And the Winners Are….

Most Original - Zha

Ugliest - Ravenne in liederhosenI give up. I have way too many photos to do this properly. They are all up on Flickr. Go look there. *grin* We had 4 categories for prizes. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I got photos of all of the winners. 😦 I think I have MJ, but I’m not sure. And Elise was camera-shy – so I did the best I could. I think. LOL. Honestly – I never really got so SEE anyone – I had ten IM windows open and was passing inventory like a crazed person. If I have them wrong – someone find the right pictures in Flickr and I’ll update the post.


Sexiest - HunterBest Heels
: MJ who was wearing them and Chestnut who donated them.

Sexiest: Hunter who wore the Strawberry Holiday original dress and Zha who donated it.

Ugliest: Ravenne who wore the Santa Claus in liederhosen and Hunter who donated it.

Most Spirited: Elise who wore it (I believe it included a tentacle on her head) and Dale who donated it.

Most Original: Zha who wore the Full Metal Dragon and Dz who donated it.

Most Spirited - EliseWhat can I say? You folks are the most good-humored, fun-loving good sports I have ever met. MJ, Ravenne, Elise, Zha and Hunter – wow. You folks ROCK. What good sports to put on those outfits and wear them. I think you all are truly amazing people and I thank you for making the party so special and fun. It never would have happened without good sports such as yourselves.

And many, many thanks to all all of you who contributed outfits, wore outfits, and laughed and danced and had fun. I am so happy and proud to know such wonderful, wonderful people. (And Hunter – I WANT that dress. I NEEEEEEED that dress!)
Best Heels - MJ

Reminder: Cringe and Wear It!

Hey all – don’t forget! Tonight is Cringe and Wear It!! Hope to see you all there with a transferable outfit and a sense of humor. 🙂 I even MADE an outfit to transfer to some lucky soul!

Sorry for the lack of posts – RL has been extremely busy and I have been a bit under the weather health-wise as well. 😦 I’ve been taking lots of pictures, and have lots to tell you, but unfortunately have simply not been able to write it up. And – I am going away on vacation this week. I am NOT taking my laptop. Eating the dog’s medicine last week convinced me that maybe I do indeed need to step away from the keyboard. *grin*

So come and say hi and party tonight at 6pm SLT at the C2P! Cringe and Wear It!! I have a box just for YOU!!!!!
A Box for YOU

Cringe and WEAR It!

PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CarnivaleYes, it’s time for a party. I think we could all use a good laugh and some fun as the summer slides away and autumn begins. As I’ve told you all before – I am SO bad at details. I love to throw parties, but I get a bit overwhelmed with the SL details. (Just to prove how overworked/exhausted I have been – last night I took out the medicine for the dog and ate it myself. 🙂 Yes, this morning I have a shiny, healthy coat, bright eyes, and I think I’m rid of that pesky skin infection. *grin* I wondered why she was looking at me so oddly.) ANYWAY, because I am bad at details, Bailey Dazy is doing the heavy lifting on this. COME JOIN US!!!

The Crown and Pearl Presents:      CRINGE and WEAR it!

Music, Prizes, Bad Outfits & Fun! DJ’ing by the wonderful Bailey Dazy herself!!

When: Monday September 7th (Labor Day)
Time: 6pm slt
Where: C2P @ Angel Square

What the heck is this?!:
Full Metal DragonDon’t plan on dressing up to come to this party. Dress comfortably but be prepared to change after you arrive (and you won’t even have to pick out your own outfit)! Before the party, go through your inventory or go shopping… find the funniest, ugliest or most “interesting” transferable outfit you can! When you get to the party you will be given a new outfit to wear by the person who arrived before you and you, in turn, will give your transferable outfit to the person who arrives after you! Contests with prizes will happen, and of course fun will be had by all (except the man in the cheerleader skirt). You can see me modeling some of MY inventory. *grin* Anyone want to be a full metal dragon? And I have more…. So pretty outfits, funny outfits, unusual avatars – let your imagination go!

Rules:
Please be tasteful. We don’t want to see overly sexual outfits or any naughty bits. Please come with a sense of humor, no one means to offend you by giving you a pink bikini. Please play along otherwise the chain might break. There are no limits as to how much or how little you have to spend on the outfit. If you can find fun transferable freebies, go for it!

Cuban CutieOk, I want to come, what do I bring?:
Please bring ONE fully transferable outfit (boxed please, if you aren’t sure how to box it, please IM Bailey Dazy and send her the goods, she’ll box it and send it back to you) & your good humor!

How Will This Work (The Fine Print):
Well, I’m not really sure. *grin* I prevailed on Dale to write me a script to handle the inventory transfer. But after much discussion with Bailey we thought that maybe it would be simpler if you simply hand me your boxed outfit and I hand you a different box. So either I will rely on the script – which means you MUST box your contribution – or I will try to take and give inventory. *grin* Life is never dull.

Questions: If you have any questions about the event, please IM Ahuva Heliosense or Bailey Dazy!

We hope to see you all there!!! Come and laugh and maybe win a prize for your outfit! (Gee – really the prize should go to the person who DONATED the outfit, no??? WAY too complicated!)

Maybe There WAS a Party

The Bears Like LingerieI’m telling you straight – I do NOT believe there was an actual party going on in my room the other night. Oh sure – I realize it LOOKS like there was a party. But then as I cleaned up my room, I found my bears. Oh dear. We had quite an argument. Turns out my bears LIKE wearing lingerie and heels. Who knew? I told them the clothes had to go – they were 68 prims I could not afford. They got very growl-y. We compromised. I promised that I would have a Bear Dress-Up party just for them and their friends. We would rez lingerie and shoes and whatever their little bear hearts desired and we would play dress-up. So all of you out there with bears – let me know what date is good for you and we’ll organize the event.

Chestnut’s Magic Build

Chestnut transformed Thornbridge into a magical wonderland.
Chestnut transformed Thornbridge into a magical wonderland.

flowers everywhereChestnut made the most incredible build for my rez day party. Gorgeous. Magical. FULL of flowers (because I really like flowers). Beautiful trees too (Chestnut, unlike SOME of us (me) KNOWS how to make a tree). Colors and flowers and lights and flowers and a moon and more flowers. Did I mention casey and augustthat there were lots of FLOWERS??? She turned Thornbridge into the sort of fantasy that makes SL so special. It was breathtakingly wonderful and happy and light-hearted and magical. I guess, really, the only word that truly describes it is “neat”. LOL. Okay – there is someone now reading this and blushing like crazy. The rest of us are laughing. Ches unveiled the build to a friend and asked for feedback. *grin* The verdict? “Neat.” /me rolls eyes and starts laughing again. Ah Chestnut – it was so far beyond neat – it was everything I could have hoped or wanted. I loved it. Every single prim. I don’t know how long you can leave Thornbridge like that, but we need to go back and picnic and meditate and chase butterflies and stretch out on a blanket and simply revel in the beauty.

Kyle and CalliMy rez day party was fantastic. The build, as I said, was neat. 🙂 No – you will NEVER live that down. But Chestnut had the best possible music as well: Kyle Beltran. I LOVE Kyle. I have posted about him before here. He puts on a fantastic show. He sings, plays the piano, covers other people’s songs as well as his own compositions. Chadd and ShaleKyle is so witty and articulate and funny. We were laughing the entire time. I love Kyle’s shows; I was delighted at how many of my friends were IM’ing me to tell me that they, too thought he was great. That even though they really needed to log, they couldn’t because they didn’t want to stop listening to Kyle. If you’ve never heard Kyle – remedy that. He has CDs for sale, performs regularly in SL and is a wonderful talent. Thank you SO much, Kyle, for agreeing to perfom. I had a wonderful, wonderful time listening and laughing with you. *hugs*

Thank you to all my friends who were there to help make the party special. I was so touched and honored that you came. I love the work I do in virtual worlds. I love the mental stimulation, the challenges, throwing myself under the bus again and again. But mostly – I love you. I love laughing and Nat and Helltalking and sharing our lives. I know that for so many of you it was an effort to be there. Natalya and Hell – you are amazing. Staying up til 2am your time to come party with me. You are wonderful. I know at least 2 of you were SUPPOSED to be working. *grin* So I won’t mention your names, but you know who you are and so do I. To all of you – thank you and thank you again. Seeing you and partying with you was the best rez day present I could have. *hugs* to you all.

BaileyI took a million pictures. Okay, about 60, I suppose I DO tend to exaggerate on occasion. *grin* They are up on Flickr, of course. I am including several of them here as well. This way you can see the gorgeous build, and my wonderful friends. Hell also took pictures. He has a wonderful one – imaginative angle, framing. Check it out. That is how SL photography SHOULD be done. Thank you, Hell!
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Chestnut, my amazing incredible friendChestnut – you are simply amazing. Thank you my dear dear friend. You went so far above and beyond anything that I expected. You created a magical SL wonderland. You found the best entertainment. You even put out food!!!! *grin* yummy! I think this may have been one of the most special, incredible things anyone has ever done for me. Thank you. It was perfect. I love it. I love you. I am so glad that we are friends.

Shades of Beyond Blogging Conference
Shades of Beyond Blogging Conference

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Zha, the landlordAa, dressed for dancing
sweet zazekFricker and Cherie

Oura did me the great compliment of wearing my dancing in my chains ribbons I gave Oura a copy of my “dancing in my chains” ribbons and she did me the great compliment and honor of wearing them. And Calli, beautiful Calli. It was SUPPOSED to be all about ME. ME = Ahuva!!!!! LOL. Your dress was stupendous. Breathtaking. We all inspected the information and did a search on the creator. *grin* We will all be Calli-wannabees.
Gorgeous Calli
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After party relaxationOf course, after the party, I had to relax and go over the whole thing again. 🙂 So I stretched out on my carpet, pose courtesy of the talented Bailey Longcloth, wearing my new teddy bear slippers from zazek, and discussed the party, art, life and SL with Oura and Calli. All in all – a perfect perfect night.
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Post party party

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rez day contemplationMy rez day is nearly here. I’ll be one. It doesn’t seem possible. I feel as if I have been here much longer than that. I feel as if I am still a total noob, trying to figure out how the heck to use my camera. Oh wait. I still CAN’T cam properly. 🙂 A year. It’s nearly a year. My life has changed so completely. Hard to believe that a mere 365 days ago, I’d never heard of SecondLife. I’d have laughed if you’d told me I’d be spending every waking moment logged into a virtual world. I’d have laughed even harder had you told me that I was going to be proselytizing at my job to convert my management and coworkers to my new “vision”. Blogging???? Get Real. One year.

I don’t know what to do. I LOVE parties. I love throwing parties in RL. *grin* I will put my Superbowl party up against ANYONE’s. That is ONE heck of a party. I do pretty good monthly summer barbecues and my second-night seder plays to a full house. 🙂 I LOVE entertaining and feeding people. I had a wonderful time last December throwing a SL thank-you party for Bailey and Shenlei (who actually ended up doing all the work for that party, but hey, that’s a DIFFERENT post).

pin the tailOn the other hand, I never really celebrate my birthday. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I was born in the summer. When you are very little, that’s not a big deal. Other little kids are around for cupcakes and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (yes, that is an ACTUAL recollection). But as you grow older, all your friends go away for the summer – camp, beach houses, travel. No one is around to celebrate. Once I had my son, somehow my birthday seemed irrelevant compared to his. So I really stopped celebrating. I did try to throw myself a large party a few years ago – it seemed a good, timely idea. But personal tragedy intervened and the party never happened. So I am quite reluctant to throw a birthday/rez day party. Somehow it just feels like a “bad” idea.

How do I figure out WHEN to celebrate??? I have friends in every time zone it seems. So you know someone can’t come. I have friends that work weekends and friends that work during the week. so you know someone can’t come. LOL. I know. I should do what I used to do for my son, when he was little. It seemed his birthday used to stretch into a week. Family dinner this night, party that day, celebration in school a different day, religious calendar observance yet another day. *grin* Birthweek.

What do you do? Do you like celebrating your birthday? Do you like celebrating your rez day? Should I have a party? Should I ignore it? It seems way too complicated, too many decisions. Time is ticking……
party or not

Goodbye to Angelwood

The Last Dance

Angelwood Dance PadAnother piece of my “childhood” is vanishing. First, it was Dale’s shack on Pier, my first home. Now, it’s Angelwood. I’m not even a year old and I’m losing my past. 😦 Okay, that IS a tad melodramatic. Pier was the first house I ever saw. Pier, in essence, was my Orientation Island. Once I ventured out on my own, I ended up in NCI, where I met Gideon and Aaronson and Suki and Christine and so many others. Aa and Ahuva Aa was my first friend. He tp’d me and Suki to his home in Angel to show me what possibilities existed in SL. I was so clueless. I went back and looked at my first post about it all. *grin* Wondering why Aa wasn’t hitting on me after I’d been warned that SL was all about sex. Trying to figure out why no one was talking – because Suki and Aa kept switching back and forth between IM and local chat and I hadn’t figured it out yet. Marveling at Aa’s beautiful mountain pool w/ sunbathing towels, waterfall, inner tubes, flowers, birds, sounds. I thought I was in heaven. I WAS in heaven. Angelwood. Angelwood was my first group. Heaven, indeed.

JordanaJordana and Aa own (sigh, owned) Angelwood. Jordana took me under her (literal) wings (Jordana almost ALWAYS has wings!) and taught me soooooo many important things about SL. She made sure I knew how to function, what tools I needed. I owe my 7 Seas fishing and my MystiTool to her guidance. *smile* Thank you Jordana.

So many wonderful wonderful times and parties at Angelwood. Rez day parties. Halloween parties (ah, the Peanuts gang!!!). Dancing. Fishing. Hanging out being friends. But landlords have other ideas for their properties and even wonderful heavenly spots can come to an end. Last night was our farewell party. After May 26 – the dance pad is packed away. We will always have our memories, we will always have our friendships. The Duck Was ThereAa and Jordana are alive and well and we will find other places to rez their dance pad and kick up our heels!! Thank you Aa and Jordana! You made my entry and my stay in SL wonderful! And last night was a wonderful way to say goodbye to the dance pad! Love you both!
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Trying to crash the sim

12 Hours in SL

Yesterday and this morning were a great example of the fun you can have in SL. I logged in relatively late last night. I started IM’ing with friends, catching up on their news. Honour was shopping. Oh my yes. Honour. Shopping. I had the correct noun, the correct verb. 🙂 She was supporting the Relay For Life fund raiser that has been going on in SL all week. She described some of the clothing that she was seeing. LOL. We both agreed that it sounded much more like Ahuva clothing than Honour clothing, so I tp’d over to join her. Many of the outfits did indeed appeal, but I realized quickly that I wasn’t really in a spend-money mood. 🙂 So I simply tagged along, checking out outfits.

party-at-indolenceHonour was searching for the House of RFyre store. VERY nice clothes at RFyre. We were searching about in a fairly unorganized fashion, not having much success. I realized that Oura knows EVERYTHING. 🙂 That if I IM’d Oura, she would undoubtedly know exactly where it was and get us there. I was in luck – Oura was online. She did not know where it was. But being Oura – within 10 minutes she got the information. LOL. She went to the main store, spoke to a designer, who tp’d to the RLF and then sent the taxi for Oura. Who sent for me who sent for Honour. Success!!! And the RLF scored more donations! All in a good cause.

We wanted to thank Oura for all her help. I remembered that we could vote for Oura. *grin* slow-dancingHey, you want to know more than that – YOU contact Oura and tell her to tell me to blog about it. So Honour and I headed over to vote. Just then DARCEY logged in!!! YAY!!!! DARCEY is back!!! Darcey is my niece. 🙂 She used to hang out a lot in SL, then took a break. But she came back just this week. So I IM’d Darcey and said “come vote”! And Dale logged in and I IM’d Dale, who came to vote. Sammy and Jonah showed up there too. We were all hanging about and admiring the surroundings and realized that we had an impromptu party going.

So we headed over to Indolence, Dale’s club. We changed into party outfits and sent out more IM’s to folks to join us. 🙂 And they did. We even managed to convince the hard-working Shenlei to stop in for a bit as well. We had fun dancing and chatting. Now there are SOME people who simply have no manners. You might be among the people who say thatahuva-and-darcey *I* have no manners, because I opted for my tattoo instead of …. well, um….. instead of, shall we say, proper undergarments. Hey folks – it’s pixels!!!! I LIKE my tattoo. I, however, say that the people with no manners are the people who tried to take photos of me for blackmail purposes. I think that is VERY tacky. Thank goodness I had a counter-defense. I maintain my own supply of blackmail photos. 🙂 The best defense is a good offense. It was a short party, but fun.

This morning I logged in early. In one of my groups, someone was offering evil bunny slippers to the first 4 IM’ers. ahuva-enjoying-her-evil-bunny-slippersToo funny for words. I really didn’t think I needed evil bunny slippers. But after a few minutes, when the last pair was still available, I took them. 🙂 Not only that – I learned something new. I’m sure you all know this. I learned that if you click on someone’s name in Chat, their profile appears, so that you can IM or give inventory. I never knew that. I learned it because I wanted to send my benefactor a photo of me enjoying my new evil bunny slippers (with vampire teeth, no less).

What a fun 12 hours!