Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Let's Play

"Wow, it's raining cats and dogs out there!  Sort of ruins the weekend mood, don't you think?"

"Mmmm?"  I was lost, deep within a dark mountain of paperwork.  We were short on staff and long on bookings at the office.  I was trying to juggle several accounts at once, pushing myself hard, in hopes of landing a promotion at the next performance review.  I had been up all night, with no end in sight.

"I said that I was going to slather my naked body in ranch dressing," David said from somewhere behind me.

"Sounds good." I really had no idea what he said. I hugged myself, rubbing my arms to get my cold blood circulating.

"Emily." 

I looked up at the sound of my name, to find David's face kissably close.  He touched my icy cheek, his breath warming my skin.

"You're always working,"  he said, his voice seductive. "Let's play."

"Oh, babe," I groaned, despondent. "I really need to get this done."

David just smiled as he left the room.  I tried to reimmerse myself in balance sheets once more. My eyes strayed several times to the window, the gray of the rain echoing my mood.   I sighed heavily in the silence. 

The sudden blare of the music startled me, and I turned around in my chair.  David was striking a pose in the doorway as the song "You Can Leave Your Hat On" played.  I stared.  My sweetheart was wearing my hot pink boa, a pair of electric blue platform shoes, and his old cowboy hat.

Nothing else.

The laughter burst forth from somewhere in my center, the warmth blooming and spreading throughout my body.  Tears fell from my eyes as the laughter expanded through my pores and brightened the dull of the day.  Jazz hands raised, my beloved danced wobbily toward me, encircling me with that hot pink boa and shimmying in for a kiss. 

"You win," I giggled, as he pulled me close.  "Let's play."




 


The prompt is 'juggle'--3: to handle or deal with usually several things (as obligations) at one time so as to satisfy often competing requirements




This week we’re honoring the genius of Dr. Suess, who was born on March 2, 1904.  Our two Seussical offerings are an image and a line from one of his books. Happy writing!
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax
Dr. Seuss puzzles
And because a birthday celebration should include everyone, if you don’t find either of these offerings inspiring, use your favorite Dr. Seuss quote or story as inspiration — just leave us a note letting us know what you chose!   I was torn, but ultimately I went with The Cat in the Hat, and their rainy day shenanigans. 

40 comments:

  1. YAY...I loved this. I LOVED THIS!! it was funny, sexy and exactly the right amount of JUGGLE.

    hope they enjoyed their "afternoon delight", best way to spend a rainy day.

    LOVE!!

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    1. All work and no play makes Emily a...not fun person, and no rainy day should go to waste!

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  2. This is fun, the right way to have your dessert first.

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  3. Such a brave, caring hubby :3 Great piece!

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    1. Thank you! That's high praise from someone who has won multiple times!

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  4. This is a really fun story! I love how playful David is :-)

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    1. We could all use a little more play in our lives!

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  5. What an outfit! It would definitely grab my attention too! ;)

    I loved this!!

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  6. Oh LOVED THIS! This is great! You deserve to win this week for sure! Definitely my fave this week so far! Loved this story! :D

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  7. This made me smile.
    ".... hot pink boa, a pair of electric blue platform shoes, and his old cowboy hat." This guy's got style!

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    1. Everything looks better with a cowboy hat, I think!

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  8. Nice! That image of David is perfect. What a fun piece!

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    1. I wanted some Cat in the Hat fun, and that is what my mind came up with. Scary, huh?

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  9. That is HILARIOUS. Also a great song choice!

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  10. Ha! That sounds like a moment well worth forgetting about the rest of the world for. Fun read.

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  11. Oh my gosh, I love the juggling!

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  12. Now that's dedication! Nice job with the prompt.

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  13. I am so happy he didn't take no for an answer and coaxed her into a bit of silly fun and romance.

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  14. My, he is determined! The pink boa was funny, though :)

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    1. Love makes us do odd things, like wear pink boas.

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  15. I was ready to slap her silly if she didn't get offa that chair! Great piece.

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  16. Fantastic!!! I LOVE the playfulness and the pink boa! What a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon. That song reminds me of 9 1/2 Weeks (that's the one, right?)

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    1. Yes, that is the song. I sure did like that movie.

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  17. Awesome! I loved: I hugged myself, rubbing my arms to get my cold blood circulating...and the wonderful contrast of warmth that comes later.

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  18. Aww,so warm & romantic!If only we understood the importance of play,like the hubby did here,life would be so much more meaningful & fun!Loved this one through & through,Tina:-)

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  19. This is so sweet. David seems like a lot of fun - and patient - and determined. I was glad she couldn't resist him. Who could? Great story!

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  20. I love this story. I wouldn't have worn the pink boa but I'd definitely be wanting to play!

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    1. I don't know...it's a pretty nice pink boa. You'd at least be tempted!

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  21. David has an irresistible method of persuasion! hehe

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  22. LOL, oh if only the Cat got into THOSE shenanigans...it's a whole other book ;)

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  23. HHHMMMmmm... That kind of juggling doesn't sound TOO taxing!!!!

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