Waiting Games

Electronics have become the common go to method for passing time. Its evident in waiting rooms around the world as people stare into their phones and tablets. Most of us take them everywhere. Hopefully, we put them down while we drive! I do, so should you, but no lectures today. ☺ I hate to admit how attached I’ve become to my smart phone and other electronics to be honest. The cats and dog have been trained to avoid cords and to use caution when humans are holding their phones. Fortunately, I rarely run into a dead battery, but there have a been a few times that I’ve had to put them all down so they can charge and the waiting game begins.
waiting
Its always when my electronics are temporarily out of reach or commision that I remember all the things I need to do with them or to them. In turn, I’m creating an even bigger need for them, which then makes the waiting all the more agonizing. Those that know me well know that I have no tolerance for boredom. I will always find a way to amuse myself no matter what the situation. I am an only child that spent a great deal of my early childhood in isolation. I have a fantastic imagination and I will find adventures at every turn. I’m sure we all played the “hot lava” or “sharks/gators in the water” games when we were kids, right? Hopping from one piece of furniture to another…taking great care to never touch the floor, while giggling and squealing with delight as we narrowly miss our imaginary doom. Now here we all are in a virtual world playing with virtual clothes and furnishings and still escaping doom! At least escaping it for a while anyway…*giggles*
waiting still
I realize I’m sort of rambling, but that’s how my mind works sometimes. Welcome to the madness! What started this train of thought? I’m glad you asked. Yes, you did ask…this conversation is happening in MY mind and it was there that you asked just that question. Now, hush and let me answer. *grins*
I was putting together the scene above to display the Ramses Collection from Fancy Decor for the September round of The Arcade, which we are all anxiously waiting for…see what I did there? I know I mentioned the set a few days ago and teased you with a sneak peak, but  there are 19 pieces available in this set and each piece is exquisite. In the previous post about the collection I indicated that the chairs and sofa come with a hud that allows you to change the color of the fabric. I showed you a gorgeous purple chair. As I put this room together I knew I had to show you the luxurious silver suede. Isn’t it stunning?
Okay, so why insert myself in a picture about furnishings? Because I’ve been waiting days and days for the dress I’m wearing here and since the post is called Waiting Games, its only right that I show you something else that I waited on, right?
See, what’s happening here is that I’m showing you a way to fill that little void of time between now and when The Arcade actually opens, plus you’re going to want to look your best while shopping, right? Naturally all the details are below…Happy Shopping! ♥

wearing:
*Dura-B&G*70 – (*new & exclusive* @ Fetish Fair
CATWA HEAD Dyana
L’Etre – Hestia Mesh Ears
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
=Zenith=Leather Belt Gloves (All colors) – Maitreya (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
[Cynful] Bring The Sexy Back – (*new* @ Cosmopolitan)
#EMPIRE – Forsythia (leg straps)
.K-Otic. Tripp Sneakers

scene:
Fancy Decor: Edward Bookcase (August Collabor88)
*AF* Origami Dove – Music
-tres blah- Workspace – Print and Books
PILOT – Treble Clef [Gold]
Fancy Decor: Luxe Picture Frame (August Luxe Box)
Fancy Decor: Leaning Frames
19 Fancy Decor: Pyramid Obelisk (black)
Fancy Decor: Potted Aloe
14 Fancy Decor: Ramses Bookends
Apple Fall Amelie Magnifiers
-tres blah- Eclectic Collection – Globe (Classic)
Lark – Imaginarium Librarium Treasures (store is closed)
Culprit Ancient One

10 Fancy Decor: Ramses Wall Panels
02 Fancy Decor: Ramses Sofa RARE
15.erratic / lsm – magazine & news
7mad;Ravens Folded Sketch Book
07 Fancy Decor: Ramses Chandelier
13 Fancy Decor: Ramses Cocktail Table
Apple Fall ‘Lucky Numbers’ Cigarettes & Tray
.Shi : My Journal [Black]
Apt B // Raw Materials Gacha – Plate Sculpture
12 Fancy Decor: Ramses Side Table (white)
Fancy Decor: Wire Crystal Candle (August Luxe Box)
05 Fancy Decor: Ramses Rug
Fancy Decor: Luxe Console (black) (August Luxe Box)
11 Fancy Decor: Ramses Side Table (black)
*LODE* Decor – Snapdragon Vase Big [dark violet]

06 Fancy Decor: Ramses Chair
04 Fancy Decor: Ramses Console
09 Fancy Decor: Ramses Art
15 Fancy Decor: Decorative Box
08 Fancy Decor: Ramses Lamp
16 Fancy Decor: Decorative Orb
floorplan. rotary phone / black
[Commoner] Break-Up Survival Kit / Little Black Book
Second Spaces – Cluttered House – charging station

poses by Del May

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Flutterby

Butterflies and dragonflies will always be particularly special to me. I’ll write about my relationship to dragonflies another time. As a child I was convinced that whoever named the butterfly a butterfly had to be drunk, because the obvious name should have been Flutterby. No amount of coaxing from my parents and teachers could change my mind. I’m not even sure how old I was when I finally surrendered to the actual term Butterfly, but I’m pretty sure I was well into my teen years. Mostly likely some mean girl made me feel stupid and for a brief period of my life, I cared what people thought of me. Regardless of what they’re called, I think its pretty common for people to be fascinated by a creature that goes through so much change in such a short period of time and the grace with which they move through life.
dance of the butterfly
I had the honor and privilege of participating in a Native American tradition known as a sweat lodge. I can’t attest to the authenticity of the arrangement, but what I can tell you is that I had a vision in the darkness that night and it was a butterfly rising up from the smoke. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, to be honest. I wanted my vision to be fierce. I wanted my vision to be badass! To be fair, I was surprised that I had a vision at all. I’ll admit I was confused by the butterfly at first, but also wildly fascinated because not everyone involved had a vision.
It was afterwards that I learned exactly what this butterfly symobolized in my life and it certainly seemed true enough at the time. It makes sense that the butterfly represents change, considering the metamorphisis that takes place in order for a butterfly to exist at all. So, the fluttering of a butterfly will always be special to me. Its a reminder that an entire lifetime of changes can and often do occur over a short period of time.

Given how moved I am by the butterfly, it should come as no surprise that I was beside myself with giddiness over the {Reverie} ‘Glasswings’ Collection for The Arcade! If you love butterflies…if you know someone that loves butterflies…if you love photography…if you love nature…this set will surely blow you away and will quickly become a must have. You won’t need a net to catch these beauties, just a few lindens and a click of the gacha!

wearing:
*barberyumyum*81 (recent FLF find)
{Reverie} “Glasswings’ Collection – #3 Monarch Dream Tiara (*new* @ The Arcade) September 1-30*
CATWA HEAD Dyana
L’Etre – Hestia Mesh Ears
{Reverie} “Glasswings’ Collection – #7 Wing Earrings (*new* @ The Arcade)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
{Reverie} “Glasswings’ Collection – #6 Monarch Hand Acessorie (*new* @ The Arcade)
{Reverie} ‘Glasswings’- #2 Monarch Dream Dress – Maitreya RARE (*new* @ The Arcade)

pose by Del May
location: Netherwood

Royals

“We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.” Lordes’ Royals

One of the many luxuries I enjoy in Second Life is the ability to change my address in a matter of minutes and redecorating my home in a matter of hours or days. I can live as luxurious or as humble as my mood determines. I’m not rich in real life and I’ve never been one of those that pursued the rich life. I remember when I was younger, there was a rather wealthy man interested in me and my mother was encouraging me to date him. Well, that was her first mistake, what 20 year old is going to date the man her mother wants for her? Not this one. More importantly, I just wasn’t attracted to him physically or mentally, certainly not emotionally.
royals
Anyway, the real point of this post is that in Second Life we can be royals if we want to and there’s never been a better time to pursue that luxurious lifestyle, because coming up on September 1st The Arcade is back! Let the Gacha Games commence!
That means tons of fantastic & fun finds like the very posh Ramses Collection from Fancy Decor. This set includes 19 items, with three Rares! THREE! That means your odds are pretty favorable, yeah? If that’s not fantastic enough, the two chairs and sofa in this set? Yeah, they come with a color hud, which allows your four options. I’ve shown you the purple, but there’s a blue, a green, and silverish gray.
So, start saving up because this is just the tip of the royal iceberg, Baby! Stay tuned for more goodies from Fancy Decor and the Arcade, because I’m living the fantasy life and loving every minute of it. I hope you will do the same. ♥

wearing:
hair: Lovey Dovey :: Sage
CATWA HEAD Dyana
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
SPIRIT – Mila dress

Scene:
03 Fancy Decor: Ramses Shelf RARE(*new* @ The Arcade) September 1-30*
18 Fancy Decor: Pyramid Obelisk (white) (*new* @ The Arcade)
Fancy Decor: Wire Crystal Candle (August Luxe Box)
Fancy Decor: Geode Bookends (August Luxe Box)
[ free bird ] Large Geode – Garnet
01 Fancy Decor: Ramses Armchair RARE (*new* @ The Arcade)
11 Fancy Decor: Ramses Side Table (black) (*new* @ The Arcade)
*LODE* Decor – Snapdragon Vase Big [dark violet]

pose by Bauhaus Movement

Perfectly Flawed

I’ll be completely honest. I’m the kind of girl that learns most of her life lessons the hardest way possible. I don’t know how many real life musicians I had to date, before I figured out that they were not for me. I tried every drug that came my way, fortunately without the use of needles. I’ve tried a variety of clothing styles. Some of them were definitely not meant for my body type. I’ve tried an endless array of hairstyles, again not all of them fit. I’ve had all types of jobs from restaurants & hotels to medical to office administration. I’ve been friends with people from all walks of life. Thinking I was open minded enough not to judge some of their bizarre lifestyle choices. And before you get your panties twisted, I mean actual lifestyle choices like having pink hair in real life knowing it will limit your job/career options(not that bizarre) or decorating your yard with zombie gnomes (#lifegoal). Even now, I don’t want to list the choices I personally find bizarre, because to each their own. I simply cannot understand or relate to somethings and quite frankly think others are just plain fucked up and wrong (zoophilia.)
perfectly flawed
With that said, one thing I’ve never been good at is saving money. Ever. I can hold someone else’s money and never touch it, but my own? Nope. I’ll spend it everytime and most of the time it isn’t even spent very wisely. Yes, I do worry a little bit about what life will be when I’m older, but I do have some things in order. I have a home that’s paid in full. For now a working car that I love and is also paid in full. If I end up alone, I’ll have a spare bedroom I can rent out. So, I’ve thought about those things, see?
However, who promised that I’d grow old enough for that plan? Who promised me that Linden Labs would survive more than a year after I joined in 2006? Who guaranteed me a life worth living when I’m 60? NO ONE. So, yes, I’ve chosen to live life a bit on the edge. Daring myself to enjoy one moment after the next, however I see fit.
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I do my best not to hurt people along the way, but none of us are perfect and on occasion we will all hurt someone we love. Whether its a seemingly harmless joke wrapped in barbed wire or simply a careless action or God forbid desires that overrule all common sense. What matters is that we learn to forgive, so that we don’t carry those resentments around weighing down our souls. What matters is recognizing what we’ve done and not simply apologizing, but amending our behaviors. What matters is letting go of those that consistently harm us, even if they seem beneficial in other areas of our lives. What matters is genuinely learning to love ourselves, flaws and all.

perfectly flawed 3

What matters is being true to ourselves, because if we can’t be loving, true, and kind to ourselves? We’ll never be able to genuinely offer those attributes to another individual.

Until you can live your life and love it, you have nothing but lies to offer the rest of us.

My life sure isn’t perfect, nor am I, but I know one thing for sure:
I AM PERFECTLY FLAWED!

CREDITS:
hair: Jenna by Analog Dog
CATWA HEAD Dyana
Glamistry – Sunglasses [PU2004]
:Diamante: Disengaged Plugs Piercing (*new* @ Fetish Fair)
**RE**  Simone Heart Collar
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.:::G.ID:::. Muse Tattoo
Vinyl – London Crop Top Group Gift Pak
Bauhaus Movement – Bass Alert Bracelets
[MANDALA]Sinra Rings Season2
.08 [ kunst ] – Slim Cigarette #2 (*new* @ Kustom9)
LRD Ripped Jeans Robin
-KC- IMPERO BOOTS

poses by Del May some edited using AnyPose
photos taken at Carnival of Chaos

Heart AND Soul?

It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. Epictetus

I have the heart….see?Well, its mine now! The soul? Oh, uhm…I think that sneaky ginger, Tracy Redangel, has that. The body? Well, we can all have one of those in SL, can’t we? *smiles*
Have a Heart

When I logged into SL this afternoon, Sino was there waiting for me. He wasn’t even sure he’d see me today and as it was, we only managed a few minutes together before he had to log out and sleep. Damn time zones! However, when he saw what I was wearing he jokingly asked, “Is it Halloween already? Have I been waiting that long?”
Have a Heart2

While it is not nearly close enough to Halloween for my tastes…I really wanted to have some fun with this photo, because Reverie’s Leighton Dress for Uber is simply stunning! I’ll be showcasing this dress again to show a lighter, softer side, but when I saw it all in black I melted a little. I love this look. It conjured scenes from Penny Dreadful, Hemlock, and Salem, television shows that somehow know just how to grab my attention and keep it. I’m reminded of when I was a child and could not stand to wear store bought costumes for Halloween. I would search about all year for items that would give me an edge on Halloween. I wanted to stand out! I could not bear the thought of bumping into a mirror image of myself while out trick or treating which was far more fun in my day than the whole concept of “trunk or treat” that too many kids are left with today.
So, knowing that I have a nice little collection of witchy, gothic, vampy things in my inventory…I assembled a little scene for the vision…the storyline…in my head.
What you see before you is my idea of a hybrid, but not the traditional lycan/vampire hybrid. No. This is the daughter of a Vampire father and a Witch mother. Being both the hunter and the hunted is her destiny and her legacy. She uses the dark arts her mother taught her to lure her victims into the woods and the heightened senses she inherited from her father to feed and to feed well.
Wow, okay, so if you have an imagination, I’m sure you can create the rest of that story in your head…I might have gotten a little off track and over my head there. So, as usual the deatails are below and I’ve added a little song to set the mood.

wearing:
TRUTH HAIR Harmony
CATWA HEAD Dyana
[theSkinnery] Zinna (Catwa Applier) – honey ( Collabor88)
-SU!- Sytpal Eyes SILVER
::SG:: Tiara Eyeshadow for Catwa and Classic SL Heads
L’Etre – Hestia Mesh Ears
Izzie’s – Blood Dripping Accessories
-SU!- Nosebleed +CATWA APPLIER+
:Diamante: Disengaged Plugs Piercing (*new* @ Fetish Fair)
CATWA Teeth [Vampire]
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
**RE** Lolita Necklace
.:L&B:. Sugar Skull Ring:All Diamond
{Reverie} ‘Leighton Dress’ (*new* @ Uber)
REIGN.– ROME LACE UP HEELS
Birdy – Hocus Pocus – Bat (three of them)
Human Heart (full perm) by [ T-3D CREATIONS ]

scene:
drd phantom broken mirror
{anc} cracked glass
[Toiz] tarotcard
{Reverie} ‘Oh Salem Dolls’
NOMAD // Gothic Settee
NOMAD // Gothic Table
.random.Matter.  -Spirit Set – Candles [Black]
[ zerkalo ] Apothecary Halloween Set – Spider Hair
Enchanted Woods by Studio Skye

1st pose by Infiniti
2nd pose by Axix

 

 

The Storm

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. Vincent Van Gogh
The Storm
Oh where to start? Do I make the analogy about not being afraid to love again? Or talk about the actual weather? Decisions…ugh…someone decide for me!
Alright, alright, the truth is, I wanted to make the analogy about love, because a dear friend of mine is going through a hard time recovering from the bitter taste of betrayal  from a previous relationship. We’ve all been there, but a hardened heart is not the answer. We can’t punish ourselves by leaving in fear.
Love hurts…a lot…a lot of the time, but when its good….is there any better feeling? I’m no expert. God knows, I screw up all the time. I’m personally doing pretty well at the moment and I’m counting my blessings, but it wasn’t too long ago that my friends had to keep the light of hope open for me. I was done. I was ready to give up forever. Seriously, it was dark and I will be forever grateful to the stength loaned to me by my dearest friends.
Its ok to wallow for a while. Sometimes we need that. Its okay to cry and kick and scream at the sky. Those tantrums can be quite therapeutic. So can shopping! So, before I go all Deepak Chopra on you…lets talk about how we can battle the storms or better yet, CREATE some storms in Second Life. Ok, I think we all know how to create a storm in SL, lets not go stirring up drama, I meant a literal storm…full of bright colors and glitter, yessss, THAT kind of storm. See all the glorious details below!

wearing:
Exile:: You Send Me
CATWA HEAD Dyana
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
LRD dress Tess Rare 2 (*new* @ Lost & Found)
=Zenith=Spring Picnic Rattan Basket B (Milk)
.:KC:. CATY Wedges

uK– Little Bird Chandelier Dark (*new* @ Whimsical)
uK – Twisted Oak Bird Bath Ancient (*new* @ Whimsical)
{anc} NO LIMITS // flock of flying doves. [ham-pink]
E.V.E {M/C}Tornado (*new* @ Enchantment)
All of the trees and grass are from Studio Skye.

Unexplored

 

“The unexplored life is not worth living!”
Plato

I think the same can be said about Second Life. I’ve been roaming about the grid for almost 10 years now and I’ve seen a lot of changes, but one thing that remains constant is that there some absolutely gorgeous sims being created all the time. All you have to do is get out there and explore! I am a teensy bit of a control freak when it comes to setting up my pictures which is why I often create my own scenes. I love creating these scenes and it certainly makes getting that perfect shot a lot easier, because I can move that pillow that’s poking through my leg or turn the chair, instead of my avatar, because that shadow is perfect! However, few scenes I make can begin to compare to some of the incredible beauty put together on sims made specifically for exploring. So, with that in mind, I packed up my poses and headed out on the grid in search of somewhere that would call to me and I found just the place at Winter Moon.

Unexplored Life
I really enjoyed playing with just my poses and just enjoying the scenery. Just laying back, literally, and taking it all in. It’s such a beautiful place, I didn’t make it far from the landing point when I found this little resting place.
Unexplored
But it wasn’t long before I got back on my feet and started walking. As I started crossing this bridge to what I happened to cam over and see was going to lead to a gorgeous beach…I stopped and enjoyed the view. I actually didn’t make it past the bridge this time, because a friend of mine came along and I started taking pictures of her, too. This sim screams for pictures and though I’m technically wearing a swimsuit, I was not planning on a beach shoot. I love taking an outfit that perhaps is meant one way and turning it into something entirely different with my immense collection of accessories. That’s exactly what I did with this one piece from Cynful. One my favorite things about the clothes Cynthia puts out is that her designs are so versatile. No matter what your style, her stuff will fall right in line with whatever you have going on in your inventory.
unexplored2
So, the next time you catch yourself with time on your hands in Second Life, grab some poses and head out to explore. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never taken pictures in SL before, go have some fun.

hair: MINA Faith
CATWA HEAD Dyana
[sYs]MOUSYS cyberpop sunglasses
-SU!- Sytpal Eyes SILVER
.4 [ kunst ] – Septum Keeper (left)
.02 [ kunst ]– Chin flower RARE
[MANDALA]MILKY WAY CHOKER/polly white
**RE** Raven Collar – Lock
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
[White~Widow] Charade – White – RARE
*MUKA* Arm Strap
=Zenith=Leather Belt Gloves (All colors) – Maitreya (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
[MANDALA]Sinra Rings Season2 (*new* @ Collabor88)
.04 [ kunst ]– Long Cig Holder [ornamented] (hand) (*new* @ Kustom9)
[Cynful] Sun Babe Swimsuit – White
Phedora. / Ramona Boots / 30.C (*new* @ Kustom9)

poses by Del May
location: Winter Moon

What if…

People that have watched movies with me will tell you they either love it or hate it, because I have a way of taking things to a whole new level. Beyond the screaming and grabbing when something jumps out at me. Beyond the bursting into tears when the scene becomes even slightly emotional. Beyond laughing too loud or too long at the funny stuff. Beyond the ending that leaves you wondering what happened after it fades to black. You see, I’m an only child, and I spent a great deal of my early childhood in isolation. Therefore, I have a very vivid imagination.
So, many movies leave me wondering…what if….
What if he didn’t know he saw dead people? What if Rose had shared her wooden board with Jack? What if Rhett DID give a damn? What if the zombies ate everyone and there were no survivors left? What if…Dorothy had abused the power of the red slippers and joined forces with the wicked witch and destroyed Oz!?!?!?
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I know, I know…what if Sady stopped drinking while writing her blog? Pfft, now what fun would that be? Anyhooo….here’s my version of wicked Dorothy…sorry, but my Dorothy wanted one of those monkeys and she listened to way too much R-Kelly, so she believed she could fly…maybe that’s Tinkerbell in her broom lantern…maybe….maybe I’ll shush now. Details are below…

wearing:
[SWaGGa] Flying Monkey Shoulder (*new* @ Enchantment)
.::Dead Dollz::. Wicked Hat – Enchantment GIFT
[RA] Tiwa Hair  (*new* @ Hairology)
CATWA HEAD Dyana
**RE** LUX Lolita Necklace
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.::Nanika::. Flying Monkey  tattoo
**RE**Cora Harness
.::Dead Dollz::. Wicked Dress – Black (*new* @ Enchantment)
>VeNuS<>ShOeS< LUANA BOOTS

Birdy – Hocus Pocus – Broom – Ebony
pose is in the broom

picture taken at Enchantment event

Kiss the Sky

“Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky”
~Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze

kiss the sky_003

I’ve written before about lyrics being misunderstood or misheard. Purple Haze is one of those songs for me. I was one of the many that thought the song said, “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.” Its funny now, but it changes the song completely and what the song meant to me for many years. I think the most amusing thing I’ve read about this song is that he wrote this song after having a dream about a purple haze engulfing him while he was underwater and that Jesus saved him. Ironically, most people think the song is about drugs…LSD trips to be more specific.

kiss the sky3

I love that music can inspire people in so many ways. I think Second Life is like that, too. We came to SL for a variety of reasons and I always think its interesting to find out what and who brought people to SL. My real life friend, Jenni, brought me to SL…we won’t talk about her master plan to get rich and how quickly that failed. Let’s just say that three months later, she had left SL and I had begun to meet people that would forever alter the course of my life.
kiss the sky2
I am so grateful for the Second Life community and the boundless friendships that I’ve cultivated across the grid…around the world. I am grateful for the creative outlet allowed me through blogging and photography. Most of all…well…Excuse me while I kiss this guy.
*winks*

wearing:
hair: Magika – Luxe Box: May
CATWA HEAD Dyana
Kibitz – MSG necklaces [gold] insane
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
[Cynful] Casual Cut – Olive
Kibitz– Zaris bracelet – copper
Kibitz – Maya ring set – copper
#EMPIRE – Freesia

scene:
HIDEKI– The Forest open cabin (July)
uK – Autumn Vanity Table w/Mirror
uK – StiKs Lights_Mossy Wood
uK – Hippie Hooray Sky Tapestry (The  Gacha Garden) Aug 1-30
11 – 8f8 – primavera in Toscana Bucket of Roses
uK – ILoveUs Artwork
uK – Canvas Hope Floor Lamp
uK – Canvas Hope Day Bed
=EliBaily= Ivy

poses by Del May some edited using AnyPose

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