Mariposa has graciously decided to host Fun Monday this week - and I'm so glad she did! She gave me the opportunity to think about my own little guilty pleasures! She says:
Let us share each other's self pampering stories...may they be from little pleasures to guilty pleasures!
Ah... this is a subject I can warm up to!!! My life is hectic. I have a kid, a full-time job, a husband, a weight problem, lots of animals, parents, in-laws, a house... you get the picture. Almost every moment of every day is taken up with taking care of something beside myself.
I learned early on that I need to take time for myself here and there and indulge my whims. The consequences for not doing so are dire - just ask my family. They don't always understand what I do and why, but they let me go my own way here.
GUILTY PLEASURE #1
"Touched by an Angel" is a daily record on my DVR. Saturday mornings, I like to do laundry, watch my show and cry. Yes, cry. Crying is a great stress reliever when timed properly, but is incredibly awkward when it comes on suddenly and unexpectedly - like at work. I try to weep at least once a day (think Holly Hunter in "Broadcast News") so that I can relax and get all the emotional tension out of me. "Touched by an Angel" never fails me.
GUILTY PLEASURE #2
My online life. I blog. I FaceBook. I have some of the same friends and some different ones in each arena. Some nights when I need to talk but can't pick up the phone, there's usually someone online to chat with, even briefly. I have quite a few close friends I've never even MET.
GUILTY PLEASURE #3
Hugh Grant. I just realized this recently. In spite of my affinity for more, er... macho type men (Antonio Banderas, George Clooney, my husband), I absolutely adore Hugh Grant. His bumbling humor makes me laugh - from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to "Bridget Jones" to "Mickey Blue Eyes" to "Love Actually" to "Music and Lyrics" - when I want to feel happy inside, I just turn on a little Hugh Grant and my whole psyche goes Ahhhhhhh!
GUILTY PLEASURE #4
GUILTY PLEASURE #5
When I need a break from all that rain, tea, purring and reading... I have a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. For me, this is the ultimate comfort food. It's what my mom made for me when I stayed home sick from school (though the tomato soup sometimes had the opposite effect). Especially good with a handful of crisp oyster crackers thrown into the soup.
But... where are the manicures and pedicures and vacation spots? Trips to the spa?
I don't do those. They are out of my reach in terms of money and time. I have better things to spend money on and my time rarely comes in big chunks, so my guilty pleasures are cheap and close to home and take so little time that I can indulge in them anytime I need to.
Need more ideas on how to spoil yourself? Go visit Mariposa and check out the blogs of all the other participants!!!