Tea For Thomas

Join me, for today I begin my adventures to discover the best tea…

Earlier in the summer, I tried coffee at my summer internship. Going from getting up at a luxurious 8 am to dragging my butt out at 6 am in a week’s time, wasn’t easy to say the least. Even when I’m at home, on the farm, I still get up about 7:30-8 am. I am not an early riser, so I needed some help waking up in the morning.

Coffee tastes like crap.

Not apologizing for that statement. I find it hard to enjoy something that tastes like boiled poop, and looks like it too. Plus, I had to put so much cream and sugar into it just to get it to be drinkable, that it could be argued that I wasn’t even drinking coffee, but syrup. Either way, I gave up.

I ended up getting Mio with caffeine and adding it to my water in the morning. It worked so I would drink a bottle, sometimes two, of purple water. I still do, but not as much since I am back to a normal sleeping schedule.

But what does this have to do with tea?

Well, some of my writing Twitter friends, suggested I try tea (some varieties have caffeine to my understanding). I refused, because all I had before was bottled or canned teas and they taste horrible. Close to coffee horrible, but slightly above it. They begged me to try it; well, I’m assuming they got down on their knees, but I couldn’t actually see, since it’s Twitter. They even started a hashtag #TeaForThomas and turned Teafor into my nickname. I decided this: since I heard blogs could help a writer with a platform and building audience, I agreed to try tea once I got back to school, then blog about it.

Last week I drank a peppermint tea and this week I bought a sampler pack of herbal teas (drinking a mixed berry tea right now and liking it so far). Next week, you should hear me talk about what I thought of those and others I try along the way. If you have any teas you think I should try, leave a comment, or a shoutout on Twitter with #TeaForThomas.

My twitter friends are @AnnaKaling, @AjChasingmytale, @Amberfyre, @AkkalonAS, @ilikeyourtalkin, and @RyanMacayden. Check them out, drink tea, and rock on.



Well. I’m doing it. I’m writing a blog.

I’m going to place blame on a few of my Twitter friends, or else I’ll thank them. I haven’t decided.

But where are my manners? My name is Thomas Roggenbuck and I am an aspiring author, musician, student, and farm kid. I am writing a steampunk novel currently, though I will really write anything if it suits my fancy. I just submitted a short story to an anthology. I won third place last year in Writer’s Digest’s Annual Writing Competition for a Short Story and got Honorable Mention this year. Not to bad, so far…I think.

I listen to rock and punk, so bands like Real Friends, Foo Fighters, Shinedown, and Baroness. I *play* guitar, and by play I mean grab it, doodle for 15 minutes, then put it down because life and homework get in the way.

I study Audio Engineering Technology, which is really neat, but if you’re considering it, go for Electrical Engineering and minor in Acoustics or something. You’ll look more desirable and won’t have to explain to every company that talk with, that your degree is a light version of EE. Just some advice. But don’t get me wrong, I do like it.

I live on a farm, when I’m not at school that is. We have about 70 wonderful (pain in the rear) cows that we work really hard (slave over) to take care of. I do most of my thinking while I am working; it’s amazing the ideas that come to you while you’re milking a cow. Don’t go thinking that I can’t stand them; I have my own cows (different from dad’s) and I go home every weekend to help my parents. Willingly. Sort of. They pay my insurances given I come home. But it’s still nice to go home.

Anyway, that’s me. I’ll talk about trying some tea next week. I’m new to the stuff so it’ll be a good time.