Monday, February 9, 2009

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things....

Did I mention that my husband is a darling? Yet another package arrived for me today, this one from my favorite company in the universe, SpecialTeas. He sent me a couple of different types of tea, including Connor's personal favorite-- Jasmine Phoenix Pearls (no I don't let him drink it-- he likes the smell). My husband knows me very, very well.

I would like to say that this is a stock photo, but sadly, it's not. At last count I had somewhere around fifty different types of tea and tisanes. This is well past a hobby and probably into an obsession. I have read books about tea. I have been to tea tastings. I can look at a tea called Dari Singbulli Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 2nd Flush Silver Tip and understand what that means- that's how bad I am. I can't even claim any of those teas are Jer's-- he drinks coffee, and he drinks it the way I drink tea-- seriously. The man hauls his grinder and espresso machine to work every Monday and hauls them back to the house on Friday, which is also when he roasts the beans for the next week in our kitchen with all the windows open. He usually sets all the fire alarms off anyway.

While Jer and I have a little love affair with our respective vices, Connor puts us both to shame. Connor is not addicted to coffee or tea. Connor is addicted to chocolate pudding, and while he is rather unpicky about its origin and preparation, he makes up for that in passion, eating and simultaneously bathing himself in it with a type of single-minded focus that any epicurean would recognize as true appreciation of food. You have to be careful of your fingers when you are feeding it to him. He has a tendency to lunge for the spoon. If he could tell you about it, he would probably scoff at the idea that pudding is just to be eaten. Pudding is to be experienced, and he does his very best to appreciate its every nuance, utilizing it in pieces of performance art that are stunning in their sophistication and complexity. Either that or he was involved in a vicious fight with some sort of custard monster. I'm pretty sure the poor monster lost.



~Jess








9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love tea, too!! I just adore your teapot collection. All I have is one of those little glass pots with the strainer. I need a prettier pot. So... does Conner usually eat his pudding naked in the tub? It would make a lot of sense.
-Jing

Connor's Mom said...

Thanks! They're Yixing teapots, for the most part.

This is the pudding aftermath. He does it it stripped down to a diaper and with every surface within ten feet covered with a painter's dropcloth, however. The carnage can be pretty far-reaching.

Connor's Mom said...

Eat it, not it it. Evidently I need to pay more attention to what I'm typing.

gloria said...

The picture of Connor is HILARIOUS! I'm sitting at the computer, wrestling a 4 month old, and laughing my butt off. Oh the joys.

Lucas'Mommy said...

You're such a great writer... I enjoy reading your blog immensely. Maybe I should let Lucas try chocolate pudding...

Lin said...

Oh,my--that is one chocolatey kid you got there! How funny?!! He looks so yummy!

Connor's Mom said...

Gloria: Thanks! The really funny thing is that normally he HATES to get anything wet or sticky on him, and the pudding certainly is both. I guess he loves it so much he's willing to suffer through having it on his skin in the hopes that he'll be able to absorb even more of the yumminess through osmosis.

Lucus'Mommy: Thanks! You should definately let Lucus try some chocolate pudding. I've found that OxiClean will get it mostly out of his clothes, your clothes, the tablecloth, and the carpet. Just in case you need that info after said pudding trial.

Lin: I know, doesn't he? For Halloween, I'm getting him a set of bunny ears and he can go as a chocolate rabbit. He's already half-way there.

Julia said...

Hilarious! I love your writing style. Reading your blog is always a great way to begin my day. Now, I like tea and I'm certainly a chocoholic, but you two have me beat when it comes to zealotry.

Connor's Mom said...

Thanks Julia! We try not to do anything in this household by halves. Except maybe the housework.

I hate housework.

 
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