The Shape of Things to Come

Well it’s late in the hour
And a few more grains of sand will fall
On the colorful flowers
Have grown upon the dust and moss

Now I fear the worst is near
I hold them close and count their years
And pray a ray of light appears
To shine down on us here

Break down in the shape of things to come
But I’m moving on like a soldier
And I say now when all is said and done
It’s not ours to break
The shape of things to come

There’s a crack in the clouds
But only for a moment now
Like an eye looking out, in blue skies
Finds the roads we will go down

I wonder what they hold for us
I hold my family to my breast
I fear the worst and hope the best
Will come to see us blessed

Break down in the shape of things to come
But I’m moving on like a soldier
And I say now when all is said and done
It’s not ours to break
The shape of things to come

The Shape of Things to Come ~Audioslave~

I find it harder and harder to listen to the news, and I’ve always been one who keeps up on current events. But, to keep my anxiety at a manageable level and try to stay positive about life, I’ve had to cut out a lot of the news from around the world. I’m not sticking my head in the sand to avoid it all, but now I get caught up on the current affairs and then make my mind move on to something else. It can be so frustrating, completely immobilizing, and downright scary to hear of what we have become. I don’t know what it will take for things to change, but if this is the shape of things to come, I don’t want to see it.

Sorry to be a downer, I’ll just say that this is a’not enough coffee in the world’ kind of day to get me feeling alive and kicking. But, when I look at the colours of this picture that I took yesterday I feel a brightening of my mind. I just love the tones in this, it’s funny how my emotions can be swayed so easily, I’m just this blob of emotion ready to pick up vibes from something…..anything……*sighs* But, anyway……I’m wearing the ‘Sofia Turtleneck Dress’ from LEGAL INSANITY and it’s a good thing I have curves in all the right places because this really hugs them! ‘Sofia’ is Maitreya exclusive and comes in eight really pretty colours. I’ve opted for the red……so I guess you could say I’m the Lady in Red, if you must. 🙂

This tousled hair is ‘MAYU’ from Argrace.

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added one of the 4 options from the ‘Sexy Smokey Eyeshadow’ set from M I L A. My eyes are from the ‘Nissa Eyes’ set from Zombie Suicide.

I was going deep into my poses folder yesterday and came up with this one from the ‘Breathe Easy’ set from Le Poppycock.

I’m at Mother Road for this shot! I love the dry heat of the desert!

You can also catch me on my blog, What a Beautiful Mess!.

Dream On

Every time I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dusk to dawn

Isn’t that the way?
Everybody’s got their dues in life to pay

Yeah, I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody’s sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life’s in books’ written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know it’s true
All the things come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream until your dreams come true

Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream on, dream on,
Dream on, dream on, ah

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away…

‘Dream On’ written by Steven Tyler performed here by Boyce Avenue.

It’s a musical interlude for you today! I bring you Boyce Avenue with an acoustic version of ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith. I love when rock songs are done acoustically, it really simplifies the music and puts the focus on the lyrics instead. I love this version from Boyce Avenue, the guitar playing is pure perfection and his dreamy voice takes me away. So, enjoy your day, whichever day it might be where you are. I’m going to get another cup of coffee and spend the next 6 hours watching videos on YouTube!

The January round of Limit8 will be open for business until February 13 and LEGAL INSANITY has the ‘Arla Belted Skirt’ exclusive to the event. The skirt comes in eight colours and can be purchased as a fatpack, which is HUD driven with options to colour the belt and skirt separately. It’s really form fitting with a high waist to show of your curves and the booty is pretty damn fine! It’s fitted exclusively for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The ‘Neva Top’ is the latest release at the main store of /erratic/ and it’s a perfect pairing with the skirt! It comes in 16 separate colours but the fatpack includes 4 bonus colours, so you know that I had to get the fatpack. It’s really a no brainer when it comes to /erratic/, I know I’ll wear it many times.

The ‘Faith-Hope_Love’ tattoo is from Carol G Tattoo Wear and I love the positive message it sends. I love a chest tattoo, I like to think of it as a test for the guys, they can maybe improve their reading skills while staring where they shouldn’t be staring! It comes with 3 ink tones and is compatible with all the major mesh bodies, including Omega enabled ones, plus the classic avatars.

entangled poses has cleared the main area of the clearance pose sets and now there’s 2 new sets available, both perfect for your posing needs. I’m using one of the 3 poses from the ‘Larisa’ set.

The ‘Shirabe’ hair is from Argrace.

And my whole look starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added a bit of eye make up from the ‘Dark Metals’ eye shadow set from Izzie’s.

I’ve been making Tralala’s Diner my sim of choice, lately. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of neat little areas to take a picture.

Friday Fun

So, after getting through a rough couple weeks, I’m ready for some Friday Fun! And what exactly is Friday Fun, you ask? Well, it could be anything, really! For me, it’s just finding a little bit of peace, after some pretty stressful days. So, since I did retail therapy during those trying times, I’m not going shopping. I took in quite a few live shows in the last few evenings, so I might do that again this evening. Heck, I think I’ll even stay up later than normal, and although I’d love to have a few Caesars, they’ll have to be virgin since I don’t drink! But that’s doable….I have what I need for them and I can pretend I’m getting drunk. I can slur my words, wobble when I walk and since I’ll be in world but alone in RL, I can hug random people in-world and tell them how much they mean to me, even if I don’t know them! I try to have fun in Second Life no matter what’s going on in my real life, and I think that’s most important! Why would I bring any unhappiness in-world with me, when I can be and do anything I want while I’m here. It’s not always easy when bad things are happening in life, but even the smallest bit of enjoyment can be an improvement over reality. So, get out there and have some fun, doing whatever floats your boat! 😀

I’ve been sitting at the bus stop for awhile, just reading and getting a cold butt, but hopefully the bus is coming along any minute and I can get where I need to be. I’m sitting at the ‘Urban Bus Stop Scene’ from the ‘Bus Stop props and scenes’ gacha from KraftWork, and available now on the one and only HUD driven gacha, PocketGacha! The set includes 6 common and 1 rare, all with lots of ways to customize! The January round of PocketGacha runs until the end of the month!

The book and sitting pose are part of the ‘Book Lovers’ set of props and poses from Le Poppycock. I’ve used this set before and it’s so versatile. There’s books and cats for props, but unless a stray cat comes around I thought it unlikely I’d be petting one here!

My outfit for this little outing is the incredible ‘Leather Jacket & Sweater’ from fame femme! This is the Black version of the jacket and can be worn with or without the sweater, which is HUD driven with 11 really pretty colours.

The ‘DWL Jeans, classic, skinny’ are from Blueberry.

I know you can only see enough of the boots I’m wearing to know that I have some on, they are the versatile ‘Tactical Flip Boots’ from [VALE KOER].

The ‘WAKANA’ hair is from Argrace, it’s one of my all time faves!

I started with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

Buy & Sell

I remember the first time I came across the website ‘Kijiji’, I thought there was nothing so interesting as scrolling endlessly to see what people were buying or selling. I think in other parts of the country Craig’s List is the big buy and sell website, but where I am, Kijiji is the main one, or at least the one I look at often. There used to be anything and everything available on it, from heavy equipment to women’s worn panties. Yes, back in the beginning a person could buy and sell ‘personal’ items, but that part of Kijiji was deleted quite awhile ago. Now, it’s the run-of-the-mill goods and services available, but oh what a treasure trove it is! Unless you’re looking for worn undies, then you’re out of luck!! I peruse the pets section frequently and the livestock section, always keeping an eye out for any poor bedraggled animal that needs a home. I found my little dog on Kijiji, when I was actually looking for a dog for a friend. She wanted a big hairy dog for the acreage, so I was looking for her when I came across a poodle/bichon cross that beckoned me. She did find a dog on Kijiji, and Sadie has proven to be a wonderful companion for her. Not long after that, she was looking for a truck, so being the good friend that I am, I looked on Kijiji for her in my spare time, and what do ya know…….I happened across a blue truck that looked remarkably like a truck I bought new back in the 90’s! I had always regretted selling that truck, and there it was in front of me for sale, and at a pretty good price. I ended up getting that truck, and it was the one I had owned previously, it had the same little dent where I had bumped a parking meter. I had sold it during a particularly bad time in my life, and it seemed that all of that bad stuff that happened to me after it went, kind of got erased from my life. Weird, I know! Anyway, my friend did find a truck, on Kijiji too. I told her, she has to quit looking for things to buy, because it’s getting to where I can’t afford to be buying for myself, everything that she’s in the market for!

For this shot I’m wearing the ‘Trina Sweater, Colorblock Pastels’ and the ‘Lianna High Waist Skinnies, Pastels’ both from [QE] Designs. They’re both on sale through Monday, and after that will be regular price, so there’s just a bit of time to get in on the deal! They’re sold separately, and the sweater also comes in the ‘Rainbow Pastels’ design, which is pretty also. The sweater is HUD driven with six designs to select from and is compatible with the Maitreya, SLink, and Belleza mesh bodies, and the skinnies are also HUD driven with a whopping 25 colour options and with the same compatibility as the top. This is such a pretty set!!

I’m using a pose from the ‘Phenomenal Set B’ set of poses from Le Poppycock! There’s two sets to choose from and each has 6 poses, all very distinctively different and relaxed and natural. They’re available right now at the current round of The Chapter Four.

This is the back of the ‘SHIGURE’ hair from Argrace.

You can only see the tiniest strip of skin, but it’s the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

For this shot I’m at the lovely but very hot and dry, ‘Mother Road‘!

Not All Anniversary's Are Happy

On this night many years ago I felt a cold coming on, I watched a bit of TV while sipping a NeoCitron, then went to bed to try to sleep it off. Little did I know that I’d wake up about 5 hours later, at 1 in the morning, smelling a strong acrid smoke so thick I could barely see across the room. But, that is what happened, my eyes were burning as I jumped from my bed trying to yell but having no voice from breathing in the smoke and fumes. I finally manage a strangled yell of ‘fire’ in order to awaken my parents. As we rushed down the stairs, a bright glow from the living room greets us and the smoke worsens, it’s pitch black in the rest of the house and we begin coughing. I hear things breaking and Mum and Dad trying to get the fire extinguisher and some water to dampen the flames, as I run to the front door, grab a pair of shoes to prop the door open with. I run outside into a raging blizzard, the snow just about up to my knees, but I don’t notice I have no shoes on and I’m wearing only a nightie. I get to the garage and get the car out……Mum and Dad come running out onto the step, and I’m sure my look of panic and fear is much like what I’m seeing on their faces. The house I had lived in for most of my life at that point burned to the ground that night, when the volunteer fire department is 10 miles away and there’s 0 visibility in snow and blowing snow, it’s inevitable that it’s not going to end well. On the morning of December 23 of that year, the list of everything that I owned was 1 nightie and 1 pair of panties, but we were safe, and that was all that mattered. Mum and Dad didn’t fare any better in saving anything of theirs Dad and a neighbour had managed to save a few Christmas gifts that were beside the back door, but they smelled so badly of smoke they couldn’t be used, and really all they did was remind us of what we had lost. I still feel panic deep in me when I think of that night, and every year the anniversary comes around and I find it hard to not think of it. It bothers me, and probably always will. I think about what the outcome would have been if I hadn’t woken up. But, I guess it wasn’t our time… here we are, another year behind us, and another December 22 to bring it all back.

I’m having a quiet evening at home alone, it’s snowing a little outside, but I’m going to have a hot shower and make a cup of tea to relax and try to think of happy thoughts. This picture depicts my feelings today, and I guess what I want to say is, no matter what you have going on in your life, remember to tell the people you love how much they mean to you, because things can happen in the blink of an eye and the world as you know it can change beyond belief.

I’m using the ‘Becoming Nothing’ pose from Del May, here. I love the emotions this pose has!

I’m wearing the Tank and Hipster panties from Maitreya here. Along with the ‘Mayu’ hair from Argrace. As always, my skin is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.