Guilty Pleasures: Things That Start With ‘S’

I’ve had fun reading others’ posts about their favorite things themed around one letter.  Marcia Richards shared the letter ‘L’, Kathy Owen shared ‘R’, Myndi Shafer picked ‘B’, and I’ve been assigned the letter ‘S.’  Many more of you shared your favorite letter lists, so feel free to put your links in the comments so I can check em out!  Or if you want to play along, let me know, and I’ll give you a letter!

My Favorite Things That Start with ‘S’:

1.  Sense and Sensibility


I love all Jane Austen.  But this one starts with S.  Demure and responsible Elinor.  Spirited and whimsical Marianne.  Edward, Colonel Brandon, and Willoughby!  Need I really say more?

2. Scattegories


Remember this game?  It’s one of my favorites, yes, more than Scrabble.  Scattegories is a game with a dice that has every letter of the alphabet on it.  The dice is rolled and that’s the letter for the round, which is timed.  Each player has a list of categories they must create an answer for with that letter.  If another player has that same answer, both are disqualified, so it’s best if you come up with creative answers.  LOVE THIS GAME!

3.  Storytelling

My Medusa Halloween costume circa 2009

When I was in high school I participated in Forensics, which is actually more like performance or debate than the CSI shows everyone thinks of now.  My category was storytelling.  We had rules like you couldn’t get out of the chair you sat in at the front of the room, but other than that, you picked your stories.  We had to have 5 in our repetoire and the judge picked the one they wanted to hear based on the title.  Some of you who met me at DFW Con learned I’m pretty good at voices!  I can do a mean kid with a cold, an Irish king, and at one time I was good at doing Medusa!

4.  Scavenger Hunts

One of my favorite things to do with kids I babysat for back in the day.  Let them create themed scavenger hunts, write out clues, plant surprises along the way, booby traps, you name it!  I’ve helped create a lot of Harry Potter scavenger hunts, and Pokemon, and Pogs, and Beanie Babies…  Everyone was awesome.

5.  Science Fiction


I am a bit of a sci fi nerd.  I like Star Wars.  I dig Futurama.  And I am engrossed by late night marathons of the Syfy channel’s Face Off.  Make up artists competing to create the best monster or creature look?  Heck yah!  And I LOVE, Luh-Huhv the cult hit classics that are Mystery Science Theater 3000.  The worst of the worst films out there, being re-dubbed by robots and humans trapped in a spaceship!!!  *Squee!*

6.  South Korea

This past April I traveled to South Korea to visit a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed my trip.  The people, the city, and oh the food!  I was craving bulgogi the other day!  It was quite the experience for me, bumming around a foreign country where little english was spoken during the day and then trying a plethora of drinks at the Korean hofs (bars)!  Makali might be my fave – it’s a sweet drink, made of rice.  But soju is good too, and helps cut the spice.  If you are a beer drinker and you might want to learn the phrase, “Maekju hanna juseyo,” which means “please bring me a beer.”  😉

7.  Sleep

Sleep is a very precious thing to me.  As a bit of an insomniac, I appreciate sleep.  I love nights when I dream, even if it makes no sense.  The other night I dreamed all my teeth fell out!  Should I worry?

8.  Serena Ryder

My favorite female artist right now is Serena Ryder from Canada.  Her voice is powerful, gritty, and full of rock.  I love all her songs!  You must check her out.  “What I Want to Know” is my favorite song, but “Little Bit of Red” and “Stumbling Over You” are great too!

9.  Strangers With Candy


Ok, this show, which lasted for three seasons on comedy central, is sooo not politically correct, but that’s why I love it!  Starring writing and acting talents Amy Sedaris (sister to David, the writer), Paul Dinello, and host of the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert, Strangers With Candy is the chronicle of Jerri Blank (Sedaris).  Jerri is a 40-something returned to high school, picking up her life where she left off.  She’s still boy crazy, and wants to be a popular girl, but somehow always does the wrong thing for all the wrong reasons…yes, yes I said that right.  It’s hilarious.  Don’t judge till you see it.

10.  Series and Sagas


I admit it.  I’m addicted to series and sagas.  Books, movies, and television.  Especially television.  Why else would I stay up until 3 am watching The Game of Thrones season 1?  And I’m eagerly awaiting the new seasons of Damages, Vampire Diaries, and Dexter.  Such gluttony feels good!

What are your favorite things that start with the letter ‘S’?


25 responses

  1. Another entertaining (and informative on a personal level!) blog! Some of my favorite things that start with S: Sunsets, Sunrise, Sister, Santorini, Stories and yes, also one of my very favorites – Sense and Sensibility (Bill will ask me often “didn’t you just watch that movie’? I love Jane Austen, too 🙂

    1. Have you read them all, Dorie? I have two left. Must read Mansfield Park and Persuasion. I just read Sense and Sensibility this year.

  2. HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF STRANGERS WITH CANDY??? That looks right down my alley…

    Great list, Jess!


  3. Superb selections! 🙂

    1. Sensational alliteration!

  4. Hey, I’ll take a letter. I’ve been looking for ideas…

    1. Ok, John, play along! Try your hand at the letter ‘D’.

  5. Yes, Jess, I have read them all over the years. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite. I love British Literature!

  6. I LOVE your list, Jess! You created awesomeness with “S”! Serena is amazing! I never heard her before but I’m going to search out her videos now. My kind of music, for sure. You resemble her a bit, don’t you think?
    Series and Sagas- another one I love, not those particular ones, though. Some TV series, like Boardwalk Empire, and books like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.
    I have to read Jane Austen at least once. You’re such a fan, you’ve inspired me. British works don’t usually thrill me,but I’ll try it.
    I use to play Scattergories, too! Love playing games! We’ll have to play together one day.
    For other “S” words, I’d add soup-homemade, sand-between my toes, and smooching-with hubs.

    1. Aww I like you S words. Thanks for inviting me to play.

      You must read some Austen. I would recommend Emma. She’s a favorite of mine. Very naive but always trying to help people, I can’t help but love her.

  7. Love that Medusa costume!!
    And the first thing that popped into my head for the letter S: Snickers–the candy bar!

    1. Oooh excellent choice. If I’d had the letter D I’d put Dove chocolate! Yum!!!

  8. Very cool list, Jess! I’m especially a fan of sleep, LOL. Thanks for the shout-out!

    1. I know it’s so precious when we get it, right?! Thanks for sharing your list, Kathy!

  9. So much fun to learn more about you, Jess. My favourite S-word at this precise moment, head buried in revisions, SCOTCH! I’ve promised myself a nice neat one in exactly one more hour! It is Friday night after all!

    1. Hahaha! Love your S word Patricia! I decided to end my night tonight with a glass of pinot noir!


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  11. And my mind went straight to SEX. Bad Mark! But honest Mark.

    I’d love to play along. Gimme a letter! Please, please!! 🙂

    1. LOL. I was keeping it clean!

      Ok, your letter is H. Let’s see what you can come up with!

      1. I was a little buzzed when I left that comment…lol. Oops. Thanks…I’ll see what I can come up with!

  12. Great S words, Jess. Another Scattegories lover! It’s a brilliant game. Your Medusa costume looks awesome. I had never heard of Face Off before but it sounds really fun. I’m a series and sagas fan too but I’ve curbed down my TV time. Game of Thrones and True Blood are the series I’m currently watching.

    1. Are you watching season 2 of Game of Thrones already? I just finished season one and it hooked me.

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