Spoon on Teacup
By Philipp Weissenbacher (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
Interactions can sometimes be awkward, no matter how socially adept you are.  The brewing and consuming of tea is a huge part of my life, and with regards to this particular ritual, I thought I had nailed it. WRONG.

My lovely Science Gentleman frequently makes me glorious cups of tea, pretty much all day long when I am working.  He’s extremely good at this (amongst other things, tee hee).  And I so often thank him for the tea using a pet name.

So when I visited a friend who made me a super cup of tea in one of those giant mugs you get from Starbucks, I did the polite thing and said thanks.  Don’t think he expected me to call him “baby”, though.

At least I didn’t try to snog him.

While you’re here, you should definitely check out this site, A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down. An old housemate introduced it to me about 12 years ago, in my first post-uni house. It’s all about biscuits, tea, and cake. It contains reviews, and musings on all sorts of tea-related activities, paraphernalia, and etiquette. It is possibly the most English website I have ever seen.

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