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25 Songs, 25 Days

December 2, 2012

So.  Looks like there’s a blog/Tumblr/Plurk/interwebz challenge going around:  25 Songs, 25 Days.  It’s a simple challenge about music.  Sometimes it’s as basic as what you’re listening to at the moment, some are more meaningful and ask for a song and association to a person or event.

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I’m not sure why it’s come up several times recently, but I’ve found myself saying things like, “I’m really glad I’m not an audiophile” or “I’m glad I’m not a music snob” or “I don’t really listen to music that much.”  The first two are definitely true, the third turns out to be less true than I thought.
I am not an audiophile.  I don’t need to adjust my car’s audio system for different types of music, I don’t need my music downloads to be of a certain quality.  I’m happy if I can understand the lyrics and the speakers aren’t blown out.
I am not a music snob.  If I like it, I like it.  I don’t need it to be new or old or unknown or popular or of a certain genre.  I don’t need it to be anything.  I need it to make my ears happy, and even better, I need it to touch me.  So when you listen to music with me, you’re going to hear Carly Rae Jepsen and Andrew Lloyd Weber and Volbeat and The Civil Wars and Lady Gaga and The Infamous Stringdusters and god knows what else.  AND YOU’RE GOING TO LIKE IT.  No, not that last part, not really.  I don’t care if you don’t like it.  I like it.
I don’t listen to music that much.  That one… is less true.  Honestly, I have nothing playing in my house right now, the only things I hear are my typing and the dog snuffling around in her bed.  I often drive all the way to work in the morning without turning the radio on.  But while I don’t listen to it as often as some people do, it’s still important to me.  It’s still an important element of my life.

All of that came together in my head when I thought about doing this challenge.  Originally, I said, “Nahhhh, I’m not into music enough to do that,” but I really do have a soundtrack that plays when my life flashes before my eyes.  I have songs that are linked with time frames, with places, with people, with events.  I have songs that I rely on to bring me up, to cradle me when I’m down, to give me release when I need it.  Music is a part of my life, even when it doesn’t get acknowledged that much.

But, today, and for the next 24 days, we’re going to acknowledge it.
Day 1: A song from your childhood.

For this song I’m choosing Mike and the Mechanics’ In the Living Years.  I can remember being out in my father’s garage with my sister, pretending that we were little baby greasemonkeys right along with him.  I can remember our lofty attempts at helping him by fetching wrenches and rags often evolved into drawing summer landscapes with chalk on the concrete floor.  I can remember the incessant teasing and the fighting that my sister and I used to do.   I can remember my millwright father, looking like a dark-haired version of Harley Davidson Santa, a man who should be listening to Charlie Daniels or Steppenwolf, listening to smooth jazz instead.  I can remember that in between Boney James and Andreas Vollenweider, a few “popular” songs would play on his favorite radio station.  One of the songs was In the Living Years.  I can remember that, on occasion, he would tell my sister and me to listen to that song and realize that we would be devastated if anything ever happened to the other.  This little life lesson, this emotional tidbit from a very stoic man has stuck with me for my whole life.  So maybe not a very childlike one, but this is a song that makes me think of my childhood.

 

(It also will reappear on day three, so I apologize for the repeat in advance.)

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Happy Easter

April 8, 2012

I hope each and every one of you is having a wonderful holiday weekend.  Celebrating, non-celebrating, religious, non-religious, whatever, enjoy the weekend, enjoy your families, hell, enjoy yourself.  It’s cliche, but it’s true:  You never know what tomorrow holds so be thankful for what you have today and enjoy it to the fullest.  And if you don’t have what you want today, figure out how to get it and make it happen.  After all, you don’t want to have unfinished business and end up a zombie like you-know-who.

And hey, any advice would be welcome here.  I’m trying to get some perspective and show how tiny my av is, but I’m not quite capturing it, am I?  Any suggestions?

Credits:

Complete Avatar | Mynerva and Yabusaka – Petite (Cream)
Dress | Evie’s Closet – Milli Dress for Petites (Black Cherry Liqueur)
Hair | Wasabi Bills – Monique Petite Mesh Hair (Powder)

Pose | Evolve – Still04

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Apologies

March 22, 2012

My dear readers…  I’m so embarrassed.  I’ve abandoned you yet again.  I’ll be back, I promise!

Credits:

Hoodie | Jane – Spectrum Hoodie (Blush, Mesh)
Pants | fri.day – Trousers (White)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Soft (Black 04)
Shoes| fri.day – Basic Flats (Purple)
Skin | Illusory – Love (Milk, Organic)
Eyes | Vision -Eyes by A:S:S – Herbalist Eyes (Ocimum)

Pose | ImpEle – Despair 05

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Olive Juice is Closing

January 16, 2012

*saddest of sadfaces*
Bella’s RL is tugging her away from us (darn those RLs…) so she’s closing her doors (hopefully temporarily?).
As sad as that is, she’s hoping to ease our pain with a sale. So make sure you stop by and let her know how much she’ll be missed.

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LOTD Just Because

December 8, 2011

Just because.

Credits:

Hair | Elikatira – Other (Black 04)
Tank | Jane – Intrinsic Tank (Red Delicious)
Jeans | fri.day – Designer Jean (Regular Wash)
Boots | SLink – Marina Boots (Merlot)
Skin | Rockberry – Apple (Light, Freckles, for the Peace On Earth 4 Hunt)
Ring | R.icielli – Antique Gold Butterfly Skull Ring
Necklace | Fashionably Dead – Crystal Necklace (Star, Long, for Collabor88)
Eyes | Perception – Sud 1-2

Pose | (pda) – Mystery Mail

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Take Bad Snapshots

August 31, 2011

Hey there, friends and neighbors!  I’m back yet again with yet another post that is not related to the 52 Weeks of Color Challenge.  (doh)

I highly doubt I have readers that she doesn’t but, just in case…  I was inspired by some posts from Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion and put together a little LOTD plus a PSA.  lol  Sorta.  There are sooo many SL fashion blogs these days and while some of them are fabulous (StrawberrySingh.com), others are a little lacking.  Now, we all started somewhere (go check out the beginning of my Flickr- scary)and there are a lot of folks out there taking snaps just for fun, so this isn’t a criticism.  It’s a shared moment of learning between all of us.  We can all benefit from listening to other folks.  So I listened.  And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here I am doing a snapshot post.  And since laziness is the most prevalent of all my flaws, why should I ramble on and on about something that Cajsa has done so perfectly?!

I picked and chose some of the tips she mentions in her triptych of posts: The All-In-One Set Up Tip Sheet (I didn’t know about checking the SSAO and Shadow Smoothing setting), Lighting, Shadows and Projectors, Oh My! (I’ve never tried using a projector before) and Where Did They Hide My Windlight? (I’ve always been too lazy to fiddle with the sliders, maybe I’ll try it now) and put together a kind of before and after or what-not-to-do type thingum for you.

For my ‘before’ snapshot, I’ve lowered a couple of important hardware settings (anistropic filtering and anti-aliasing) and set my WL settings on something horrible and hope that it conveys the sense of unfinishedness(?? wtf, lol) due to the lighting and the jagged edges that I was going for.  Oh!  And crazyeye!  Take Cajsa’s advice and get a focuser thingy or read up on how to focus on a prim.  And then in the ‘after’ pic, I hope you’re all overwhelmed by the beauty and skill involved in taking such a fantabulous snapshot (you have to picture me saying all of that with ridiculous, wide, sweeping dance-like gestures).  Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch, but I do hope you can see how fiddling with some settings can really improve your inworld snapshots.

OH!  TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE GRIXDALE SALE!  Make sure you get over there and tell Tyr how much she’ll be missed!

Credits:

Tank | Jane – Intrinsic Tank (Honey)
Beads | Grixdale – Deco Layered Necklace Top
Jeans | fri.day – Designer Jeans (Regular Wash)
Hair | Elikatira – Early (Black 04)
Skin | Grixdale – Ren (Honey Tone, Sparrow Makeup)
Makeup | Cheap Makeup – Vintage Lash 1
Eyes | Perception (Sud1-2)

Pose | Juxtapose – Heads Will Roll 1

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52 Weeks of Color – Neon Carrot

May 29, 2011

Neon carrot.  Really??  Neon. Effing. Carrot.  Fine, you want a carrot, I’ll give you a carrot.  I’ll tell ya where you can stick it, too.

Credits:

Headpiece | Instinct Inc. – Lovely Bunny (Pure Juice)
Hair | Exile – Penny (Twilight)
Feet | SLink – Jolie Barefeet (Medium)
Skin | Rockberry – Kalista (Light, Platinum Hunt Gift)
Makeup | AtomicBambi – Sabrina Lip (Nude)
Prop | Ni.Ju – Nomnom Carrot

Pose | Olive Juice – Sit 4

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Culture Shock – Je Suis

May 5, 2011

Just a quick, cropped snap to remind you about Culture Shock 2011.  It’s already a quarter over!  Oh noes!  Get there!

Credits:

Jewelry | Je Suis – Eternelle Earring and Necklace (Culture Shock)
Hair | fri.day –  Dylan (Emo Black)
Clothing | Elymode – Tuxedo Shirt (White), Tuxedo Vest (Black), Tuxedo Pants (Black/Red)
Shoes | SLink – Cassandra Heels (Black)
Skin | Glam Affair – Jadis (Natural 03a)
Eyes | Perception – Estate (8-1)

Chair and Pose | Glitterati – Model Chair (Chair 3)

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Pride and Reality Substitution

May 1, 2011

So, I was thinking about pride.  I was feeling very sure of myself in my (silent and internal) assertion that pride is, in fact, not a deadly sin.  I was even prepared to pull out the dictionary definition to support my brilliant train of thought.  Alas, my theory that pride was neutrally or even positively connotative (connotated?) was not as solid as I thought.  But since this is my blog, I will (in the words of the great Adam Savage …or the writers of 1985′s The Dungonmaster -who knew??), “reject your reality and substitute my own.”  So, what that means to you is that for the next minute or so, depending on how quickly you read, you will assume that pride is a good thing and only a sin when found in excess, and therefore no longer pride, but hubris or conceit or something of that nature.

Anyway, the whole point of this is to acknowledge something I’m proud of.  (Which brings up a whole new conversation about feeling pride for states of being or accomplishments that are not your own, but we’re not going into that right now.)

I am very proud of my sisters’ determination and perseverance in working toward their weight loss goals.  Whatever their reasons- health, appearance, fitness, all of the above- they are sticking to their self-imposed restrictive diets and exercise plans.  Heck, one of them is even willing to get back on roller skates after breaking her ankle and becoming the bionic woman.  I know how hard it is to keep up the momentum on a resolution like that (I can’t even get through making a resolution, for Pete’s sake) and I admire them for it.

So that’s all.  I’m proud.  For them and of them.  And there’s nothing sinful about that.

Keep it up, girls.  Love you so much!

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Happy St. Pat’s, Pididdle Style

March 17, 2011

Credits:

Hair | Lamb – DIY Haircut (Ink)
Skin | YS & YS – Susan (Skin Fair 2011 Gift)
Makeups | Pididdle – Lucky You Gift (Full Face, Gap Teeth)
Miamai – XGen Makeup LashNLiner (Charme)
Freckles | L.Fauna – Extra Freckles (Dark)

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