Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. ~Moorish Proverb

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Yep, spent some time with my mum over the weekend. *sigh* When I go over there, she always has a list of 5,648 things for me to do. She hit me with the first right as I walked in the door so obviously it was important to her. At some point she felt the need to run out and buy one of those smart phones. I blame my bother brother, this has his fingerprints all over it. He get’s the lame-brained ideas about how to make mum more cool without realizing mum will never ever be one of those mums. You know the type, they get songs written about them because they “really got it going on” and all. But I have to admit, on the surface she did look a little Coolabaloolies with it in her hand like she meant business, but as I was watching her the phone rang.. and rang.. and to my amazement she did completely nothing but stare as it chirped away. When the call finally switched to answering device I asked her if she was going to get it, to which she replied “I don’t know how.” Realizing this was more learning curve than even the most patient Cao could withstand, I bundled her up into my car, drove her to the cell store and found her a perfectly capable dumb phone. There ya go, one down 5,647 more todo’s to get done.

AYAKA 彩花Hair: Zibska, Ninel . Collar: Zibska, Cerys (color-change) .

She’s not that bad, well about the phone, that was a true story, but about other things I make most of it up. Hmm well she did buy that years subscription to Bride’s magazine, I couldn’t possibly make that up. Oh and she did call me last night and hung up before I answered it. It was kind of late so I called her back and asked if she was ok. She said she didn’t mean to call me, her fingers just went that way. Oh and she regularly talks to Dr. Ben (the beau) behind my back, I hear she asked him when he’s going to make an honest woman of me, I was kind of surprised he didn’t run rapidly out the door. But he’s kind of nice to little old ladies, children and puppy dogs like that. He’d have to put up with a lot if he ever got that serious with me, I mean heck, I’m crazy on any emotional meter, my mum is worse, my three states away sister is a micro-manager, my bother brother is a serial borrower/non returner and my oldest sister, well she’s probably the most normal of us all. But then, I reckon that’s because she moved all the way out to Wyoming right after graduating from college. Ah ‘ell, who does that anyway? Doesn’t it snow eight months of the year out there? And obviously there is nothing to do. She has, like, what? Five children? She may be the looniest of us all!

AYAKA 彩花Gorgeous Dress: !:Lybra:!, Jamee **Fashion Art Event** .

The take from? We certainly can’t choose our family, they are who they are. It’s the quirks and familiarity that make them, and make us the very definition of who we are and who we will become. And sure, in the words of Cary Grant “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” But isn’t that just the little details that make life so grand? As you head about on your business this high gravity Monday, don’t forget to call home, because family isn’t an important thing, it’s everything and I happen to know, mums like phone calls, she certainly calls me often enough to remind me to call her. Have a patient Monday! ❤

Every Drop of Rain

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. ~ Anne Frank

Every Drop of RainDress: *LpD*, *My Star* . Hair: Zibska, Bluma . Makeup: Zibska, Noir .

I believe for every drop of rain that falls
A flower grows

I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows

I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come
To show the way

Every Drop of RainShoos: Miamai, Indifference .

I believe above a storm the smallest prayer
Can still be heard

I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word

Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe

Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe ~Elvis Presley

Ear Wax:


RedDress: Lyrical Bizarre, Royals . Eye Makeup: Zibska, Noir . Poses: {Nantra} .

Beginning tonight at midnight SLT and ending Sunday, May 18th at Noon SLT, you are invited to participate in a Grand Opening contest just for you!

The task? Create and post a blog or a Flickr image using Lyrical B!zarre Templates clothing AND the NEWEST location (Jasmine Hills) for the Grand Opening. Tag your photo in the Lyrical B!zarre Templates Facebook page or tag Lyrical B!zarre on Flickr.

RedShoos: {{BSD}}, Model Muse **L’Accessoires** . Hair: Boudoir, Madame Pompadour .

NEW LOCATION : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jasmine%20Hills/236/200/21

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LyricalBizarreTemplates
Flickr page to add Lyrical B!zarre: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99947827@N03/

3,000L in store credit for 1st place
2,000L in store credit for 2nd place
1,000L in store credit for 3rd place
PLUS your outfit choice from Lyrical to use in your works!
(Any blog/image that doesn’t tag either the Facebook group or Lyrical Bizarre on Flickr will not be judged. We need to see your wonderful work in order to fully appreciate it!)

(NOTE: If you are not able to purchase an item from the Lyrical B!zarre Templates store, please contact Lyricalbizarre Resident via notecard with your item choice.)

A Little Birdy Told Me

A woman should be pink and cuddly for a man. ~Jayne Mansfield

A Little Birdy Told Me

A little birdy told me about a groovy pose store {Nantra}, and now you can say a little cow told you! L’Accessoires has started and it’s Hot! Have a gorgeous weekend but don’t forget to be glamorously accessorized! Here, I’ll even include the taxi to both for you! I’m kinda nice like that!

A Little Birdy Told Me

L’Accessories: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neo/58/222/568
{Nantra}: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pouncival/91/162/2509

Hair: Boon, LYU038
Necklace: Kungler’s Extra, Vivienne *L’Accessories*
Earrings: Loordes of London, Monet Earring *L’Accessories*
Ring: =Zenith=, Farewell My Concubine *L’Accessories*
Watch: [Mandala], Hokusai Cuff
Dress: OverHigh, Holy Dress
Shoos: Miamai, Intollerance *L’Accessories*
Glasses: *Cila*, Simplicity *L’Accessories*
Bag: MiWardrobe, Painted Leather Handbag (my arse is in the way –.– will reblog) *L’Accessories*

It’s Friday, Dig it!

Come With Me Now

Modeling is the best because you have to look hot, which comes easy to me, you know. I’m blessed with that.~
Ashton Kutcher

Come With Me NowNecklace: H.M.A.E.M., Irie . Earring: Loordes of London, Monet **Both L’Accessoires . Hairs: Dura, Boy46 .

It’s time once again and from what I’ve seen its a great one! Yep! Time for L’Accessories! Lot’s of goodies for all of your accessorizing needs! Come with me now, because, Looky der, I even included the taxi for you! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neo/58/222/568 and incredible pose http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pouncival/91/162/2509

Come With Me NowHat: Aesthetica, Glimpse Fascinator Gold . Necklace: Modern Couture, Allegra Both from **L’Accessoires** . Pose Chair: {Nantra} In Repose

A Life Less Contacted

If you make customers unhappy in the real world, they might each tell six friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends. ~ Jeff Bezos

A Life Less ContactedDress: Molichino, Maggy **NEW** . Hair: Tram . Necklace: [RO], Flying Hearts .

I feel like I should be having a vacation today, but I’m not. It is so cloudy here, rains a coming, I have the back slider cracked and it’s kind of funny but lately there is a fecking loud gorgeously sweet song bird that perches out on some wood thingy (yes I am very construction-y inclined can’t you tell?) I guess I really should find out what the thingy is, in case it’s a camera peeking in my balcony, (Esther Draakje Dailey, is that you stalking me again?) I’ve just not thought much about it as more than a front stage view to a natural opera. I digress, which is typical of me, especially on days when I’ve nothing but time on my hands. But as I sit here, waiting, again (for the kitchen cabinets to be delivered). I can’t help but hear the roughed up ocean and the bird who appears to be happily performing his daily YOB. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy your job THAT much? Has a sort of Mary Poppins feel to it. For my birthday I bought myself a new laptop. Still a Toshiba like my trusted “Lug-nut the Brick” is, (so called because I sware it weighs about 120 pounds), and let’s say I am having an interesting time of it. Love the laptop, Windows eight though I think was created by a sexual sadist with too much hands on my time. Every time I think I am getting somewhere, it snatches the screen away and I spend another twenty minutes trying to figure out where I was and how I got there. I logged into Second Life last night to see if the laptop could support it, worked great, which would be super-duper if I could find the yellow brick road that takes me back to there. Toto, I think we’ve lost Oz along the way.

A Life Less ContactedBag: Pure Poison: MBao Bag at the **FashionArt event** .

Ah, the good old days. Customer was King and every one knew the customer was right, when the purchase of a product included a thank you, have a nice day. Have we gotten so self-centered that we no longer thank people for taking the time to use our services, buy our items, keep us gainfully employed? It just seems a cycle I’ve been in lately and it saddens me because it’s happening in both First and Second Life. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve purchased without the person thanking me for buying, it’s like they are so self-assured they don’t realize, I could just as easily stop by over there across the street instead. And SL is the worst. And I’m not talking about my designers who are friends, because the remarkable thing is, they always DO say thank you for a blog post, especially if you purchase the item. It’s usually your friends who are the first to take you for granted. But it’s always the designers I don’t know, on a whim I purchase things in their store, or on Marketplace. I’ve been making a point to drop them NC’s every time I blog them and to be honest in all cases but One, a big fat ONE, I’ve received not even a “nice one.” or a “you suck” for that matter. I’m going to be a bit direct here, and I am pretty sure I am right, I have the business degree on the wall and spend lots of time studying market trends with my job to give an opinion. There is a lot of chatter in SL about there being an invisible ceiling between the successful Second Life designers and the not as successful ones, and a lot of chat about the top keeping others out. I am going to be the devil’s advocate here and ask you to look at YOU. Because it’s YOUR job to successfully reach your customers, not another designers. If you have a worthy product, market it, be open, be nice and for goodness sakes, if someone does something nice for you, even if its only in their own mind a good work, at least say thank you to them for the effort. Build a consistent brand, build name recognition, create a clientele, make followers who are happy and satisfied because they will always tell others and pass LM’s when they are happy because I know for a fact they always pass information on when they are unhappy with you. Because I hear it.

What made me think of all this, and the take from? Well other than the blogging part, here I sit, the second Thursday in a row, wasting vacation time waiting for people contracted for jobs who just don’t show up. Last week it was the tile delivery, today it’s the kitchen cabinets. And when I am idle with too much time on my hands I think too much. As an aside, Aurelia Chauveau of Molichino? She’s one of those designers who always thanks people who do things for her. I purchased a few things over the weekend and blogged her a few days ago and she thanked me so nicely. And the best part is her things are incredible! If you get a chance, check out her new Spring collection, it mirrors quite nicely the real world Spring Fashion trends so there is sure to be something perfect, just for you. Oh, and for the record? I thank each of you every single day who peek in at my blog and I hope you have a nice day! How’s that for Caostumer service? See? I even included the taxi for you, nice Cao. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lombard%20Park/61/21/1501

Queen if Only for a Day

I actually don’t want a throne at all, because I don’t view myself as a queen; I view myself as one of my fans. ~ Lady Gaga

Queen if Only for a DayOutfit: Zibska, Ciara **The Fashion Art Event . Hair: Boon, BNG331 . Nails: Nailed It! . Makeup, Mons .

I had a great time yesterday, I headed over around what I think is Strawberry Singh’s neck of the woods. Florida has a new light-rail train called SunRail and I am such a geek I wanted to try it out. Unfortunately it’s free right now, and having driven so far to take a ride, I wasn’t about to back out. When I began my journey in Debary, Florida we were able to find nice comfortable seats, but with each stop more and more people stuffed into the little two car train. There didn’t seem to be any attempt to limit the number of passengers and by the third stop there were so many people crammed into the car a person couldn’t have fallen down if they tried. For the first time in my life I felt remorse for all those little sardines stuffed into that can. Not wanting to just ride the train, which was kind of fun, but all in all it’s just a commuter train, we stopped in Winter Park for lunch. I know, I’m a dork, but you have to understand, Florida isn’t equipped with subways, fast-rail and other conveniences big city dwellers count on, everything is spread so far apart, most Floridians have to depend on their cars to travel any where a’tall. We ate at a wonderful place called The Coop and I had a shrimp Po-Boy that was as good as anything I could find where I live and at home, they pull the shrimp right out of the ocean, cook them up and serve them, so being inland this is quite a feat.

Queen if Only for a Day

The point of all of this? I chose to eat at Winter Park for my birthday because the city has the most amazing festival every year called the Winter Park Art Festival. I enjoy art festivals because I love to see the creativity of all people, real and second society members alike. And right now, in Second Life, you can visit an art festival of your own, only it’s the wearable sort. The FashionArt Event presented by Legal Insanity is now open and will be only until May 31st. Designers were asked to create pieces inspired by their favourite artists and mediums. So go check it out! You too can don an artistic work of art. I had so much fun the day I was there, I’ve even included the Taxi for you! What can I say, I’m feelin kinda nice now that the birthday is done, the cake is down and I don’t have to worry about getting older for an entire year! \o/

Happy Dam Birthday!

It takes a long time to become young. ~ Pablo Picasso

Happy Dam Birthday!Dress: Gizza, Cookie dress **NEW** . Tights: Peqe, Polkadot tights . Hair: Boon, KMO372 . Ring: NYU, Minimalist . Necklace: [Mandala], Yakushi . Earrings: [Mandala], Leather Feather . Cupcake: Embody, Plate prop cupcake pose . Balloons: {What Next} .

I’ve never told a single virtual soul when my birthday is. I get asked a lot, but never volunteer the information. To me, there is a steadfast line drawn in the sand betwixt real life and my Second one. Yeah, I know, ironic since my blog is so much about my real life. I’m a moron like that. But, I bent a little this year. There is a poll going around FB right now, and I’ve been tagged with it a few dozen times, so I decided I’d post it up here in the hopes someone will come visit me. I’ll be gone a day or two, so don’t forget me, I have to celebrate my 6th 29th birthday. I hope your days are filled with the celebration of living.

1 – Why did you pick this name

I am in love with the Irish culture and it is one of the places on this Earth that I feel I need to go visit in my life time. Caoimhe, Kweeva, means beautiful, gentle and precious. I am a gentle person by nature, a quiet and timid little mouse, in my mind I will always be Cao (Cho), but in my heart, I will always be a little cow.

2 – How long have you been in SL ?

Yikers! 6 years last March… –.–

3 – Why did you come to SL ?

I came to SL in my senior year at the University of Florida. I was taking a computer class and UF had a virtual campus built to resemble the real world campus. I was enthralled with all I saw and I guess I just never quite left. I’ve my feet planted more on solid Earth than virtual dirt these days, but I just don’t want to give it up yet because I enjoy those around me way too much.

4 – What do you do in SL ?

Unfortunately for me, I live in a drinking village with a fishing problem where the typical attire is bathing suits, T-shirts and shorts. Second Life lets me explore my love of fashion and virtual photography in ways my real world would never allow without a change of scenery.

5 – What do you like to do for fun in SL ?

I am so boring, uff! I do in SL exactly what I do on my blog. As I said I am more in real life then SL these days so my SL time is spent styling and taking pictures for my blog. I am more blogger with a picture problem than a SL lifian with a Life. *YAWN*

6 – What is your greatest achievement?

My blog, the incredibly fun people I have met along the way and refuse to give up! Yeah, I know. I have a kind of stalking problem, I am in rehab, I sware!

7 – What are you most proud of ?

Learning, yep, just learning, whether it’s about people, how to do things, honing my writing or creativity, decorating, terra forming or the heavy duty style challenges. Well especially the heavy duty style challenges. I love taking parts of designers designs apart and using them in new ways by resizing, retexturing, moving them elsewhere. It’s like designing clothes without having to have the knowledge of how to “create” it. I suppose it’s like being a Physician’s Assistant, all the pay with none of the liability.

8 – Who/what are you most thankful for ?

You! And you, and you too! Each of you! Every darn one of you! The goods, the bad’s, the beauty’s and the uglies. ALL! Because together we make one ‘ell of a world.

9 – Have you achieved what you set out to do in SL ?
If you say its pass the computer class then, yes, I did quite handily. Have I achieved all I will, I’m not sure. I evolved quite a bit from those days and continue to evolve so I will say this, if I left tomorrow, I would be satisfied with all that has come to fruition. The friends I’ve made, the people I’ve helped and I hope the way I have treated everyone around me. If I were to leave a legacy, I hope it would be one of kindness.

10 – What do you want people to remember you by if SL closed down ?

Actually if SL closed down, I kinda hope they’d still visit my blog, I know I’d still visit theirs. But if not, I hope they will remember those times I might have made them smile, or those times they made me smile. I like imbibing on smiles and getting drunk off laughter.

On Being Cao part 2

One Being Cao part twoHair: Tram, C601 w pig tails option . Sandals: Pure Poison, Lisa . Pose: Bauhouse Movement **NEW** . Glasses: *Sorgo*, Tetsuo .

I get asked all the time what it’s like to be a narcissistic, ego-centric, self-indulgent well-known super model in a Second World because the life seems so glamorous to those on the outside looking in. It’s truly not as elegant as it seems. I mean, imagine going to McDonalds and wanting to purchase one of those mega-fries, giant soda meals that has the really big deep-fried chicken sandwich, you know the one, it has cheese and bacon, a ton of dressing. Oh! and it must be healthy because there’s a tomato and lettuce on it, but you have to settle for the chicken Cesar salad minus anything remotely Cesar. (minus the chicken, croutons, and dressing aka plain lettuce. Keep up! I tend to talk fast!) Models have to live in harsh circumstances. Just imagine arriving at a club with five of your besty’s and as you land the centrifugal force of all of your gazillion prims and bling creates a gravitational suction similar to a black hole and every item you are wearing and the entire sim get’s sucked into said black hole until everything around you crashes. I can’t make this stuff up. Or imagination being on the receiving end of all the haters who have something against ridiculously, ridiculously good looking people. (yeah totally filched that from Zoolander).

On Being Cao part twoShirt: Miamai, Melody Cute **NEW** . Pants: Molichino, Swinborne .

And the job, yikes! I mean, just how elegant and sexy can you be while trying to entice people to purchase clothes while you teeter-totter haphazardly on the back of camel? I tell you, this job is tough! Just yesterday I was doing a shoot at Baja Norte, the typical “summers around the corner” beach attire and it must have been, I don’t know, maybe 10 degrees out there. How do you possibly look warm and inviting when your goose bumps have goose bumps? The worst part? The masochistic, sadist photographer (yeah, I know the photographer is actually me, it’s called creative license, OK?) demanded I stand out on an abutting rock to look like I was meditating lovingly at the ocean (either that or waiting for my ship to come in). So as I did my best meditating modeling job, fingers creating quotes here, “ever” the wave from ‘ell. Oh wait I can do better, this vindictively frigid and humongous wave delivered personally by Satan (there, nailed it!) chooses to swell up forcefully and knock me off my perch, designer clothes and all. I don’t know what was worse, the frigid water, the ruined shoos, or masochistic, sadist photographer sitting there comfy and dry laughing her arse off at me. Uff! So next time you think, hey! I wanna try that modeling gig? Take it from a Lil Cao, run. Run very far, far away. Just say no!

On Being Cao part twoPoses: KaTinks, Falling Series **NEW** .

The take from? It’s not easy being cheesy. Oh wait, the real one? No, I don’t think I am some glam “super model” in a virtual reality planet. Like all of you, I’m just a me. A me, that’s so glad I have friends like each of you. I hope your week shapes up a little bit better than mine started! If the weathers not right in your corner of the world, check out some of the inworld ones, like Baja Norte, I sware you can almost feel the sun as it burns your face, the crabs that nip your toes, and the sand that continually gravitates up your legs to create a sandbag in the bottoms of your swimsuit. Now see? doesn’t that make everything just a little bit brighter?

Check it! ❤