Recently, I came upon a beautiful sentence in Ilana Kurshan’s memoir, If All the Seas Were Ink. Kurshan recalls being put on bedrest during her pregnancy, and trying to cultivate patience and stillness. She admits, “In spite of this noble resolve, in actuality, I spent most of my bedrest gritting my teeth and trying to bear it as Daniel managed all the household chores, cared for Matan, and kept me supplied with steaming cups of tea and long novels.”
It’s the last part, the steaming cups of tea and novels, that got me. That image is why one of my goals this week is to not use the internet after 8:00 p.m.–so there’s more time for steaming cups of hot tea and novels!
If you’re like me, you come home from work tired and it’s all to easy to go into zombie mode on the internet. Knowing that Britney’s handlers are keeping her away from alcohol on her tour (as I recently read) will not make me a better human/writer or improve my life in any way, whereas curling up with a steaming hot cup of tea and a book is a more beneficial, beneficial use of my evening time in every way.
Loose leaf tea tastes the best and, I would venture, is healthier than most of the cheap supermarket varieties. But it can be expensive if purchased in individual tea bags. One of my favorite brands comes in tiny plastic bags, and retails for around 50 cents a serving. If I’m drinking 2 servings a day, that’s $365 a year that I’m spending on tea, as well as 730 tiny plastic bags that may eventually make their way into the ocean, if not the landfill.
No thanks! With only marginally more effort, you can buy a paper bag of loose leaf tea that will cost a lot less per serving and generate far less waste.
So my first money saving tip for tea-drinking writers is: buy a bag (or two or three) of loose leaf tea. Off the internet perhaps. Acquire a stainless steel tea infuser. Use these for your daily cups of tea. Your wallet and the environment will thank you.