In the vein of Ms Alexandra Penney (a Maddoff victim and accomplished writer and artist), I am submitting my own lists of requirements for living. (See Penney's list in the Feb 2010 issue of Town & Country magazine, which focuses on "Wonder Women", it's a great issue).
Can't live without:
Used to be good coffee, now it's good tea
A shower at least every other day (yes I know daily is ideal) even if it means Ave is watching a movie and is unsupervised for 10 minutes...
One pair of jeans that make me feel dangerously sexy
Non-toxic cleaning products, on this I will not compromise
Deliciously-scented, high-quality liquid shower gel
Coloring my hair, used to be for fun, now it's all about the greys
Good bread and butter
Good chocolate and, occasionally, cake
Good quality, soy-based candles
Seeing the ocean at least once a year
My son, who makes it all worthwhile, even while he's turning my hair grey
Can live without:
Coffee (until last week, never thought I would say that!)
TV (until last month, never thought I would say that either)
Regularly scheduled haircuts
And a new category, Can't live with:
The accompanying, unnecessary anxiety
Friends who don't give as much as they take
People who treat me as though I am not worthy of respect
Stay tuned, I'll probably add to this over time! How about creating your own?