The Best Things in Life are Free

The Best Things in Life are Free

At least that’s what ‘they’ say! I get that, I really do, if one considers what’s really important in life the best things aren’t anything you go somewhere to buy. As far as I know laughs are free as are hugs, sleep, and good memories. As far as I’m concerned best friends are free, if they’re not…they’re not your friend. 🙂 But if you tend to think the best things in life are things that cost money, then you’re priorities are somewhat skewed! Unless you’re talking about chocolate, chocolate isn’t free, and it’s right up there in what’s good in life. Coffee……..coffee isn’t free, either. Unless of course someone treats you to a coffee, then it’s free and one of the best things in life. Music isn’t free, unless a person can sing a cappella, then it’s free. Since I can’t sing and I don’t play any sort of musical instrument, music isn’t free, but it is one of the best things in life. I like to keep life simple, enjoying the very basics of what is good in this world. I admit to enjoying my Second Life, which requires a computer and internet connection, but is it one of the best things in life? Maybe on some days, but I still enjoy sitting in the sunshine with a peaceful mind enjoying the very basics in life, like fresh air, soft breezes, and the stillness of my world.

Ok, I felt a little pressured to get this picture, and I finally got one I can live with, after numerous changes to my hair and top, different poses and angles, then to find a wind light was downright agony! But, here it is……and just in time! It’s the second weekend of the month(already) which means it’s Monthly Midnight Madness! And at Elle Boutique(formerly Slipper Originals) the store is abuzz with the upcoming round. Starting at midnight tonight……whether you call it Friday night or Saturday morning, Elle will make the MMM board active and the first 1500 people who tap the board will get the ‘Tabitha Earrings’, in silver and turquoise, with an add-on HUD available for a reasonable price to make it a full set.

Then at noon Saturday the board will be restocked and the ‘Deja Vintage Earrings’will become available to the first 1500 avis again, who touch the board. I’m wearing these earrings in my shot, in the free version colours. There will also be an add-on HUD to make it a full set. If you happen to miss out on either of these items, all is not lost. All day Sunday you can stop in at the main store and pick up the earrings, for a nominal fee and the add-on HUDs for the same reasonable price as before.

It’s an exciting weekend, you can find more information on Monthly Midnight Madness here.

I came across the ‘Chaeyoung’ hair in my inventory, having forgotten I even had it. It’s from [monso].

The ‘Free to Love’ tattoo is from Carol G Tattoo Wear.

My look all begins 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 shadow from the ‘Tiana Eye makeup’ set from Zibska. You can’t see much of it, but I know it’s there. 🙂

The pose is from the ‘Loose Ends’ set of poses from Le Poppycock.

What I Need Right Now

What I Need Right Now

I’m pretty simple in my wants and needs in life, but today I need something that isn’t going to happen. I’d love to be somewhere warm, not necessarily a beach, but where it’s warm enough for a T-shirt and shorts. It feels like it’s been a long winter so far, even though it’s been no worse than most, but I just want a break from it. I have done a mid winter warm climate vacation in the past, but the choice of country was questionable so it wasn’t the best of times. But that’s many years ago and I’ve learned from that, I don’t need anyplace too exotic, just warm and sunny. But since this is only wishful thinking at this point, exotic would be wonderful too! When I close my eyes and picture what I’d do, I’d maybe be sitting on a bench or at an outdoor cafe, reading a book and sipping iced tea. I’d be relaxed and enjoying each moment as it happens, having no plans and completely comfortable with that. I think I’d like to have some sort of shore available, to be able to look out on the water, wading ankle deep in it’s coolness, and breathing in all that moist coastal air. I don’t think I could want anything more than I want this right now. Ok, so reality kicks in, and knowing the person I am this is how it would play out. I’m up at 6 AM, breakfast from 6:30 to 7:15. After that I’d allot a half hour to have a quick shower then go shopping down the street, which will last about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I’ll plan a 45 minutes coffee break after that, but 32 minutes into it I feel I need to get going, so I cut that short. I take a taxi to the little cafe I’ve wanted to try, the one with the nice patio, I get a table outside and order an iced tea and get my Kindle out. I downloaded 5 extra books before taking this vacation so I’m good for reading material. I check the time, the service is a little bit slow, which puts me on edge, and now I can’t concentrate on the book. In all honesty, it’s not quite that bad, but I just can never be as relaxed and carefree in the moment, as I had thought I’d be when dreaming of this. I guess I have two choices when it comes to vacations, I can simply be happy dreaming about it, or I can learn to relax and be carefree and actually live it if I ever take another vacation. At this point, I sit here looking out on a cold winter day, at least I have a nice hot cup of coffee to enjoy.

I did find a beach to lay on in Second Life and I’m enjoying the virtual sand, sea, and sun, all while reading a favourite book. The beach is at Fairhaven, which offers group members rezz rights, so I could rezz the ‘Reading’ pose prop from Reel Poses. Which is available now at the Fetish Fair.

But what I want to bring your attention to is the ‘Amara Belly Ring’ from Slipper Originals. The February round of Monthly Midnight Madness is coming up this weekend and this will be one of the gifts, along with an inexpensive add-on HUD to make it a full set! It contains 5 heights for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya, but also includes versions for the SLink mesh bodies. The full set is HUD driven with 7 metals and 10 gemstone colours with it being materials enabled. Monthly Midnight Madness starts at midnight Friday(or Saturday morning if you prefer).

The Darkness Monthly Event is up and going and this is the Anniversary round so keep an eye out for gifts for group members. Wild Roots(formerly Pimp My Sh!t) is there with an exclusive gift and 3 new releases, one of which is the ‘L’Arbre’ tattoo. It’s a gorgeous tree of life that wraps around the waist and hip with intricate detailing and an interesting design. The pack includes 3 ink tones and is compatible with the Maitreya, Belleza, and TMP mesh bodies and also anything that’s Omega compatible, along with classic avatars. The Darkness Monthly Event runs until February 28.

You’re seeing just one side of the ‘Bones’ hair from [KoKoLoReS] here. This is one of my fave hairs.

The ‘Amala Bikini’ is from Maitreya.

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 Can Breathe Again

I Can Breathe Again

After one of the most stressful weeks of my life, I’m now able to smile again! After multiple(and I mean a ton) trips to the hospital with my Dad, I’m now so relieved that everything is under control and so far it looks like he’s going to be OK! It’s been one scare after another these last 8 days, but the light at the end of the tunnel that I saw yesterday has become a reality. There’s nothing that makes human mortality so real as having a loved one sick and not knowing what the outcome will be! So, today I lift a glass of …..um…ice water….and drink a toast to the powers that be for keeping Dad here for hopefully a long time to come. It’s scary, the thought of losing a parent has been one of my greatest fears, and I know one day I’ll have to face it…….but I’m going to make use of every day I have with them before then. And……thankfully it’s not Dad’s time yet!!

Ok…..so today, first and foremost is the ‘Morning Josie Bento RIngs’ from Slipper Originals and available now at The Underdog Event. I’m very open about my addiction to coffee, I do admit it, and I’ve heard that’s the first step in overcoming any addiction, but to be honest I really don’t want to kick this habit. I love(and need) my coffee, first thing in the morning, and anytime up to bedtime. It’s always coffee time to me. So, this set is compatible with the Maitreya(seen here) and Slink bento hands and they’re HUD driven with a ton of options, including left/right versions, texture change for each ring separately, 8 textures each for metals, stones, and crystals, plus on/off toggle. Here’s a closer look at them. The Underdog Event runs until February 16.

The manicure I’m wearing is from the ‘B&W’s Shiny’ applier from alme.. It’s an all-in-one HUD which is SO easy. No swapping out HUDs endlessly.

The ‘M118’ hair from .:CHEVEUX:. is just my style. It comes in a male or female version and is available at the winter round of The Seasons Story.

The ‘Laced Tops’ is from Blueberry and is available on Market Place for 1L$.

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 ‘Hi Baby’ pose is from Emination and available on Market Place.

Me? A Grinch?

Me?  A Grinch?

They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast.
Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least!
And THEN They’d do something He liked least of all!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Would stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
They’d stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing!
They’d sing! And they’d sing! And they’d SING!
SING! SING! SING!
And the more the Grinch thought of this Who ChristmasSing,
The more the Grinch thought, “I must stop this whole thing!”
“Why, for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now!”
“I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! But HOW?”

from ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ by ~Dr. Seuss~

To decorate or not to decorate! Every year I think about the upcoming festive season and ponder whether to decorate the house, in real life and also in Second Life. I usually opt not to in real life, I used to but found out that usually it’s just kind of sad when the time comes to take it all down. So, to avoid those emotions I just don’t bother decorating. Second Life is usually different for me though, all the great new seasonal releases are out and it’s always fun for me to shop and then get all the warm fuzzy feelings while decorating. I haven’t done it yet, I had started to set up a pretty skybox with a beautiful snowy view out the windows, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I’ve always been accused of being a ‘bah humbug’ type of person, even though inside I did feel some form of holiday excitement, but this year I have absolutely no Christmas spirit in me, at all. I’m not sure if it’s going to come, and really, it’s OK either way, but it’s hard to go through the motions with family members, when it’s not there. I guess it’ll just reinforce their belief that I’m a grinch at heart. But it’s OK…..I think every family needs one. 🙂

Today, I’m featuring a new release and completely free hunt item from Slipper Originals for the Women Only Hunt 4, which started today and runs until the end of the month. The adorable ‘Snowgirl Necklace’ is all yours once you find the snowflake hidden somewhere in the SO main store! The hunt is HUD based, which means once you attach the HUD, you can get yours here, you have all the information you need to move smoothly to all of the participating stores. If you think you need a little bit of help to find all the snowflakes the Flair For Events website has a list of all the hints, plus all the information you might need!

This is the ‘SAKAYA’ hair from Argrace.

This is a good close up of the beautiful ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. It’s looking lovely on the ‘Lilo’ mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added one of the 9 options from the ‘Romy’ set of eye shadows from Veechi.
My eyes are from the ‘Nissa’ set of eyes from Zombie Suicide.

The pose I’m using is from the ‘liza’ set from Serendipity.

Happy Story

Happy Story

A few days ago I was killing a bit of time with Twitter, and I noticed one of the things trending at that moment was #WriteAHappyStoryIn4Words. I thought it was such a clever idea and set about thinking what my happy story might be! It’s not as easy as it first appears, and I tried to find the perfect combination of words that would reflect my happiest story. I thought it should sum up the meaning of life, but realized that that’s just impossible. The meaning of life cannot be explained in four words, even making it as simple as possible. I suppose for simplicity’s sake we could say,’Breathe in, breathe out!’ or “Be born, busy dying’, those both sum up what life is about. But as for why we’re here, that’s not as easy. Although, ‘Love is the answer’ might work. But, I then thought about what four words could be the happiest for me. I think ‘Thank God for animals’ is one that I’d say an amen to, or maybe, ‘coffee and a book’ would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ‘I love my dog’ is one that would make me smile, too! Ok, now lets put Second Life to the happy story test! I could say that ‘I didn’t crash today’ is a very happy story, as is, ‘Collabor88 is lag free’! That last one though is pretty much a fantasy story! 😛 You get the idea, this little game really makes a person pinpoint what each of us defines as a happy story. I’m going to make it an everyday thing from now on, it’ll help me remember to be thankful for all that I have and that it’s all the little things that makes life complete. Take a minute or two, right now, and think of a happy story you could write, it may surprise you how it ends!

I’m out on my deck in the late evening sun. It’s a little late for a cup of coffee, I know, but it’s never stopped me from sleeping in the past, so a cup of coffee and a beautiful sunset while I look out on the water, it’s priceless! The main thing going on here is the necklace and ring set! It’s the December round of Monthly Midnight Madness and Slipper Originals has two great new items for it! Starting at midnight tonight, the ‘Darby Necklace and Earrings’ set goes live, the first 1500 avis get it free with a quick slap on the board. There’ll be an optional add on HUD there for you to to purchase if you like, which makes it a complete set! It starts all over again 12 hours later, at noon Saturday with the ‘Cadence Rings’ again free for the first 1500 avatars that give that board a kick! And again there’s an optional add on HUD to complete the set for just a few lindens. And, if you missed out on the freebies, drop in at the main store all day Sunday for your last chance to grab the items for a very reasonable price, the add on HUDs remain at the same price for the day! You can find out more about MMM here. Here’s a closer look at what all the fuss is about!

The pants I am wearing are a new release from !APHORISM! and available now at FaMESHed. The ‘Bridget Flare Jeans’ give the appearance of legs right up to your neck with a perfectly flared leg and a waistline that’s curve hugging, to say the least! They fit over the high feet(Slink is my foot of choice) and with a high shoe on they just barely skim the floor! I love the two simple pockets on the front, just big enough to carry only your most needed items, there’s not pockets on the back, for a smooth and streamlined look!

The ‘Amber Shirt’ is a nice light sweater from Just Because. The neckline has two different straps across it if you so choose, but I prefer the plunging look!

I’m wearing the eye covering Boys&Girls 78 hair from Dura Hair. It’s from the darks pack.

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, which is applied to the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose and coffee mug prop are from the ‘My Coffee Mug’ set of bento poses from Secret Poses.