Esoteric Renaissance

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Banner - Monday MattersSeveral years ago, there used to be a weekly meme, hosted at orangeclouds.org, called Participation Positives. It was one of my favorite memes back when I first started blogging. The concept was that every Monday, participants posted a short list of things that were positive in their lives.

It’s a habit I sometimes think I should get back to, seeing as it feels like I’m generally viewing things from a very pessimistic world view. So, I have reinvented the meme as a quick little weekly feature.


Making the attempt to be more regular with these. It’s working so well, can’t you see? lol I suppose a handful of posts in a month is better than silence for years, right? I’m actually contemplating signing up for the July NaBloPoMo, but it’s an internal debate.

Anyway, for today’s positive thoughts:

  • My back has stopped hurting! Most of last week was spent with my back in terrible pain because I pulled the muscle and I sit all day in a cubicle with icy cold air from the vent pointed right at it. But, *knocks on wood* it’s been pretty good the last couple days.
  • Despite completely failing at the stamped nail art I wanted to do this weekend, I managed to create a second look I totally love.
  • While at the San Diego Highland Games yesterday, I discovered that Richard Searles actually had a couple CDs out I actually didn’t own — that has now been rectified. We also got to talk to some fantastic people, both those we can count among our friends and those who are just friendly.
  • After we got home, I discovered that BJ’s Parmesan Encrusted Chicken is some of the best chicken ever. (It also comes with their fantastic White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, which I love!)
  • It’s a short week because of the Independence Day holiday. Only working four days is a really, really good thing.

Banner - Monday MattersSeveral years ago, there used to be a weekly meme, hosted at orangeclouds.org, called Participation Positives. It was one of my favorite memes back when I first started blogging. The concept was that every Monday, participants posted a short list of things that were positive in their lives.

It’s a habit I sometimes think I should get back to, seeing as it feels like I’m generally viewing things from a very pessimistic world view. So, I have reinvented the meme as a quick little weekly feature.


That being said, here’s this week’s list of positives:

  • Getting myself back into blogging, rediscovering a voice I’ve missed.
  • Really happy with where my writing is these days. Got two BBs in the works with [personal profile] titti, who is one of the best people with whom to write. Got a WIP I’m enjoying writing and people seem to like the first couple chapters. Got some original ideas roaming around in my brain that will probably see the light of day soon.
  • Getting a bonus with this paycheck. (Sorely needed.)
  • Went to Ulta with Mum this weekend and one of the free gifts with purchase was Zoya’s Monet nail polish, which I’ve been drooling over for weeks, ever since seeing it in the spring colors catalog that came with my last order. Seriously, isn’t this a gorgeous polish?
  • Didn’t hate Maleficent as much as I anticipated I would. Actually, didn’t hate it at all. It’s a good movie if you divorce it from the idea of being based on the character from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Well, it’s now almost 7am on the morning after Blogathon. The last post went up an hour ago.

It was different this year. In some ways, it almost seemed more like those early years, back in 2003 when the participants were much more connected and working together across several blogs. But, at the same time, it seemed there were much fewer comments all around, not just on our posts but in the posts of those I was assigned to as a monitor as well.

The most surreal part might be the fact I’m still up and not feeling like I need to sleep at all. I realize by noon I’ll probably be taking Mt. Dew in through IV. But, I feel strangely energized.

Even with all the last minuteness of some plans, the distraction of personal flailing over losing six months worth of writing, and spending Friday mostly laying around with a migraine, there was a marked decrease in my stress levels this year, I think. And that may have made all the difference.

Whatever the case, I feel fantastic this morning. A little stiff from sitting at the computer so long, but fantastic.

We had very few players for trivia. So, we’re leaving that open through tomorrow night. Please, please, feel free to head on over and try your hand at some of them. With all the Potter fans on my f-list, at least ONE question should get answered already! LOL

The list of questions still open can be found here: https://esoteric-renaissance.com/2009_thon_48_unanswered_trivia/

And with that, if I disappear for a few days, it’s because I need a break from the computer screen. I’ll be back by week’s end, I’m sure.

Also, if anyone still wants to sponsor us, knowing that we completed the 24 hours, sponsorships are open until July 31st and we’re only $90 shy of our $500 goal. ;-D

For kicks, I posted several quick and dirty snapshots of various outfits I was wearing at one point during the event.  I’ve included those for your amusement.

Banner - Thon 2009

Click Here to sponsor me.

Each year a band of crazy bloggers from all walks of life take 24 hours out of their lives to spend the day blogging, a new post every 30 minutes for 24 hours.  No sleep, no auto-posts, no pre-writing.  Everything written on the fly as they go.

Why do they do this?

To raise money for the charities of their choosing, those causes near and dear to their hearts.  Each blogger gathers sponsors who pledge to give their monetary support to the effort should the blogger fulfill his/her commitment and complete all 49 posts over the coarse of 24 hours.

This year, that day begins at 6am SLT on July 25, 2009 and ends at 6am SLT on July 26, 2009.

For the seventh year in a row, I will be participating in this event and for the third year in a row I will be raising money for The Association for International Cancer Research in doing so.

I realize Second Life residents are just finishing with the Relay for Life events of the last several months.  But, if you could find it in your hearts to spare even a  few dollars for a good cause, it would be greatly appreciated.

I will be blogging from my RL blog, Esoteric Renaissance, at https://esoteric-renaissance.com/category/blogathon/.  I will be joined this year by my mother, who was the inspiration for my choosing AICR as the beneficiary of my efforts back in 2006.  If you click on the link to that site, you can read my post on why I support AICR and how I came to be involved with them both through Blogathon and in Second Life.

If you would be interested in sponsoring us, please click on the banner at the top of this post and register to submit a pledge.  Alternatively, I can submit proxy sponsorships for those who do not wish to register.  Just let me know.

Additionally, I will be hosting a Blogathon Party at Caledon Westmoreland that day.  Details of which are below:

Date/Time: July 25th 8am SLT – July 26th 6am SLT (yes, 22 hours total)
Where: Caledon Westmoreland, residential side (although guests may decide to wander into the Nature Preserve at some point)
Invited Guests: Any and all, with luck there will be several Blogathon Participants from various realms in attendance
Theme: Relaxed, very relaxed the theme I will be writing on is a ‘virtual slumber party’ so guests may either come garbed in Caledonian standards or not

Needs: Guests are only obligated to bring their beautiful selves, although any DJs who wish to spin during the event please feel free to contact me. We’ll need music desperately once hour 16 hits!

More information on Blogathon may be found at http://blogathon.org

More information on AICR may be found at http://www.aicr.org.uk

 

Francesco D'Alessio

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