A Guilty Pleasure is defined as something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it. The "guilt" involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one's lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes, such as campy styles of entertainment. Fashion, video games, music, films, and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures. We all have them. We all will admit to most of them, among friends, but to put it out there on the internet for all to see? Well that's another story. Bust as I have promised to bring you the unflinching view of beauty and geekery I bring you some of my guilty pleasures.
1. Makeup! Playing dress up with makeup. I don't really own fancy clothing, so when I want to play dress up, I dress up my face. I rarely have the time to do this any more, what with Darthypie taking up most of my time, but when I find myself with uninterrupted time and a little glitter on hand, I go crazy doing up my eyes, lips, cheeks and heck, whole face with crazy makeup. Since my application skills kinda suck, I don't ever publish those photos, but it's still fun to play with makeup from time to time.
2. FOOD! Of course certain foods are a guilty pleasure. There is that certain famous chocolate hazelnut spread that we all know and love. I could sit down with bag of pretzels and just dip and eat to my hearts content. I totally feel guilty after eating it because it's so bad for me, but not all that guilty because it seems like everyone else would probably, or does do the same thing. Another food item I adore is ... that canned meat synonymous with unwanted e-mail.
Yes. Canned meat. Oh so popular for being hated, I love the stuff. I love it fried most of all. It gets this crispy coating on the outside and a juicy feel inside. I can't describe how delicious it is. Yes. I know it's probably made from gross parts of animals that I don't even want to know about, but I do keep a certain level of denial when eating the stuff. I know that 1.39 million Hawaiians can't be wrong, since it is one highest per capita areas in the US where this dish is served. In fact, in Hawaii, they even serve it in sushi form. You know I must now go to Hawaii to eat that tasty dish!
3. Music! If I am in my car and I'm with Mr. Sith or without him, I always love to belt out bad 1980's ballads. It particularly bothers Darthypie when we sing these songs together as he just wants to listen to the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back or a John Williams CD...but I have to give my little guy some "culture" and stuff to talk with his future Therapist about, right? I just pop on over to the 80's channel and songs like:
Everytime you go Away - by Paul Young
We Belong - by Pat Benatar
Der Kommissar - by After the Fire
I can Dream About you - by Dan Hartman
Waiting for a Girl like you - by Foreigner
Kyrie - by Mr. Mister
A Little Respect - by Erasure
Broken Wings - by Mr. Mister
Break my Stride - by Matthew Wilder
Sister Christian - by Night Ranger
Don't Stop Believin' - by Journey
I mean when a band has 2 songs on this list, you know they are truly CHEEZEY Music from the 1980's. Thank you Mr. Mister! it's amazing how many of the lyrics I remember after all these years. I can't remember what the Peloponnesian War was about or how long the 100 years war lasted (hint, it was longer than 100 years 1337-1453), but I can sing every word to "I can dream about you" by Dan Hartman. I may not remember that Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, but I sure as heck remember every single lyric to "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger. I think if they taught American history, Math and Science while playing power ballads from the 1980's we would have a nation of really smart kids.
4. TV! If I have 2-3 hours of uninterrupted time to do absolutely nothing, I'm playing with my makeup, but in the background, I'll have the TV on. and what will be on the TV? Usually reality television. I hate to admit ti, but I love watching reality TV. It's a sort of exercise in Schadenfreude. Schadenfreude is a German word meaning pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. By watching Reality TV I can prove to myself that my life isn't all that bad. After all, at least my every move and thought is not televised for millions to see every day and on and on through syndication...right? If it's not reality TV, I'll probably be watching some soap opera style show with some serious over the top "drama". While it might not be "real" it's still a form of Schadenfreude when I watch shows like that. And speaking of Guilty pleasure TV...
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So, what are some of YOUR guilty pleasures?
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