Guilty Pleasures


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It had to happen sooner or later.

I have nothing to write about.

Or, rather, nothing I care to write about.

I woke up today to icy snow covering the ground. I don’t want to write about it.

I learned, this evening, of the death of another friend. I don’t want to even think about it.

Thirty days in November is a long time for a writing commitment.

I’m prepared, though.

Nancy Roman, who can be found at <> writes a witty blog about life, aging and other matters. She is also a newly published author. Her book, Just What I Always Wanted, is widely available and very enjoyable. In October, Nancy wrote about her own guilty pleasures. Thinking it was a grand idea, I wrote down her categories, in case I should find myself with nothing to write about.

With a nod to Nancy Roman, here’s my list:

  • Movie: Though I never saw them when they were showing in theaters, or even when those hairstyles for women were popular, I have found that I really enjoy the early Die Hard movies. I could watch them annually, right along with A Christmas Carol and all the other Christmas movies.
  • TV Show: I don’t watch much TV, but I really like The Biggest Loser. Not only do I like to watch the show, I like to watch it while eating what is often the largest, doughiest meal of the week: macaroni and cheese or a big plate of spaghetti, something like that.
  • Book: I read plenty of good books, plenty of books in general. In the guilty pleasure category, I’d have to place the mass produced mysteries that are not exactly literature, but that capture my attention.
  • Food: Macaroni and cheese…no-bake cookies…home-made noodles. Not all on the same plate, or even the same day, but I can easily overdo on any one of these.
  • Snack: Krunchers potato chips. If I have them, I can’t stop eating them. A large bag is treated as a single serving portion. I cannot buy them. Ever.
  • Money Waster: Magazines, definitely. I subscribe to several, and will pick up others just for the short bit of mindless entertainment they offer before having to be recycled.
  • Time Waster: Words with Friends. Though I have to say I’m a pretty fast player. I’d waste a lot less time if it weren’t for the ads that pop up between each turn.
  • Song: My all time favorite feel-good song has to be Dire Straits, I Want my MTV.

There they are, my guilty pleasures, for all the world to see. What are yours?

12 responses »

  1. “Words with Friends” – what is that?!!

    so sorry that you’re having snow so early, and to set the mood for the news of the death of your friend.. lo siento.

    i enjoyed your post yesterday, but it didn’t load well enough to comment.. it seems like when i have an exceptional day, ole satan is hiding around a corner and ready to kick my feet out from under me.

    you’re such a great person, cindy! make some snow ice cream in my honor – i’ve not seen snow ‘up close’ in a fortnight of years! (it’s on some mountain peaks here but not ‘in hand.’ close…


    • I know exactly what you’re saying, Lisa…when I’m in a mood where I can’t quit smiling, whether from outside events or just within myself, I know it is only a matter of time before I’ll be in tears.
      As soon as we get enough snow to work with, I’ll gather it – for your sake – and drizzle with hot maple syrup.
      Words with Friends is an on-line Scrabble game. It is set up so that you can play with real people (I play with several of my sisters and friends who are hundreds of miles away) and in your own time. I can leave messages or chat in real time if they happen to be on-line when I’m taking my turns. I take my turns in the morning for the games I have going, and by the next morning my opponents have taken their turns and the games are waiting for me again.It is free, but there are ads between games. If I have ten games, I wait through ten ads. I wonder every morning as I watch the minutes tick away if it is worth it.
      Thanks for reading, Lisa, and for your comments!

  2. Fun! Since you shared your guilty pleasures, I’ll share mine:

    Movie: Smoke Signals, Napoleon Dynamite, Thelma and Louise, Annie Hall — I have the CD’s and watch these movies at least once a year, preferably with snacks and ice cream.

    TV: I don’t own a tv but watch tv shows on Netflix. Presently heavily invested in Gilmore Girls.

    Book: re-reading Kurt Vonnegut books, right now I’m reading Bluebeard

    Food: Fried Chicken from the local supermarket Deli and Vanilla Ice Cream from a local convenience store. Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking so I have an entire quart of ice cream for supper. Or Fried Chicken for every meal — including breakfast– until it’s gone….

    Snack: Clancy’s Original Vegetable Chips

    Money Waster: The occasional Lottery ticket

    Time Waster: Free-cell, Angry Birds, Facebook

    Song: Morning is Breaking by Cat Stevens. It pops into my mind and I find myself humming it without being aware I’d thought of it.

    • Oh, Gretchen, thank you for sharing! It’s nice to know that we all have our “lowlier” indulgences! One thing I love about living alone is the lack of rules surrounding meals. I’m right with you on the dessert for dinner idea! Thanks for reading, Gretchen, and for your comments!

  3. That’s a real bummer to lose another friend. I’s so sorry. Time on this earth is short as they say. Your guilty pleasures sound like fun and and I say live a little as life goes on.

    I don’t have all that much pleasure since I’m older. No TV, no magazines, no trips. I scrimp on things so that I can afford medical care and food for my pets. But that gives me a lot of satisfaction and happiness so I suppose my pets are my guilty pleasures.

  4. Gosh, Cindy, I don’t blame you. I sometimes forget about snow down here in Ecuador. Sounds like focusing on some of your “favorite things/guilty pleasures” is smart. I’m with you on the reading and macaroni and cheese. We don’t have Kraft here at an affordable price, so Sara makes her own, which is awesome! And congratulations on the writing commitment.

    I’m trying to get my butt back in the saddle. I did manage to post something a month ago, but have been busy teaching workshops, looking at self-hosting my blog and writing my memoir (yes, I’ve been doing that), but I will make an effort to get something new out this week, including photos of our new home. Sorry to have been absent of late.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Oh, Kathy, it sounds like you are tremendously busy with good and productive activities! It’s always nice to see you here, when you have the time.
      I have never liked packages mac and cheese, and always make my own, too.
      Thanks for reading, Kathy, and for your comments!

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