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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!.

Gaze Long Into the Abyss

I’ve just spent 45 minutes trying to make sense of Friedrich Nietzsche and I can now report that that is not enough time! I was going to write something meaningful and profound, but while doing some research on the ‘staring into the abyss’ quote, I realized that there’s no way I can come close to saying anything that wouldn’t make me look like a complete idiot. I do have an open mind, and am will to try form thoughts about how I interpret things, but this is ‘waaaay out there for me’! It’s not that I don’t get the very basic meaning……but to actually write about it, is a whole other thing. You know the saying, ‘it’s better stay silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt’? Yea…that was meant for me….and I know when to keep quiet!

I’m always drawn to poses of sadness, so the newest set of poses and props from Le Poppycock are perfect for me! The ‘Heartache A & B’ pose sets are all gut wrenching in their emotion and you’ll probably be seeing each and every one of them here, eventually! This one is called ‘Secret Sorrow’ and includes the rose with falling petals. This set is perfect for anyone that feels alone during this time of year. With everyone throwing their love and romance at you, when all you want to do is put on your jammies and watch a good movie while eating a pint of ice cream straight from the container! The ‘Heartache’ sets contain six poses each, with rose props and are available now at The Chapter Four.

I’m wearing the newest release from DURA Hair here. It’s the ‘Boys & Girls 82’ and available now at The Men’s Department.

The ‘Betina Tank Top’ is from Addams.

I made it over to the flash sale at Blueberry last week and grabbed the ‘Kimi Skirt’, among other things.

The look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa, the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya, and the kitten feet from SLink.

I found the incredible Neverfar sim. Joining the group does give rez rights, but worth every penny.

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.

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.

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.