Crikey the week’s gone fast; almost faster than a politician’s election promise. Christmas shopping. Christmas concerts and, of course, Christmas parties. My belly’s full, my waist line is slowly expanding and my feet are tender. Not that I’d like it any other way. Let the good times roll! 🙂
We, the Jones family, are in the chaos that is the Xmas party season. Still, nice to be popular though eh? I had the work do at the start of the week, the Chams do Thursday and we’re off tonight for drinks and nibbles at a friend’s house. I think we get Saturday off for good behaviour.
The do at Nottingham Chameleons was, if I may say so, very good indeed. I arrived earlier than usual with the hope of lending a hand, but when I got in most of it was done! The tables were out and decorated, the food table was already groaning, the cooker was blasting out tasty smells and the music centre was lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree.
So… a quick (!!) change upstairs and I was back in the thick of it. The group had suggested a Mama Mia / Abba theme for the night, so it wasn’t the usual array of party frocks 🙂 After much running around town, I did manage to lay my hands on some white leggings (chactastic 😀 ), so it was on with a long floaty blue top, white leggings, flower in my hair and knee boots for a TG tribute to Abba. Take a chance? Go on then 🙂
BTW, I can thoroughly recommend Rimmel’s fasting drying ‘60 Second‘ nail varnish. A quick neutral base coat to prep and then on with the colour. You have to be quick mind, but it does dry nicely. Also, Nailene do a varnish remover in a pot: just stick your finger in the tub, give it a spin and it’s gone…. UK readers may wish to say “Bang! and it’s gone” 🙂
I brought a couple of items for the raffle and the winners seemed suitably chuffed. How much will be kept or re-gifted I can’t say, but the group’s coffers certainly did well out of it. After the food and the raffle, we cranked the music up and had a bit of a dance. The Abba mix seemed to go okay and I think mixing the tracks together will have to be the done thing from now one. I wonder if I can get my MP3 player to link with the stereo? Then again, Nine Inch Nails isn’t that festive is it. 🙂
At Chams we get a fair flow of new people. Some become regulars, some occasional and some folk are once in a blue moon. Anyways, a husband and wife turned up to the Christmas do and Tracey went off to do the meetin’ ‘n greetin’. As she pointed out, both looked very nervous which is totally understandably. It’s a hell of a jump for most people – perhaps doubly so for partners. What is this crazy world they’ve landed in?
A little while later I popped into the loo to reapply my lip gloss. I wasn’t alone, I could hear quiet conversation and there was definitely gentle crying. I felt really bad for both of them. Partly through trespassing if you like (Ed: but not enough to not blog about it eh?) but also because I didn’t want them to be afraid. I asked if everything was okay and I got a yes and then I left them to it. They didn’t join the rest of us and I wish they had. I hope things work out for them, I really do.
Yes, finding your partner is TG is a shock, but there are wives at Chams who’ve been through that. Chams isn’t just about dressing up and dancing about like a loon – it’s about looking after each other.
A note of thanks
I don’t know how many of you follow some of the links from the blogroll. Anyways, Vanessa recently asked for some positive TG stories from real life. Rather than leave her hanging, I dropped her a line and she was kind enough to make that available on her blog. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share with her and us – anonymously or otherwise – please visit her blog.
[ Today’s lyric: Round Round by the Sugababes ]