Top 10 Guilty Pleasures

Does this happen to you? I might just be a bad person, but I think about the people I come across in a day and when I find out different things about them, I often think... Um, you should probably be more embarrassed about that... you know? People tell me things and I am like, "God... how open are you about this information?" But in the end, I have decided, TO HELL WITH IT! I am the one who should get off my high horse and maybe cop to some of my questionable choices. After all, my momma always said the only normal people are the ones you haven't met yet. I would add... or those whose blog you haven't read :). And, yes- it is a stretch to consider these 10 "Top" because as the week rolls on I know I could come up with 50. The guilty pleasures that vie for the top spot are always debatable. So, in no particular order, we begin...


10. Taylor Swift
I know, I KNOW! Some of you are thinking, WHAT? I LOVE HER! But that is the point... I DO TOO! But keep in mind, this list is comprised of the guilty pleasures of a 27 year old MFA. You must recognize how these things could pose problems... Anyway, Taylor Swift- so gracious, so lovely, so open... and her music just takes me back to the good old country days in Texas. I mean, now when I think Tim McGraw, I actually do think of Taylor, AND I DIDNT EVEN DATE HER! Really though... I guess her music just makes me feel 17 again... *sigh* Which leads me into...
9. Teen Fiction
Seriously, some of these books have become so laughable to even mention in a crowd, but secretly... I 'm sure I've read them all at least twice. The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson... oh my gosh! I just gush and die over all of these characters! I have become quite the book nerd as I have gotten older, so I could expand this list... don't tempt me. But how funny is it that, as a teen- I wouldn't have gone near these books- any books for that matter! What a tragedy...
8. Bisquick
I know this doesn't seem like it should be strange at first, but anyone in my family would know why this is a guilty pleasure. I mean, the pancakes are good and all, but oh how I love to eat that raw batter! I KNOW ITS GROSS! But I have been known to mix it up and just stop right there... add a little salt and sit down for a small snack... of course you add a little less milk so it becomes a bit more doughy, but- you didn't ask for my formula. Close runners up include: Actual raw biscuit dough, out of the can (if you look close at any pan of biscuits I cook, there is always one with a little pinch missing. Always.) and raw pie crust from the box. Mom always sets the extra aside for me at Thanksgiving. She knows its my favorite!
7. Macrame
Don't ask me where this obsession started, but I have always been fascinated by macrame decor and hanging baskets. It may have come with my 90's child resentment for not having been born in the 70's, but I regret to inform you, I still do not own any piece of macrame. While it is considered so vintage and kitsch, it is such a fine tuned sort of craft that people ask a lot of money for it sometimes. I still wait for the day I can stroll through The Salvation Army and come face to face with my first piece- just asking for a potted plant I know I'll kill. But hey- there are worse ways to go than wrapped in macrame...
6. Shag Baby!
Again, regret not being a flower child, but if I could only cover my house in shag carpeting, I would just be in heaven! I know hard wood is all the rage today and I will at some point refinish the hard woods in my house, but only because I now have something akin to gym carpeting on the floor. Shag though! Oh it just makes me feel like I am walking barefoot through the grass inside my own home! Love the feeling on my feet AND bonus: I could call myself a job creator... you know I couldn't clean those myself...
5. GLUE
Admittedly, this is a habit I thought I had kicked and again, may not seem strange at first... but when I was young I used to watch cartoons after I had smeared Elmer's all over my hands, just so I could let it dry and peel it off again. As if it were a second skin or something. And, as I said, thought it was over until I started crafting again recently and had some tacky glue drip onto my finger... OH and it all came tumbling back! I found myself staring with just the one finger and smacking it with my thumb... and as I got more and more distracted, I came to and realized it was on all ten fingers just waiting to be balled up and rolled around in my hands! I don't know... I think it must be therapeutic or something...
4. Beanies
Whatever you want to call them- tuque, toboggan, bobble hat, stocking cap... these things make you look cool. But the bad part about that is I don't think it applies just in the winter. Yes, I am one of the crazies who fancies wearing one of these babies when it is 80+ outside and look like a complete hip idiot. I know, it doesn't make sense, but a beanie can transform you! In a beanie you don't even care what anyone is saying, which is awesome because chances are they are talking about how warm you must be! Even without make-up on, I can just slip on my beanie and all it says is, "What? I am too cool even for make-up..." Love it. For my husband's sake I do draw some boundaries though. No wool before mid-October.
3. Snoop Dogg
Such a far cry from Taylor Swift. And if this were not full disclosure, I would be embarrassed to tell you I have seen him in concert, but it was an actual music festival, so you know- not a direct ticket purchase. He just cracks me up though! And it is such an early 90's cult following that keeps up with him! I could just as easily broaden this guilt to rap in general, but decide I would pay a little tribute. Really though, for most of these I feel as though I have some sort of humble justification... but as I sit here writing... Snoop is drawing a big blank. He is just here. I can't explain it this time...
2. Music Festivals
As mentioned in my Snoop blurb. I do adore music festivals. I could be cool and say it is all about the music, but anyone who frequents these festivals knows they have something going for them all their own. So much peace and love and art from the crazy naked people who don't bathe and only eat raw granola (hey, who am I-see #8). But you don't even have to like the music to love a festival. It just starts to feel like its own world. Crazy.
1. Winning
As has been mentioned in previous blogs, winning is a real problem for me and has gotten worse as I get older. I am the adult jerk on playgrounds who has a problem even letting the kids win at something I have a clear advantage at. I don't know where I get this from? But it extends outside of me too... If I am on a team of good sports who want to high five "good game" after a loss... who do they think they are playing with? Get your head in the game people! Win or get off my team! Two and a half years into our marriage, I still have not decided if it is a good thing my husband and I have this trait in common, but... it does make for some excellent game nights!

This post was fun and nostalgic. Great to analyze and reconnect with why we do the things we do- love the things we love. Some of it speaks to our child within and some to the adults we are still trying to be. Feel free to share your own guilty pleasures here, or make your own list and link it to me. Come on, you can tell me... who is still putting cucumber cream on their face for The View each day?

Thanks for all of your kindness...