Monday, December 14, 2009

Good Times: It’s All About the People

Yesterday, I went to tea with a good friend of mine, and afterwards we went shopping and spent some time people watching. We had such a good time. Going to tea during the holidays has been our tradition for about 15 years.

The tea was very nice; it’s such a “girly” thing to do.









We enjoyed the food, but what was much more important than the food was spending time with a good friend talking, laughing, being silly, being serious, as well as allowing ourselves to be “real” and sad. We ate a good portion of the food, but there was no need to finish it all. It wasn’t about the food. And it was a nice feeling. I think so often we eat to fulfill dissatisfaction, loneliness, lack of feeling connected. I certainly know I did at some time in my life…


Questions: Have you had a chance to spend some quality time with good friends lately? Have you ever been to tea? Did you like it?


Be well,

Andrea

25 comments:

  1. Oh, Andrea...great post!

    First the tea and snacks look delicious. I absolutely adore the China!

    I agree- quality time with good friends is so important. I try to make it a priority but it doesn't happen often enough. Last month, some friends and I rented a cabin in the mountains and spent the weekend chatting, and laughing, and eating :) I think, in our "busy" lives, though, it sometimes gets neglected. I love the idea of tea...I need to do that soon!!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  2. Lovely pictures! And the food does look special...no doubt about that. But I do know exactly what you mean about spending time with someone you know so well that you don't have to pretend 100% satisfaction with life! How liberating to be able to express doubt or fears as well as success and happiness. There is something very soothing and comforting about the ritual of tea.

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  3. what a beautiful tea! I love doing girly things like that and no..I can't remember the last time I got out and did girly things!

    But i'll have one of those cookies, thanks!

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  4. What great photos!! I love "teas". (Both my bridal shower and my baby shower were formal tea parties, which I just adored!!)

    Something about the elegant food and refined atmosphere.

    It looks like you had a great time!

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  5. What a nice time!!

    Sadly, it seems everyone is so busy anymore, it's hard to find the time! My 2 best friends and I have to "schedule" a dinner out - 3 months in advance! Not right :(

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  6. How fun!! The food looks amazing, and the idea of "going to tea" sounds so nice and relaxing. I've never actually "Been to tea", but I've been to Starbucks and ordered it, haha.

    Over the weekend I got together with two great friends of mine that I went to graduate school with. We ate Lebanese food and had a great time doing the same things that you and your friend did. It was very nice, and much needed.

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  7. oh what cute teaware! love it. i have had a chance to see lots of people due to the holiday parties :) happy monday lady! xoxo

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  8. i've never been out to tea, but that china is so cute and everything looks great! sounds like so much fun! i'll definitely need to try that :)

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  9. You know I've always wanted to do a teatime thing. It's a such a nice way to spend an afternoon.

    The last I was with good friends was a couple weeks ago. Every month we always plan something just to catch up.

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  10. Going to tea sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to source out a place in my area...

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  11. oh that looks like such a great time!!!

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  12. How fun! hearting the crustless sandwiches! I have - I had a great shopping trip with my friend Shana Friday - nice to catch up 1:1 you know? Love it!

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  13. I want to go out for tea with you! That looks fantastic. I haven't been in ages. It's tons of fun :)

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  14. Looks like so much fun! I have never been to tea. I usually spend quality time with friends over dinner.

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  15. I've never been to tea before, but I really want to. I'm going home for the holidays and have lots of dates set aside to see friends, I'm really excited.

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  16. i recently went to my first afternoon tea for my friend's baby shower. i loved it!

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  17. I have been to a tea and it was so much fun. I felt very European for some reason. I do love tea (all kinds) and drink it every day.

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  18. Afternoon tea with friends sounds wonderful! I usually get together for morning coffee with my friends a lot while the kids are at school.

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  19. What a great day. I just got back from spending Thanksgiving with one of my best friends. I have tea parties with my daughter but have never gone out for tea. I should check into that.

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  20. Wow! You weren't kidding you went to have tea. Fun. I had some tea with my girl frind but it was more of a ..."try this tea" kind of thing and it was oh so good. Man, all of those goodies look almost too good to eat. Thanks for sharing your good times with me.

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  21. I definitely feel what you say, spending time with a good friend is sooo important... I can't agree more on that right now! :)

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  22. Tea is a girly thing. And we gals should make the time to do it now and then. Like manis, pedis and going to lunch, they keep friendship alive and well. ;)

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  23. Oh yeah, I missed those days too... those girly night out! But all of my friends are too far apart. Now, we only seen each other once a year. It's so sad! But I'm truely happy for you. Those food really delicious too! I wish I could join in too... haha..

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  24. I'm lovin' the warm veggie wrap. I bought some healthy grain tortillas last week, and need some ideas. Umm delicious.

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