People always say things like “I could not LIVE without a Starbucks Mocha Peppermint Half Caff Chai Tea.” Okay, they never say that exactly because it sounds revolting, but they say things like that. Earlier today I caught myself thinking that I could not live without live streaming Netflix. Clearly that is crazy talk. I could not live without oxygen or food. Netlfix live streaming is just awesome.
I have spent almost six weeks without air-conditioning. It turns out I can live without a working AC, it just really, really, really sucks.
I am about to go 8 – 10 weeks without a kitchen in my house (we’re remodeling) and my guess is that I will still be alive in September and a kitchen seems like a pretty basic first world staple. I will probably be fatter from eating fast food but I fully expect the entire family to make it to the other side animately existent.
Nobody wants to live without a working sink, but I know for sure that I can do that too.
You may be wondering where this is going. I have made a little list of things that I could live without, if I was forced to do so, or probably even if I needed to budget more, but I would really rather not.
Things that I Could Live Without but Only if it was Absolutely Necessary
nggallery template=’carousel’ id=’7′
My DVR 1 of 11Oh sure, I could live without my DVR, but then I would have to watch commercials like a normal sucker. Plus Id have to stay up late to watch "The Newsroom" and "Game of Thrones". The DVR has changed the way we watch television.
Bacon 2 of 11Bacon is the first reason I will never be a vegetarian. Bacon tastes like heaven. I know a lot of people go their entire life without tasting bacon or any sort of pork. I feel sad for those people.
My iPhone 3 of 11My iPhone is my telephone. It is my e-mail. It is my camera. It is my book. It is my flashlight. Instagram and Twitter live in my iPhone. So do Scrabble and Anrgy Birds. I love my iPhone.
The Bank Drive-Thru 4 of 11Yes. I AM that lazy.
NFL Sunday Ticket 5 of 11Every single NFL game. This is a fantasy football lover's dream come true. It is also a gift to people like me who don't live in the TV market of their favorite NFL team. Sure, I could watch the Redskins lose like all of my neighbors, but given the option I prefer to watch the Bucs lose.
Conditioner 6 of 11If I don't use conditioner my hair feels like straw. Without conditioner I don't think I could brush through my daughter's hair at all.
Beer 7 of 11This is really a quality of life issue. I love beer. It is worth almost every calorie.
My Electric Toothbrush 8 of 11I don't even travel with my electric toothbrush so I know I can live just fine without it, but I really appreciate the little beep that lets me know it is time to brush the next quarter of my mouth. It also ensures that I (and my children) brush for the full two minutes, instead of what feels like it might be two minutes. So helpful!
Cleaning Service 9 of 11This is the most extravagant thing on this list, but I tell you hiring a cleaning service to come into my home every other week changed my life. I stress so much less now that I don't have to worry about mopping and toilets and sinks and vacuuming all of the time. Now I can spend the time I would have spent dusting searching for cute little pictures like this one.
Fabric Softener 10 of 11Have you ever run out of fabric softener? Your towels feel like sandpaper. Don't even get me started on t-shirts or underwear. I know my clothes would be as clean without it, but not nearly as soft or fragrant.
Twitter 11 of 11I was happy enough before Twitter came along, but now that I know better, it would be tough to live without it. Airplanes without wifi make me twitchy because what if I need to tweet something? Facebook and Instagram and Flickr are all great, but Twitter is the one I would miss the most.
* * *
More of me on That’s Right. You Heard Me:
10 Free Things to Do With Your Kids in Washington D.C.