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Red Socks, Reindeer and Microfiction Monday

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   39 Comments | Posted in christmas · dog · microfiction
Clip art courtesy of Webweaver

Merry Christmas!  I’m in a jolly mood because I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday, which means I can sit back and enjoy the rest of December stress free. I’m usually that frantic woman you see rushing through the mall with a glazed look in her eyes and hair standing on end. Not this year, buttercup. Yay!

(An aside:  The festive reindeer above resembles a cartoon rendition of my yellow Lab were I to embarrass him by tying back his floppy ears and attaching antlers.)

Now to the main reason for my Monday post: the just-too-much-fun Microfiction Monday, hosted by Susan at Stony River.  It is ridiculous how much I look forward to this every week. Susan has single-handedly turned Monday into one of my favorite days of the week.  Thanks, Susan! And thanks to all the other participants who make this weekly meme such a joy.  Below are my two stories to accompany the picture, each 140 characters or less.

She has no fear of dreaming for a grander life than this; 
distant lands, romance, mystery & bliss. 
She’s not afraid. . .to dream, to dream.
* * * * * * * * * *
“So I’m brainless, am I?” She muttered. 
“Well, I’m smart enough to know these red socks 
will turn his undershorts pink.   
That’ll teach him!”

Someone asked me what I consider the most difficult part of Microfiction Monday.  Well, the writing is fun and no trouble at all. The tough part is getting to all the other blogs to read the stories and leave a comment. I never make it to every one, and I know I’m missing out.
An update for all you holiday shoppers:  not counting today, there are eleven shopping days left until the big guy blasts down your chimney! Good luck with your shopping. I wish you an abundance of parking spaces, amazing sales, and short lines at the check-out!
Merry Christmas!

39 Responses to "Red Socks, Reindeer and Microfiction Monday"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    December 13, 2010 at 8:01 am  

    Lisa, You made me smile. My hubby accidentally tossed a green sweater in with the whites, now we both have tinted undies. This is too close to home.

  2. Comment by Bookie
    December 13, 2010 at 8:52 am  

    I am glad your shopping is done! We went to mall just to pick up Penny's order. It was madhouse…I could npt believe what it was like, packed with people. Nearly got hit by another car where driving did not look, did not stop! I have no desire to go back.

  3. Comment by Diane
    December 13, 2010 at 9:28 am  

    Both are great and take us totally different ways. :O)

  4. Comment by Cheryl
    December 13, 2010 at 9:32 am  

    I like both of them. The 1st for its timeless message and the 2nd for its humor.

  5. Comment by Doctor FTSE
    December 13, 2010 at 9:37 am  

    Fun posts!

  6. Comment by Peggy
    December 13, 2010 at 10:51 am  

    Both are great, but even greater is that they are so different.

  7. Comment by Sylvia K
    December 13, 2010 at 11:37 am  

    Terrific and they are different! Love it when I can do that — which isn't often! Particularly love the humor in the 2nd one! Love a giggle to start the day! Enjoy your week!Sylvia

  8. Comment by Dianne
    December 13, 2010 at 11:57 am  

    congrats on finishing your shopping!!I love the idea of turning all his underwear pink 😉

  9. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    December 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm  

    Yay for you! I love both stories, but especially the first one. Have a wonderful Monday, Lisa.

  10. Comment by hedgewitch
    December 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm  

    Especially liked the second–the girl has to have SOME reason for smiling like that.

  11. Comment by the wild magnolia
    December 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm  

    Good humor! Good job on the micro stories!

  12. Comment by Granny Kate
    December 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm  

    Perfectly rendered. It's amazing how far you can travel on a magical washboard. You capture it perfectly.

  13. Comment by Akelamalu
    December 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm  

    LOL you and I both had revenge on our minds with the microfiction this week! 🙂

  14. Comment by Margaret
    December 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm  

    Great stories. I liked the first one best.Oh, I wish my Christmas shopping was all done!

  15. Comment by Madeleine
    December 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm  

    Enjoyed your microfiction and the jolly festive reindeer. Glad you finished your Xmas shopping.I agree about the hardest part of the microfiction is catching up with everyone's entires. I sometimes feel like all I do is blog and I'm still trying to catch up! LOL! :O)

  16. Comment by Sally
    December 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm  

    Good job on the shopping. I'm an online shopper, I let my fingers do the walking. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

  17. Comment by Scott
    December 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm  

    i find myself right in the midst of the throes of Christmas Future! And, that's how it goes with me :-)I gotta get home and check the color of my shorts! lol that was very funny!

  18. Comment by Carmen @ Life Lines
    December 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm  

    My Christmas is simple this year. Time flew by and I never started a "Christmas fund." With a small budget I am having fun finding some wonderful and unique "like new" gifts at my local thrift store for a few family members. Due to my procrastination (or forgetfulness),leaving me without Christmas money, I decided to focus on humanitarian giving this year. I have much to be thankful for and for the price of a pizza I can help make a dream come true for someone else. Maybe next year I will do that all out decorating and piles of gifts and festive parties because that type of family/friends gatherings and giving is a lot of fun.

  19. Comment by KB
    December 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm  

    I like the second one, 'cause it's knda like mine.

  20. Comment by Susan Fobes
    December 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm  

    Lisa, I really enjoyed your first post, especially the repetition of dream. It's almost like we are dreaming along with her-nice!

  21. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    December 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm  

    I enjoyed both of these Lisa.The first one has a lovely flow to it and the second made me laugh!As for Christmas shopping, my record is last present bought 5 minutes before closing on Christmas Eve!I'm a bit stumped because I thought I knew what I was going to get my wife but she has just this moment shown me what she got our daughter – yes, exactly the same thing!

  22. Comment by G-Man
    December 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm  

    Lisa…Both were terrific!Christmas shopping…No pressure yet!!

  23. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    December 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm  

    Lisa–I don't know how you do it. Every week you write a more serious one, and a light one. Well done.

  24. Comment by Karen Lange
    December 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm  

    Lisa,I love both of these. You always come up with such good ones! Thanks for sharing with us:)Happy Monday,Karen

  25. Comment by Lynn
    December 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm  

    As always, you do those microfictions to perfection! And don't remind me about how many days I have left…. acccckkkkk.

  26. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    December 13, 2010 at 11:25 pm  

    Lisa,I really liked your second take…pink underwear (and on purpose!) is too funny! You are so right catching up on all the MM's is like a full time occupation! :)~Jean

  27. Comment by sylviamorice
    December 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm  

    I'm with you–love writing these and like the forced editing to make the words fit the rules, but it is difficult visiting every other blog–although I must say it is part of my ritual now and I wouldn't change it for the world.Have a great week. Cheers!

  28. Comment by faith
    December 14, 2010 at 1:02 am  

    These were great! Loved the both.

  29. Comment by Pooch
    December 14, 2010 at 2:08 am  

    Brainless or vindictive? You make the call!:)

  30. Comment by Jim
    December 14, 2010 at 2:14 am  

    My vote is for the first one. I like to travel and dream of what distant land might be next.The second one might be cruelty to men. :)..

  31. Comment by tanyavalentine
    December 14, 2010 at 8:26 am  

    of course the 2nd story is my favorite! Congrats on the stories and a BIG pat on the back for conquering the holiday madness!

  32. Comment by SouthLakesMom
    December 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm  

    Love the first one! Evocative!

  33. Comment by Michael G-G
    December 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm  

    Impressive. Your first had lyricism and your second was wickedly humorous. Great job!(You're so right about the difficulty of commenting on all the MMs. My computer is so slow, I need to go to the library. I find I have certain "old friends" I comment on. Anyone new gets a comment from me if they comment first on mine. Sad but true!)Have a great week–and congrats on finishing that Christmas shopping!

  34. Comment by Pat
    December 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm  

    Daydreaming is fun, especially when you're doing a tedious task!I accidentally did what the girl in your second story did (only she did it on purpose)–washed something red with my hubby's white underwear and you know the rest of the story.I like both of your MMs, Lisa–great job!

  35. Comment by gaelikaa
    December 15, 2010 at 12:00 am  

    Two very good takes – well done. I'm still writing my Nanovel too!

  36. Comment by lizziviggi
    December 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm  

    Oh, the indignity of pink undershorts! Good for her!Congratulations on the completion of your Christmas shopping. You are an inspiration, and someday perhaps I will reach that pinnacle of organization myself. This year, however, I will undoubtedly be the half-crazed woman on Christmas Eve you just described!

  37. Comment by irishoma
    December 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm  

    My vote is for #2, and congratulations on finishing your shopping!Donna v.

  38. Comment by Tammy
    December 16, 2010 at 10:22 am  

    Love the micro stories, and good for you for being done with your shopping! You are ever inspiring.

  39. Comment by Carmen
    December 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm  

    I love the second one!

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