This week’s summer heat and humidity have my brain feeling like a tissue that’s been forgotten in the pocket of your favorite jeans after they’ve been put through the wash. There are all kinds of things going on in the world that I could raise a ruckus about, but I can barely raise myself off the couch.
So, in lieu of putting together a series of cohesive thoughts, here are ten things that (at this particular time and subject to change) I cannot do without. For argument’s sake, let’s just agree that electricity, indoor plumbing and, at the moment, air-conditioning, are a given.
1 Dark Chocolate: There are few things in life that can’t be made better with dark chocolate. If necessary, I could live on it.
2 Alcohol (including, but not limited to): Wine: Preferably a Grenache/Syrah blend or a fruity Viognier served with, you guessed it, dark chocolate. Cold beer: Corona (cases of it).
3 Friends: The ones who love me not only despite all my flaws, but because of them.
4 Coffee: French roast, please, with a bit of half-and-half.
5 Books: By writers who are much, much better than I am. Fortunately, there is no shortage of these.
6 Horses: That a 1,000 pound creature will allow me to sit on its back and do what I ask when it could just as easily buck me off and stomp me into the ground never fails to humble me.
7 My fur babies, Dixie and Mason: Anyone who lives without an animal in their life is beyond my understanding and quite possibly a sociopath.
8 Netflix Streaming: I had no idea that I couldn’t live without this until I got it. Currently, binge-watching “House of Cards.”
9 Money: I’m not greedy. I’d be happy with enough to meet all my needs and some to spare and to share… And maybe influence a few elections.
10 E-mail: Without which I would actually have to speak to people.
Coming soon: “10 Things I Don’t Give A Rat’s Ass About.”