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Steeped in quirkiness

Every workplace has its own culture — you know, what makes your office distinctly different, including the rules you follow to get along with everyone.

Richard's away? Maybe we can just put those boxes in his office ...

Richard's away? Maybe we can just put those boxes in his office ...

I was thinking about office culture this morning when I walked in and glanced at Richard's office. See, the boss (that's him) is in Europe for a couple of weeks. Yesterday, we received an enormous UPS shipment of tea, and the boxes were crowding out our reception area.

So of course, by the time I got in this morning, most of those boxes had been moved into his office — the biggest space in here with the fantastic view of the Roaring Fork River. That's the sort of he's-gone-so-let's-use-his-space-as-temporary-storage move that happens in most workplaces, I think.

So I decided to compile a few facts about office culture at two leaves and a bud that you might not know (and I'm hoping that you might, in fact, care).

1. Always refill the electric kettle when it's empty, or risk being shamed in front of everyone.

2. Don't slurp tea out of the same mug as everyone else during a tea tasting if you're sick, or have a sick kid at home.

3. The radio station that's on in the office is the same that's playing on our hold music. So while we love KDNK, the public station out of Carbondale, Colo., watch out for those young volunteer DJs who play rap. It can be fun to listen to while working, but possibly not as pleasant for those who are on hold.

4. Speaking of KDNK, we love listening to Cowboy Randy on Friday mornings, who tells us each show how many more days are left until Christmas. (Last Friday: 75.)

Our elephant-shaped teapot. Never in use.

Our elephant-shaped teapot cozy. Never in use.

5. There's a teapot cozy, shaped like an elephant, that's been around the office for a while. Since Richard's not here, I can't give you the back story (and my coworkers don't seem to know), but it's clear he got it on one of his travels. It doesn't cover a teapot, it doesn't have a name, and it just sits on a shelf looking pretty. If I was going to cover up a teapot, I'd probably choose this elephant for the job.

6. We're surprisingly good at sharing food around here. Bring extra lunch, and you're one of the gang.

7. Humor is always welcome, like when Gigi pointed out her September calendar page when I first started blogging for this company on Sept. 1:

Touché, Gigi.

Touché, Gigi.

I guess I should say, I hope she was being funny.

8. Visitors always welcome for a cuppa tea. Stop by and meet us, okay?

5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Steeped in quirkiness”

  • Jillian

    October 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    After stepping into your office to receive an amazing promotional package from Bess, I am glad to get the behind the scenes scoop.

    Am so thoroughly enjoying tasting all the teas and am already noticing a difference in my skin and my behavior.

    If I’m in a horrible mood I reach for something calming like Pomi-Berry, if I’m needing a sprint I brew up a cuppa Darjeeling and if it is dumping outside, as it is at this very moment, I reach for the Assam to transport me to a land of warmth and flavor.

    Anyway, thought I’d share my thoughts as I plug away on my review for the teas which will be posted soon.

  • Leah

    November 5, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Hi, I just found your blog, but have been a fan of your tea for quite a while! I love the Blogger motivational poster/calendar – really funny. I was a bit confused by the dates of your posts though – they’re in the future . . .

  • Leah

    November 5, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Hello again, Please, please ignore my comment above regarding the dates – I obviously shouldn’t try to communicate this late at night – or maybe I just need more tea . . . either way, apologies for leaving such a dumb comment . . . Leah

  • Kristy

    November 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    It’s nice to get a behind-the-scenes look at your office life. The yellow paint is lovely. I’d like to “meet” all the people who work at two leaves & a bud. Maybe a staff profile would make a good blog post.

    Most of the people at my workplace are coffee drinkers, so I’m the only one at fault if I don’t refill my kettle. It would be nice to be among so many tea lovers.

  • Naomi

    November 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hey Kristy,
    We also have walls that are green, and a nice deep red! Full disclosure: Richard’s wife, Pam, is an interior designer, and is responsible for many (if not all) of the lovely touches around our office.

    And thanks for suggesting the staff profile — I’m currently at work on revamping our “about us” page. I’ll blog about it, too! (We’d love to meet you too — visitors *always* welcome!)


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