Perhaps More Unconscious, but – #SoCS

Linda G. Hill is plastering two prompts with the same stone today. In addition to the regular Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, she’s taking aim at Just-Jot-January, as well. Which leaves us with:

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‘sap/sep/sip/sop/sup.’ Use one or all of these words or find a word that contains them, but most of all, have fun! Wondering what to do with ‘sep’ This is interesting: Urban Dictional – SEP Enjoy!”

Pssst – I asked, and Linda said we get bonus points if we use them all.

I wish this was “someone else’s problem” as the Urban Dictionary suggests, but we’re not that hip at the bar.

If we were having a beer, you’d be mocking my outfit.

“A Penguins shirt? Well, I guess it’s all you have left.”

“Go ahead, take your shots. My teams have delivered disappointing performances across the board.”

“Not to mention the disappearing acts by Antonio Brown and Will Grier.”

“Diva-wide-receiver and college boy suffering from early-onset-diva syndrome. The former needs a talkin’to and the latter can go be someone else’s problem.”

“And WVU is losing their coach. Maybe it’s time you reassess where to place your loyalties, my young friend.”

“That’s not what true fans do. We are fans of the franchise, the school, we’re invested for the long haul, not just the winning years.”

“You boys want something to drink while you do the post mortem on those seasons? Dan, I assume you’re still good with Corona in 2019.”

“Actually, Cheryl, I would like some seltzer, with a hunk of lemon.”

“Are you still sick?”

“I am feeling a little better, but I don’t think I’m up for a beer.”

“I, on the other hand, feel great, Cheryl. I’ll have a splash of John Howell’s Bourbon.”

“Coming right up.”

“When did you start feeling sick?”

“Wednesday afternoon. I was in my office, and I just could not get warm.”

“Do you have a space heater? Office buildings aren’t usually known for being warm. Especially you elites over by the windows.”

“Elites? Ha! My getting that office was the luck of the draw.”

“Still, I bet it’s cold.”

“It is. It was fifty-nine when I got to work on Wednesday. But I have a heater, and it was cranking to no avail.”


“Ok, one seltzer in a chilled but aseptic glass with a fresh-cut hunk of lemon. And one Willet Reserve.”

“I assume the…”

“Your seltzer and ice are coming.”

“So, what have you been doing to pass the time while you’ve been home?”

“Mostly sleep, but I will say I’ve come to truly appreciate having Hulu.”

“Not a fan of the insipid daytime line-up?”

“No. I binge-watched the Twilight Zone episodes I missed during the marathon.”

“Why not try something new, or new to you, like the Soprano’s or Lost, or Breaking Bad?”

“I don’t normally have the attention span for serial shows. I certainly didn’t have it this week. Besides, if I want drama, I always have the Steelers’ reports on ESPN.”

“Are you sure you did your part?”

“What does that mean?”

“Well, did you wear the right shirts, socks, hats, underwear…I know how you guys get.”

“I felt partially responsible for their three-game losing streak, as I was wearing my Steelers fleece driving gloves that I normally only wear during the playoffs.”

“Ha ha – I was joking. Are you really that superstitious?”

“Of course not. It’s just a way of dealing with the pain.”

“You could give up on the NFL altogether.”

“Not as long as the Steelers are in Pittsburgh.”

“Plus you still have those two college teams to let you down.”


“Oh, that’s right, you went to Georgia for one year. Did they lose to Alabama that year?”

“Yes, at home.”

“Well, you boys aren’t helping my sales today. You’re doing a nice job on the seltzer, but you’re sipping that bourbon like you realized it’s your day to pay.”

“Sorry Cheryl. I still don’t feel up to anything stronger.”

“You know what you need?”


“A hot toddy.”

“I’ve heard that expression, but I’ve never actually had one.”

“It’s easy to make. A little warm whiskey, some lemon juice a splash of water.”

“That does sound nice.”

“Put a sugar cube in it, and you’re ready to be tucked in.”

“Can you make one to go?”

“Sorry, we’re not supposed to do take-out from the bar.”

I didn’t get out much, so the gallery is heavy with the local critters. I am also catching up on your posts. It may be a while. I did find Cheryl’s Thursday Post – It’s pretty cool.


  1. Hope by now, you are at least feeling a little better because I can only imagine that pack of critters won’t accept you being down for long. With all the brilliant medical minds, you’d think they could help us better survive winter. Take care, rest up, and I hope the sports this weekend don’t make you mentally sick too. :-)

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    • Thanks Judy. I feel somewhat better today. I think this is moving in the right direction, albeit at a snails pace. For the moment, The Penguins are keeping my hopes alive. For the past year or two, they have been my favorite Pittsburgh team. So much less drama. School sports go in waves, unless you’re Alabama, I can deal with that. The animals seem ready to see me scoot off the couch on onto work. I guess I interrupt the day by keeping them awake. The rain isn’t helping, but, on the other hand, I don’t feel up to running the snow blower. Have a good weekend.

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  2. You definitely earned the bonus, Dan. When I saw the list of words, I immediately thought of a text that I watched my teenage son send a friend years ago. It said simply “sup.” I was mystified until my son explained that it was shorthand for “what’s up?” I think that you need to take Maddie to work. I am pretty sure that she generates a lot of heat when next to you, which would combat the 59 degree temperature. :)

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  3. Maddie is certainly going the whole nine yards trying to take care of you!! MiMi…not so much!! Lol. Sure hope this weekend finds you feeling tip top again. Whatever has you down hasn’t messed with your thinking process because you sure nailed the prompt!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Thanks Ginger. Maddie seems to think that napping with your dog will cure just about anything. I hope she’s right, cuz that’s where we are at the moment. I am feeling a little better today, so I think this is moving in the right direction.


  4. Well, well, well…an alcohol-free trip to the bar, NICE job! Hope you feel better soon, I’m counting on you to provide virtual beer adventures for me (and all of us Dry January folks!).

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    • I’ll see what I can do, Shelley. You can always have a virtual splash of my buddy’s bourbon. Dry Saturdays are somewhat unheard of in my little world, but I think it has to be.


  5. Glad to hear you’re feeling better, Dan. I have a wannabe cold that I’m still fighting. No chills, no cough, no snottiness…just a scratchy throat and tired. More annoying than anything. I hope this is it for the both of us this winter, although I imagine Maddie enjoyed your extra time with her on the couch.

    Did you know Antonio Brown was on the first episode of The Masked Singer? And that he was the first celebrity to be unmasked and leave the show? Kind of fitting for a diva, huh?

    Have a nice weekend, Dan. It’s sunny and warm here and I hope to get outside and at least stand in it.

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    • Thanks Mary. I hope you get out into the sun. It’s pouring buckets here, even Maddie doesn’t want to be out.

      I didn’t know about AB and that show. Good for him. I’m mad because I own his jersey. I bought it when he was the underdog to Diva Mike Wallace. Now I don’t like to wear it. I think from now on I only buy jerseys of retired players – you never know what the money and fame will do to their heads.

      I’m hoping this cold/whatever keeps on moving away. Slow progress is happening.


        • I bought James Conner’s draft jersey because he had played at Pitt and has a remarkable back story (plus, draft jerseys are about half the normal price). So far, he seems the opposite of diva but we’ll see what happens when real money flows his way.

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  6. I’m so sorry you are ill Dan. May it pass soon. Maddie looks like a good sleeping pal. I have known a few opportunistic cats who would assume your head as a guest bed for the day. 😉Thanks for the shout out. Football been very good to me lately. we’ll see if it holds. You should try that turmeric ginger tea as well….and hit peppers really kick a cold in the butt. Be well.

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  7. I am imagining you delirious with fever, being pulled over while drinking your hot toddy. There is a reason for no take-out from the bar. Maddie….such a good nurse. MuMu….not so much. She is so funny, though. Hope you feel better, Dan.

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  8. I got so into looking for the s-words (NO! Not that one!) that I had to re-read to get the story. Then I was derailed again by the Penguins and the Steelers (who are they again????), so I’ll just wish you a lovely weekend and head off to take the decorations of the tree, the last Christmas decoration to go. :-)

    janet, who’s rooting for New Orleans and Drew Brees this year

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  9. I knew you’d go for the gold, Dan, no matter how bad you felt.
    I am glad to spot a couple of comments saying you are feeling some better. Hit peppers and hot peppers, either sounds good. ;) Be patient with yourself. It takes time to get well. Meanwhile I see you’re getting plenty of pet therapy from Maddie. :D Mega hugs.

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    • Thanks Teagan. I think I’m moving in the right direction. Maddie certainly makes “get some rest” easy to accomplish. MiMi seems to be cheering for the “I think you’re ready to go back to work” result.

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  10. I’m glad you’re on the mend. Hopefully you’ll be back to full wellness and Corona soon :)
    That “can’t get warm” thing always freaks me out and the only cure for me is sleep. It’s an auto-immune thing, low grade fevers in my case.
    So Imma tell you a weird thing, cause who would I be if I didn’t? Last month, I asked for a space heater at work. I could hardly believe my own ears, but I had begun to wake up in the morning and fret about being cold all day. I would wear TWO sweaters at a time, with fuzzy socks on my feet and long underwear under my pants and I would still be cold. I have never, never in my whole life, had this problem at a job. There is a warm spot in my office, about five feet from where I sit. I have two external walls, one vent, and two huge windows. I don’t care how 70 degrees it is on the thermostat in the hall, my office is freezing. So, my boss gave me a space heater and I get up in the morning and I dress normally and I run it off and on as needed and I am a much happier person.
    For weeks, I was only warm in bed or in the tub, swear. And that’s the condensed version. Space heater GOOD.

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    • I’m glad you got one and it works. We aren’t allowed to have space heaters, according to the lease, but the building hasn’t been able to maintain the 70 degree normal temperature in the winter, so I’ve been letting people buy them (they come out of my budget). After about two years of freezing and wearing a fleece vest over a sweater, I decided that I should have one, too. I bought it, turned it on and I haven’t looked back.

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  11. I didn’t know the Twilight Zone was still being shown. Amazing.Yes the Ga. game was a sad game but I will always be a fan. Sorry you are under the weather. Stay warm and get plenty of rest this weekend. Follow Maddie’s example.

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  12. I had no idea who Antonio Brown was until he unmasked himself on that new TV show. He said his favorite sport was bowling … come to find out he meant bowling as in bowler. Still didn’t click and I had to ask B who is this guy?!??

    Glad you’re on the mend. Being sick is no bueno. As for cold offices ours had the A/C come on one day this week. I keep a blanket at my desk. My co-worker sometimes resorts to finger-less gloves. Space heaters are not allowed!!! Some such nonsense about fire codes. Though if I could find a battery operated heater, that’s be okay … I think … I should check the handbook.

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  13. Wow, you nailed that prompt, Dan. I hope you’re feeling better. The hot toddy to go reminds me of the days when we did take our wine or cocktail to go. Styrofoam cup with a lid. Gee, I miss those days…

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