The truth about guilty pleasures is that I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I believe in PLEASURES. I just don’t believe I should feel any guilt about them.

That being said, there a few things maybe I could be a little embarrassed by, if I wanted to.

the-goonies_320My love for the Goonies. I’ve seen it over 200 times, easily.

17_2596_largeMy feelings about this chocolate bar. This flavor, specifically, is all mine.

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 3.20.37 PMThe number of Kate Spade purses I’ve acquired. This bag, specifically, I bought for selling my second book. Come at me.

200px-8_ball_icon.svgThe amount of hours I need to sleep every night.

the-bennet-girlsWatching Jane Austen period pieces. Watching and watching and watching.

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 3.28.01 PMReading frothy, fun mysteries instead of Very Serious Literature.

FUN3162-Big-Bang-Theory-Amy-Farrah-Fowler-Pop!_3That I own this very doll—er, collectible. Mint in box.

1150249_fpxHow many pairs of pink shoes I own.

blissfully-cute-baby-animals-baby-bunny-5How much I love baby animal photos. And bunnies, generally.

You can try to make me feel bad about what a five-year-old girl I am, but it won’t work. I’m in my 40s now, so I’m pretty much molded into what I’m going to be. And if it’s five-like and blissed out over pink shoes and bunny rabbits, you can bet I’m OK with it.

What blisses you out?


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Lori Rader-Day is the author of the mystery THE BLACK HOUR (Seventh Street Books, July 2014). She grew up in central Indiana, but now lives in Chicago with her husband and very spoiled dog.

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  1. I think your last paragraph nails it. It’s age that makes the “guilty” fall away from “guilty pleasures.”

    I saw a couple of young guys recently and watched as one of their phones rang, and the other guy said, horrified, “You like _that_?” (complaining about the guy’s ring tone), and other guy stammered, trying to explain that he didn’t really like “that” (whatever “that” was) and that it was just the default ring tone.

    Even I wasn’t buying his explanation, but I’m also aware that, in his position, I wouldn’t have given a damn. Why yes, my ring tone is “Look Down” from Les Miserables, why do you ask? (It’s not, but someday I will figure out how to change it — can you imagine that when you get a phone call? BAH BAAAAH!! boom boom boom! — that would be so cool!)

    Anyway, I wrote a blog post about my lack of guilt about my pleasures these days: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=2990

  2. I’m with you on the sleep thing, big time. I don’t get people who say, I’ll sleep when I die. Do they just not need much sleep naturally? Because I’m barely functional if I go too long without good sleep.

      1. I think age is a big factor.

        When I was in my twenties, I had a full time day job and a band (which is kind of like a full- time night job). Sometimes we (my wife was the drummer) would get home after 5am, sleep for an hour and fifteen minutes, shower (after a gig, you _have_ to shower) and go to work.

        Now, a few decades after my twenties, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to do that even once, let alone regularly.


      1. Lori,

        I am familiar with all except for the doll. Is it a Daria doll? Just wondering.

        I heard the Goonies was filmed in the SF Bay Area.

        1. Goonies was filmed in Astoria, Oregon, the real place named in the film. I’ve never been, but I’d love to go sometime.

          The doll is of Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory. I’m sort of obsessed.

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