Friday morning I depart for my annual antique show. Thus, the rest of the afternoon today is going to be spent packing up the sale items and loading the car, so I can leave first thing in the morning.
This morning I visited my mother at the nursing home. I had actually forgotten that it was Halloween, since we don't get trick-or-treaters at our place and thus don't need to stock up on candy. There were tons of people around, many in costume. Including a couple of staff girls dressed as men. I was invited to come back for the Halloween party at 2. My first comment was that I don't have a costume. One of the girls said "we have two girls dressed as guys, why don't you dress as a girl?" "That sounds great, but due to my schedule - darn it anyway - my afternoon is already spoken for. Can I take a raincheck for next year?" "Sure, honey...and if you need to, we have a place where you can change." My response was..."that's a deal!"
When I got home and discussed it with the better half, it met with a completely negative response...as I figured it might. (I could go into details, but I won't bore you - you've heard it all before, from others.) So, next year I might actually have to be a "bag lady" for the day, take my things in a plastic bag, and change there. It's entirely do-able.
But, I looked at a 2014 calendar. The problem will be that I have to give up a Friday of sales to make it happen. Fortunately, Friday typically has been my weakest of the three sale days. So next year, I may just load the car Friday morning, do the party Friday afternoon, and get up at zero dark 30 Saturday (for me about 4:30 AM) to drive to the sale. Not incurring one night's motel expenses could help offset some of the lost sales. I'll know more about business conditions after this show.
But the better half's major resistance indicates for now, "Mandy in a dress" will have to appear only when away from home... Even though it's a disappointing situation, it's not unexpected. Major resistance has waxed and waned many times over the past couple of decades, and probably will again in the future. Our recent vacation has taught me that with proper makeup (and my clothes, hair, nails and purse) I can often be accepted as a girl, even in my androgynous form. (More vacation posts coming soon.)
So, Mandy really is perpetually present.,..and skirts or dresses can be added whenever the time is right. Press on, MacDuff...or is it "Ms. MacDuff?"