It’s the little things in life that make me smile, and there is nothing I love more than a so-called guilty pleasure. I consider anything frou-frou that might be questionable for my health or well-being to be a “guilty” pleasure, but that doesn’t stop me from indulging in them often. Today I’d like to share a few of my favorites.
1. Hot Tamales
I’m not one to say no to candy of any sort, but there is something absolutely irresistible about a big red box of Hot Tamales. They are the perfect consistency and size for mindless snacking! I try to limit my Hot Tamale snacking to going to the movies since they are full of sugar and empty calories, but when I do indulge, only a big Jumbo box will do. I love the zing of the cinnamon flavor and the gummy texture.
2. Trendy Pop Music
My tastes in music vary wildly based on my mood. I can be found listening to anything from a classical Bach flute sonata to a fast-paced hip hop tune and love everything in between. Something I’m loathe to admit is my fervent love for bubble gum pop music. It started back as a teen when I couldn’t get enough of Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” and has never subsided. My current guilty pleasure is Carly Rae Jespen’s “Call Me Maybe.” I simply cannot get enough of the upbeat tune! Every time is comes on the radio, which is frequently; I turn it up and unabashedly sing along. Critics be damned; it’s really good stuff!
3. Fizzy Yellow Beer
Those of you who know me well know that I love a good craft brew. I adore a well-crafted golden hefeweizen and dream of a thick, frosty stout. I frequent my local breweries and savor every drop of the delicious homemade beers. However, I have an unending love for their cheap, fizzy yellow cousin as well. It’s inexpensive and has the propensity to give you a wicked hangover, but I love the way the tiny bubbles dance in the glass and on my tongue. There are occasions when only the red-headed-ugly-stepchild of beers will do.
4. Stand-Up Comics on Social Media
I love to laugh, and thanks to social media I am only a click away from the giggles when I follow a stand-up comedian on YouTube or Twitter. A couple of my favorites are Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) and Ross Matthews (@helloross). Between the two of them my Twitter feed is full of smiles. Another favorite is Ellen Degeneres. I follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube because I have rarely ever watched one of her segments and not laughed my butt off. She is simply hilarious, and thus is one of my guilty pleasures.
5. McDonalds French Fries
This one probably tops the list of poor nutritional choices, but also leads in pure pleasure. I’m convinced that the kind folks at McDonalds fry up those golden rods of goodness in pure crack, because once I have one, there is no stopping me. I’ve grown smarter as of late and have not indulged in a McDonalds meal in a very long time, but even as I type now I can taste the warm, salty goodness.