Monthly Archives: December 2010

41 of 365

I spent almost my entire week off from work in a car.  An unexpected road trip came up which took up two days of time that I had planned to use to chill out at home.  So, if anyone was wondering where I’ve been, I was either in a car on the highway or sitting in a crappy Holiday Inn with no internet access.  I can’t believe that any major chain hotel nowadays would not have internet access in their rooms.  

I took the above picture at a place called Leroy a few days ago.  I don’t have an SLurl right now, but it can be found in the Destination Guide.

Today is New Year’s Eve and I have no plans to go out tonight.  After the week I’ve had, staying home and watching movies will be a treat.  


40 of 365: Thinking of warmer climates

At this time last year, my family and I were on a warm, sunny vacation in Costa Rica.  We went for 3.5 weeks and it was a memorable and adventurous vacation.  

I was going through our vacation photos and came across this one:

I remember that day so vividly when my two kids and I decided to hike to the waterfalls in the town we were staying at.  When I say hike, I mean like hardcore hiking, where you are practically scaling the sides of steep rocks.   I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to go for a hike to these waterfalls, just me and my eight year old daughter and three year old son.  My husband had to fix our car that day so I was on my own with the kids.  I’ve been going to Costa Rica in the winter for several years and the last time I did the waterfalls hike was before I got pregnant with my daughter.  I guess I was determined to share this beautiful little spot in paradise with my kids.  

It was hard work, and lots of sweat and some tears were shed, but we made it to the waterfalls with the help of a very nice American man we met on the trail.  He actually carried my son on his back a couple of times on the really difficult parts of the trail.  

The waterfall pictured above is part one of the falls.  Part two requires heavy duty scaling up the side of a steep cliff, where the trail takes you to a larger and even more beautiful waterfall.  I will save part two of the waterfalls for when my kids are teenagers.  

I’m really missing Costa Rica right about now, so I decided to go have a look at the Costa Rica Sims in SL.  Direct link to the Costa Rica Sims welcome area here. Upon arrival, you will receive a notecard that contains a handy Taxi Hud so you can easily TP around the sim.  There’s a lot to see.  It’s a really well done and realistic virtual representation of Costa Rica in SL, I highly recommend a visit.  Of course, if you can get to Costa Rica in RL, even better.  

I miss the dry heat of the pacific coast of Costa Rica and the white sand beaches.  I’m hoping that next winter we’ll be able to enjoy another memorable family vacation in paradise.

39 of 365: Finally crawled out of bed this afternoon

I missed the last two days of my 365 not because I am away from home and visiting family (which I am), but because I have been extremely ill since Christmas Eve.  I just finally crawled out of bed this afternoon after my dad went to town to get me some Sudafed because it turns out that I am allergic to cats.  My parents have seven cats.  SEVEN!

Don’t get me wrong, I love cats, but I have developed allergies in my late thirties and cats seem to be a huge trigger for sinus pain and headaches.  Honestly, I think I would be okay with one or two cats, which is the amount of cats my parents have always had and what I grew up with, but seven cats is too much for my senses I guess.

I managed to pull myself together for Christmas morning for the kids, but after breakfast I headed straight for my old bedroom where I have been sleeping since.  It seriously felt like my head was going to explode.  I woke up this afternoon to drool on my pillow, but with some of the pressure in my sinuses relieved. 

With the help of some medicine, a cool mist vaporizer and lots of hot showers, I’m feeling almost normal again and I can breath through my nose!  My ears are still a little plugged, but my headache is subsiding.

So that’s the tale of my Christmas 2010.  I didn’t take my kids out skating or watch for the Northern Lights, but I did catch up on several hours of sleep – enough to make up for months  of not enough sleep! 

I think one of my New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of my health.  I’ve been sick way too much in 2010.  

Anyway, I hope you all are having a nice holiday with your family and loved ones.  Peace and love… :))

38 of 365: Time to rest

Tomorrow my family and I are going on a road trip up north to my parent’s home where we will spend Christmas. 

I’m bringing my laptop, and I’m going to try my best to keep up with my daily photos.  It’s hard to say if I will get time for SL, or if I will be too busy visiting family.  My family is big and crazy so I may get swept up in some celebrations that will keep me busy…or maybe not.  I won’t know until I get there.  

If I do happen to miss a day or two, I’ll just pick up where I left off.  

37 of 365: One more day

One more day of work and I’m off until the new year.  

I’m so ready for a break from my job.  I can’t wait to sleep in until noon, and lounge around in my pj’s all day long and not have to worry about being late for the next appointment.  My day is way too filled with appointments and tasks to complete.

I need time to do absolutely nothing.  Time where I can just be still and calm and not have to look at my watch worrying if I’m going to be late for something.

I’m almost there.  

36 of 365: Show Me Yours…Best in Blogs Exhibit

Last week I received a notecard inviting me to submit one of my blog photos to the Show me Yours Inworld Photography Exhibit Hall.  Their latest exhibit, entitled Best in Blogs, is showcasing SL photography from bloggers.  I was tickled pink to have been sent the information from exhibit owner Lyrilen Moonshadow.  

From the notecard:

“We celebrate all inworld photography, and we are extremely excited about the depth of talent and diversity of subjects included in this exhibit.  Fashion blogs, Hunt blogs, Commercial blogs, Personal blogs – we have examples from all of them.”

The Best in Blogs exhibit runs from December 20th to January 2nd. 

Show Me Yours Inworld Photography Exhibit Hall

35 of 365: Sick Day

I’m using up a sick day for my 365 project…I missed my daily photo yesterday because I spent pretty much the entire day sleeping.  And when I wasn’t in my bed, I was stretched out on my sofa looking and feeling like something the cat dragged in.  I don’t have the flu, no fever, I just have a bad case of exhaustion or something.  

But even though I called in sick for my 365, I still had to drag my ass out of bed to go to work today.  The last week before Christmas is kind of crazy at my office – Winter Solstice celebration tomorrow, and the big toy giveaway on Wednesday, and a bunch of reports to get submitted before I go on holidays.  

I’m not complaining though.  Four more sleeps and I’ll be warm and cozy at my parents home sipping hot apple cider and taking my kids skating at the outdoor rink across the road.  

I got them new ice skates for Christmas.  They are going to be so excited! 

ETA:  If you’re looking for a pair of figure skates, I got these skates from the Marketplace and I love them!  The figure skating animations are really nice.  I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried them out.  The box comes with male and female skates.  I haven’t tried out the men’s skates, but the female ao is great.  I’ve been going skating in SL everyday since I got them :))