Sunday Confessional 1/17/2010

Heather says:

I learned something this week, well several things, but let’s not get too crazy. I attended and spoke at an annual Ladies Night event held by my town. The event was a lot of fun, even though I was quite sick or maybe the activities were more fun thanks to the miracles of modern medicine. I’ll never tell.

Long story short, I listened to a presentation on hot tea. I admit it, I chuckled at first wondering how on earth that could be interesting, but Denise LeCroy did an amazing job. When I arrived home, I found a sample of hot tea with other goodies from the evening. I figured what the heck, my throat was killing me; even if I hated it, at least it would feel good. It was then that I learned I don’t hate tea, I just hate some kinds of tea. (The Harney Hot Cinnamon Spice was to. die. for).

No, don’t stand up, that’s not the actual confession. Due to the pure awesomesauce of the sample, I placed my first order, not only for tea bags, but for loose tea. It was after emptying the tea pot and seeing the sad pile of discarded tea leaves that a light bulb shone.

You see, I worked in the restaurant industry for ten years. I always helped out the bus boys and used to be disgusted by the sheer number of people who felt no need to at least disguise their chewing tobacco. I had assumed it to be a cultural issue, so I never made comment aloud, but my thoughts were never nice.

Yes, all that chewing tobacco? Nothing but discarded tea leaves.

The Sunday confessional is now open and you’re welcome to share. The ability to laugh at ourselves is vital to an enjoyable life. Did you screw up this week? Or are you like me and realized something after years of being wrong?


  1. Tinkerschnitzel on January 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I have a confession: I cleaned my kitchen yesterday and I didn't go to church, partly because the Cowboys played at noon. (Let's not get into that game, please.)

    Heather, I love hot tea. If you can find it, Republic of Tea makes some great ones. My favorite for winter is their Ginger Peach, which mixed with some heavy liquor will clear up nearly any sinus problem you have, and for summer their Papaya Mango mixed with some lemonade and poured over ice is heavenly.

  2. nil zed on January 18, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Loose tea leaves for tea are such an oddity in the States, that I'm wondering what job you held that you weren't aware such things might be left over at the end of the meal.

    (Heck, even in the UK, loose tea leaves are an anomoly except at the most high end of high end type places. Harrods Tea Room for instance. but all the leftovers are either in the pot, or in the seive, not wandered off to any other spots on the plates and trays.)

    • Heather Solos on January 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

      It certainly wasn't a frequent occurrence, which is why I was never able to observe the phenomenon. I grew up in the southern United States, for the most part we drink our tea iced, sweet, and from tea bags.
      I did see lots of people chew tobacco over the years, but they usually spit into a napkin lined cup, which more or less hid the evidence from sight.
      At every restaurant where I was employed, we served hot tea in bags, I'm assuming those that left the tea on a plate had used one of those little sieves on a chain, as only one restaurant actually served the hot water in tea pots.
      As you said, loose tea is an anomaly here, until recently I had never seen loose tea in person. I'm sure it was sold at a few of the upscale grocery stores I've visited, but I wouldn't have ever sought it out. Now I understand why my acquaintances in Internet land turn up their noses at tea bags. As I said, it was just one of those epiphanies.
      My sweet tea? It'll still be Lipton, some things don't get messed with. 😉

  3. Judith on January 18, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Confession time. : I've teased my husband for years that when I'm away, he never cooks. He didn't even when I left food for him that just needed to be nuked and served. I'd be gone for 3 or 4 days for work and would come home to a full refrigerator and no dirty dishes in the sink. It bugged me beyond belief….. all that work I had done preparing things for him ….. complain, complain, complain.
    So ………………. he was gone this past week at a 5-day class. And I ate every meal out …..every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Shhh ….. don't tell him! It was SO much nicer to eat out — no work, no dishes, no eating alone. I now understand why he never cooked ……

  4. Shoofly Mama on January 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Thinking I should get this off my chest today. I haven't written any receipts in my checkbook for weeks. I look online to make sure everything has cleared every day, but my checkbook is a mess. Hubby knows, and I will be working on this pretty much all morning on Tuesday. Whew, I feel so much better. Well, I'll actually really feel better once it's all done, but I feel a lot better than I did when nobody else knew about it.

  5. Stacy on January 18, 2010 at 3:29 am

    This is funny. I'm forever having ditzy epiphanies or just moments of not being so dense in the head. Here's one. For all these years, I never made the connection between "Apple" (as in the computer company) and "Macintosh" (as in, it's a type of apple…duh). I guess everyone else got it, but it never even dawned on me to consider why "Mac"? Duh again. It's not a life-changing realization, but still, I've used and/or known about these computers now for what, 15 years or more?

    And…so I've been thinking about making nachos for dinner for a couple of days–what's so terrible about that? I was thinking beans, cheese, tomatoes, onions, chips, and some other stuff…maybe, no surely, my standards must be lower than yours.

    • Heather Solos on January 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      No, grown up nachos would have been fabulous. These were clean out the fridge nachos, I had made refried beans that needed to be used.
      Eew beans
      Eew lettuce
      Eeew there's salsa on my plate! Don't eat it if you don't like it.

  6. Heather Solos on January 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Oh and adding to it, we had nachos for dinner, mostly because I wanted to eat something crunchy.

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