Friday, October 27, 2006

Duality

Hi folks!

How is everyone out there in blogland? All well I trust. Phew! What a week. Feels like it's been Monday to Friday at 80mph. It is, at least, now over. Those of you who took the time to email, my apologies for not replying sooner.

Nothing but good news to report this week. Dontcha just love that when it happens?

Evening All

Thursday night was Nottingham Chameleons and it was a just right. The day before I'd been wondering just what to wear. You know how it is. Dozens of outfits, but which one. Do you find you get stuck wearing the things you like? Your fave t-shirt, tie or, for some folk, dress and boots. After much deliberation I settled on boots, a red top and a lace-string cardy thing. I say cardy, but it's not really for keeping you warm. Not bad for a tenner in last year's Dorothy Perkin's sale :-)

It's always nice to meet new folk as well as the regulars at Chameleons. This week I bumped into Jenny and Samantha (hi girls!). I've been reading at Samantha's exploits on her web page (see the links section) for a few years now. It's nice to hear (or read) what other people have been up to. Anyway, I eventually dropped her a line asking her to come along. So, well done Samantha for taking the plunge and to Sandi for fetching her in! :-)

Dangerous curves ahead

Do you pad your hips or do you go as you are? I must confess, I do pad them. I have my Mum's hollow back (she's like the OAP J-Lo, bless her) Anyhoo, the other night, I was asked how I did it. It's all a bit Blue Peter, but surprisingly simple.

You need four shoulder pads (I got mine from Jessops, but the Vic Centre market may have some) and some soft foam. The foam should be about 3/4" thick and around 8" long by 6" wide (apologies to you metric birds out there!)

Trim the foam (not the pads!) to form a tear or kite shape. You may need to experiment a bit to get the right shape for you. If you're feeling dexterous, you could sew them together so they don't move about. Nothing worse than when you're putting your jeans on and one goes up and the other down. :-)


Put these under your tights and put the shoulder pads over the top to soften the curve. If you're wearing thick tights they'll hold them just fine. Alternatively you can trim the legs off some support tights (god, they're *tight*) to hold them in place. Evans do some long line undergarments - but not knickers - that'll help hold them. If they're too thick for you, try some thinner foam or, if you wear Magic Knickers or similar, put them underneath and let the controlwear work its magic.

Nails

Eyeliner? Easy. But nail varnish? Not a hope! Last month I thought I'd try some false nails as way of a change. Getting them on was easy enough, but removing the glue afterwards was Challenge Annika.

Normally I stick with clear polish and now I know why. For a change, I tried a darker shade and it was all over the place. Like a car respray by Blind Pugh. Things didn't get any better as a carrier bag took the top coat straight off. Ah well.

Note to self: follow Yvonve's advice with the self-stick Kiss range.

A Chance Missed

Last week H. was off on business and I had access to the car. Normally, I'd jump at the chance to spend the day shopping. Sadly, it wasn't to be. I had too much on at work and my head won over my heart. Perhaps the fates will smile later in the year....

Anniversaries

At the end of the month H & I will have been married for 9 years. I love her dearly and, bless her, she puts up with a lot. With a little luck Mr Postman will be winging a few goodies her way.

The other aniversay? Well, I started this blog just over a year ago. My other (vanilla) blog has died a death after six months. Writer's block killed it off. That, or I'd rather concentrate on questions and ponder on topics from less standard themes in life. Interesting - no really (!!) - this month's Psychology magazine has an article on the merits of keeping a diary. There was no mention of blogs, but I did find a number of similiarities between a diary and this electronic thing.

When Carpark Signs Go Bad

This item gave me a chuckle. Seems someone was having a bad day in the Traffic Department.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

"This is our lives on holiday"

Hello boys, girls and t-folk.

How are you all? Enjoying the slow turn of the seasons? I hope so. The perceptive among you will have noticed there was no blog entry last week. There was no major crisis, nor a holiday; it was simply that I could not think of anything to write about. (Un)luckily for you, that's not the case this week. :-)

As the nights draw in...

Those slowly darkening evenings and coolish tempreatures mean that it's tranny season once again. I had the good fortune to visit the Nottingham group on Thursday to see a number of friendly faces and some new girls too. Things are going well for the group and the Xmas do won't be far away either. I must practice dancing in heels. ;-) This weeks outfit was a new wrap dress, knee boots and for a change I passed on the soft browns I normally used for my eyes and used the colours I got from the BodyShop demo a few months back. Again, no photo because I'm really disorganised. :-)

My only slight problem was that I'd decided to apply some false nails before leaving. They stayed on all night - although I wish I'd shortened them a little - but cleaning my nails afterwards. Yipes. I had to stop off at a supermarket to get some nail glue remover before work. Luckily, we have changing rooms for those that cycle in.

So, a word of advice to young trannys, be sure you have glue remover before thinking of false nails. Also, put them on after you've got everything else on. You'll never get your tights on with nails like that. :-)

Stealth Bigots

The other week, I was reading some news on a not to be named forum. It's not a tranny forum in case you're thinking that. I'm something far more mundane than that. As well all know lots of forums have sections where members can post jokes, chat and generally talk off-topic. Anyhoo, one frequent poster had mentioned that he was getting married. Nothing out of the ordinary about this, until you get towards the end and you realise that it's a same sex marriage. Fair enough and good luck to him & his partner, I thought. I - and a number of other folk - wished him all the best for the big day.

Then, from out of the blue out come the bigots: "it shouldn't be legal" or "your lifestyle is sinful!" WTF? Who rattled your cages? Humpf. The admins shut the thread down as it was about to get a heated. I must confess that I'm disappointed by this. No, not the shutting down bit, but other people's rude behaviour and - dare I say it - polictically incorrect views.

For sometime I've spoken (as much as you can via a forum) with the offenders, but it's left a bad feeling in the air between us. Knowing what I do now about their views has made me....ack! words fail me.... have made me cold towards them. If they have views like that, I question if I'd actually like to have anything to do with these people. The irony is that maybe if we did talk about why they hated [insert minority here] so much perhaps they'd change. Perhaps I'm naive. Would they be shocked and appauled if they knew I was TG? Well, I think we all know the answer to that one dont't we...? :-)

Anyway, take care and have fun!