August 3, 2013
The title of this post is inspired by the inscription on a headstone in the local cemetery, said cemetery being one of the nicer places to walk in my fair city. The headstone simply reads, after the name and dates of birth and death, “Asleep”. Whether or not you believe in the Rapture, I imagine it would be mighty unpleasant to wake up from a nice rest inside a coffin under the dirt.
Why the weird, morbid anecdote? Because for all intents and purposes I think some of you probably thought I had passed on…no, not literally, just from TeaTrade! Or even Twitter, another social media universe I have been neglecting.
Like my previous absences, this one is due to a combination of factors:
1) Boredom with tea blogging: I’ve never felt confident as a tea blogger; my knowledge base is too narrow, my review skills are sub-par, and I just feel like I’ve run out of things to say about tea. I could turn my blog into more a of public diary, but then what would be the point of having it on TEATrade, a website about…tea?
2) My own personality: Let’s face it, I can be a pretty big ass sometimes. And while we all “love” @TheDevotea and his grouchy rants, I feel like TeaTrade doesn’t need two cantankerous weirdos, even if those weirdos are separated by about seven decades in age. So I’m going to work on softening my persona a little bit before coming back for good.
3) Other projects on the go: Simply put, I have less time than I used to. I have a job (not the pet store one, a new one) that requires a lot of attention, plus I’m preparing for a big move at the end of August to Prince Edward Island. So I’ve been getting things sorted out and trying to decide how much of my life (ie, material possessions…isn’t a consumer society great?) I can fit into two suitcases, planning flights, trying to find a job out there, etc. I’ve also been planning out creative endeavors. I’ve always wanted to practice an art, even if I’m not good at it, on the advice of the writer Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve been thinking of getting into papermaking, and, eventually, ceramics. It would be a great thrill to make my own teaware. That’s going to have to wait, though, but I’ll be sure to blog about it when I get started.
So that’s that. I’ve still be drinking tea, of course, though I only have time for extended sessions on weekends, so my input has mostly been limited to a workhorse Darjeeling on weekday mornings and Korean greens and balhyocha on weekends, the latter being exquisite, the former, enjoyable enough on the go (how’s THAT for a review?).
So I’ll be back, hopefully with more to say and show, in the near future. I’ll still be checking the site, to see what y’all have been up to and what teas you’ve been drinking and all that.
Still sleeping, still dreaming, awaking soon,