Guilty pleasures and strange obsessions

A while back, Elsie Larson of

A Beautiful Mess


a post about her funny habits and guilty pleasures

. She encouraged readers to do similar blog posts of their own, so here's mine.

1. I have an obsession with the Mitford sisters that is reaching a ridiculous threshold.

It started when I bought an 800-page collection of their correspondence on a whim. Immediately after finishing that, I got on Amazon and ordered seven more books either written


a Mitford sister or



Mitford Sisters Books
Mitford Sisters Books

And this doesn't even include Nancy's novels, which are also on my to-read list once I exhaust the non-fiction section of Mitford-related books.

2. I like to stock my freezer with several pints of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.

Well, I never know if I'll be in the mood for Backyard Mint or Queen City Cayenne or Black Coffee, etc. I have been known to eat half a pint in the bathtub, in my bed while watching

Downton Abbey

, or even in a traffic jam on the way home from Whole Foods (I mean, it could melt!) . In fact, I will go out of my way to stop by Whole Foods just to get Jeni's. It's


good. Also, I met Jeni at a book signing (her amazing cookbook is available


) and I was definitely overly excited and a little star-sturck. Embarrassing but true.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Apparently I'm not the only one obsessed, because someone made this adorable video:

Sublime Holiday from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams on Vimeo.

3. I am incapable of book monogamy.

No matter how much I love a book, I always start 5 more before I finish it.


are all the ones I'm juggling right now.


4. I adore watching wedding shows.

I've actually been a bit obsessed with weddings since I was a little. I wasn't into planning my own wedding, like you always hear girls do; I was obsessed with going to one because I'd never been. In fact, I never got to go to a wedding until I was 19 years old and a friend of mine got married.

Four Weddings
My Fair Wedding
Say Yes to the Dress

5. I am obsessed with taking photos of my cat, August.

He's just so damn photogenic, I can't help but take tons of pictures of him and then come up with reasons to post them on my blog . . . like pretty much what I'm doing right now.

August sleeping in Ryan's drawer
August's birthday
Looks like we're all stocked up on peanut butter, Triscuits, and ... cat tails.
Auggie is the mayor of Box City.
A sphere of perfect cuteness
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