I have a better post to do in the next couple of days about our financial journey and our goals for this year, but for now, a little post to hold you over.
First, I love tea... its history, drinking it, the many ceremonies involving tea... it's all very fascinating to me. I've come to realize that tea, like wine, can be very intimidating to the uninitiated. The great thing about both drinks is that you don't have to know a lot about them to enjoy them or to find something you like. However, "preparing" wine is mostly a matter of having white or red wine glasses and knowing to serve white wine chilled (and having a corkscrew on hand, but that's also a story for a different day). Tea is a little more complicated, but still not hard.
Instead of going through it myself, January happens to be Hot Tea Month, which has yielded some good basic tea preparation info in the last couple of weeks. Specifically, this blog entry from The Tea Maestro, which details six simple steps to better tea. It's mostly a matter of clean water at the right temperature, but that article breaks it down in a very user-friendly way.
In a not completely related area of interest, I thought this Sense About Science review was particularly funny. It talks about celebrity science claims (diets, "resonating" bracelets, detoxing, etc.) and then talks to expert scientists. The result? That you shouldn't listen to celebrities. About anything, really, but especially about science topics.