Ah, the joys of a week off. While it’s gone by rather quickly, it’s been great to leave the work laptop switched off, ditch the
sofa home office routine, and get out into Autumn. The Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have had the pleasure of birth each others company and a few new routes on our dog walks. That and occasional stops for coffee. Mrs J had some good news from the medical folk recently, so we feel the are heading in the right direction. I guess you have be thankful for what goes right 🙂
We’ve changed our food box – I know, so middle class 😉 – to be veggie for Mrs J’s health and that’s helping all of us. That and, fingers crossed, the environment too as we’re trying cut meat. Coincidentally, we switched to oat milk after a trans friend spoke about non diary options and I wouldn’t go back to milk. The oat milk is good in tea, but delicious in coffee. In honesty, there’s still milk chocolate in the house and cheese, but we’re not buying crisps. I mention the above as with the long walks and change in diet, I’m feeling more in trim and my tum seems to have shrunk too. Not quite enough to use my old corset, but I guess it’s good to be happy with your shape.
As Calie asked last week about countryside photos, here’s one of a scene I love. It’s where the trees and hedgerows merge into a canopy overhead. For me, there’s something incredibly appealing and rewarding to the quality of the light that falls through the leaves. That and the swish or crunch of dry leaves underfoot.
With time off, I’ve been able to relax. Or more accurately, remind myself that having days where I don’t have to rush about, is a good thing. Taking the time to let the world go by and enjoy the moment have been just fab.
In trans news, I managed to order some chocolate sheer tights for the Thursday night out. I’ve got some nude tights (thanks Snag) which I love, although barely black or liquorice wasn’t quite the look I wanted. After years of having to wear opaques, the choice – if not the freedom and rightness – of smooth pins really helps me feel okay about myself.
With it being Halloween, for a bit of fun, a few of us vamped things up for Chameleons. Sometimes it’s good to break up the routine a little. I certainly enjoyed reading up on eye makeup tutorials. Getting a smokey eye when you’ve hooded lids is something I struggle with, but I felt I’d made an okay job of things on Thursday. The Ever Lovely Mrs J shared her wisdom on which black outfit might work, so while I took my fall back dress, I went with a velvet skirt and, style saints be praised, a top that matched. Teaming those with my new tights and some old heels, I felt quite special. There’s something about these occasional changes to Lynn mode that help reset the internal pressure levels. The Centre’s ‘fancy loo’ now has a long mirror in it, so it seemed rude not to give it a test run. 😉
As to the evening itself, after last time’s quiet meeting – I think there were five, maybe four of us?; this time it was a full house. It was great to see old friends again and catch up with those who’d been kept away by unlucky circumstances (illness, COVID, etc). With so many present, the conversation split into different zones and I think that’s a good thing. Sometimes folk want more one on one chats, some a wider discussion, and there’s the choice is listening as others share.
There was just time for a quick snap before Val had to make an early exit This time in the changing room, as the meeting was still going strong.
Nicole and I locked up, and it was back through the windy autumn night. All in all, a fab time indeed.