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A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

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Relaxing at Agent Cooper’s desk with a damn fine cup of coffee from Schadenfreude.

When my father died, my sisters called to tell me. It was not unexpected and was, in many ways, a relief for him and everyone who loved him, but that does not lessen the loss or the finality of death. They gave me the news and I sat there, quietly stunned at how much more painful it was than Thought it would be. I think I whimpered, trying not to cry. So my oldest sister said, “Go make yourself a coffee. It’s a good thing. I’ll call you back after you’ve had a coffee.” I had to laugh to myself, because coffee as comfort is so very much the legacy of my dad, a first generation Swedish American.

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Such a messy desk! some of the mess comes in a great collection of clutter from Tres Blah at The Arcade that are must have pieces to turn houses into homes.

Coffee is a ritual for Scandinavians who consume more coffee per capita than any other people in the world. Most people in the US are familiar with coffee breaks at the work place, but in a Swedish American home, there are coffee breaks every day, when we would all sit down together and enjoy a good cup of coffee with some bread and cheese or some fruit or a dessert. And by all, I mean all. Children get coffee with milk as soon as they are old enough to hold a cup without spilling it. Continue reading

In the Desert

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I could never live in the desert. It is not just that I do not like heat, but also that my psyche needs green. I discovered this after I moved to Montana for a time to help my sister. I was unaccountably depressed while I was there, sleeping much more than usual, lethargic, weepy and not at all my usual self.

Then I decided to take my nephew on a college tour back to Minnesota. When we got toward the eastern side of South Dakota and the brilliant greens of a well-watered landscape came into view, my heart lifted. I felt a euphoria that was so intense it felt as though I were floating. In that moment, I realized that my misery was more to do with the colors of the landscape than any other factor. I moved within two months, back to where the land was green.

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That does not keep me from appreciating and loving the stark beauty of the desert. The subtle striations of color, the cracked and blistered earth, the desiccated silver of the tree trunks and the hazy dustiness of the succulents are beautiful. I love the plane geometry of the landscape that we cannot see when covered with an abundance of flowers, bushes, grasses and trees. There is something magnificent and courageous about the flora and the fauna eking out a life in these marginal landscapes. There is a profundity in this life of scarcity – this life on the margins.

But it is not for me. I want a green land. Give me the entire green rainbow from the palest milk green of an Easter Rose to the deepest darkest greens of a Doug Fir. I need green to live. It’s that fundamental. But, one of the nice things about Second Life® is that I can visit the beauty of the desert without the heat or the misery. And the desert at ISON is particularly beautiful – a living desert, not an ocean of sand. Continue reading

I’ve Shopped All Morning

I got in before the rain but I’m tired! Collabor88 this month is jam packed for of goodies, and it’s almost Valentine’s day which is nothing but AWESOME to me.

I don’t get the Valentine’s hate some people throw. While I am married in RL, I don’t have a significant other in SL. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it and celebrate it in SL! If I didn’t have a husband or boyfriend (or girlfriend) in RL – I always celebrated it with my friends, telling them I love them and enjoying a day meant to celebrate love (and Hallmark Cards). Continue reading

The Slings And Arrows of Outrageous Fortune

Happy Friday! Mind the arrows.

Gidge is Wearing:
Lashes:Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 6
Beaty Mark: [PXL] Beauty Mark POS10 Dark SX
Top:ISON – celestial bell sleeve top -M- (light) UBER
Skirt: ISON – celestial maxi skirt -M- (light) UBER
Neck Piece:ISON – celestial neck piece -S- (gold) UBER
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av Enhance) Flat S
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 XS Right
Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 XS Left
Manicure: FLAIR
Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body V1.4
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Nathalia
Skin: -Glam Affair – Sia II Ice – Asia tone – 02 A
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Iris (S)
Pose: PRETENSE
Location: <a href=”http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA10/122/130/501″ rel=”nofollow”>maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA10/122/130/501</a>

Hotlips Houlihan

I was excited when Cajsa told me that LEA has a build that recreates the 4077th. If you don’t know MASH you probably don’t get the reference but it was a seminal movie and TV show of the 70s in America. MASH was everything and Hotlips was always one of my favorite characters.

Selfish, self centered, myopic in her vision and fastidiously stuck on “the rules” Hotlips was also a human, caring person underneath. Watching that character build and grow over the years was an interesting transformation. Continue reading

Yearbook Challenge

Yearbook Smile Saying Cheese does not work

Nonconformist of the Year – The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw. .

Second Life® Memestress Strawberry Singh has kicked off 2015 with a fun blogger challenge. She asked folks to shoot a high school yearbook picture with a smile – and explain how we achieved that smile. It was not easy, but I did manage a ghost of a smile.

How I Did It: I used a combination of methods, adjusting my face shape, using tips from Melanie Kidd.  Then I turned on slow animations following Gogo’s tips on slow motion animation and Iris Ophelia’s tips on lip-synching.

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Saying Cheese did not work at all!

Yearbook SmileI also tried using emotes on the AnyPose HUD I use to control my eyes in combination with the lip-synching and slow animation. OH well! PhotoShop can help.

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Poses: Adorkable
Truth Hairbase – copper
(Kunglers Extra) TDRF #051 – earring – silver
*Dura-Boys&Girls*45(Mocha)
*MC* “Falsies” Eyelash – Upper+Lower (add)
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 – Wear Me
ISON – angora sweater -S- (plum)
[PXL] MIA NAT Opulence ~ Makeup 03 MEB C2
[UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Dark Green (med)

Morning Routine

It’s a quickie this morning as I’m dashing out of the house in both lives and off for a busy day. You’ve caught me doing quick touch ups before I run off!

Hope your day is beautiful and full of smiles.

Stay pretty girls.

Gidge Is Wearing:
Lashes: Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 5
More Lashes: *MonCher* “Falsies” Eyelash – Upper (add)
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lara Mesh Hair – (BOOBS) – Rye
Slip: ISON – silk slip dress -S- (frost)
Slippers: Slink Boudoir Slippers LDF White
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av Enhance) Medium S
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant XS Left
Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant XS Right
Mani/Pedi: FLAIR
Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body V1.4
Skin:-Glam Affair – Sia II Ice – Polar tone – 02 A COLLABOR88 Dec 2014
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Iris (S)
Dressing Table: :Cheeky Pea: Bureau de Brioude

Innovation

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One of the most satisfying pleasures in Second Life® is witnessing moment of true innovation – the imaginative brainstorms of creative people that change our ideas of what is possible. We did not have prim hair or flexi hair until someone thought of it. And then everyone thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Once someone thinks of it – it seems so obvious, doesn’t it?

Someone had to come up with the idea of a sculpted foot in a shoe. The Slink hands and feet were an innovation that sparked an explosion of mani/pedis and Slink-compatible shoes. I have seen capes and jackets before that come with poses so your arms go in the pockets, so when I first saw this cape from ISON, I did not realize how innovative it is. But those arms in my pockets are part of the cape. It comes with a collar and gloves that can be set to a range of colors using a HUD or turned off altogether. It’s magnificent and innovative and I wage we will see more outfits with built in gloves.

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The hat hair from Little Bones is a perfect match, controlled by a HUD as well, from which I selected a red hat and teal band and silver metal findings.  Continue reading

Casual Friday in The Cold

The cold chill this week sent me running for my sweaters in all lives. This fuzzy amazing sweater from Ison is always going to sit on the top of my sweater shelf, it’s so gorgeously textured, I have to love it.  My jeans from SOMNIA that have appliers for my Physique body are a perfect fit with big sweaters like this. Mixing up applier clothes with mesh has become one of my new favorite things.  Continue reading