Best. Roommate. Ever.

I’ve been sick as hell the last two days.  Between now and when I’m well if anybody even hints to me that germs are intelligently designed, they’re going to earn themselves and god a punch in the face.

My throat has been trying to mutiny this entire time and Cambridge, swell roommate that she is, has been taking care of me.  She made me breakfast and washed my dishes.  I’ve been trying to express my gratitude, but when I try to make noise the evil in my throat creates searing pain and the sound that escapes is little more than a whisper.  So when I try to say something like “Thanks Cambridge!” I wind up sitting there in a ball of hurt looking smug and not grateful.

The other thing she’s been doing is making me tea with honey, which fights back the evil.  I confessed to her the other day that I don’t know how to make tea.  I’ve never made it, only scarcely have I ever drank it.  I’m sure it’s simple, I just don’t know the steps.

This was on our refrigerator when I went downstairs today.

I swear, there’s not a man on this planet good enough for her.

Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.
PERSONAL: Mid day lab pics from the wife.
You guys are wonderful.
PERSONAL: Happy birthday, Hitch.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Shelley P.

    Wow JT, your roommate just taught ME a step about making tea, that I didn’t know! Drown the teabag in honey.
    Roommate is smart.

  • Mavaddat

    A truly empathic, beautiful gesture of camaraderie. However, putting the honey in with the tea-bag may result in honey-loss from tea-bag absorption. I find post-steeping honey addition leads to maximum honey efficiency.

  • Todd Armstrong

    She sounds awesome. Someone needs to build a shrine. :) One you can also cook out in.

  • Azkyroth


    And look at it this way: at least you have a good excuse for curling up and whimpering. I just exercised to the point of flu-like symptoms. (I take it one’s not supposed to do that?)

  • eric

    Damn, other than god-botherers, you make it sound like your life is surrounded by some of the most awesome specimens of our species.

    I’m just glad I got some of the awesome bunch around me.

  • IslandBrewer

    Ok, so I tried it. I filled the cup with honey. Where does the water go, now?

  • Ubi Dubium

    Tea in bags? Well I suppose if you must. My crew drinks way too much of the stuff to bother with bags. I buy it loose in pound boxes, and in the winter we ususally go through a couple of pots full each day.

    • Cambridge

      Baby steps. We’re getting him there.

    • John Horstman

      So, thermometers to get the proper brewing temperature and steeping times are yet to come? Where do you get your tea, Ubi? Are you in the USA? We have a local distributor, Rishi, that I usually use, and I also like the online distributor Adagio ( I’ve had great experience with their jasmine teas over the years.

  • Heather

    Is it local honey? You could work on your defense against allergens at the same time if you’re using honey produced within a certain radius of where you live. :)

    • Donald

      To get the super allergy defense powers of honey, you actually need to dilute it over and over again a la homeopathy. If you’re going to rely on anecdote and pseudoscience, you’ve got to go all out for full effect.

  • Minneapostate

    Hey JT,

    Hope you feel better soon, so you can focus on step #8 aggain. Been following you since before you joined FtB, and really admire your hard-work, dedication, and pit-bullish tenacity. You friggin’ rock! While I’ll continue to be a staunch defender and admirer of PZ, Greta, Jen, Ophelia, Ed, Al, and all the other awesome folks over there, I’m also excited about Patheos’ Atheist Channel expansion with the addition of Chris Hallquist, and now Daniel Fincke. I noticed that WWJTD isn’t on the Atheist Channel lineup yet, nor is it on the links section at the bottom of the right hand column for “Other Patheos Atheist Blogs”. Might want to mention that to Hemant or whoever fixes stuff like that. Hope you’re enjoying the new digs, and keep on kickin’ ass!

  • Momma Epeards

    Cambridge is the greatest! Not a day goes by that I don’t swell with pride because of her. You are so lucky to have her in your company every day. I miss her. I have confidence she will get you through this. Hope you get well soon.

  • Stephanie Zvan

    Sign language, dude. For “thank you”, hand flat, fingers straight up, thumb out, palm facing you. Touch roughly the tips of your fingers to your chin, then extend your hand out. Never stress your throat again.

    Or you can just do doe eyes. That works pretty well too. :)