Friday's Top Five - Guilty Pleasures:
5. World Wrestling Entertainment
Admittedly, I haven't actually watched wrestling since the year 2000, but my ears still perk up when I hear mention of Road Dogg or Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
I never was a wrestling fan for the sport aspect of it; for me it was all about entertainment. As in, this was my soap opera, and I watched it for the story lines.
Who doesn't love a riveting tale of good vs. evil... especially when it involves chivalrous (yet bad-assed) hard-bodied men in spandex?? (It sounds ridiculous, I know!)
Even though it's been over a decade since I last watched a match, I still scan the wrestling gossip section of the Edmonton Sun each week... and, yes, I do feel a little weird doing it.
But that's why it's considered a guilty pleasure, right??
4. Nutella and peanut butter
I have a love-hate relationship with food and will try anything at least once. But this is one decadent treat that I've sampled over and over and over (and over) because it's so yummy.
You take a spoonful of Nutella and place it in a bowl. Then you take a spoonful of peanut butter and place it in the same bowl.
And then you sit back and indulge.
I try to trick myself into thinking this is a semi-healthy way of eating Nutella and peanut butter, simply because I've eliminated the carbs found in bread..... but who are we kidding here? This is the definition of sinful.
Even my husband, who has the sweetest sweet tooth of anyone I know (think: Will Ferrell in Elf) seriously frowns upon this treat of mine.
And I'm sure he'll now be even more horrified to know I've revealed this secret online.
3. Bargain hunting
I refuse to pay full price for items unless absolutely necessary.
If Canadian stores allowed for coupon stacking and "Double Coupon Days", then I would totally quit my job and become an Extreme Couponer.
I have to be honest, though. I actually HATE using coupons.
It's a pain to search them out and organize them... and don't even get me started on the anxiety I feel each time I go to the checkout and feverishly watch the clerk as she scans my items and coupons, living in fear that something might go amiss.
But I do it because it saves us money. Full stop.
(As an aside, I'm sure these clerks are dreading the day I qualify for a senior discount... because, by God, I will insist upon it every time!)
2. Extreme AirMiling
Similar to the above, collecting AirMiles can also be a real pain in the butt.
But, again, I do it because it saves us money.
More specifically, I do it because it's allowed us to fly virtually for free for the last eight years.
And THAT, my darlings, is indeed one of my greatest pleasures.
1. Real Housewives
I've mentioned it on here before, and it's worth repeating: I'm a Real Housewives junkie.
There have been multiple spinoffs of this reality series in various cities (Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New York, Washington DC, Vancouver), but the only ones I pay attention to are the Real Housewives of Orange County and the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The OC girls make me want to improve my life (in the same what that watching GI: Jane with Demi Moore makes me want to get fit).
And, frankly, the Jersey girls just remind me of my own Italian family. (You know, minus the millions of dollars that is!)
Admittedly, I've only been able to catch a handful of episodes on TV this year.... but that's why they now have episode summaries online.
Ha, yes, even if I can't tune it, I can still get caught up on their goings-on and hopefully still live a little vicariously through these
Gotta love it!
All right, that's it for this week. Head on over to see what Divulge with Dani and (potentially) Juice with Junior have come up with as well.