Six Guilty Pleasures

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My friend June over at Spatter tagged me with a meme:  Six Guilty Pleasures.  And it’s been kind of fun doing it.  June herself wrote a great post on it here.   Now, the truth is, I don’t feel near as guilty as I should when I do these things, but I’ll pretend I do.  :-)

Name six guilty pleasures no one would suspect you of having:

1. I buy Nestle’s Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels and Nestle’s Toll House Butterscotch Morsels regularly to make my children’s favorite oatmeal cookies to send to them at college. At least, that’s my premise for purchase.  Truthfully, many of those morsels never make it into the cookies.   Because I eat them.   By the handful.  No, make that plural.  Handfuls.  Both the chocolate and the butterscotch.  I keep them in a small Tupperware container for easy, surreptitious access.  The butterscotch ones are uncommonly good with peanut butter, which brings me to number two…

2. I love peanut butter.  I mean, really, really love peanut butter.  I’m a Jif girl, always have been.  I eat peanut butter by the spoonful (but I don’t double dip!).  We buy it in huge quantities—in those giant jars.  Last time we went to Sam’s Club, we bought ten jars.  Partly to give to our son Benjamin because he is nuts (no pun intended) about it, too, but really, I personally eat at least one of those jars every single week. If it weren’t for Nestle’s Morsels and peanut butter, I’d be thin and svelte.

3. And speaking of food, back when my children were small, sometimes when preparing their food, I’d be so hungry, I’d take a bite.  Being the alert and clever children that they are, they’d usually notice and ask indignantly, “Who took that bite?”  I invented a story about a greedy kitchen rat named Raggedy Rat who would always take a bite of something when I turned my back. “Darn that Raggedy Rat!” I’d exclaim.  I always thought they’d bought my story until they told me years later that they were always onto me.  They never were easy to fool, though Lord knows I tried.

4. Regular readers of my blog may remember my “googly eyes” post .  If you’re new to my blog, I’ll wait while you go read it.   No, really, I don’t mind.   Go ahead.
                
                  *goes to kitchen to find some morsels*
                  *eats a spoonful of peanut butter*
     
I’m back.  Did you read it?  Well, here’s my new guilty pleasure.  Sometimes, I  put googly eyes on fruits and vegetables at the grocery store.  It doesn’t do any  harm (they peel right off) and I know it makes people laugh because I’ve loitered  around to see reactions.      

5. I love to eavesdrop.  I don’t mean I lurk in closets or behind bushes to overhear private conversations.  I mean, I love to sit in a public place and listen to conversations.  I would much rather listen to people talk than to talk myself, which you probably don’t believe due to the fact that I do seem to ramble on at some length in my posts.  Trust me; I’m really very shy and quiet.

6. When I say I love books, I don’t just mean I love to read, though I do.  I do get a lot of books from the library, but on the happy occasions when I buy or receive a brand new book, I take enormous sensuous pleasure in the newness of that book.  I inhale that new book smell, I run my fingers across the cover (I particularly love it when the cover has dimension), and I even relish the sound of pages ruffling and the little puff of air when you ruffle them.  Yeah, I know that a little weird. But it’s the truth.        

My goodness, how embarrassing.  I’ve rambled on so long that I’ll have to post Part Two tomorrow, Six Guilty Pleasures You Wish You Had the Courage to Indulge.  Not that you’d be interested.  But if you are…

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8 Responses to “Six Guilty Pleasures”

  1. Rhea Says:

    Eavesdropping is just a way of gathering information. I think it’s OK.

  2. wesleyjeanne Says:

    Okay, as you know, I am so with you on the chocolate and butterscotch chip thing. In fact, just last night I bought some preumably to make some 8-Layer Bars for Thanksgiving, but I’m not sure they’ll make it that far.

    Second, I also eat Owen’s food, sometimes right in front of her. It never occured to me I could blame it on a mystery character. Hmmm.

    Third, I agree with Rhea…isn’t eavesdropping (and people watching) just “observational learning”? Or we could call it “research” for your writing career.

    Great post. Can’t wait for the rest of it.

  3. wesleyjeanne Says:

    I forgot to add…the book thing: sometimes, when no one is looking, I press my face into them. Literally. I put my whole face inside the book and inhale while feeling the pages on my cheeks. I’m getting a tingly feeling just talking about it.

  4. June Says:

    Great start Beth! It may not have been by design, but I think the posting in installments makes it all the more fun. I found once I did my post that I kept thinking of more – sometimes better- pleasures. Funny how the brain works. Anyhow, I’m with you all the way on the books. I cherish them in all the same ways. As for the treats…did you ever consider Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Just kidding. I’ve never been a fan of them, but can tell just by looking that they’d be nowhere as yummy as the real stuff 2x.

  5. marion Says:

    Oh, but it has to be CHUNKY peanut butter.

  6. colleen Says:

    It seems that my Guilty Pleasures was much longer. I like this version better.

    I like Smuckers because there is no sugar or hydrogenated oil, but you have to tip the jar upside down to separate the oil. I once was utterly addicted to peanut butter and raisins. I still eat peanut butter regularly but am not addicted now. I don’t go anywhere without my survival food, peanut butter balls with chocalate chips, oatmeal, and honey — rolled in sesame seeds. It makes a great power snack and can hold me over from eating for a hours if need be. It’s got protein, fast energy, AND tastes good.

  7. Part Three: Six Guilty Pleasures « Blue Ridge Blue Collar Girl Says:

    [...] seldom has the book I want to read.  For another, I love owning a book, especially a new one.  (See post below).  I don’t buy many clothes or shoes or spend much on beauty (though I probably should)!  So I [...]

  8. eemilla Says:

    Although she doesn’t buy butterscotch, my mom has always kept semi-sweets around for her consumption, and my brothers and I certainly enjoyed eating them too. I don’t buy a book unless I really love it, so I too love the freshness and stiffness of a new book. Toni Morrison has a great quote, but I cannot remember which book it is from.

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