Thursday, January 24, 2013

That thing you don't want to live without

Do you have something or several things (not people) that you cannot imagine your life without? Or maybe there is just a thing or three that has made your life better?

I have a few such things in my world, one which most people would find odd. I have this most wonderful, soft eye mask that I wear to bed every night (if I remember, I will take a picture and post tomorrow). I have thin eyelids, and light finds its way into my eyes when I am sleeping, thanks also in part to mediocre, not-dark blinds. But it goes beyond the sun, which is not even out yet when I am up most days, and includes my ridiculously bright clock. I could not, not have a clock, but at least I can block it out (and easily lift up the mask when necessary). I am not kidding you when I say that most nights, I think to myself how much I love my eye mask. Yep, it does not take much to impress me.

I know some of you would say you could not live without (or at least would not like your life without) your iPhone and iPads. I am pretty certain I would feel the same way if I owned either of those things. But I can relate to a cell phone, even mine which is of the stupid variety. I have not worn a watch since the mid '90s, and I have used my cell phone as a watch for pretty much the entire century so far. I also love that my phone (my last three, I think) takes pictures. Even though the quality is next to nothing, I have been able to capture things that I would not have otherwise because who takes a camera everywhere. And I like that if I am late, lost, or otherwise need something, I can get almost everything I need either by texting or calling someone.

Another thing I am glad I have, though I also wish they were better, are my swimming goggles. As someone whose vision is off the charts (I think I am somewhere around 20/650 in my one eye), I love that I can swim my laps and actually see underwater more than a foot ahead. It may sound trivial, but the first time I swam the freestyle and was able to see to the bottom of the pool as well as across it without the sting of chlorine was amazing for me.

I am sure there are other things that I love and am glad I have (coffee and DVR, I am talking to you!), but the three above are the ones that I appreciate on a regular basis and would hate to live without.

How about you?


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I like this! Can I say nutella and wine?!! Who wants to live without those essentials?!! If not edibles, I would have to say electronics-yes, the beloved iPhone. :)

bluzdude said...

MP3 Player
Desktop PC/iPad

And to break up the electronics, a heating pad for my back.

(Yes, I know that's electronic too, but it's not the same.)

Jessica R. said...

Air conditioning. I have no idea how Southerners made it for so long without it. Books. My iPhone - namely for GPS and child entertainment when all else fails!

Cassie said...

Sleep. Wait. What?

I can't do without my iPhone and computer. I need the outside world. Especially on days like today when Mae is attached to me.

Facie said...

Well, nothing really surprising up there. I do like your ideas, Anonymous. It would be hard to live without chocolate in general. I did it on Lent, in 2002 or 2001. I am not sure I could go an entire week, let alone almost two months now.

I have been on my old, crappy laptop (plugged into a wall, no less) because I was sick last night and I can't bring myself to get out of bed more than necessary. So I can appreciate anything computer-related.

Jessica: I often wonder how people here go without AC. I know we tend not to need it for more than a couple days here and there in any given summer, but ours pretty much runs for three solid months. I need to check out your book list. I have nearly finished my latest read.