Wednesday, July 23, 2014

guilty pleasures

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.


Connie Rose said...

Totally delightful in every way! You definitely deserve it. Screw guilt!! xoxo

Julie said...

Yep, I'm with Connie! I hadn't heard about Elaine Stritch but how sad. So many of the great entertainers. From my youth seem to be passing.

We have it hot and humid here in the UK too and I will be glad when temperate returns. Enjoy your day today.

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

I too was very sad to hear of Elaine's passing. I saw her in "Company" in L.A. and was totally captivated, and became an immediate fan for life. I will have to have my hubby the video whizz look for the video you mentioned. As for guilt... no time, having too much fun! Weather-wise, it has been warmer than normal here as predicted, but at least we have been getting some much-needed rain. Hopefully, temps will start to go down soon. We don't have a/c because normally we only have high temps in June, so every fan in the house has been doing double duty this summer...

Janet W said...

Don't miss Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, released early this year. What a grande dame she was! And don't forget Jojo Moyes new book for your summer indulgence.

Karaquilts said...

I love stopping in for a quick visit with you ~ ~ usually I'm silent, but always I am stimulated! I just wanted to say thank you for also sharing authors, I just finished up Jojo Moyes, at your recommendation, and now look forward to another new author. I'd far rather curl up with a book than a movie, so new-to-me writers are always a gift. Keep on sharing~ ~ ~ and always, just be you and completely "guilt-free"!

Charlotta said...

I was so very fortunate to see Elaine Stritch live on Broadway in her fabulous one woman show several years ago, thanks to my husband who has a much better taste in all things theater than I do.
Apart from that, stop with the guilt already! If all pleasure had to be guilty, I would've never started quilting! It's one of my favorite things in the world to do, and I refuse to feel guilty about it, or about reading a good book! Enjoy your life now. You never know when it's too late to do so.

Mystic Quilter said...

Love this post, your Birkenstocks - I adore the colour!
I wasn't aware that Elaine Stritch had died so thank you for mentioning her show on You Tube - just watched a little of it!

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