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?
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!
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.” 😉
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’?
Welcome to another edition of Guilty Pleasures Friday! Indulge yourself, get cozy, here all gluttony reigns! I won’t tell on you.
For the month of October, I’m focusing on all things wicked. So today’s guilty pleasures are my top 10 favorite things about fall.
- The Desire to Spend Copious Amounts of Money on Pumpkins I’ve never met a pumpkin I didn’t like. Big ones, baby ones, spotted ones, warty ones, pumpkins with curlicue stems! They are a fall tradition and welcomed inside and out. Sometimes, I name them, a bizarre habit to be sure, but one I refuse to give up.
- The Urge After Purchasing Pumpkins to Consume Them in Multiple Forms Pumpkin Bars. Glorious pumpkin bars, the birthday treat of choice for this redhead. Then there’s pumpkin spice lattes and roasted pumpkin seeds, and I’m also a fan of their cousin, the Butternut Squash.
- The Decking Out of Houses: From Home Sweet Home to Enter At Your Own Risk I love seeing the houses that put gravestones in their yard, stick bones out of their lawn, and make dummies out of old clothes. Nothing is as fun as giving yourself a little chill walking up to your own front door.
- The Expectation of Shenanigans and the Increase in Security That Follows Late night runs through a corn field telling ghost stories with friends! Getting kicked out of Paradise Road! Scaring unsuspecting strangers with motion sensing Halloween décor and creating really good alibis when the police pull your car over and ask what you’re doing out so late.
- Apple Picking: Not Scary, but Good Old Fashioned Recreational Fun Grab a basket and pick your very own tangy sweet apples. Stock up the pantry with a local orchard’s cider, apple crisp, and handmade caramel drizzle. Mmmm
- Tea Drinking Season: Not Just For School Marms Anymore Every day is a tea drinking day in the fall. Green Tea in the morning, pomegranate oolong in the afternoon, peppermint tea at night. This charming habit is made even more fun with a big, funky mug collection. My favorite coffee shop in town is a teeny tiny shop that has the biggest selection of actual dried tea leaves, they brew you a whole cozy pot to yourself and let you pick your tea cup!
- The Bizarre Fashions That Become Acceptable Bring out your flannel, put on some gloves, and grab your flip flops! What’s that you say? One of those things is not like the other? Doesn’t matter in autumn, the weather changes so fast, you may as well keep your dresser stocked: Long sleeve shirts, rainboots, tank tops, corduroys, wool socks, ear muffs and a bathing suit.
- The Hibernation of the Human Race Once the weather gets a little chillier, suddenly people start to disappear into their houses, the windows get boarded up, and you don’t seen your neighbor bring the trash out for weeks. You question whether you should call the police and have her checked on, but there’s smoke coming from the chimney and a faint flicker of blue TV light every Thursday at 7pm. Give her another week…
- The Beer, Brats, and Polka Bands Autumn brings Oktoberfest to my town and that means brats with sauerkraut, beer and drinking gloves, and lots of live music and parades. The big parade is the Maple Leaf Parade and there’s one at night too called the Torch Light Parade. I went to that for the first time this year and it was really fun. All the marching bands are decked out with glowsticks, even on their instruments. And, you can drink on the sidewalk of the parade route. *Weeeeeeeee!*
- The Changing of the Colors The best part about fall is the colors. And living in Bluff Country, we certainly get to enjoy a multitude. There’s nothing quite like sitting on the edge of the bluff overlooking the adjacent forest, marsh and city below, ablaze in fall colors. Joe and I went hiking this weekend and here’s some shots I took along the way!
What are your favorite things about fall?