The One Before


It’s a downhill sleigh ride towards the big day and I hope that whatever you’ve planned goes well. At Chez Jones, there’s quite a bit of wrapping up to do, but that’ll get cleared with a good music selection, plenty of tea, and copious amounts of paper. Just a thought, uphill sleigh rides don’t tend to be as fun if you’re doing all the pushing ๐Ÿ™‚ Still, they do help shift the Christmas calories.

Blue, just not
in this lighting

With some early sales already running – no doubt to make room for summer clothes and Easter eggs in the shops ๐Ÿ™‚ – I did treat myself to a pair of cute blue heels. Patent at the back and suede fronts. The photo makes them look a lot darker than they are (a dark navy) Looking in my wardrobe, I think it’s clear to see that I tend towards the Mary Jane style (no, not the herb ;–) ) as the shoe is a more comfortable fit and certainly a lot easier to walk in.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a cute pair of flats or a classic pump, but they do need to be spot on in terms of fit. Too tight and, well, ouch, and too loose and you’re either doing that weird toe grip thing or at risk of a blister. So, a bit of a tall order given it’s a bit of a gamble on a wide eight or just a nine… and that’s before you talk about any variation from store to store.

So it was that when I managed a rare trip out, despite my nerves playing up a little. Perhaps it was last week’s knock at the door mid Xmas dress try-on from the delivery driver that put me on edge. BTW, this is completely about my worries, not a complaint about a bloke just doing his job! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I did get out and going back to the earlier comment about shoes, I teamed an old pair with some dark cropped trousers. I was aiming to blend in, at least as much as a six foot person with man shoulders can. ๐Ÿ™‚ The heels did me well given they were easy to move in and by the end of the trip, my feet did hurt. Mind you, that might be down to the fact that I’d somehow clocked up three miles with all the wandering about! Still, good for the soul (if not the sole).

While out I found a beautiful blue dress in a charity shop: I almost wore that to the Xmas Party, but it felt more spring than winter. For the princely (princessly? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) sum of a fiver, it seemed rude not to invest. Fingers crossed I get to wear that in Spring before it’s a return to Planet Wookie. I just need to pop a stitch in the cross-over as it has a tendency to show a little more than a lady would like… even a part-time one ๐Ÿ˜‰ Standards, darhlink, standards.

With Chams now done until the New Year and the family at home for the holidays, it’ll be quiet from a T point of view for a while. We may be back to the usual introspection and look back at the year. Mind you, I am really looking forward to time off. Hopefully, after the big day, there will be time for long country walks with the Ever Lovely Mrs J and the hounds. Both kids are of an age where they are happier to do their own thing. I think it’s only a handful of years before Wee Man may head off to university and Little Miss is growing up quickly too, bless her. Perhaps it’s good to count the days we have and enjoy each moment, rather than thinking of what may come and go.

So, I’m going to wish you a merry Christmas and I’ll see you on the other side. May your gifts be well received, your waistlines unstressed, and that you have an awesome time.

Take care,


  1. Alas, we don’t share the same shoe size. In the UK, I’d be a 10. Lucky girl you are!

    I do love the shoes and that blue dress would be just fine for a winter outing in Cali.

    Merry Christmas Lynn!

    Calie x

    1. You might struggle on the high street to get a UK 10, although things are changing slowly. Luckily the Jones side of the family have small feet: my dad takes a UK 7.

      It’s been a long time since I visited Cali, although November in San Diego was very pleasant. Certainly less bracing than New England ๐Ÿ™‚

      Merry Christmas to you as well, Calie. Thank you for all you do for the trans community (Gems and T Central). I hope you have a happy holiday.

      L x

  2. I couldn’t find your blog – horrors! – and then I realised, it’s transitioned. Or had a big fat makeover. We encourage such things. Sending you best Christmas wishes, dear Lynn, and hopes for all good things. Sue x

    1. Ha ha! Yes, the blog is living a new life – not that there was anything wrong with the last one. Just a few nagging doubts around ownership and permanence.

      Hey, less of the fat ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been on salads for months now ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re right in that YATGB has changed in looks and the only thing I can’t quite get to work from the old blog, is the background wallpaper and a bit of space between posts and widgets. Still, working/done is better than perfect from what I’ve been told, so maybe I’ll revisit things.

      I hope you have a fab Christmas in your new home and that the broadband cowboys have finally worked out how to make it work.

      Stay fab!

      L x

  3. The shoes are looking great Lynn, having shoes with straps is a godsend, much easier to keep them on your feet. I find that no matter how well a pair pumps fit me as the evening goes on that tend to slip off my feet! The blue dress is lovely and such a bargain! Have a lovely Christmas and a great New Year, I’m looking forward to your posts in the coming year!

    1. Thanks for the Xmas well wishes, Andrea. The right footwear makes our breaks both the outfit… or the feet ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not quite at the stage of Comfort Shoes At All Times, but equally, life’s too short to be hobbling around, unable to enjoy your time out or the dance floor ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope 2020 and the festive period are kind to you and yours. Good luck with the blogging as well.

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