Chocolate is my drug of choice. I really need a piece a day to keep my spirits up. On really bad days, I have two pieces of chocolate. I'm actually pretty good at stopping there. I don't know what it is about chocolate, but I think it has some kind of magical properties to it. I always feel better after I indulge in it. The world always seems more manageable somehow. My daughter loves chocolate as much as I do. She had her first real piece of it after she turned 3. It was a solid chocolate heart. She took one bite out of it and yelled, "Chocolate is FANTASTIC!" I had never heard her use the word "fantastic" before! Yup, she's definitely my daughter.
When I say trashy, I don't mean the Harlequin romance books (even I have my standards). I'm talking about beach reads that have no redeeming quality to them other than to entertain the reader! My favorite series are the Shopaholic series from Sophie Kinsella and the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich. Anything that makes me laugh helps restore my coping mechanisms.
Paranormal "Reality" Television Shows
My husband can't get why I love these shows so much, but I do! Ever since I was 8, I was obsessed with the paranormal and read up on everything involving ESP and ghosts (okay, I'm probably a bit of an Aspie myself). Now there are programs that show people hunting for ghosts! Awesome! My favorites are "Ghost Hunters," "Ghost Hunters International," "Ghost Adventures," and "Destination Truth." There are many more that I watch, but if I list them all, my husband will cancel our satellite television subscription, so I have to keep a low profile ("Hi, honey!").
Highbrow Television Shows
There are television shows my husband and I like to watch together. What makes these shows highbrow? Well, I'm not as embarrassed to blog about them! Our favorites right now include "True Blood" and "Breaking Bad." Yes, both can be very violent and sex-filled, so I can't exactly relate to them. Hey, that's why they're such great escapes, right?
Romantic Comedy Films
Just like the trashy novels, I really enjoy movies that I can simply sit back and enjoy. Here, I have a lot of conflict with my husband. He prefers dramas--usually the more death and tragedy, the better! His favorite movie last year was "The Road." He found it uplifting. I wanted to shoot myself after seeing it. It was sooooo depressing. Give me a great comedy anytime!
Moms' Nights (or Days) Out
I don't do many Moms' nights (or days) out anymore. I used to be better about going out to dinner once a month or so with other moms. But now that my daughter is in school, and I have a lot of time to myself, I don't feel the need to get out of the house as strongly as I used to. However, I've gotten really bad about socializing because of it. So, I try to get together with friends whenever I can. I don't do it very often, but I do find it very reaffirming when I do.
Big Annual Splurge
This was something I did last year and decided to make an annual tradition of it around my birthday. Last year, I saw a gorgeous pink Coach bag on sale, so I bought it. It was more money than I've ever spent on anything that wasn't jewelry. I loved it though. A year later, it still looks as gorgeous as the day I bought it, even though I've worn it every day. I bought myself another Coach bag this year! I generally don't splurge on myself, so this one big thing each year is a great reminder that I'm a worthwhile person and deserve nice things once in a while (in this case, once a year!).
I started blogging this past February because I thought it would be a fantastic way to work at home and bring in money. However, I quickly learned that it's really hard to make money at blogging. I did find that it was incredibly fun and supportive. The blogging community is made up of an amazing group of women. And I find it to be incredibly therapeutic to write. By nature, I'm not an introspective person, so blogging is forcing me to be more so. I've been feeling much happier and less stressed since I've started blogging!
What are your guilty pleasures--keep it clean, this is a family blog!