When I have these five things, life is good

Tonight’s Blogapalooza challenge:

Everyone has some form of an addiction. What are things you can’t go without?

I try to be flexible about most things, but there are a few things I have to have or do regularly.  While certain “addictions” are fairly common, like eating chocolate or enjoying your morning cup of coffee, most of mine don’t involve food, or would be considered “off the beaten path.”  Here’s my list:

  1.  Bathing.  I feel absolutely disgusting if I don’t bathe every day.  That includes washing my hair.  My husband makes fun of me because even if I head to the gym first thing in the morning, I usually take a shower beforehand, even though I’ll be scrubbing down again after the workout.  Years ago, I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding.  We were all going to have our hair done the morning of the big day.  The stylist told us not to wash our hair in the morning so it would be easier to curl.  I could not bring myself to follow her directive.  I just feel grungy if I don’t bathe before heading out the door in the morning.
  2. Time outside, especially if the sun’s out.  The only exception to this is when the weather is brutally cold (single digits or lower).   In the spring and summer, I can’t get enough of the outdoors.  Being inside for extended periods almost feels like a punishment.
  3. Some time for peace and quiet every day.  I like being around people and activity, but I need some down time every day to pray, think, and recharge.  My house is usually a hotbed of noise (unless I’m home alone), so I like to steal some quiet moments when I can, especially if they’re out in the yard or walking or biking around the neighborhood.
  4. A good cup of herbal tea, especially if it’s mint or salted caramel flavor.  Not much explanation needed for this one.  It’s even better if I have a cat purring in my lap while enjoying my favorite brew.
  5. Good reading matter— even better if it’s paired with number four.  (Years ago, some one gave me a T-shirt that read, “Books.  Cats.  Life is good.”  Although I grew up with them, I am not currently a cat parent, so I have been known to read the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune with YouTube videos of cats purring in the background.  I read it every day, but I especially like the Sunday paper, and the cat noise is cathartic.

Those are the essentials.  I wouldn’t want to have too long of a list, lest I be considered “high-maintenance.”  Time to sign off and curl up with a hot cup of tea before calling it a night.

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