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Kinky Tennis Anyone?

A commercial for the new tennis video game “Top Spin 4″ is drawing a lot of attention and controversy, thanks to an appearance by real-world tennis star Serena Williams … and her very curvy derrière.

In the ad, Serena dons studded bracelets, lace-up thigh-high stockings and a sleek black bodysuit that seems more appropriate for a night of BDSM and fetish rather than an afternoon of well, you know, tennis.

The video shows plenty of butt shots and sweaty cleavage as well as lots of sexy grunting — and makes this video game of tennis into something out of a teenage boy’s wet dream, as they call out “Yes, Mistress Serena, hit me again!”

Last Minute Trip to Toronto

Apple MacBook Pro

Only a few days ago, I got the final confirmation from one of my major clients in Toronto, regarding a last minute project that they wanted my company to work on once again this year — only this time they left everything until the last minute. Since it is a major event, I managed to clear some room in our schedule and we made the preparations for the long drive.

I was able to bring Lady Katana along for the drive, as she has a good friend in Toronto that she wanted to visit and she made for excellent company along the way. We were lucky in that we missed almost all of the miserable weather during the drive east and only hit some major snowfall just as we entered the downtown area.

Because of the complexity of this work project, we decided to purchase a second laptop for the household and studio. So we stopped by the Eaton’s Center Apple Store to pick up an Apple MacBook Pro — this one is a 17″ one and is fully loaded. They had the order ready and waiting for us at the cash, which was great since we were short for time. Sir Michael is also looking forward to trying out some of his favourite computer games on it, since it is much faster than his existing Mac desktop.

While we were in the mall, we stopped at a lingerie store, since it was the night before Valentine’s Day, and I found a wonderfully cute and saucy black corset-like bustier for Lady Katana that I made her try on. Of course she looked absolutely fabulous in it, so I had to buy it for her on the promise that she would wear it to the next fetish event that I dragged her to…

The photoshoots for the client were extremely strenuous and exhausting; I don’t think I would have survived the first day if I hadn’t specifically picked a hotel with a great whirlpool hot tub. Followed that up with take-out from the “Lucky Dragon” restaurant in Toronto’s Chinatown. The second day of photoshoots started off on the wrong foot, as shortly after I woke up, I got the most horrible back spasm – no doubt from the previous days work. Luckily, 45 minutes with a heating pad and two Robaxacets helped enough to get me (barely) back on my feet, but were were running late and with a tight schedule it was going to be another crazy day. Back again to soak in the hot tub again that night to try and loosen tense muscles…

The next morning, it was off to have a business breakfast with another potential design client while I was still in the city, then pick up Lady Katana on our way out. Thankfully we made it out of Toronto and most of the way home to Montreal before the worst of the night’s weather hit us.

I had been sniffling for a day or so before the trip, but whatever bug I caught hit full force upon my return to Montreal, undoubtedly worsened by the strain and stress of the project as well as all the driving. At least I hope that I can try to recuperate now that I am home safe and sound…

First Day of Spring!

Spring blossoms

Yesterday was the first day of spring and it was a rather auspicious one for me…

As some of you are aware, I have been working very hard on a major contract for client; designing and producing a multimedia CD. Normally a project of this scope would have taken two months, but due to the client’s end of fiscal year, we’ve had only a little over three weeks to do all the design and coding work. And to top it off, the client sent over 100 more files to be included on the CD than they had said there would be, and a number of them were corrupt, so I had to manually go through every page over 350 PDFs — some of which were over 200 pages long! Ack! It’s been a grueling and stressful month because of this project…

Anyways, we spent a good part of Friday doing the final testing for the CD on PCs (I run a Mac-only studio), which then required some last-minute tweaking. Saturday morning, it was off to Fedex the master CDs to both the client and our production house. (What a rip-off, they charged me an extra $20 each, for a total of $80 for two CDs in envelopes, just because I was dropping them off on a Saturday — not for Saturday delivery, or even a Saturday pickup, no… just for the privilege of being able to drop them off myself on a Saturday. It never mentioned this on their website when I went to get a quote. Seriously *not* impressed.)

Just before lunchtime, I got *the* phone call from our client, as we went over some of the points of the CD’s design and interface. She was happy with everything and I was able to then call the production house to tell them they could finally go to press with everything. What a great moment of relief! It felt as a great weight was taken off my shoulders… Now I just have to wait for the production run to be complete and then have it shipped to the client’s office before the 31st.

So today was spent mostly de-stressing — with a few catnaps thrown in because I just felt so exhausted — but in a happy and relieved sort of way. I was finally able to go through some of my backlog of email and even read through some of the submissive applications that have been piling up… This evening, I even spoiled myself by playing one of my favourite computer games for a few hours.

To top everything off, when Michael came back from visiting his father (who is still in ICU at the local hospital), he brought me back a surprise — seems the local Dairy Queen had opened up and he brought me a large French Vanilla Moolatté (one of my favourite treats)! What a great way to end the day…

~ Mistress Jade

Life must go on…

My Powerbook Laptop

Beverage of the moment: Peach Apricot Honeybush Tea

Seems like I can never find a peaceful moment to catch up with my blogging lately; but I’ve finally carved out a hour’s time for myself, so here goes…

Once again, here I sit at my laptop, sipping my Peach Apricot Honeybush tea and nibbling on fresh clementines, while listening to some calming classical music (Delibes’ Flower Duet), putting my thoughts in digital form. The oldest of my cats, Tigger, has seen me settling in and has decided to join me, hoping for the occasional scritchie as I pause to collect my thoughts.

The past two weeks have had an undercurrent of tension, as my partner’s father has been in the hospital. He’s even undergone surgery, but is suffering from various complications and infections. He can’t really even speak since he is now hooked up to a respirator and has various tubes and such, so one can’t even hold a conversation with him. Michael has been visiting him every evening, tag-teaming with his mother who spends the majority of the day with him. His oldest brother is even flying in from the States this evening to spend the weekend here, so that he can see his Dad himself. He will be coming back up around Christmas, but wanted to see the situation for himself.

I have been hesitant to visit the hospital too much, as it still reminds me too much of my own father’s loss — one that is still rather fresh in my memories. I am fearful for Michael’s father, as his parents have been so very close and supportive to me over the years. I was also worried that I might be coming down with a cold, and since he was in isolation, and now in ICU, I didn’t want to take any chances, even with all visitors being gowned, gloved and masked…

On another note; I did enjoy a wonderful long phone conversation with one of my long-time best friend, Lady Katana, last night. I called her earlier in the evening, but she was on the line with her boyfriend and said she would call me back. Of course, that was more like 1:30am, but knowing me well enough, she was pretty positive that I would still be up — and she was right. We talked for more than 3 hours about all kinds of stuff in our lives, and it did me *so* much good to catch up with her. She has always been such a good friend with whom I can share so many secrets and have heart-to-heart talks with — I can’t imagine how my life would be without her…

Lady Katana and I hope to spend some time again together this coming week; but this time in person. Possibly to go shopping at the local big Chapters bookstore, so she can pick up some Christmas gifts for her extensive family. I haven’t been there in several months, so it will be nice to peruse the shelves once again. Bookstores can be so *dangerous* for me; I always want to bring so many of them home with me, but I have to watch my budget this year, as I still have half of my new laptop to pay off.

Speaking of which, the laptop that I ordered for myself as a combination birthday and Christmas present arrived on November 18th. It is a top-of-the-line custom-configured Apple laptop; with a processor speed of 1.67 Mgz, with 100 GB hard drive and 512 MB of RAM (I’ll be adding more RAM later); it also has a built-in CD and DVD burner. I’ve been happily playing around with it since; loading up all my various software applications, games and such; I haven’t even got around to transferring all my data yet as I’ve been so busy with web work. I’ve also loaned it several times for Michael to bring to the hospital with him, so that he could pass time more easily rather than trying to read old magazines.

The other day, as a treat, Michael loaded up Diablo II on the new laptop and networked the two laptops together, so that we could play for a few hours. (I think it’s been something like over 2 years since we last got to play a networked game together.) We propped ourselves up side-by-side, with tons of pillows in the waterbed and I stocked us up with some Glosette peanuts and mini Oh Henrys for nibbling. It was a wonderful evening of fun where we could just forget all our cares for a little while…

Well, I must be going for now; I still have so much web work to do. I still plan on reviewing my last weekend’s activities, when I have a bit more free time…

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

Pondering Upon Eagles, Journeys and Life and Death…

Eagle Flying

Early Friday afternoon and I’m trying to relax with a big mug of Lady Grey tea and some soft jazz music from a new online radio station I found on my iTunes – SKY.FM. I just finished enjoying a light repast of fresh Belgian bread with butter and cheese, and some blueberry jam as a treat. I got a real good night of sleep last night, so I feel quite rested for a change – compared to the not-so-great sleep during my trip away from home.

I have spent the past week here in Montreal, recuperating from the long drive home from the Maritimes. I am also trying to catch up on a mountain of web work that needs to be done, but I needed a small break in order to return to the pile of work with a fresh mind.

I left at 4am on Halloween morning, as I always like to do the first leg of a big trip at night, as it is so quiet on the roads with very little traffic. The first part was beautiful, with clear skies and no moon and starlight everywhere.

Caught a nap for a few hours in Moncton and had a leisurely breakfast, then on the road again. Another break in Fredericton, where I took a wander around the mall and ended up picking up an X-Box game for my partner and myself of old classics arcade games. It’s really cool because some of the games were created by one of my old friends that used to work as Senior Game Designer at Atari – I’m looking forward to playing them again.

The first part of the trip during that day was very nice, sunny and fairly warm. The yellow, gold and red foliage alongside the road was a joy to behold. I spied lots of houses along the roads, decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and orange lights; getting ready for the onslought of Trick-or-Treaters once the darkness fell. When I was younger, Halloween was always one of my favourite times of year, as you could turn into something that you could not be in your regular life. Somewhat like the transition between vanilla life and the darker, kinkier side of things… Little did I know how much time I would spend in dungeons in my later years…. ::grin::

The late afternoon and evening drive however, became quite cool and it started to rain miserably on and off for several hours. I was, however, blessed by a break in the rain and a small part in the heavy clouds when a few beams of golden-tinged sunlight poured through to reveal a majestic eagle soaring above the road.

It struck my heart with a blossom of warmth tinged with sadness, because the eagle was always my Father’s symbol and messenger. (I am of First Nations descent on both sides of my family, and a Status Indian) Since my Father passed away last year, I find that I miss him so very much. There are times that I see things that remind me of him and the pain of his loss is rekindled once more…

I know that life and death are part of the Great Circle of Life. But there are time when you lose someone so important to you that you wonder when the hurting will be any less painful… if there will ever come a time when the thought of that person does not bring a tear to one’s eye and a heavy sigh to one’s heart…

Does it ever stop hurting, or does it just become a numbness?

I miss my father terribly and this week has been particularly hard, ever since I spied one of his eagles on my return journey… I try not to dwell on the loss and celebrate his life instead, but there are times when I cannot help but simply miss him — his rich voice, his helpful counsel, his gentle humour and his warm touch…

How have you coped with the loss of a a parent or very close loved one? Does it ever get any easier?

~ Mistress Jade

A Restless Domme…

Purple Dragon

I am kind of restless tonight… want to do something but I don’t know what.

I thought of playing some more Diablo 2 – last night I got my female Sorceress up to level 19.

I thought of watching some of my videotaped shows that are starting to be backlogged from the past 2 weeks…

And I am even debating going to see “Sahara” at the Dollar Cinema downtown. Maybe the drive would do me some good to get out of the house. It’s refreshingly cool out this eveing, with the light afternoon rain having cleansed everything…

Hmmmm….. what to do?

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

The Journey Continues…

Tulips

This past Victoria Day Weekend was also the annual Tulip Festival in the little maritime town where I am staying. (See pic above.) Lots of rain though, so I didn’t venture out too much…

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), I have to drive about an hour south to Halifax for a meeting, then back here. Then we leave again that evening for Cape Breton, another 4 hour drive for another meeting on Thursday and then back here for Friday…. ugh. Lots of driving.

Personally, I feel like curling up with my laptop and playing “Diablo 2” or some “Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds“, rather than spending the day driving around the province.

So, what’s your favorite computer game? How do you waste your time when you are not online? Looking forward to feedback and/or comments, so I have something to check when I get a chance to get back on the Net and check my email and my blog…

~ Mistress Jade Dragon