Tuesday, October 24, 2006

guilty pleasures

sunday evening julie and i went to see the queen, which i l*o*v*e*d. i will admit to a certain fascination with the british royal family -- when i was 7 or 8, i made my mom get me up at 4:00 a.m. so i could watch princess anne's wedding. and of course you can bet that as a teen-ager i was all over princess diana. i remember where i was when she got engaged (visiting friends in maine), and i remember vividly where i was when i heard she had died. it was sunday morning of the church retreat, and we were in the dining room waiting for breakfast. one of old first's many lively characters, ed, had joined us that year. as i sat down at one of the long picnic table benches with baby trixie, ed told us that princess diana had died, and he declared, "the pavarotti got her! the pavarotti got her!" i was a little skeptical about the whole thing -- ed didn't strike me as the most reliable source, and the fact that he was claiming some sort of involvement in diana's death on the part of luciano pavarotti seemed to me a little bit far-fetched. it took me several minutes to realize that he meant the "paparazzi got her!" not "the pavarotti!"

other guilty pleasures: a long-standing fascination with brooke shields (i did read her book on post-partum depression, although i didn't buy it; it only took about an hour to read the whole thing while sitting on the floor of barnes and nobles, sipping coffee. the fact that it wasn't very good in no way diminished my fascination); a growing fascination with angelina jolie; kraft macaroni and cheese; cheetos; pizza king pizza (one mushroom and "pepperoni" and one "vegetable" every time i visit my dad -- only my indiana readers will appreciate this guilty pleasure!); cop shows (although i'm a bit of a cop show snob -- i could mostly skip law and order, but the wire and the sheild i'm totally addicted to); abba.

how 'bout you? what are your guilty pleasures?


At October 25, 2006 7:57 AM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Starbucks Lattes - hot or cold. I am actually glad that there is one on every corner...and I don't actually drink coffee...

At October 25, 2006 12:01 PM, Blogger sster said...

Dude! How is The Wire a guilty pleasure?? It's some of the best TV out there, really.

My guilty pleasures are HGTV and pints of Ben and Jerry's (Black and Tan, specifically).

At October 25, 2006 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bathtub (very hot water, please); trashy celeb magazines (often in the tub); Extreme Makeover Home Edition (I can't stand Ty, but I'm still always crying at the end); sleeping in (it's been so long, I don't remember.) Oh, and mini Twix bars. Eating the Halloween-size bars makes me feel less guilty when I scarf down five or six at a sitting.

At October 25, 2006 7:06 PM, Blogger Lilian said...

Hmmm, pretty hard to list some guilty pleasures, there are sooo many! I was also in a church retreat when I heard of Princess Diana's death and I was very sad.

But since you asked: very very long showers (or baths) with the hottest water possible, reading magazines while eating, reading way too many blogs (and commenting on most of them), eating salty snacks from Brazil... and many other things.


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