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Guilty Pleasures

I have a confession. Nay, a proclamation: I love Justin Bieber. Do you think I’m joking? What if I said it in sparkling purple letters?

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It wasn’t love at first sight. Or even first listen. I mean, I knew who he was and I knew all the little girls in the world were in love with him, but I hadn’t listened to a second of his music. Then one day he somehow came up in a conversation with The Brother and our BFF X. I made some dismissive remark about the Biebs and The Brother (the musician, you know) said “Have you even heard “Baby”?”

“Ummm, no.”

“You have to listen to it. It’s pure pop genius.”

“WHAT?!”

“It really is good,” BFF X affirmed.

And so they made me listen to Baby. Pretty soon, we were listening to it on repeat in the car running around Austin. A lot. But it wasn’t until we finally rented Never Say Never (from Redbox, because it was a last minute movie decision and there was no way in hell we were going to walk into I Love Video and rent it) that I became a Belieber. A 26 year old Belieber who pre-orders his upcoming Christmas album. Yes. This has happened.

Thirteen year-old Christine would be so ashamed of nearly 27 year-old Christine. Young teenage Christine shunned EVERYTHING her peers were into back in the day. ‘N Sync, Hanson, JTT (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, in case you have somehow forgotten how hot he was in the ’90s), nail polish, lip gloss, Clueless…I could go on for pages. Instead, I listened to Glen Miller, read Dickens and Austen (“I’ll stick with reading the book that Clueless ripped off, thank you very much”) and watched Casablanca approximately 47 times in one year. Maybe that is how I justify my Bieber love. “Look, World, I wasn’t into the Backstreet Boys, so I am allowed Justin Bieber as my guilty pleasure, okay?”

Honestly though, the idea that I should somehow feel guilty over something that makes me happy is just plain absurd. Who made up these rules, anyway? I love reading young adult novels. I love Radiohead. I love Justin Bieber. I love Jane Austen. I love watching The Fashion Police. I love David Foster Wallace. None of these loves are mutually exclusive. I’m happy to say that at the ripe old age of almost 27, I have finally learned to openly embrace what brings me pleasure while leaving the “guilt” behind.

So, dear readers, what are YOUR so called “guilty pleasures”? Whatever it is, I hope you have learned to embrace it, own it and love it! And tell me all about it in the comments.

Forever a Belieber,

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I am obsessed with the following video. I’ve posted it on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook—basically everywhere on the internets. And if you follow me on any of those lovely places, you are probably over this. But I don’t care—I love this video and I want everyone to see it because I think it will make you happy.

WHY DO I LOVE THIS SO MUCH?! Granted, 80% of my love of this video comes from my love of all things Disney and my unbridled passion for the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland. Clearly, Lily loves Disneyland as much as I do. I kinda want to take Lily to Disneyland myself because I think we would have The. Greatest. Time. Ever. But I love this video for other reasons.

1. Lilly literally CAN NOT understand how her mom knew she wanted those DVDs. When was the last time someone bought you something you DID NOT ask for and it was exactly what you wanted? It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? It means someone was paying attention to you. Someone knows you well enough to know exactly what you like and what you want before you even had to ask for it or buy it yourself. It seems like those type of surprise gifts don’t happen as often once we grow up, which is sad.

2. This is girl is excited about EVERYTHING. Everything is cool. Everything is a surprise. And she loves it all. Oh my gosh, I can not remember the last time I felt like that. Although thinking about it, it was probably at Disneyland.

3. Lily is cool with playing along and pretending. She has probably been told that even though she really, really wants to go to Disneyland all the time, she can’t. But she can play and pretend she’s going! That is a fun game! When her mom says “Why don’t we go?”, Lily goes along with it. She doesn’t sulk and say something about how she wants to go to Disneyland, but you said I can’t. Basically, she has the best attitude ever.

4. My favorite part of the video is right after she realizes this is not a joke, she is going to Disneyland. It’s when she is so happy she is crying and she just HAS to give her mom a hug. She realizes what a big deal this is and she doesn’t take it for granted. She is grateful and she loves her parents for this. This kid is made of awesome on so many levels. Congratulations, Lily’s parents—you are doing it right.

This may sound ridiculous, but this video makes me feel hopeful. There is a little girl out there who loves and appreciates her parents and her parents clearly only want to make their kid happy. That girl loves Disneyland and, like me, will love it just as much twenty years from now. The world isn’t such a bad place after all.

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