We're into my annual "dry time," or "dressing desert." That's the period of time each year, when opportunities for Mandy to peer out of the closet and into the real world are few and far between. This dry time often lasts till April or May and the car show season gets under way. During this period, I simply get to enjoy all your adventures, while maintaining my androgynous mode.
This coming year, however, may provide a brief respite - in January I'm planning to a conference out west. There, I'll be with folks who know me, and will be my own androgynous self. However, on the way home, I'm planning a detour which will allow a short layover in California, and provide a chance to kick the door off the closet for some skirt time - a "girlcation," as it were. We'll see how well those plans develop...anything can happen at this point.
Since the Director at the nursing home saw my pictures last week, I've seen her twice in passing... Both times she was very friendly, and addressed me by my first name. It's a nice touch, and if it continues, I'll be fine with it, happy even. And the female staff is now addressing me by my first name. Seems like perhaps, in their eyes, I've moved over to their side of the aisle...and it's OK by me...that's where I prefer to be!
One of the ladies who eats lunch with Mom hadn't seen my outfit, so last week I took out the computer and showed her...she told me "that's a pretty girl." She was surprised that it was me...and said I looked very nice.
Strangely enough, all these interactions with people are helping me feel more comfortable being myself. I believe they'll be a big assistance, during my "girlcation" in January!
And, as I was exiting the post office recently, a man held the door for me. No issues, no strange looks. "There you go, Ma'am." "Thank you, sir!"
We're visiting our son in Tennessee for the holiday...so there will be lots more later. Meanwhile, I leave you with this beautiful sunset...once again, from the Chesapeake Bay region...
Happy Turkey Day!