Monday, February 29, 2016

Leaping Over Leap Day

Dear Diary:

Every four years we have an extra day added to February to keep the calendar and clocks in sync with the Earth.  Lots of cultural traditions are associated with this day and a few years back I wrote about one here.

If you celebrate a birthday on this day, you remain a lot younger than you actually are since you only celebrate every 4 years.  How sweet is that!  However, having a birthday on this day has proven to come with annoyances.  

At one time, being a leaper (those with the 29th as a birthday), forced you to pick February 28th or March 1st as a birthday when applying for insurance, bank accounts or drivers' licences, since the 29th didn't show up on forms.  Newer technology has made this easier but some online applications still do not accept February 29th as a valid date.  I read of one person who was unable to get a Facebook account because of her birth date but that has been fixed recently.   Companies who offer birthday perks are just starting to give leapers their benefits.

Happy Birthday to all the leapers out there.  Don't worry.  It will be back to normal for the next 4 years.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Hair: Truth Hair Arden
Sweater and scarf: !gO! Sweater Laura (red grey)
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper Skinny Jeans (dirty)
Boots: Deco Paraboots (ruined)

Pose: Embody (leap)(now Repose)

Location: Two Moon Paradise

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Let's Stop The Bullying!

Dear Diary:

Today, February 24th, marks Pink Shirt Day.  This day came about through David Shepherd and Travis Price of Nova Scotia.  In 2007, they distributed pink shirts in support of a high school student who had been bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. 

Bullying is using force, threats or abuse to dominate others.  There are four types of bullying:
1. emotional - this type of abuse may be found in family or work place situations. It may promote anxiety or depression to those experiencing it.
2. verbal - as it is the most common form of bullying, anyone can experience it, in any place.  It's not often reported since there's really no "proof".
3. physical - when injury is evident without accidental causes, the victim may struggle for years with after effects.
4. cyber - due to the increase in social media, cyberbullying has become more prevalent, because that type of abuse offers anonymity.  It is also hard to prove and cases brought to court have often been rejected. 

I'm sure a lot of us have been bullied at some time in our life.  I was in Grade 7 and it was a horrible year for me.  I still remember it in detail many years later.  I also have had friends who have been bullied in our second world and that has to be stopped.

Take time today to remember "Kindness is one size fits all".  Let's get rid of the bullying in all of our lives.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Hair: EMO-tions Hannah
Shirt: PurpleMoon Pink Shirt Day - Bullying Stops Here (not available)(date has been changed by permission from Poulet Koenkamp)
Jeans: CoCo Designs skinny jeans
Glasses: Kumaki glasses K_gs optino

Sign: Mon Cheri Anti-Bullying texture (SL Marketplace - 6 textures 1L)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Peace And Love At Flower Power

Dear Diary:

Ah yes!  Flower Power!  This simple phrase came about in the '60's when there were protests against the Vietnam war.  I heard about this many times from my Mom when I was growing up and I've always been attracted to that era and what it represented. So of course I had to visit the Flower Power Fair and scoop up a few of the wonderful items of that time.

The hipster pants come in a great variety of colours, both patterned and plain that can be co-ordinated with fringed tops.  The tops come in a 3 pack so you can vary the look.  Both come from sYs.  It's a super look.

I love the big hoop earrings.  They have multiple changes through a HUD, ranging from several metal looks, to colourful wood features.  They're made by Delirium exclusively for this event.

The pose from IE is perfect for the time.  Music was considered more powerful than weapons so everyone seemed to play an instrument.  Naturally the guitar was most popular since it was so portable.  Hitch hiking made it really easy to get around.

I added a few items I had in my closet from past boho encounters and the  look is complete.

How appropriate to find an abandoned VW garage to complete the picture.

Visit Flower Power until February 26th.

Read about the Flower Power movement here.  Peace.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing from Flower Power:
Mani/Pedi: Shakeup! Maitreya Nails Applier (daisies)
Hair: enVogue Paige
Top: sYs Design Janis shirt psyche1
Jeans: sYs Design Janis flared jeans psyche 2
Earrings: D-Style Loops with HUD (Flower Power exclusive)
Headband: Pulse Lenity Flower Crown (red)
Pose with guitar case: Image Essentials Walk About

Purse: sYs Caba bag (gift)
Friendship bracelets:  BoHo HoBo (no longer available)
Glasses: Kumaki Glasses K_gs Mito 

Location: Oranje vinjstaat

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Our Way

Dear Diary:

Ah yes!  The day of love!  And here it is for Chloe and I.  The other day we were discussing our plans in our second world and discovered the same man was flirting with both of us.  Interesting!  He had promised candy and flowers.  Intriguing!  He had made plans to take us both - but separately - out dancing. Fascinating!  How he was going to pull that off would have been a miracle.  Amusing!

So Chloe and I put our heads together and came up with a method to get back at this guy.

I hope he felt every pin going in.

Good Night for now.

Chloe is wearing:
Lipstick: Eye Candi (cheeky)
Hair: Analog Dog Rae
Sweater and skirt: Shine by ZD Camille dress & sweater (pink)
Shoes: Gos Boutique Victoria platforms with hold ups
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer love hearts (cerise)
Pose: Nantra Voodo Valentine with voodo doll, pin and picture #1

I'm wearing:
Lipstick: Oceane Glammy lipstick (purple 3) (store closed; on SL Marketplace
Hair: elua Yepa
Tee: Coquet Ltd Amore tee shirt (heart) (at FaMESHed til Feb 27)        
Leggings: Coquet Ltd skirt/leggings combo (heart) (at FaMESHed til Feb 27)
Shoes: Maitreya Gold Liason VIP group gift (plum)
Earrings: Finesmith heart2heart earrings (silver)
Pose: Nantra Voodo Valentine with voodo doll, pin and picture #3

Location: Timeless Memories

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Poutine Week Is Wrapping Up

Dear Diary:

Poutine Week is just coming to an end and what a gastronimical delight it was! Customers in Quebec and across Canada sampled poutine done a variety of ways - a poutine hamburger for one.

Depending on who you ask about poutine, you'll receive divergent answers on how it got started.  The name was developed around 1964, in Drummondville, Quebec. Others say it comes from other areas in the province or the name has evolved in another way.  What ever you choose to believe, the combination of these three items was a gourmet delight. 

Poutine is a delicious dish made of french fries, united with tangy cheese curds and covered in gravy.  Of course, over the years there have been many diverse ways of making it.  My first taste was in my university days but not in Quebec.  I was hooked as the first savoury bite hit my mouth.   Next I did have it from a street vendor in Quebec and it was equally as good as the first time - maybe even better since I was visiting the "birth place" of the iconic dish.  

Over the years I have tasted many different forms of poutine.  Some have melted cheese instead of curds; others have a sauce and not gravy; occasionally there is offbeat cheese such as feta; and some contain other items such as chili, called Ras-poutine.  I still favour the original.

After eating a large portion of poutine, I want to lie down and go to sleep, it's so filling.  But it's well worth it.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Hair: Truth Hair Kizzy (gift)

Dress: Ambrosia Mesh Cardigan & One piece (dots) (Cosmopolitan til Feb 14)

Piercing: A:S:S deLuxe Monroe piercing

Poutine:  Lonesome Dolls Poutine (free on SL Marketplace)

Pose: Di's Opera

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Here's Where I'll Be Today

Dear Diary:

I like my football so today I'm a stay-at-home-person!  I am not leaving my house at all.  Why?  It's Superbowl Sunday!

I've got my self looked after.  I'm surrounded by snacks and drinks so I won't even have to move out of my chair.  I'm wearing my Cam Newton shirt so you know who I'm cheering for.  I've settled in for the next few hours. phone is turned off.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Hair: Wasabi Pills Karin
Shirt: Addiction NFL Panthers 1 Cam Newton (SL Marketplace)
Jeans: BoHo HoBo Mesh Skinny Jeans (black) (no longer available)
Slippers: Meli Imako Cozy Boot Slippers Knitted (no longer available)
Glasses: je suis  charmante (grey)

Chair (with pose and coffee cup): Just My Imagination Wing Chair
Coffee table: La Galleria Pine Square Turned Leg Coffee Table
Rug: La Galleria Giant Chrysanthemum
Pizza box: Dutchie Furniture (gift)

Not sure where I collected the coke can, popcorn or cupcake.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day -- BLEH!

Dear Diary:

Whether it be Wiarton Willy in Ontario,  Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia or Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, people were all watching early this morning to see if the groundhog glimpsed his shadow.   

February 2nd, Groundhog Day, is a day that marks this interesting ritual.  If the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, it means an early spring.  However, when he emerges from the ground and spies his shadow, it means 6 more weeks of winter. Yuck!

In my part of the world, the results were:

Yep, 6 more weeks of winter for me.  Curse that little rodent!

Oh...and by the way, Historica Canada states that a study of weather data shows the two Canadian groundhogs are only right 37% of the time.  So much for predictions!

Guess I'd better not put away the long johns yet.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Hair with hat: Mina Hair Liss
Jacket: Meli Imako Mesh Ladies Padded Coat (SL Marketplace)
Jeans: Maitreya Mesh Zipper Skinny Jeans (dirty)

Groundhog: Grouchy Groundhog Woodchuck (SL Marketplace)

Pose: ibang