Guilty Pleasures


To all our American friends who celebrate it, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

I must apologise that this post is not in the spirit of thankfulness. I come from Australia, where we’re not grateful for anything 🙂

No, that’s not true, but I do think it’s a lovely tradition to take a day to think about what you’re grateful for. And the huge yummy feast doesn’t hurt, either!

So, for those of us who are not gathering with loved ones over turkey and stuffing, today I’m talking once more about guilty pleasures.

Much as I try to live up to my highly sophisticated sobriquet in the lair, (i.e. Madame), I must on occasion admit to several guilty pleasures that might well knock me off that pedestal of elegance. (My tongue is firmly in cheek here, by the way!)

So here is a quick and severely truncated list of my guilty pleasures:

1. Nutella straight out of the jar. Is there anything that goes better with chocolate than hazelnut? At least I have not reverted to my high school days when I would spread Nutella on a chocolate chip cookie… Yum!

images-32. Pop music. I know I should love classical or jazz or at the very least complicated ‘alternative’ music, but give me a various artists CD of 1980s chart toppers and I’m happy. I will sometimes listen to Mozart when I’m writing but while I would *like* to be that cultured, classical will never be my first choice.

3. The Vampire Diaries. Really? A show about high school/college students dealing with vampires, werewolves and witches should not be my cup of tea. But I am HOOKED on this series. HOOKED, I tell you! Doesn’t matter how many ridiculous twists and turns the storyline has, I’m there because I love the characters and the way they interact. Plus the great one-liners. Not to mention that Ian Somerhalder is amazingly fun to watch.

nokia_3120_old_mobile_phone_full_review_specifications4. BBQ Pork Spare Ribs. I know they are bad for me but I order them whenever I can. Sadly, most restaurants I go to don’t have them on the menu. Oh, but they should! They absolutely should.

5. Not having a smart phone. I am a bit strange but I don’t like to be available wherever I go. My friends know that it’s a huge pain for me to text from my ancient Nokia, so they tend to email rather than text. On one memorable occasion, I answered a happy new year text in April.

When I first had a cell phone the only people who had my number were my babysitter and my agent. Eventually I had to give the number to my husband *G*. Now, far too many people want to communicate with me by text so I suppose I’ll have to bite the bullet and get a smart phone, but that guilty pleasure is a hard one to give up!

What about you? Any guilty (or slightly weird but proudly indulged) pleasures you’ll admit to? Come on, we’re all friends here!

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  • flchen1 says:

    Mmm… those are delicious, Christina! I’m not sure I feel all that guilty about my indulgences–certainly not the books, at any rate. Or the chocolate… maybe the big, family-sized bag of salt-and-pepper potato chips? Maybe? Possibly the ice cream? Or possibly not? 😀

  • Jane says:

    Hello Christina,
    I love Ian, too. I’m with on the Nutella. I like to eat it with strawberries. I guess one of my guilty pleasures is raunchy comedies like The Hangover, Old School and Porky’s. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I like certain reality shows like Basketball Wives and Hollywood Exes. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Amy Conley says:

    My Pepsi One. I love it. Unfortunately, my rural area doesn’t want to carry it anymore. Unknown to hubby, I plan on driving 50 miles, one way to get it.

    My grandkids. Don’t tell my kids, but the grands all rate number 1 now. If it weren’t such a pain in the arse I would add a 4th 1 to my e-mail address for each of them. They hold my heart in their sticky, muddy, wet, difty little hands.

    • Amy Conley says:

      I forgot to mention 1little thing. I LOVE the television soap, Neighbours, from Australia. Before they were so strict about posting it on You Tube ( where I admit I did post it, til You Tube would shut me down), I would watch it however and wherever I could.LOL

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Awwww, Amy! That’s so wonderful.

      LOL about Neighbors. And how cool, Anna, that you used to caption for them and that Sarah wrote for them! No wonder Amy liked them. Grins.

  • Jennifer Tanner says:

    Sourdough bread slathered with English butter, Nutella on graham crackers, cheddar popcorn, and smoked salmon with capers and sour cream. Visual indulgence…staring at a pic of Clive Owen.

    • Ooh, like your food choices, Jen. When I travelled in France, I used to eat the fresh bread there like I was starving. Yum!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I could do that…yeah…all but the capers. Not fond of those. Grins.

      Like Anna, I loved the bread in Franch. Its a wonder I didn’t come home from my trips there bigger than a house. Snork!!

  • IreAnne says:

    I love the not having a smart phone. I am so much more happier when I “forget” my phone at home 🙂 There was a time when I was without a cell phone for about two weeks and there was a strange “peace” that overcame me. I think smart phones require us to do more than our brains were wired to do. When we have them, we feel like we should constantly be doing something else while we are doing something else… whatever happened to doing one thing at a time? Believe it or not, I am really not that old 🙂 IMHO We are just made to feel like we are should always be multi-tasking.

    • IreAnne, I have to say I’m very cynical about the supposed ’emergencies’ that people have with the phone. Once in a blue moon, it’s a real emergencies. Otherwise it’s just something someone wants you to do to fit into their timetable, not yours.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I’m with you IreAnne! I have to say that if I didn’t have kids, I’d leave my phone OFF a whoooole lot. Grins.

      Have you seen that meme on FB that shows a big old house and says “no phone, no tv, no computer for 3 months…could you do it?”

      Ohhhhh yeah.

  • Shannon says:

    Some of my food guilty pleasures are potato skins, loaded with cheese and bacon. I’m allergic to chocolate, but I can eat white chocolate (in small quantities), so I have discovered Bliss (which I do eat in large quantities). Pumpkin Cheese cake this season is another. They don’t carry them any more but a chain donut store had lime- and lemon- filled donuts topped with lime- and lemon-zest icing.

    My non-food guilty pleasures is an hour spent in a coffee shop that has these huge floor to ceiling windows.

    My work guilty pleasure is reading some on-line chats at work. One is about relationships and the other is about dining out in my city.

    My jewelry is another pleasure (not too guilty). I love going through my jewelry collection each morning, and picking out something pretty for the day.

  • Mozette says:

    Okay, we all love guilty pleasures… it’s just a part of being human, isn’t it?

    In the food world, I love eating donuts… but they don’t like me. The ones I enjoy the most are freshly made, cinnamon donuts; nice hot ones… yep, you know the ones I mean. 😀

    Also, I totally get into eating chips/crisps from the bag… spicy ones… and yet again, they don’t like me (and my body hates them!).

    Of the non-food variety, I love to bookstores and look through the bargain bins… see what’s there. I love going to second-hand bookstores and search them too. It’s a guilty pleasure I am enjoying more now I have a car.

    The best guilty pleasure I have of all now is just going for a drive out in my car… it’s just wonderful to get out and about in my Little Green Machine and my camera a bit of money in my pocket and go! 😀 Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    • Ooh, cinnnamon donuts? Yum!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Mozette, isn’t that a pain when we love a food and our body just DOES NOT love that food? I’m that way about peppers of any kind – green, red, yellow, orange, jalepeno – and I used to love, love, love them. But, oh, the punishment if I eat them now! Ha!

      Being someone who just loves to drive, I can totally resonate with your loving to just get in the car and go. :> Isn’t it delicious!?!

      • Mozette says:

        It’s the best thing to do with a car… especially when you love yours to the point that it’s your pride and joy.

        And food? Well, the stuff I’ve mentioned is just food I can’t have, but I enjoy eating… bummer I can’t eat any of it – but oh! It does taste lovely. 😛

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Oh, Christina, you must visit us here in Georgia where BBQ ribs are de riguer for any occasion, and every family has their special recipe! In fact, we almost had them for Thanksgiving dinner today at hubby’s insistence but he was overruled by our traditionalist sons, for whom days of turkey leftovers are THEIR guilty pleasure! 😀 Never fear, we’ll have them for Christmas, even if it’s snowing (hey, DH grew up in Michigan, where a little cold and snow is no reason not to BBQ!)

    And you should try spreading a hot toaster waffle with Nutella (or even peanut butter) and stuffing a chocolate chip into each square. That’s MY guilty pleasure! We have a store here called World Market that makes their own brand of Nutella which has strawberry or banana cream swirled in as well. Yum-O!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oooh, EC! I wonder if my World Market has that? Must go check next week when the shopping mania dies down a bit. Grins.

      And I”m with you on the ribs. Christina, you MUST do a rib joint with us sometime when your here for RWA. Nom, nom, nom!! Lurrrrrve me some ribs.

      You’re right too, EC, about all the different recipes. I have my mom’s (NC BBQ) and my fam loves it.

  • Ah, Madame, we will form a club. I don’t have a smart phone either. I recently contemplated buying one when I accidentally washed and dried my poor flip phone and it died. However, I resisted and bought another flip. Like you, I hate being available every minute of the day!

    I have a number of film guilty pleasures – raunchy comedies like The Hangover series are great when work gets me down and I want mindless laughs. And those mindless, bloody horror movies like – The Collector, The Collection, Jeepers Creepers and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Sometimes a girl just wants to see mayhem!

    Heavy metal music. I adore my serious music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic, etc, but there are times when only Metallica will do. 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ahhhh, my sister! I love Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Grins. As you say, sometimes only head-banging rock will do. Mostly I’m a ballad/pop/country kinda gal, but…

      Had to LOL about the raunchy comedies too. That’s hard to picture you watching those OR the horror flicks. Have you seen the Geico commercial with the chain saws? Makes me LOL every time.

  • Minna says:

    Some of my guilty pleasures are Murdoch Mysteries and chocolate and salty liquorice.

    You’re not the only one with an ancient Nokia! And I won’t give it up until it breaks! I don’t like to be available wherever I go, either. It’s handy though, when I NEED to be available or I have to call someone, no matter where I am, like mom. “I’m in the store now. Do I need to bring you something from here?”.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Minna! I’m with you both. If I could, I’d have that flip phone still. Mine died a horrible death, and my son was getting his first phone which was an iPhone (long story, but he earned it). I didn’t want him to have tech I didn’t understand.


  • Happy Thanksgiving, Bandits and Banditas! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

    Christina, this isn’t the first time you’ve drooled…uh, raved about The Vampire Diaries. I must check it out. He’s definitely very handsome.

    Laughed at you and the phone thing – as you know we are of one mind about that. People are getting really cranky with me about the no texting thing so guess I’m going to have to get a Super phone, but like you, I don’t want to be available 24/7. And honestly, given how few messages I get, would it kill people to leave a voice message? Sheesh!

    I have so many guilty pleasures, I don’t even feel guilty about them. A couple include Judge Judy, Smith’s barbecue chips, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Anna! Happy Thursday/Friday to you too! Grins.

      I so get you and Christina’s aversion to the phone thing. As I said, I wouldn’t have it were it not for the kids. Sigh.

      So, Herb Alpert? Love him! Haha! And I think I too may have to check out the Diaries if that delicious Ian Sommerholder is in it…

      • Jeanne, I’ve actually got a few HAATTB tracks on my iPod. I think if ever I get run over and someone checks what I was listening to, I’ll die with no street cred whatsoever!

  • Hey, next time we get together, can we go somewhere and pig out on ribs? I love them – but as a friend of mine once said after watching me hoe down on the ribs, they’re definitely not first date food!

  • Hey all, I”m so sorry but the power has been out here since a huge storm yesterday and all my devices were running at low power to begin with. I’m hot spotting from another mobile now but I won’t be able to comment further on the blog until the power is back. So sorry about this! I’ll be back as soon as I can.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Christina! Glad to know you’re safe and sound – hope your power comes back soon, too, but mostly glad to know you and yours are okay. We’ll hold the fort!

  • catslady says:

    Buying too many books and playing games of any kind 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahah! Catslady, I told my hubby that I had very few vices but he’d just have to put up with my buying books.

      And the Very Bad Bandita Nancy got me hooked on MahJong online. Bad Bandita! Grins.

  • Just heard from Christina – we’ve had the most humungously bad weather in south-east Queensland overnight and most of Brisbane where she lives is out of power. She can’t get on the blog and apologizes! Clearly her next definition of a guilty pleasure will be having the electricity on!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Madame! Happy Thursday/Friday to you, and so sorry about the storms!

    Happy Thanksgiving, all you Bandits and Buddies! I’ve got my turkey in the oven and the Bears are losing the football game, so I took time to come see what was up on the blog. Grins.

    Guilty pleasures….Oh, there are so many!

    M&Ms. Nice salty istachios in the shell. Chocolate covered pretzels. That candy they call orange slices? Kinda like gumdrops? LOVE those.

    Any kind of apple God made. Dipped in just about anything – caramel, chocolate, honey, peanut butter, nutella, cashew butter…slurp!!

    Like Louisa, I have some guilty musical pleasures – Eminem, Black Sabbath, Skillet – along with my more pedestrian tastes in Country, Pop and Rock and Roll. Grins. Oh, and I really enjoy Michael Buble. :> I love a cappella choral groups too. Just found a group called Pentatonix and they’re fab. Two of thier group do stuff on YouTube that’s hystercal as well. Can’t remember their name on YouTube.

    Oh, speaking of YouTube, one of my guilty pleasures is Tobuscus. My kids turned me on to his Literal Movie Trailers. He does these hysterical voiceovers of movie and game trailers. The one for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag never fails to make me snork out loud.

    Oh, and the Elders React…Teens React…Yeah those on YouTube Crack me up, totally.

  • Pissenlit says:

    Ha! Like you, I don’t like to be constantly available but I do have a smart phone…technically. I use it to keep track of things on the calendar, to read ebooks, listen to music and to check my email and sometimes to chat if there’s free wifi and I don’t want to be on a computer. But…it doesn’t have a SIM card…so it’s a phone but it’s not a phone. 🙂

    Some of my guilty pleasures including eating peanut butter with a spoon(on rare occasions, mixed with sugar), mayonnaise(in sandwiches, on toast, with french fries, etc.), books(’nuff said! :D), yarn, sparkly things, massive slushies from the corner store, iced coffees and candy canes and singing along to music.