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Paradise
26 January 2018 @ 04:40 am
Hello LJers!

I've friended several new people today to reconnect me to one of my favorite things about LiveJournal, the *people* themselves. I love the clever ways people use their LiveJournals. I love reading journal entries. I love how distinct and personal each LJ is, and I love the kinds of people it attracts!

I am looking forward to getting to know my new friends better.

Have a wonderful Friday! xoxoxoxo

Love & light,
Paradise


 
 
Paradise
19 May 2019 @ 05:01 pm

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30 Days of Tess & Oliver

Day 1 Favorite Tollie Episode

→ 8.03 Toxic


I think I am EXTREMELY cliche here—like duh, what else was I gonna say, but I think the range that you get of Tess & Oliver in this episode is absolutely fantastic.  You see her stare up at him with absolute heroic worship when he holds out his hand to her in the flashback and you see in her eyes that she will follow him anywhere, and then later, you totally see all of her fury, but you still see that he’s the first one on the show who gets her to smile and who brings out the authentic vulnerability that she doesn’t exactly appreciate.

It threw me, I wasn’t expecting to like her character, I already didn’t like his character (sorry Oliver, lol) and she *got* me to like him because she makes him a hero.  And then you know, they’re just…hot.  That helps too.  If I have to say something shallow.  :)


via 30 Days of Tess & Oliver

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Paradise
19 May 2019 @ 04:41 pm

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30 Days of Clois

Day 1: How did you become a Cloiser?

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  I taped it, rewatched it endlessly, driving my friends and family nuts, and then later I got myself into a serious fangirl addiction with Smallville.  I still love the realism and canon format of The New Adventures of Superman, and very similar to Smallville, it’s extraordinarily well cast.

The New Adventures of Superman had the PERFECT Ma and Pa Kent (which Smallville did NOT have, they had Jonathan and Martha who were way too young and good looking, but they were such venerable actors that they got away with it), the PERFECT Perry White, a wonderful Clark Kent/Superman (my favorite tied with Tom Welling), and a great Jimmy (no Aaron Ashmore, but still damn good).  Their Lex Luthor was horrendous, but other than that, a brilliant cast.

Dean Cain’s Clark Kent does the very same thing that Tom Welling’s does. The way their Clarks look at Lois and are mildly aggravated while still being charmed by her, iconic Clois.  The way they both go, “Lois!” lol so annoyed and yet kinda impressed at the same time, hahahaha.  PERFECT.  I love Christopher Reeves more than anything, but he did not react to Lois that way and it put a damper on the movieverse’s Clois for me.  Clark HAS to be annoyed and charmed by Lois INSTANTLY or it’s not Lois and Clark!  *end of my speech*  ;)

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06 May 2019 @ 05:27 pm

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Day 6: Favorite SV Song

It’s hard to beat God Put A Smile Upon Your Face by Coldplay. I also love U2’s Bad.

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Paradise
The best thing I ever did was join Slumber Parties.
The second best thing I ever did was leave Pure Romance.

Before Slumber Parties, I didn’t have any place I felt I could have any pride in my sexuality. In a culture so hellbent on turning sex into a health risk, it’s nearly impossible to find a place where sex is passionate, fun, and romantic.

I was so surprised by how I was treated when Pure Romance took over. I had technical issues with Pure Romance’s website for almost four months and spent endless hours on the phone with corporate headquarters. The first thing one of their employees said to me was, “We’re going clean you guys right up.” I thought to myself, “You sure have an awful lot of butt plugs in your product line to make a statement like that.”

I’m still stunned by that statement. My jaw is still on the floor lol. I don’t mean to point fingers but a company who names a product “Come Clean” shouldn’t really be talking.

On top of that, the removal of the red and black, the censorship of the language and the products we could no longer demo, the new standardized, micromanaged format we were taught to manage our business in, it began to wipe away the sexual liberation that Slumber Parties had given me. I remember calling corporate to stress that this was my company, and I required a little more autonomy than they were providing. They told me, “It is your company, but you have to run it the way we tell you to.”


They objected to team meetings being hosted at a consultant’s house. They wanted us to rent out conference halls. I said, “So you don’t want us to host in-home party meetings….in someone’s home?” They objected to us having inventory shipped to our home address. They preferred we rent a P.O. Box at our local post office. They restricted the products that we could advertise on social media (i.e. the vibrators) and they insisted we use hashtags in our posts so we could be more easily “tracked by corporate”. In addition we were supposed to advise our clients on the kind of gynecological services they should receive — and this was during parties! I watched women walk out of parties in defiance when consultants would get to the gynecological portion of the demo. By this point, it was all too much.

I was in that same patriarchal setting I had been in before Slumber Parties.

It was time to leave.

I had my Pure Romance kit fully in tact and I drove to a fellow Slumber Sister’s house to exchange my PR products with some of her Slumber inventory. Through the discounts, I was able to acquire Slumber products that would’ve taken me months to years to gather as a consultant. I was SO happy. This consultant was one of the leading consultants in Virginia so she had EVERYTHING. I was in hog heaven, surrounded by all things Slumber Parties. And in a way, helping a SP sister unload some of her Slumber inventory and providing her PR products that would help her business was EXACTLY what I loved about being a part of Slumber Parties. We were there to help each other and magically, when one consultant helped another, it helped us all. Kim Henagan Brecheen Pitslata, you should be so PROUD of the business structure you created. ❤️


I was so enthusiastic about every Slumber product (lots of yayyys and oh my gods!) that the consultant said to me, “Your enthusiasm reminds me of why I do this for a living. I needed to remember that. Thank you.”

I drove home with a car full of Slumber products that provided me an inner joy that had not been there on my way down with a car full of Pure Romance products.

I felt a sense of liberation and slight rebellion as I drove past people who had no idea that I had a penis shaped yoga ball in my backseat. The playfulness was back. The fun and the freedom were a part of me again.

I rolled down the windows and turned the music up, exhaling with relief. I knew that I would never forget how I felt in that moment and I promised myself that someday, I would be in my car again with products as fun as these in the backseat, and I would be on my way to a party.  🎉 🎈 🎊




 
 
 
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24 April 2019 @ 05:12 pm
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Day 5: Favorite SV Season

Season 2, Sydney and Vaughn finally got to be together!  (I say ‘finally’, meanwhile it took X-Files for FUCK ALL EVER for Mulder and Scully!)



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23 April 2019 @ 02:55 pm
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Day 4: Your favorite SV kiss

The kiss in the deleted scene in 2x15 A Free Agent.  Wow.  What a slow, luxurious kiss.  I love that in the middle of her epic rant he couldn’t take it any longer and just kissed her.


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16 April 2019 @ 05:13 pm

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Day 3: Your Favorite Vaughn Quote

Episode 1x14: “The Coup”

Vaughn: “Last week, when you talked about quitting SD-6–”

Sydney: “I was being naive.”

Vaughn: “No, but, um, what you said about wanting to go to a hockey game… wanting me to be part of your life… I, uh, I think I wasn’t clear about something. (pause) That it would be nice to be in public with you, to actually get to look at you. Grab a pizza or go to a hockey game. I-I just… I wasn’t clear that I would really like that, too.”

His love for her when he says this…still unable to look at her!! *hearts*

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15 April 2019 @ 07:18 pm



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15 April 2019 @ 03:12 pm



30 Days of Sydney and Vaughn

Day 2: Your Favorite Sydney Quote

“He licked my face.“
“I understand.”
“You don’t really. He licked my face.”

– Sydney to Vaughn

The Confession (1x11)


I absolutely adore this quote!! Sydney accurately and hilariously describes a woman’s perspective in this situation. She and Vaughn have the perfect reactions, representing the classic ‘man vs. woman’ approach. As a woman, Sydney finds being licked by a insipid pig in a nightclub a lot more grotesque and offensive than Vaughn does. He wasn’t understanding her revulsion at all! LOL.

It was SO funny and dead on! “You don’t really”, and then she repeats! Hahahaha. This is why I love Sydney! The ULTIMATE feminist heroine with a heart of gold and a girl-next-door vibe.

Womankind completely identified with her in this moment. And Vaughn, once he understood, was yet again, her knight-in-shining-armor. *sighs dreamily*

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