Friday, March 29, 2013

Reading break

Tomorrow I will do a post on Second Life fishing but after having been away for a few days, going to share a Pinterest pin that makes me smile as it combines two of my loves: reading and animals.


On the topic of reading books, I linked Good Reads to my Facebook today but am not sure how much I will use it yet. I always have several books (hard copy and ebook) going at once but not sure it I will be likely to take the time to write reviews on Good Reads.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cancer fund raiser

One of the many things that I enjoy about Second Life is that there are many ways to do things on it to help contribute to real life charities.    For example, every year, thousands of people on Second Life get involved in various ways with teams that are registered with http://www.relayforlife.org/ to raise money for real life cancer research.

The Second Life economy is based on Linden Dollars which can be converted to U.S. Dollars.    Relay for Life of Second Life holds a wide variety of events in Second Life to raise Linden Dollars, which are converted to U.S. Dollars and donated to the American Cancer Society.  Last year, SL RFL events raised $375,385 U.S. Dollars for cancer research.   (Information from http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Relay_For_Life_of_Second_Life#History_of_Relay_For_Life_of_Second_Life)

I am helping out one of the many RFL teams on Second Life.   This one is called the Sunbeamers and is part of the Second Life Sunweavers group that I have been a member of since 2008.  (I joined Second Life in 2005).

One of my avatars on Second Life is named Pickles SecretSpy.   She has been a furry for the last couple of years but was a human before that.    The following pictures show her in both forms: (note that due to blogspot coding issues that even the best HTML coder I know, could not work around, if you click to enlarge a picture, the sliders on this post will disappear. Reloading this page will bring them back.)









 The next two pictures are of Pickles out dancing in her furry form.   The bottom one was taken at a recent (March 16, 2013) St. Patrick's Day event at Club Cutlass.









Tonight's fundraising event will invite folks to come to our Second Life Club (Club Cutlass) located at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Space/163/65/126  in Second Life and donate lindens to vote to either keep Pickles and the Club Owner, Rita Mariner, a furry or vote to have them "go human" for a period of time, depending on how much is raised for cancer research.

If you have a Second Life account and would like to help out a great cause, please join us in world tonight between 9 - 11 PM EST (6 - 8 PM Second Life time.).   The music will be provided by a good friend of mine, Dusk Griswold, who plays a lot of great hits from the 60s and 70s.   The theme for the event is the anything purple.





Thank you to Clover and Violet for sharing the Pinterest friendly button.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

angel has fun

 Humor and creativity are important parts of my Wellness journey.

My nickname is angel and angel has fun is both the name of my Live Journal where I post things that I find funny or inspiring and of my Second Life Marketplace store.

In addition to using this reborn blog to share some of the Amazon products that I personally use and thus can vouch for, I am also going to use it to share pictures of some of my angel has fun Second Life cards and cakes.  

If you have a Second Life account and like the cards and cakes I will be posting here over time, feel free to IM me in world (angel Scarborough) if you would like to discuss the possibility of a custom card or cake.

Many of my cards incorporate a touch of whimsy.   One of my favorites is  my "If you want to dance" card.





Your friend just met someone you think could be great for her but she is unsure of herself? Afraid to take the risk?

Send her some encouragement with this whimsical frog card.

The front pictures a dapper gentleman out for a stroll with his dog and says:

"He's Dashing, Distinguished and Debonair! What more could a girl want?"

The inside shows various frogs including one with a top hat and a happy frog couple and has the words:

"But ... He's ... a frog!?!?!?!

Kiss him anyway or you'll never find out if he is actually your Prince in disguise! ;) "

When rezzed and/or touched, the card says (in chat): "If you want to dance, (it inserts name of owner), sometimes you have to take a chance!"

This is a card for having fun. Send it to a friend and watch her laugh, and maybe, just maybe even decide "what the heck, I'll take a chance."

Folder includes two copies of the card, one with particles (wedding couple and New Life) and without particles. Each card is no mod, no copy, transfer. Cards are 6 prims each, 3 prims land cost.

Meditation app

An additional important part of my Wellness journey, in addition to my weight loss, is meditation.

There are many, many ways to meditate and thousands, if not millions, of books, tapes, CDs, .mp3s, podcasts, etc. that teach meditation.  The practice I primarily use is Bhakti yoga which involves a series of Hindu chants.  I am  not Hindu but I find the Hindu chants are what works best as a mantra for me personally.        One can meditate without a mantra but for some people, including myself, it makes it easier to catch myself when my mind has gone wandering if I have something to focus on.




Being part of a community for meditation is also a big help.   Not everyone has access to an in person meditation community, so a committed online community is valuable.

The meditation app that I use and recommend (both for the ease of use and usefulness of the app and the wonderful associated online community) is


Insight Timer allows you a variety of choices in setting up a meditation timer based on length of session and choices and frequency of bells, etc.  and connects you to a community of other knowledgeable and supportive meditators. You can access the Forums on the app itself. I look forward to checking out the newest entries each day after my meditation session. For additional encouragement, you can choose to link the Insight Connect Timer to your Facebook page and have it post your daily meditation sessions. This also allows any friends who use the app to see that you are meditating and encourage them to join you.

This blog is Pinterest friendly.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Food Journaling

I keep a food journal to help me identify food triggers for heartburn and also for which foods make me bloat.

For example, Monday morning my weight was 110.0.     Monday was a planned high calorie day where I intentionally had an extra 150 calories to stimulate my metabolism.    I usually only eat one half of 4.4 oz cup of brown rice (or in this case wild and brown rice) but I ate the full 4.4 ounces Monday and that kicked my weight (pure bloat) up to 111.0 on Tuesday.    I had soy yogurt with flaxseed powder yesterday and today my weight is back down to 110.0.  

I use either soy yogurt or plain oatmeal and add flax seed powder and vegan protein powders to them whenever I  need to get rid of bloat.    

Without my food journal, I would not be identifying the patterns that tells me which foods are guaranteed bloat for me (corn is another one).

I use    as a food journal.  I keep my notes on anything relating to what I eat and how my body reacted in it.  It is a very intuitive app.  While I use it as a food journal, it can be used as any type of notebook or journal you wish.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Motivation

It's been a while since I posted here.   Since then, I have been dealing health issues including damage to my esophagus that required an endoscopy (due to taking Alendronate for my Osteoporosis).  Doctor said no more Alendronate so we are working on other options.

In the meantime, I have been devoting a lot of time to getting myself in better shape including a 20 pound weight loss (starting weight was 131 pounds).; I still need to lose another 10 - 15 pounds and since those last pounds can be the hardest ones to lose, I am going to use this blog for motivation.

 The types of exercises that I can do are very limited due to complications of my osteogenesis imperfecta, so I am using a variety of things ranging from a very healthy vegan diet, meditation and laughter yoga to get myself in the best shape possible

 I use a variety of apps on my Kindle Fire to help with the journey.   Over the next few days, I will share some of my favorites starting with 



I have been a Spark People member for a long time and definitely recommend the web site for both the useful tools and the camaraderie of a very caring community of folks inspiring and encouraging each other on their weight loss journeys. The app is a quick way to record your daily weight, food and exercise on the go. How much you chose to record each day is completely up to you.

Tomorrow, I will talk about the app that I use for my food journal and then on Thursday share my favorite meditation app.