Favourite Things and a Few Random Thoughts

Favourite Things and a Few Random Thoughts

You know the song ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound of Music, it’s not really a Christmas song, but I only ever hear it this time of year. I have to confess I’ve never seen the movie in it’s entirety, just pieces of it here and there. I’m not a big Julie Andrews fan, and the whole premise just seems a little too pat, for me. I don’t even really like most Christmas movies, and although I love old movies I’ve never seen Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life. I do enjoy White Christmas but mainly because I can sing along, when alone of course. I’ve not seen Scrooged, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, Elf, or Jim Carey in The Grinch, none of them even remotely appeal to me! I’ll watch Christmas Vacation if it happens to be on, but I don’t consider Lethal Weapon a Christmas movie just because it’s set at Christmas time, although it is considered one. I guess all I’m doing is cementing my reputation for being anti-Christmas in everyone’s mind. But to get back to the topic I started with, I wanted to mention a few of my favourite things this time of year, to show that even a Grinch can enjoy some parts of the festive season. I love Mandarin Oranges, which we call Christmas oranges here because it’s the only time of year they’re available. Each orange wrapped in it’s own paper wrapper and packed in a festive box, their aroma makes me feel like I’m a kid again. I like driving around and looking at Christmas displays in peoples yards, whether in the city or the country. I like eggnog, not the home made kind, but the stuff in a carton, I add a bit of milk to thin it down a bit, it’s pretty rich. I think Poinsettia are very pretty, the traditional red ones are the best. I know everyone would expect me to say that getting gifts is pretty darn great, and it is, but I’d prefer to get or give a gift any time of year. If I find something that someone I know would really like, I don’t need a reason to give a gift, other than I want to. With that being said, if I receive a gift for no other reason than the person wants to give me one, that makes it all the more special, it tells me I’m in their thoughts! (15 minutes later) I’m sitting here trying to think of more things that I like about Christmas, and unless I give up and carry on with the rest of this post, I’ll be sitting here all night. So, I’ll carry on…..let’s begin!

I think I look sad here, and I didn’t mean to, it just happened. I was just playing around yesterday in-world and I liked this picture. So I thought I’d share it.

The tattoo is the ‘Batra & Leok’ tattoo from Isuka. It’s a full body tattoo but can be worn in two parts and it comes in 3 ink tones, this is the ‘fresh’ tone.

The ‘Gia’ hair is from Tableau Vivant and is at the December round of Kustom9, which opened yesterday.

I’m wearing my all time favourite skin here, ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh head from Maitreya. I’ve added one of the fifteen colour options from the ‘Dark Metallic Eye shadow’ pack from Izzie’s.

My eyes are from the ‘Nissa’ set of eyes from Zombie Suicide. My lashes are from the ‘natural 2’ eyelash pack from Mai Bilavio.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

And the reason for that is……what I’m looking for keeps changing! In the course of a lifetime there’s no way someone can finally find what they’re looking for and then stay right there. It’s so easy for life to become stagnant when a person thinks they’ve found exactly what they want, and then remain in one place for the rest of their life. It’s great to find what you’re looking for, but never give up on new things to find! If you’ve found the job you’ve always wanted…perfect….but you can’t just be happy with having it, you have to continue to find fulfillment in it. You’ve found the partner you’ve always dreamed of, that’s great too. But, the work in finding the right person is tiny compared to what it takes to keep the relationship strong. Now that you’re not alone, it becomes the two of you who still haven’t found what you’re looking for. But, if the goals and dreams are shared, it’s much more fun to enjoy the trip with someone. Over the course of life many goals and dreams are searched for, but it’s OK to change your goals, to decide that maybe what you wanted isn’t what you really need in your life. A person learns some hard lessons trying to find what they’re looking for, but no matter the outcome, never give up searching, because there’s always something worth finding.

I can’t believe it’s already December! The time is marching on at very rapid rate and it’s kind of scary. every day behind me is one less ahead of me, how’s that for a happy thought! But, we can’t stop it so we may as well accept it and enjoy each minute as it happens. One thing to get excited about with the end of one month and the beginning of another is all the events that start new, on the first of the month. FaMESHed is one such event and this month [BAD HAIR DAY] is in on the action! The ‘Bousni’ hair is a women’s only style with beautiful lines that really frame the face nicely. It’s swept back on the opposite ear that I’m showing, I’m always a sucker for the mysterious look! As you probably know, the [BAD] colour palette is huge and each hair has two layers to colour indepentently for lots of colour options. Each colour pack contains 24 textures, so when you add the two layers there’s an incomprehensible number of options with which to play with. You will find a colour combination that works for you! This festive round of FaMESHed runs until December 27.

I know real life is screaming ‘winter’ at me, but in Second Life I still can’t resist wearing clothing that’s a little short on coverage! The ‘Mellon Long Sleeved Shirt’ from Addams is a top that covers what needs to be, but still shows enough to be sexy! A bare midriff is always in style!

The ‘Batra and Leok’ tattoo from Isuka is simply gorgeous. The details are amazing and with 3 ink tones it looks great on any skin tone.

You can’t see much bare skin here, but it’s the beautiful ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. It’s at the current round of APPLIQUÈ, right up until December 7, after that it will be at the mainstore. I’m wearing the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya, as always!

This is a men’s pose called ‘Avoid Me’ from Del May.

One More Light

One More Light

Should’ve stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can’t keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

One More Light ~Linkin Park~

Please forgive me if I seem to be dwelling on music and songs lately. but it’s winter and there’s really not much going on…..so I love to listen to music to while away the time. Is there anything better? I sit either at the computer or with my phone in the living room and scroll through all that YouTube has to offer. I don’t go for anything other than music videos though, although I know that YouTube’s a wealth of information about anything you might want to know. I’ve been know to search for directions on how to do this or that, I did find one video on how to fix a TV that was completely honest and up front. The first thing the guy says is, ‘If you’ve come here to find out how to fix your TV, you’re proving that you shouldn’t event try!’. I mean, just because you can find directions on how to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. I’m not against trying to fix things myself, heck I’ll give most things a try at least once, but I know that if there’s a doctor giving instructions on how to do a lobotomy, I probably shouldn’t be trying it! I do know my limits, although I have had some near misses and scares, the kind that Jackass would feature, of course.

I’m wearing the ‘Liz Bento Rings’ from Slipper Originals here, and I didn’t pick them to wear just because they’re named after moi! No, it’s just that they’re so pretty. Elle, of SO fame, has really found her niche in creating jewelry and accessories, her shoes have always been fabulous, but her accessories are incredible, with the large texture HUD with lots of metal and colour options and with various areas to customize, every set of rings, necklace, bracelet, or various other accessories can be customized to be exactly what you want. They fit the Maitreya bento hands and the SLink Dynamic hands.

The ‘Batra & Leok’ tattoo from Isuka is one gorgeous piece of artwork, and I am the canvas! This is the full body version and it’s compatible with the major mesh bodies plus Omega compatible bodies, as well as classic avatars, just in case there’s still a few out there! You can also get it on Market Place.

The ‘G1113’ hair from tram is a new release and available at the current round of ~uber~.

They ‘Sideview Bodysuit’ is from [Vale Koer].

You can catch a glimpse of the ‘Two Initial Charm Bracelet, gold’ from Izzie’s.

The eyes are one of the ten selections from the ‘Nissa Eyes’ set from Zombie Suicide.

I’ve added one of the nine selections from the ‘Sultry Shadow’ set of eye shadow from Veechi here. It’s available now at District20.

And as always, my skin is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, and available until December 7 at Appliquè. ‘Raine’ looks gorgeous on the ‘Lilo’ mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose is from the Single Poses pack 16 from The Owl.

I’m sitting in front of the ‘Forgotten Places Fireplace’ from Cheeky Pea.

The house plants to the left are from {what next}.

Shakin’ My Moneymaker!

Shakin' My Moneymaker!

Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
You got to shake your moneymaker, yeah
Shake your moneymaker
You got to shake your moneymaker
And then…

Shake Your Moneymaker ~sung by many, but I always think of George Thorogood’s version!~

The lyrics of this song don’t have any deep meaning or anything, for me. It probably doesn’t for anyone, but it’s catchy and has a great blues beat. At least it’s bluesy when George Thorogood does it. I can listen to most types of music and enjoy, notice I say most, and not all, I really can’t make myself enjoy rap and I’ve never cared for jazz. There’s tons of music that I’ve probably never heard of, but I’m always willing to listen to something new and give it a try. I’ve found some of my favourite artists completely by accident. I’d never really listened to Leonard Cohen until I bought an album for my Mum for Christmas and I realized that I’d been missing out on incredible poetry. At least I can go back to his older stuff and enjoy it, since it’ll be new to me. A free ticket to a Guns n’Roses concert helped me to appreciate their distinct sound. I’m not sure I’d want to go see them on their new tour….a little too much time has passed and we’re all just a little older! 😛 Way back when vinyl was all the rage for your home stereo I found a Bob Dylan album for a very low price and out of curiosity I took it home and have been a fan ever since. Everyone I know laughs at me for liking his music and my sister has been known to say, ‘He’s not even trying!’, in a very indignant tone. But, I enjoy it and don’t care what anyone thinks! Music has meant a lot to me throughout my life, and it’s one thing that can ease my anxiety or lift me up when I need lifting. It can make me smile and give me energy, when I lacked both. Heck, it even makes me want to sing and dance sometimes, but only when I’m alone……at home……..with the curtains closed…….and the lights out! 😀

So, as you’re looking at my ‘moneymaker’ note how these jeans fit it! They fit like skin and with the high waist and flared legs the attention is all on my booteh! These are the ‘Cara Flared Jeans’ from LEGAL INSANITY and available now at Shiny Shabby! These are fitting my ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya like a glove and they also come fitted for the SLink and Belleza mesh bodies. There’s two versions included in the pack one for flat feet and one for heels, so you can mix it up a bit. Shiny Shabby runs until September 15.

I’ve had the ‘Discorded’ hair from Shi. for quite some time and it’s time I wore it! This is from the dark browns pack.

As you can see I’m topless here, sometimes you just gotta let the girls breathe! 😀 I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘vivante’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body(bento hands included) from Maitreya.

This pose is from the ‘Loose Ends’ pose set from Le Poppycock.

I’m using the ‘We’re All Mad’ backdrop from Isuka.

5 Things I Learned the Hard Way

5 Things I Learned the Hard Way

As I sit here, I’m thinking about all the times in my life that I’ve learned lessons. Sometimes you learn something because of the experience of someone else or just by reading. That poor stick man has taught me plenty of things, since he’s in peril wherever I go. You’d think he’d learn that the floor is slippery when wet or that he could fall if he climbs on something. But, that’s a whole different story! I’ve had to learn things the hard way to really grasp what could happen. So here goes, 5 things I’ve learned the hard way!

1) When a road sign says ‘No Exit’ it means there’s no exit’. Not a good thing to learn while driving an 18 wheeler.

2) If a cow doesn’t want her newborn calf touched, don’t touch it! The cow can run faster mad than I can scared.

3) When using an electric hedge trimmer, do not insert finger in the blade, it can cut, fingernail and all.

4) There’s a difference between a cat and a skunk, when you spot movement at your feet and it’s pitch black outside, don’t say, ‘Hi Gus’, and nudge him out of the way with your foot, unless you’re sure it’s your cat ‘Gus’ and not a skunk.

5) If a guy seems like a jerk when he’s your boyfriend, don’t marry him. He’ll be a jerk when he’s your husband, too! I should have listened to my gut!

Those are five things I’ve learned, by living through them. The scars are all faded now, well except for my finger, from the hedge trimmer incident! That still hurts, but it’s only been 4 days! 😀

And now, how bout some Second Life fashion!

I’ll start off with the ‘Delicate Tattoo’ from Queen of Ink. It’s truly delicate and so well placed, perfectly drawing the eye to nice shoulders and dècolletage. It’s compatible with the Maitreya, SLink and TMP mesh bodies as well as mesh bodies that are Omega enabled. There’s also system layers for the classic avatars. It comes with 2 ink tones, I’m wearing the 50% option. The ‘Delicate Tattoo’ can be found, for a few more days, at the July round of The Chapter Four, and it’s in the Hidden Room. So when you land at TCF just walk slowly backwards and let yourself free fall! 😀

Also in the Hidden Room at The Chapter Four is the Basement backdrop from Isuka. It has a land impact of 14 and is perfect for a grungy type atmosphere. The pop and ice machines are not part of it, but there is piping and the power box, along with some signage that is. It’s nice to be able to set up a great photo area right at home, where the lag is low and the rezzing is easy.

The ‘Sunset Shadow’ is a new release from Veechi and it’s available at the newly opened round of ~uber~. It’s Catwa(seen here) and Lelutka mesh head compatible and the pack contains nine colours, all vibrant and summery.

The ‘Juliet’ top from Scandalize is a cool and cute little top perfect for days like today, hot and sunny! It’s fitted for the SLink, Maitreya(seen here), and Belleza mesh bodies and comes in oodles of colours, or a fatpack to mix and match three different areas.

The ‘SHIRABE’ hair from Argrace is one of my faves. Short and perky = perfect for me.

My eyes are one of the ten colours in the ‘Nissa Eyes’ pack from Zombie Suicide.

You can see just a small part of my nails, but take my word for them being cute. They’re from the ‘Heart Hole,black’ nail applier set from PIAD. They’re SLink and Maitreya compatible.

The ‘Luna’ skin in ‘peche’ tone from Avada looks simply divine on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the Lara mesh body from Maitreya.

The pose I’m using is from the ‘Avant Garde’ male pack of poses from XXY.

The pop and ice machines are both from 7 Emporium. The Ice machine is at the current round of ~uber~ and the Pop Machine is at the main store. Both are fully animated, the Pop Machine has eight animations and the Ice Machine has singles, couples and an adult version, too.