The Bare Faced Challenge

So someone started a bare faced challenge somewhere. I guess this is a RL thing? But several avatars are doing it and tagging others to do it, too. I haven’t been tagged and I wasn’t going to do it at all. I am quite attached to my eyelashes and my liner and my lip glosses! I really didn’t want to take a pic without all of that because it’s not really me. Heck, I’m more likely to show my friends a no makeup RL pic than I am to show one of my avatar.

But Abby asked me tonight if I was going to do it. I said no, and she said that I should because I’m pretty no matter what. Well… the more I thought about it, the more I decided to just do it.

The Bare Faced Challenge

I feel like my avatar looks INSANELY tired! LOL! I need some coffee and mascara, stat!

Actually, this whole thing reminds me of a girl I went to college with. She always wore a lot of black eyeliner and mascara. Still does, by the looks of her Facebook pics. But once in a while she wouldn’t wear any and everyone would be asking if she were okay and if she felt sick. I feel like asking my avatar if she needs to go to the doctor!

So anyway, that’s my avatar. No bells and whistles, no Photoshop, no super fancy lighting and filters. I’m not tagging anyone to do it. πŸ™‚

Day 250 – As If I Could Say No

Sit down, folks. This is a long one. πŸ™‚

As many of you know, we lost Millie Gears this past week. She passed away suddenly, or at least, what felt sudden to probably most of us. I can’t say she and I were close and I really only knew her from Plurk, but she was a sweet girl who always had something funny to say and her passing leaves a dark space in our community.

Natalee offered a challenge to us in honor of Millie. She challenges us to be thankful and improve.

I have to think that I’m a pretty thankful person. I am thankful that for as bad as things were for me emotionally for so long, that they’re not that bad any more. I’m thankful for the friends who have helped me in ways they could never imagine. I’m thankful that no matter what happens, these people are here by my side. Second Life has allowed me to meet Ulaa and Aldwyn, and I know that no matter what happens or where we go in the future, we’ll be close way beyond Second Life. And I’m very thankful that life has led me to this point and to new friends and family that I’m eager to grow close to.

But for all my thankfulness, the SLife I’ve led in the past 2 years has been a cautious one. I’ve been cautious of who I talk to, of what I blog, of what I talk about publicly. I’ve not stepped too far out of my bubble because I’ve been scared of being hurt, of being left, of learning things that I didn’t want to know. Part of me thinks that I’ve needed it. That it was a bit of karma that needed to be repaid. The other part thinks that I did it to protect myself and maybe that was necessary, too. And then, of course, there’s the little part of me who thinks I was being stupid about the whole thing. πŸ™‚

Over the past month or so, I’ve been slowly trying to step out of my comfort zone. Lightning hasn’t struck, nothing’s exploded, a limb hasn’t fallen off. I’ve been taking baby steps, though. Tiny little baby steps.

This leads us to this morning. I logged in to blog, and had an offline from my friend Lolita. She had sent me a notecard with a landmark that said she and Rune would like me to go somewhere. I figured it was for some event or just something they wanted me to see. So I teleported on over and stood there for a bit. I didn’t see anything except Lolita’s home.

Then I turned around.

Day 250 - As If I Could Say No

I could not believe it!!

The thing is, as much as I have talked about family and wanting one in SL… I was never really sure if I was ready to make that leap. Aldwyn and I have been married almost 2 years. Ulaa is someone I consider my RL sister [we’re even facebook related!]. But this SL family stuff…I just didn’t know. But I also knew that even if I said no, they would not hold it against me. I knew I had the option of saying no without losing their friendship.

So I took a deep breath…and took a big leap.

In For It

It’s part of the challenge. I’m challenging myself to improve, to be more social, to meet more people, to be more.

It’s been a long time coming. πŸ™‚

Hey hey, it’s a mosaic challenge!

So Ryker Beck threw down a challenge that we’ve been doing over on Plurk today. It’s really fun! It’s a mosaic challenge, and you answer questions and find pretty pics. I just had to blog it just in case any of you wanted to do one on your own blog, or just play along!

Mosaic Challenge

Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search. Then, using only the first page, pick an image. Then, copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into this mosaic maker.

[If you find that after you create your mosaic you have white squares, it’s just that the person you’ve chosen has opted out of this service. I had to go back 3 times to get some pics. But it’s not that big of a deal. πŸ™‚ ]

1. What is your first name? – Alicia
2. What is your favorite food? – Cheeseburgers!
3. What high school did you go to? – Brewer High School [This pic has nothing to do with the school, but it reminds me of the old guys that came to football games.]
4. What is your favorite color? – Pink!
5. Who is your celebrity crush? – Patrick Dempsey. Oh those eyes!!
6. Favorite drink? – Coke, baby! Real, not diet.
7. Dream vacation? – Italy. I don’t know why, but it’s always been my dream to visit.
8. Favorite dessert? – Tiramisu
9. What you want to be when you grow up? – Happy. πŸ™‚
10. What do you love most in life? – Possibilities
11. One Word to describe you. – Eclectic
12. Your flickr name. – Alicia Chenaux

Once you’ve made and saved your image, upload it to Flickr and join this group so we can all see! There are some truly amazing photographers on Flickr, so it’s pretty awesome to just look at all the pics.

Have fun!!

Credits for the photos:
1. Alicia | Pullip Assa, 2. Cheeseburger, 3. Marty Olson explains the origin of the Gopher Crossing sign, 4. H O N E Y C H I L D, 5. Patrick Dempsey, 6. Red Joy!, 7. Un ultimo saluto a Portovenere, 8. Tiramisu, 9. Natal Day Bliss | Mothers Day Special, 10. A Proposal from the Heart, 11. Eclectic JPEG, 12. My photo for my 2-3-6-5 post πŸ™‚

The Big Bad Blogger 2010 Sign Up & Kick Off Post!!!

Welcome to the start of the Big Bad Blogger Challenge 2010!! If you’re a challenge veteran, welcome back! If this is your first challenge, you’re going to love it!!

The BBBC started in 2008 as a way to give SL bloggers a little kickstart, and give people something to read. But it turned into a great sharing opportunity! We’ve really had a fun time the past couple of years! Just to save my fingers [yet again!], I’ll copy & paste most of the previous years’ rules. πŸ™‚

The Big Bad Blogger Challenge for June: Update your blog every day for one week starting June 13th, and the last challenge post will be June 18th.

Now don’t get scared! I can hear the thoughts racing now.

“I can’t update every day!” Sure, you can!!

“I don’t have time!” You do. I see some of you in world for hours at a time, and not for business reasons.

“I won’t have anything to write about!” Yes, you will. Every night before I go to bed, I’ll throw out a question that you can answer in your blog if you choose to answer it. If not, just write about what you did that day in SL, or what you saw, or what topics interest you.

Your blog posts do NOT have to be well thought out and constructed professional posts, they don’t have to be very long at all, and I think a lot of you are overthinking your blogs, which is why you do not update. Believe it or not, people enjoy reading just little personal things. I personally would LOVE to get to know some of you better through your blogging. Think of this as a writing exercise, like the busy work that your English or Creative Writing teacher may have given you, or like NaNoWriMo. There’s no prize at the end, except for knowing you took on a challenge that really may be a challenge for some of you. And if for some reason you can’t complete the challenge, at least you gave it a try!

So there you have it, The Big Bad Blogger Challenge. Are you up for it?

If so, please sign up to this post with your blog URL so I can add it to the special BBBC Blogroll!! If you don’t sign up on this post, I will get confused and I want all of the challengers to be added to the blogroll, which stays up on my blog for the rest of the year.

Remember, you can always use your own topics to write about, but if you’re stumped, here is your first topic. Since last year we had a few RL bloggers join in [you are always welcome to!], the first topic won’t be completely Second Life related.

Today’s Topic: Why did you become a blogger? How has it enriched your life?

BBBC 2010!! Ready…set…GO!!!!

The BBBC 2010 Is Coming Up!!

So mark your calendars! The Big Bad Blogger Challenge 2010 is coming up!!

What is the BBBC? Well, let me tell you. Beginning in 2008, the BBBC started as a way to get people to stop overthinking their blog posts and just write. All challengers do one post a day for the week. Heck, do more if you want, but at least one. And don’t worry, you don’t really get thrown blindly out there. The night before, I give everyone a question to answer in their blog. How much you write and if you add pictures or not, that’s completely up to you. But you have to write SOMETHING.

The challenge is really tons of fun, and I keep a blogroll here of all the bloggers participating. We all get to know our fellow bloggers better and it’s like summer camp in a way. By the time the week is over, everyone is excited and happy to have gone through it together. Plus, we have a big mid-challenge party! It’s always so so much fun!! This year we may end up having a second party on the weekend since there are some who can’t make the mid-challenge party because of time zones.

So! Sunday the 13th, I’ll have the official kick off post and question, and everyone who is participating will need to comment to that post with the link to your blog. If you don’t comment to that post, I won’t know to add you to the official BBBC Blogroll, so be sure you comment!

If for some reason you don’t finish, we won’t hold it against you. πŸ™‚ Sometimes things just come up. But as long as you try, you’ll have fun!

Keep your eyes open on Sunday for the post!!

Day 75 – A little SL, a little RL, and a purse challenge

My friend Velvet sent me a panda. After the evening I’ve had, coming home to someone warm & cuddly was nice.

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I’ve been complaining for a while about a pain in my left shoulder blade. A couple of weeks ago I started having some pain in my lower neck/upper back area. I have tried sitting differently, sleeping differently, and wondered if maybe it was my pillows or my mattress. The other night I was just in pain! I just couldn’t understand what the problem was.

Yesterday I went out for a bit to hit up Target and Bath & Body Works. As I was walking into Target, the pain started again. Then I realized something.

My purse is too damn heavy.

*sighs*

Apparently my SL inventory hoarding issue is a RL issue as well. If I had to carry my inventory with me in SL, my avatar would collapse under the weight. Today I dumped out my purse.

That’s my cat, Holly, yelling “WTF MOM?!”

A few months ago, we did a big “What’s in your purse?” challenge. Sophia told me we should do it again. So dump out your purses/bags/backpacks and take a pic. Show us what you’re carrying!

This is a better picture.

The reason I have back problems

If you go to my Flickr page, you can see all the notes of what I’m carrying. But to sum it up – I carry too much crap with me, including THIRTEEN lipsticks, balms, and glosses.

I’ll tell you this much. If we had to carry our inventories with us in SL, I think I’d be a Linden bear away from having to push a shopping cart and having full plastic bags tied to my waist.

But at least my lips would be decorated.

Day 60 – Sophia’s Challenge

So my hetero life partner Sophia plurked a challenge. Show what you used to look like versus what you look like now. She never really said noob, just what we used to look like. I thought I’d just go back in my blog and pick the first picture and call it a day. But I realized that I still had an “emergency” folder in my inventory from March 2008. Cen and I used to make emergency folders because we used to regularly change avatars and we needed something that we could always go back to quickly. So I realized that THIS folder was really how I used to look – the normal skin, shape, style of clothes, etc. I popped into it, cried, took a picture, and then popped into one of my outfit folders that I created last week.

It’s amazing what a good skin will do. lol

Yikes.

And that’s day 60 of the 365 day challenge as well! Only 305 more days to go! LOL!!