Erev New Year’s Eve

Following Samoa’s lead, Calli’s Friday Night TriBeCa Blues Regulars did away with December 30th and jumped right to December 31st. We had decided last week that we wished to spend New Year’s Eve together, but that other commitments would make that difficult. So we agreed to celebrate New Year’s Eve early, a practice run as it were. Or, in the Jewish tradition of holidays beginning at sundown the night before, we would celebrate Erev New Year’s Eve. /me grins. See – slowly, Lalo and I are turning you to our path…. *giggle*

Friday nights at Tribeca may be my favorite time in SL. Calli is a fantastic DJ. When she is at TriBeCa she spins an eclectic set of vocal jazz, although that’s mostly a starting point. We have ranged far and wide from that jump-off. The other wonderful thing about Friday nights at Tribeca is that Calli can’t tell time. *grin* So although she is booked from 7-9pm SLT, we have NEVER EVER stopped at 9pm. Oh fine, maybe once. But I don’t actually REMEMBER that. I’m merely conceding that it is possible. 🙂 Last night her sense of time was even more dilute than usual, which is as it should be for a celebration.

We did miss some of our regulars (and you KNOW who you are and you KNOW that I will scold you) but there were many new folk who joined in. Conversation is usually lively and interesting. Like the music, we head down some interesting side roads. Eva Cassidy’s “Over The Rainbow” had finished playing and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” began. Tor Karlsvalt commented that it was a really good song for SL. Then he added: should be an anthem. I think that’s brilliant. In so many ways, this song sums up what SL is for me – a wonderful world.

It was a wonderful, magical, lovely evening. For those of you who weren’t there, please come and join us some Friday at TriBeCa Blues. For those of you who were there – thank you thank you thank you. Wishing you and yours a happy healthy new year to come, filled with joy and success.

What A Wonderful World

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Chanukah 5772

Yesterday was the 24th of Kislev, which means CHANUKAH!!!! I managed Happy Hour with my coworkers (but had to skip the fried food, as it was oysters *grin*). Got home and lit the chanukiah with my family. Got inworld a bit later than expected since an automatic update messed up my bios (why oh why does that happen?). So I arrived at Edloe just as they were finishing the Shehecheyanu. I couldn’t figure out how to work the voice toggle in Firestorm, so my “amen” went unheard. But I was not the only late arrival. So we went through the blessings AGAIN! 🙂

Then Lalo and I headed off to light the Chanukiot at our homes. First stop was his home. Note the lovely Shabbos candlesticks and wine cup! I have to get him a Havdalah set. 🙂

Then we head to my place so Bamboo could light OUR Chanukiah. I remembered to set the sky to midnight so that the flames show. 🙂 The beautiful Chanukiah was made by Lalo. We will be celebrating the Festival of Lights for another 7 days! I need to find a dreidel for ‘Boo, and some dark chocolate gelt for me!!

My sister sent me this link on how Christmas would be celebrated if it were a JEWISH holiday. *grin* If you have ever studied Talmud, you will appreciate this post and recognize the style. If you have not studied Talmud, this may give you some insight into how the Rabbis really HAVE decreed every little blink of an eyelash for observing Jewish life. My personal favorite is the stricture that allows you to have a miniature tree but ONLY IF you also put toy people around it so that the tree appears tall. *grin* Keep in mind folks, should you follow this link, that it is intended in good humor and gentle fun and no disrespect intended.

Happy Holidays!

And Then I Fell Asleep

I write the most brilliant, insightful, pointed posts for my blog when I am tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep. I see the whole subject, outlined, clear. The prose flows. I have written on human nature, the difference between men and women, truth, justice, the American Way. *grin* Then I fall asleep finally. Come the morning, the page is blank. I’m sorry. Last night I was prepared to reveal the essence of male/female dialogue. Today – I need a nap because it took me forever to fall asleep.

Who Loves Me?

OMG!!! The last 12 hours have seen an influx of unexpected gifts in my life. One is easily explained. *grin* My husband was multi-tasking, doing things in a hurry and shipped our gift to his mother to OUR house. *laughing* I KNEW the free shipping was too good to be true. Then there was this little box for me – a Chanukah gift. A candy-coated caramel apple from Amy’s Gourmet Apples along w/ 4 chocolate truffles. No card. I called Amy’s to find out the name of my benefactor. They said there was a piece of paper included that said “Fulfillment Center”. Well, yes, but what does that MEAN???? Apparently it’s some bank or other company program. You accumulate points, can pick a gift with those points and either claim the gift for yourself or send it to someone else. I seem to be the someone else, but I have no idea who to thank for the generous thought and yummy gift.

This morning I logged into SL and received a box from Xstreet SL: A Magic Box from Mahalee Breen – the Machinista All Red Viewer 2.          OMG!!!!! LOOK AT THEM!!!!!!! AREN’T THEY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! They are from Carmen’s Shoes.

Who loves me??? Who do I thank? Yet again – no card was included. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!!! Oh I WANT these shoes in EVERY life I lead. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

Rez Day Bookends

Started the week with a rezday (Lalo’s) and ended the week with a rezday – Marx’s. They both turned FOUR. Wow. *grin* Sooooo much older than I. 🙂 Marx spun the tunes for us and we all gathered at The Listening Room, now in its new location in Edloe. Besides the fun of the tunes Marx played and the good-natured and, occasionally, erudite, banter, I got to see some friends I’ve not seen in AGES. Had a nice long chat with someone, which is always good for the soul.

Typical Evening at Fogbound

Lalo and I have re-sync’d our schedules the last few days and have been dancing. Yesterday was his rez day. We celebrated by going to Fogbound, one of our favorite dance venues. We think they have the best dances. It was a lovely relaxing evening, and Evanrude Anton was totally hot in his DJ’ing. Or when it’s the blues do I say “was totally cool in his DJ’ing”? Whichever. Evan had one great tune after another. It was a lovely way to celebrate a rez.



Tonight we got inworld just in time to catch Taunter’s last 3 songs. And she sang one she learned at my request: Leonard Cohen’s ” Dance Me to the End of Love. Ah, that was lovely Taunter. Then we headed back to Fogbound to dance to the blues. Evan was DJ’ing again, stylish in his stocking cap. As you can tell by the pics, just your typical weeknight crowd down at the bar. 🙂 Everyone loves relaxing at Fogbound.

Lions Roar!

We interrupt this blog for a word from our atomic avatar….

I’ve mentioned that I am Penn State Proud. Even though some have brought shame and dishonor to themselves and our school, the majority of us try to do right. No one can undo the pain and hurt that has been done. But some have tried to set up a way to at least ameliorate the pain and suffering of those who are harmed. ProudToBeAPennStater (a grassroots network of proud Penn State alumni, students, parents, and fans,) has broken the $500,000 mark in raising money for RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). I want to mention that it’s not just Penn Staters who have been contributing to this fund. The fans and students of other universities have expressed support for ProudToBeAPennStater through donations and letters to the local newspapers. To all of them I say Thank You. And to my fellow Penn Staters: When I say Nittany, you say Lion! 🙂

Shopped til I Dropped

Last night I indulged myself in SL the way I won’t allow myself to indulge in my FL. Can I blame Oura???? Sigh. Not really. It was MY idea to go back to Christmas at the House of Avro so I could buy Oura a motorized reindeer. 🙂 Once there, and the reindeer safely in Oura’s inventory, we started to look around. I can’t resist rides and there was a trolley! So we hopped on and rode about the sim. There are several stores there all focused on the holiday/winter season. I saw many things that appealed. Most of the outfits I liked were copy/mod/no transfer. I saw a great sweater outfit that I thought Lalo might like. And that’s when I fell off the no-shopping wagon.

In order to buy a gift, I needed to sign into the SL Marketplace. I’ve not done that in ….. forever? I tend to browse online and then go to the stores to buy. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I am terrible at reading directions. Oura walked me through buying via the Marketplace. Then we went a little crazy, browsing and shopping there. Wow. *grin* There is a LOT of stuff there. A lot of FREE holiday gifts also. Oura is VERY good at finding bargains.

In the midst of our online shopping spree, a message came out from our SL Divine Diva Group, a group for the folk who LOVE shopping at Lemania Indigo Designs. There was an “A” on the Lucky Chair! Wildcard Prize!!! How could I not go? So we tp’d over to Lemania. I arrived upside down (I REALLY need to remove that animation from the HUD) and with things rezzing slowly, but I managed to sit on the chair and score the prize. 🙂 Since we were THERE, we picked up the group gift. Played in the Christmas animations. Then hopped back to Avro’s Christmas to check out decorations.

Christmas at the House of Avro has a lot of free holiday decorations. In the photo on top you can see that I indulged with the hot cider and the hat and a snowball. You can see the pine swag that I won the other night. What’s that on my head? Silly you. Those are my reindeer antlers complete with mistletoe. Get it??? I’m under the mistletoe. /me waits for a kiss. 🙂

We did a bit of shopping online. But we also went to the stores and shopped “in avatar”. That’s a lot of fun and you see many more interesting items that way. The Marketplace is convenient, and necessary for giving gifts at times. But please remember to patronize the stores inworld. I promise that you will find that experience rewarding.

So what do we have here?

Christmas at the House of Avro:
Pine Swag animated lights v1 pa
Hot Apple Cider (with animation)
Snowball Thrower (animation)
Free Santa Hat Ho!Ho!Ho!
Free Winter Outfits
Deer Antlers & mistletoe

Sentou Yousei (battle fairy):
*BF* Little Black Boots (thank you Oura!!!! *hugs*)

Lemania Indigo Designs:
I Desire You

From the Marketplace:
*Milady’s* -Magic Time- Extra high heels red ankle boots with white fur (Christmas free gift)
Gift Belissima Bikine
Dafne Boutique Christmas Gift
Kabuki Creations – Skating Gift