Feb 4, 2010

Don't TEAse me about all the purple stuff

This morning as I was consuming my daily news in my cubicle, it occurred to me how much you can tell about a person from the stuff they make sure to keep within their reach at all times. For me its cell phone (anticipating morning "Hi" text from manfriend which never came, pout), caffeinated beverage (tea is a departure from the norm for me...more on that later), organizational tools, Chapstick, shiny nail polish, headphones and purple things. This pretty much sums it up for me. Those items were unintentionally fanned out precisely so that I can do a quick draw if needed. On the periphery of my desk space are other work-related things, but these items occupy the prime real estate for a left-handed person such as myself. Those who know me wouldn't find any of these surprising, but I got a chuckle out of the fact that I sub-consciously keep shiny things within reach at all times and am drawn to purple items almost exclusively. My own psyche baffles me sometimes, but I guess this one isn't that much of a shocker.

On a related note, I've recently been experimenting with tea. This stemmed out of a get-skinny effort to eliminate colas, one of my favorite things, from my diet. Although I choose diet drinks, there are still many healthier choices. I've been doing iced tea as my non-cola refreshing beverage of choice and it's working out great. Water (and even that I can't enjoy sometimes) is the only exception to my addiction to caffeinated drinks. Tea offers a great alternative - cool, hydrating, delicious and has the kick I need to make it thru the day.

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~Henry Fielding, "Love in Several Masques"

I've always loved to drink hot herbal teas at bedtime to unwind on a chilly night. My favorite is Celestial Seasonings' True Blueberry. I once had the opportunity to visit the place in Boulder, Colorado where they make their herbal teas. It's fabulous. The factory, on top of being a mecca for high hippies, is a vast and fragrant wonderland of herbs, spices, flowers and all-around earthy goodness. Highly recommend. I'd go back for sure.

These days I've been attempting to trade in my morning coffee, which I'm drinking an all-time high amount of recently, to caffeinated tea. So far I don't get the same zing, but tea is lighter and makes me less wired. That's only when I've drank so much caffeine that I actually still experience that sensation, which for a long time has been replaced by dependency. In my office we have your standard Earl Grey, which serves my purposes well, although I wish I had a dash of lemon for it.

I'm excited by this endeavor. I've been browsing the interwebs and learned about a number of health benefits. Tea can supply antioxidants, lower stress/hormone levels, fight cavities and reduce plaque, keep you hydrated, aids in immune defenses and more! Coffee isn't the worst thing in the world, but it seems unanimous that tea could be better for you. Major selling point on coffee is that, although pure tea leaves have more caffeine than coffee beans, the typical cup of coffee has 3x morecaffeine than a cup of tea. Nuts. Clearly I'm not a convert, but rather just expanding my palate and appreciation for teas. This girl will not be abandoning coffee, or the magical miracle that is the Skinny Vanilla Latte anytime soon.

But for today I'm in disguise as a British person with my tea and wellies on this rainy Thursday.

Oh...one more thing...special birthday shout out to one of my BFFFFFs. Love her. Miss her. Can't wait for upcoming reunion extravaganza!

1 comment:

  1. I heart you and all your purple stuff.... thanks for the shout out cant freaking wait to see you in real life.


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