Since I started this blog a few years ago, that’s how people know me – “You’re the tea girl!” “I have a question about tea.” “What are your thoughts on bagged versus loose tea?” “What kind of tea do you like?”
I have gotten tea-related gifts galore, some of which I use during my Tea Love talks. One person gave me a huge package of blooming tea and a glass teapot. My sister-in-law gave me a tea strainer with a duck at the top. One of my friends, for Christmas, gave me a TARDIS tea mug and my parents gave me a TARDIS tea strainer to go with it from the popular television series Dr. Who (which, by the way, features tea an awful lot).
Coworkers delight in sending me tea-related articles and info-graphs constantly. One time, my coworker walked in on me and another colleague exchanging loose tea from a Florida shop, something that apparently looked more like an illicit drug deal rather than a friendly beverage exchange.
So, you can only imagine people’s reactions when I walk around with a cup of coffee in hand, which is honestly more often than not.
“Wait, you’re drinking coffee? Isn’t that, ya know, sacrilege or something?”
“But, but, but, you’re the tea girl!”
“Ha, betraying your drink, huh?”
I adore tea, I really do. Addicted to it, I would even venture to say. Given the choice of only drinking one beverage for the rest of my life, I would say tea (arguably, more than one beverage simply because of the vast array of choices). But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a cuppa joe every now and again. Actually, most times I write my blog, I am drinking *gasp* coffee (as I am right now).
That being said, what I convey to people is the difference between drinking coffee and drinking tea (and yes, there is a huge difference). When I am drinking tea, it is at the end of a long day, at the beginning of the morning’s first ray of sun when I can settle down and read a book, after I had done a massive cleaning of my house, while I am crafting. In short – while I am relaxing.
Coffee, however, is for days like today, when I went to sleep around 2:00 AM last night, only to wake up at 6:30 AM this morning to shower and get ready for a beach trip with my boyfriend and his family, or for when I have twenty 100-page items to edit by the end of the day at work, or for when I know I need to hit the ground running and not even think about relaxing. It’s for my hectic lifestyle which admittedly, is very quick-paced and does not allow me too many opportunities to settle down and relax.
So, to all you tea drinkers, I lift my mug to you, and to all coffee drinkers, I do the same. You’ll just have to wonder what’s in my mug at the time.