Coffee: I'm a big coffee lover, but aside from me - this is fuel, people. Especially moving into Fall, you will see me rockin' one of my Contigo travel mugs on a daily basis. I brew it often, lately enjoying Jasmine Cain's Coffin Coffee (yes, that Monster Truck School Bus in these pictures is actually driving on a few grounds).
Schick® Xtreme3® Razors: It's no secret that I've been a fan of these for a bit - even writing about them on occasion (like now). I've been digging the Ultimate, but the Sensitive is good, too. With my habit for fast-growing facial hair and a tendency to be a scruffy-looking Nerf Herder, it's important to stay looking sharp for when I pick Little Finley up from preschool or hit the park with the girls. My 8" goatee already elicits a few "looks" here and there without adding the fully unshaven look into the mix. You have to have these!
Music: The Deftones' "Back to School" always comes to mind first for me at this time of year - much in the same way that Alice Cooper's "School's Out" signals the end of the year. I've always got my own style of signature guitar picks on-hand (a couple in my pocket) for breaking out some six string jams on a regular basis, but new music is always key - and even though streaming is what's fashionable these days, I still stress to buy music and support the artists you love. Have you noticed that it's New Music Friday now? As of July, the norm is a Global release on Fridays - meaning that "New Music Tuesday" is a thing of the past. New albums from CLUTCH, GHOST, FEAR FACTORY, SOULFLY and BEN FOLDS are on my radar.
Hot Wheels and/or Matchbox Cars (or similar): If you're reading this, you've no doubt also seen my "Toyography" over the years. I like to have a few diecast vehicles on-hand for when the right moment strikes, and on the first day of Kindergarten for Addie last year, the moment did strike. I snagged a pic so fitting that the folks at Hot Wheels ended up sharing it on their own Facebook page. Since the girls love School Buses (Finn in particular), we've built a small fleet.
Tablet/Phone for Alarm Purposes: Years ago, there was this thing called an "alarm clock" that one would have to place next to their bed in order to get up in the morning. I've had many over the years, from the wind-up variety to battery operated and electric (my 1980s Bugs Bunny version was a favorite "Wake Up, Doc!"). These days, alarms are available on virtually any device, and I'm paranoid about not getting up - not remembering pick-ups, etc. I set about six different alarms to get me up in the morning (staggered failsafes), and additionals timed with things to do - Addie at the bus stop, drop Finn at preschool, pick-up at preschool, be back at bus stop for Addie, etc.
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