Tea Time Mix-Up

There’s nothing like a cup of tea to get me in the mood to write! I enjoy a cup of strong black tea in the mornings when I am going to be writing all day, full of caffeine and some delicious vanilla soymilk to top it off. In the evenings, I switch to decaf black tea or sometimes I enjoy mint or chamomile tea, which I find relaxing and fragrant.


Yesterday morning I fixed myself a cup of English Breakfast Tea and had a very productive morning, and I switched to Earl Grey in the afternoon. In the evening I still had work to do, so I made myself some decaf tea…or so I thought! It turns out it was actually the fully-caffeinated English Breakfast tea. Let’s just say I had an extremely productive evening, too! I tried hitting the hay around midnight, but when I couldn’t sleep I went back to my studio and worked until 3 in the morning! I have to say, I got a lot done, but a girl’s got to get her beauty sleep too!


Do you have a favorite tea for settling down to a special task? What’s your favorite for winding down after a long day?


Tina Turbin


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10 Responses to Tea Time Mix-Up

  1. Whitney Hughes says:

    I love tea too! And I’ve had this happen so much where I get caffeinated instead of decaf! Usually because I’ll be out and I’ll ask the server for decaf but they’ll get me the wrong one. Oh well, at least you got some work done!

  2. Deanna Miller says:

    My favorite decaf teas are peppermint and chamomile. Peppermint is great when I want a hot cup of tea but without getting sleepy because the smell perks me up, and chamomile is great before bed or a nap. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

  3. Julie Walsh says:

    I HATE when that happens! This has happened to me at Starbucks with my coffee. It’s like, “Who wants regular coffee at 8pm???” You think they would be extra sure to see if you want decaf or not when it’s that late at night. Geesh!

  4. Lindsey Grier says:

    After reading this I am DYING for a cup of tea right now! What is it about warm, delicious drinks that stimulates creativity? Especially now with the weather cold outside. You could ask for a better writer-friendly setting than a desk with some hot tea while you’re in your sweater because it’s below freezing outside. I get inspired just thinking about it!

  5. Nadine says:

    LOL! I hate when that happens too!!! I just stopped getting caffeinated tea altogether because I just don’t handle caffeine well anyway so who needs that temptation around in the house??

  6. Janet E. says:

    Oops! LOL! You’re lucky you can even have caffeine. If I get a few sips of caffeine I’m done for! I can’t even eat chocolate. It’s a sad sad thing…

  7. Melissa says:

    It’s a quarter to eleven here on the East Coast as I’m reading this, and you’ve just inspired me to make a cup of tea before bed! Decaf of course LOL!

  8. Valerie Davis says:

    Tea time! What a brilliant idea! I’ve actually gotten into tea blogs. There are so many people out there who have an almost obsession with tea. And I thought I was the one who was obsessed with tea! Anyway, you guys should read some tea blogs on this list http://www.blogs.com/topten/top-10-tea-blogs/ and you can find some delicious teas to enjoy while you’re in the middle of the creative process!

  9. Erika says:

    Hi Tina I didn’t realize you were a children’s author too until just recently! I have two young girls–5 and 7 years old–and I’m excited to share with them the adventures of Danny the Dragon.

  10. Nancy says:

    I am a total TEA FREAK! I actually collect antique tea cups and I always order Whittard of Chelsea tea from England–they’re the best!

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