Catching up

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Last night was one of those nights where I needed warmth, low lights, and calming tea–which is, of course, a lot of what you’re seeing in that picture there. You ever have one of those nights? A night when you just need to relax, and maybe get a little bit of work done?

It surprises me, sometimes, how busy some weeks can actually get. I’m generally not a very busy person. Yet every once in a while, I’ll end up with a string of days where a whole lot of things need to get done, which means my own projects fall to the side.

That’s what’s happened over the past couple of weeks, and it’s broken my heart a little bit. I feel both guilty and frustrated for not getting enough done, leaving me in a rather bad mood a lot of the time.

So, this weekend is about fixing that. I’m going to do my best to catch up, even just a bit. I know I’m not likely to get completely caught up, but I’m sure I can manage to get at least partway to where I should be by this time of the month.

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Calming

A scoop of rooibos tea

I have this one type of rooibos tea here at home, and I absolutely love it. It has such a wonderful effect on me; one whiff of it, and I can feel some of whatever tension I may be feeling start to ease away.

Other rooibos teas have a similar effect, it just doesn’t seem to be quite as strong. I’m not sure why. It’s probably the particular flavours in this one, either the combination or the way each one comes out individually. I can’t really be sure.

And you know what? I don’t need to be sure. I’m just going to enjoy it.

Tea time

Vanilla Swirl Tea

I’ve been making an effort to drink more tea lately, especially before bed. Not caffeinated tea before bed, of course–I’d never sleep. I’ve found some nice non-caffeinated teas that seem to help me sleep better, though.

I do drink caffeinated tea during the day, though. It helps keep my energy up, and it’s a little healthier than the mochas and lattes that I usually drink. Not that I’ve entirely given those up. I usually buy or make myself one each day, but at least the tea keeps me from drinking more than that.

Okay, so maybe the fact that I haven’t completely given up the lattes and mochas means that the tea isn’t going to help my health all that much. But I figure even a little difference is better than no difference at all, right?

Vanilla Swirl Tea

Chamomile

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Without a doubt, chamomile is my favourite tea. It’s my go-to in the evenings, especially on nights when I’m in some particular need of relaxation before bed.

I’ve been experimenting with different flavours lately. Just plain chamomile is great, and it’s usually what I ask for if I’m getting a chamomile-themed drink at a coffee shop. But there’s also a place in town here that serves a lemon meringue chamomile, and it’s utterly fantastic. Especially if you get it as a latte–the creaminess just adds this extra layer of delight. And the Sweet Dreams chamomile tea, from a particularly popular tea store? Wonderful.

How about you? Do you have a favourite tea, or is tea one of those drinks you just can’t stand?