We all have our guilty pleasures. Those weird little things that give us joy or instant gratification that we rarely talk about out of fear of being made fun of. Well, fear be damned. I’m coming clean.
On Being “Dirty”
One of my many guilty pleasures happens rarely. I’m a clean freak. Like personal hygiene- clean freak. Even though I have ME/CFS and arthritis which sometimes means I am in too much pain to get a shower that day, I always push myself to do so even if it means I am lying on the tub floor while the shower beats off my sore body. Every now and then though, I say Fuck it. I’m not doing it today. Then I proceed to remain filthy for the day. Filthy to me anyway. It’s not like I’m going out daily getting covered in tar and feathers, I rarely leave my house and I am more likely to be covered in peanut butter toast crumbs. The part 2 of my filthy day involves just laying on the couch all day reading a good book with my dog laying on me. No phone, no texts, no Facebook or Twitter notifications. Just dirty me and a book. Heavenly.
Most of my favorite TV shows are British. My 2 absolute favorites being Doctor Who and Coronation Street. I own EVERY Doctor Who episode from Classic to the 2010 Reboot/current series. The only episodes I don’t own are the ones that were destroyed or lost by BBC. 54 years of the Doctor, his companions and their travels. I have Doctor Who everything in my home. Shirts, Bathroom accessories, including a TARDIS toothbrush holder, mugs, glasses, nightlight, calendars, Christmas Tree decorations including a Weeping Angel tree topper. Daleks everywhere. Let’s just say, when “C” and I first met, her first impression of me was Giant Nerd/Dork. As for Coronation Street, I’ve been watching on and off since I was a child. My grandfather watched it, and my mother watched it. I’ve been a die-hard fan, never missing an episode for about a decade now. I’ve read the giant book, “Four Decades of Life on the Street”, I have a pile of Corrie magazines, a Corrie Teapot, tea mug, keychain and even the limited edition Corrie Trivia Game that I have never played with anyone. It’s predictable sure, everyone sleeps with everyone else’s spouses, someone is always evil and someone will get their “come uppance” soon. I love it. Other honorable mentions go to Downton Abbey, The Thick of It, The Catherine Tate Show, BlackAdder, Red Dwarf, Peep Show, (and anything Mitchell and Webb do), Sherlock, Black Mirror, and Absolutely Fabulous (anything Jennifer Saunders does really). I just find British TV more satisfying than American programming. The acting is better, the writing is better and it’s deeper. I find American TV goes beyond what it needs to be, trying to impress with effects and set designs and large salaries but the scripts and writing are often too weak for me. No.
On Peanut Butter & Snacks
I’m a peanut butter freak. “C” always complains I don’t leave her any. I put that shit on everything. I even dip plain potato chips in it. If I’m hungry, I grab a spoonful of peanut butter and the world seems right again. I am also addicted to Diet Coke. I know it’s bad for me with it’s aspartame and such but I just can’t give it up. To me, there are few things more appealing than an ice cold can of Diet Coke in all it’s carbonated glory. Delicious. Satisfying. Bad for you. I cannot be trusted around baked goods either. Despite my gluten intolerance and severe reactions: if I see cake, I’m eating cake. I am not above getting up in the middle of the night at my mother in law’s house and sneaking up to the kitchen oh so quietly to sample her baked wares. She’s an excellent baker, and I can’t resist or control myself. I usually end up going home swollen with skin issues and one partially closed eye, but… Cake. Other guilty pleasure snacks include dark chocolate (preferably with peanut butter), potato chips in a rainbow of flavors and seeds and nuts.
On Music Preferences
My favorite band of all time is Metallica. I have been a fan since I was 13 years old and have all their albums. I listen to them almost daily. Other favorites include Queens of the Stone Age, anything Jack White does, the Black Keys and 90s Grunge. That being said, when I’m in a mood, I’m not above blasting Kelly Clarkson, Cher, Jill Barber, ABBA or old Carpenters tunes. My favorite, feeling good song is Nina Simone’s I’m Feeling Good. I also reluctantly, enjoy Kanye West‘s old music. Jesus Walks is my all time favorite rap/hip hop tune. I’m not versed in new music at all. I kind of found a decade I liked and stuck with it. I am not ashamed of knowing all the lyrics to old Linda Ronstadt songs either.
My Hobbies & Interests
I have many. I have a hard time just sitting still and doing nothing. I need to have something to do with my hands at all times. Be it a video game on my IPad, coloring in one of my many Adult Coloring books, knitting or writing. I used to paint as well and it’s something I really miss but I need supplies. I have painted pet portraits for a living in the past. Animals are my favorite painting subject. Particularly dogs. They have such expressive faces and pure souls. It brought me a lot of joy. I created a website for my paintings several years ago but I haven’t kept it up to date but you can view my paintings here (it’s not set up for mobile devices however).
Other Things to Come Clean About
I’m a book
hoarder collector. I have hundreds of books and thousands more digitally. I’ll never read them all in my lifetime. It doesn’t stop me from getting new books though.
I like taking hour long baths with my Ipad. I put something good on, like I don’t know, Doctor Who, and sit in the hot water submersed. It’s heavenly and oh so relaxing.
I love ALL the dogs. I may not know your name, but I know your dog’s name, his interests and time of day he likes to poop.
I love miniature things. I have a miniature dachshund. If it were socially acceptable, I’d still have a dollhouse to play with and rearrange the furniture in. Someday, I will have an old haunted dollhouse. Even if I’m 80.
What are some of your Guilty Pleasures?
Live Humbly, Be Charitable, Live Graciously,
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