Day 366: S-words

Note: Some of the links in this post use adult-oriented language.

“S-words.”  Yes, that’s the title for this momentous post — my first post of the New Year and the first one that has a number higher than 365.

How did I arrive at that title?

Who cares, really?  That’s in the past.  Let’s just deal with the present for now, shall we?

Of course, now that I’ve committed to being in the present, I want to go back into the past, just for a moment (because that’s how our minds work, people). In posts past, I have blogged about words that start with a special letter: a P-Word (Procrastination), an A-word (Anger),  and a D-word (Death).

That D-word is usually a conversation stopper (and it’s really buried in that linked post, too), but let’s move on, shall we?

Today, I would like to expound/ramble/write about some S-words.  How many, exactly?

Let’s find out!

1.  Start.

Today feels like a new start, because it’s New Year’s day. It’s also a new start for me, here at this blog.

As with any new start, I’m keeping some old things — to help me feel safe, secure, and competent enough– and introducing some things that are new. I won’t name what the new things are; I’ll let you notice those on your own, if you are so inclined.

There was another, specific change I wanted to make in my blog today, but I haven’t figured out how to do it, yet. The change?  I want to stop using asterisks for footnotes (because those asterisks can sure pile up, people) and start using another S-word:  Superscripts, those little numbers that hover above the line.

I think superscripts might help provide a more convenient and pleasurable experience here — for you AND me.

2.  Support.

Support is something I sometimes have trouble asking for. I often try to solve problems on my own, because of past experiences. But I guess I might need some support, specifically with that change to superscripts.

We shall see.

3.  Steam.

Yes, steam. One of the post titles I was considering, this morning, was “Letting off steam.”  Why? Because:

  1. Our heating system (which I wrote about here) has been continuing to act hookey, flooky, or however else you want to describe a friggin’ system that isn’t working correctly. For one thing, the radiator in the bathroom started sounding (and feeling) like a seriously insane steam bath, the thermostat kept pooping out, AND the boiler in the basement was needing new infusions of water constantly. Because I don’t like to bother people, and it wasn’t an emergency, I sent an email yesterday morning to the Heating Guy on My Team, Tom Prendergast, that explained the situation but which also said, “No rush,” because I assumed this was a busy holiday time for him. Nevertheless, Tom called me back yesterday (just as my son and I were about to go out for lunch*) and he sent over two guys who changed the vent on the radiator, which is definitely helping the situation.
  2. Because situation #1 included two of my “triggers” —  machines (or other systems) not working properly AND hunger — I felt the A-word (anger), yesterday afternoon. At everybody. At the world. My son, who is so smart that when he hears a certain tone in my voice, sometimes says, “You’re hungry,” was even smarter, yesterday. When he heard “that tone” he asked, calmly, “Are we going to have our New Year’s Eve fight?”  which helped, for many reasons. What else helped? I let off some steam with my bf, Michael, about some things that had been bothering me. And, I ate some friggin’ thing.

4. Shame.

There it is. One of the big S-words, for sure.

I wrote about shame several times last year (including here). I assume I’ll write about it again, in 2014.

Here are some things I have felt shame about (which I’m working on letting go of):

  1. Anger, which is just another human feeling.
  2. Imperfections in my body and mind (also human).


Okay!  There were some other S-words I could have written about today — including  sleep, singular, and snoring, plus the S-word George Carlin said you couldn’t say on TV** — but it’s time for me to start ending this post.

So what am I missing, at this point?

An image! I can’t think of a suitable s-word for that, so let’s go with a p-word: a photograph!

Checking photos I have stored on my iPhone ….

Hmmmm. Here’s something, but it’s an image I’ve already used, twice before (here and here). It definitely is an important S-word, though:


Hmmmm. “Stop” can be a very useful word, but I’m still not satisfied. Let’s see what’s on Google Images, today, for “S-word.”

As usual, I am surprised at the selection (in order of appearance):



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After that excellent S-word,”Serendipity”, Google Images then presented LOTS of pictures of …. swords.  Sorry, but those don’t meet my needs, today.

But suddenly, one more “S-word” showed up:

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Thanks to my son, Michael, George Carlin, Tom Prendergast, anybody else who contributed to the creation of this post today, and — of course! —  to my special, surprising, and super readers, everywhere.


* We were actually going out for sushi, another S-word, but doesn’t that sound  (fill in your own judgmental word, if any, here)?

** Here‘s a link to that classic Carlin routine — “The Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV”.  These days, it depends on the station.

*** That image lives here.

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***** That image lives here.

****** That image lives here.

******* That image, supposedly, lives here.

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55 thoughts on “Day 366: S-words

  1. Happy New Year.

  2. wonderful insights!
    starting today also
    with a smile 🙂

    • Another stupendous S-word — smile! — from another super blogger (whose name happens to begin with an “s”).

      Thanks so much!

  3. What is that meme? Please forgive me for anything I said while I was hungry. 🙂 Yeah, that one is totally accurate! Happy New Year!

    • Sounds like a meme I could use! Thanks for dropping by, reading, and commenting, Happy New Year to you, too, and welcome!

  4. In your second paragraph of 1. Start, you use two more significant ‘s’ words, Ann. Safe and secure. Perfect words, actually, when we in the northeast must make sure that our furnaces keep us warm. Steam heat? That sounds like an old system to me. But I’m not sure. Happy first of January, Ann.

    • Yes, indeed, Mark, those are two very important words. Thank you for noticing. And for reading and commenting, of course.

      The heating system is old, it’s true, but old is sometimes sufficient, if not super. As I’m writing this, the heating system IS making some strange noises, which can be scary, but might be pretty standard, for steam. We’ll see. (I’m sure it’s fine and fixable, whatever it is.)

      • Keep the sass in your sails and the synergy in your step, Ann. Now I am forcing it. Alas …

      • Hey, Mark! I didn’t find it forced (and I’m the expert on my own experience). Thanks for the second comment.

  5. Red

    Hi Ann & Happy New Year! Thank you for visiting my blog and following. I really liked what I read from Day 366 & back. I’m following you now, too. It works as a good reminder for me to go back and start reading from Day 1. 🙂

    • So wonderful to see you here! I’m looking forward to visiting your blog more, also. Good luck reading everything from Day 1!

  6. Happy New Year, hope it’s off to a great START!

  7. I love the letter and word play. When I was in the Peace Corps, it was essential to always have Plans B and C ready in case Plan A failed, and be ready to vamp when ready. So, I invented the “F” word for our Peace Corp group….”flexibility.” Hope your New Year is all you could wish for.

  8. Janis Moulton

    Starting the year off right, I see. Enjoyed it! Happy New Year!

    • Glad you enjoyed, it, Janis. I was thinking about you (and the relative who gave you a difficult time about “bad” language) while I was writing it. Happy New Year, to you!

  9. Wishing you a wonderful 2014!! 🙂

  10. S words; “super stupendous s-words stories spoken sweetly, serenely, (and) said (by) Ann”…second time in a week I tried commenting using only words that start with the letter u gave Ann but I fear I failed this time cuz I cheated with “and”, “by” and “Ann”….oh well….it’s probably because I was distracted when you mentioned Sushi….gosh I miss Sushi so much….let me rephrase that; I REALLY miss sushi….it’s the one thing that I think about a lot…..

    • Kenneth! I seriously sympathize with your being sans sushi. Where in the Sam Hill are you, that you can’t get sushi supplies?

      I’m also noticing that you gave yourself a much more daunting task than I did myself. I am perfectly happy to have used a sh*t-load of s’s, instead of s-words only.

      Thanks, sincerely, for the scintillating comment.

      • I’m vegetarian 😦 have been for quite awhile…..I’m not a religious -ideologue- vegetarian …although I’m not a big fan of the way many of the animals are treated (like the chicken farms or the way they treat cattle) but it is more about my health….long story, perhaps I’ll tell ya some day 🙂

      • I just got back from the sushi place, with my son (we went today, finally) and we got (mostly) vegetarian sushi. Hmmm. I used to be a vegetarian, and I’m moving back to that, I believe.

      • Yea, vegetarian sushi is okay….but I REALLY love fish….it was so hard to give it up……I had a dream about eating seafood last might actually……I clearly have issues

  11. sagarika

    Sincerely starting with the alphabet ‘S’ is a superb idea to be strong, splendid, smiling. 🙂

  12. I see other people already mentioned it…but I will reiterate…SMILE..!!

    • Always glad to see you, and it’s always great to reiterate smiles. Thanks for the visit and the smile-creating comment.

  13. Well I’m glad to see that you continue on even though the year has passed! And I think you need that Superman necklace.
    “Shame” is definitely something I will be writing about more on my blog this year, which brings me to an additional S-word: *sigh*

    • That Superman necklace looks too heavy for my swan-like neck. Nevertheless, I think you give excellent advice, so I shall be on the lookout for something more fitting.

      I look forward to reading what you write about “shame” Aussa, as I look forward to all your writings. Sincerely.

      • Aw, thank you Ann 🙂 And ooooo, a swan-like neck… how interesting. I’ll find one made of silk, instead 😉

  14. George Carlin was a funny man! Sad that he’s passed 😦

  15. Happy New Year!

  16. Discovering your blog was serendipitious, and you are sensitive, sweet and sagacious.

  17. Are there any s words left for me to add??? Happy New Year, Ann, I hope it is simply stunningly Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!! 😉

  18. Hi! I have nominated your lovely blog for two awards: The Dragon’s Loyalty Award and The Imagine Award. Please enjoy. Wishing you a Happy New Year 2014.

    • A sincere thank you for the nominations. Happy new year to you, as well.

      Seems like my strategy for awards, these days, is to sincerely state thanks and stop there. Is that sneaky? Or sleazy?

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  20. Related to topic of shame , Brene Brown’s research and books gave us insightful details . If you haven’t read yet , Do read ” the Gifits of Imperfections” and “Daring Greatly ” . Your post is great as always .

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