If you read my last post, you'll hopefully pardon these short and sweet entries, just covering a little piece of this hectic summertime.
This one is actually inspired Jessica over at The Ma Books, a bit of a must-read for every mom sick of all that glossy mothering blogs full of expensive baby things and toddler apparel. As for us non-mothers and child-free types, I personally love peeking into the lives of mothers and others, different from my own and this collective blog is a great place to do that.
Yesterday she published a post calling all readers to show off their finest mugs and tell the stories of their coffee habits.
Lucky for me, I already had this post lined up, because ever sense Andrea, another blog-friend posted about her coffee/ tea mug collection, years ago I'd thought it would be a fun thing to do.
I have a lot of coffee/ tea mugs. Small ones, big ones, ceramic ones, porcelain ones, hand-made ones mass-produced ones… Most of my cups and mugs were either secondhand finds, or made by friends with pottery skills and I love them all, maybe a little too much…
My current favorites are pictured above, including two in my budding collection of herbal themed cups and a cup from Mali that says "SIS" on the one side and "Simply Incredible Sister" on the other. So corny, so sweet…
We also use a lot of 70s-style "no spill" mugs, because none of our cars have upholders. A couple of years ago, a potter friend actually made me one, and I think if I had to pick it would be my ultimate favorite. But then it's so hard to choose...
The right beverage in the right mug really sets the day going nicely. Though I love coffee, I'm first an foremost a tea-drinker and in the course of an average day drink anywhere between four and ten cups of tea. Since I was a teenager I've always had a cup of green tea in the morning, a ritual much more important to me than having coffee ever was.
Throughout the day, I like to have Earl Grey with milk, or honey, because the delicious, pungent smell of black tea always makes reminds me of my aunt, and makes me feel calm and grown-up, and like I'm dabbling in something slightly decadent. Rooibos, oolong, mate, chamomile, nettle, tulsi…the list of teas, herbal and caffeinful, is endless. I also like mint tea for a little pick-me-up, although its effects are greatly lessened by coffee drinking.
Speaking of which: coffee, though delicious and ritualistic, isn't always good for everyone. In fact, I would say that it's one of the great legal addictive drugs of our culture. In my early twenties and in college, I suffered from a great deal of anxiety, nightmares, tight muscles, teeth grinding and it wasn't until my thirties that a massage practitioner friend pointed out that many sensitive people are extremely sensitive to caffeine. She had me quit all caffeine, including my daily fix of green tea and once my system was cleansed, I was really able to tell how sensitive I really am to caffeine and generally don't drink it on a regular basis. I kid you not, a cup of coffee most often makes me anxious and depressed in the afternoon, causes my shoulders and jaw tense up and gives me weird dreams.
This summer though, I've discovered that these effects are greatly mediated by the tiredness of the allergy season and am back on the coffee wagon, at least for a few months. One cup a day is plenty though. I prefer to take it with fresh goat milk, maple syrup and maybe a little bit of coconut oil.
Are you a tea drinker, or a coffee lover, or a little bit of both?