As I type this, Ben and I are texting back and forth about the playlist we’re putting together for our backyard barbecues this summer. We have a shared love for older music – think 60s and 70s – and his iPhone currently houses more than 200 songs that were produced in the years before I was born.
We're all anxious for the school year to end, and summer to officially begin, but there’s a lot to be done between now and then, and if you have school-aged kids I know you hear what I’m saying. School concerts, music recitals, spring and summer sports, exams, work commitments, graduations… the list goes on. It’s hard to see the end clearly, especially when there are so many things standing in the way of getting there, but like I told the boys last week, if the school year can be likened to a marathon, then we have about three miles to go. That’s it. We can do it!
I’m certainly no runner, but I do know you don’t quit when you’re close to the finish line. Some might say you push through even harder. So, for the next few weeks we just have to keep on keepin’ on. We can coach ourselves along, drink a bit to keep ourselves cool – both figuratively and literally – and know that we’re going to make it.
This is a staple in our fridge these days. Every night I fill two or three jars (1L) with my tea bags of choice (3-4) and cover with cold water. They steep overnight in the fridge and in the morning I remove the bags from the bottles and return them to the fridge for drinking throughout the day.
I tend to drink mine as is, poured over ice, but if you find the tea concentrate a little strong you can dilute it with cold water. You can also add a little sweetener in the form of honey or agave, as sugar has a hard time dissolving in cold water. If you use black tea – I like chai – feel free to add milk to your glass, too. Slices of lime and lemon are also welcome in some herbal teas like raspberry or lemon, and I even top up my glasses with some sparkling water every now and then for a fizzy fix.