"Grand Illusion..."
...living within my escape.
Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30th

I don't often put myself on a beach for a picture, it's not one of my favorite places in RL, so not really an option for me most of the time. However this dress, the first time I put it on all I could do was imagine holding the skirt up to my thighs and wading around on a calm beach, slipping in and out of the shadows of the palms nearby. Tonight, I allowed myself to indulge.

April 30th

I think perhaps my eyes appear too large in this last shot. Hmm, something to adjust, and this week is full of adjustments. So much done already, and its only Monday. I hope you each had a wonderful start to your week, it is sure to bring amazing things.

Style Card:
Skin: Glam Affair
Hair: Truth
Pose: Everglow
Dress: Geometry (marketplace)
Eyes: LAQ

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last day of vacation

One of the hardest parts about working in SL, even as support, is that it is a 7 day a week job. There is no weekend, or TGIF, especially since Sundays and Tuesdays are so terribly tough for residents. Last week, however, I spoke to my manager and got a full week of vacation to do some work on me, and my own, for a change of pace.

I didn't do the normal stuff of SL, like some might of thought I would. I actually stayed away from SL. Even (mostly) away from plurk. At some point I realized that were it not for my job, and a very small handful of people that I care for, I don't think I would of come back at all. This makes me think I have been focusing on SL all wrong, that I have still taken *me* out of the equation and spend all of my time focusing on what other people want. I then looked just -two posts before this one- and saw myself saying the same exact thing! That I needed to focus on me...and then, I didn't even bother to do it!

So, I took the week off. I mean, off. I got a lot of extra sleep, did a lot more cleaning than my family is used to, and reconnected with a few people that aren't on the pc at all. It was nice, but the week is over. Last night I snuck in some time to work on my sim, finding myself with 2k more in prims than I had a few days before. Its not nearly done, but above is a picture of one of my favorite spots so far. The What Next bikes and furniture are so perfect for spring, once it decides to get here and stick around for a while. The mesh shirt and shorts were my vacation wear, I suppose tomorrow its back to the grind....can I leave the shorts on?

Dina's Duds:
Shorts: Mon Tissu
Shirt: ohmarie
Shoes: Ingenue
Skin: Glam Affair
Hair: Truth
Furniture: What Next

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Not So Bad

This entire post is Kismet's fault. Just quietly playing greedy, and bam, a link to a picture of this dress. We both oo and aah and figure out when its coming out, then I get to be the lucky one to snag the pics and blog it. I absolutely love it. Its a bit unusual that the belt doesn't come with the dress, its a separate purchase, and pretty much essential to the look of the dress. However, I adore it so much I didn't even blink when I bought it.

Not So Bad

Thanks to my wench for coming over and standing all over my furniture for pics! Muwah!

On Both:
Dress & Belt: Not So Bad

Dina's Duds:
Skin: Illusory
Shoes: G*Field
Hair: Wasabi

Kismet's Duds:
Skin: Filthy
Boots: Miel
Hair: Truth

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Big girls dont cry...

Sometimes gifts inspire the most unexpected photos. Gifts as simple as the offering of friendship, of course. The last few weeks I have been spending a lot of my time trying to find where I 'fit'. Where do I need to be, who do I need to be with, and what is it I am doing here in the first place? During that time I have the expected chaos of a whirlwind of emotions, and the influence of a dozen different voices telling me what they think I should or shouldn't do amplifies it daily.

However, sometimes...there is a friend that is calm and is simply there. Not always talking, not a constant chatter or questions or fishing or probing or...I could go on for days. Someone who reminded me that its ok to take time for yourself. I've always neglected myself more than anyone or anything else in my life. I think that should change. Even though its not about you, those of you that know who you are, I thank you for letting it be about me. I value you guys more than you know.

So today, the picture, the words, the song, please don't get offended. Its not about you. Today its about me. Big girls don't cry, except...when they do.

Dina's Duds:
Skin: Glam Affair
Hair: Elikatira
Tears: Izzies
Jewels: Finesmith
Lingerie: Zaara

The smell of your skin lingers on me now
You're probably on your flight back to your home town
I need some shelter of my own protection baby
To be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity
Like the little school mate in the school yard
We'll play jacks and uno cards
I'll be your best friend and you'll be my Valentine
Yes you can hold my hand if you want to
'Cause I want to hold yours too
We'll be playmates and lovers and share our secret worlds
But it's time for me to go home
It's getting late, dark outside
The path that I'm walking
I must go alone
I must take the baby steps 'til I'm full grown, full grown
Fairytales don't always have a happy ending, do they?
And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The fool

It isn't exactly a holiday, this April Fools Day, but for the last few years I find myself paying far to close attention to it. Maybe next year, I finally won't. No one wants to play the fool....

Dina's Duds:
Dress: Son!a
Pose: Embody
Skin: Glam Affair
Hair: Elikatira
Location: Humanoid

perfect by nature
icons of self-indulgence
just what we all need
more lies about a world that
never was and never will be

have you no shame? Don't you see me?
you know you've got everybody fooled
look here she comes now

bow down and stare in wonder
oh how we love you
no flaws when you're pretending
but now I know she
never was and never will be

you don't know how you've betrayed me
and somehow you've got everybody fooled
without the mask where will you hide?

can't find yourself lost in your lie
I know the truth now

I know who you are
and I don't love you anymore
it never was and never will be

you don't know how you've betrayed me
and somehow you've got everybody fooled
it never was and never will be

you're not real and you can't save me
somehow now you're everybody's fool

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