.. it came upon a midnight…crystal clear ..

 

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Workout + Cute = possible? by Anarinya Crystal

Here we are on Christmas eve, one of the most enchanting days of the year for many. This can be said for those that are young and those that are older as well. As part of the holiday season, I took part in the Blogger and Vlogger Network Secret Santa Swap. Basically it is a challenge to promote another blogger while being promoted by someone else. I submitted my blog/name in to the mix and agreed to take a name/blog as well. In this ‘Swap’, I received the name of Anarinya Crystal – a new to me blogger which made this especially cool as it is an opportunity to learn about someone new!

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Old Painting of Yorkshire Farm Life by Anarinya Crystal

Don’t you love her name…? Anarinya sounds so pretty when I say it and heck I’m probably not even pronouncing it correctly. In her profile, Ana tells us that Anarinya means “my sun” in Quenya, a language of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I love that! And it is a coincidence that my name is Sun(shine)!

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Templemore Backyard by Anarinya Crystal

Using a play on her avatar name, Anarinya’s blog is called “Ana’s Crystals“. Ana took some time off from blogging for several months but jumped back in sometimes in early November. When she started back, she indicated that her goal was to blog what she enjoys/loves… and it appears she really has jumped back in with both feet! Ana posts a blog with a gorgeous pic nearly every day! I also am a “blog what I love” kind of blogger so I totally understand that approach – less stress, more enjoyable. Anarinya also works with her best friend – Sassy Nitely – as a brand manager for Sassy’s brand – Chic Moda.

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The Chic Moda main store

In preparing for this blog, I did contact Ana to ask if I could feature her pics on this post. Thankfully she agreed so I can show you how great her pics are! I chose from her most popular on her Flickr stream but then I chose a couple of others that I just like because of their boldness!

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You Should Do More by Anarinya Crystal

So back to Christmas Eve…yes we are back to this because when I asked Ana what her most favorite Christmas memory is, she shared this one with me:
“On the 24th, when my parents started to decorate the living room, I was sent to my bedroom. and every year I was laying on the floor, peeking under the door to take a peek at Santa’s black boots. Which, of course, I never got to see. Explanation was always “aww and again he came through the back door, hunny” or “oh that was when you were in the bathroom.” While Ana said there were so many other fun and happy memories, this was what came to her mind first. I love this memory because it tells me that she was a happy little girl who believed in the magic of Santa and she so believed that she would try and try to see his boots every year… just his boots! She was persistent and even though she was let down because she missed his appearance, she would be right there again the following year. This also tells me that Ana has great determination and dedication.

I believe Ana shows this in her blogging as well – she is determined and dedicated to show us the awesome things she finds in her journey through Second Life. I hope you will take a look and follow her on Flickr, on Facebook and/or follow her blog! And be sure to check out Chic Moda while you are at it and if you see Ana around, say hi!

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Virtual Nights by Anarinya Crystal

Ana… thank you for letting me take a little peek into your blogging life and also for sharing such a sweet and fun memory. I send you the best Christmas wishes and I hope that you finally see Santa’s black boots this year! ❤

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Credits:
All pics taken and posted originally by Anarinya Crystal with the exception of the pic of Chic Moda (snapped by me).

 

.. unspoken rules – #secondlifechallenge ..

 

Blog 12.06.17Strawberry Singh has issued a new challenge this week – Unspoken Rules of Second Life! An unspoken rule is basically a behavioral constraint that society or community expects but that isn’t necessarily written down or recorded anywhere. It is something that is considered proper but not an exact etiquette book kind of rule. Berry’s example was for escalators which in the U.S., we stand on the right and walk up on the left. Another example would be letting people out of an elevator before getting on yourself.

In Second Life, we also have these rules.  I agree with most of Berry’s, but I still decided to create a post.  My top 5 unspoken rules for Second Life are as follows:

  1. You should not extend a friendship request until you have actually had a conversation.  I generally ask the person or suggest that we should be friends … but then again, I realize I’m not as quick to extend a friendship request and wait for the other person anyway.  I’m just not opposed to using search to find the person I need/want to chat with.
  2. You shouldn’t jump right into a sexual or adult oriented conversation until you know the other party is receptive.  I guess an exception to this would be if you were both in a location that is focused on sexual or adult oriented activities, but even then… the other person might not be available or receptive to you.
  3. Similar to the elevator situation, when you arrive at a landing point, you should move out of the way as quickly as you can. I try to do it even when I am not rezzed yet.  If it is super busy landing zone and fly is enabled, I fly up and out of the way.  Otherwise, I just try to move a bit risking running in to others at that point.
  4. If you see a person sitting alone anywhere, you should probably not join them without asking unless you know that there is a separate sit animation. Nothing is more disconcerting that coming back to the computer to find your avatar in a cuddle with a stranger!
  5. Ask before adding someone to a multiple avatar conversation. Selecting your entire calling card list and starting a conversation just to invite or share your blog or talk about some happening can be very unwelcome to most people. If you are going to practice this behavior, be sure that the people you are adding are not going to just shut it down.

There are other unspoken rules to be sure, but these are the top ones for me – that I can think of today anyway. I might could go on for a lengthy list, but there is also a fine line between an unspoken rule and an annoyance.

I also created a vlog for this challenge as I am trying to do more of these! Check it out here:

 

Thank you to Strawberry for the great idea and challenge!

Featuring items found at the December round of The Arcade Gacha Event.

Credits:

Scene:
~isil~ Hoverscooter – Space Age RARE (The Arcade December 2017) @
22769 – The Mountain Lodge- RARE (The Arcade December 2017) @
Trees from Skye Design
Trees from Little Branch
Fir Trees from HIVE (Tannenbaum 2017)
Grasses from {anc.}, Little Branch, Skye Designs and Happy Mood
hive // christmas tree farm (Tannenbaum 2017)
KraftWork Gingerbread House (Builder’s Box November 2017)
[Schultz Bros.] Christmas Village Build (Builder’s Box November 2017)
uK – Victorian Village Shop Red (Builder’s Box November 2017)
uK – Victorian Village Shop White (Builder’s Box November 2017)
Thistle Oliver’s Tavern (right) – Builder’s Box Christmas (Builder’s Box November 2017)
LOVE – WHITE WINTER POND – SKATING

I’m wearing:
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
Body Applier: *YS&YS* Omega body Applier tone 00 RARE (The Arcade Dec 2017) @
Catwa Applier: *YS&YS* Gacha 17 – LANA Tone00 Nude (The Arcade Dec 2017) @
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v2.10
Eyes: CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00
Eyes: Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Tokyo Eyes (Pale)
Earrings:  Amala – The Madeline Earrings
Hair:  Wasabi // Sloane Mesh Hair w/ Hat – B (The Arcade December 2017) @
Ears:  _ver-B [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5
Dress: 01[Cubic Cherry] {Lil Santa} dress white RARE (The Arcade Dec 2017) @
Bra: 03[Cubic Cherry] {Lil Santa} bra pink (The Arcade December 2017) @
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet v4.1
Shoes: Sway’s [Ice Skates] . classic white RARE (The Arcade December 2017) @
Socks: fri. – Merry Socks (Ballet) – Footless (The Arcade December 2017) @
Tattoo:  *CST* Tres Clair Tattoo {Fade}

Pose:
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.. and so it begins ..

One of the most glorious messes in the world
is the mess created in the living room on
Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.
~ Andy Rooney

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“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions,
a special day spent in the warm circle
of family and friends.”
~ Margaret Thatcher

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“Love the giver more than the gift.”
~ Brigham Young

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see it in motion 😉

 

Credits:

From The Arcade Gacha Event – December 2017 Round @ open today!

22769 – The Mountain Lodge- RARE
22769 – Ski Signs Wall Decor – COMMON
22769 – Rustic Holiday Wreath – COMMON
22769 – Cottage Rug – COMMON
22769 – Lodge Ottoman – COMMON
22769 – Cottage Lounge Chair
22769 – Cottage Sideboard – COMMON
22769 – Pottery – COMMON
22769 – Winterpictures – COMMON
{moss&mink} All that Glitters – Christmas Tree (classic) RARE
{moss&mink} All that Glitters – Bauble Terrarium (classic)
{moss&mink} All that Glitters – Gift Pile (classic)
{moss&mink} All that Glitters – Boxed Ornaments (classic)
Wednesday[+] ~ Strange Life ~ Bedside Table COMMON
Wednesday[+] ~ Strange Life ~ Laptop&Homeworks COMMON
Wednesday[+] ~ Strange Life ~ Desk COMMON
Trompe Loeil – Candlebox Centerpiece
Trompe Loeil – Diamond Pendant Lights
Trompe Loeil – Floor Bells
Trompe Loeil – Hammered Silver Star
Trompe Loeil – Reindeer Wall Hanging
Trompe Loeil – Snowflake Sled Wall Decor
Scarlet Creative Highlands Sofa (Bento)
Scarlet Creative Highlands Sled
[RI] Snuggle Buddies Gacha – Plaid – Blue Christmas
.10 [ kunst ] – Bark candle holder (b)
.02 [ kunst ] – Wooden ashtray (b)
.05 [ kunst ] – Coffee cup (a)
.06 [ kunst ] – Coffee cup (b)
06 Action Holly Jolly – Fuzzy Slippers RUDOLPH
10 Action Holly Jolly – Griswold Advent RARE
llorisen // elia modern coffee table
llorisen // elia gallery wall
llorisen // elia chair
llorisen // elia chair with cushions
Second Spaces – Homemade Holiday – handwritten gift tags
Second Spaces – Homemade Holiday – mix-in-a-jar RARE
Second Spaces – Homemade Holiday – packages for gift-giving
Second Spaces – Homemade Holiday – potpourri
[-BLUE SKY-] Carolina Table

 

I’m wearing:

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 with DeeTalez Appliers (freckles)
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for CATWA Heads *Heidi* NORDIC
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v2.10
Eyes: CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00
Eyes: Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Tokyo Eyes (Pale)
Earrings:  Amala – The Madeline Earrings
Hair:  Moon. Hair. // Bangs (Notion) add me! (The Arcade December 2017) @
Hair:    Moon. Hair. // Notion (The Arcade December 2017) @
Ears:  _ver-B [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5
Outfit: :: MOMOCHUU :: Anna – Sweater outfit A – Maitreya RARE (The Arcade  December 2017) @
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet v4.1
Shoes: [VALE KOER] HIGH CARDINALS MAITREYA
Tattoo:  *CST* Tres Clair Tattoo {Fade}
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