The Friday Five yesterday was about guilty pleasures.
I'm not sure anything should be a guilty pleasure. If you are enjoying yourself, then do it. If you're are not, then don't. If you're finding pleasure in something you should NOT be doing- exploitation, abuse of self or others, pain, destruction- stop and get help.
Otherwise, I like to abide by this passage, Ecclesiastes 3:9-14:
I love that passage so much that I chose it for the Hebrew Scripture reading at my ordination.
So, I take pleasure as seriously as anything else, which probably means too seriously.
Five things that I do [unexpectedly] enjoy:
1. Ham. I love ham. I don't eat it that often because my husband is not really a fan. Consequently, I consume a large amount if there is ham nearby.
2. Pens. I like to have all kinds of pens at hand- colors, ink types, point size. The number of pens that I have mean that this has passed necessity and gone into pleasure.
3. Candied fennel seed. Delicious. Hard to find. Little jars occasionally round my purchases from a certain online retailer- just to reach the free shipping threshold, of course.
4. Romance novels. Not all kinds, not all the time- but smart heroines, smart heroes, precarious situations... ah, escapism.
5. Jell-o. I love Jell-o. Love the "salads". Love the molds. Love to drink it warm. Mmm, jell-o.
Frankly, I don't feel guilty about any of these things. They don't interfere with my regular life, make up large parts of my diet, or consume [too much] of my discretionary income. They're all suitable for their time, just as God intended.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to read this book until my ham is done and the Jell-o is set. I also need to put candied fennel seeds shopping list. Where's my pen?