With less than 8 weeks left of maternity leave, I've got the feeling of needing to kick it into high gear and accomplish an embarrassingly long "to-do" list of home projects and intentions that I wrote during week 1 after Anne Marie was born. They range in complexity and practicality from "Hang bulletin board in kitchen" to "Sew a dress" - (yes, I've been watching too much Project Runway). So far I've accomplished 1 and 1/2 items on that list of about 40 things.
You may think to yourselves that I should be taking advantage of this time to bond with my baby, slow things down, do some things that I enjoy. And I agree with you. Anne Marie is my partner in crime on all of these projects, though I admit her demands for eating are the main reason I have not gotten very far in our accomplishments. And though she is a pretty good sleeper for a 3-week-old, I'll also admit my energy levels are not 100%. Sleeping at night in 3 hour shifts is not optimal.
So, it was with great joy and celebration that I received a package in the mail on Friday from California Tea and Coffee Brewery, based in Temecula. I had asked the Twitterverse for recommendations on a solid Irish or English Breakfast Tea, and @CA_Tea responded that they had just what I was looking for. In this package, I had received my order of not only an Irish Breakfast blend (this is the only blend they do in-house! Hats off to you, Diane) and an English Breakfast blend, they had included a few other exciting choice samples (to be revealed and reviewed at a future moment). I took no time in brewing up a very large cup of Irish Breakfast right then and there. And then another. And another. Easter weekend consisted of consuming nearly equal quantities of candy and tea. Not a bad combination, if you ask me. They were enough to keep me going during the many holiday weekend activities.
|Waiting for the Easter egg hunt|
|Home and everyone needs a nap!|
This morning, I knew I wanted to get serious about some of my to-do items. And once again I turned to my current obsession. Brewed in a tea cup that belonged to my Mom's Mom, my Grandma Betty, I felt the desire to conjure up some of her drive and creativity.
She had six children, was a serial entrepreneur, a born entertainer, and definitely a free spirit. I guess there's something about this tea that reminds me of her. It is bold but smooth, but can transform to something sweet and sublime with just a little cream and sugar. It adds a spring to my step and a sense of purpose to my schedule. Anne Marie: brace yourself. We're going to get some things DONE today!
P.S. California Tea and Coffee Brewery - I may be placing a standing monthly order of your extraordinary Irish Breakfast Tea. We've reached obsession over here! :)
Visit California Tea and Coffee Brewery at:
40315 Winchester Rd Ste A
Temecula, CA(951) 693-5727
And follow them on Twitter: @CA_Tea