There is much to be said, in my humble opinion, in the pleasure of the first cup of tea, of the day. With the new job, I'm out and about much more than I was, and some days, you just don't make time to get a brew. Instead, it's more a quick cup of water, or swigging the diet soda I bought at lunch time.
Still, at least I'm up and about. I did read on the BBC News site, the amount of sitting down we do in our comfy office jobs. Much as I'm current sat down and staring at a screen right now, I'm not so screen focused as I once was, and that, for me, is a good thing.
So yes, between paragraphs, I'm enjoying the first cup of the day. Little pleasures eh? Oh, and I passed my two exams from last week. Reasons to be cheerful eh? :-)
|A few people were kind|
enough to say nice things
about this dress. Woo!
Well.... not 100% prepared. Earlier in the week I bought a new nail varish (love it!) and two new lip pencils. I've had a problem with a stronger lippy colour bleeding a little (why so serious?), and this seems to be the answer. So, I read up on how to apply, did the deed and then when I came to put my Rimmel Apocalips on.... Oh, the 80s shame! The liner was a little darker than my lippy..... Bugger. Don't panic, Jones! Ah, a careful repeat application, blot and retry... and I was good to go. Phew, nearly stuck in a time warp there... :-)
Oh, the nail varnish? Boots No. 7 gel look finish. Wonderfully reflective and goes on well too. Thumbs up from me!
Community and Debate
Talking of make-up (see what I did there?), we had a visit from two (genetic) ladies, V & A. They wanted to do a bit of a sounding out exercise, to find out what our (trans) community would like from a web site they were planning. They're looking to put together a site that will have a forum, series of how to documents/videos and a directory of trans friendly businesses. People such as image consultants, make-up artists, maybe hair/wig-dressers and that type of thing.
Personally, I think it's a good thing they're looking into this. Yes, it's a crowded market, because lots of these services are available elsewhere and as Val put, not all of us are loaded. Yes, it takes you a while to work out your look and what works for you. Sadly, both of these don't always go hand in hand, and I'm sure we've all had a few *ahem* 'fashion moments', where we've looked back and thought, what was I thinking? I know I have, but that's all part of the learning curve, I feel.
I think the value lies in the quality of the videos/documents they put up, and their understanding that as people get more confident, so they will just go to a regular store. Pat added something along the lines, that you have to be careful not to add a mark-up to your products, just because of who you're selling too. A & V were keen to point out that they didn't want to do this and I pointed out that competing on price, given the power of high street shops and Internet shopping, is going to be very hard. Instead, offering very good information and a quality service, may be their strength over the competition.
At one part of the evening, I did have to summon my mum's Polite but Firm Teacher's Voice. You know the one... :-) V's brother-in-law, is on the cusp of starting to transition. V talked about 'him' and 'he' and her 'brother-in-law' and then the question came up - in innocence, I hope - asking was he comfortable being addressed as him? V answered politely that her brother-in-law hadn't started to transition and then matters began to slide.
Now, I can understand that when you transition, or when you're in 't-mode' (for us part timers), it's more polite to use the pronouns that match the person's presented gender. I know I sometimes get it wrong and I feel bad when I do. Hell, it's not like I don't know who's coming to the meetings and yet, once in a while, like with Jake, I mess up too. We're all human, I guess.... except during a full moon. :-)
It felt a little - as another member said - that some folk seemed to know what's best for V's brother-in-law, more than he did. Points such as, you don't just switch this on [sic], or 99% of cross-dressers don't go out and are in the closet. Umm? Evidence please? Steph politely pointed out that that may be down to personal experience and that everyone is different. Before we got into a debate about what-is-it-be-trans, I politely turned the group back to the discussion around the original debate. I think things went okay after that. I do know the presentation was quite long. But speaking personally, I was glad of the change and I think if they can help just one person, that's a good thing.
The evening came to a close and I was late setting off, as I waited while V & A packed up to go. In the end, I stayed with Pat, Val and a few others, as conversation blossomed again. This time around self-acceptance and learning to accept who you are. Sometimes, I think that the trans thing can lay us low, and yet, when you have talks with others - regular non-trans folk - who've also struggled along the way; that we're not that dissimilar, when you come down to it. We all have our doubts, not all of us fit in, and yet, with time and maybe a bit of help, we get along.