Guilty Pleasures.

I’m going to link up with Monday Listicles for the first time this week.  The topic here is guilty pleasures.  I’m human, so I have a few.  These 10 are a start.

1.  Teenagers Melodrama – I love a good TV show about teenagers with drama.  Gilmore Girls has always been a favorite of mine.  I love the interaction between Rory and Lorelai.  My current TV Guilty Pleasure is The Secret Circle.  Sometimes I will watch it at the same time as my friend and we’ll text our reactions as we watch.  You know, because I’m actually only 13.

2.  Troubled People Reality TV – Give me a show about hoarding, addiction or obesity and I. Am. Hooked.  I don’t know why I like to watch shows about people who are so desperately troubled, but I do. It’s not like I’m rooting for them or against them. I actually don’t care what the outcome is.  I like the story.  I want all the details.  I tend to watch these shows when my husband travels and they depress the hell out of me.  I stay up way too late watching.  It’s really unhealthy.  Maybe I could be the star of one:  I am addicted to shows about addiction!

3.  30 Rock – My husband and I rewatch the series on Netflix Instant over and over again.  We have the current season on DVR so I can just put the show on when I’m getting sleepy and let Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey send me off to slumber.  The truth is I’m very Liz Lemon-y and I get a huge kick out of her.  My husband will point out when she’s making a face I would make or doing something I would do.  It’s probably a bit narcissistic that I love a show that reminds me of me but, well, I don’t care.

4.  Potatoes – Mashed is my favorite.  Cheddar cheese, scallions, bacon (or vegetarian bacon if I’m being good).  Or gravy.  Gravy is good.  Lots of butter.  Sometimes fried onions, which I love, but is a total PITA with all that cutting and what not.  I prefer made from scratch, but I’ll make instant.  Because when you NEED potatoes, you just can’t waste time futzing around peeling them and such.

5.  Cheese – I love pizza, disco fries and nachos.  All together?  Sure, why not.  In case you don’t know, disco fries are fries with mozzarella cheese and brown gravy.  I think it’s a NJ diner thing, but I highly encourage you to try it.  I will admit though that when I’m not totally hungry, I sometimes just pick the melted cheese off of whatever vessel it’s located on and I eat it by itself.  If it was socially acceptable to go to a restaurant and order a plate of melted cheese, I’m absolutely certain I would.

{Let’s take a brief moment to reflect on the fact that my top 5 guilty pleasures are TV and food related.  Carry on.}

6.  Social Media – I cannot tear myself away from Twitter and Facebook.  I need to know what each and every one of you are eating for lunch, what you’re complaining about, what your kid ate for lunch, what movie you’re seeing, what your current malady is, and so on.  And then I will tell you all those things about me.  It’s the first thing I do when I wake up, usually the last thing I do when I go to sleep.  It’s kinda sad when I think about it.  But it’s better than when smoking used to play that role, so there’s that.

7.  My iPhone – Related to number 6, I cannot function without my phone.  My favorite jammie pants have a pocket so I can put my phone in it.  I’m mean, I’m sure that’s not WHY they were made that way, but now I want all my jammie pants to have pockets. If my phone isn’t in my hand, it’s in my pants pocket.  Or on my desk.  Or at the dinner table.  I have, more often than I care to admit, taken breaks from dinner to check my phone.  I have 3 email addresses on there, the weather, the news, Twitter and Facebook.  And I can’t forget Words with Friends!  IMDB app, Pinterest, pictures, texting, Pandora, GPS…  Cannot live without it.

8.  Burritos – Yes, we are back to food.  If I’m happy, I’ll want a burrito.  If I’m sad, I’ll want a burrito.  Angry?  Burrito.  I am pretty sure my son is 85% burrito.  I used to go to this one place for lunch while I was pregnant.  I was there so often, they recognized me and knew my order.  I’m talking 3-4 times per week.  My husband would sometimes offer to meet me there for dinner since he knew I was always craving it.  One night the manager said, “Oh, you’re here again?” and that’s how my husband found out that sometimes I’d go there twice in one day.

9.  Office Supplies – I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I get way too excited when I get to acquire new office supplies.  I love pens and notebooks and filing supplies.  When I was little, there was a period of time where I wanted to be “an office worker” just so I could have access to supplies.  I loved going school shopping for new binders and loose leaf paper.  I, for a time, worked at a company where the mailroom guy was ridiculously organized and it’s entirely possible that sometimes I’d sneak in there and just LOOK at all the supplies.  It was his job to organize them.  How lucky was he?  (Totally serious here, by the way.)

10.  The Bridge on Sirius – The Bridge is a channel on Sirius that features the mellow jams of the singers and songwriters of the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce…  Seriously, I cannot get enough of this!  I belt out these tunes like I’m old enough to be my own mother.  Great stuff.  They just don’t write ’em like that anymore.

So there you have it, my Top Ten Guilty Pleasures.  Thank you Monday Listicles for providing the inspiration for this post!  Hope you enjoyed them.  It’s OK if you’re laughing at me.  I am.


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27 Responses to “Guilty Pleasures.”

  1. Stasha says:

    You had me at cheese. And mashies. And everything in between. I now have a little pouch to wear around my neck for my iPhone. Sad I know. But necessary. It is so lovely to meet you!

  2. Yoli N. says:

    I love watching people who are all messed up on TV… Makes me feel better about myself… Lol

  3. seriously: I WANT THAT JOB. The organizing office supplies one, I mean. heaven.

  4. TV and food related guilty pleasures are the best! I love teen dramas – Gilmore Girls is definitely one of the best. I’ve been watching Secret Circle, too, but I think I’m about 8 episodes behind.

  5. Gilmore Girls is my favorite show EVER!! I channel Lorelai all the time and I want Tina Fey to play me in the story of my life. Loved this list! Erin

  6. cheese and social media. EXACTLY. And it’s funny you should mention smoking b/c just yesterday I was explaining to someone that when I am working on a piece of writing and need to reflect on something, I click over and start looking at twitter – it’s exactly the same reflex & moment when I used to light a cigarette. I suppose the social media check is better than puffing…but I think I definitely get less writing done this way…!

    • I didn’t actually put the smoking/Twitter thing together until I wrote this. After a brief relapse, I have been missing it as though I just quit (The big cold turkey quit was 13 years ago). And it’s like that – the urge hits me and I can’t NOT check twitter. I’m not sure I can quit that cold turkey though!

  7. Lance says:

    removed 30 Rock and The Bridge and you and my wife are identical. Good grief what is it with you two and the teenage vampires and witches?

  8. That burrito place must be really great! I love a good burrito.

    And your comment on being 13 made me laugh. Sounds like you have a good friend there. :)

    Glad you joined listicles this week!

    • The burrito places I frequent are all chains. It’s sad. I love good Mexican food and there just isn’t really anywhere authentic. I take what I can get though. My friend is awesome, she likes burritos too :)
      Thanks for reading!

  9. Christie says:

    Amen to social media and the iPhone. And social media on the iPhone.

    • My social media problem definitely got worse when I got the iPhone. I didn’t think I needed it, but now I think I’d sooner lose a finger than my phone (not a thumb though, that would be ridiculous – how would i text?)
      Thanks for reading!!

  10. AudreyN says:

    I am totally guilty of eating at one place 3-4 times a week while pregnant. It may or may not be going on as we speak…

  11. I think we are soul mates. Although I’m more of a Vampire Diaries girl than Secret Circle. And my troubled people reality tv is mostly centered on pregnant teens, new-mommy teens, and Kardashians.

  12. Shalini says:

    Mmm, cheese. And potatoes. And burritos. And…yeah, I love food.

  13. Great list! My question is if I acquired a love of office supplies, would my desk look more organized?!

  14. Heidi says:

    I watch The Secret Circle too, but I don’t enjoy it nearly as much as The Vampire Diaries. It’s weird because it’s not normally my kind of thing, but I am hooked! I’m completely with you on 30Rock too.
    Oh, and cheese too. Yum.
    Great list!

    • I can’t bring myself to watch the vampire stuff. I don’t know why. And I feel stuck up when I say that. (seriously, I’m 13. I’m not kidding.) My love of cheese is totally fitting with my love of 30 Rock. Did you see the “working on my night cheese” scene? I have a Tshirt that says that actually!

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