The following esteemed AW colleagues have already shared their guilty pleasures for the January Blog Chain. Give ’em a read please. There’s some great stuff there.
It’s now my turn to present my confessions, my guilty pleasures, my Scarlet Letters of shame. Mine fall into three categories: WOT’s (Wastes of Time), WOC’s (Wastes of Calories) and WOM’s (Wastes of Money).
Starting with my WOT’s, I can goof off for hours at a time with any of the following activities:
Not only has Amazon made owning books more convenient, they’ve made whim-like acquisition dangerously easy and nearly tripled my to-be-read queue. Am I naughty for going into my local Barnes & Noble or Target and browsing through all the books, looking for a good one, then returning to my car to make my purchases on my Kindle? Amazon doesn’t think so and neither do I. I LOVE my Kindle. I also love to have my Kindle read aloud novels that I wrote, though sometimes the electronic voice pronounces the names wrong and gets the accents and emphases all wonky. It makes me snicker though, so I can overlook it most of the time.
While reading is not a vice, normally, when it distracts from other priorities it becomes a guilty pleasure. The Kindle fits easily in a file folder, allowing me to tuck my Kindle out of sight at work. While my computer program chugs along, I open the folder, and sneak in a chapter of whatever book I’m reading. To the casual observer, I appear to be totally engrossed in my “work”. I know, I know. I’m very naughty.
This horribly addictive game is guaranteed to aggravate your carpal tunnel syndrome.
iTunes is especially voracious of my time on Tuesdays when they have a lot of free offerings. My husband also nabs the free download cards from Starbucks whenever they have them as well. In addition, the 30 second teasers can keep me enthralled for long stretches of time, especially if you find where others have put songs you like into published playlists. You then have to check out all the other “if you like this, you may also like this..” tunes.
Firm YaYa’s / YaYa Friends
I can’t provide a link because both message boards are by invitation only. They are Yuku fitness and friends forums. I’ve been a member since the twentieth century and have a post count of over 15,000. Since finding Absolute Write, however, my post rate at those boards has dropped like a stone. Still, I’m good for several posts a week at either of the YaYa sites. YaYa Friends is a spin off of Firm YaYa’s. It was a politically motivated thing. Don’t ask.
Survivor Sucks / Television Without Pity
Not so much lately, but in my not so distant, excessive television watching past, I spent quite a bit of time at the above online forums scouring for spoilers. Survivor Sucks actually covers more than just Survivor. It also has forums for Big Brother and The Amazing Race. I don’t post so much, however, because posters there often draw blood…but are extremely funny and entertaining.
Now for the WOC’s–wastes of calories, to which I guiltily succumb:
Sweets and Snacks
Oy, where to begin. I’ll be concise and simply say that if it has sugar, chocolate, lots of butter or other fats, coconut, frosting, streusel, nuts, or peanut butter in it, I’ll probably eat it. If it’s salty and crunchy, I’ll probably eat it. I cannot be trusted around Cheez-its, macadamia nuts, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, Tortilla chips, Cheetos, Ritz, pistachio nuts, buttered popcorn or Fritos, to mention just a wretched few.
Then there are the WOM’s–wastes of money:
Ever buy a magazine more than once and not until the halfway point of the second read through do you get that deja vu feeling? It’s not until I take out the accumulated stacks of magazines to the recycle bin that I discover, to my horror, that I purchased two copies of the same darned magazine. Even worse are the magazines I purchase that get lost in the shuffle and never read.
Makeup and Other Beauty Products
Suffice to say I’m still looking for the magic elixirs of youth and/or sex appeal. Sephora and Ulta are like Sirens to me; I cannot resist their calls. I never give up searching though. I just know that product XYZ that the YaYa’s raved about (see WOT above) is going to work just as well for me.
To all of these things I plead guilty. Would that I could recover the time, calories and money I’ve frittered away on the above. But then again, what fun would life be without them?
Next up in the chain are: