Every so often, you just need to treat yourself nicely.
Last week I was very sad for a couple of days after Elaine Stritch died. I have never forgotten her performance in Stephen Sondheim's "Company," which I saw in 1970 and have adored her ever since. The NY Times article and video this morning reminded me that I had never seen her one-woman Broadway show done when she was 77, and I put it on my "look for it on-line" list.
Guilty Pleasure #1: spending the afternoon watching a show
This afternoon, after coming home from a condolence call to a dear friend whose husband died last weekend, I needed a lift. Changed into my hot weather clothes, sat down at the computer, and spent 2-½ hours watching Elaine Stritch at Liberty. I never do that. Never. I am not a tv watcher, as anybody who knows me, knows. But I couldn't tear myself away from the small screen. You don't have to see it all in one sitting, as I did, but do not miss it. Funny, poignant, revealing, and honest to the core. Pure joy.
Guilty Pleasure #2: iced coffee with heavy cream
It has been hot and over-the-top humid here this week, so I have been going out for my walk at 7:30 or 8:00 at night. Last night, not bad. Tonight, I was toast by the time I got home after ½ hour. Now there is thunder and lightning, but no rain. Remember the days when we did not have air conditioning? I knew my leftover coffee from this morning was there for a reason! I normally drink it black, but had some heavy cream leftover from making ice cream last week:-). Heaven.
Guilty Pleasure #3: ice cream and a book
Another glass of iced coffee, this time with some vanilla ice cream and some just-made whipped cream. And I will leave the computer for a book as soon as I finish posting this. I've been reading Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series. I read the first couple of books some years ago and am now catching up on the rest. I have put this confection in the freezer until later.
Guilty Pleasure #4: new Birkenstocks in a color I couldn't resist
Greeted with some snideness by one of my offspring, who was shocked to see some of her child's friends' moms wearing Birks - but cool, kind of dressy ones. Sigh...guess I will have to look for some dressy Birks. An oxymoron??
Guilty Pleasure #5: playing hooky for an art day with a friend.
Tomorrow (although it may be tomorrow by the time you read this) driving up to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson for an exhibit and then a visit to Hudson, NY. I will report back tomorrow night.
Guilty Pleasure #6: leaving the work under the needle and walking away
You will notice I have not mentioned anything about my work. Nevertheless, I have been slogging away at stitching my latest piece, which is taking me longer than usual.
Ok, off to read for a while as I promised myself, while the caffeine from the iced coffee wears off. Enough guilty pleasures for one day! But really, I don't feel the least bit guilty.
Why should I? Life is too short.