1. Time for myself - Sometimes I get overwhelmed or overstimulated
and I just need the world to stop for a few moments. I need to be
able to take a walk by myself, or go off and read a book under a
tree, or bake something. I'm an introvert who passes as an
extrovert. Sometimes, I need that 'me' time in order to
2. MacBook - I write. In addition to some other odd jobs, it's how
I make money to live. I hate having to include something like this
in this list, but it makes what I do so much more convenient.
3. The written word, music, and art - I'm going to lump these three
together, as all are means to accomplish the same thing: having an
emotional experience. One of my favorite authors, Jonathan Franzen,
has been quoted saying, "The first lesson reading teaches is how to
be alone." And he's so right. In those moments when I'm alone with
a book, or favorite album, or walking through a museum, I'm really
wherever those pieces of art are taking me. Emotional journeys
without having to go anywhere physically.
4. Tea/coffee/craft beers/wine - I love these things, in moderation
of course. Except for coffee. All bets are off when it comes to
coffee. I have a serious problem. And not that watered down muck
pretending to be coffee. I mean the seriously delicious, flavorful
blends that come from all over the world. Mmm, coffee. Bold wines,
too. Red, dry, yum.
5. The Scientific Method
6. Baths - I know that saying you enjoy taking baths isn't the most
masculine statement, but I love them. Plus, I could give a damn
what comes across as masculine, feminine, or whatever. I usually
take a shower before or after, because ew, you're sitting in your
own filth. But, damn, baths in the winter with some crazy hot water
and bubbles - heck yes.