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Day #24, 30 Days of Appreciation: Throwing Away the Guilt - Laura Wise

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October 10th, 2014


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07:08 pm - Day #24, 30 Days of Appreciation: Throwing Away the Guilt
Just got back from seeing an art-museum opening in my Small Town, and one of the paintings -- a figure of the American West, present and not-present -- is haunting me so that I'll have to turn off the computer in a bit and listen to old Rickie Lee Jones albums until the unsettledness subsides. But for now --

The concept of a 'guilty' pleasure is complicated for me. I can feel guilt if the wind changes, to be honest, so yes, I have been known to feel guilty about liking pop-cultural artifacts that are a) too popular, b) too unpopular, c) making friends unhappy, or d) some random north-northwest reason. But here are a few current loves for which I am going to throw away the guilt:

*my enjoyment of lots of EDM (electronic dance music), usually on the pop side but not always. This goes back to my love of early-2000s chillout music, I think, with a side of exercise-class pleasure, but anyway. I stop and listen to Calvin Harris tracks, I like Zedd, I am currently fascinated by "Waves" by Mr Probst.
*my enjoyment of the Ed Sheeran hit song "Don't," which has an infectious little tune and simmering anger underneath.
*my deep and powerful love for Peter Capaldi's Doctor, even though among those I know online, only freixenet and I like him. He's my chap. He makes me happy.

What do you love that people tell you shouldn't? Whatever it is, throw away the guilt and let it make you happy.

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From:wildrider
Date:October 10th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I have many things I feel guilty joy about!

The movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band -- still makes me warm with joy when I watch it.

Gilligan's Island. I love it, I own all three seasons on DVD. It has the power to make me laugh!

Sugary kids' cereals! I don't eat them often, but at this moment I have a box of Count Chocula on the shelf because they started selling it for Halloween!

Very bad-for-me plain old comfort foods, like fatty biscuits & gravy or plain white sandwich bread. I had Chicken-n-Stars for lunch today.

(And I do LIKE Mr. Capaldi, honest! I just haven't quite accepted him as the Doctor yet... I'll get there. :) )
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Biscuits and gravy! Chicken fried steak! Yes, I have that comfort-food jones too. :)

Cheers, and feel better!
From:gwynnega
Date:October 10th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
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I think soaps were a guilty pleasure of mine at one time, but I've long since stopped feeling guilty about them! :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
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No reason to feel guilty over the soaps, true enough! :)

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From:mamculuna
Date:October 11th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
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Capaldi lover here, too--but I don't post about it, so how would anyone know?

I'm thinking either all pleasures are guilty or none are, but have to admit I want to tiptoe away if someone looks at the contents of my iPod. Or even the iPod, its own classic self.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I am now trying to think of pleasures that aren't guilty.

A yoga stretch, a fresh carrot, an apple, a glass of iced water on a hot day....

You should play that game! :)

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From:anne_d
Date:October 11th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
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Certain sexy Regency romances. Peter Davison. Arthur Darvill. I'd add Antiques Roadshow, but the Husband watches it too, so that's just more of an embarassment.

I'm glad you have things that make you happy, and you should definitely not feel guilty about them.

PS Mr Capaldi is charming, and I think is a fine Doctor. It's the writing I don't care for this season. Also Clara, but that's another issue entirely.

Edited at 2014-10-11 03:31 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Love the Regencies and PDavison and ADarvill too! :)

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From:cindergal
Date:October 11th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
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I still love ANTM - how's that for guilt inducing??? ;-) But these days, I take my pleasures where I can find them, guilty or no. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your Doctor, L!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Heee, I love that you love ANTM! You deserve all the pleasures right now.

[hugs hugs]
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From:freixenet
Date:October 11th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I feel guilty and embarrassed for loving Tom Cruise, but there it is. The heart wants what the heart wants!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Enjoy what you love, F! :)

[hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:October 11th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Cheese and onion crisps. Always.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 12th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Crisps are so wonderful. :)

Cheers, and more crisps for you!
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From:stateless82
Date:October 12th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC)
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I'm hoping confidently that I'll love Capaldi's Doctor. The bits of scenes I've seen on Tumblr seem exactly right for me.

Depending on who's in front of me, I'm embarrassed to some degree about most of the things I like- music, books, TV...
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From:laurawise
Date:October 12th, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I so so hope you like him! :)

And let's not be embarrassed, even though I know what you mean. [pinky-swear]

Hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:October 13th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Zedd is some very good driving music :)

Back from London (rained mostly every day and when it wasn't it was windy), lovely visit, saw all of the things. Including a fellow that reminded me of your Dandies page on Pinterest, he was very striking!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 13th, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, tell me what you saw! Besides a dandy, which is delightful in the extreme. :)

Yay and cheers for you!
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From:janus_74
Date:October 13th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Let's see...

New to us for sightseeing were the Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge Tour, Wellington Arch, Monument, Greenwich and Eltham Palace (forgot to add the Dickens Museum and Foundling Museum which were basically around the corner from our hotel, the Foundling Museum had an excellent café). All fun and interesting, HMS Belfast was surprisingly interesting and a good experience.

Did the Tower of London again to see the poppies which were stunning. Transportation Museum, Museum of London, British Museum, Kensington Palace and Apsley House were all repeats but worth it.

Had a fantastic Champagne flight at Fortnum and Mason before seeing The Mousetrap. Highly recommend F&M...the play was okay, I think a different director might have been more my style. Had an after show snack at the Ivy across the street...best just not to think about the exchange rate when looking at the prices :)

Did a bunch of shopping. Most interesting was Primark; I have no comparison at all for how busy it was in there. But I got lots of stuff for cheap and if it lasts more than a wash or two it's worth it. Talked my sister into buying something from Floris which was fun.

Need to go back soon, I miss it already.

Hope you have a fantastic time!

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From:laurawise
Date:October 13th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
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You did so many cool things but my eyes went straight to "Champagne flight at Fortnum and Mason." OH YES PLEASE. :)

Cheers and YAY for what sounds like a fabulous trip!

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