Friday, October 14, 2016

Getting a Second Life

Hey, readers.  I've been pretty quiet this month on the blog front.  I thought I'd have some interesting Halloween-related stuff to share with you.  But, sadly, I don't.  So instead, I'm going to chat with you about Second Life.

I originally joined the site about 3 or 4 years ago.  After being on the site for a few weeks, I got bored with it and deleted my account.  But back in August, after watching a bunch of Sims 4 play through videos on youtube, I decided to give Second Life another chance.  So, I created a new account and decided to check out the site's goth scene.  This time, to avoid endless wandering around, I did a Google search for some goth clubs.

After a few minutes of searching, I came across a link for Club End of Days.  I liked the vibe of the place and decided to make it my main stomping ground.  A couple of weeks later, as I was reading through somebody's SL profile, I saw a link for Suspiria Goth Club.  I checked it out and immediately fell in love with the place. It is now my new main hangout.

Even though Suspiria has the same dark aesthetic as Club End of Days, it just feels different to me.  I'm way more talkative there, and I have more fun.  And I'm not just saying that because the random drawing payout at Suspiria is better than at EoD either. *wink, wink* XD 

If you already have a Second Life account or want to join the site, I highly recommend checking out Suspiria Goth Club.  For the curious, here's pic of what my SL avatar currently looks like.

Til next time.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Imperfectly Perfect

Hey, readers.  Yesterday, I did some touch-up work on my bedroom walls.  I even managed to paint the sides of the heater without getting white paint all over the walls.  However, once those 2 small tasks were taken care of, I started to notice other things that sent me into painting overdrive.

The previous person/people who lived here had cable wire running along the baseboards and door frames.  I could of just took the wire down.  But then that would of left small holes in the walls, which would need to be filled.  Then, put more holes in the wall when the cable wire was put back up.  Vicious cycle.  

So, when my mother was doing the trim, she did her best to get the brush underneath the wire in order to get the color on.  She ended up doing a pretty good job.  However, I noticed a few spots that she couldn't get to, and that started to bother me.  I'm wired strangely.  A lot of the time, I can be very nitpicky and OCD.

I have to have things done a certain way or it will drive me crazy.  I don't know why.  That's just how I am.  So, I tried my best to paint those areas.  Then, I spotted other tiny areas that needed to be painted.

Finally, after obsessively trying to get the walls perfect, I had to stop myself.  I realized I was needlessly driving myself crazy.  The walls looked great.  Yes, there are still tiny signs of the old paint color showing.  And yes, when my mother did the trim, she did get a little bit of the new color on the door and window frames.  

But so what?  After stepping back and looking around the room, I think that the little imperfections add charm.  I describe the style as goth/shabby chic/messy.  Not only does this label describe my bedroom design, it also pretty much describes me. XD

In short, what I'm trying to say is don't sweat the small stuff.  Don't let minor things that are out of your control drive you crazy.  If you come across a tiny obstacle, do your best to use it to your advantage and work around it.  So ends another segment of Aji's Decorating Corner.  Thanks for taking the time to read my long-ass rant. XD

Til next time.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

It Continues

Hey, readers.  Work on my bedroom is still in progress.  On Thursday, I got a new comforter set for my bed.  I wasn't able to find one that was completely black.  So, I settled for one with a white pattern on it.

What drew my eye to this comforter set was that it had a similar pattern to one of the storage cubes that I keep in my closet.  The other thing that I really liked about this set was that it came with an orange pillow and throw.  Perfect for Halloween.  Upon further inspection, I noticed that the front of the pillow had a small pocket on it.  There was just enough room to stuff Lord Vader into it. XD

Today, my mother painted my chest of drawers black with a couple of cans of semi-gloss spray paint.  It came out great.  No sanding or priming required.  You can see a picture of it on my instagram page.  That concludes another episode of Aji's Decorating Corner.  

Til next time.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Twenty Questions Times Two

Hello, readers.  I've been spending the past couple of weeks screwing around on Second Life.  But I yanked myself away from it long enough to take part in the Twenty Questions Times Two quiz.  Enjoy.

1. Are you named after anyone?
A: My mother named me after the actress, Ava Gardner.

2. When was the last time you cried?
A: Last month.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
A: I'm okay with it.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
A: Pastrami.

5. Do you have any kids?
A: Nope.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends?
A: Hell yeah.  We'd be 2 weirdo peas in a pod.

7. Do you use sarcasm?
A: Pretty much on a daily basis.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
A: Yes, and you can't have them.

9. Would you bungee jump?
A: Never.

10. What is your favorite cereal?
A: Frosted Mini Wheats.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
A: If depends on the shoes.

12. Do you thing you're strong?
A: Not really.

13. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate mint chip.

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
A: Usually, it's what they're wearing.

15. Red or pink?
A: Red.

16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself?
A: Me.

17. What color pants and shoes are you wearing right now?
A: Pink and pink.  Currently in my jammies.

18. What was the last thing you ate?
A: Breakfast.

19. What are you listening to right now?
A: The sounds coming from the TV.

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
A: Black or blue.

21. Favorite smell?
A: I don't have one.

22. Who was the last person you talked to?
A: My mother.

23. Favorite sport to watch?
A: I don't really pay attention to sports.

24. Hair color that's real?
A: Black.

25. Do you wear contacts?
A: No.

26. Favorite food?
A: Pizza.

27. Scary movies or happy endings?
A: Happy endings.

28. Last movie you watched?
A: Empire Records.

29. What color shirt are you wearing?
A: Black.

30. Summer or Winter?
A: Winter.  But I prefer Fall and Spring.

31. Hugs or kisses?
A: Hugs.  All the hugs.

32. Favorite sweet food?
A: Candy corn.

33. What book are you currently reading?
A: The Vampire Kisses manga series.

34. What is on your mouse pad?
A: I don't have one.

35. What did you last watch on TV?
A: Reba.

36. Favorite sound?
A: Whatever music I have on when I decide to listen to some.

37. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
A: Both.

38. What is the farthest you have traveled?
A: Florida.

39. Do you have a special talent?
A: The power to annoy.

40. Where were you born?
A: New Jersey.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Design Burn

Evening, readers.  I return with an Aji's Decorating Corner update.  Yep.  That's what I'm calling it.  Because I'm weird like that.

Over the Labor Day weekend, my bedroom walls got painted a nice light gray/silver color.  My mother did the trim, and I painted the rest of the walls.  Some touch-up work needs to be done.  But overall, the walls are finished.

Today, I tackled painting the heater white.  I did the front of it, but decided to leave the sides for my mother to do.  I didn't want to risk messing up the walls.  New black curtains were put up yesterday.  However, we took them down so we could add some silver panels between them that my mother got from one of her co-workers.

She also gave her a teal throw pillow.  Since it didn't fit her room decor, my mother gave it to me to put on my bed.  Now, here comes the burn part.  After I said that I liked the curtains and pillow, and had no problem with including them into my room design, my mother seemed relieved.  Then, commented that my room needed more color.

I already have planned in my head how I'm going to introduce color into my room.  I tried explaining that to my mother, and she just laughed it off.  She clearly doesn't think I know how to decorate my own fucking bedroom.  That kind of hurt my feelings.  Just because some things aren't to her taste doesn't make them wrong.

It's my room.  I'll decorate it how I damn well please.  Anyway, I've been posting pics of my progress on my instagram page.  So, if you want to see what I've done so far, you can see on there.  Once everything's done, I'll post pics of the finished product here.

Til next time.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Birthday Party Shenanigans

Hey there, readers.  Last night, I attended my cousin's 80's/90's themed birthday party.  I'm not much of a dancer.  So, I spent the majority of the evening listening to the music and hoarding candy from the candy bar.

This is what I had on at the party.  Considering the party's theme, I didn't have to try that hard to come up with an outfit.  I just put on what I would normally wear.  Goth for the win!

Here's a few shots of the candy bar.  Excuse the blurriness of the photos.  The flash function on the phone didn't work.

I was feeling a little on edge.  So, I got myself a pack of smokes to help get me through the evening. XD

To conclude this blog post, here's a short video of some of what went on at the party.  Til next time.




Monday, August 22, 2016

Filling the Void

Hello, readers.  Today was a good day.  A family friend gifted me with some used furniture.  A bed and a chest of drawers.  My bedroom is finally starting to look like a bedroom.

For the bed, the original idea was to spray paint the brass headboard black.  But my mother suggested that we pad it and cover it in black fabric instead.  Both ideas sound good.  So, either way works for me.

As for the chest of drawers, they're definitely getting painted black.  I'm also thinking about replacing the current knobs with glass ones.  Other plans include painting the walls a silver/gray color, and putting up black curtains.  That's all for Aji's Decorating Corner.  Til next time. XD