OK so technically I could live without these things (we’re not talking oxygen, water or Cheetos, here), but I’d rather not.
#1 – My Tokyo Starbucks Travel Mug
In case I haven’t mentioned it 3,429,583 times, I ♥ Japan. And I enjoy Starbucks. My travel Tokyo mug from a Starbucks at the epicenter of Tokyo’s busiest pedestrian intersection, Shibuya (you can actually see the Starbucks I purchased it from in this youtube clip), brings together my love of both these things. I once accidentally left it in my office kitchen overnight and was sick the next day and called my co-worker in a screeching panic to go get it back because I was actually having anxiety not being able to see it in its prime location on my kitchen counter. It was the worst. I cried a little.
Also, a favourite quote of mine from Stuff White People Like #58 – Japan: “If you find yourself in an awkward silence with white people, just mention how you want to go to Japan. They will immediately begin talking about their trip to Japan, or their favorite stuff from Japan, but it will be entirely about them. This is useful as you no longer have to talk, and they will like you for letting them talk about themselves.”
#2 – My Passport
If I could only save 1 thing in a fire, it would be my passport (to clarify: I don’t have pets or an Ipad ,so…..). I regularly wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night and reach over to juuuuuuuust next to my bed to make sure it’s still in its place in my box o’ crap and important papers (taxes, restraining orders, warranties, etc.) that I keep in my bedroom.
I love my passport. It completes me.
Over the last 4 years alone, it’s seen me to Tokyo, Vancouver, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, New York City (for the 3rd time) and soon… Curacao.
I will admit that I’m looking forward to renewing my passport in 2013. My current passport photo makes me look more like a 40ish divorcee from Maine who’s seen too many long nights comforted by Chardonnay and Lionel Richie albums. You know what I mean.
#3 – My Rosebud Salve Lip Balm
I put this shit on everything. Lips (duh), dry elbows, my cuticles and my eyebrows (when they’re in need of a good taming). I will say that although this salve is super long-lasting, it has a strong scent that I find a teensy bit perfume-y. It lasts forever though and I like the scent/taste a bit more than Carmex products which I still use (on my desk at work I currently have Carmex lip balm in all 3 iterations: solid chapstick tube, lip balm pot and a squeezy tube). They compete for space with my Bliss hand cream and Milhouse Van Houten figurine.
#4 – My New Laptop
About a month ago my 5-year-old desktop computer (Lucille, I called her) gave a delicate cough, whispered “I just can’t anymore” and passed away peacefully.
Lucille was old. She worked hard for me. I downloaded a lot of truly awful TV onto the old girl. And I got her for free, which was a nice perk. Though she wasn’t cheap. Fancy ladies come at a price. Her hard drive crashed in May 2011 and fixing it cost…a lot. But I figured since she was free (my parents got her after complaining to their Internet provider about slow service, and since they’d just bought a new computer she came to live with me), I didn’t mind investing a little in her upkeep. This time around, my trusty computer repairman simply covered her with a sheet and told me it was time to move on. And move on I did.
With the help of my co-worker H (aficionado in all things techy and geek) I purchased this Toshiba laptop. And we’ve fallen madly in love. Luckily, my computer guy was able to retrieve all of my photos and downloads and music from Lucille so within a few days I was back up and running as before. But with a looooooooot more desk space.
The best part? She was on sale. I’m still deciding on a name but leaning towards Chelsea or Vivienne.
#5 – My Leather Jacket
I am not kidding when I say that every time I wear my leathers, another chick will stop me and ask me where I got it. A few years ago I was in search of the perfect leather jacket. I almost bought one in Paris, but MM stopped me. It was like 300 euros and not even that great.Dejected, I brought my search home to Toronto but gave up after a few months. One afternoon, I was walking through the Toronto underground PATH system in the financial district and passed a Danier. They had a rack of leathers out in front with a huge SALE sign. Marked down to $199. I decided to take a peek and the saleswoman asked if I wanted to try one on. I was pretty broke at the time, still paying off my somewhat spontaneous trip to London/Amsterdam/Paris but I asked for a medium and thought I’d at least try it on. Then the saleswoman said: “No. You’re a small.” After I stopped laughing I explained that my boobs haven’t fit into a size small since 6th grade. She insisted. I tried the small. I had a fashion orgasm. I bought it.
I have never loved a piece of clothing more. It’s perf for Spring and Fall and looks equally as good over a pair of jeans, some converse and a t-shirt as it does over a dress. We’re going to have many happy years together.
What are your day-to-day essentials?