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!

2012 Movie Anticipation

I love going to movies with my family, and we have movie going down to a science. First, we locate which theater is offering the best price at the time we want to go. Rarely do we pay more than $5.00 per person. To make it easier to share popcorn, we bring along our own bowls. (Note: we always purchase the free-refill popcorn size which will get refilled at least twice. Yes, our family does enjoy popcorn, buttered popcorn of course.)

The movies we like to watch generally won’t be up for Oscars, unless you count special effects, but we go to movies to escape for two or so hours, to have fun. This year, we have our sights set on four must-see movies, ones our family of five will likely view together. As you can see by our list below, we tend to enjoy adventures and journeys. We like to watch movies with valiant heroes who battle evil villains.

The Avengers releases in theaters on May 4th. I guarantee we’ll be there as a family. Likely, at the midnight showing. Now, initially, I had no intention of becoming a Marvel movies’ fan. I went to Iron Man just because the rest of the family wanted to go. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, last year my husband won four pre-screen passes for Thor, so of course I went, rolling my eyes at the thought. But, I loved it so much that when my daughter returned from college, the evening before Thor opened nationwide, the two of us  hurried to the midnight showing. (Ladies, if you haven’t watched Thor yet, I encourage you to do so. As you can see in the picture above, Chris Hemsworth looks mighty fine in his Viking duds.)

Speaking of Chris Hemsworth, you’ll also find him starring in Snow White and the Huntsman, a dark retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. This movie releases on June 1st. Chances are we’ll be at the midnight showing for that movie as well.

Later that month, on June 22, Pixar is releasing its newest movie, Brave. If Pixar’s involved, I know I’ll love the movie. I marvel at everything they come out with, from Toy Story to my personal favorite, The Incredibles. (How can you not love that mom from The Incredibles?) While the tone of Brave sounds a bit darker than other Pixar efforts, I’ve no doubt this one will be a winner. Hmm, I think we might have to catch a midnight showing of this movie too.

And finally, a movie I know my fellow Inkspers can’t wait for is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. If director Peter Jackson’s efforts equal that of The Lord of the Rings movies, this will be a movie to experience, not merely entertain. The Hobbit is coming out just in time for Christmas on December 14. Guess what, we’ll be watching this one at midnight as well.

Oh, I know, there are many more Movies Releasing in 2012 that sound interesting– Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, Men in Black 3, The Dark Knight Rises, well you get the idea–but the four listed above are can’t miss movies for our family. The best part is, we’ll all go together.

What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year? Do you have a routine you follow? Any money-saving tips?