Friday, December 18, 2009
A quiet cup of tea
May I be perfectly honest with you? This is the point in the Christmas season when I start to get a little cranky, and then because I realize I'm not sweet and Jesus-focused like I ought to be it makes me even more cranky! I haven't finished all my shopping and some of the gifts are getting hard to find. I haven't finished writing all my Christmas cards and got halfway through a box to discover I'd bought a misprinted batch. What should have said "Noel" instead said "Nnnoooeeelll" on more than a few cards, which I suppose would be fine if I had any stuttering friends in need of Christmas cheer but I don't.
Yesterday, in a stolen moment from work I ran by the post office to mail the cards that made the cut. The two helpful and hardworking gents who normally wait on me were busy, so I got a new guy. When I told him I needed some cards metered, he looked me straight in the eye and loudly said, "Well I was TRYING to go to lunch in about two minutes!" I stared back. I bit my lip. I looked around and there was only one other customer in the place. There would have been few witnesses if I'd yelled "Look here, Buster, I'm on deadline, I've got cards to re-purchase and send, I've got gifts to buy and cookies to bake, and I really don't give a fa la la about your lunch hour!" I somehow managed to keep my mouth shut as Mr. Congeniality loudly, laboriously metered my mail. His good spirits then restored, he finished up in time to send me off with a (lame) joke about the federal government, which at last count was still (sadly) his employer. I said all that to say this: I needed a cup of tea!
When I got home from this busy day of work and errands, and finishing up the January/February issue of our magazine, I pulled out one of the two Christmas-themed teacups I've collected this year. This one is bone china from England marked "Duchess" and "Winter," which of course means there are three more teacups I need to look for now. Into the cup I poured a wonderful new Holiday Blend the folks at Mighty Leaf Tea were kind enough to share.
The amazing scent alone told me I would enjoy this tea, which is a "winter chai flecked with Indian black tea, clove, cinnamon, and star anise ... apple, ginger and goji berries." Ahhhh! Delicious! I think I'm ready to finish up those Christmas cards now! (And mercifully, I have the day off today. Good thing, huh!)