Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tea and Raspberries

One thing to add on to my very long "Things I Love About Summer" list is the produce. I saw these fresh raspberries at the market and snatched a whole bunch right up.Suddenly my "staple" breakfast became a bowl of German Muesli (Cereal made from granola, oats and nuts) with yogurt instead of milk, topped with a heaping handful of these red beauties.

To take these photos I pulled my white coffee table over to the window and started snapping. I'm not a huge fan of the shadows and looked high and low for a sheet to hang up in the window to diffuse the light, but sadly all of our sheets are colored or patterned, so that didn't work. Product and food photography definitely isn't a talent of mine, but it was certainly fun to experiment. 

My mornings have become instantly better ever since my mother bought me this fabulous tea pot as a gift when she visited us in June. You just drop your loose leaf tea into the insert and pour boiling water over the top of it. The water drains out of those little holes and voila; perfect tea. I want to get one for each of my friends!  This loose leaf tea was purchased at the spice market in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mornings have been quite lazy around here lately. I wake up, slowly make my way to the kitchen and emerge a few minutes later with my muesli and tea. The hubs has already left for work at this point, so I sit and read emails, or a book, or catch up on who is winning what in the Olympics.

This particular morning, I was perusing and updating my "bucket list" page. I've had it on my list for quite some time that I wanted to be able to say "Hello," "Goodbye," and "Thank You," in 10 languages. I make a point of learning these three words when I visit a new country  - I think it's only polite to thank someone who has helped you in their own language. Today I counted how many languages I knew these three words in, and I realized I'd already met my goal! I can say Hello, Goodbye and Thank you in English (obviously) German, Spanish, French, Danish, Hungarian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. It was so exciting to be able to cross something off of my bucket list today!

I am relishing my last few days of freedom before my online classes start. Taking classes online is tough because how well you do is based entirely on self-motivation, something I completely suck at. I need deadlines to succeed...some people work well under pressure, but it seems that I only work under pressure. Someone tell me I'm not alone in this.

I hope August is treating you well. How do you typically spend your mornings?


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Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos said...

Those raspberries look so good! I've always wanted to go to our local Farmer's market, but they're only open on Saturdays and I can't ever get there. :(

Yay, congrats on crossing that off your Bucket List!! :)

Ginny said...

i LOVE raspberries. and tea, too. these days i am drinking gallons of iced tea! *nom*

mich.cairo said...

You're not alone, I work used to think that I worked better under pressure, but now in the summer when I said I would start my thesis paper, with all the pressure gone I have no desire to start =D

Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

I only start working right before my deadlines. seriously, I even wrote my high school "thesis" three days before it had to be turned in. 40 pages of self reflection, and I even passed with a whooping 94% on the written part! I will not say a word about the oral test that came afterwards... I was too nervous to function!

okay, so that's a random story.

My mornings start off with sliced bread, a slice of ham or egg and a banana :D aaaaalways a banana! xo Nikki

Mimi Finerty said...

Loving the photographs! Those raspberry look to die for, I mean you know my take on local markets and produce!

Cerena said...

Beautiful photos!
Have you ever tried Mariage Frères teas? Sooo scrumptious!

Cerena @ www.secretlifeofamedstudent.com

Isla said...

You have really awesome photos here! :)


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