Archive for January, 2011

The Night Wanderer

Life is full of little coincidences. I was reading Chestnut’s blog the other day, the one where she talked about a friend giving her a bed for free and asking her to review it. The coincidence is that that very day, *I* had received a bed from a friend of MINE. She had plurked asking for volunteers to test it out before she released it. I answered that I’d try to get in to help, but was not able to make it in time. So imagine my great pleasure to be gifted with the bed anyway. *grin* I decided that Chestnut had started a meme (although I’m not really sure this is a good use of that word), and it was my obligation to continue it. So here it is – the “I’ve been gifted with a bed” post.

I’ve mentioned my friend Thaumata Strangelove to you before – she finds great websites and plurks them to her friends. I’ve shared several of them with you already. Thau is also a VERY talented creator in SL. She builds lovely furniture and other goodies. (She’s also a great baker in RL, but I must confess I’ve only SEEN pictures of the pastries but never gotten to INGEST any.) Her store is The Grindstone in Ursa Major. Some of her recent objects are a snuggle Bed with 25 fabrics, vintage apothecary bottles and jars, octopus chandeliers and a guitar case.

Thaumata was building a bed that resembles a ship, The Night Wanderer Bed. We got to hear a lot of her comments and thoughts via Plurk as she built. The finished product is lovely, with both couple poses and single sleeper poses. I dressed up in my Pirate outfit (it seemed appropriate somehow) and Bamboo and I went aboard to try out the poses and play with the fabrics. The bed is 21 prims and only L$500. That seems like a good deal to me. /me smiles. I admit, however, that my other bed was a gift also, so I am not necessarily the most informed consumer.

What I CAN tell you, however, is that Bamboo and I LIKE this bed. It fits nicely in our beach cottage. We plan on sailing away in our dreams, secure in our Night Wanderer.

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Refresh Your Body and Soul

Check your calendar. It’s January. Monday is January 31st. That means that SUNDAY is the LAST Sunday of the month. And we know what THAT means, right???? It’s time for the HalleCalliLujah gospel brunch! Sunday, January 30 at 11 AM SLT.

Remember – it’s about music and friends. Come and rock your soul – and all your bits – with us at Meatspace Lounge! Wade through the water, drink some champagne, hear some great music, and laugh a lot. Oh – and *I* bought a new dress for the occasion! *grin*

Obvious to Me

It happens less often now but I still have friends and family look at me “funny” when I talk about my time in SL. There is still a great deal of eye-rolling and smirking when I talk about my time in SL. Well, we started with a blizzard in December and we’ve had either an ice storm or a snow storm EVERY WEEK since the blizzard. The wheel came off my snow blower, my shovel broke, there was a water main break in town and we are still under a boil-water emergency, my sunroom window shattered from the extreme cold (it’s taped and I’m not dealing with it til the spring) and just for fun, one of the toilets broke and one of the cats had gastrointestinal difficulties in the basement. /me looks about. I think that covers the major issues.

Now LOOK at these pictures. Where would YOU choose to be????? The answer is obvious to ME.

Cracks in the Foundation

I remember my mother and her brother having a conversation one day. I believe it was about ESP (extrasensory perception). It may have been about ghosts. Whatever it was, she believed in it. He did not. She kept arguing point after point. He had counter-arguments. Finally he said to her: What would it take for me to convince you? She thought about it. She replied: You can’t. I believe I am right.

There you have it. If you believe, you believe. It is incredibly difficult, if not actually impossible, to move you from that belief.

Belief. Faith. Trust. If they exist, they are nigh indestructible.

But once that first crack appears, like Jericho, the wall comes down.

Once I think you lie, the crack has appeared. If you lie about something inconsequential, the cracks multiply rapidly.

Sigh. I found myself thinking: It doesn’t matter what you say. I don’t even care if you THINK you are telling the truth. I no longer believe you.

I’m sorry. For both of us. For our friendship.

Wizard At Work

Between the brutally cold RL weather and my weighty SL obligations (such as serving on momentous juries), I need a bit of time to mellow. So I was playing cowgirl and riding my rocking horse when I began chatting with Dale. Dale is rarely idle, preferring to script, build or meander about. This time the work to hand was building a new look: new skin, new shape, new clothes. I pointed out that since Dale IS my Script Wizard, there was no reason not to come and create at my place, while I watched.

I was a bit taken aback by Dale’s new look. I’m used to having to reconfigure my pronouns depending on whether it’s g-Dale or b-Dale who comes to call. But this new look was something much different. Definitely alien. I think “stately” and “regal” capture my first impression. I liked the shade of green as well. Being the consummate back-seat-driver that I am, of course I began offering suggestions and comments. *grin*

One of the COOLEST looks Dale achieved was the result of a viewer mishap. Maybe “mishap” is too strong a word. Probably it should be called a nuance or a foible. At one stage of the creation there was a white line on the top of the outfit. Because of how it was rezzing, the line appeared to be flickering, moving horizontally across the dress (think of a ticker tape running along the bottom of screen, but more as moving white dots). It was GREAT. Unfortunately, if you adjusted your camera angle at all, the flickering stopped. Of course we immediately tried to figure out how to build or script to make that line move like that all the time. Given that it was late and we were both multi-tasking, we didn’t solve that puzzle then, but it was fun spec’ing it out.

Building in SL is such fun because you can be working hard even as you are playing. Notice that although Dale APPEARS to be riding the rocking giraffe, you can see the little dots leading from hand to prim, indicating that Serious Work Is Being Done. *grin* Alas, one of the issues with prims is often that they are not flexible, even if made flexi. Camera angles also have major impact on appearance.

What didn’t change that evening, however, was my enjoyment of my wooden pony!

The rocking giraffe is from D-LAB, created by dazai Voom.
The rocking horse is from HPMD, created by Sasaya Kayo.
The bubble chair, as you might recall, is also from Sasaya Kayo and Happy Mood. *grin* Happy Mood is a WONDERFUL place.

Lessons from Working Out

No, I’m not going to talk about “no pain, no gain” or “mens sano corpore sano” or even “suffering builds character”. Today’s workout lesson came from my iPod. From Bonnie Raitt and “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, to be more precise.

I got angry and frustrated a few days ago. Someone did not do something I expected they would do and so I missed doing something I planned to do. NOT the end of the world. But frustrating. I will be taking action today to make up for what I planned to do and didn’t, so it has been on my mind. Then while I was rowing, this song came up. Let’s start by saying I love Bonnie Raitt’s voice, so even though it’s not really the kind of song that makes you row harder and faster, it does help the mind drift away from the rowing repetition.

I’ve talked about psychology before. People do what they do because, for the most part, life IS all about THEM. We are, in our minds, the center of the action. Very few of us set out deliberately to hurt, harm or impede others. Yet often that is the result of what we do or don’t do. The key for the “others” is to realize – it wasn’t about you. While that is reassuring on one level, it is still hurtful on another. We all have emotions and we’d all like to think that others care for us above and beyond all else. That is unreasonable.

Bonnie sings:

Mornin will come and I’ll do what’s right
Just give me till then to give up this fight

My fight, and I fight it daily, is to remember that I am responsible for my actions and my behavior. It is unreasonable of me to EXPECT certain behavior from others. You accept people for who and what they are. Let it go. Move on. Love them. And hope that you are not stepping on someone else’s toes as you move through the center of your universe.

By the way, Bonnie also sings: You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t. I happen to disagree with that to some extent. A very wise man told me: smile as if you mean it, and soon you will find that you do. He was right.

Grace O’Clock

I used to post about Grace McDunnough regularly. I made a point of making it to her regular gigs. I love to sit and listen to her melodious voice, her excellent song selection and to listen to my friends chatting. Then life got more complicated and it got harder to get to the regular weekend shows. So I’m always thrilled when I get to hear Grace during the week. This past week offered up another such treat. The word went out that Grace was performing and I could make it!!! I find her voice so pleasant. I like to get lost in the sound. (Yes, it’s true, I’m very partial to female vocalists I’ve noticed. Check out my iPod: Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Laura Nyro, Maria Muldaur, Jennifer Warnes, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and more. But you know I like to rock it on out too. I’ll spare you THAT list.)

I had an additional pleasure this Grace O’Clock. Oh – for those of you who might not know, the Grace regulars refer to Grace’s performances as Grace O’Clock. *smile* I think that has a warm sound to it. Anyway, this time besides the usual pleasure of Grace and friends, I made a NEW friend. Another Grace “regular” was there – a blogger whose blog I enjoy tremendously. I IM’d a hello. Of course, being somewhat spacey, sigh, I confused THIS blogger with another. *grin* How humiliating. But I DID manage to redeem myself and get my people straight. We had a lovely chat about virtual worlds and real life and building and even cats (another favorite topic of mine). I was pleased and flattered to be friended.

For me, it’s often these little moments that are the times that make SL so precious to me. Music, friends, conversation. These are the experiences that tie us together and forge community.


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