Eject

Hi, As I walked along to the company car park with a colleague, I was listening as she explained how she’d cut back on her news consumption and also certain satirical programmes. This wasn’t through a lack of interest; no, more accurately, it was too much interest and the effect of the weight of the world upon her shoulders. The conversation ended as she headed to one end of the car park (with a cheery goodbye), and me to the other. For Northern readers, feel free to use the t’other word instead. 🙂 I reached my own car and after pausing briefly to admire the very beautiful Wolf Moon that loomed large in the night sky, I thought about my […]

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On the Turn

Hi, Not just a new year but a decade as well. What will the next ten years bring? I’m hopeful for greater stability and compassion, but those in charge may feel and act differently. While doing things on a wide scale may feel beyond us, there are things we can do for ourselves. I’m not suggesting throwing caution to the wind, but I am saying with the new year’s energy behind you, taking steps to explore your gender identity can be done. You don’t need to have a full wardrobe, be amazing at makeup (I know I’m still learning), or out. You don’t need to be sure if you’re genderfluid, bi-gender, crossdressing, or anywhere else on the trans spectrum. I […]

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To close the year

Hi, In the blur of family visits, long dog walks, streaming TV, and irregular mealtimes, the fact that this is the last Friday before the turn of the year – and indeed, decade – has slipped my mind. But last-minute and off the cuff is just how I roll at YATGB. 🙂 The year has been an interesting mix of news – both from a personal, family, and national perspective. I will spare you my views on the political landscape of the UK, as anything I write here is, I feel, unlikely to sway you if you’ve different views, and if your views are similar, it’s going to be an echo chamber. All I will say is that I hope […]

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The One Before

Hi, 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 🙂 Still, they do help shift the Christmas calories. With some early sales already running – no doubt to make room for summer clothes and Easter eggs in the shops 🙂 – I did treat myself to a pair of cute blue heels. Patent at the back and suede fronts. The photo makes them […]

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The Xmas Do

Last night was the Chameleons Christmas Do. Despite the best efforts of serious traffic issues and the General Election* being on, somehow a few brave souls made it through. We were missing a few regulars due to illness or the Curse of the Clashing Office Party. I did notice a number of partners had come as well and that made me happy. I think that it lets them talk, swap experiences, and see what it’s like at the group. Maybe we’re not a just social & support group for T folk, but for their families too. [ * That’s the last reference to any politics in this post I promise 🙂 ] I was, as I said to Val, a […]

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