December arrives on Saturday. Is anyone else as shocked by this news as I am? I'm looking back over the last 8 weeks with complete gratitude for being able to say, "We survived!" There were a lot of "firsts" and a lot of moving parts these past 2 months.
My job reached a 4-week fever pitch, the likes of which I had never experienced. Gene's launched a new product category for a clothing company the exact week that I had to be at a conference for 4 days. Overlapping work travel, intense work demands, the sense for both of us that the answer to any question our companies ask of us must be, "Yes!" and then two young daughters who very much need their parents. Plus all those little necessities like grocery shopping, paying bills, filling the car with gas, scrubbing the toilet occasionally, making sure everyone has clean undies, and so on.
So with a collective effort from my out of town parents, our wonderfully wise, supportive and flexible child care provider, selfless friends and neighbors (and countless gallons of tea), we made it.
Now, I won't get silly and say that tea saved my sanity, but I will say that the luxury of the quiet tea moments helped settle my thoughts and allow me to mentally prepare for the next task. And isn't it interesting how, in moments of stress, we fall back on our comfort foods - in my case, teas - and we long for the familiar.
My "familiar" happens to be those strong black Breakfast Tea type blends. Something that, as I often describe it, kicks you in the teeth. I guess what I mean by that is that it is strong, bold, full-bodied and fortifying, and it can easily stand up to as much milk and sugar as you want to throw at it and still be taken seriously. But it's not harsh or astringent. It's smooth and rich. I have countless favorites of this variety. There's an entire bin in my pantry devoted to these. And in the past few months a new iteration of this comfort tea was sent my way. Best International English Breakfast Tea. It was love at first sip. Bold. Brazen, even. Just the thing to provide that comfort I crave.
And so, it is with great pleasure I'm able to announce a giveaway by Best International Tea. The winner will receive a gift package (for you, not anyone else!) of three of their loveliest tea blends: English Breakfast, Lady Londonderry and China Green Lemon & Mint. Just in time to be your comfort before the holidays!
To enter for your chance to be selected for this giveaway, "Like" Best International Tea on Facebook. For an additional entry in the drawing, Follow them on Twitter - @onlythebesttea. Enter by December 5th to be eligible! (Open to U.S residents only)