Coffee. We used to use a fancy double bialetti system, which looked cool but really was hard to clean. Now we use a regular old Mr Coffee with a timer. Not cool, easy to clean, and nice to wake up to. Some fifteen years ago I bought four of these crumple mugs. Two have broken over the years, two remain. They are my favorite. Every week, I open a can of full fat organic coconut milk, whip it together in the vitamix, and then store it in a jar in the fridge. A scoop of that in coffee tastes better than cream.
Notebooks and nice pens. I prefer muji 0.5mm rollerballs, in indigo and blue and black, and actually, all the colors. My notebooks are multicolored now. (Here’s a scan of a gift notebook I made for my mom for Christmas. She said she wanted to learn Arabic, and I knew there isn’t a great textbook out there for the alphabet basics, so I wrote down what I know: The Arabic Alphabet )
I am so appreciative of my new computer. It makes me very happy, it allows me to type efficiently in two languages, and it weighs about 1/5 what my prior one weighed.
Rice and Beans. This past month, we made a resolution to stop eating out unless it was with friends. When you live in a place like Portland, with all its food, it’s easy to slip into a cycle of not-grocery-shopping and eating out because you haven’t grocery-shopped and now you are starving. The rice-and-beans at home program tastes so good, and feels so good, and makes me so happy.
Black de-logoed backpack. When Daniel and I went on our belated honeymoon to Italy in 2014, we each brought only one backpack- this simple jansport thing that I removed the patches from. It looks inconspicuous, blends in to any situation, and works well for urban travel.
Max the cat. Every morning, we have a ritual. I feed her, get myself coffee and breakfast, and then we sit on the couch. She allows me to use her back as a bookrest or notebook rest. It’s very sweet.
Daniel. He doesn’t really come after Max in the list. This is an unordered list, you know. I try to avoid sentimentality in writing.
Physical Books. The short stint I went through with kindle books was brief because I realized my memory is visual- when I want to find something again in a book, I need to have the physical memory of where, approximately, it was on the page and through the book. I don’t like to read and underline on a kindle, it detracts from the flow of reading, and we don’t travel much, so book bulk is not an issue.
Climbing. Makes me very happy. Has been a mental lifesaver this past year. Is unlike every other physical activity I’ve ever tried.
Snow tires in Winter. When I miss having a mini cooper, its tempered by how much I like winter and how stressful it was to deal with the little car in the snow.
Winter in general. I didn’t use to love it, but the older I’ve gotten the more I appreciate it. Seasons are important for my soul. It’s only when it drags on into May that I feel a little impatient for spring.