In The Comfort Of My Own Skin

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Sometimes it’s easy to simply disappear into my own thoughts. To close out the rest of the world, forgetting about anything other than my own concerns. It’s a form of therapy – a way of dealing with whatever may be worrying me, whether large or small.

On days when the weather is damp and grey, my bones are weary and aching and my mood matches the leaden skies, I curl up inside my mind…imagining a place where the shining stars and full moon bathe me in a glow that warms me as no blanket or fireplace can.

And I close my eyes and bask in the comfort of my own skin.

About That Wiener…

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I was asked if it measured up. Let’s just say it was more than a mouthful!

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I had a lot of fun with this pose set from Sparrowtree Studios Designs. It includes the grill with three poses (plus /1a adjust – yay!), the mesh apron for ladies or a tee shirt for men, the spatula and of course…the wiener!

Now if you will excuse me…I have a date with a sausage I need to get ready for 😉

What’s your Digits? – Take 3: Proportions Challenge (Size DOES Matter!)

From my blog stats page - filtered by Avatar Blogger Month!
From my blog stats page – filtered by Avatar Blogger Month!

Today’s post is all about size…or numbers, anyway. First, I am proud to announce that this is my 30th post for Avatar Blogger Month. And I have the proof! Yes, I know, the print is tiny in the screen shot, but tiny is a size, too 😉 You can click the image if you want to see a larger version – or you can just trust me. And no, this doesn’t mean I’ll be taking the rest of the month off. I’ve hit the goal, but I plan to super-size!

But enough about my blog numbers – let’s talk about my digits. Berry’s meme challenge this week is about our avatar proportions. She has done this challenge twice before, but I wasn’t blogging then so this is my first unveiling of just what makes Peep’s body Peep’s. No, it doesn’t include all of the digits; just some of the basics, mainly the ones that are used to conform to mesh standard sizing. Berry has recently had a crisis concerning her inability to errr…wipe her butt…so she’s made some changes to her proportions. And of course, she had to share!

Here are this week’s instructions:

Meme instructions: Share your avatar’s digits (if you want to, not necessary) and then copy paste the following questions and answers into your post, remove my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a comment in this post and if you decide to share your numbers, the flickr group for the Digits challenge is here:

Why yes, that IS a wiener in my hand ;)
Why yes, that IS a wiener in my hand 😉

Here are my digits:

Height – 70 (6’8″ using the Avatar Ruler)*
Body Fat: 7
Head size: 50
Torso Muscle: 35
Breast Size: 50
Arm length: 97
Hand size: 30
Torso length: 55
Love Handles: 28
Belly Size: 1
Leg Muscle: 45
Leg length: 63
Hip width: 62
Butt Size: 43
Saddle Bags: 33

*I realised after I took my measurements and the photo I was wearing my SLink feet. If I take them off, my height is actually 6’7″. That is still considered exceptionally tall by the ruler’s judgment, but I am now shorter than (or about the same height) as most of my female friends.

And my answers to Berry’s questions:

1. Do you try and keep your avatar’s body proportionate and similar to the “average” proportions pictured above? (see Berry’s post for the picture) – About three years ago, a friend of mine devised a method of helping people adjust their avatar proportions to the Golden Ratio. I kept the shape she helped me create until the advent of mesh and standard sizing. When I made adjustments to accommodate a standard size small, I tried to tweak the rest of my settings to maintain this shape. However, I have changed my backside a bit – I preferred a slightly hippier version of myself. I do think I’m pretty close to the correct proportions, but even if I’m not, I’m happy with the shape I now have. I also adjust my arm length and hand size, according to whether or not I’m wearing my SLink hands. They do seem to shorten my arms and make my hands smaller, so I go with 83 for arm length and 20 for hand size if I’m not wearing them.

2. What do you dislike the most about the SL avatar mesh? – The hands and feet were an issue for me, too, until I started wearing mesh appendages. The only other things that really bothers me now are calves and elbows, particularly when using poses instead of moving naturally. Those body parts should NOT have pointy edges!

3. Does it bother you when you see other avatars that are not proportionate at all? – I’m not really bothered by whatever shape an avatar takes. That’s up to them to decide how they want to look. I do admit to a bit of a shudder when I see hugely oversize breasts, but that is most likely due to flashbacks over my early experience with wearing prim breasts! And I sometimes look at someone who seems to be out of proportion and stare until I figure out just what makes them look disproportionate. It’s not an aversion; it’s just curiosity. I’m just glad people can’t tell when I’m perving them 😉

4. Even though this is a virtual world and people can be anything they want to be, do you feel when they are in human form, they should try to keep their proportions close to average? – No, not at all. The beauty of Second Life is that you can be whatever shape you choose. I know a lot of people worried when standard sizing for mesh hit the grid that we would all end up looking like cookie-cutter avatars. That’s really not the case. Because only certain sliders need to be adjusted for a mesh shape, you can still be totally unique.

And in case you’re wondering about the wiener in my photo, I figured since I had the ruler out, I’d see if it measured up 😉

Basic credits:
Bikini by *Boom* (available at Summerfest ’13)
Hair by Tram
Earrings by Maxi Gossamer
Hands and feet by SLink

Pose by Glitterati and wiener from Sparrowtree Studios Poses