What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

What a Long Strange Trip it's Been
Six Years! Yea…..I can’t believe it either! It’s my Rezz Day today and I can’t believe it’s 6 years ago today that I came into this world. It wasn’t easy, showing up in this world all system and noobish. No, not noobish….I was plain old 100% NOOB, as anyone newly rezzed into SL is! I had a white business suit on and carrying a bag of some sort. It didn’t take me long to remove a sleeve, without knowing how, since back then a top came with 6 pieces, all of which had to be worn then adjusted to fit. I ended up at some country bar where thankfully my sister came to my rescue and took me to her place! I had absolutely no clue what was going on, I just knew it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen! Since then I’ve had difficulty adjusting to the many changes that have occurred. I never wanted mesh hands or feet, even though there was nothing at all attractive about system feet or the invisiprims that could put shoes on them. I never wanted a mesh body and Oh Em Gee, I never want a mesh head!! So, go forward 6 years and here I am, all mesh all the time and thinking it’s unimaginable to be any other way! The options for living my Second Life are limitless and I still find it to be great fun. I’ve made some incredible friends and I’ve learned there is no limit to some peoples stupidity, but hey…that’s just the joys of humanity! I love this ever evolving world and hope to be here for many years to come, I may be getting older, but I think I look pretty good for my age!! 😀

Here’s my face…yes….this is what the other side of me looks like! And, I’m wearing the newest release from !NFINITY here! The ‘Luca Choker’ is one of those accessories that stays on all the time, no matter what. I think most of us have one piece of jewelry that makes us feel naked when it’s taken off and this choker would be that for me in real life! It’s a nice simple accent that just adds to an outfit, even just jeans and a shirt. It’s unisex, HUD driven with 4 metals and 4 leather textures, it’s resize on touch and unrigged, plus it’s 100% original mesh!You can get it at the current round of Men Only Monthly, which runs until February 15.

The ‘Junghwa’ hair from [monso] is available at the current round of SaNaRaE. The pretty updo with soft face framing tendrils is so feminine!

The ‘Relaxed Blouse’ is one of my favourites from Tres Blah. It’s HUD driven with lots of bra textures, if you choose to wear it at all!

This is a really good look at the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. Note the full lips, perfectly groomed brows, and pert little nose, that come together to make me so pretty! Yea….I’m not full of myself at all!! lol

I’m using one of the 9 options from the ‘Harvest Shadow’ set from Veechi along with one of the 3 sets of eyelashes from the ‘Natural 2’ eyelash pack from Mai Bilavio. Plus, my eyes are from the ‘Nissa’ set from Zombie Suicide.

And the whole look starts with the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

Just a note, the artwork behind me is from Harry Cover, who was so kind as to share his work with me to enjoy while at home. It’s framed with the ‘Repurposed Barnwood Frames’ from [QE] Designs. I’m fascinated with the whole repurposing trend going on, of course I’ve always done it….it’s just that on the farm we called it scavenging to avoid having to buy something!

My pose is from the ‘Detached Bento Pose Set’ from FOXCITY.

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

It’s back to normal now that the holidays are over. The turkey’s gone, the gifts used and abused, and the candy bowls are empty…thankfully! So what this means is real life goes back to normal and Christmas 2017 is but a memory now, but looking back there’s one thing that I think most people will agree with. It seems to be way too stressful. It wasn’t for me this year, as it was a quiet Christmas with no large family gathering involved, and I didn’t contribute any cooking or baking, which I normally do and manage to screw up the buns and have to make a second batch. So, I got the gifts, not the most inspired ones this year, but everyone seemed to enjoy what I got them. Since we didn’t open gifts until a few days after Christmas, December 25 was a normal day for me. Coffee……dinner…..coffee……..supper…..bedtime……much like any other day for me in the winter! So tomorrow I plan on getting started on some of the winter projects I have hanging over my head, I want to try to get started early and stay at it for the morning, then if I take some quality SL time in the afternoon, at least I’ve accomplished something. But, the one thing that stresses me out when I work in the morning is making sure I get my coffee break in, because it needs to get done. Sometimes I’ll take it first…..so I can get it out of the way and not worry about it so much, but then 10 AM rolls around, which is coffee time, and I just have to take a coffee break again. It’s a must! And I never ever manage to keep a coffee break to 15 minutes. Even when I was a member of the Teamsters and punched a clock I couldn’t keep my coffee breaks under a half hour. So with me being my own boss, now I turn a coffee break into a lunch, and lunch becomes an afternoon off! It’s not a bad way to live, if I do say so myself.

So, I rambled a bit……but what the heck, it’s my blog and I can ramble if I want to! 😀 I was perusing flickr the other day, which I will admit to doing several times throughout most days, and saw a new post from Michelle Halster of Carniola Poses. She has released a new set and since I’m a fan I clicked on the link to Market Place to grab it. Then I saw the description inviting the first 5 people to comment with full SL name and get the set for free! I was commenting like my life depended on it! Michelle promptly passed along my free set of poses in-world and I was thrilled. So, here is the ‘smooth’ pose(the set contains 7 poses plus mirrors), from the ‘Find the Words’ set from Carniola Poses. Thanks so much, Michelle!

And as for my outfit here? I’ve fallen in love with the ‘Boyfriend Jeans’ from fashionably dead and available at ~uber~. The ‘Cropped Turtleneck Sweater’ is from ISON and also available ar the current round of ~uber~.

This very cute hair is ‘Corinne’ from {Limerence} and it’s available at the current round of the Kinky Event.

I’m normally not a huge fan of Mary Jane shoes, but the ‘Lydia Mary Jane Creepers’ from Livalle are just incredible! They’re compatible with the SLink and Maitreya flat fee and are available at the current round of SaNaRaE.

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.

The ‘Vintage Nightstand’, the ‘Fish Bowl’ and the ‘Vintage Radio’ are from the ‘Summer is Gone’ gacha set from ..::THOR::... And the ‘Flower Embossing Chair’ is from Soy.

I made a visit to ‘Mother Road‘ on the Ludington sim and I found this little loft in the building in front of the ‘Better Call Saul’ billboard. It’s not very good in the rain and hot sun since it’s roof is pretty much shot, but it was perfect for a little bit of quiet time that I was in need of.

Snow Country

Snow Country

The northern country snow sings
An early winter soft like static, down
Quaking in the breeze like aspen leaves
Silver whispers blanketing the ground

Cloak my body in my woolen coat
Keep me warm, walk the frozen earth
Watch them slowpoke clouds pass like city crowds
And carry on in a separate world

~Brendon Matthew Thomas~

You can read this poem in it’s entirety here.

This makes winter seem so soft and peaceful, and really, for the most part it is. At least some days in my part of the world. I find that the times most like this are when it’s a bright sunny day, the thermometer hovering around the -30°C mark and just the slightest breeze to make the small branches on the leafless trees shiver. That breeze, though slight, will make that -30°C feel more like -40°C and a person needs a bit more than just a woolen cloak to stay warm. The key is layering! Start with an Under Armour undershirt and finish off with a windbreak of some sort. And in between have layers of various materials all to help keep your body heat in and the winter cold out. I’ve been outside working in the harshest of weather and though it’s not great, it’s not that bad. The worst part of it looking out the window and imagining how cold it is! It’s best to get your clothes on and dive outside, give Mother Nature the finger and say, ‘You will not beat me!’.

Today, my look is all due to the newest release from [KoKoLoReS]! ‘Charlie’ is a very cute, unrigged hair with a non detachable cap, both HUD driven with lots of colours in the four available colour packs and ten colours for the cap. It’s available now at SaNaRae.

I managed to get into the November round of ~uber~ and I grabbed the ‘Anais Cardigan’ from Lapointe & Bastchild like a shot! I opted to not add the included scarf, and it’s all HUD driven with separate HUDs for the scarf and cardigan, with the undershirt being detached for just a cropped cardigan top! ~uber~ runs until December 23.

I’ve chosen one of the nine colours from the ‘Sultry Shadow’ pack of eye shadow from Veechi. It’s available until December 19 at District20 and it’s compatible with the Catwa(seen here) and Lelutka mesh heads.

The whole look revolves around the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. It’s available now at APPLIQUÈ, which runs until December 7. The beautiful skin is on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose is from the ‘Fixated’ bento pose set from FOXCITY and available at the current round of Limit8, which runs until December 13.

I was in the falling snow at the gorgeous winter sim, North, for this shot.

Corner Gas

Corner Gas

In my part of Canada there’s a corner gas station in most small towns along the vast miles of highways in the province. The TV show ‘Corner Gas‘ was a really cute Canadian show that went for 6 seasons and was filmed mostly in a small town in the south end of the province. I enjoyed it…it had a quirky sense of humour and depicted any rural town in the country, but most notably the prairies. There were quite a few guest stars in it during it’s run, the one I remember best is The Tragically Hip as the local garage band. I had driven past the main outdoor set many times in my travels, but sadly The Ruby and the gas station connected to it were demolished in 2016 and the town grocery store, the FOO MAR T, was lost to fire in 2014. The grain elevator still stands, with the town’s name ‘Dog River’ painted on it, which is in fact the fictional name of the town. Normally us Canadians rely solely on the US for our entertainment, but ‘Corner Gas’ was a show made entirely here that was really fairly successful. I enjoyed seeing how we, as Canadians and prairie folk, were depicted. Since I’ve lived near a couple of small towns for most of my life, the fact is, every small town does have the characters in the show. That’s what makes any community so interesting…..the characters!

Today, I’m waiting in the late evening for my shift to end, just killing time hoping no other cars pull up for gas. I don’t mind pumping gas….there’s lots of fresh air and it’s a fairly mundane job! If only there was no public involved…but then again any kind of retail work relies on the public. But, with my cooler full of beverages and the radio playing all the old classic rock I love, the setting sun casts wonderful shadows and it’s nice just to sit here and be at peace. The feature today is the ‘Gas Station’ from KraftWork and available now at FaMESHed. I’ve kept my surroundings simple to help focus on what’s part of the ‘Gas Station’ and to show what potential there is. After all the ruckus of the October round FaMESHed, this is in a new venue and I have to say I was one of the minority who really liked the build from October. The lag was no worse than any other busy event and although not as easy to shop, it was a really stunning creation. I felt bad for the builders and the entire FaMESHed group, they didn’t deserve the backlash they received. In my humble opinion, anyway! Anyway, about this incredible build from NODNOL Jameson of KraftWork. It has a land impact of 70 and a footprint of 23X22m. It’s highly detailed with an incredible amount of potential to make your corner gas station as realistic as possible. The entire station is in one piece to make placing and moving it so easy and it’s perfectly designed to make recreating real life fun! The two bay garage and gas lanes are sized to fit cars and trucks and the store is big enough to carry all of the convenience store goods. FaMESHed runs until November 27, which sounds like a long way away, but time flies….especially if you’re having Second Life fun. 🙂 Also from KraftWork is the ‘Majestic Radio’ from the ‘Vintage Radio’ gacha set. It comes with a decor only version and a version scripted to play your favourite station.

The ‘Lawn Chair – Yellow’ and ‘Cooler, red’ are from the ‘Open Road’ gacha set from Consignment. I have to admit that I have no idea if there’s anything in the cooler….but if there is I’ll be happy to share!

And as for my outfit? I’m wearing the ‘Relaxed Blouse’ from Tres Blah and the ‘Soft Stretch Jeans, smoke blue’ from the ‘Mini Jacket and Jeans’ gacha set from Mikunch and available now at SaNaRae. The ‘Gentleman’s Sunglasses’ are from Izzie’s. and the ‘USAGI Trainers’ from [Vale Koer].

The ‘Jisun’ hair is from [monso] and available at FaMESHed.

It all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, which should be released shortly, I’ll be the first to know…so keep watching for the date! It’s on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

We’re Having a Heat Wave!

We're Having a Heat Wave!

Yes, a tropical heat wave!! Really, we are! Although where I am it’s usually a dry heat! No ocean breeze, no humidity to make my hair a big frizz ball, and no pineapples growing! I could grow watermelon, but I didn’t this year, so unfortunate when I see what I could have done with them!! My sister, Gillian Galicia, and I having some fun with the ‘Fruity’ pose/prop from Foxcity, here! It’s available at SaNaRae until July 18! The fruit is transfer so you can easily share with someone who needs a bit of a cover up while on the beach! You may be asking yourself if we’re out romping on a beach without anything on, you can check out Gillian’s blog to see for yourself! 😀

Here’s the short list of what we’re wearing! 🙂

Me:

The ‘Bones’ hair is from [KoKoLoReS] and is a Hair Fair 2017 exclusive release! HF’17 is on now and [KoKoLoReS] has 6 new releases, all incredible!!

The Sweetberry Necklace, gold, from !NFINITY, is such a summery addition to an outfit! Especially when it’s about all you’re wearing! 🙂 It’s 100% mesh, HUD driven with 8 solid bead and 8 dual bead colours, and it’s scripted for easy resizing!

I’m wearing the Lilo bento mesh head from Catwa with the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘vivante’ tone from Avada! The rest of me is the Lara mesh body from Maitreya.

My eyeshadow is from the Smokey Shadow pack from Izzie’s. And my eyes are the Nissa Eyes from Zombie Suicide.

Gillian:

*shorts – paper.arrow beach.shorts antique
*hair – ASO! Tomi, Dark Brown pack at Hair Fair 2017 (all LMs are here)
*skin applier – Glam Affair
* eyeshadow – Izzie’s
*lipstick – Pink Fuel
*backdrop – Katink