I was tagged by the very sweet Stacey, blogger of Stacey in the Sticks for this post.This challenge made me think hard about what is actually necessary for me on a daily basis and what is a luxury. There isn’t much that I can’t get on a daily basis in NYC if I really want it. But, there are a few things out of necessity and being thoroughly spoiled that I have come to need here. Here is my list of my happiness non-negotiables for living in NYC in no particular order;
1. Good Coffee
Everyone has their preferences and I am no exception when it comes to this topic. Mine definitely isn’t Starbuck’s. When I’m not home, I’ll take Gregory’s Coffee, Dunkin Donuts or Chock Full of Nuts. My favorite coffee for home is Bustelo and I have it every day, in a large mug, black and sweet.
2. Comfortable Shoes
Since New York is a walking and public transportation city, this is common sense, right? I don’t take cabs or Uber often, it’s not worth it. I walk every day I’m out of the house and try to get in at least my 6,000 steps. Even if I’m wearing heels, I have to be able to trek in them because I never know how my day will end up.and yes it is difficult to find comfortable heels but I have my tricks. I don’t know the women who like to torture themselves and always wear five-inch heels everywhere, but I see them and chuckle.
3. A Full Metrocard
This ties into the previous reason, it gets me everywhere I need to be and is fairly dependable except for weekend construction. And nothing is as annoying as when you are in a rush and you find out the damn card is empty and there are five people behind you. And they’re all giving you the, “You suck at life!” look.
4. Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods Market(rarely)/and the Farmer’s Market
I’m big on eating vegetables and cooking when I can and although there is the perception that no one cooks here, it’s just not true. We really don’t have to because of the variety of good restaurants we have here, but I still enjoy chopping and sautéing. And I shop for food almost daily, unfortunately.
5. My Cell Phone
I think this one doesn’t really need explanation, but I have been without my phone for three weeks last month and my world didn’t stop spinning but it sure did move with much more difficulty because almost nothing got done. Especially since for me, the apps on my phone help me daily as I wrote in this post here.
6. A Hot Shower
All my deep thinking goes on in the shower or while I’m doing housework but of course I enjoy a good shower with my favorite scented shower gel, pumice stone, and scrub gloves, to wake me up or put me sleep. The ritual is so relaxing to me and I always feel better afterward.
So what are your non-negotiables that you use daily? I’m tagging you all! I’d love to hear them. Tell me everything in comments below. Maybe you’ll remind me of something I forgot.. maybe.
Until our next rendezvous …