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Well, that was an interesting few days. I really hope people weren’t too upset or concerned with my hiatus from everything. But I shall explain.
The “monster winter storm” that was pummeling most of the US barely scratched us here in Taos, which is in Northern New Mexico. We’ve hardly had any snow at all, and the one snow we had lasted three days. Even this “monster” storm only dumped a few inches on us. So, that was Thursday.
Apparently, Taos and much of the surrounding area, even up to Colorado, depends on natural gas from Texas – and they got hit really hard with the storm. So Friday morning, we wake up and find our town is in a “state of crisis”, calling on emergency shelters to be set up for all the people without any gas to heat their homes. The natural gas we were getting from Texas wasn’t coming in at all.
All the restaurants couldn’t serve, businesses were closed, and some people who were lucky enough to still have propane tanks instead of a natural gas line (us and some people farther out away from town) hunkered down at home with nothing else to do. Electricity here is flighty at times, and with so many people suddenly depending on electric heaters during the –22 degree at night, everyone needed to pitch in with conserving electricity.
The last thing anyone wanted was to have –22 degree weather permeating the wall with the electricity going out because some schmuck needed to have their computer on and use up all kinds of power – well, that’s how I felt about it. Everyone was asked to do it, and so I did too. Minimal power usage over the weekend, but I had a great time playing with my sister who just came in town!
Hoping another storm doesn’t come around like this last one. Things like this are prone to happen, though, out in the country where I live.
Anyway, thanks for your patience, friends. We’ll see how the rest of this winter plays out, ne?
I had to separate from my newly found wonder-game Final Fantasy XIV because, well, I just couldn’t concentrate on so many things at once. Second Life takes up a lot of my time, but productively, I feel! I’m very involved with the music circles there, and in this I find quite a bit of fun and good friendships. I shall miss Luna Veneris for the while that I’m away, however. What a lovely bunch of people to play an MMO with! I wanna go back, but Real Life takes precedence over games.
My Sister (wonderful, quirky, darling, hilarious sister ) will be arriving tomorrow, and we have been preparing for this. This may sound kinda sad, but my friends here in Taos are limited to my husband’s friends (it’s a retirement town, basically, and I’m a youngin’ at 29). So having my sister around will be a wonderful change to the monotony of spending time by myself with my computer… Yay, someone who won’t ask me why I think Family Guy is funny!
The plan is that while I desperately want to have all kinds of fun with my sister moving to town – I still need to help her get established doing all those responsible adult type things.
Oh yeah, now I’m 29! I totally had a birthday on Saturday and . . . it’s not as exciting as it used to be when one was – say – turning 10 . . . I’m 10+10+9 . . . Weird. And I’ve got grays coming in now! Actually, I kinda like the streaks of silver I’m seeing on my head. Looks exotic.
YouTube should take some pointers from these people for profiles and channel options. I love to mess with graphics and layouts, so I get a little crazy with the decorating. Same with my SL house . . .
Showtime: 6pm SLT (PST) @ Mecca Music Center
Grand Opening at Mecca Music Center (my homestead and representation ) So for all three of you that read my blog, I hope you can be there! I’ll be sure to send notices if you’re in my groups too. Should be lots of fun! Great people on now, actually, and it’s going on all day before my set too. Please consider coming to have some fun with good music! These people in this agency are the best!
Okay, so it’s not quite that dire, but I developed a cough two Fridays ago, and is one of those nasty ones that you still have even though the cold is all gone and you feel like jumping through hoops again. I guess it’s kind of like a runner with a seriously sprained ankle. Even though they might be able to walk on it, they shouldn’t run on it until it’s completely healed.
So I feel just fine, but I’m still coughing. I really really hate canceling shows and not singing for so long, but I checked with some other singer friends and they confirmed my own suspicions that I shouldn’t even try to sing until the stupid little cough is all gone. Grrr… But they’re right.
You wouldn’t want to hear me right now anyway, ‘cause my voice is kinda scratchy and unpleasant. And that’s no fun.
So, it remains to be seen when I’ll be able to perform again, but hopefully after this week I’ll be back up to snuff. I’m really feeling bad about canceling so many shows, especially at the Elegance Ballroom where Stephano Zapp is probably all kinds of frustrated with me. I finally ended up performing there once, but then canceled a lot due to Real Life circumstances. But that’s how it is, I guess. Real Life is First Life, and First Life comes First.
At least, usually that’s the adopted mindset. There are some nutty exceptions to that which I’ve encountered on occasion. Not often, but people can get miffed for irrational reasons within the Grid. Human nature is weird that way. heh.
Anyway, that’s the update on my health. It sucks, but I am drinking a ton of tea and I continue to love my throat spray called Singer’s Saving Grace. Best. Stuff. Ever. If you’re interested in finding that stuff, you can probably find it at your local whole foods or health food store. Awesome stuff, really. My singer friend called it “warm up in a bottle”, and he’s right!
I have a horrible chest cold, and though I feel miserable, I am at least very glad that I can still breathe out of my nose. Despite this, my throat is still sore and I have a cough that doesn’t help at all with the former. I will not be performing . . . until further notice. I’m really hoping it’s soon, because in all honesty I hate to miss shows. I so love singing, and these minor inconveniences just seem to come up spontaneously.
Well, it IS winter, and I caught this thing just after a hard snow that lasted a couple days.
Anyway, I wanted to explain my situation and express my sincerest apologies to all three of you who read my blog – that I will not be performing for a week or so, or until further notice. I’m taking some Chinese medicine called Yin Chiao that my dad recommended, and I’m waiting to see if it works.
This might mean I’ll miss the finals of the Visage Nightclub Sing Off and I feel sad. I guess I’ll just have to explain what’s going on. I’m okay with it. Not sure if they’ll let me postpone my performance until I’m better, but I’m okay with it if I just have to forfeit. It was fun while it lasted. ^.^ I just don’t like being all icky sick though. Gah!
Chest colds suck!
Hey friends! I was randomly selected to participate in a singing competition in Second Life! It takes all of you in Second Life to vote for your favorite competitors, and so I ask that you take a little time to vote for me!
There are ten contestants, including myself, and we each get 2 songs to perform. Winner gets L$10,000, and 2nd place gets L$ 5,000.
Mondays and Tuesdays 4-6pm PST (SLT)
Today I’m performing a half-hour set for a Toys 4 Tots fundraiser, as the heading specifies. ^.^ It’s definitely a good thing to give all them little chillins a chance to get a toy for Xmas when their circumstances may not allow for it. I believe in Toys… and fairies.
If you’re a Second Lifer, do consider coming out to the Fruit Island Winterland sim where performances are taking place all day to raise money for children’s toys. If you are not in Second Life, you can still hear the show at 2:30pm PST (SLT). Feel a little love in your heart and consider donating for the cause at your nearest participating department store.
My Xmas Costume ^.^
I love Second Life. <3
For those of you in Second Life, I’ll be at Club Kickin’ today! Woot!
For those who are NOT in Second Life, no worries! I have my fancy broadcast player on this very website. Be sure to tune in at 10AM PST / 11AM MST or which ever timezone you happen to be in!
♫ ╡Showtime╞ ♫
10AM @ Club Kickin’
Selene Audion here, about ready to sing for all of you at 1pm today! Please consider joining me at this lovely venue.
Hey, friends! Looks like I’m at it again tonight at the Drow! Here’s your limo: