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My life as a heterosexual crossdresser.

Wednesday night dinner at Outback Steak House

Well it is Wednesday and we are having our weekly dinner at Outback Steak House on Barns Road. We have gone here several times. Now I had e-mailed everyone about it and I would make reservations Tuesday evening so I had 8 of us so Tuesday evening I called and set up reservations for 9 as one girl had told me she was a maybe but wouldn’t know till the last minute and unfortunately, she couldn’t make it this week. Now luckily Outback was not busy Wednesday night as when I got up Wednesday morning, I had a message from 10:50 Tuesday night for 2 more for dinner so I figured after lunch I would call them and see if I could ad to the reservation. Well I also got another message a little after noon Wednesday wanting to add 3 more which would bring our total to 13. Well any way Outback called me to confirm the reservation and I told them yes but wanted to change it to 13, the lady told me that was fine but we might have just a little wait then which was fine.

I got home from work just before 5 and started getting ready as I wanted to be to Julie’s by 6 so we could talk a little before leaving. I did a quick job about 40 minutes in all to get ready and I did a purple eye shadow tonight with a bright red lipstick as I really wanted to wear my red sweater dress. It is really cute and comfortable and perfect on the cooler fall nights. Yes, the last 2 pictures it looks a little orange but that was the lighting in the restaurant it really is red like the first pictures. I got to Julie’s just a couple minutes before 6 so we had time t relax and talk for a little bit. Julie will leave to go south for the winter next week so this will be our last time riding together for a while and I will really miss that. It was about 6:15 when we left as my GPS was telling me 35 minutes to get there. I really love GPS, I use it pretty much every place I go and it is amazing how accurate it is, I left work today and it told me I would get home at 4:54 (1 hour and 12 minutes) I pulled into my drive at 4:55, it missed it by 1 minute.

We had a nice drive to Outback talking the whole time and yes, we got there about 6:50 and went in. we ran into Jennifer as we were walking in and Cassandra followed us in. it was funny as I went in and gave them my name and they said our table was all ready and showed us to it. we all sat down and I saw the girls taking off their masks and realized I left mine in the car but we were seated so it was okay. Now we had to wait for the others to show up and yes, all 13 made it tonight. We had me, Julie, Jennifer, Cassandra, Trish, Alicia, Madison, Claire, Joan, Patty, Christa and her wife and daughter. Now it was a big group and I did sit in the middle of the tables but still hard to talk with the people on the ends. This is the classic 2 sides of the coin. I love seeing girls get out and having big groups but as far as socializing I think 6 is the perfect number give or take 2. We all talked for a little while. It was great to see Joan out again as she does not get out with the group much and Alicia, I met at Starbucks last week so this was her first time meeting the group and same for Madison as they are not members but hope they will join.

Well we all ordered our dinners and yes, I got a nice steak as they have really good steaks here. Now I talked with Cassandra as we were seated next to each other and yes, it is about Diva Las Vegas. Cassandra changed her reservations so she is leaving Saturday morning but going over to central Oregon to see family before she leaves so, I will be driving down this year by myself which I have done before, my reservation is still for Monday check in. Now I could not get good rates this year as they did not Cary any of my points over because we had to cancel last year do to COVID so my 8 nights are a little over $1,000. The other thing is Cassandra may have to come home early because of work although I am still debating about leaving early also. The Halloween weekend Friday and Saturday nights) with resort fees and taxes are $535 of my bill, if I leave on Friday and don’t stay the weekend by bill for just the first 4 nights would be about $350 but I got time to think about that.

Our waitress was awesome by the way and what is funny is the waiter we have had the last several times stopped by our table to say hi also. Our food came and it was really good as always. If you like a good steak, I would highly recommend Outback, excellent food at reasonable prices, yes $25 to $40 depending on what you want but there are a lot of places out there that the same would be $50 to $100 and I don’t think they are any better. Again my personal opinion for what it is worth. We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation. Our waitress brought our bills and separated everyone out. some of us sat here till after 9 just talking. It was sad to see the night end. I talked with Claire and she is going to try and see if there is interest in a dinner next Wednesday but the problem is Julie, Jennifer and I will all be gone so it may be a smaller turn out.

Julie and I had a nice drive back to her house and talked all the way, I know we will both miss riding together and talking. I dropped her off for the last time till next year some time. Now I am looking forward to getting my nails done on Friday and then going to Las Vegas, I can’t wait but I really am most excited about getting my nails done.

Be safe and be happy with who you are and thanks for following my blog.

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saturday Susan time and yes laundry.

Well it is Saturday and I get to spend the afternoon and evening as Susan. but first last night on the way home from work I stopped and got a pedicure; bright red polish and it looks great. The lady doing my pedicure asked if I also wanted a manicure so I took the opportunity and told her that would be next Friday. I was

there about an hour and so enjoyed it. before I left, I set up my appointment for next Friday and told them I wanted a full set of acrylics. Yes, I got a few pictures of my pretty toes.

Saturday, I got up and had my monthly work zoom meeting which lasted till about 10:30 then I went out and did a little yard work I needed to do. It was about noon when I started getting ready as Susan but first was to put a load of laundry in, yes, I am going to wash everything I am taking to Las Vegas so they are all fresh and clean. While the wash ran, I did

my makeup and got ready, it was perfect timing as when I finished getting ready, I had 1 minute left on the wash, wash cycle is 1 ½ hours. I hung up my clothes to dry, yes Susan’s clothes do not go in the dryer. I put the next load in and figured I could run down to the Starbucks right by my house, it is ¼ mile away so really close. I figured I could sit outside and enjoy the sunny day for 1 ½ hours and then run home really quick and hang start my next load, I have them 4 loads I want to do.

I got to the Starbucks by my house and went in and the one lady greeted me by name. they were actually really busy inside, 3 people by themselves, one big group of 6 young people and then several couples but no one sitting outside so that is where I sat, yes, I brought my long sweater which I found going through my stuff to wash. It is about 65 out and sunny but still a little on the cool side as their tables are on the shady side of the building. Now I had only been sitting here a few minutes when a man came up to the table next to me, partially in the sun and asked if he could have the other chair at my table and I said yes. Now it was fun sitting out front here and watching the people walk by and yes, the cars, I did see several cars go by with people I know as I am really close to my house. Now while I was her Julie called me to see what I was doing and if I was planning on going out tonight so we decided to get together and have dinner. She will call me when she is ready and I will pick her up. Now as I sat here 2 women walked up and went in, now they had masks on so I am not sure but I think one might have been trans. Well when they came out the one, I thought might be trans handed me a card and yes, she was trans, her name is Alicia. Well they sat down with me and we started talking. It was interesting and the first time I have ran into another Transgender person at Starbucks. Well another lady came over who new them so now there were 4 of us sitting out front talking.

We talked for a while and it was very enjoyable. As we talked a man walked up with a mask on, it turned out to be Nicole, she was in the traveling through the area and I am thinking she stopped at Goodwill and saw me sitting out front and came over to say hi which was so nice. She only stayed a few minutes but it was great to see her again. Hopefully she can make it down for dinner again soon. Well I talked more with Alicia and her wife who I later found out is also a trans women and the other lady with them her boyfriend likes to dress up and she is okay. Well we ended up sitting there and talking till 4:30 before they had to leave. I stayed a few minutes longer before heading home to take care of my laundry. It was about 4:50 and I was waiting for Julie to call me so about dinner so I decided to go to the Starbucks in Orchards as that is about halfway to Julies house and I need to charge up my computer and I figured I could get a start on this blog. It was about 5:50 when I left to go pick Julie up.

I got to Julie’s about 6:15 and we talked for a little bit before we left. We were going out to dinner and Julie thought there was a Chinese restaurant down on NW 21st av. We used to go to House of Louie till they closed. We drove downtown talking the whole way, it was so nice. Well we didn’t find one but we were close to Swagat which has Indian cuisine so I parked and we walked back the 2 blocks to get some food. We have gone here several times and they have good food. Julie and got a table and sat down for a quiet dinner and wonderful conversation. It was such a great idea Julie had about going out to dinner. Now the sad part is we will have another Wednesday night dinner this Wednesday at Outback steak house and then I will be in Las Vegas and when I get back Julie will have gone south for the winter, I will really miss our riding together. After dinner we sat and talked till a little after 9. Thanks for taking me out for dinner.

We walked back to the car and I drove Julie home and we talked all the way. It really was an enjoyable evening. I dropped Julie off and drove home, now I am looking forward to our Zoom meeting and our Wednesday night dinner and yes next weeks trip to Diva Las Vegas.

Be safe and thanks for reading my blog.


 

October 19, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out, Starbucks | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Who Song & Larry

Well it is another Wednesday and I get to have dinner with my friends. We are going to Who Song & Larry in Vancouver. I called last night and made reservations for 12 and today when they called to confirm my reservation, I changed it to 14 yes, we have a big group tonight including 4 wives/significant others. Now I got home little early and as it is in Vancouver, I am not picking Julie up we are just going to meet there as it is kind of in the middle between us. Any way I had plenty of time to get ready tonight. I was all ready before 6 so I finished off my blog from Monday nights zoom meeting and posted it. It was about 6:15 when I left for Who Song & Larry’s.

I got to Who Songs and Larry by 6:30, yes, I actually like getting here early and sitting in the bar. I parked and started in and saw Lynn coming across the parking lot so I waited for her. we went in and I checked in and it turns out they were getting our table ready already. Jennifer and her wife showed up right after us and by that time our tables was ready so we were shown to our table. Now our waiter came over and yes, I ordered their cheese & been dip which is awesome, I could make a meal out of it, by the way they give you house made chips and salsa for free. Now girls started showing up and by 7 almost all of us were there but we kept talking instead of ordering to wait for the rest. Tonight we would have 13 total, yes one got held up at work and couldn’t make it. So we had Jennifer & Mary Anne, Cassandra & Peggy, Jan & Lynn, Julie & Trixie, Claire, Barb, Sherri, Karen and me. It was great to see so many but it was hard to talk with everyone even though I sat towards the middle of the table.

Now it was a fun night and we all ordered our dinner and yes, I got the same thing I always get. Now I did try to talk with everyone but with such a big group it was hard and I mostly talked to those right around me. Now there were a few other group here 3 to 6 people but really, they were not real busy tonight. Now we did talk about Diva Las Vegas which is less than 2 weeks away. Jennifer and I talked a little about getting our nails done for the trip, yes, we are both getting acrylic nails although I think mine might be a little longer than hers. I know she is going to love getting the done. I also talked with Cassandra, she is still planning on going and us driving down together but there is still a small chance she may have to cancel do to work related issues but we are staying positive. Claire and I talked a little and she is really interested but just can’t make this one work but I really thinking about the spring. We had a nice dinner and then sat and talked till about 9 before paying our bills and yes, our waiter got them all correctly split out which with a big group like this was amazing.

Now as we got ready to leave, we all stood together for maybe 10 minutes by the table so we could all talk together.it was great to get to talk with Karen for a few minutes which was nice as I haven’t seen her for a while as it is hard for her to make the dinners. Also got to talk to Sheri, this is only her second dinner with us and her second time going out. she actually drove over this afternoon from Eastern Oregon and got a motel for the night so she could join us, how awesome is that. Now here is the funny thing she is staying at a motel just off the highway maybe a mile from here, nothing fancy but clean but it is a 1 story motel and you can park right outside your doors it is easy to get to your car. Now that is not the funny part what is funny is years ago before I was really going out other than just late-night drives, this was the same motel I picked for a weekend so I could get my first set of acrylic nails. Now for me this was back in the late 90’s so probably 25 years ago. Makes me wonder how many other trans people have stayed here for the same reason.

Well after about 10 minutes standing by the table talking, we left and walked out and of course the staff we passed either thanked us for coming or asked us to come back again. They have always treated us awesome here and I really want to support them as I know a lot of restaurants are struggling. Now we may have to wait till after Christmas as the Christmas ships start on December 3 and they will be really busy then as it is a great place to watch them so if we don’t come back here before then we probably won’t get in at least with a big group.

Outside we all said our goodbyes for the night which is always sad and walked to our cars. It only took me less then 15 minutes to get home and washed away Susan for the night. now I am looking forward to this weekend and some Susan time and yes, I do have some plans. Friday night on my way home from work I am going to stop and get a pedicure at Julies Nails for Las Vegas which will be really fun. The other thing I want to do is some laundry, yes, I am going to start getting ready for Las Vegas and that means I will be washing some of my clothes to freshen them up for the trip.

Stay safe and be happy with who you are. Thanks for reading my blog and sharing this part of my life with me and be sure and read my most recent blogs to see what is new in my life.

October 16, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out, who song & larry | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Screen Door

Well it is another Wednesday night, the first one of October and I once again get to go to dinner with my friends. Tonight we are going to the Screen Door on NW Couch Street in the Pearl District of Portland which is just a block away from the Deschutes Brewery we went to last week. Now I do have to be to work early tomorrow which means getting up a little before 4 am so I thought about skipping tonight but I just couldn’t as I wanted to see my friends and especially Julie as she will go south for the winter here in a few week. I told Julie I would be to her house around 6pm so again it would be a rush getting ready as I got home just before 5 tonight so it was straight into the bathroom to start getting ready. now it does make it easier as on the way home I decided what dress I would wear, my ankle boots, the earrings I wanted and how I was going to do my makeup and that always speeds up the process of getting ready. It was a little after 5:30pm when I walked out my front door to my car. Now there was a little more traffic tonight so I got to Julies just a couple minutes after 6pm and got a quick picture in my car before going inside, Julie leaves the door open for me incase she is still getting ready. Julie was just finishing so we had a chance to sit and talk for about 1 minutes before we had to leave. I really enjoy this time together. 20 years ago I was just trying to get out of the house and now I go visit with my friends and go out to dinner with them and yes in a few weeks will travel to Las Vegas and live full time as Susan for 12 days, I have come a long way and it really is because of Julie, Cassandra, Jan & Lynn, Alice and so many other wonderful friends I have made. It was about 6:20pm when we left for the restaurant.

Traffic was light and Julie and I spent the drive talking, it really does make the going out so much more fun going with someone. We got downtown and yes, the parking gods were with me and I found a spot about a block away, it was only 6:50pm sow we were right on time and just like last week Barb parked not far from us and walked to the restaurant with us. Now we had 9 of us going tonight. We got inside and Danika and Jeanie were already at the table so we joined them. It wasn’t long and the rest of the girls showed up. After our meal Jennifer had our waiter take our picture and sent it to us and everyone said I could post it so her it is and again from left to right is Claire, Jennifer, Danika, Julie, Jan, Lynn, me, Jeanie and Barb.

Now our waiter came and took our order and we had another first tonight, it turns out our waiter was a trans man and he was awesome. Now I ordered their Fried Chicken dinner $20 which I thought was a little high but I did not realize how much food there was. It was really good and I ate more then I should of and yes still didn’t eat it all. It came with 2 really big pieces of boneless chicken and mashed potatoes and I subbed mac and cheese for the collard greens and I had ½ of one of the pieces left and really should have stopped after the first piece. I really think if you had a salad or small appetizer this would have been more then enough for 2 people. I think we all took some home well almost, I got a to go container and then forgot it on the table. I would highly recommend this place as the food is good, staff is friendly and atmosphere is great.

We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation and yes as I sat towards the middle of the table, I was able to talk with everyone pretty much. The night went by so fast and after dinner we sat and talked for a bit. It was a little after 9 when we paid our bills and left and again, we did stand outside for a few minutes and talk. Now Jan and Lynn came by Max tonight, Lynn got off work and drove over to the Gateway transit center and parked and road down and Jan had her sun drop her off at Delta Park and they met down at 3rd and Davis and walked the 11 blocks up. Now the funny thing is Lynn and on some really cute ankle boots with heels and the walk up did her in, yes, they were new and we have all been there so I offered to drive them back to the max stop so they didn’t have to walk all that way this late at night. the only bad thing is I have also been giving Claire rides home as she also walks as she lives about 9 blocks from her and I didn’t have room for her. again it is so wonderful to be out as Susan and be able to do this. When I first went out, I didn’t want anyone to see what car I was in as I knew they would run my license plate and figure out who I was.

The 4 of us got in my car and I drove them down to the max stop and let them off and then drove Julie home and again we had a wonderful conversation on the way. We got to Julies just before 10 and I dropped her off, I will really miss picking her up and her going out with us this winter, maybe she can join our Monday zoom meetings so we can see each other that way. It really is amazing how many close and wonderful friends I have made as Susan and what a big part of my life and who I am they are. Now I had the drive home. I got home about 10:30 and washed away my makeup and got ready for bed, it was just before 11 when I went to bed so I will get maybe 5 hours of sleep tonight well not really as I said earlier, I ate way too much and yes it is hard for me to sleep when I am that full, the only bad thing about the Wednesday night dinners is eating so late but it is still worth it to spend time with my friends.

Now I am looking forward to the weekend and spending Saturday and Sunday afternoon as Susan. No big plans just some Susan time. Stay safe and be happy with who you are and thanks for reading my blog and sharing this part of my life with me and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

October 10, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Deschutes Brewery

Well it is the last Wednesday night of September and we are going to Dinner at the Deschutes Brewery in Portland. We have gone here before back in December of 2017 so it has been a while so I was looking forward to it. Now I like to take my time getting ready but it seems on Wednesday I have been getting home later as traffic is getting back more too normal and tonight was no exception. I pulled into my driveway at 5:02 pm and went into my house to get ready so it would be a quick transformation tonight. Now as I said I do like spending 1 ½ hours getting ready but I can do it quicker. The trick to getting ready faster is to know beforehand exactly how you are going to do your makeup and what you are going to wear which I had been thinking about on my way home. I did my makeup and was happy with the look and got dressed and walked out to my car and was on my way at 5:31, just 29 minutes to get ready which may be my fastest time getting ready. now I was on my way to pick up Julie.

I got to Julies house just before 6, I did get a couple pictures in the car before I went in, she was just finishing getting ready so we sat and talked for about 15 minutes before we left, I really enjoy this time. we finally left and had a nice conversation on the way. We got downtown and found a parking spot about 2 blocks away, Barb parked just a few cars back so we all walked together to Deschutes Brewery. We got there and Jennifer and Danika were already there, shortly after Claire and Trish showed up so we were all there by 7. The lady came outside and told us our table was ready so we went in and sat down. We talked for a bit till our waitress came over and took our orders, I had one of their burgers as they are really good. Now we sat and talked and had a nice time, I did get a picture with Julie.

Our food came and as always it was really good, I also had one of their house made craft root beer which is really good also. It was a really nice evening out and after diner we sat and talked as they weren’t that busy. Now Jennifer asked our waitress to take a group picture with her phone, Claire also gave her, her phone for a pictures so you guessed it I had her take one a couple with my phone. Now I did ask everyone if I could use it in my blog and they all said yes so here we all are, left to right is Danika, Jennifer, Trish, Barb, Julie, me and Claire. We stayed here till a little after 9 before we paid our bills and left. We did stand out front for a little bit and talk and decided where our next 2 Wednesday night dinners will be, I don’t remember this coming weeks on but in 2 weeks we will be at Who Song and Larry’s in Vancouver again.

We all walked towards our cars, well Claire walked home as she lives only a few blocks away. It is always sad to see the evening end. Julie and I talked as I drove her back to her house; it will be sad as Julie will be going south for the winter here in a few weeks and I will have to make these drives by myself. It was a little before 10 when I dropped Julie off and headed for home. It was a wonderful night out with my friends.

Now I am looking forward to the weekend and some Susan time, they are saying it will be a showery weekend so I am thinking of driving to the cost for the day mainly for the ride.

Stay safe and be happy and thanks for reading my blog and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

October 3, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen and Sherri’s first time out

Well it is Wednesday night and I get to have dinner with my friends at Southland Whiskey Kitchen, yes we were here just a couple weeks ago but one of our newest members stopped by in male mode to meet us and tonight will be her first time going out as Sherri and she was familiar with this place so I figured it would help make her comfortable. Now originally, I had figured on just 6 but we had a last-minute ad and with 7 I decided to call and make a reservation for 8 just to be safe. Turns out I didn’t need to as they were not busy. I got home about 4:45 and started getting ready as I wanted to be to Julie’s by 6 so we had a little time to sit and talk before leaving I so love this time. now I knew what I was going to wear and how I was going to do my makeup and yes it included the gold eye shadow I bought Monday as Tracy the lady who sold it to me will be there. I did think about the lipstick I got also as it is really a beautiful shade but with eating it will wear off or worse maybe smear which I don’t like so that will be my lipstick probably for our Zoom meetings or if I am not going to eat. Yes, I do not like messy lips. I was all ready by a few minutes after 5:30 and on my way.

I got to Julie’s just before 6 and went in. Julie had just finished dressing and so we sat and talked for about 20 minutes before we left for the restaurant, I really do love picking Julie up as it gives us a great chance to talk plus Julie is just so wonderful to be around as are all my friends really. We got to Southland Whiskey Kitchen at 6:50 and went in and Sherri and Tracy were already there, Yes Sherri’s first time out. it was so wonderful to see them and Sherri looked wonderful and a lot more calm then my first few times out, I sat looking at the table and hardly said a word to the people around me, Tracy looked beautiful too as did all of us. Tracy is a really supportive friend of Sherri and her wife they met here in Portland and she came out to give Sherri some encouragement. Julie and I sat down and Cassandra joined us, seems she had been sitting at the bar waiting for us to arrive. Again I remember the old days when none of us wanted to be the first to arrive. It wasn’t long and Claire showed up, all we were missing was Patty and she showed up just a few minutes past 7 so we all made it. I made sure and introduced everyone to Sherri and Tracy as I wanted them to feel as welcome and comfortable as possible being her first time out. Sherri made a wonderful comment and I think it is worth repeating. She said she walked in as Sherri and the world didn’t end of change and that is so true. We all think that when we go out everyone is watching us, that we are all they are thinking about or talking about and that is just not true. Yes, we may get a look, comment or they may talk briefly about us but then life goes right back on track and they go back to what they were doing.

Our waitress came and took our drink order and it was the same waitress we had a couple weeks ago. Now looking around I am sure they were happy we were here as there were a couple people sitting at the bar and 1 couple at another table and that was it. we all ordered our food and yes, I got the same thing I had last time. I do have my favorites at the places we go and I tend to always order them, I am a girl of habit but I know what I like. Now I was to the middle of the table where I like to sit as I can kind of talk with everyone but I did spend most of the night talking with Sherri and Tracy as I really did want to get to know then better. Sherri lives a few hours away so she will not be a regular at our dinners but I really do hope when she is in town, she will join us. Even if not on a Wednesday night I and I think a few others would be willing to do another night if that was all she had in town yes, we all look for an excuse to enjoy this side of who we are.

Our food came and we had a wonderful meal. It was just such a wonderful night out with friends, new and old. I really think Sherri and Tracy enjoyed themselves at least I hope so. Your first time out is such a big experience and something we all remember. After dinner we sat and talked and just had nice time. it was a little before 9 when Sherri and Tracy’s Uber showed up as that was how they came to avoid parking. It was sad to see them leave but I look forward to seeing them again as they really are wonderful ladies. The rest of us sat and talked till about 9:30 before we left, we were the last ones here. Well it turns out because they are slow, they are closing earlier now and had been closed for a while now but let us sit and talk which was nice although we all felt bad for this. I think they are closing at 8 now which may affect our coming here as we usually do our dinners between 7 & 9. We all thanked them and they told us to be sure and come back. Now I forgot to get pictures and it would have been nice to get a group one, I really hope Sherri got a few of her to remember the night.

We all said our goodbyes and as Claire doesn’t live far from her Julie and I drove her home so we could talk a little more. Now next Wednesday I am not sure we will do a dinner as most of our regular girls will be out of town. We dropped Claire off and Julie and I talked all the way back to Julie’s house where I dropped her off for the night. it was a late night but so worth it. I didn’t get home till after 10:30 which may not seem that late but tomorrow I have to leave for work at 4:55 am which means it will be a short night. now I am looking forward to the weekend and some more Susan time.

Be happy with who you are and don’t let others tell you what you should be or how you should act. Thanks for reading my blog and sharing this part of my life with me.

September 12, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out, Susan Time | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday night dinner and a last-minute change

Well it is Wednesday night and our group is doing its dinner again. I had posted the other night we would be going to the Cheesecake factory at Clackamas Town Center. I have gone here a few times when I have been out shopping with Peggy or a few other girls. Now they only take reservation up to 6 people although they do allow bigger groups, as I was not sure if I would have any last-minute girls, I didn’t make reservations as we had 5 for sure and 2 maybes’. well I got home at 4:50 today and started getting ready right away as I was picking Julie up so we could ride together which I really love. Now it is only 20 minutes to get there but I still wanted to be to Julies by 6 as I so enjoy our time talking before, we leave.

Now I knew what I was going to wear tonight and how I wanted my makeup to look and that always makes getting ready go a little faster. I did go for the bright red lipstick which I will admit is my favorite color. I was all ready by 5:30 and walking out my front door to my car. As I was walking to my car one of my neighbors from down the street drove by so I have to believe they saw me weather they know or not I don’t know. I got to Julies just before 6 so I took a quick picture in my car before going in. Julie was just finishing getting ready so we had about 20 minutes or so to sit and talk which was awesome. We left about 6:20 and there was no traffic so we got there at 6:45 and parked, Cassandra had just parked almost next to us, we did have to park way out as there were a lot of cars.

We got to the Cheesecake Factory and went in and Jeanie was there, now we only have 5 tonight so we were waiting for Claire but we were early. I went to the desk to get our name on the list and the young lady looked at me and said “I love your makeup” now with a mask on she could really only see my eyes so that is what she was referring to so I thanked her as I really do love getting compliments. I told het there were 5 of us and she okay but they were short, staffed tonight and it was about an hour wait, probably why there were several groups of people standing outside. I talked it over with the others and we made the last-minute decision to change and go to California pizza where we went the end of July. It was only a short walk and they were not busy, Julie had Claire phone number so she called her to tell her of the change. So we waited for her outside talking.

Claire showed up and we went in and were shown to the same table we had last time we were here and yes, we had the same waitress, Baylee. She saw us sit down and came over and told us how good it was to see us again, she really is awesome, kind of reminds me of Kim the waitress we had all the time when we went to Harvey’s comedy club. It really is great when you make those personal connections. She took our drink orders and gave us time to look at the menu, of course I knew what I wanted, their Chicken Caesar salad which is awesome and I am trying to eat better. We ordered our dinner and then spent some time just talking.

Baylee brought our food out and we had a wonderful dinner, the food is really good and moderately priced, I would highly recommend coming here and yes if you can remember as for Baylee. She really is awesome, always referred to us as miss, honey or love and genially made us feel like we were the most important people there, now I know that is the job of a good waitress but it was more then that for her. we had a wonderful dinner and evening and great conversation. We stayed here till a little after 9 before we aid for our bill, if you read my blog from the last time, we were here you know another customer that night picked up our bill for the table which was a very nice surprise.

We all walked out together as we had all basically parked in the same area. I really do love these dinners out. now it was time to drive Julie home and yes, it is so much more fun to have her ride with me. She is more like family then a friend as are many of the girls I know. It was a little after 9:30 when I dropped Julie off at her home and headed for my house. Now the sad part is in a couple months Julie and Trixie will go south for the winter and I will not have her to share the ride with me and that will be different. It was about 10 when I got home and washed away Susan for now and went to bed. now I am looking forward to the weekend and yes, I have a 3-day weekend and am planning on stopping Friday night on my way home and getting a manicure for the weekend with some color. It was a hard choice as I could go to Julie’s Nails where I always go as my male self on Friday or go Saturday to Dream nails as Susan but as it is such a short time and I wanted as much time with my nails I have made an appointment for 5 pm Friday with Hellen the same lady who did my manicure pedicure a month ago. I am really looking forward to this. I so wish I could have pretty nails all the time.

Stay safe and be happy and thanks for reading my blog and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

September 4, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out, friends | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Well it is Wednesday and I am going to dinner.

It is Wednesday and I am going to go to dinner with my friends. Now I wasn’t sure I would as I had to work a little late today and I have to be in really early tomorrow as in 5am so I didn’t set up dinner tonight as I couldn’t be sure I could be there by 7 and I can’t stay out late and a few of the other girls who sometimes set dinners up are out of town. Well Cassandra texted me yesterday to see about dinner so she posted that she would be at Who song and Larry’s on the Vancouver waterfront tonight for dinner and Barb posted back she would also be there. Now this got me thinking as this is less then 15 minutes from my house so I should be able to make it and quick to get home so I posted I would also be there. Now there wasn’t a lot of traffic coming home so I was doing good. and got home just before 5pm.

I got ready taking extra care on my makeup as I wanted to look good. I was all ready by 6:15 and on my way. Now Claire had contacted me to see if there was a dinner so I passed this along and she said she would be there so there would be 4 of us. I got to Who Song & Larry’s at 6:30 and as I pulled into the parking lot Lynn was getting out of her car so we walked in together and she said Jan was on her way so we would have 6 of us tonight which was pretty good as Cassandra didn’t post about it till Tuesday evening. I got our name on the list for a table and the lady said it would be about 10 minutes so we stood in the lobby with our masks on, not as much fun. A lady standing next to me complimented me on my earrings which really are cute, yes, I love having pierced ears and I now have about 15 pairs which is a lot when you figure I only get to be Susan 4 times a week so if I alternate each time, it will take me 4 weeks to wear them all of course I do have my favorites that I tend to wear a little more. Let me know what you think of these earrings?

Cassandra walked in just as our table was ready so we went and sat down and waited to Jan, Barb & Claire to show up. Which they did just a little after 7. Now we were seated in the main room tonight which was nice as most people wanted to sit outside which would be fun but by the end of the evening might be a little chilly. Now they brought the tortilla chips and fresh salsa and as I am not a fan of salsa but love their bean dip, I ordered one of those and Lynn ordered some guacamole. Now I could make a meal just out of their tortilla chips and bean dip. We ordered dinner and had a wonderful time. now we have been coming here for many years and probably is the oldest place we still go as the others have closed. I think the first time we came here was around Christmas in 2010, we have always had great service and again tonight was no exception, our waiter was great and the hostess stopped by to check on us as did another man who I think might have been the manager.

Our food came and it was awesome and yes, I did have trouble eating it all after all the chips and dip I ate. We had a lovely dinner and great conversation and yes, we talked a little about the places we have gone over the years and a lot of them are no longer open and some of the members we have had that no longer come out. the member thing is hard as a lot of the girls you only know by their female name and when they stop coming out you have no idea why and no way to find out. we also talked a little about the P-club which goes way back. I won’t go into all the details but we were kicked out for being transgender and the State of Oregon took the owner to court and 11 of us testified and were awarded damages. We have collected a little over the years but not much and it has been over 2 years so Cassandra is going to contact our attorney just to see what the status is. I doubt we will ever get what we were awarded but it is enough to know they take a little money from him every time he gets some so he hast to think about us.

We stayed here till about 8:45 before calling it a night, now it is always sad to see the night end but I do have to be up by 4am tomorrow for work and still need to go home and wash Susan away and get to bed so this week I was okay with it being a little earlier. As we left every employee, we passed either thanked us for coming in or encouraged us to come back and as I said they were not that busy tonight so I am sure they were glad we were there.

It was just after 9 when I got home and I quickly washed my makeup off and off to bed I went and now I am thinking about this weekend and Saturday and Sunday as Susan and of course the following weekend which is Labor Day and I have a 3-day weekend and am thinking of getting a manicure with some red polish for the weekend.

Stay safe and be happy, thanks for reading my blog and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

August 28, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out, who song & larry | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Well it is another Wednesday night and we are having dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen tonight. We have 4 for sure and 2 maybes and also our new member possibly. Our newest member who join this past weekend is actually in town and she is very nervous as she has never been out which is understandable, I remember my first time trying to go out. any way she e-mailed me and she made reservations for 7 at Southland Whiskey kitchen also with a friend and wanted to know if she could stop by our table and say hi, of course she will be in male mode so I e-mailed back she was more then welcome to do that but also, they could join us if she wanted but I haven’t heard back.

I got home at 4:45 and started getting ready as I want to be to Julies house by 6 so we have a little time to talk before we have to leave for dinner as I so enjoy talking with her. now the key to getting ready fast is to know exactly how you want your makeup to look and what outfit you are going to wear so today at work I was figuring this out. I was all ready a little after 5:30 and on my way to Julie’s house. I got to her house right at 6 and went in and she was just finishing getting ready so we had a little time to sit and visit. We left about 6:20 as it takes about 20 minutes to get to Southland Whiskey kitchen and I wanted to have just a little time incase parking was an issue which it wasn’t, last couple times here I have gotten lucky and found a spot with in 2 blocks without having to drive around.

Now there were a lot of people on the street so I was thinking we should have made reservations but when we walked in, they were not busy at all. I told the lady we would have 6 even though 2 were not 100% so she put 2 tables together so we actually could have 8 so I kind of hoped our new member Sherri would join us. Well by 7 the 4 of us were there and by 7:15 we had 5 which would be it for tonight. It was Julie and me, Barb, Claire and Karen. Well we talked for a little bit and Claire asked me about my lipstick as she loved the color so we talked about it. Tonight I am wearing Maybelline superstay lip ink in the shade Founder. Yes, I love the Maybelline lipstick. I wear either this or their 24-hour suprestay 2 step if you want the shiny look. Both last really well as I will have to use a cotton ball with baby oil to remove this lipstick. Now I really have 4 shades I really like depending on my mood so yes tonight is the shade Founder which is a deep wine color as you can see from my pictures. I also like the shade Ruler which is more of a brick red color which I think is better for daytime. If I want that bold red lip, I love the shade Pioneer which really is my favorite. Another pretty daytime is the shade Lover which is more of a pinkish red. The links will take you to the blogs where I am wearing these shades. Yes, if you don’t know I love makeup and talking about makeup.

Our waitress came and took our order and of course I got my usual, yes, I am a creature of habit as I know what I like and tend to order the same thing when we go out. well we all talked as we waited for our food; it was just a nice relaxing time with friends. Our food came and it was good as always, yes this is a good place to go and if you like whiskey they have a huge selection and Wednesday nights they have specials on all their whiskeys which some of our girls like. Now during dinner I was looking around to see if Sherri was there but then as I have only seen 1 picture of her as her female self it would be hard to recognize her in male mode so if she was here, I would just have to home she came over.

It was about 8:30 when we finished dinner and paid our bills, we were still talking when a man and young lady walked by and stopped and introduced themselves, yes it was Sherri and her friend Tracy. Sherri lives in a small community in Eastern Oregon and was in Portland for business. Tracy is her friend who works at MAC at Clackamas town center, they met when Sherri and her wife were shopping there and Sherri actually asked her to match her for foundation and they hit it off so Tracy came wither tonight for moral support. Well we invited them to sit down and join us and then we spent almost an hour just sitting there and talking and getting to know her. she seem really nice and we encouraged her to come out. Now Sherri is tall even for a male at least 6′ 8″ so yes Jan would no longer be our groups tallest member but looking at her picture you would never know yes camera angles can do wonders. I get comments on my blog all the time saying I never take a bad picture, thanks by the way bit the truth is I only post the good ones. There are a lot that are not good and those get deleted fast, I love digital pictures for this reason. It was such a wonderful evening and Sherri was awesome and so was her friend Tracy, of course Tracy invited us all to come see her at MAC if we needed anything and yes, I do like MAC Studio fix foundation as it holds up the best over time but for short outings I like the Covergirl full coverage foundations which is what o wore tonight. It was 9:30 when we finally left and went outside. We all said our goodbyes and I offered Claire a ride home as she walked here tonight as she only lives about 16 blocks away and we pretty much go by her place on the way home.

The 3 of us walked to my car and we talked as we drove to Claire’s place. It was so nice. I dropped her off and then it was off to Julie’s to drop her off. It is such a fun night and so much better having Julie ride with me, of course she is more like family then a friend. Some of these girls in the group are my best friends and yes really more like part of my family and I feel so close to them. Julie and I did get a picture together at the table tonight which is just so cute. Such a wonderful night. now I am looking forward to Saturday and some Susan time, not sure about Sunday as Julie, Cassandra me and another girl are going golfing but in male mode so not sure if I will get any Susan time Sunday.

Stay safe and be happy and thanks for reading my blog and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

August 22, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wednesday night dinner at Olive Garden

It is Wednesday and we are doing our Wednesday night dinner at the Olive Garden mall 205. Now I have had lunch with girls at the Clackamas Olive Garden but this will be our first dinner. We have talked about it for a while but they don’t do reservations and when I have called them, they tell me they are usually busy till 7:30 or 8 but this week we are going to take our chances. We have 7 going so not to big of a group. My plan was to get there about 15 to 20 minutes early and get my name on the list. I had texted Julie; I would pick her up at 6 although if I am a little late it will be fine as it should only take about 15 minutes to get to Olive Garden from her house.

Well driving home from work was horrible lots of traffic so I was pulling into my driveway at 4:50 so it would be another rush to get ready. I quickly shaved and cleaned up and started my makeup. As I said in a previous blog, I can get ready in under an hour but really like to spend more time as it relaxes me. I did my makeup without thought in ither words just doing it without thinking if I should try something different. I got my makeup done and picked out my dress and was all ready and walking out my front door at 5:32 so from pulling into my drive to pulling out was 42 minutes and I thought I looked really nice. The drive to Julies was easy and I pulled into her driveway at 5:55 so we had time so of course I got a quick picture before going in.

Julie was all ready so we had a chance to talk before we had to leave which was nice, we sat at her counter and chatted something Susan loves to do. We left about 6:20 and headed for the Olive Garden, talking all the way. We were just a couple minutes away when Veronica texted me, she had arrived and got her name on the list and we had about a 20-minute wait. We parked and as we were getting out of the car Jennifer parked right in front of us so the 3 of us walked up together. Veronica was standing outside so we had 4 of us here already. A few minutes later Cassandra and Claire showed up so we were just missing Barb. We went inside as it was cooler and waited and just before 7, we were shown to our table. Barb showed up just after we were seated so we had all 7 of us. Now I do like it when we have big groups as we are getting girls out but for dinners 6 to 8 are a good size because you can usually talk with everyone pretty easy.

Our waitress came over and got our drink order while we decided what we wanted for dinner, for me there was no choice as all their food is good, yes, I love Italian food but I really like Chicken Parmesan. She came back and took our order and brought out the big bowls of salad and bread sticks and yes once again I filled up on them, I could make a meal out of just them. Well we all ordered and then sat and talked as we waited for our food. Now I did sit in the middle of the table so I could talk with everyone which is nice. Our food came out and as always it was really good. we had a wonderful dinner and great conversation. We talked about a lot of stuff including Diva Las Vegas, Cassandra, Veronica and Jennifer are going for sure, I am planning on it but still waiting for my vacation request to be approved and Julie is thinking about it and from the conversation maybe Claire. There are a few others in our group thinking about going so we could have a good turnout this year from Portland. Right now Jennifer is planning on flying down as Jennifer and thinking about getting acrylic nails which I think she would love.

Our waitress was awesome, she kept checking on us to see if we needed anything and always referred to us as Miss or ladies, we really do seem to get great service when we are out and I am hopeful everyone gets the same service. We finished our dinner and of course Veronica asked to see the desert list. I am really trying to make an effort to cut sweets out of my diet one to lose some weight but I just feel better when I do. The problem is I love sweets. Well Veronica was sitting right next to me and it was on their little electronic order machine so as Veronica swiped through the pictures, I was watching which was a mistake. Veronica stopped on the Strawberry cheesecake and that is what she ordered and that is one of my favorite deserts. I almost broke down but luckily, I ate all that salad and bread sticks so I barely finished my dinner and new I just couldn’t eat it all even though I know if I got it I would. Our waitress brought our bills and she split them all up and got them all correct as I said she was really good and yes, she got a nice tip

We sat here till a little after 9 just talking after dinner, it was such a wonderful evening. As we left all the employees wished us a good night or said come back soon. I really think businesses don’t care who you are they just want people to come in especially after the year in a half we have had and it just is not getting better as Oregon is mandating everyone including those who are vaccinated to wear masks again starting Friday till the end of the year. Now I won’t get into the politics of this but I do feel sorry for businesses as this will have an effect on them and only time will tell how big. We will still do our dinners but it got me thinking about the escape and I have to say going there for a few hours on a Saturday night and having to sit there with a mask on is not something I want to do. I may go there occasionally but it won’t be every week which I have been doing the last couple months. This will affect them, I am sure.

I talk a lot about being who you are and living your life the way you want and I will say that goes also for this, wear a mask or don’t get vaccinated or don’t but live your life and don’t hide being afraid of the virus. There is a saying from a movie and I can’t think of the name of it but the saying is “the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all” enjoy your life and live it to the fullest. We stood outside and talked for a little bit before going to our cars. Now here is the funny thing, as I said earlier Jennifer parked right in front of my car, well Barb parked right next to me and Claire right behind her next to Jennifer’s car, only Cassandra parked a little way away.

On the way back to Julie’s house we talked a little about where we can go next Wednesday night but also about golfing, Cassandra and another girl are going golfing in a couple weeks and Julie and I are also going with them of course it will be in our male modes so not quite as fun although Julie is thinking about a little mascara and a very neutral eye shadow which has me thinking about it also. I dropped Julie off just before 1 and then drove back to my house to end my night. It was a good time.

Stay safe and be happy with who you are and remember, if you want people to respect you for being you, you also have to do that for others and this goes for everything in life.

Thanks for reading my blog and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

August 15, 2021 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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