Tea Time at the Library (+Blackberry Cornbread Recipe)

Tonight is Downton Abbey night at the library, which I think is pretty fantastic.  We’ll be watching the last three episodes of Downton Abbey Season 3 and drinking tea and munching on cookies.  What better way to get ready for the US Season 4 premier on January 5?  (Yes, I will gladly advertise the season premier without being paid.  Also, if you haven’t ever watched Masterpiece Classic, it’s about time you tried it out.  They’re almost always good.)

tea cupI brushed up on my tea-drinkin’ skills over Christmas, as evidenced above.  I think the Crawleys might let me have a cup of tea with them now.  And I practiced my Masterpiece Classic viewing skills yesterday with a huge dose of Little Dorrit.  (Scott decided that if you watch all 14 episodes of Little Dorrit in one day, it becomes Big Dorrit.)  So even though drinking tea and watching TV require no specialized skills, I’m definitely ready.

Do I lose high society points for eating my lunch with a teeny, tiny plastic spork?  It’s about 2.5 inches of spork, and it’s all I could find in my purse today.  I might be drinking tea with the servants after all.  That’s okay.  I like Anna and most of the other downstairs folks.

If I were having a Downton tea party at our house, I can tell you that there would be blackberry cornbread involved.


There are blackberries lurking right under the surface of that cornbread, I promise.  My mom made this over the holidays, and it was delicious.  I don’t even like cornbread most of the time, and I had seconds.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find her recipe, but this recipe looks close.


Good Things Day

This is a completely random (and incomplete) collection of good things about today.

  • I woke up early enough to get coffee and make it to the morning meeting with minutes to spare.  As you can see, Arg was really getting into his new copy of Wuthering Heights during breakfast:

  • There was a pie (among other things) waiting at my desk when I got to work.
  • Lipton donated lots of tea for our summer reading program, and some of it is being stored in my cubicle.  That makes everything smell like tea.  Mmm.
  • I’ve decided to give up on a book of poetry I’ve been slogging through.  I gave it a good college try and am glad to end this attempt at literary appreciation.  I’m free, I’m free!
  • The person who decided to make “Women’s Sports and Soccer” a single category for The Onion Sports Network is a genius.  I just discovered that, so it technically still fits into this category.
  • I’m wearing exactly the right thing.
  • And last but not least, friends have compared me positively to two of my favorite tv characters in the past 24 hours.  Flattery will get you everywhere.

Are my points of happiness extremely shallow?  Of course they are.  Sometimes those are the things that make or break a day though.  Don’t you think?