It’s a late post from me as it’s been a busy evening. The computer in the kitchen has popped its clogs (see also creased to be, is an ex-PC, etc) and I’ve not been able to fix it despite trying my luck. This machine is the one Wee Man and Little Miss use for homework and, off course, gaming. Parts of the system can be reused and the rest recycled. The Ever Lovely Mrs J has kindly dipped into the family piggy bank to replace it. I hope it arrives in good health as both children are keen gamers.
|Trying something new|
In other news, I tried a new cut of an old wig, but I think it needs a little more work to style it. That’s more in my hands I think. Still, sometimes it’s good to mix things up a little. Oh, the leg hair situation is still as is and having proper pins is helping me stay more okay with who I am. I’ve not felt the creeping tendrils of dysphoria for a while now and that’s rather good in my book.
Talking of busy, last night at Chams was quite eventful. After getting changed and coming down the stairs, I bumped into a chap waiting in the foyer. Having put my foot in it once by asking a non-T person if they needed to get changed, I decided to not assume. 🙂 Having asked if they needed any help, I found out this was one of our new visitors, I did the usual meet and greet routine, resulting in a sit down with a drink. I think I spotted at least another four people who were fairly new and it was good to see that some absent friends were back with us too.
The group voted on having a bring & buy sale, showed their interest in a visit from a bra retailer, and Pat kindly volunteered to try and book our friendly, neighbourhood wig experts: Nicola & Steph from TrendCo.
Val’s calculations on the varying attendance were useful and I think we’ll make more use of that when the funding clears. I did get some feedback saying the price increase a few years back made it tough for some to attend.
It’s a tough one. We need to take in a fixed amount each month to cover room hire. As much as I’d love to give price breaks, it starts to become unsustainable very quickly. If it’s cheaper for one group of folk, the other people have to pick up the slack. Rather than risk any bad feeling around who pays what, the grant money will be used to lower the fees. More on that when the cheque clears.
So, yeah, a busy – but a good type of busy – evening with lots of things to think about. Yay for those who help out. Volunteers keep the group ticking along. Meeting new folk, helping with the drinks, getting supplies (biscuits and tea FTW), running outreach training, posting in the forum, or coming up with ideas for events, etc: they all help keep the group going. I think they help make it a community, not just a collection of people thrown together.