Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Tea for One

Might as well face it, I'm addicted to tea.

I love the quiet. I think that's why I like break so much. Lots of quiet time at home with the kids and by myself. And with the cats. And with E. And with a cup of tea.

I'm such an introvert. I like being with people, but only for very limited periods of time. Then I want to go home and be alone. I think part of my difficulty adjusting back into work after every break is that it takes me a while to shift back into a place where I'm used to being interactive with so many different faces. And smiling at them. And being pleasant to them. I feel like I have to steel myself for it and that takes a lot of energy.

I locked myself in my room on my prep period today to do some reading for my MFA, and I tried to bring a little of that quiet from break to school for an hour. I made myself a nice cup of tea, too. Tea is my crutch right now while I try to get my eating habits under control. I've been trying to drink tea (which I also like) every time I start to feel snacky. It's working okay; I'm snacking less, losing weight. Tea is a nice peaceful beverage, anyway.

At residency for my MFA program we have these little pyramid tea bags on the coffee and hot water table at breakfast and lunch, and I got completely hooked again when I was there on my afternoon cup of tea. Now that I've burned through the supply of tea bags that found their way into my purse in December, I broke out the old standard, my stash of Tazo.

I'm in that place where I'm feeling every minute pass at work. I know that will fade as soon as we all get busy enough to be distracted. I certainly have enough to do. The first few days back have been decent. And headache free. At this point that's about as nice as I could ask for.

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