Things I Cannot Live Without*

  • A digital camera + Flickr. I’m not one bit sentimental for the old days of film cameras. Do you know how many photographs I own with my own finger (or the camera strap) in the corner? Way too many.
  • Facebook. Gone are the days when I actually had to email people to keep in touch. (OK, not gone, just significantly diminished, like how email has diminished the need to write letters.) Also, it’s not gossip if someone puts it on Facebook (unless they’re actually gossiping about someone else). I like being able to know what distant relatives and people I kind of knew in college are up to.
  • Chocolate. Large, vast quantities of chocolate. Milk chocolate is preferred, but in a pinch I can consumer some dark chocolate. Quality really doesn’t matter to me.
  • A creative outlet of some kind. If I lost the use of my arms, I’m pretty sure I’d learn how to play the piano with my toes and paint with my mouth, or something else equally impressive.
  • Music.
  • Budeprion (generic Wellbutrin) or other equivalent. True, without it I am not suicidal, but I would simply disappear into nothingness. First I’d stop all activities outside of work, then I’d remain in bed watching TV all day long, and then at some point, I’d just… vanish. Let’s not go there.
  • A good story.
  • Moments of quiet relaxation.
  • Toenail polish.
  • Blogging. (It had to be said? The girl with over 2,700 posts on her blog?)
  • A chance to get away from it all.
  • Hair products. There are at least 5 that I use daily, and without them, things get scary quickly.
  • List-making. It keeps me sane.
  • Ice cream.
  • Tank tops. And jeans. And flip-flops.
  • Birth control.
  • Colors.
  • A form of mindless entertainment.
  • Learning new things.
  • Snacking. And sugar. And bread. I really like bread. And cheese. (No, it’s not lunchtime yet!)
  • Allergy medication in all forms. Topical steroid cream, nasal inhalants, pills, whatever else modern medicine comes up with.
  • Swingsets.
  • Warmth.
  • Sunshine.

Stay tuned tomorrow for “Things I Could Happily Live Without.” It looks like it’s going to be a lot longer. This might be sad, because it means lots of things annoy me, but let’s look at the positive side: I’m less superficial than I am annoyable.

* 1) Yes, of course, I would still actually live without these things. It’s a figure of speech. (But, one could argue, is it really living?) 2) Please note that this is a list of things, not people or metaphysical concepts or… whatever. 3) I’ve lived in a wide variety of places and situations, and this has changed this list slightly. I kept coming up with things and then realizing that I have actually lived without that.

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