Bonus: Last photo taken by Abigail Lilith – Thanks! ^_^
More or less stuff, trans or not, that I’ve done over the last 25+ years, that I’d more or less do again, regardless.
SunValley Mall in Concord, California – Kind of a special place in my life… I’ve been there at least half a dozen times over the past 20 years, stemming from a visit there in the late 1980s or early 1990s, when there was still an arcade there (I remember playing Taito’s arcade game adaptation of Rambo III), and the Atari Lynx handheld game system was introduced to the masses. Quite a bit has been written about it (And not just about the air crash tragedy that happened just before Christmas 1985) – check out the write-up and vintage postcards posted up by BigMallrat.
For me, it was a place to explore in my wanderlust, when I’d road trip around Northern California. I’ve been there quite a few times, especially within my last few years I lived in California. Sometimes, I wonder what my life would have been like, if I had lived in Concord, Martinez, or even Walnut Creek or San Ramon?
Continue reading #123 – Stuff I Don’t Regret Challenge (001) – “That LBD” And Memories At Sun Valley Mall
Did I mention I like being pampered? Massages (even those chairs with the “magic fingers” – put in me one for more than 30 minutes, and I will meow like the kitty that I am. =^_^= ), manicures, a trip to the hair salon (Hi, Mario – Thanks for taking care of me today! ^_^; ), and I’m sure there’s more.
I’m eager to have a makeover, probably at MAC or Sephora, or somewhere…
You know, I really should just do some mini-posts more often. If nothing else, it’ll give me more of an excuse to post here more often.
So tired… but I know I’ve got some things to write about… about some really cool things I’ve done over the years when I lived in California. A lot of them, I’d do all over again, and I don’t regret.
(Mirrored from Facebook earlier tonight.)
I was asked to describe what kind of rekindled the Christmas Spirit that kind of sputtered and died within me over the past few weeks… Well, sometimes, it’s the little things. (Doesn’t it always seem to be the little things?)
“On The Last Episode of Julie Anne…”
– She’s still out of work, it’s been over two weeks now… Gee, just like 16 years ago, innit?
– Self-doubt about her own abilities, much less being able to keep a job and do the work if she can find another job, yet she doesn’t have a problem with being comfortable in her own skin (Well, then, why isn’t she taking the plunge and coming out and going full time?)
[Easy, it’s kind of rough to do it without a job, without income, and not really having things set up with a place to stay if she gets booted out of her mom’s house.]
Monday, Christmas Eve 2012 – Mom’s preparing dinner for the family gathering. (At Julie’s sister’s house!)
… And we’re missing a roasting pan to accommodate a good-sized portion of pork loin to roast. (Yeah, Julie Anne left the pan at someone’s house after Thanksgiving. oops!) ^_^;
So… it’s a mad rush to Fry’s down the road from Salon De Julie Anne… Wall to wall people… Not sure if she can find what she’s looking for – A roasting pan, and 16 ounces of Kroger-branded sour cream.
I just about gave up after five minutes, and was about to abandon to head to Dollar General across the street for sour cream…
When I saw it… out there in a display of other stuff, mostly other cookware, out on the main floor or Fry’s…. One roasting pan, still in the box… perhaps the last one in stock? Yeah, after about a minute to think about it, I grabbed it….
And then, a quick trip across the store to the dairy section to get the sour cream, and I was just about frozen, seeing that most of the good stuff was picked over. (Sis isn’t big on Daisy Sour Cream) – Someone else came up, spotted the last three 16 oz. containers, took two for her, and left one for me.
Like I said, it’s the little things… The unexpected miracles, and the kindness of others… (Well, as I played it off with typical guy banter… Yeah, I was in boy-mode again… I’ve gotta stop doing that….)
It’s a start, I guess… The road is still long, but I guess it doesn’t matter, as long as you make up your mind to keep moving forward, even with every setback.
And now, for those who just joined us – I’m going to attempt to explain what my Facebook is all about?
Am I full-time?: No, and it may be quite some time – There’s a long journey ahead of me, and I’m still figuring things out.
What types of photos do I post?: Mostly me looking cute, or as formal as I can get, usually blending in with every other girl out there. I’ll leave the more daring flights of fantasy for when I slim down. I’d say I’ve got over 100 pounds to go, and I am managing about 3 pounds a week weight loss on average, after about five weeks back on track with Weight Watchers.
Some of your posts don’t seem to make sense!: It happens. I usually post whatever’s on my mind, and a lot of my posts are rather me-centric.
Are you out to anyone?: A handful of friends, including those I told, and those who found me from my “boy” Facebook. (No, I’m not telling you who it is. ^_^;)
Have you done any risque photos?: Yes, but not everyone get to see them. Don’t ask. You will know when you’re in the clique. ^_^;
What’s with the music, movie clips, and video/computer game posts?: Hey, I’m a gamergirl, sort of, and I have my pop culture loves. I’m still easily impressionable! ^_^;
Why do you follow the stereotypical expectations of liking anime and Hello Kitty?: Hey – I was an anime fan even when I was all the way in the closet, (cosplay kind of helped me prepare for getting out!) and Hello Kitty was because I’m making up for the childhood I didn’t get. (I envied my sis, and other girls, even grown-ups who still like Sanrio stuff. I have a small collection, but my anime VHS tape and DVD — and laserdiscs — are taking up more room than I have shelf space for!)
Did you start out dressing up as a fetish?: (*sigh*) Yes… but the important thing is that it is not the sole reason.
Have you been out in public?: Several times, since my first few steps out in early October 2010 – I usually get out about 2-4 times a month, sometimes more, depending on week to week.
Do you see yourself living full-time eventually?: Most likely, yes… But life is an adventure, and I’m trying to make the most of that adventure, and where it takes me, and hopefully not struggling and sacrificing too much along the way.
Just a thought, since I seem to spend most of my time on FB. (http://www.facebook.com/julieanne.morgan3) – What do I post there? Whatever’s on my mind.
I’ve been out quite a few times in March, at least three separate occasions, all have been quite good times, most of them out in public. I’ll see if I can get a write-up on early March, and my day in San Jose, at a toy/collectible show, and an afternoon and evening with friends at a cosplay gathering, and later in the day, in downtown San Jose.
Stay tuned! (I need to ramp up activity on here anyway!)
Other than that, still out of work, still pushing that envelope, and still exploring the hidden treasure and greatest adventure of my life that is… well… me. ^_^;
I’m back on track for weight loss, returning to Weight Watchers, tracking portions, food choices, and trying to integrate regular exercise into the program. Of note – A pair of size 24 Dickies Girl college pants I purchased back in the spring of last year are quite loose in the waist. I think I’m ready for size 22, or perhaps 20. ^_^;
More updates when I can. This is me when I’m running my own program… finally!