Friday, November 30, 2007

"Can't you understand,
Oh, my little girl"

Hi folks,

How's tricks?

It's been a bit quiet on the blogging front this, my apologies for not replying to the comments some of you where kind enough to leave. I've got a good excuse tho - even better than "my dog ate my router" :-)

Earlier in the week we (the Jones crew) had a new arrival. Little Miss (no real names, it's faker than stick on nails in here) joined the world. Mum and little one are all well. Wee Man seems to be coping with the change in household activities - bless him.

Little Miss is very cute (but then I would say that) and is currently asleep on my knee. It's funny but when I look at her I wonder what the future holds. Lots of good things I hope.

Righto. I better go put a bottle on as she's getting antsy. :-)

Take care,

[ Lyric: Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence ]

Friday, November 23, 2007

"We're going to dance,
and have some fun!"

Hey y'all,

Short Version

Xmas party. Good company. Good food. A bit of dancing. Obligatory photo shoot. My feet hurt. :)

Long Version

What an excellent night last night was! I arrived a bit late, but not before the do was in full swing. Handing over the party music CD, I also got to hand over a few Xmas cards. After that it was upstairs to get gorgeous (personally, I blame Boots :) ). Unusually for me I've actually got some photos of the night and thanks to Sandi for being 'Davina Bailey'.

Accordingly to Val, I was doing a very good impression of a goth in a bin liner.... which made me laugh. It was a toss up between the little red dress or the slightly more 'on trend' sequined black number I had on. It was certainly cooler than the red dress (Ed: isn't that a Sugababes lyric?) so I didn't *ahem* glow as much as last time. :)

After being fleeced for money for the raffle - in which I did rather well in avoiding having to pick any prizes - it was on to a bit of nosh (top marks to the in-house caterers!), some socialising and then a bit of a boogie. To be honest, it was pretty much a repeat of some of the tunes from last time, but they seemed to go down well enough then as now.

We had a good turn out and it was nice to meet up and say hi to Rachel (fabby dress, BTW). Famous guests eh? :) Y'know I'm still not sure what the etiquette is for meeting TG people you know. A handshake doesn't seem right - too formal? - but the continental air-kiss thingy seems a bit forward. Well, no-one slapped me so I'm guessing the latter wasn't too bad! :)

I hope that everyone else had a good a time out there as I did!


When I woke up this morning, I had a bit of back ache and my feet hurt a little. It raised a smile as I thought about how I'd ended up with the odd twinge. Perhaps not all pain is bad pain. :)

Take care and have a good weekend!

[ Lyrics: Groove is in the Heart by Deee-Lite (sing it, baby!) :D ]

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"But I couldn't wait, to party"

Hey there,

Coo, a midweek post. What could this be about? Luckily, nothing scary. Tomorrow is the Chameleons's Christmas do. Yes, I *know* we're not into December just yet, but trannys can't be choosers can they. I have my outfit planned - I even managed a quick dry run - and with a smile from Lady Luck, yes Cinders, you shall go to the ball. Bring on the poptastic MP3s and heels you can just about dance in! :)

For those about to (f)rock, we salute you!

Hope to see you there,

[ Lyric: Girls Aloud's Long Hot Summer. I begin to wonder if in fact the Girls Aloud lyrics are in fact some type of belief system for tranny life. :) ]

Friday, November 16, 2007

"On they fight, for they are right, yes, but who's to say?"


How you keeping? Good?


For those of you outside the UK, tonight is the annual BBC charity, Children in Need. There's a lot of folk asking for money these days. For Africa, for the homeless, for the elderly. The list of people who need help seems to be endless. I don't give to all causes but I do when I have an emotional attachment to (if that makes any sense).

In my 20s I'd find the whole TV charity + entertainment thing a bit cheesy and I had little time for it. Fast forward a few years (Ed: you mean a decade and the rest) and life has given me a few curve balls. Life is precious and it seems - and if you'll forgive the cliche - the one thing you can be certain of is uncertainty. You really don't know what could happen to you the next day. Unemployment, death, homelessness, etc. It's very easy to slip from the have, to the have not.

Dark thoughts aside, I do think I'm lucky. I'm lucky to be here, to have a family, to have my heath and not to live in fear. I don't worry about where my next meal is coming from and I don't have to walk 5 miles to get water (as Tracey might say). I live in a time where my skills are actually useful, God only knows what I'd have done if computers hadn't have been invented. I have minor blips, but really, I have it easy. So, faced with a few spare bob in my pocket, I do hand it over to people who'd aren't quite a lucky as I am. It's not much, but if we all gave a little, it may help someone.

Last week there was a 2 minute silence to on Remembrance Sunday. I was driving along at the time, but I flicked off the CD and put on the radio. Somewhat ironic really, putting the radio on to listen to the silence. I found it rather haunting. None of the recent generations of Jones have been to war (we're all very engineery. Bombs, tanks, radio, WMDs, Office 2003, etc) but I do remember visiting my Gran's Dad's grave in France. All those crosses lined up. It was a warm day, a cheery blue sky, but the place had real weight to it. I won't say 'ghosts' because that wasn't the feeling... it was more that under each cross, someone had died. Some one's dad, brother or son. Funny, but that image comes to me whenever I see news items about Iraq... or when I see an advert for the military. I suppose it's easy to sit here and say 'war is bad' - but then from the other angle, what if it's your only choice. Again, we're back to luck. Maybe I'll never need to make that choice.


On a slightly cheerier note, I popped into the newly done up Asda earlier in the week. I picked up a few bits and bobs for the Xmas Do. Hopefully I've got my outfit sorted out now. With a bit more luck - and no last minute surprises (sssh - more on that next time) - I shall go to the ball. I hope it's as good as last years.

Stay safe,

[ Today's lyric: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica. ]

Friday, November 09, 2007

"We plan all kinds of fabulous things"

Hi non-specific genderforms, :)

How's you? All good I hope.

Life seems to be picking up speed at the mo. Lots of things happening at home and at work at the moment. It's making the days fly by. I'm sure Xmas will soon be upon us. I'm surprised that the year has gone so fast.

Poor Mrs Jones wasn't 100% yesterday, so loving husband that I am, I bailed on my trip out to Chams and stayed in to keep an eye on her. It's funny how the 'drive' takes you really. Some weeks you really need to get dolled up and go out with the girls. Other times, like yesterday luckily, I could take it or leave it. I'm not bored with going, far from it, indeed I try to go when I can because you never know if Something Big (tm) may come along and you have you leave all your glad-rags (and the handbags?) stashed away until next month. So, I still haven't tried that new mascara, but there's time yet eh? Some minor news is that I bought some stick-ins heel grips for my posh heels (very office-y) and now they don't slip off. A tranny has to have shoe variety y'know :)

Talking of socialising, the Chams Christmas Do isn't far away. Given the commitments to work and otherwise, we have our Xmas party a little earlier in the year. I'm not complaining, it gives you chance to make a slot in your diary and you're less likely to clash with the school play or a works outing. To those of you fairly local, do you think you may pop along? I'm hoping I'll be able to make it this year as the last one was a blast. I had a crack at designing a ticket for the group, but I've just found out we're not using them this year. Maybe I should stick to providing the music! :) Music - like comedy - is a very personal thing and while I may have a great night dancing away to 80s pop, you have to try and make sure that you cater for more than just yourself... apparently. :)

That's my personal guff out of the way. Sorry there are no deep insights into the soul this evening, but you can't have it all can you. Besides, everyone needs a night off once in a while! Perhaps it's a good thing not having to sit navel gazing and searching your soul for your raison d'ĂȘtre. Perhaps it means I'm content. Hell, I sure don't ponder why I love chocolate so much :) Contentment; contentment is good.

[ Lyric: Bombs by Faithless ]

Friday, November 02, 2007

"Moonlight and music and love and romance..."

Howdy y'all,

Good week? I hope so.

Customer Service

Earlier the week I returned some shoes that I'd bought from a well known high street shop (they just didn't fit right). I'd had them in the cupboard for over a month, so really they didn't have to give me my pennies back - just a credit note. Anyhoo, the young lady behind the counter and I got talking - just about complete nonsense while the supervisor rang her back. A polite manner and a smile seemed to do the trick and she was kind enough to skip on the credit note and splash the cash. That was rather handy as it went towards some new foundation from Boots. BTW, no news on the Boots 360 degree mascara, I've not had a change for a test drive yet.


There must be something in the air for November. Firstly, Becky and Jane got married (good luck you two lovebirds!) then I read that Penny had celebrated 25 years of marriage with her lovely wife. To paraphrase what Penny wrote, it's not possible to distill the 'story so far' down into one blog post. For H & I - hmmm, sounds like a shop (Ed: No, that's H & M you n00b) - it'll be 10 lovely years. We've laughed, we've cried but there have been many more good times than bad ones.... The TG thing didn't go down too well (it could have been worse!), but we worked through it. Here's to many more decades together!

PS: Yes, I did buy her something to mark the occasion, and yes I did deliberate of what for sometime. But, I'm a tranny, so sometimes I have a little more clue than your average Joe as to what H likes. Let's just say diamonds *are* a girl's best friend. :)

On that note of high camp, I'm outta here. Take care!

[ Lyric: Nat King Cole (although others have had a go) with Let's Face The Music And Dance ]