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My 11 Guilty Pleasures

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OK, it’s time for me to tell the truth and completely destroy the image you might have of me. The unvarnished truth. My 11 guilty pleasures.

Number 1 guilty pleasureI love watching makeup videos on YouTube. I accidentally mentioned that to two friends at lunch and they said, “Oh, God, no!” Yep, I do. And I even watch them in French without understanding a word.

I love eating peanut butter out of the jar. In my defense,Number 2 guilty pleasure at least I use a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon. Oh, and I don’t care if it’s creamy or chunky. I don’t even care if it’s organic  or not. My doctor says it must be organic. OK, I’ll switch to organic. And I’ll stick with  a teaspoon. I can exercise some restraint.

Number 3 guilty pleasures

Since I started blogging, I’ve been serving my husband frozen dinners on more than a few occasions. Remember when I blogged about our empty refrigerator? I wasn’t kidding. I’ve studied cooking in Italy, New 
York and Los Angeles. Am I proud of the current state of food affairs in my home? No, but these days I’m more interested in blogging. (I can’t believe I’ve told you that.)

number-4 guilty pleasure

I love reading trashy novels about British royalty. Everybody’s books, from Kitty Kelly, to the palace maid, the Duke’s chauffeur and the Princess’s butler. But, I cannot bring myself to read the expose by Diana’s lover. That is too low. One must draw the line somewhere.

Number 5 guilty pleasure

There are entire days when I sit at the computer in my nightgown. Teeth not  brushed, hair not brushed, immersed in writing, editing and working on photos– all for the blog. But, no, I do not take my 52 year marriage for granted; I just have a very loving and understanding husband who is delighted that I am enjoying myself so much.

Number 6 guilty pleasuresEach morning, I make a beeline to for the best trashy gossip. I turn here for my first fix of daily rubbish. I justify this by pretending it’s got some class because it’s British. I have years of practice at world-class rationalizing.

Number 7 guilty pleasureOK, don’t tell anyone, but I’m the friend that watches The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New Jersey and New York.  Those are the only ones I watch, I promise. One must have one’s standards. Whenever my husband catches me watching these shows, he shakes his head and says, “ How can an intelligent woman like you watch this ****?” Fortunately, he loves me anyway. I never had a highbrow image to begin with.

Number 8 guilty pleasuresI love listening to sales pitches on QVC and HSN. I don’t buy anything. Well, I did. Three times. But, everything I bought, I returned. So now, I just listen. In fact I’m amazed at the brilliant way they make me think that I really need that “floor, vitamin, eye lash, wiper upper, fake cubic zirconium ring, thingie” which I know I will return. But, they almost get me to pick up the phone. Almost.

Number9 guilty pleasures

I confess, I’m still buying lipsticks. You read it here first. I haven’t stopped. I’m still looking for “the perfect lipstick.” I think I need an intervention. Does looking for the perfect blush also fall into this category? If so, I’m busted. If I tell my friends about this, they look at me aghast, laugh and question my sanity. Don’t even talk about makeup brushes. Is three hundred too many ?  Yep, I see an intervention on the horizon.

The number 10 guilty pleasure

Does loving Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio make me less of a connoisseur? I also used to like gallon-sized Gallo’s Hearty Burgundy. Remember that one? Told you I wasn’t high brow.

Number 11 guilty pleasuresA lot of people rhapsodize about Swiss, French and Belgian chocolate. I’ll take chewy, hot spicy cinnamon bears anytime They used to be at the corner Rexall Drugstore, but it’s gone and they’re gone. I used to sheepishly walk to the back of the store and order only one dollar’s worth. I thought that would make it more dietetic.I miss my bears, so I now have to locate a new resource and refill my stash. But, do I have the energy to go on a quest for cinnamon bears? Maybe I’d better stay in my bathrobe and write another blog.

As Popeye would say,

Vintage cosmetic fashion ad“I yam what I yam!”


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  • nancy - That was fun!
    I ask women what lipstick they are wearing…
    But then I forget!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hi Nancy, I immediately write the lipstick name in my iPhone. Usually I use Evernote for making sure I don’t lose this vital information.:-)ReplyCancel

  • Keith DuBarry - All of us have guilty pleasures sadly xD I have to admit, one of my guilty pleasures is taking a 15 minute nap every two hours!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hey, Keith I’m impressed. How do you shut out the world and nap. My mind goes racing. Do you nap at home or in an office? How do you keep it a secret?ReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - I laughed all the way through this. I need to know what sort of god-awful candy Cinnamon bears are? They sound absolutely disgusting.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Julie, how can you be an adult and not know what Cinnamon bears are. I see I need further your candy education.ReplyCancel

  • Meg Hammil - I love trashy royalty books.ReplyCancel

  • Martha Koplin - it was helpful to know I am not the only one to eat something out of a jar, only I am a ice cream acholic, it tastes much better out of the tub it is incased. I cannot bare any of those housewife programs. I always look forward to your blogs, they make me feel normal.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Cooper Corwin - It’s 2:45 pm, still in my robe, still at my computer, not even blogging. Because all of our shows have gone off for the season, we are actually watching the Bachelorette – which I swore off years ago – as they drink wine for 2 hours straight and hop from bed to bed. I go into the kitchen for something, anything, almost every two hours – guess that is why I am not a size 6. That from which I get the greatest love, attention, affection – definitely my two adorable four legged pups – Jasper and Amy.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Leeds - I read the Daily Mail first thing too – doesn’t everyone? I don’t find any of your 11 “guilty pleasures” out of the norm at all. I think we all have a lot of intensity in our lives and need a break. I read “Fifty Shades of Gray” – all 3 books, back to back. I also love and watch the Twilight movies over and over. And not embarrassed at all. Fun post!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Eve - Oh, funny, Sandra. My husband (from London) reads the Daily Mail and had tried to convince me it’s a newspaper :).ReplyCancel

  • deborah briskin - hi sandy,
    i love your blogs! this one is so well done and creative!
    you’re right! i never would have guessed that you had some of
    those guilty pleasures, but i’m so glad you told us!!
    keep up the great work! who cares if you brush your teeth
    or not….right?ReplyCancel

  • grownandflown - Some of the very best guilty pleasures ever admitted to! I can relate to many, especially all of those having to do with the addictive quality of blogging. If you figure out how we have all begun to swoon for the digital pull of creative expression, please reveal.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Grown and Flown, I have no answers. I just know that I’m constantly writing blogs in my head and looking at everything as if it were blog fodder. I think it’s that durn creativity that seems to get in there. We just have to create.ReplyCancel

  • sandra - Hi Deborah, My girlfriend was agast when I told her that I didn’t even brush my teeth. She said “You stay in your nightgown, but you brush your teeth, right?’ Uh, no. She was fabbergasted and appawled.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Are you kidding?! I love watching makeup and hair-styling videos on Youtube too!! And, I love watching a lot of trashy shows….so very relaxing!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Roshni, you’re the only one I know who watches makeup videos. I guess we’re keeping the networks in business by watching that trash. Again, I’d say most of my friends would never admit to that. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Campbell - I love this and really love the style of your entire blog – beautiful. So. Let’s see. Peanut butter from the jar. Check. Teeth not brushed, sitting here in what I slept in. Check. Cinnamon bears. Check. Empty fridge. Check.
    So glad I found you because I am digging this site. Huge.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hi Kristi, we are soul sisters! So glad you relate. Seems that lots of people like peanut butter. But no one understands Cinnamon bears. What are we going to do about our empty refrigerators?ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - I think I’m addicted to stationary & pens the way you’re addicted to lipstick and blush! 🙂 And those cinnamon bears – yeah, I’ve had ’em. And found them at the little stores in the Cracker Barrel. Hubby loves a certain type of lemon drops and it’s about the only place we can find them. He’s spoiled. 😀

    Thank you SO much for linking up with our Humor Me! Blog Hop! This was a fun read!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hi Terry, you don’t think I have strong feelings about the perfect pen and paper? I’m right there with you. My favorite stationary store closed so that has kinda inhibited my obsession. No cracker barrel around me, but a friend said I could drive for 5 1/2 hours and find them. Seems like a worthy goal. 🙂

      I enjoyed the Humor Me! Blog Hop! Still learning the ropes.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Best - Love these 11. I can relate! When it comes to comedy, I have some standards, too. I only watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (okay… occasionally New Jersey). Am a sucker for ginger chews, almond butter with a pate knife, and everything cinnamon! Notice a theme here? Gee, I’m hungry.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Towns - Hey Sandra! (I feel like I’m talking to myself, which is something I do all the time- hehe)
    I just found your blog via FB via Lisa Carnochan! What a joy! I’ll be reading regularly!
    Have a great day!! xoxoReplyCancel

    • sandra - Welcome Sandra, So glad you found me. I’ve enjoyed Lisa Carnochan for a long time. She’s been very generous in her encouagement. Hope you enjoy your reading here.Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate each and every one.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - I am so with you on the cooking! If I had one wish it would be for a personal chef to cook healthy, delicious meals every evening. And I’m with you on the spicy cinnamon bears, too – my favorite (after chocolate!).ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hi Sharon, No kidding. Blogging and making lunch and dinner do not compute. Now I’m not saying that I will refuse chocolate, but I don’t go specifically to a store to find it. Cinnamon bears, yes. Personal chef, YES, please.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carnochan - You are SO cute! Now I have to figure out what my guilty pleasures are. Hmm.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - This is so cute! I’m still giggling. I also have a lipstick fetish, can spend almost all day in my PJ’s, and am amazed at the skill of cable shopping hosts. But the Housewives? Eegads!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Cheryl, I’m not proud of myself watching that trash. I have no control over it. Trash is what I am and trash is what I watch. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Chisnall - I think I’m going to be popping in to visit your blog more often! FINALLY, someone else who understands my guilty pleasure of watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. People look at me like I’m crazy whenever I mention it. And peanut butter out of the jar. Yup. Every day. A spoonful every day. Sometimes with a marshmallow dipped in…mmmm. I haven’t bought a gossip magazine in a while, but I do have my daily dose of watching E! News. I love your guilty pleasures!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Melanie, do join me. Sounds like we have a lot in common.Do you use a teaspoon ao tablespoon whle stealing from the jar? Ooh, with a marshmallow? You are wicked.Do you only watch one Real Housewives show? Such self-discipline on your part.ReplyCancel

  • Pinky Poinker - I know what you mean about blogging being addictive and dinner taking a back seat. My remaining teenagers at home are always whinging. Oh well… they could always make their own dinner.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Yes, they could make their own dinner if there was any food in the house. In fact, just today my husband mentioned that the frige is empty again. To market, to market, that’s where I’ll be in the morning, after I edit my next post. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Robert Allen - I hope you’re happy. I’m now a daily dailymail reader.ReplyCancel

  • sandra - Hey Robert, Welcome to The Wonderful World of Trash!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Walker - I’ve often entertained the idea of having a lipstick only garage sale…ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Jane-Thank goodness there’s another one of us! Garage sale? Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Loved this post! Many of your guilty pleasures are my guilty pleasures.And I spend way too much on lipstick.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hi Jane, I almost bought another one. You’ve got to keep me out of stores! Glad I’m not alone. None of my friends have this addiction. They look at clothes an I look at lipsticks and stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - I love this Sandy, and it seems we share many of the same guilty pleasures. Lipstick being one of them! Which one (or two) are you wearing now?ReplyCancel

    • sandra - OK Linda,right now I’m liking Le Metier De Beauty’s Palm Beach. In Chicago I was wearing two Macs, Plumful and Sequin. I also like Chanel and Laura Mercier. What about you? What are your favorites?ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque) - My husband is not quite as tolerant (embracing) of my blogging as yours is. Maybe that’s because we’ve only been married for 32 years;-) He did, however, encourage me to leave the crash and burn lane of full time lawyering—-so, there is that. Write on!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hey Suzanne, give him credit for that. He probably gave you more years of joy! That’s pretty good.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Horn - Love your blog! I just found it!
    Anyway, you can get hot spicy cinnamon bears on Amazon!!! Go for it!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Glad you like the blog but please don’t tell me I can order those cinnamon bears so easily. They are my down fall.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Oh, @[1039802007:2048:Debra Eve] I love that rag sheet. The latest and the greatest trash in the world. So much better than the American trash. I’m with your husbnd. ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Hi Kathy, Twilight movies???? Well, I’ll going to have to check that out. I just saw the “Hunger Games.” Have you read those books? I want to find out what happens and don’t know if I can wait for the movie. You’re the only other person I know that reads the Daily Mail. Good for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Oh @[1190153558:2048:Toni Cooper Corwin], I fee ever so much better. Have you brushed your teeth? That’s what a friend asked at 4PM yesterday as I was still in the robe. I had to admit, no. But I flos at night and use the sonicare.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Hi Marti, I simply can not have ice cream in the house. It’s the one thing I will get into as you do ( the carton) late at night. You call me normal? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - OK, Meg, spill the beans. Have I missed any?????ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Oh Julie, you don’t know what good is!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - I love ginger chews. Fortunately I haven’t seen them around. But love them. Now almond butter with a pate knife, That’s class. You win in best of eatting implement class.ReplyCancel

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