Cat Pee and Cloves

Today is my first day back at school.

To say that I am excited to be back would be a lie; nothing could be further from the truth.

Still, I must admit that as I am slowly trudging through these classes, the thought of being yet another semester nearer to graduation is very thrilling. I can’t wait to be done for good, to leave this place and never come back, to flip it a big fat bird on the day of my last final exam.  It’s going to be glorious.

Speaking of that glorious day when I finish my degree in English…did you know that when I graduate, I am not going to the ceremony?  It’s true. I hate graduation ceremonies—every one I’ve ever attended, from Kindergarten to Dare to sixth grade to high school to my sister and mom’s college ones—have been a total bore. (Sorry, sister and Mom! I’m still very proud of you.) I despise school so much that I cannot possibly fathom coming to campus even one more time than I absolutely must. It doesn’t make sense to me: “Hey, you’ve spent 4+ years trudging back and forth through the snow and muck to sit through tedious classes and tedious research, and butt heads with countless of our idiotic professors, and you paid a pretty pretty penny for this experience, so as a reward, WHY DON’T YOU COME BACK AND SIT THROUGH THE MOST BORING CEREMONY IMAGINABLE?”

No thanks.

Instead, when I graduate, I’m taking a cruise to Tahiti. (Poor Kyle, when I graduate, could you please spring for a cruise to Tahiti? Kay, thanks; I love you.)

Anyway, so yeah. My graduation will be a time for immense celebration, and my idea of an immense celebration does not involve an overpriced robe and stupid-looking hat and two hours of droning lectures by conservative old deans and all the kids with the GPA better than mine.

Thanks, but really: no thanks.

Still, it’s a long way off yet. There’s really no point in daydreaming about it when I have textbooks to read and assignments to complete. Such is life.

Oh, but one more thing before I go:

I have been wanting a travel mug to fill with hot drinks (apple cider, herbal tea, hot chocolate) in the mornings for my commute to school, and over my holiday, I bought this cute one for five dollars at TJMaxx™:

My new travel mug

I made my first mug of herbal tea this morning (orange and spice flavour, swiped stealthily from the continental breakfast bar at the hotel where we stayed on our drive back to Canada), and it smells delicious but tastes like cat pee and cloves, so that’s that. At least I have a cute mug. If I make hot cocoa for it tomorrow, it might make my day more bearable.

And how about you?

About Camille

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14 Responses to Cat Pee and Cloves

  1. Spencer says:

    I’m very curious to know the reasons why you know what cat pee tastes like. Also, maybe a stray cat peed on the tea at the hotel and that is why they left the tea in a cospicuous place hoping that travelers such as yourself would swipe the tea.

  2. Jordan says:

    I totally know what you mean about the graduation ceremony thing. Besides maybe highschool (which is still boring, but you at least have friends there) they are completely useless. I was scared to tell my family that I don’t want to go to my masters degree graduation this May, but turns out my parents have a wedding to go to the same day and were relieved to hear I didn’t want them to come down for my graduation :)

  3. Amy says:

    I’m still undecided on whether or not I’ll bother with my graduation ceremony this June. You’re right: they’re boring. Booooorrrrrriiing. And I’m not sure I want to bother. Luckily our caps and gowns and all that junk (did I say ‘junk’? ahem) are provided free of charge; they call it a courtesy thing. If they knew what courtesy was they wouldn’t make the ceremony so boring!

    And sorry about the cat-pee-and-clove tea. At least you didn’t pay for it! Better luck next time.

  4. Shirley says:

    We left straight from my graduation ceremony to Disneyland. It was a blast. I think my family and friends all slept during the ceremony. I don’t think there’s a lot of reason for anyone but the graduate and maybe the spouse to be there. Really, to sit through the whole thing when there’s only ten seconds of it that are really for you is kind of pointless.

  5. Merissa says:

    DARE?! Hahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. oh man.

  6. DeAnna says:

    I actually don’t even remember when my college graduation was supposed to be, I really had no interest in going either.

    If you like the smell of orange & spice tea, but don’t want it to taste like cloves & cat pee try Tetley herbal tea’s version, just in case you haven’t already they make one called Warmth…orange blossom with cinnaomon spice, it is my personal fav.

  7. Tracy says:

    I am with you on the whole graduation ceremony being hell on earth.
    I love your mug. I am also a mug aficionado.

  8. That mug is darling!
    Keep on keepin on Camille!

  9. jami says:

    I just want to let you know that I am a PRO FESSIONAL herbal tea drinker (as well as hot coco, AND apple cider, but that isn’t what we are talking about right now).
    This is how you can make your herbal tea/cat pee taste amazing. Buy some agave nectar. Get some rice milk (or if you really want something good half and half cream). Get some freaking good herbal tea (I recommend tazo). Then brew it up, put agava…and then top off with cream/milk. I PROMISE it will be amazing. OR if you really want life to be great go and buy some coffee syrup (white choco flavor, vanilla flavor) and put that it. By the way…I don’t drink low fat herbal tea. Life is to be enjoyed, and therefore you have to add goodness to your herbal tea (this might just make your semester semi ok)

  10. cyndi says:

    Ewww. I *almost* hated TJMaxx for a moment, but I love that store. Hope the cocoa tastes better in your adorable mug. GL with the semester and staying warm!

  11. chelsie says:

    I am nearing graduation and I have never had a desire to go to the ceremony either didn’t even go to my high school one. (There was a speck of a desire when president Obama was speaking last year, but if I’m not good enough to have the president speak I mean spring for Michael Varten or something… not just some old dean). Any-who, I wish I could splurge on a Tahiti trip, but alas who knows if I’ll even have a job after I graduate…

  12. yeah, clint won’t even let me celebrate his recent graduation (yesterday, officially!).

    i’m with you on herbal tea pretty much tasting like cat pee and cloves. sometimes i still like it though.

  13. Chloe says:

    You know, I never attended to my graduation ceremony. For that same reason. And because I was fed up. I was tired of seeing my professors’ faces. So I went to a restaurant with my family instead. It wasn’t so bad!

  14. Lisa says:

    I found your blog through Katie at Marriage Confessions and think you are hilarious! I am also curious as to how you know the taste of cat pee, but I’ll trust you on that one. I use Thermos mugs from Target – not nearly as cute as yours, however they don’t smell like cat piss so that’s a plus

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