What Do You Find it Hard to Get By Without?

Since Chicago's big storm last week, our laptop has been out of commission. (Water seeped through our windowsill and fried our keyboard.) We picked up our mended laptop with new keyboard from the Mac store yesterday, and we're so relieved to have it back! Being separated from our computer for the last week definitely threw us for a loop. It's one of those things we use every day...

When something like a laptop, stove, or heating/cooling system breaks, it can make daily life a lot harder. We take these items for granted until a storm or some other unlucky event sweeps through and decommissions our daily tools. Everyone deals with this on a small or large scale throughout their lives, so we're wondering what you've lost (and/or regained) that you had a difficult time doing without.