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Thursday, January 20, 2011

5 Things To Do While Waiting For Your Tea To Brew

Here's a confession for you: I haven't had a cup of coffee in 10 years. I know, I know. But when you're putting loads of sugar in it just to disguise the taste, something's got to give I think! For all the other tea drinkers out there (and I'm sure there are many of you), here are 5 things to do while you wait for your tea to brew. And we all need a cuppa before we can get to our writing of course!

• Bash the teabag with a spoon to try to make the tea go brown quicker.


• Eat the biscuit you were going to have with your cuppa, so you have to eat another one later.


• Finish drinking the cup of tea someone else made for you ten minutes ago.


• Hunt desperately in the fridge for some milk that doesn’t smell like it’s evolved into cheddar.


• Go buy a coffee from Starbucks instead.


Sound familiar anyone?

Source for this tea list



Sage Ravenwood said...

Hilarious! I drink tea simply because coffee doesn't agree well with Acid Reflux. Tea still has caffeine but it's the lesser of the two evils. (Hugs)Indigo

Grandpa said...

Rach, I certainly drink more tea than coffee now, only because it's difficult to get good quality coffee;

Occasionally I go to Starbucks and get them to grind some beans. I then brew the powder in one of those plungers - nice and strong.

kar_took said...

I only drink tea because I just don't like the taste of coffee and I totally bash the tea bag to get it as strong as possible.

Elena Solodow said...

10 Years! How do you live?

Bess Weatherby said...

Haha so true. Somehow the tea-snacks seem to disappear before the tea appears. I have the same problem with coffee -- don't know how you live without it!

Megan K. Bickel said...

I'm not a coffee person either, but I go with soda instead of tea. Terrible! Not much time between grabbing a can and popping the tab...

Golden Eagle said...


I've never had coffee . . .

Tessa Quin said...

I don't drink coffee and not much tea. But I have been drinking quite a bit of hot chocolate lately...possibly because I'm trying to reduce my consumption of candy. I know, bad Tessa! It's really cheating, but I do it anyway. Anyway! I like your idea of eating that biscuit ;)

Colene Murphy said...

Blech...coffee. You must not be drinking the right tea...;)

Hart Johnson said...

I drink coffee in the morning (black) and tea in the afternoon... I generally go back to my computer... thus the melted tea pot that had to be replaced at Christmas... my new one whistles... granted, sometimes my family still has to yell for me, but at least they know to yell...

Rachael Harrie said...

@Indigo, Oh dear, that is a good reason to avoid it!!!

@Grandpa, that would be a challenge! Great idea to get some beans ground. If I liked coffee that is ;)

@kar_took, LOL. I'm the opposite, I prefer weak tea with lots of milk. Just wave the teabag over the top and I'm good to go! :)

@Elena, I know, crazy huh!!! I blame my husband :P

@Bess, I'm sure there are kitchen elves or something that steal all the chocolate bikkies!!! I did get withdrawals at first, but I don't even notice it now.

@Megan, soda? Ugh! *shudders* ;)

@Golden, Ooh, wow. Yeah, best to stay right away from it ;)

@Tessa, I do love a good hot chocolate! Remind me to tell you my theory about halving the calories in each cup... ;)

@Colene, LOL!

Rachael Harrie said...

@Hart, Wow, I've never seen a melted tea pot before! Hope you took pikkies :) I think a whistling tea pot would drive me crazy!!! ;)

Julie Hedlund said...

I started drinking tea when I got an ulcer, and it so happened I was living in England at the time. How fortuitous to be in a place that really knows how to make and serve tea.

I'm totally guilty of eating the treat I was going to have with the tea while waiting for it to brew. Yes also on bashing it with a spoon.

You seriously do NOT want to be around me in the morning before I've had my "cuppa"

TK Richardson said...

I love both coffee and tea. Coffee through the day and tea in the evening, but I don't have those delicious looking biscuits.... :)

Rachael Harrie said...

@Julie, oh dear about the ulcer, but yay about being in England at the time!!! LOL, those chokkie bikkies disappear so fast don't they. Hmm, I think I've become better at mornings since I had my kids. They snapped me out of that pretty quick!

@TK, sounds like a nice allocation for taste buds :) Yeah, they do look rather more-ish, don't they!

Su said...

I'm definitely in the "eat the biscuit while waiting" group! Three minutes is a long time when you're desperate for a tea fix. :)

Rachael Harrie said...

@Su, LOL, that's the spirit! :)

Margo Berendsen said...

Ah yes! Tea drinkers unite! There is nothing finer than a cup of tea, a good book, and a comfy chair or sofa to curl up in. (I always swish the tea bag and knock it around with my spoon to make it steep faster)

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." – C.S. Lewis

Amie Kaufman said...

Good lord, it feels like you've been watching me! All those sound familiar, but #1 and #2 especially! Bashing it with a spoon DOES make it go faster!

Kiki Hamilton said...

I had to give up coffee years ago too (but I do still sneak a decaf frapaccino frequently....) I especially like the 'eat the chocolate covered biscuit' part.... ;-)

Anonymous said...

10 years O_O?!
I can't function unless I have a cup in the morning... I'd happily follow the first 4 but I can't stand coffee - the smell, taste, everything so I'll leave that out. And I don't have any biscuits, so chocolate instead?

Anonymous said...

what about herbal or fruit tea?

aisyahputrisetiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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