I promise. As of tonight, I will not have any more Donut Man doughnuts (for the rest of the semester). I was so close to being so good. I did not venture out to Glendora when both hands of the clock reached twelve tonight. I was not even tempted.
But then Sabine called, “just wanted to know if you want anything, I’m going to Donut Man…” Aw, hell. It’s like I can never win. And I told her “nooooo, nooooo, it’s diet day. Besides, I already had a pumpkin danish from Some Crust this morning. And pizza for lunch! Noooo, no, it’s okay!”
And I thought I was safe. I really did. However, my words were not heeded as Sabine showed up at my door an hour later, donut in hand. And not just any donut. But the seasonal pumpkin donut. What could I do?! (what would you do?!) I thanked her profusely and admitted surrender. And then I sunk my teeth into the still warm creature, a soft yeasty donut with a crown of cream akin to spicy whipped pumpkin custard. In the hollow, a contrasting white sweet cream cheese frosting smooth as butter and eager to please. And I said to myself, “half! Half! I shall only eat half!” I reached the half point, ready to put it aside. But then I closed my eyes and by the time I even realized a minute had passed…it was gone. The pumpkin cheesecake donut disappeared. Into my tummy.
This is what finals week does to you.
Established in 2005, International Tea Day brings awareness to the tea workers’ contributions to the tea world and their working conditions. It has been observed annually on December 15. However, starting in 2020 it will take place on May 21. But, how exactly should one recognize it? Well, if you’re a business owner I would steer away from using this day as just another marketing opportunity. As someone in the marketing industry, I wanted to offer some other options that businesses, tea related or not, can take into consideration if they would like to honour International Tea Day.
I’ve been updating a spreadsheet on pu’erh prices on release for the past few years in order to get an idea of tea being offered to western consumers and any possible trends. The well-known popular narrative is that fresh pu’erh prices have gone up and this certainly seems true in the data. Last year the prices looked about the same as the previous year. And when and how much the price has gone up depends on how we look at this and there’s a handful of different ways to look at the data and options available (I do three here).