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Saturday Manicure and Pedicure and then out with my friends.

Well it has been a long few months with limited Susan time so I must make the best of t when I get a chance. I had hoped to get out earlier just didn’t work. I got home about 3:30 and started getting ready right away. After my shower, I started my makeup and then thought I should probably call and see if I could get in so I called Dream Nails and they said I could come in so I told them I would be there by 4:45. I finished getting ready and was on my way. I actually got there closer to 4:30 and went in. Now I like it when I get pedicures as I can pick out really pretty colors, today was Pompeii Purple by OPI. I really love this color and it is such a pretty summer time color.

Now they were not busy so as Anna finished another ladies nails I went and got my Pedicure. A young girl named Nie did my pedicure and she did an awesome job, I would recommend her and all the nail techs here. We talked a little as she worked, it was really fun and relaxing. It is so wonderful to get a pedicure. Soon I had pretty toes again and of course I had to get a quick picture. Nails just look so much better with a pretty color on them, don’t care if you are male or female, they just look better.

Now it was time for my manicure, Anna started on my Now a couple were loose and a few you could see the fill lines in after all I do get a mostly clear color so Anna removed all the acrylics down to the natural nail. They looked kind of ruff after all I have had acrylic on them now for over 4 months now. She cleaned them up and put a fresh coat of acrylic on them. It was a wonderful experience. Now it was time for the polish. Anna started putting on my normal polish but the bottle was almost empty so she only got 1 coat of that polish so she put a second coat of clear pink the color I used to use. It is funny as when I went from this color to the one I had been using I thought it was just slightly pinker but going back the other way, my nails do look a lot more natural almost pale. I was sad she didn’t have enough of the other polish.

Now as she was doing my nails a lady came in who I have seen here several times before and even talked with on occasion, she had her daughter and also her granddaughter and grandson with her. She came over to talk with Anna and said hi to me and asked what color I was getting. I told her just the clear, she said I should try something with color and showed me the color she had picked out. It was a rose color and I so would have loved to get that on my finger nails. Well about that time her granddaughter and grandson came over with nail polish in hand. They were both getting pedicures. The boy had picked out a blue color, they were probably 7 or 8 years old. I also noticed the boy already had blue on his toes. None of them thought anything about this which I thought was wonderful, maybe in a few years it will be normal or at least accepted for boys or men to have painted nails. It was just about 6 when I was done and had my pretty nails.

It was getting later now and I decided to go straight to the Escape, I got there about 6:20 and went in. It was so wonderful to be here again, last time I was here was early April. Now normally tonight, the first Saturday of the month is Harvey’s Comedy Club but they shut down a couple weeks ago. This was really sad as we have been going there once a month for many years. Now I didn’t know all who were going to show up accept for Nicole and Cassandra but I hoped more would make it. Nicole showed up right after I got there and it was great to see her again. She only gets to town every couple months and I missed the last time. It was nice to get to talk with her again and catch up. Cassandra showed up not long after that. It was awesome to see my friends again and have a chance to hang out with them. Melissa, Page Kate and Kelly also showed up so we had a nice size group.

We talked for a while and we got on the topic of Diva Las Vegas and vacations and soon we were talking about Cruises. Now this would be a lot more expensive then what we have done as a group before but it would be so much fun. There seemed to be a lot of interest and we talked about who we thought would go and we think we can get at least 6 to 8 girls that would go and a few spouses. We kind of focused in on a 10-day Mexican cruise and it looks like we would be looking at about $1800 to $2500 per person which really is not that bad as I spend $1,000 to 1,500 on Diva Las Vegas if you add everything in, Hotel, Transportation, dining, golf and a few other things. The difference is the cruise you pay all at once upfront instead of a little here and a little there. Of course, Cruises are per person double occupancy so as a single I would need to find a roommate or my cost doubles. Now we would need to plan this well in advance as one we would need to give girls time to save up but also most cruises are booked till fall of 2018 so I am guessing it would be late next year or the following year. The idea right now is to see if we can get a core group of 8 to 10 that will commit and then see if we could block out maybe 20 staterooms and then post to other t-girls sights that we are going and if they are interested they could join us. I think that would be a blast. Any way if we can make this happen there will be more information in following blogs.

Now Kate a girl from Minnesota had contacted me she was in town this week so I told her we would be at the Escape so she also came out and joined us, yes, we had two different Kate’s here tonight. It was nice to meet her and get to talk with her. She is new to going out but you could not tell from how she presented herself. I really love meeting new people and Kate seems really nice. Hope she can come back to Portland again and visit.

Now the surprise of the night was Maya and Darla, they both showed up. It has been a couple years. It was awesome to see them again. Maya has been in the group longer then I have and I joined in the spring of 2008. It was wonderful to talk with them. Now I also saw a girl at the bar so I went and talked with her and invited her to join us, her name is Kearren and I even got her to join our group so she knows when and where we are going. I have talked with her before but it was nice to get a chance to really talk with her for a while.

Soon karaoke started and it get loud so a few of the girls left. I was torn as it was loud and hard to talk but I was out and as I have not had many chances the last few months to get out I was going to stay. Lori and another girl also showed up so we had a really good turnout tonight, at least 12. I did manage to get around and talk a little with everyone so it was a good night. It was about 11:30 when I paid my bill and called it a night. It was a wonderful night and just what I needed.

August 6, 2017 Posted by | Acrylic nails, Escape Bar & Grill, Manicure & pedicure | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Manicure badly needed

It has been a while since my last blog and for that matter my last time out as Susan, my time as Susan has been pretty limited the last several months. My last trip out was July 4th to also get my nails done. I has a small window of opportunity today as I didn’t have to pick up my dad till 11:30 am so Friday night I called Dream Nails to see if I could get in Saturday morning. Anna said yes and asked what time I wanted to come in and I said 9 and that was fine and asked my name. I gave it to her and she replied, “Susan it has been a while” which it has plus the last time I was there Anna was not and I had someone else do my nails. Any way Anna asked if I could come at 10:30 so she could do my nails which made me feel good, I said yes and my appointment was set. Now this would make it really tight as I would have to get home, shower and change and be over to pick up my dad and all this would happen in an hour.

Saturday morning, I got up early and got ready as I figured I could go to Starbucks before the nail salon just for a little more time out. I got to the Starbucks by my house (across the street from the nail salon) a little before 9 am and parked. They looked a little busy but that was okay. I was getting ready to get out of my car when my dad called, he is fine but something came up and he was not going to see my mom till about 4 today and he told me to relax till then and take care of some of my things as most of my free time has been helping them. Now the good news is that gave me more time today.

I got off the phone and was getting ready to get out of my car when 3 people I know walked by my car and went in, Good thing I had that phone call. I decided to drive to another Starbucks just a little way away. I got there and they looked a little busy too, I guess Saturday morning is the time to go to Starbucks. Anyway, there was a parking spot right in front and I pulled in and as I did I noticed two police officers sitting at a table right in front of me of which I knew one. Not my lucky day. Now I was faced with that big decision, what to do. If I suddenly backed out and left that would look suspicious to them which I did not want. I decided to go for it. I got out of my car and walked around the back like I was getting my computer out of the trunk and then walked around the car to the door and this allowed me to not walk by them. I was safely inside.

I ordered my drink and then looked for a table, yes, they were busy and the only table was right next to the window right opposite the two police officers right outside. Now there was some writing displays on the window so I figured they might not be able to see me well so I sat down with my computer to check e-mails. Now I could kind of watch them and they never really looked inside they just kept talking. Either they hadn’t noticed me or they just didn’t care about me. They sat there for about 15 to 20 minutes before they left and never once looked towards me.

I spent a little over an hour it and it was so nice to just be out again. Finally, it was a little after 10 and time to head for the nail salon. I got there about 10:20 and they were busy, 6 people getting pedicures and 2 getting their nails done but Anna was ready for me so I sat down and she started working on my nails. Now of the 6 getting pedicures 2 were men, one of whom was there with his girlfriend. He got a dark blue color on his toes. It was so relaxing and fun getting my nails done. It took about 40 minutes and I was on my way. Now I needed to figure out what to do as I had a few extra hours and it was going to be Susan time.

I decided to drive out to the new Casino and check it out, On the 4tgh of July Cassandra, Julie and I talked about making a group outing here so I figured I would check it out. It is only a 15-minute drive. Now being early on a Saturday I figured they would be less busy but for a casino that is still a lot of people but the chances of running into someone I know was less. I got there and parked and had a bit of a walk to get in as there were a lot of cars there. Once inside I walked over to the blackjack area and decided to play for a while. I probably got a few looks but really nothing I noticed.

I bought in for $50 which is not a lot when the table is $10 a bet. There were 3 other people at the table and a few times someone would sit and play with us but the table was never really good. I was up about $40 at one time and a couple times I got down to my last bet. It was just up and down but it was fun though. I never saw anyone I knew really well but I did see a couple people I had worked with 20 plus years ago so I doubt they would have recognized me or even remember my name. One was checking out the tables and for a moment I thought he would sit next to me but he wondered off over to the slot machines. It would have been nice to talk with them and see what they are doing. I spent a couple hours here before leaving with $30, yes, I lost $20 but had a fun time. It was about 1:30 when I left and I decided to head for home with a stop at the Starbucks by my house.

I got there and they were still busy about 15 people inside at table more at the tables outside and a steady stream of people coming in and getting drinks to go. Saturday afternoon at Starbucks. I spent a little over an hour here writing my blog and surfing the internet. T was a wonderful day out. Now I am looking forward to tomorrow as we are having our annual Rose City T-Girls golf tournament and I can go. I am really looking forward to it as Peggy is my partner so I will get a good chance to talk with her and catch up and I will also get to see all my friends. We have 18 signed up as of yesterday and Cassandra was still trying to fill the last 2 spots. I hope to get there early so I can visit with some of my friends. We really do have a wonderful group of girls. We play a scramble so it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are which is awesome way to play.

Afterwards we will have a BBQ there and have time to sit and visit some more, it will be an awesome day.

On a side note when I got here to Starbucks the guy who took my order remembered me and made the comment that it has been a while and it was nice to see me again and 2 of the girls behind the counter also commented it was good to see me back again. I even chatted with one for a couple minutes and explained about my parents and how that took most of my time. She said she was sorry to hear that and hoped they got better soon, how nice is that. It makes you not only feel welcome but like they really want you to come back and that is awesome. Even Anna who has been doing my nails for almost 2 years makes me feel this way, asking me to come a little later so she could do my nails. Now I know it is a business and I am a paying customer but I really feel it is more than just my business they are interested in and that is wonderful..

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

July 22, 2017 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure, nail salon, Out and about as Susan, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Manicure for the 4th of July.

Today is July 4th Americas Independence Day, the day we celebrate our country and I am proud to be an American. What better way to start the day off then going to the nail salon and getting a much-needed fill and manicure. Now I got up at 8 and started getting ready. Now I only had till noon today so it would be another short outing for Susan. I was ready by 9:30. As I was getting ready to leave I thought to myself, I wonder if they are open today, a Holiday so I called Dream Nails and they were. I asked if I could come in and get my nails done and they said yes but Anna the lady who always does my nails was not coming in till later in the day. Now I really needed to get my nails done so I told them I would be there in a few minutes.

I got there and sat down at the table to get my nails don, Now I think a couple times I have had one of the other ladies do my nails. Today one of the men who works here was going to do my nails. Now I will admit I wondered about a man doing my nails but then I thought I am transgender and I feel that should be normal so why not a man doing my nails. Well he started on my nails and he did an awesome job. My nails looked wonderful. It took about 30 minutes and it was wonderful. The staff here at Dream Nails is wonderful and they do a wonderful job.

I left and drove to Starbuck’s as I still had a little over an hour and I needed to do my blog from Saturday when I went to Harvey’s and catch up on some e-mails. It was good to be back at Starbuck’s again. It was a nice morning out but went by way to fast. At noon, I went home and quickly showered and removed all traces of Susan except for my nails. Now I had some family things to do with my parents for a couple hours but I decided to risk it and leave my nails shinny for the day. I really wish I could just have my nails this way all the time. I did the stuff with my family and did my best to keep my nails hid, I don’t think they noticed. Now the reason I did this was simple, I was going to a BBQ at Julie’s with her, Trixie, Cassandra and Peggy at 4 and then we were going down to watch the fireworks and I wanted pretty nails for that. Now I don’t normally post in my blog about my male side of life but this is kind of a blurring of the two sides of my life. Yes, I would spend the rest of the day with Julie and Cassandra but we will not be our female selves, we will be in male mode. Not as much fun as being female but still an awesome day.

I got to Julie’s a little before 4 and shortly after Cassandra and Peggy showed up. We had a wonderful time talking and snacking before Julie BBQ steaks. It was a wonderful time and yes, we were still calling each other by our female names. The food was wonderful and Trixie did an awesome job also. We sat around talking till about 8 when we left for the fireworks. We had a wonderful time watching the fireworks and just a wonderful night out with friends. A few years ago, I would never of thought of even telling people I met as Susan anything about my male side much less get together with them this way. But these are more than just friends they are more like family. I have met many wonderful people as Susan and I hope they all know how much of an impact on my life and how much they mean to me. Our Rose City T-girl are wonderful. Thanks Julie and Trixie for the BBQ and wonderful night. On a side note Julie, Cassandra and Peggy have met me as my male self before but this was the first time Trixie has seen me this way which is always fun

It was a wonderful day and I hope everyone had a happy and safe fourth of July.

Thanks for reading

July 5, 2017 Posted by | Acrylic nails, Manicure & pedicure, nail salon | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Harvey’s Comedy club night

Saturday is here and I can get out at least for a little bit and go to Harvey’s which is always a fun night but let’s step back a few days. Wednesday, I really needed to go and get my nails done and as luck happened I had a window of 2 hours. I was getting home early so I decided I was going to go to the nail salon, I called at 2:30 and got an appointment for 3:30 so right after calling I started getting ready. It was a quick outing so I got ready as fast as I could and was on my way, I got to the nail salon about 3:20 and went in. I was the only one there so Anna could start my nails.

It really is a fun and relaxing experience. Anna did a wonderful job and my nails once again looked awesome. It was a fast trip but wonderful and I was all done with my pretty nails by 4. Now I had to go right home and jump right into the shower and clean up as I needed to be someplace by 4:30 as my male self and I made it. I think this was my fastest outing as Susan, less than two hours.

Now back to Saturday it would also be a quick trip out, I didn’t think I would get home till 7:30 or 8 so I would be late. Luck happened and I was home a little after 7 and started getting ready. I had my dress and heels all picked out and new just how I wanted to do my makeup so that always makes it go faster. I was ready and on my way by 7:45. I got downtown by 8:15 and went straight to Harvey’s. I was the first one to arrive. Shortly after another t-girl showed up with her girlfriend. They met some of our girls in Salem and herd about Harvey’s so came up to meet us. I got to talk with them briefly before others started to show up. We had one of our bigger nights tonight, 26 in our group. It was so awesome to see some of my friends tonight as I have really missed going out. I am hopping things will get better in a couple weeks.

It was so wonderful to get to talk to Peggy again, I have missed seeing her. I also got to talk with Julie and Trixie. It was also cool as Danielle who I met at Diva Las Vegas this year was in town with her wife and they came and joined us for Harvey’s. It was wonderful to see her again and meet her wife who was awesome and very supportive of Danielle. Another wonderful thing about tonight as we had 5 wives and 3 girlfriends of our members out tonight so it really was a good night for significant others.

Soon it was time to go in for the show, I got to sit next to Peggy and also Julie, Trixie, Danielle and her wife and Cassandra. The one sad thing with a group this big it is hard to talk with everyone. So, I will try at naming everyone who showed up. Laura M, Laura H, and her girlfriend, Jan, Lynn, Cassandra, Peggy, Julie, Trixie, Danielle and her wife, Melissa and her Wife, Sophie and her wife, Kim, Kelly, Bambi, Kris, Jeannie, the new girl and her girlfriend, and I know I am missing someone but it was a good night out. And of course, we had to get some pictures.

The show started and it was really good as always, all 3 comedians were good but the headliner was awesome. We have seen home before but still really funny. The night went by so fast but it was awesome and just what this girl needed, a night out with my friends. It was sad to see it come to an end. It really is hard not being able to express this side of myself right now.

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June 4, 2017 Posted by | Harvey's Comedy Club, Manicure & pedicure | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Short notice but a chance for a manicure and pedicure.

Well a lot going on in my life and my free time and Susan time is very limited. Now I have worked it out for next weekend to go to the Red Dress Party with Julie and Trixie so I am excited about that. My plan was to get my nails done next weekend but that would mean going 3 weeks between trips to the nail salon which I thought I could do, that is till I was getting dressed this morning and broke 2 of the corners of my nails off well the acrylic off the top. Now I had my doubt I could make it till next weekend as my nails underneath are thin and week. I wasn’t sure what I could do as I had family things today, my mom is in rehab and my dad doesn’t drive anymore so that was going to be my day. Any way a couple of my parent’s friends called and were coming to see them and as there is limited room I figured it was a chance to get my nails done. It would be another quick outing but better than nothing.

I called Dream nails about 11 to see if I could get in at 12:30 and I could. As one of my parent’s friends had arrived I left and was on my way out with only a slight delay. On my way, out I ran into someone and talked to them for a short while which put me a little behind. Wow I so want to include this in my blog as it is a really funny story but as it mostly deals with my male life I just can’t but you would dye laughing. It was 11:30 when I got home so I had to rush and get ready. I got to the salon just before my appointment as it is only a couple minute drive. There was only 1 lady there getting a pedicure so I didn’t have to wait.

It was so nice to get a pedicure again as it has been a while. It wasn’t long and another woman came in and then a man and a woman. They were getting busy. I guess I picked the right time. I really enjoyed my pedicure although the lady doing it was very gentle when she massaged my legs, but it still felt good and she did a wonderful job. She was just getting ready to paint my toes when 3 women came in turns out the 2 girls brought their mom in for a manicure and pedicure for an early Mother’s Day girls day out. They were seated at the far end and I was in the first seat. Wow this is too funny and I wish I could share, well a little bit won’t hurt. I know one of the woman. Something I have worried about for a long time, wondering if I would run into someone I know here, although she doesn’t live in the area just a chance meeting. She was busy with her sister and mom so didn’t pay any attention to anything around them after all it was all about their mom.

Now it was time for my manicure or rather my fill, yes, I am still wearing a thin layer of acrylic on my nails. I sat at the front table and Anna started working on my nails. Now I could see the 3 of them in the back and it was funny as they had one of the nail techs take a picture of the 3 of them. There were caught up in their own world down there so I relaxed a little and enjoyed my experience. Anna ground some of the old acrylic off and shortened my nails, wow I had let them get a little long. Then she shaped them and put on the new layer of acrylic. It was a relaxing time. Now it was time for polish but first I had to go wash my hands, I forgot about this part. The sink is in the back of the shop where the 3 women were one I know. She was actually in the far back chair almost right next to the sink but this also meant she was twisted towards her mom to talk and not looking at the sink. As I walked back I was looking at the TV on the opposite wall so I could keep my head turned away from them. I washed my hands and walked back to the manicure table and sat down and looked back at them and they were still talking between themselves and of course all attention was on their mom so I am sure they didn’t even notice me.

Anna put the gel polish on my nails my same polish I get pretty much every time, clear with just a slight rose color. My nails look wonderful and next week I am thinking of trying Julie’s trick and putting red polish over the top for the night. That is one of the reasons I wanted to wait for next Saturday as I could have had it all done at the nail salon. Soon my nails were done and beautiful again and I was ready to leave. I got up to pay and was standing by the counter as the three in the back were finishing up on their pedicures and would be moving to a manicure table to get their finger nails done. But it was okay as I was on my way out now.

I left and still had about 45 minutes so I made a quick trip across the street to Starbucks for about a half hour to write my blog and let my toe nails finish drying before heading home and going back to my male self probably till next Saturday. In all it was a quick trip out as I was on my way home by 2:30.

Thanks for reading.

May 13, 2017 Posted by | Acrylic nails, Manicure & pedicure, nail salon | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A quick trip out for a manicure

It has been a while since I have been able to get out and the next month or two will be hard to get out, Family health issues. The last time I was out was for Wednesday night dinner with my friends on April 12th and I didn’t even get a chance to blog about it as the next day things got busy so I will include a little about that night in today’s blog at the end and of course a few pictures from that night. This is Julie and me at dinner. Anyway, back to today.

I really needed a manicure as the last one was on April 4th when I got back from Diva Las Vegas and I decided to keep the acrylic on my nails although a thin layer so it is not real noticeable. Any way it had grown out and I had actually had to file my nails shorter twice over the 3 ½ weeks it has been. I didn’t know when I was going to get a chance to get them done and then luck happened today and I had a few hours, well 3 hours open as my parents had some friends up to see my mom who is having the health issues so I took the opportunity to squeeze in a short Susan day and get my nails done. It would be a rush though. It was noon when I called to see if I could get in at 1 to get my nails done and Anna said that was fine so I had to rush getting ready. I think this was one of my fastest times getting ready as I was at the nails salon by 12:50, only a couple minutes from where I live. Anna greeted me and said it had been a while and I had to admit it has been, they said they missed me which made me feel good.

They were not busy so Anna was ready for me so I didn’t have to wait. I guess having the first nice weekend of the year people had other things to do then get their nails done. Now I have had Acrylic nails many times over the years but never long enough to get a fill which is what I will get today so it will be interesting to experience that. Now in some ways it is quicker as Anna didn’t have to soak the gel polish off she just ground it off as she also needed to take off some of the acrylic and get it ready for the overlay of acrylic. Now there was one other lady here getting a pedicure but soon people started to come in I guess I timed it right. Even a couple came in to get pedicures and the man had on a dark brownish polish on his toes, they had matching colors. His wife wanted to get pink today and although I wasn’t there long enough to see if he got the same color he did say it was her choice and that pink was the new black so I am guessing he will leave with pink toenails.

Anna did an excellent job on my nails and I had her file them back a little but they still look awesome, really wish I could have red on them. Now she asked me about a pedicure and I really wanted one but I am taking a break from them for a bit, yes, my toes have not had polish on them for 3 ½ weeks now so boring and ugly they look. This is the most days I have gone without polish on them for probably 12 years which is the reason why. I always chose a red or dark color and it turns out toe nails grow so slow it is not good to keep them covered with dark colors for that long. Makes your nails unhealthy and in my case one of them kind of broke apart and I lost half of it. I hope to be able to get a pedicure next time I got to the nail salon and I will have to put some lighter colors on them every occasionally. It took Anna about 40 minutes to do my nails so it was about 1:30 when I left with my pretty nails. Now I had my computer in the car and I wanted to take full advantage of this quick outing so I went to the Starbucks by my house.

They were not busy so I didn’t have to wait in line, again a couple of the girls here told me it had been a while since they had seen me and they missed me. It is nice to feel welcomed. I ordered a drink and a snack and sat down to do my blog really quick. I still need time to get home and change back to my male self before being over where my mom is by 3. I think this will be my shortest time as Susan, from boy to girl and back again in 3 hours but it is worth it as I am not sure when or how much I will get to be Susan for a while.

The Starbucks is actually busy but most come in and get a drink and leave, but there is maybe 8 other people here at tables now. It is a fun place to go for a few hours and do work and people watch. Well it is now 2:10 and I need to get home and clean up and wash all traces of Susan away so I will sign off here. There will not be a lot of blogs or Susan time over the next month or two. I will be spending a lot of time helping my parents

Thanks for reading.

April 29, 2017 Posted by | Acrylic nails, Manicure & pedicure, nail salon, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tuesday last day of vacation and the red nails go away.

Tuesday is here the day I have been dreading. I got up early as I had some things I had to do so I was out as my male self with long bright red nails. I took care of what I had to do and then I was going home to become Susan for a few hours more. On the way, I decided to stop at a Starbucks as my male self. I lucked out as the Starbucks I stopped at had all girls working 5 of them. I ordered my drink and then carefully put my credit card in the machine trying to keep my nails as hid as I could. Both girls at the counter must have seen them as they both told me how beautiful they were which they really are. I thanked them, they didn’t seem that surprised by a man with pretty nails. I spent about an hour here before going home to become Susan.

I got home at noon and made the phone call to the nail salon something I was not looking forward to which is strange as I am always looking forward to going to the nail salon. Anna answered and I asked I could get in and she said 3 was good so I had a couple more hours of pretty nails. I then asked her if she could really make my nails look natural and keep the acrylic so as no one could tell and she assured me she could. I still have doubts but I told her that was what I wanted to do. So, I will still have acrylic on my nails I guess just a thinner layer. I was all ready by 1:20 so I figured instead of going early to the nail salon I would go to the Starbucks by my house which is right across the street from Dream Nails and hang out here till a little before 3. I took a quick selfie before leaving the house.

I got to the Starbucks about 1:30 and they were a little busy at least for the middle of the day I thought. The girl who took my ordered remembered me and asked didn’t you use to come in in the evenings, it has been a while. It is nice to be remembered and I said yes and told her I have a nail appointment across the street and had some time to kill.

I got my drink and sat down to start my blog which I will have to finish after my nail appointment and of course I had to get a picture of my nails and how they look now. The Gel Polish on the acrylic held up really well, no chips, scratches or wearing off on the edges. They look just as good as they did 12 days ago, when I got them. I will also post an after picture, I am really wondering about my decision to keep the acrylic. I really hope Anna is right and it will not be noticeable as I go back to work tomorrow. I am hoping that the fact I have kept my nails looking nice and a little long that no one will really pay attention to them. I sent about 1 ½ hours here at Starbuck’s catching up on e-mails and doing a little work. It is a great way to pass time.

I also got a message from a Facebook friend from the east coast, she will be in town the end of the week for work and on Friday she is going to Over the Rainbow for a makeover and wants to go out so she is going to meet me at Sweet Home at 6:30. This will only be her second time going out so it will be fun. I am looking forward to meeting her. I left Starbucks and went to the nail salon just before 3.

They were not busy, I was the only one there so there was no waiting Anna was ready to do my nails. Now as I am leaving the acrylic on Anna just started to grind off the top layer, the red layer. The first bit was the hardest as my red was no longer glossy smooth. The red dust piled up as one nail after another lost its red color. This is always so sad and I guess it would not be if I was putting another color on. Soon all the color was off and she started to grind the acrylic down to a thinner layer. I was kind of amazed and surprised as it really did look like my natural nail, I had my doubts but Anna was right. I guess if you looked really close you would be able to tell the texture of the nail was different.

Now came the big question, Anna asked me if I wanted them shortened and I so wanted to tell her no but I just couldn’t go to work with that long of nails so I said yes cut them down. Now normally she uses nail cutters but she put a little sanding wheel in her grinder and zip the first nail was short. I looked at it and told her that was good and she went right to work on the rest of the nails and soon they were all short or so I thought. A couple tips I discovered. First after having long nails it is hard to judge length and when you have 4 long nails on one hand and one shorter that you are comparing it to it really does look short. I actually left my nails somewhat long and in two week when I go back they will really be long.

Now it was time for the Gel polish and I went back to my clear with a slight pink tint to it. Two coats of that Gel polish and a clear top coat and my nails look awesome and you really can’t tell I have acrylic on them, they look awesome. The whole thing took about 45 minutes but as I said a little on the long side. Here is a picture of them now.

Now I had some things I had to do which luckily, I could do as Susan including getting gas for my car, you know just routine chores. It was now about 5 and I was thinking what to do. I wanted something to eat but really wasn’t hungry so I decided to go back to the Starbucks by my house and get a snack and a drink and work on my computer for a while and of course update my blog. I will hang out here for a couple hours as I do have some work I need to do on the computer and then I will go home and officially end my vacation it has been a fun 12 days and I am sad to see it come to an end but it will be nice to take a break from doing makeup everyday as it will be Friday the next chance I get to go out and meet my friend from the East coast.

Thanks for reading and sharing my vacation with me.

April 4, 2017 Posted by | Diva Las Vegas 2017, Manicure & pedicure, nail salon, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Manicure and then out to Sweet home

It is Friday and I am looking forward to a fun night. It has been a long day but I still need to get a manicure and as long as I am out I will be off to Sweet Home. I called Dream Nails at about 4:15 to see if I could get in at 5:30 and that was fine so I had an hour to get ready. Now I really love taking my time getting ready usually an hour and a half but when needed I can get ready in 45 minutes if needed.

I was all ready by a little after 5 so I had a little time before I needed to leave for the nail salon. I got there about 5:20 and Anna was ready for me. Now they were a lot busier then the last time I was here. there were 4 woman and a man getting pedicures and one getting her nails done. I really do love going to the nail salon as it is such a relaxing fun time.

Anna worked on my nails and did a wonderful job, this time she didn’t even ask me if I wanted my nails trimmed back she just filed them down a little and evened them out. They look beautiful and just a little on the long side for my male side. I will have to file them down some in a few days. It was about 6 pm when I was done and left the salon with my beautiful nails. They would look so much better with a red though.

I got to Sweet Home a little after 6, Robyn and Chris were already there. I little later Roxy showed up so there were 4 of us tonight. We had a nice time although I was really getting tired now as I have been up since 3 am today. It was a little before 10 when I called it a night. It was a fun evening out.

I will be out again Saturday night as our group is having a celebration of life for Cristine who passed away a little over a week ago.

February 11, 2017 Posted by | Dream Nails, Manicure & pedicure, Sweethome | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thursday night and out for a manicure and pedicure.

Now I really needed to go and get a manicure today. It has only been 13 days since my last manicure but I actually broke a nail really bad yesterday and another one today. I got home and got right in the shower to start getting ready. I got out of the shower at 4:30 and called the Nail salon to see if I could get in tonight. It is nice as when I call she knows it is me so I must be in her phone system now. She was able to get me in at 5:30 so I was on my way getting ready. Now going casual doesn’t take as long and I was ready by 5:10 so I decided to checkout the go fund me account we set up for cristineCristine our friend in ICU. We had raised $645 in the last 20 hours, thanks to all who have helped.

I left for the nail salon at 5:20 and was there only a couple minutes later. It is nice it is so close. Now they were not at all busy. there was one lady just finishing getting her nails done. I picked out my color for my toes and was seated right away for my pedicure. I really didn’t need a pedicure but I so enjoy it and I am trying to work out a schedule so I get a pedicure and my acrylic nails the night before I leave for Diva Las Vegas. If I go every 2 weeks it will work out perfect and I will be getting my acrylic nails on March 23, just 8 weeks away.

It is so relaxing to get a pedicure and manicure and is one of the fun things I get to do as Susan. I would encourage everyone to try it at least once. now as I said they were not busy and the once lady that was there left shortly after I got there so I was the only one there till she was almost done with my pedicure. As she was painting my toes another lady came in for a pedicure. As a matter of fact one of the nail techs were doing another nails techs nails. It was funny as 3 of the ladies working here had beautiful red nails and the 4th was getting red on her nails. they told me it was for Chinese New Year. It would have been fun to get red also on my fingers but just wouldn’t be able to pull it off at work.

Now it was time for my manicure and it is just as much fun. There is something about being pampered and having someone do your nails. It is such a fun and enjoyable way to spend some time and I have always been treated wonderful here by all the people working here. Dream nails is a wonderful salon and I would recommend them highly. It was about 6:40 when I was all done and had pretty toes and fingers.

Now I went across the street to Starbucks as they are open till 8 and got a hot drink and did my blog for Last nights Dinner which was fun and we got it worked out to set up a Go Fund me account for Cristine. Now Starbucks was busy probably 18 people there but they were only 4 groups so there were tables open. I ordered a hot chocolate and enjoyed some quiet time. I actually enjoy spending time as Susan at Starbucks as I can be out and do things I would normally do at home. What did we do before laptops. I stayed there right up till 8 when they were getting ready to close. Now I have come to this Starbucks maybe 10 to 15 times over the last year or so usually after getting my nails done so I wouldn’t consider myself a regular but as I was leaving Sarah one of the ladies who works here said your name is Susan right, and I said yes. it was nice to be remembered, then she wished me a good evening. It is little things like this that make you feel good. This is wonderful customer service and really several of the Starbucks I have gone to over the years learned who I was and remembered me by name. It was a good night out even though it was short.

January 27, 2017 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cold snowy night but made it out for a manicure.

Okay it has been two weeks since I have been Susan much less getting out anyplace. Last Friday night I stayed home as it was really cold out and I was looking forward to going to Harvey’s Comedy club the next night but the cold weather turned into freezing rain on Saturday and we had to cancel our plans. and I was stuck at home. Portland does not do well in wintery weather. The city was pretty much shut down last weekend so I was looking forward to this weekend and of course we got hit with our biggest snow storm in decades or even maybe ever. From 6PM Tuesday till noon Wednesday I got over 15 inches of snow where I live. As a matter of fact I couldn’t get out to go to work as the ground clearance on my car was to low and I just started pushing snow till I stopped. I have never not been able to go to work. Now we are in bitter cold, day time around 30 and nights between 10 and 15 which is really cold here as a matter of fact I think we set a record for this day as far as cold. The freeways are pretty clear but the surface streets still have 2 inches of packed snow and ice. So needless to say I am not going to Portland but I do need to get a manicure as it has been 2 and a half weeks and my nails are getting a little long.

The advantage of going to a nail salon so close to where I live. that even in bad weather I can get there as it is only a few blocks. I got home from work and called to see if they were even open and they were. I got an appointment for 5:30 and started getting ready. It was a little after 5 and I was ready to go. I left home and drove carefully as it was still really icy out, even with the ice and snow it took 5 minutes or less to get there and I was able to park right in front. There was only one lady in there getting her nails done and Annie was ready for me so I didn’t have to wait. It was nice to be out and what better then at the nail salon getting my nails done. It is just so relaxing and normal thing to do.

Annie started on my nails and we had a nice conversation while she did my nails. it was a really enjoyable time, I even talked with the other lady there some mostly about the weather, She still has her chains on her car, I removed mine last night but only because most of my drive to work is freeway and that is mostly clear with just spotty ice. if I was just driving around town I would still have them on for safety. We were the only two customers here tonight I guess the weather kept a lot of people home.

Annie asked if I wanted my nails trimmed back, I probably should have but told her to just file them down a little and square them off. They aren’t overly long well maybe just a little but in two week they will be really long. I will probably have to file them down a little before I come back for my next appointment. I got the same clear gel polish with the hint of pinky rose in it. Really looks pretty. It is funny as I kept thinking about Diva Las Vegas which is coming up fast in 2 1/2 months and I will be here to get acrylic nails and longer for the trip. It was about 6:15 when I was done.

I thought about going to Sweet Home but with the ice and snow on the roads I didn’t want to drive that far so I went across the street to Starbucks which is on my way home. They were not busy just one table with 4 people at it. It is a little chilly so I ordered a hot chocolate, yes I love Starbucks Hot Chocolate. the perfect drink on a cold wintery night.

I of course had my computer and caught up on some e-mails, work and even a Facebook chat. It was a relaxing night and I stayed here till they closed at 8. There were a few times they got really busy 6 to 8 people. It was fun to people watch and of course to see if anyone I knew came in as I am only about a 1/4 mile from where I live. A couple years ago I never would have dreamed of even stopping here this close to home much less sit here for a couple hours. I guess I have grown as Susan and that is a good thing.

I do miss not being out with my friends though. I am hoping that we can get together Saturday night weather permitting. The one thing I have learned is I do not have Susan clothes designed for really cold weather. Probably because we get this type of weather so rare I just haven’t invested in winter girl clothing.

Thanks for reading and have a safe and warn night. Smile

January 15, 2017 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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