Shane and I went on a mall date a couple weeks ago (which sounds super cheesy as I type that, but it’s a pretty darn awesome mall in North Dallas. Anthropologie + Williams Sonoma + Origins + Lush + awesome food … fun times are sure to be had) and we stopped by Teavana. You ever been to one? They are the beautiful, cool tea stores that have free samples outside of all kinds of yummy teas. Yes, free. Samples. I’m not sure if it’s just the way I grew up, but when I think, read, or say those words, I am no longer responsible for my actions (i.e. going back for more, taking an inappropriate amount as a “sample”… you get the picture).
Well, we both got drawn in by the amazing salesman there that day. Large, shiny canisters of exotic types and flavors of tea were lowered down from a tall shelf and opened like presents on Christmas morning… then, he would take the top of the canister and start wafting the fragrance of that tea towards us as he told us the health benefits of that particular one. I’m not sure if I really was paying attention to what he was saying, but whenever he would stop, I felt sure that that particular tea had the power to change my life, make labor not hurt, give me energy to do ten loads of laundry a day, and finally kick stress and anxiety to the curb.
We left with three types of tea that day. Are we tea drinkers? Not really. I mean, yes, I buy chamomile and peppermint tea bags for sick days, but as this man informed me, I’m not a real tea drinker if I use a tea BAG. (I think he was about to faint when I told him, poor guy.) But, I do like tea, and so does Shane… and we’ve been trying to bring our caffeine intake down a notch, so there we went, leaving the Teavana store with a fruity, yummy tea for iced tea this summer, a white flavored tea that tastes like chai, and a strong mate (mah-tay) that has just as much caffeine as coffee, but with less jitters, and a more “natural” feeling of energy.
I’m pretty sure I could get excommunicated from my family for saying this, but I really like it. A lot.
I even thought about making a cup of coffee a couple of mornings ago for old times’ sake, but really, I just wanted some chai. Or a good black tea. Or rooibos. I even feel healthier typing out the names of those.
That’s all I’ve got for today.