I Find You Not Guilty!

MP900385346[1]That’s right. I’m not guilty of indulging in guilty pleasures. I know the evidence is stacked against me, but–

What evidence you ask? Well, let’s see …

First there are the Marvel Avenger movies–I blame this obsession on my husband. He won the four free tickets to Thor in 2011. Thor? Really? Why on earth would I want to watch that? So, wrinkling my nose, I went to the movie … and fell in love. Seriously, ladies, Chris Hemsworth looks very nice up on that big screen. Not to mention, I loved the movie, the story line, the supporting cast, everything about it. Yes, I was hooked, and now I’m a full-fledged Avengers fan. Captain America? Oh yeah. Iron Man? All three movies. The Avengers? Saw it seven times in the theater. Yes, I said seven. That included an Avengers movie marathon that showed six Marvel Avenger movies in one day, including two Iron Man movies, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, ending with a midnight showing of The Avengers. I won’t tell you how many times we’ve watched The Avengers at home–I probably can’t count that high.

Thor The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World comes out in November 2013. Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases in April of 2014. I have to wait until May of 2015 for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. 🙁 Thanks to my husband, I just can’t get enough!

So, is that it for evidence against me?

Movie PopcornWell, not exactly. You see, when we attend movies, it’s a requirement to eat popcorn soaked in butter and sprinkled generously with salt. (You do realize that popcorn is merely a tool to eat butter and salt, don’t you?) Our family even has movie-theater popcorn-eating down to a science. We purchase one refillable bucket and bring four large bowls with us. No reaching across for that next handful, no sirree. (Actually we use large Country Crock containers. With the cover on, it’s easy to shake it, spreading the butter and salt evenly–as I said, we have it down to a science!)

But, naturally, healthy doses of buttery, salty popcorn shouldn’t be relegated to theaters only, it’s also the perfect snack to enjoy during your favorite TV shows like Blue Bloods (the family actually prays together on the show!!!) and Once Upon A Time and Falling Skies. Then there are the new shows coming out this fall that I can’t wait to see that will perfectly satisfy my popcorn cravings: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Yep, those Agents of Shield are Avengers. 🙂 And, no, I’m not obsessed. Seriously!

You say their’s more evidence that I indulge in guilty pleasures? Hmmph! You’re going for the jugular, aren’t you?

Believe it or not, this has absolutely nothing to do with Avengers, but it is certainly a pleasure. Ever tried Fannie May Chocolates? The Trinidad with its rich, creamy chocolate center, coated in white chocolate mixed with toasted coconut. Then there’s the vanilla buttercream covered with dark chocolate, and the Carmarsh — caramel and marshmallow topped with chocolate. Your mouth watering yet? See, you’d be hooked too!

Then there are good books, quiet time, day trips up the North Shore … Ahh yes, I partake in it all!

So, with all that evidence stacked against me, how was I exonerated, you ask? Let’s just say the jury couldn’t turn down my my 2 Pound Box of Fannie May candy bribe. 😉 Hey, no pointing fingers. You wouldn’t have turned down the bribe either!

(It’s just a good thing the prosecuting attorney never discovered my Lays Sour Cream & Onion potato chip obsession–that might have put it over the top …)

What pleasures are you *not* guilty of?

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Love's AwakeningOn Distant ShoresSince we know most of our Inksper friends have reading on their list of guilty pleasures, we’re giving away a (gently used) copy of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores to one lucky reader, and a copy of Laura Frantz’s Love’s Awakening to another reader. Every time you leave a comment on posts dated September 9, 2013 through September 20, 2013, your name will be entered.
The two winners will be chosen after midnight on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 and posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013!

Dirt Roads, Green Tea, and Cemeteries

 

To be totally honest, guilty pleasures really don’t make me feel too guilty—at least not so much that I’m going to quit doing them.  Some are everyday essentials and others are just irresistible when the opportunity presents itself.

Here’s a list of a few of my not-so-guilty pleasures:

dirt road1.       Dirt Roads. Walking down a dirt road never fails to transport me to another time, another place. I can’t help but wonder about the people who used to live in the dilapidated old house or if a building of some kind once stood at the end of the overgrown lane.

2.       Walking through autumn leaves strewn across a path. I love the musty smell as my shoes crunch the gorgeous red, gold, and orange leaves.

3.       Green tea. Sipping a cup of freshly brewed green tea with a good ole dollop of pure honey every morning.  Aah!

4.       Cemeteries. Yes, you read that right. I’m always intrigued about the lives of those folks gone before us. Stories, stories, and more stories.

5.       Flea markets/consignment furniture stores/antique shops. I have an obsession for all things yesteryear.

6.      garden path Garden trails. The bigger and curvier the better. Bridges, waterfalls, and ponds add to the experience.

7.       Lemon bars. My daughter makes the most scrumptious lemon bars you could ever imagine. (Even if you’re not a fan of lemon.)  

8.       Smoothies. Slushy and homemade with yummy fresh fruit.

9.       Petting the dog. I know I’m a pushover for those big brown eyes and sloppy kisses. I just can’t resist.

10.   BonfiresI’m a fire bug, but don’t worry—I haven’t got too carried away–yet. I love sitting around a bonfire on a chilly autumn night watching the sparks fly.

What are some of your guilty, or not-so-guilty pleasures? We’re giving away a gently used copy of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores to one lucky reader this week, and a copy of Laura Frantz’s Love’s Awakening to another reader. Every time you leave a comment over the next two weeks, your name will be entered.

The two winners will be chosen after midnight on Friday, Sept. 20 and posted on Saturday!

Indulgences

 

Here is my top ten guilty pleasures in no particular order!Godiva Chocolate

  1. Enjoying a good book in a long bath
  2. Godiva chocolates
  3. Cozy Mysteries
  4. McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade (yes, I’ll have winter withdrawals!)
  5. Hobby Lobby
  6. Dark chocolate covered pecans
  7. XM/Sirrus Radio
  8. Grimm, Castle and Longmire television shows
  9. Dark chocolate covered cranberries
  10. Browsing antique stores

Do you share any of my indulgences?

Since we know most of our Inksper friends have reading on their list of guilty pleasures, we’re giving away a (gently used)copy of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores to one lucky reader this week, and a copy of Laura’s Love’s Awakening to another reader. Every time you leave a comment over the next two weeks, your name will be entered.

DistantThe two winners will be chosen after midnight on Friday, Sept. 20 and posted on Saturday!

The Guilts

When this topic came up, I wasn’t sure if I could come up with ten guilty pleasures. But the more I thought about it, there’s wayShannon's shoes more than fifteen. I’m doing a countdown to number one to stir things up.

10. A dollop of caramel in my coffee. I’m not even going to list coffee, even though I put three creamers and three sugars and hummingbirds would love my sweet brew. It’s the dollop of caramel syrup that puts my fave beverage over the top.

9. Hallmark movies. They’re so clean and sweet. Why do they make me feel guilty? Because there’s always something else I should be doing other than watch them. But I have gotten book ideas from them. If you take a thread from five different movies and put them together, it’s not plagiarism.

8. The Chronicles of Narnia. I started reading the books back when the first movie came out in 2005. Why? Because I never read them as a kid. I finished the final book just today. Now why do I feel guilty? Because they are children’s books and I really shouldn’t be enjoying them so much. But there’s such an innocence about them, they take me back to a child’s view of the world. I think I’m going to start reading them over again. With writing books and reading inspirational contemporary romances in between, it took me so long to finish, I don’t remember what happened in the first few books.

7. Chocolate covered coffee beans. I consistently pop three at a time at least twice a day. I’ve gotten immune to regular coffee, but the beans rev me up. Plus, there’s chocolate involved.

6. Nabisco Chips Ahoy cookies. Especially dipped in a bowl of milk until they’re so soggy they almost fall apart.

5. Cedar Cove. It’s been a long time since I got hooked on a TV series. But this Hallmark series is based on books by Debbie Macomber. I looked forward to it all summer. Then as the school about to start frenzy got underway and final summer guests visited, I forgot and missed the first episode. But I’ve recorded every episode since. It’s a chick flick, so I have to wait until the roosters are gone to watch. And when the roosters are gone, this hen should be writing.

4. Lunch or dinner with friends. I have one friend I try to eat out with monthly. When we do, we linger for hours just catching up.

3. Reading inspirational contemporary romance. I should be writing it instead. But I’m studying my genre 🙂

2. Ice cream. I don’t know why something so delicious has to be so loaded with fat and calories.

1. Shoes. I try to keep my collection down to 60 or less. I even gave some away to the Rotary Club a few years ago when they were asking for donations for teens who couldn’t afford prom attire. I only have two pair I paid more than $15.00 for. And most of my shoes were less than $10.00. Last weekend, I bought a cream-colored satin pair of heels for $4.00. I couldn’t just leave them there, now could I?

Notice how many items on my top ten list involve food.