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Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whisky kitchen

Well it is Wednesday and I will once again get to go and have dinner with my friends at Southland Whisky Kitchen. Now we only have 5 tonight but it will be fun. I got home late 5:40 so it was a rush to get ready but I was out the door by 6:15 and on my way. Now I am hoping parking will be easy as I didn’t think many people would be out with the concerns over the Coronavirus, I guess this is our new normal. I got downtown and parked about a block away and of course got a couple selfies in the car, I do like it that it is light later now. I walked to the restaurant and it still amazes me how easily I do this now. I got in side expecting them to not be busy like the last time we were here but they were actually pretty packed. I told the man at the desk we would have 6 so he put a couple tables together for us. Danika was already there so we sat down and talked as we waited for the others to show up.

By 7 Joan, Melissa and Jennifer had all shown up, one girl canceled as she was a little stuffy and didn’t want to chance it which was good although we will miss her tonight. I think we are all rethinking when we go out if we are not feeling 100%. Well we ordered dinner and then sat and talked, of course the big topic of conversation was Melissa as she came out full time and was just starting her second week at work as Melissa and it is going wonderfully for her so far. We are all so proud of her as she has come a long way in a short time. She just came out to her Family before Christmas and is not out to the world and living as the lady she is.

Our food came and yes, I had the same thing I always get, what can I say I know what I like. The food here is really good and average price, most meals are $15 to $20 plus drinks. It really is a nice place to go for dinner. We also talked about Diva Las Vegas and I am pretty sure they will cancel it this year but our group is still planning on going. I actually called and got a lower rate for my room. We had a nice evening out and as always it went by so fast. Soon it was 9 and it was time to call it a night as I have to get up earlier for work tomorrow. We said our goodbyes and off we went to our cars.

Now I am looking forward to Saturday night and of course Las Vegas, thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

March 15, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Wednesday night dinner at Le Bistro Montage

Well it is Wednesday and our group is going to Le Bistro Montage for dinner. Now the week kind of got away from us so we didn’t get it posted to our group till Tuesday night so I figured with such short notice it would be a small turnout and by Wednesday afternoon it looked like it would just be Barb, Melissa and me for dinner. Now I had hoped to get home early but traffic was bad so it was 5:40 when I got home from work so it would be a rush job to get ready as it takes me 30 to 45 minutes to get there depending on traffic. It is not as much fun getting ready when I have such a short time but having dinner with my friends would make up for it. I was ready and out the door by 6:15. I got to Le Bistro Montage about 6:50 and I normally park right around the corner as there is always parking spots and tonight was no exceptions as I could only see 1 car in the angle parking spots on the street. Now as I got on the block, I figured out why. The whole block on the sidewalk was tent after tent of people camping. You really couldn’t even walk down the sidewalk but worse then that the camps had 3 open fires burning to keep warm or cook I am not sure but either way I did not want to park there so oi drove around the corner and there happened to be a spot almost right in front of the door that I was just able to get my car into, I have a small car which is good at times like this.

I went in and Melissa was already there, she had told them we had 4 as Joan posted late, she might make it. Now the one bad thing about Le Bistro Montage is they don’t take reservations and you have to have more then half your group here before they will seat you and as we had 4 we needed at least 3 of us, so Melissa and I stood and talked as we waited for Barb which was only a few minutes. We were shown to our table well part of a table as they have a few really long tables that they put people at so we were kind of next to the group next to us. We have come here several times and every time I have been here; we get basically the same seats. Our waiter came over and got our drink orders as we waited to see if Joan would make it. I did get a quick selfie as we waited.

Now as we waited, we talked with Melissa as we wanted to here all about what is going on in her life. I will give you a quick rundown. Her new years resolution in 2019 was to come out to her Mom which she did right before Christmas, took her almost the whole year but she did it and we are so proud of her. Anyway, to this year, in the end of January she talked with her Human Resources about her being Transgender and it went well so she came out at work a little over a week ago right before she went on Vacation to go visit Julie & Trixie. Well while she was on vacation, she got acrylic nails, square natural and a very modest length but they look awesome. So, she worked Monday and Tuesday as her boy self and everyone seemed very supportive of her and now, she is off or working from home the rest of the week and this coming Monday she will go to work as Melissa. So awesome for her, I really am jealous of her nails. I don’t want to transition but I would love to have pretty nails like hers all the time. Any way this was most of the conversation for the night, we even saw pictures from her trip with Julie and Trixie. I am so looking forward to Diva Las Vegas so I can see Julie again as she winters down south.

We ordered our food and of course I had my normal. I am not real adventurous on my food; I know what I like and a tend to stay with it. Our food came and just after that Joan showed up so there were 4 of us tonight. Now we had to catch Joan up on Melissa and what is going on with her life. Joan transitioned several years back and what is interesting is Joan knows one of Melissa’s co-workers who is also transgender and transitioned a year ago. We had a wonderful dinner and, in a way, it was nice that it was such a small group as it really did give us a chance to really talk between us. After dinner we did order desert kind of, Barb and Joan split a dessert and I talked Melissa into splitting one with me. It really was a wonderful evening and after we ate our dessert we sat and talked some more. It was just a fun night and I was in no hurry to see it end. I have to work this weekend so won’t be able to get out on Saturday night but because of it I have tomorrow off so I can sleep in and I plan on having some Susan time early in the day. Now Le Bistro Montage is actually open till 2am so we could have stayed really late if we wanted but it was a little after 9:30 when we called it a night. now next week I am not sure if I will get out as I have family coming to town and I am not sure how long they will stay so I really have to enjoy Thursday this week as it may be over a week till I get my next chance to get out as Susan.

We said our goodbyes and we were on our way home. It really was a fun night. Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

February 27, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday night dinner at Who Song & Larry’s

Well another Wednesday night and that means dinner with my friends, tonight we are going to Who Song & Larry’s in Vancouver. Now I thought we had been here recently but looking back in my blog it was actually early December when we last had dinner here. Well I posted in the group and we had 8 of us say we would be there so Wednesday afternoon I called and made reservations just in case. Now I got home a little early so I had time to enjoy my getting ready which makes the night even better. I even did the false eye lashes again and they went on pretty easy and looked good. I was ready by 6 and on my way. I figured I could get there early and check in and then sit at the bar and wait for others and have some of their wonderful bean dip. It was about 6:25 when I got there and parking was easy so I knew they were not that busy. I went in and checked in and they said they could have our table ready in a few minutes but I told them I would wait in the bar till a few more of our girls showed up. I sat at the bar and ordered a sprite and their bean dip as I waited. I didn’t have to wait long as Jenifer showed up about 6:35 so we went to the table to wait for others.

It wasn’t long and Cassandra showed up and then Kimberly and her wife and also Barb. 1 of our girls’ shad to cancel so we were just waiting for one more, Alison. Well about 7:15 we all ordered and I think most of us got what we always order here. Well about 5 minutes later Alison showed up. now I think I have met her once before maybe a year ago but it was nice to talk to her again and get to know her a little better. We all sat and talked as we waited for our dinner. Now our waiter who we have had several times before was just as awesome as last time and again I think the manager came over to check on us and see if we needed anything. Now of course I had to get my nightly selfie.

We all sat and talked and as I sat to the middle, I was able to talk a little with everyone which is always nice. Cassandra and I talked a little about Diva Las Vegas which is on 5 weeks away, wow it as coming up fast. Right now, going for sure from Portland are Cassandra, Julie, Veronica, Michele, Brenda, me of course and one other girl and we are all booked at the Flamingo on the Strip. It is going to be fun again. Looking at the information they have sent out there are 163 right now signed up which I think is more then last year and we are still 5 weeks away so that number should rise but what is interesting is besides the normal USA, Mexico and Canada they also have someone from Europe and also Australia registered.

Our food came and it was wonderful as always. It was a wonderful dinner out with my friends, I really do enjoy these types of outings. It just makes our lives seem so normal and I know that may not sound right as we are normal but for years it was something I did only in my house and then only at LGBT places. The fact we are just going to pretty much any place we want and being treated like everyone else is really wonderful. We really are just like everyone else and for the mot part that is how the people around us see us.

We finished out dinners and then just sat there talking as they really were not busy tonight and I am sure they were glad tohave our group there. We stayed till after 9 actually almost 9:30 before we called it a night and I think we might have been the last to leave. It was just such a fun night we hated to see it come to an end but I did get a good chance to talk to Alison and get to know her better. She really is nice and I hoe she does come out more with the group. We all walked out to the parking lot and said our goodbyes before going our separate ways home. Now I am looking forward to Saturday night at the Escape.

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February 22, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out, who song & larry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday and a little shopping and dinner at Amaro’s table

Well today is Wednesday and I actually have the whole day to be Susan. my plan was to do a little shopping and I was going to Washington Square. Now I got up today and got ready, taking my time as I plan on being out all day and then going to Dinner tonight. The perfect test for the Setting spray bought yesterday. I have never used one so it will be a good test. My goal was to leave home by 9:30 but I was a little late as at the last minute I decided to wear my corset to give me a good figure, I also decided to wear my darker hair. If I can get my makeup just right, I think it looks good on me. It was about 9:45 when I left home and for some reason it was still like rush hour traffic. I didn’t get to Washington Square till about 10:30. I parked by Nordstrom’s and went in, of course I got a quick selfie. Now Washington Square is smaller than Clackamas Town Center but you don’t realize till you go to one right after the other. I went down to Macy’s and looked at some of their clothes I found a dress I liked but it was too small. I also looked at Shoes here.

I then walked down to JC Penny’s and looked around; they also had a huge closeout section up to 60% off. Also checked out their shoe department but didn’t find anything. I walked through the mall and checked out a few other stores including Victoria’s Secret, I love looking around this store and it was actually one of the busier stores in the mall. I walked through the food court as it was lunch time but I really wasn’t hungry, could be because of the corset I am wearing. So back down to the mall and walked around a little more and then I went into Dick’s Sporting Good. I looked around a little before going back into the mall and back to my car it was a little after 1 when I left and headed for home well at least closer to home. This mall is the farthest from where I live and I have to go on 3 different freeways and all can back up during rush hour so I didn’t want to chance it. It took me about 45 minutes to get back close to home so I decided to go to a Starbucks by Vancouver Mall as I didn’t want to go to the one, I normally go to as I had different hair on today and they have only seen my in one hair style.

It was just about 2 pm when I got to the Starbucks I picked and went in. they were a little busy mostly to go orders as this one does not have a drive through. I got a table by the window and ordered a drink and a cookie. I checked my e-mails and answered some and then just caught up on some news and pretty much just killing some time and people watching. Starbucks is a wonderful place to go for a couple hours and just relax. Now as I said I was people watching and I noticed a man probably in his 40’s on a cell phone waiting for his drink. He had slightly greying hair and a mustache but he also had a beautiful set of acrylic nails and they alternated between green and red and each one had a design on them and they were probably ¼ inch long. Now I know a couple of the girls in our group have acrylic nails, Jan and Kimberly and they are keeping them even in their male modes but the fact this man had a mustache I don’t think he dresses so I found that interesting. He got his drink and was gone. I stayed here till a little after 4 before heading for home to get cleaned up and go meet my friends for dinner. It was about 4:30 when I got home.

Now I thought about taking the corset off but really it is pretty comfortable other than limiting how you move so I decided to keep it on and see how I feel tonight as by the time I get home from dinner I will have had it on for about 12 hours. Now I wanted to change my shoes to heels, put a skirt on and pantyhose instead of the leggings I wore today so that was a little work. It is a lot harder to do these things when you really can’t bend over much and when you bend as much as you can you can’t breathe so it took a little time and effort. Once that was done, I touched up my makeup which held up pretty well, maybe that setting spray does work, Thanks Karen for the tip. Next came my normal hair well at least the one I wear to Starbucks as it was only 5:15 now and I had 2 choices. Sit at home till 6:30 before going to dinner or going to my Starbucks for about an hour and you guess which one won out. it was about 5:300 when I got to Starbucks and went in. I got my table along the window and something to drink and started on my blog from today. I stayed here till 6:30 before heading to meet my friends for dinner.

I got to Amaro’s table about 6:45, parked and went in, Melissa and Karen were already there so I joined them and waited for the others to show up. we had 6 say they would be here tonight. I did get another quick selfie. By the way this is my makeup I put on at 9 am this morning, the only thing I did was a little face powder to cut the shine down. My makeup held up really well. By 7 Kimberly had shown up with her wife and Barb also made it so all 6 of us were here tonight. It was good to see everyone. We talked for a little bit before we ordered dinner. Now our waiter was awesome tonight but every time we have come here the staff has been wonderful. I ordered my normal classic fried chicken which is wonderful.

We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation, we sat and talked for a good 30 minutes after we finished eating. It was a wonderful night. it was about 9:15 when we called it a night. Karen wanted a few pictures so I took a couple of her outside on the side walk and she looked awesome. She also took a few pictures of me. Now Barb has an electric car so she parked over at the PUD to charge her car and walked the 12 blocks to Amaro’s so I gave her a ride back to her car so we could plan tomorrow. Barb and I are going shopping and to lunch. She gave me her address and I am going to pick her up so we can ride together, it will be a fun day. I got home just before 10 so I have worn my corset for over 12 hours and I will admit I was ready to take it off, the last hour was ruff. I think 10 hours is about the max I can wear it comfortably.

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February 5, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out, shopping, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Mothers Bistro

Well another Wednesday evening and I am going out to dinner with my friends. I really do look forward to this every week. Now I posted it in our group and there were 3 of us going but by Wednesday afternoon 2 more posted they would be there. Now with only 5 I didn’t think we needed to make reservations. I got home and quickly started getting ready, I was ready and on my way by 6 as I did want to get there a little early and get our name in the list. I got downtown and found a parking spot across the street. I went in and they were not that busy wo we really had no problem but I gave my name and told them we had 5 at 7 and then I sat and waited for others to show up.

Jennifer was the first followed by Barb, Kimberly and then Karen. We were shown to our table and our waitress came and took our drink orders and told us about the specials. We talked for a little before we ordered and it is nice when we have these small groups as it is easy to talk with everyone. Now I did get a couple of selfies tonight. Now Karen sat across from me so I got a good chance to talk with her which was nice as she really does not get out that often. Next week I have a few days off and will be able to get out at least a little several days in a row and I ama hoping Karen will be able to go out shopping with me one of those days. It would be a lot of fun; I am actually going to post in our group in hopes of getting some of the girls out shopping.

Our food came and yes, I got my normal dinner here, what can I say I know what I like. Our waitress was wonderful and treated us great. We had a wonderful dinner and wonderful conversation, just an awesome evening. We even sat and talked after we finished as they were not that busy. It was after 9 before we called it a night. It really is amazing how fast these dinners go by. Now I am looking forward to next week. I probably won’t get out on Saturday but I am hoping to get out Sunday afternoon, Tuesday till midafternoon, Wednesday the whole day, Thursday till midafternoon and Friday I am planning on going shopping and to lunch with Peggy. It will be a lot of fun and get me a chance to get some new outfits for Diva Las Vegas.

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January 31, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Old Town Pizza

Well once again it is Wednesday and that means I get to have dinner with my friends. This is so awesome as just a little over 12 years ago I was having trouble just getting out to an LGBT club. Just a little background on me. It was probably in the early 2000’s that I set my sights on more than just late-night drives and actually wanted to be out as Susan. my first outing was at Embers which is gone now. I met a couple girls which helped me but it wasn’t till I met Alice who I exchanged e-mail addresses with and she would e-mail me when she came to town. This allowed me the ability to get out a couple times a year. It really wasn’t till I met Cassandra in the fall of 2007 at Halloween but I was still nervous so it wasn’t toll spring of 2008 that I joined her yahoo group and that was when things really improved as I knew when the girls would be at Embers and who would be there and started meeting others like me. Now I pretty much go out whenever I want and anyplace, I want to go and it is such a great feeling. Well back to tonight’s dinner.

I had posted in the group that dinner would be at Old Town Pizza and I had 4 others post they would be there plus 1. I got home late and I had seen the traffic going the other way. Now with no traffic it would take me 20 minutes to get there but tonight I figured 40 to 45 minutes so I really wanted to leave home by 6 or shortly after and as it was 5:20 when I got home would mean a rush to get ready. Now with all my practice over the many times I have gone out I have gotten good at doing my makeup and can if needed do it quickly but I do so much enjoy taking my time and enjoying the experience of becoming Susan. well things went well and I was walking out the door at a couple minutes after 6. To my amazement the traffic I saw on my way home was cleared up and I had no trouble. I actually got to Old Town Pizza a little after 6:30. No usually I can find a parking spot on the same block as Old Town Pizza but tonight was a little strange as when I pulled onto the street there was not one car parked on either side. I parked right in front of the door and looked around. I could see people inside so I knew they were open and I didn’t see any signs that said no parking but not one other car on the block. Well I sat in my car for a little bit and a couple other cars [pulled in and parked so I felt better and walked down and got my parking ticket all .45 cents as I only had to pay for 15 minutes but worth the piece of mind to know I wont get a parking ticket and I went in. there was one couple inside so I pretty much had my choice of tables so I got a round one that seats 6 easily that way we could all talk with each other. Of course, I got my selfie for the night. when I first started going out, I would take so many pictures and then over time I got away from taking pictures as I really do have thousands of them on my computer but now, I do try to get at least 1 picture each time I go out for my blog.

It was only a few minutes and Danika showed up and shortly after her Kris who is back in town for a few days, will probably see her Saturday night at the Escape also. Jennifer and Barb also showed up so we had 5 of us tonight. We all talked for a little bit to wait a little just incase the one girl who said maybe showed up, but she didn’t make it. I am not sure if I have met her yet so this might have been her first outing with the group. Well about 7:20 we went up and ordered food. usually a few of us get pizza and we share, of course I am a little picky on my pizza not such a big fan of the vegetable pizzas so I made sure I ordered a pizza, Canadian bacon and pineapple which is my favorite plus it is healthy as it has the whole food pyramid in it. We ended up with 3 pizzas, a big salad and a plate of Garlic twists so I am sure there will be food left over.

We sat and talked more as we waited for our food and of course some of the other girls took the opportunity to get some picture. I took a couple of Jennifer for her and also for Danika and Kris had Danika take some pictures of her. I know I say this all the time but you really should get some pictures and document your going out or anything in your life you want to remember. Keep it private if you want but have them so you can look back. In 2 month I will be going to Diva Las Vegas for the 9th time and yes I will read through some of my blogs from past times to refresh my memory of things I did, places I went and most important some of the wonderful people I have met, helps me remember names as some of them I only see once a year.

Our food came and yes, we really did order to much food but it was good. I was surprised as when I got here at 6:30 there was no one really here but by 8 several big groups had come in so it was actually a little busy now. The food was good and the night was fun. I really do enjoy sitting around and talking to my friends. As always, the night went by so fast and soon it was after 9 and time to call it a night. we all walked out together and tonight we were all parked pretty close, I think barb had the farthest walk and she was just 6 cars down the block. Now I am looking forward to Saturday night at the Escape and also, I will have a few days off the first week of February and I hope to get out in the morning or early afternoon and do some shopping. Right now, I am planning on meeting Peggy for lunch and some shopping on one of the days which will be fun and hopefully I can meet up with a couple other girls also.

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January 25, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Well it is Wednesday and our group is doing dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen weather depending. They are forecasting snow tonight so that may affect how many come out. We have 7 that have said they will be there but a couple live in areas that could be affected by the snow more then others. I actually got home a little early so I was able to take my time getting ready which always makes the evening more enjoyable. I was out the door by 6 and on my way. There was a little snow mixed in with the rain but it was still 36 degrees out. I got down town and drove around the block once and got a spot right on the corner about a half block away which was nice as it was raining and a little windy. It was still before 7 so I had to go to a parking meter and pay but to my surprise the ones on this street you have to put your license plate number in and you don’t get a ticket. This was actually more challenging then it sounds as it was really dark so here, I am trying to hold my umbrella, purse and my cell phone to use the flashlight to see how to work this meter and put my credit card in all at the same time. You would think the parking meter would have lights on it so you could see what you need to do. Well it all worked out and I walked to the Whiskey Kitchen and Barb was just going in as I was walking up. Barb had made reservations at 7pm for 8.

Barb and I sat at the bar as they got our table ready, they were not very busy as I think the weathers scared people, here in Portland snow is a big event as we rarely get it. Melissa arrived just as our table was ready so we went and sat down to wait for other. We checked the groups e-mail and yes 1 had canceled due to weather. It was just before 7 when Jenifer showed up so there were 4 of us tonight. We talked for a little while just in case the other 2 were running late. it was about 7:30 when we ordered as we figured the pother 2 couldn’t make it. I do like it when we get big groups out as I think that is good for the group but it is also really nice to have small groups as it is easy for everyone to be involved in the same conversation and not feel left out. I did get my nightly selfie. Jennifer also got a couple picture of herself.

Our food came and as always it was really good. I would say they are mid-priced; you can find things around $10 or $12 but in general you are looking at about $16 to $20 for a nice dinner and if you like to drink Wednesday nights are a good night to come here. They have their Whiskey special. Any drink with Whiskey is ½ price if you select a whiskey $12 or more so if you like Whiskey and want to sample some different ones this is the place. It really is a good value for the food you get and the food tastes good too.

It really was a wonderful evening out with friends. After dinner our waitress asked if we wanted dessert and I was a good girl and said no but Barb wanted something so she ordered the apple crisp for 2 so she could share it, thanks Barb. It was actually pretty bug as all 4 of us had some and there was still a little left. We sat and talked some more as these dinners really are a nice social event. It was after 9 when we called it a night. we said our goodbyes and I walked to my car; it still amazes me how easily I walk by myself now when I am out. I really didn’t even think about how I was dressed I was just me out with my friends and I was glad it wasn’t raining at this point. Now the funny thing is it had actually warmed up as my car was now reading an outside temperature of 39. It was almost 10 when I got home. what a fun evening and now I am looking forward to the Escape on Saturday night and hopefully Starbucks on Sunday.

One ore thing a quick update on Diva Las Vegas, Julie has booked her room also so she will be there. So looking forward to seeing her again.

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January 18, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday night dinner at Old Spaghetti factory

Well it is Wednesday and once again I get to go out with my friends for dinner and that is awesome. Tonight we are going to the Old Spaghetti Factory on the Willamette river. We have gone here many times before and tonight I arrange dinner, last night I called and made reservations for 12 as we have 10 for sure and 2 maybes. I got off work a little early so I had a little more time to enjoy getting ready. I was on my way by 6 and got to the Old Spaghetti Factory about 6:40 as there was a lot of traffic. Jennifer and Danika were already there waiting. It wasn’t long and others started showing up, Kimberly, Barb, Joan, Melissa and April so by 7 there were 8 of us and they called us for our table. We had a table in the middle near the window looking out on the river although it was dark and rainy and you couldn’t see anything.

We sat and talked as we waited for a few others, Patty showed up and finally Cassandra so we had 10 and the last 2 and let me know they wouldn’t make it. It was great Cassandra could make it as she has not been able to come out a lot lately. Now I sat towards the middle so I could talk with everyone. Now Cassandra and I talked a little about Diva Las Vegas which is less than 3 months away, March 29th to April 3rd. Cassandra and I are going for sure as is Brenda and I think Julie and Veronica will also go so we should have at least 5 from our group. Right now, they are doing registration for those who have gone before, soon they will open it up to those on their e-mail list and then finally open to everyone so if you are thinking of going sign up for their email list. It really is a fun event. We all talked and had a great time. We finally ordered and I had their Chicken Parmesan which is awesome but really all their food is good and our waitress was wonderful.

Our food came and we had a nice dinner with wonderful conversation, what more could a girl ask for. These Wednesday night dinners really are the most fun. We sit and enjoy each other’s company and have a nice meal. It is just a n normal night out like everyone else. Jennifer took a picture of me plus I got my normal Selfie. I really am trying to get a picture each time I go out to go with my blog. It is hard to believe this is my 1252 blog, 20 years ago I couldn’t even imagine going out yet alone going out that many times. I have dome so many things as Susan over the last 10 years, shopping, going out to dinner, movies, traveling including 8 times to Las Vegas, Starbucks, getting my nails done. It really has been a wonderful time and made even more special by my friends. I really am a lucky girl. I wish I would have or could have done this earlier in my life. For those just starting out the advice I would give to you is be confident and smile. Both of those things go a long way at putting people at ease and helping them accept you. Also, if you can find some friends that accept you for you then you have hit the lottery.

After dinner we sat and talked till after 9, they actually close at 9 so we were pretty much the last to leave but as the staff was busy cleaning up, they didn’t say anything to us. It was about 9:30 when we left. It really was a great night out and always sad to see it come to an end. I will of course be out this Saturday night again at the Escape but not sure if I will be able to get to Starbucks on Sunday. My goal this year is to make it out 136 times. Right now, 2016 was my best year with 135 blogs or times as Susan.

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Hope to see some of you in Las Vegas at Diva Las Vegas.

January 11, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday night dinner at Mama Mia Trattoria

It is Wednesday and I can once again start going out again although the next two weeks Wednesdays are Christmas Day and New Years Day so this will be our last Wednesday night dinner of 2019 so I was really looking forward to it. We are going to Mama Mia Trattoria downtown. The group has gone here before a couple times but this will be my first time and I really do like going to new places. Melissa had made reservations for 7. I got home a little earlier so I had time tonight to take my time and enjoy getting ready, there is just something so relaxing about transforming myself. I got downtown about 6:45 and found a parking spot about a block away. It still amazes me how easily I get out of the car now without even really thinking about it.

I got to Mama Mia a little before 7 and they were not busy and Melissa and Danika were already there. We sat and talked as we waited for others to show up. I did take the opportunity to get a quick selfie. It wasn’t long and Barb and another girl showed up and finally Jeanie and her girlfriend Amy so we had 7 of us tonight. We talked for a little bit before we ordered dinner. I of course got the Chicken Parmesan, one of my favorites. Now this is more of a mid-priced place mostly between $20 & $30 but the portions are bigger. We all talked for a while and the big topic was Melissa as she came out to her Mom over the weekend and we were all interested. Well it went really well so we were all happy for that. Then the topic turned to Christmas and New Years and everyone’s plans for the Holidays as this will be the last time, we see each other probably till next year as some are going out of town. I of course will be going to the Escape on Saturday but the girls that come out on Wednesday nights don’t get out very often on the weekends. It is funny as when I first started going out the big night was Friday and now, I don’t think anyone goes out on Fridays. And although we can get some big turnouts on Saturday nights, they can also be very small. Our Wednesday night dinners seem to be our most consistent for turnouts, usually 6 to 10. Who would have thought that years ago that just going to a restaurant for dinner mid-week would turn into our best event?

Our food came and it was really good and again our waiter was really nice and treated us wonderful. It really is nice we can go any place we want and we really do get treated well. We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation and just enjoyed being out as a group. Now as I said they were not busy so after we ate, we just sat and talked. It turns out Danika, Jeanie and Amy all lived in the same city in Northern California. Our waiter came to see if we wanted dessert and of course we all did but we were all good and passed tonight as with the Holidays we will all be eating a lot of sweets and today at work several people brought in cookie trays and fudge trays and I had to be polite and eat some so I really didn’t want any tonight. I really am trying to limit my sugar intake and eat a little healthier. Any way we all passed and just kept talking till 9 as that is when they close. Now they don’t just kick you out as they have to clean up but we didn’t want to keep them from cleaning up so we all paid our bills and we were on our way.

We all said our goodbyes as we left. Now Barb, Danika and I all parked a block a way in the same direction so we all walked together talking. Just 3 ladies walking down the street. We were all on different corners of the intersection so we all went our separate ways. It is always sad to see these evenings come to an end but with the holidays it will be at least 3 weeks till our next Wednesday night dinner and that makes it especially tough as I really do miss my friends when I don’t get to see them.

It was about 9:45 when I got home and cleaned up and washed all traces of Susan away before bed. N ow I will look forward to Saturday night at the Escape and I really do need to start going to Starbucks again. Probably won’t happen before Christmas but that will be one of my New Years resolutions. Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what Susan is doing now.

Just in case I am slow in getting my next Blog out I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New
Year.

December 22, 2019 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Friday night dinner at Jakes Grill

Yes, this week we are mixing it up and doing a Friday night dinner Jakes Grill. I have been busy the last month in a half on Wednesday nights so this week we are doing a Friday night dinner. I like to think it is all about me but in reality, a couple of the girls couldn’t do Wednesday this week and Nicole is in town this week and could also do Friday night so we changed it up a little. This is going to be our Christmas dinner as Christmas is almost here and we are not sure we will be able to do a dinner next week being the week before Christmas and then the next two weeks are Christmas and New Years and this year they fall on Wednesday so this may be our last dinner this year. Now Melissa set this one up, thanks Melissa for making the reservations. Friday and Saturday nights are hard as most restaurants are busy and you really do need to have a reservation and need people to show up. Jakes Grill is a little pricier with dinners mostly between $30 and $60 although they do have a couple things around the $20, not some place I could afford all the time but once in a while it is nice to treat yourself to a really nice meal. I kind of look at it the same way I do when I treat myself to a pedicure or manicure. Now luckily our reservations are for 7:15 which gives me a little more time which I would need tonight.

I got home about 5:50 so it was a rush to get ready, the big thing was my dress which I picked out last night and that always speeds things up. now it was funny as at Who Songs last week I was telling a few of the girls about things I have forgotten getting ready, mostly jewelry but once I did get in my car without my hair and had to go back inside. Now I know you are thinking how can you forget something like that and I will tell you. Over the years I have gotten my routine down and I do things in the same order every time. If I get out of that order then it is easy to miss something. Well tonight was no exception. I got a phone call as I was doing my makeup and when I went back to getting ready, I missed my eyebrows. Not a big thing but I knew it although I doubt if anyone else even noticed. I was on my way at 6:30 and got downtown at 7 and went right for a parking garage as there was a lot of traffic in the city. Now it is only a b lock in a half away from Jakes so not that far so I wore my open toed heels with my dress as they really do look cute with the dress I wore tonight and they only have 3-inch heels. Now for the bad part I had to park on the 5th floor of the parking garage which in it self is not that bad but they are doing work on this garage and to my disappointment the elevators were out of order so I had to walk down 5 flights of stairs. I got to Jakes right at 7:15 and Nicole, Melissa and her wife were already there. As I expected they were busy to so it was good we had a reservation. It wasn’t long and Jennifer and her wife showed up so we had 7 of us tonight.

Now this is the first time our group has gone here and the first time I have ever been here so I was really looking forward to it. I really do love going new places. Our waiter came over and got our drink orders and he was really nice, as always, we got really good service as did all the tables around us. I ordered a steak tonight and it was really good. We all sat and talked and had a wonderful time. I really do like these dinners like this as we get to visit like everyone else here having dinner. It is such a normal thing to do and it can be hard at times to feel that way. I really do feel comfortable as Susan and she really is a big part of my life and for the most part when I am out, I really am not thinking about the fact I am Transgender but it has taken me a long time to feel this way. These dinners really do give the Susan side of my life a normality that I never thought I would find. After we ate our waiter brought the dessert menu and I was good and was not going to have anything till I saw the triple berry cheese cake and I gave in. now it really is not that bad as it had fresh Raspberries, Blueberries and Marion berries on it so I chose to look at it as healthy for the fresh fruit. We actually sat here a long time just talking as it was after 10 when we called it a night well almost did.

Melissa brought up we were only a few block, 4 blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square where the have the big Christmas tree. Now it may seem funny as I have lived here for over 40 years and have only been to Pioneer Courthouse square maybe a dozen times and never at Christmas so Melissa, her wife, Nicole and I walked down there to check it out. Now yes, I had my heels and had not planned on that much walking but it wasn’t that bad. The worst part were my feet got cold as it was mid 40’s and I had open toed heels and there really is no insulation between your foot and the pavement. Heels are not designed to keep your feet warm, the price of cute shoes. As late as it was there were still a lot of people out down here and we were just part of the crowd.

Now of course being here at this time of year I had to get a picture so Nicol took a few of me with the tree in the background, it’s a big tree so we had to cut some off. I really do need to work on my poses for pictures as I just seem to look so stiff. I really did have on a cute dress but as it was cold, I had to wear my coat but still not a bad picture. B y the way you can see my cute heels and see why my feet were cold. Once I had my pictures, I took some of Nicole also, I mean how often do you get this chance. I asked Melissa if she wanted some pictures and she said no but her wife did so I took some pictures of her wife with the tree in the background and then I talked Melissa into getting some pictures so we all went home with pictures with the tree in the background. Would have been a great place to get a group picture. I really do love this time of year, yes, I am one of those people who would celebrate Christmas year-round and also listen to Christmas music.

Now we had the 4 blocks walk back to the parking garage, yes, we all parked in the same one. Melissa and her wife got a spot on the first floor, I am on the 5th and Nicole is on the 6th. It was a lot of walking in heels and we finished it with me walking up 5 flights of stairs. When we were at the kiosk to pay there was another couple waiting behind us and the lady said she loved my heels but she didn’t do them anymore. I thanked her as I do love getting compliments. We all said our goodbyes although I will see Nicole tomorrow at the Escape and Melissa on Wednesday most likely for dinner. It was almost 11 now so a late night for a dinner night, thankfully it was a Friday night and it would be even later as there was an accident on the freeway so it was like being in rush hour again and then once I got past that they opened the bridge so it took me almost an hour to get home so by the time I got cleaned up and in bed it was almost 12:30. Such a fun night though.

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

December 15, 2019 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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