5 Things I Can’t Live Without

The 5 things I can’t live without, in order of importance:

  1. My boots. 13” Justin cowboy boots, about $100 bucks. They’re my go-to, all-purpose footwear. I’ve been running, hiking, working, and clubbing in them with no crazy foot problems to speak of. Ever since I broke them in, they’ve been comfortable and accessible. I used to wear ropers, but now that I’m used to tall boots, I can’t go back. The 13” boots offer so much more ankle support. They go great with jeans and I wear jeans all the time. I’ve heard that the boots look great underneath boot cut jeans; so much so that they’re my go-to shoes for night-time outings. When the upper is hidden from view, as it should be for men’s boots, I can pass them off for real nice shoes. They’ve since been really worn out. It’s been about 2 years and the daily wear and tear and exposure to sun and dirt has taken its toll on the front part. There’s nothing wrong with the part I hide under my jeans though – that part still looks like new. Unfortunately, the inside built-in sole has worn out a bit. I’ve dealt with it for a few months by getting those $5 gel shoes from Payless. Still, it’s time for me to buy a new pair from Boot Barn or Tractor Supply Co. I’ll probably stick with Justin or try Ariat. I like the idea of having two pairs of boots: one for everyday wear and one for those special occasions.Boots
  2. The Toyota Tacoma is a helluva truck. It’s sturdy, somewhere between a brick and a regular family car. I hardly ever have to drive a lot of people around, so having a 3-seater isn’t much of a problem. The bed is the best thing ever: It’s large enough for me to lie down in, picnic in, or carry a huge load. I moved out my entire apartment and helped my friend move in to hers with just one trip. It’s great having a larger vehicle; it makes it easier to carry all sorts of bulky things. My husky toolbox is basically a smaller version of the trunk. All my tools and emergency equipment stays there. The reason why I can’t live without the Tacoma? It’s trusty. My trusty truck: I travel great distances with it – it’s useful, and I never have any real problems with it.Toyota
  3. The best camera I’ve ever owned to date: the Canon t2i. It’s the camera I carry around all the time. The t2i is just amazing and serves my goals. I’m not a professional, so I don’t need the latest and greatest. I just need something reliable and consistent. I also need my system to be familiar to me. After I got used to the t2i, it was over. Even after a few years, I’m still discovering options I’ve never used. It’s like my trusty sidekick. Paired with MagicLantern, an assortment of lenses, and the contents of my camera bag, I’m ready for everything. Light, portable, and easy to use. If I’m going to upgrade, I’ll go for a full-frame Canon. I love the feel, aesthetics, and user interface of Canon products. Hopefully my familiarity with Canon products will come in useful in the future. I got nothing to complain about – I love the t2i.Canon T2i
  4. My Macbook Pro is the key to everything else. It’s my connection to the rest of the world and  all digital media. I used to have a Windows laptop, but then I got sick of it, so I replaced it with a Mac. I love the feel of the keyboard, the beautiful retina display, and the easy user interface. Don’t want to ramble on about how awesome it is though.Macbook Pro
  5. My knife. Plain and simple.

    Trusty knife

    Trusty knife

I can conquer the world with my boots, truck, camera, Mac, and knife. That’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Boots

I’m thankful for my boots, for they carry me where I want to go. They protect me from barbs, thorns, glass, and dog poop. They never complain, even when I wear them out and wear them more than I ought to.

Sturdy, true, and a loyal companions. I admit, sometimes I take them for granted. I forget that boots have feelings too, but now I think of them and I’m sorry for all the spilled drinks and the careless kicks. But still, they never complain. So let me spoil them with some soap and salve and hope they aren’t too weary to continue this journey with me.

Boots