I asked blogger Liz Dyer all about her day in tea...
Do you have a daily routine?
I’m not a morning person at all, so my days usually begin at 6.30am with a mad dash to get ready and out the door to catch the train to work. I have an epic commute (two hours each way) so I make use of the time to catch up on reading or blogging. After work, I’m often out at the theatre, so will generally be up writing reviews till the wee hours, before I head to bed ready to do it all again the next day!
Could you tell us what you do?
In my day job, I’m a marketing manager for a language software company, where I’ve worked for a little over nine years (that’s a scary thought!). Away from the office, I’m pursuing my passion for writing and theatre by attempting to become a theatre critic; I write reviews for a couple of London websites, as well as for my own blog, and would love to make a career of it one day.
When's your first cup of tea?
When I arrive at work, at 9am; until then I’m a zombie, but never have time to make and drink tea before leaving the house. As much as I love tea, that extra five minutes in bed is more precious to me!
What's your preferred tea-making ritual?
Much to the distress of my colleague from Yorkshire, I don’t really have one – I just throw it together in whichever order things come to hand!
Did you drink tea as a child?
No, I didn’t drink any hot drinks at all until I went to university, when I started drinking tea just to be polite. I didn’t even really like it to begin with, but somewhere along the way I got hooked and now it’s an essential part of my day.
Confess. Can you say no to biscuits or cake? Are you a dunker?
In an attempt to cut back on my snacking a few years ago, I banned myself from eating biscuits from the office tin… I can never say no to cake, though!
Which is your favourite cuppa of the day?
The ones at home are the best; any time I’m curled up on the sofa in front of the TV with a cup of tea, I’m happy. Especially if it’s raining outside.
Is there one break that's non-negotiable?
The first one of the day; without it I’d never get any work done!
Milk or tea in the cup first?
Always tea, but only because I’ve never really thought about it doing the other way.
And finally, any projects or news you’d like to talk about?
My blog is all about things that make me happy, and I’m planning a follow-up post (or series of posts) featuring contributions from other bloggers. I believe it’s really important to stop every now and again, just to focus on the stuff that makes life good – particularly at times when everything feels a bit rubbish. So if anyone would like to get involved, I’d love to hear from them!