So now I make a pot of tea when I get home and reserve alcohol for just the weekends.
My husband, the birthday fairy, got me a great tea set late this summer.. It even came with a little checklist. Being a former airline pilot, I know about checklists.
During Queen Victoria's reign, tea became a symbol of Britain's' greatest period of expansion and stability. Every home owned a teapot, eve if it was the basic Brown Betty, tea no longer being a refined, upper class beverage, but a basis of a whole meal.
With the lovely little four cup teapot, came some scone mix and an assortment of loose leaf tea including vanilla chair, pumpkin spice black, English breakfast, Assam, Darjeeling, caffeine free Rooibos, traditional black tea and Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh. All from the English Tea Company. Since I have a Scottish great great grandmother he put the Scot flag in there (otherwise, I'm mostly English, from the Kent area and German.)