things like having espresso! Hopefully your symptoms will improve soon. 🙂 And yes, the teas from Shanghai are superb! Though I still prefer the matcha I’ve tried from Japan, because I’m incurably biased towards Japanese things 😀

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