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My life as a heterosexual crossdresser.

Tuesday and my vacation comes to an end after 12 days

Okay the day is her, the end of my vacation, the end of 12 days a being Susan and of course 12 days of having long pretty red nails. Now I have a 1pm appointment at dream Nails. It is always sad when I have to remove my nails. Now I had no plans other than going

to the nail salon so I slept in as it is my last day of vacation. It was almost 10am when I was ready. I decided to got to Starbucks till my appointment and just play on my computer and enjoy the last couple of hours of my nails. Now I did take a couple pictures of my nails before I get them removed, if you don’t know I do have a thing about pretty nails.

I got to Starbucks and they were busy but there was an open table so I set my computer down and went up to order my drink. Now the lady who took my order told me how pretty my nails were which made me feel really good as I always like to hear this but also sad as I know in a few hours they will be gone. Now it was fun but also went by so fast and soon it was 12:45 and time to go to the nails salon.

I got to Dream nails and went in, they were not busy just one lady getting her nails done and Anna was ready for me so I sat right down Now Anna asked how my vacation was aid I told her it was great. She asked what I did and I told her I went to Las Vegas, she said that sounded like fun. The nail tech next to her said she wished she could have gone.

Anna asked me if I just wanted a fill which I really wanted to say yes but I told her I needed the red gone and shorter. She started to take the red off and the first nail was the hardest it really was sad. One by one the red disappeared from my nails till they were just the acrylic. as she worked we talked about my trip. Anna also told me a little about her family and even showed me some pictures on her phone, it was a really enjoyable time. Now it was time to shorten my nails, again I had that sad feeling as she ground them shorter. Now it was time for the fill with the new acrylic. I was thinking I have had acrylic on my nails now since March 25 of 2017, 13 months. Once the new acrylic was on she smoothed them out and shaped them. It really was a relaxing time and I really do enjoy going to the nail salon and getting my nails done.

Now it was tie to put the gel polish on and of course I went with the wedding dress color again, not the same as the red but still a nice look. I really do like going to the nail salon when they are not busy just a much more relaxing and personal experience. Anna did

a wonderful job and it was almost 2 when I left the salon with my pretty nails. Now I was on my way home to switch back to my normal boring male life. I got home and became my male self and went out and mowed my yard, not the same. Now I was looking at my nails and I noticed a couple things. One she didn’t shorten then enough, it is amazing as being so long when she shortened them I didn’t notice the length. The other thing is the fact she put tips on before I left to lengthen them which are still on and they give the ends a white look almost like a faded French nail. They really do look good but may be more noticeable then I have had in the past. I took a few pictures And so that is how my vacation comes to an end. It really was a wonderful time with wonderful friends and I am looking forward to our cruise in October and of course Diva Las Vegas next year but for now it will be back to a couple times a week to go out as Susan. Thanks for reading my blog and sharing this part of my life with me

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April 25, 2018 Posted by | nail salon, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vacation starts getting nails done today

It is Thursday April 12th and my vacation has started. I am getting my nails done today and then over to Cassandra’s & Peggy’s house as we will leave for Palm Springs Friday morning at 2 am. I called yesterday and made an appointment for 12:30 as I had a few things to do in the morning to get ready. I got home a little after 10 and got all my stiff in the car for the trip and then started getting ready. I am so looking forward to the trip and 13 days of being Susan and long pretty nails.

I got to the nails salon about 12:15 and they were packed, 4 woman getting pedicures, 2 manicures, 2 drying their nails and 3 waiting. So glad I made an appointment. Evan with an appointment I still had to wait till 12:45. I really don’t like it when it s this busy as they seem so rushed. Anyway, Anna finely finished the other lady and started on my nails, she did a great job but as I said I could tell she was rushing as there was always 3 or 4 waiting as they came in as fast as they finished someone else. It just wasn’t as relaxing as other times but still fun and of course I had my long pretty nails.

I left the nails salon and drove over to Cassandra’s and Peggy’s, there were loading the car for tomorrow as we are hoping to be on the road by 2am as it is a 26-hour drive. Of course, that means I will have to get up at 1am as it takes an hour to get ready so

it will be a short nigh. We got the car packed and ordered pizza and then watched a couple movies before going to bed about 8:30. Yes it will be a short night. It was a good start to 12 days of being Susan. O so wish I could have my nails like this all the time, 12 days from now when I have to remove them it will be so sad.

Thanks for reading and be sure to see what’s new on my most recent blog. Also be sure and read about my vacation to Diva Las Vegas 2018

April 13, 2018 Posted by | Acrylic nails, Diva Las Vegas, nail salon, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vacation starts getting nails done today

It is Thursday April 12th and my vacation has started. I am getting my nails done today and then over to Cassandra’s & Peggy’s house as we will leave for Palm Springs Friday morning at 2 am. I called yesterday and made an appointment for 12:30 as I had a few things to do in the morning to get ready. I got home a little after 10 and got all my stiff in the car for the trip and then started getting ready. I am so looking forward to the trip and 13 days of being Susan and long pretty nails.

I got to the nails salon about 12:15 and they were packed, 4 woman getting pedicures, 2 manicures, 2 drying their nails and 3 waiting. So glad I made an appointment. Evan with an appointment I still had to wait till 12:45. I really don’t like it when it s this busy as they seem so rushed. Anyway, Anna finely finished the other lady and started on my nails, she did a great job but as I said I could tell she was rushing as there was always 3 or 4 waiting as they came in as fast as they finished someone else. It just wasn’t as relaxing as other times but still fun and of course I had my long pretty nails.

I left the nails salon and drove over to Cassandra’s and Peggy’s, there were loading the car for tomorrow as we are hoping to be on the road by 2am as it is a 26-hour drive. Of course, that means I will have to get up at 1am as it takes an hour to get ready so

it will be a short nigh. We got the car packed and ordered pizza and then watched a couple movies before going to bed about 8:30. Yes it will be a short night. It was a good start to 12 days of being Susan. O so wish I could have my nails like this all the time, 12 days from now when I have to remove them it will be so sad.

Thanks for reading and be sure to see what’s new on my most recent blog.

April 13, 2018 Posted by | Acrylic nails, Diva Las Vegas, Diva Las Vegas 2018, nail salon, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday night at the nail salon

It is Thursday night and I am going to the nails salon for a pedicure and fill. Now I really don’t need one as both my toes and fingers look great still although my finger nails are getting a little long. This really is the one problem I have with getting my nails done with acrylic. I really could go 3 weeks between fills but they get pretty long by then at least for my male side. Even my pedicure held up well 6 weeks and no chips but it is all about timing. You see 4 weeks from today I will be back at Dream Nails for a pedicure and a full set of long acrylic nails for my trip to Diva Las Vegas. I got home and called Dream nails to get an appointment and Anna could get me in at 5 so I had about 1 ½ hours to get ready.

I took my time getting ready, I really like it more when I am not rushed. I know some people think it is strange to spend that much time getting ready just to go to the nail salon or a few hours at Starbuck’s and even I can’t explain it other than I enjoy it. Now I had my makeup done and still had time so I decided to wear my corset for the evening as I really do like the way it makes my waist look and really it is really comfortable other then in and out of the car and maybe a long drive in the car. I got to Dream nails just before 5 and went in, they were really slow tonight, only 1 lady getting a pedicure so Anna was ready to start. Of course, I had to pick a color for my toes, I went with a purple color this time.

Anna started on my nails and it is such a relaxing feeling to have someone do your nails. As she worked we talked a little. She asked if I wanted the deluxe pedicure tonight which I have done once before, as I said it was slow and Anna said it had been slow all week so I am sure they were looking for more services to do. I think it is that time of year as taxes are do in a couple weeks and also property taxes in a little over a month so people are probably a little tighter with their money. Any way I decided to go for the deluxe pedicure, $20 more but it is really relaxing. The main difference is they use a scented lotion and creams and even sent the water, I went with Lavender. They also put a cream on your leg and then wrap it in a hot towel for a while and also give your foot a paraffin wax treatment to soften your feet plus I think the message your legs and feet longer. Not something I would do all the time as it would get expensive but will probably do again in 4 weeks right before Diva Las Vegas and the same for the Cruise this fall.

As Anna did my nails another lady came in and she also got her nails done and was at the next table to me so we did talk a little about nails. It really is an enjoyable experience. I tell everyone you need to get a pedicure and acrylic nails at least once just to experience it and I got a feeling you will probably do it more often once you try it. Anna did a great job on my nails and soon they were just as pretty but a little shorter. Now it was time for my pedicure.

Kathy was once again doing my pedicure, Anna and Kathy always do a wonderful job as do all the people here and I have had several of them do my nails at one time or another. It is funny as I did come here a few times early on but I have been coming here every 2 to 3 weeks now for 2 years and I will have had acrylic nails now for 11 months although thinner than most woman and of course no pretty colors but they still look great. Now as I said I wore my corset today and sitting at the table getting my nails done was fine but sitting in the pedicure chair was not as comfortable, note to self when getting a pedicure, no corset. Kathy did a wonderful job on my feet and it was so relaxing, the deluxe pedicure is the way to go if you can. Normally it takes about an hour to get my fill and pedicure but it was closer to 1 ½ hours. Now partly because the deluxe pedicure takes longer but I have noticed that if they are busy then tend to rush a little more to get people through and this is just not Dream Nails but all nail salons I have gone to and I have talked to others and they say the same. If you do want to get your nails done my two tips, get an appointment and try to avoid really busy times. It was time for the polish and Kathy put the first coat on and as it dried it last all its shine, to say the least I was not happy at the color I had picked but I figured in 4 weeks I would change it. Kathy put a second coat on and the same and then the top coat. The top coat did put a nice shine on it and to my surprise it really looked great and really shiny, turns out it was a great choice. It was 6:30 when I left the Dream Nails

After my nail appointment went across the street to Starbuck’s as I had about 1 ½ hours till they closed and did some work and caught up on some e-mails. Some of the e-mails were questions I get asked from other transgender and non-transgender and probably the most asked is why I do this. There is no simple answer to this, I have talked with other crossdressers and there is no defining thing or moment in our lives we can point to and say this is it, this is why. We just do. Why do some people like chocolate and others don’t? why do some people like sports and others don’t? why do some men have facial hair and others don’t? why do some woman wear dresses, have long hair or nails and others don’t? In the end it comes down to personal preference and that is it. I am more comfortable this way even though when I am out I really am not thinking about how I am dressed. I really don’t know why, I do know that when I dress I do try to emulate what I find attractive in women. The other thing people think is I must be gay and from what I have learned most (75% or more) are straight males. Their dressing has nothing to do with their sexual attraction. As I said for me I try to emulate what I find attractive and for me that is the female body, shape, form, and look. Hair on a body, arms, chest is not at all attractive and I do everything I can to have a smooth clean body.

The other question is am I going to, or when will I transition an d the answer to that is I am not going to as that is not right for me. Now these are my thoughts and observations on these things and I am by no means an expert so remember that before you tell me I am wrong. Talking with both transsexuals and crossdressers there seems to be some common thing and things that are specific to just one. Both have a need to be feminine (or other sex depending on if you are MTF or FTM). The difference is about your body. Transsexuals need to physically be the other gender, they feel their body is wrong. Crossdressers need to present, be accepted as the other gender. From just looking at them you can’t tell as it is all about how they see themselves.

Now for me yes when I am Susan I would love to have real breast, hips, narrower shoulder, 5 to 7 inches shorter, no bulge between my legs but it is because of how it looks and how people see me, it is not about my body being wrong, it is the outward appearance. When I am not Susan I don’t think about it and is I did have real breast then I would be crossdressing the other way as when I was not Susan I would need to bind them down to hid them. Now I do know some crossdressers that have told me they would love to have breast and they would if they could but again there is that key words, love to have them not they their body is wrong or they are not truly who they are without them. It’s like saying I would love to have a million dollars and doing what I can to get it, verse having to have a million dollar to feel you are complete. The way I look at it is if I won 10 million dollars tomorrow how would my life change. For me I would dress as Susan most of the time, pierce my ears, have long acrylic nails and maybe even grow my hair out, surgery not something I would do. A transsexual the first thing on their list would be surgery. Now this is a simple way of looking at it and there is more to t than this but it is a good start and what I have learned.

Wow got a little off topic but that’s okay. Starbucks was a little slow tonight but a relaxing time while I gave the polish on my toes time to fully dry. After Starbucks I went through the drive thru and then home. It was a relaxing 4 hours.

Thanks for reading and be sure and see what’s new with Susan on my most recent blog.

March 18, 2018 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure, nail salon, Thoughts on Crossdressing, why men crossdress | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Thursday night trip to the nail salon

Okay first I did get out for a few hours last Sunday evening to Starbucks to study. I spent about 3 hours at the Starbucks by my house, no computer just my books. Any way on to today. I have been going to the Nail salon on Fridays the last few times but this week I would not be able to get there till probably next Tuesday which was my plan as my nails still looked good. Well till Tuesday night. I seem to have hit my nails just right and broke off a piece of the acrylic. funny as I didn’t break the nail just some acrylic. I was able to fix with some OPI nail envy which is a nail strengthener and goes on a little thick. It kind of covered the sharp edges but just didn’t look right so I decided I needed to go get it fixed. I got home late about 4:30 and called Dream Nails to see if Anna could fit me in, she always manages as I really think most people just show up and don’t call for an appointment. Any way I had a 5:30 appointment so I had 1 hour to get ready and get there, only a couple minute drive so I would be.

I got there just before 5:30 and only had to wait a couple minutes for her to finish with someone else. I really do like my trips to the nail salon as it is so relaxing. Anna started on my nails and yes, she had to remove the acrylic on the nail I broke and redo it. She did a wonderful job as always. They were a little busy as there was a young girl sitting next to me just finishing up on her nails and 3 woman getting pedicures. Any way about 6:20 I once again had beautiful nails although shorter. Now I am already thinking about Diva Las Vegas which is coming up fast. 6 weeks from today I will once again be here at the nails salon to get my acrylic nails for the trip 11 days and yes, they will be longer and a pretty color.

After the nail salon I went across the street to Starbucks till 8 to work on my blog and do a little studding (very little). It is nice as I have been coming here so regular most of the workers know me by name and I am getting to know some of their names. I walked in and Alan the young man working tonight welcomed me by name and asked if I wanted my usual hot chocolate which I did. It really makes you feel welcome when this happens. I know it is all about customer service but it still feels good. It is funny as I never went to a Starbucks before the first time I did as Susan and even still I think I have only been there 3 or 4 times when I am not Susan, kind of my girl thing to do. But I like coming here so much last year I bought stock in Starbucks.

It was about 8 when I left and drove over to Burger King as I was hungry, I went through the drive through and then went home. Again, a funny side note about 15 to 20 years ago a big night out for me was to take a late-night drive, after 11pm and then if I could work up my courage a quick trip through burger kings drive through.

Not sure if I will make it out this weekend as I have family stuff to do but next week I am once again on vacation and hope to get out several times. I really can’t explain why I like going out as Susan but I do.

Thanks for reading and be sure and see what I am up to on my most recent blog.

March 1, 2018 Posted by | Dream Nails, nail salon, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Friday getting my nails done

It is Friday and I am ready for the weekend and yes first thing is a trip to the nail salon to get my nails done. Now they still look great and I probably could go a little longer but they are rather long now. My last trip to the nails salon two weeks ago I didn’t have them shortened as I was on vacation the next week. The last time I had them shortened was January 17th and even then they were left a little long for a man, so they have been growing out for a month.

Now at work this week no one said a thing and they had to notice as they were even long for most woman but I kept them without filing them down. I got home just before 4 and the first thing was to call the nails salon and see if I could get in, Anna said she could get me in at 5:30 so I had an hour in a half which was plenty of time as it only takes a couple minutes to get to Dream Nails. I have actually been coming here for almost 3 years although only the last two have been every 2 to 3 weeks and I love them. They do a wonderful job on my nails and always treat me wonderful. All the woman knows me by name even though I only know about half of them by name. What a great feeling to be a regular at the nail salon. I was ready a little after 5and I just figured I would go a little early and wait, I got there about 5:15 and Anna had just finished with a lady so I got right in. there is just something so relaxing and feminine to be at the nail salon, everyone should try it.

Anna asked how my nails were and if I had broken any as we keep the acrylic kind of thin and she remembered I didn’t have them shortened last time. They really did hold up well just one little chip on the corner of one that happened earlier today and it really wasn’t noticeable. She removed the old gel polish and got them ready for a fill. Now there were 3 other women in here 2 getting pedicures and 1 getting her nails done. Once she had the acrylic on she shortened my nails to a good length, even for a man the would be okay except for the perfect shape and of course the slight pink color but by 2 weeks the length will be noticeable. Now it was time for the gel polish and of course I stayed with the same color, Wedding dress. Anna put 2 coats on and finished it off with a clear coat. As she put the clear coat on I wondered how they would look if I had a 3rd coat of the wedding dress color put on, I am guessing just a little pinker. It was just before 6 when I was all finished with my pretty hands.

Now what to do, I had time so I decided to go to Sweet Home as it has been a while since I have made it there. I got there just before 6:30 and had to park way up the street, I think this is the farthest I have parked from here. I figured they were busy, I walked down and went in and there were only about 10 people here so I don’t know where all the cars on the street came from. Chris was there so I joined him. It was good to see him again. Now it is always a good feeling to go someplace you are welcomed and remembered. All the staff remembered me by name and even some of the customers which was nice, several of the customers told me it was good to see me again and it has been to long which it has as I haven’t been here since November and only 2 or 3 times since last March. But it was wonderful to be back here.

I ordered dinner and of course had my computer out. I talked with Chris some and a few of the other customer, this really is a neighborhood bar where everyone is welcome. I had a wonderful dinner and a wonderful time. Chris left a little before 8 as he comes here right from work to play pool but I stayed for a while as I had my computer. It was about 9 when I paid my bill and called it a night. I was going to stay a little longer but I needed to stope and get gas and I have been going to Costco and they close the gas station at 9:30. I have found if you go just before closing they are not busy and you don’t have to wait in line. I joined Costco a couple months ago but it was a couple weeks ago I went there as Susan and went in and asked about getting a card for me as Susan and to my surprise they did without much question so I have a Susan Costco Card with Susan name and picture on it. It was as short night out but very fun. My next outing will be Saturday night when we go to Harvey’s Comedy Club. Julie Scoggins is there this weekend and she is wonderful, our group has gone and seen her every year she has come for the last 5 for 6 years, she is very funny and if you get a chance to see her you should. She has actually gone out with our group a few times after the shows although the place we use to go is now closed so that may not happen tonight.

Thanks for reading and being a part of my life. If you want to know what new in Susan’s life be sure and read my most recent blog.

Have a great night.

February 17, 2018 Posted by | Dream Nails, nail salon | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday and the start of my vacation

Okay, it is Friday and I am now on vacation, I have some vacation time I have to use and some things I need to do around home and of course some Susan time. Now I have done these vacations like this last year and it was a good excuse to get my nails done in a pretty color. The only problem is gel polish is not easy to get off quick and with family issues I didn’t think that was a good idea so it will be the same color Wedding dress again. I got home from work at 4 and the first thing I did was call Dream nails to get an appointment for a manicure and pedicure. Anna said she could get me in at 5:15 so I had an hour. I started getting ready right away and I was ready and out the door right at 5 so I would be a little early to my appointment.

I got to Dream nails just a few minutes later and they were busy, there was 1 lady getting a pedicure and 3 young girls, probably high school age getting their nails done and 6 other girls about the same age waiting. I was glad I had an appointment. Well Anna was running a little behind so I had to wait till almost 5:30 which was okay. A couple other ladies came in and left because of how many were here, seems they were a little short-handed tonight. Now all these young girls were getting full sets of acrylic nails and they were all excited about it which I can understand.

Anna finished up the lady she was working on and it was my turn so I sat down and Anna started to work on my nails, she asked if I wanted the same color and I so wanted to say no I wanted red but I know something could come up short notice with family and I would need to be able to switch back fast. I did tell her I didn’t want them shortened. Now I know at the end of the week I will have to file them down as they are rather long now at least for my male side. Anna removed the old gel polish and did the fill with acrylic and then it was time for my new gel polish, the young girl next to me had her nails in an oval shape and rather long and put a silver glitter polish on them. They were really sparkly which I told her and that they looked great although I am not a fan of the glittery nails. I am more the traditional reds or pinks, even the one odd color on the middle finger is not something I like. I am not saying it is ugly just not what I want even though it is really popular these days. I like the same color on all my fingers. Soon I had my beautiful nails again and it was time for my pedicure. Some of the young girls finished with their nails and others took their spots to get their nails done and the ones that were finished waited, I guess they were all together. More woman came in and some left because of the crowd others were willing to wait. It was a good night to people watch.

Anna did my pedicure tonight as all the other nail techs were busy and they had people waiting. I picked Pompeii Purple tonight which is really a pinkish red and very pretty, I usually do this color during the summer as it is a great summer color. It was so relaxing to sit there with Anna messaging my feet and legs and the chair messaging my back, worth every penny. It was a little after 7 when I was ready to leave and they still had 3 ladies waiting, so much for a 7 pm closing time.

I left the nail salon and thought about what I should do as I didn’t want to just go home and I was kind of hungry so I drove down by the mall to get a burger. Now as I drove I kept thinking about my nails and how much I wanted red for the week. Now Julie all the time gets gel polish and then she has regular nail polish put over the gel for color. I even thought about this at the salon but they were so busy but I regretted not doing it. Anyway, by the mall there was a nail salon that had an open sign so I decided I would go in. I got there right at 7:30 which was their closing time but they had a few ladies still in there and the one lady said she would do my nails. I guess you don’t turn down a paying customer, so I went and picked out a really bright red and sat down. Just for polish is only $6 what a bargain. 10 minutes later I had beautiful red nails. I sat there another 10 minutes to let them dry so I wouldn’t mess them up before leaving just before 8.

Now it was 8 and I new the Starbucks by my house was closed, most Starbucks close between 8 and 9 so I decided to go up to Mill Plain as there is a Starbucks that is open till midnight. I got there about 8:20 and wow they were packed. I parked and looked in and it looked like about 25 young people inside but it is a bigger Starbucks so I grabbed my computer and went in. I was wrong I bet there were 40 or more young people inside. I walked in and it was quiet as I walked up to the counter to order my hot chocolate. There was very little talking going on but I just minded my own business and ordered my drink. The young man behind the counter was really nice and one of the girls complimented me on my makeup and nails which I love. Any way I made the comment that they were really busy tonight which surprised me as you don’t think of a coffee shop as a place to go on a Friday night. He said yes but it is just the first Friday of the month, they have a big group of young deaf kids that come in. any way I ordered my drink and turned to walk to the 1 open table in the corner and no one was paying any attention to me.

I sat down and took out my computer and caught up on e-mails and wrote my blog for tonight. It was so awesome to see my red nails as I typed. It stayed busy till about 9:00 when some of the people left but there was still probably 20 people here and the drive through was no stop. It was a relaxing evening. Now I am looking forward to the coming week, I have some stuff to do around home and I plan on getting out as Susan, I need to find a new purse. I am going to get together with Peggy on Tuesday for lunch and some shopping and also Mikaela on Friday for some shopping. May see if some of the other girls want to get together. It will be a fun week and yes, I will probably get to Starbucks several times also. Tomorrow night we will have our dinner downtown Portland which will be fun and of course I will make the Wednesday night dinner. Okay 1 quick picture of my pretty red nails, so wish I could have them all the time.

Around 9:30 it got really busy again probably 30 or more people were inside again. I guess Friday night is the night to come to this Starbucks. I stayed here till about 11 before heading home. When I left there was probably still 30 to 40 people still here at Starbucks. I made a quick stop at Burger Kings drive through before going home. It was a good night out.

Thanks for reading and be sure and keep up with my latest adventures on my most recent blog.

February 2, 2018 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure, nail salon, Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday night outing

It is Wednesday and I am going to get to go out tonight for dinner with my friends. I got home and of course the most important thing was I needed a manicure. I called Dream nails and got an appointment for 5, so looking forward to this. I really love going to the nail salon. I started getting ready taking my time to enjoy it. As I got ready I had the big issue of what to wear and how to do my makeup. Normally I would wear a dress and heels to go to dinner but I am also going to the nail salon first. Well I settled on a black skirt and sweater top and my high heeled boots although I did go with the red lipstick.

I got to the nail salon just before 5 and went in. they were not busy, just 1 lady getting a pedicure. Anna was ready for me so I sat right down and she started on my nails, it is such a relaxing experience. She removed the old gel polish and got my nails ready for the for the new acrylic to fill in. She asked me if I wanted them shortened and of course I didn’t but I knew I needed to so I told her yes. It is always sad when she uses the grinder to make them shorter. She also fixed the nail I broke the corner off of and soon she was putting on the new acrylic. now she has been using a pink acrylic which gives my nails a slight pink color, it would probably be more if she put it on thicker but she does a thin layer. Now it was time for the gel polish and Anna asked if I wanted the clear again and I said no I wanted the color wedding dress which is a slight pink although with the pink acrylic is does have more of a pink color. I really do love the way my nails look with this color of course I would much rather have a bright red. Maybe in 2 weeks as I will be on vacation. Anna put the first coat on and then the second coat and yes, my nails have a slight pretty pink shade. Now I know some people have noticed but only one person has ever said anything, but a lot of the woman I work with are taking way better care of their nails and several now have pretty long acrylic nails. I guess they just don’t want a man to have better looking nails then they do. It was about 5:40 when I was all done and on my way with my pretty nails.

Now Julie had taxed me earlier and she is also going to dinner tonight so I am going to pick her up so I was on my way to her house. I got to her house a little after 6 and she was already. It was great to see her again as she had been on vacation to Australia for 3 weeks. I was looking forward to hearing all about her trip. Now there was a lot of traffic so we got downtown just before 7. We were having dinner at McMenamins tavern & pool, the group has gone here a couple times before but it will be my first time. I really like going to new places.

Melissa and Cassandra were already there. It was good to see them again. Barb also showed up so we had 5 for dinner. Now I do like the bigger group outings as it is always fun to see a lot of girls out but it is harder to talk with all and also when we are at the bars it gets loud. These Wednesday night dinners are a lot of fun as having smaller groups you can really have good conversations which all can be involved in and it is not loud so you can easily hear what is going on. It might just be to many times to bars. We ordered dinner and had a wonderful time. It really was a wonderful night out. We also talked about our Mexican cruise in October of 2018, if you have ever thought about going on a cruise be sure and check out our web page for more information.

It is amazing how fast the night went by and soon it was 9:30 which doesn’t sound that late but I get up a little after 4 am in the morning and it will be at least an hour to get home and in bed but it is so worth it to go out with my friends. Saturday most of our group will be going to Salem to go out with the girls down there, I won’t be able to make it so I will go to the Escape at least for a while for dinner and to see if anyone else stays local.

Thank for reading and be sure to keep up with what I am doing in my most recent blog.

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Dinner out, Manicure & pedicure, nail salon | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Badly needed trip to the nail salon.

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Happy New Year’s everyone, it is hard to believe it is already 2018, seems like we were just worried about y2k (2000). I am currently sitting in Starbucks as I write this blog #999, yes, I am almost at 1,000 blogs. Now I had planned to hit 1,000 before the end of the year but well I ended up getting sick and didn’t get out last week or over the weekend. That also meant I missed getting my nails done last week hence the reason for the trip to the salon today. Today is 3 weeks since my last time getting my nails done and yes, they are on the long side but still looked pretty good till today. I learned that although 3 weeks grow out is okay the fact I have a thin layer of acrylic on my nails they do not hold up when they get too long. Today I broke a corner off the acrylic of one nail leaving a jagged edge and broke part of the actual nail on another finger. As I looked at them closer the reason was at the tips the acrylic was lifting off the natural nail. So, I am caught between getting my nails done every 2 weeks or having thicker acrylic. now I will say that Anna left my nails a little longer last time which also may have played a part. I am learning that having nice pretty nails takes work and care.

\Any way on the way home from work I called Dream nails to see if I could get in today. Anna said sure and wanted to know if I could be there at 4:30. Now I probably could have but if I got caught in traffic I would be late so I played it safe and said 5 so I had my appointment all set. It was a good thing too as I didn’t get home till 4 and still needed to get ready as Susan, I wonder from time to time what they would think if I just showed up as my male self. Well I started getting ready right away. I was all ready by 4:50 and ready to leave. Now my new neighbor, well he has lived there for about 9 months and I have only talked with him a couple times last summer was out in the street with his 2 little kids as they road their bikes in front of their home. Any way I had a nail appointment to get to so I opened the garage door and pulled out. As I turned onto the street he was only a few feet from me and he waved to me so I waved back and was on my way. I got to the nail salon just a little before 5 and went in. They were busy as there were 3 ladies getting their nails done and 4 getting pedicures including a husband and wife and one lady waiting. It took Anna about 5 minutes to finish the lady she was working on and then it was my turn.

I sat down at the table and Anna started to grind off the old gel polish and by the second finger she noticed how bad my nails were lifting. Yes, I was going to get a whole new set which meant removing all the acrylic down to my natural nails which I have not seen since last March, well 1 or 2 nails have had to be done like this but not all of them. It took a little work to remove all the old acrylic and wow my natural nails look horrible. I guess acrylic is hard on your nails, plus they are thin and week as the hard-top layer is gone. Now even with that Anna had to file the top down more to remove all the damage so the new acrylic would adhere. Finally, the nails were prepped and it was time for the acrylic. Now I really do love getting my nails done, it is so relaxing. One by one my nails started to look pretty again and soon all 10 were covered in acrylic and looked long and pretty. Anna asked me if I wanted them shortened and I said yes and with that she ground off the ends till they were short and yes shorter than the last time. I do wish I could have them longer and red but it just won’t work for me now but in 4 weeks I am going to take a week vacation and it is time I just need to use as I have been holding on to it because of my parent health but now it is getting close to the end of my work year and I need to use it. I don’t have any plans other then it will be Susan time and I am hopeful I can get a read color for the week and maybe not shorten them, that would be so awesome. I am looking forward to the fist week of February. Anna did her usual wonderful job; all the ladies here do wonderful jobs on nails. All to soon my nails were done, Anna went with just a clear top coat which was a little disappointing after 12 weeks of that pinkish color, she first use this color back on October 15, but then I thought that was fine as my brother will be in town in a little over a week and I think clear polish will be batter for that.

I left the nail salon and I was hungry so I drove to Panda Express and went in and got something to eat and even they were busy tonight, I had to stand in line. I got my food and sat down and ate like any other customer. I saw a couple people glance over at me but nothing big and for the most part the rest really paid me no attention. Soon a was done and it was time to go to the Starbucks by my house. I got there a little after 6:30 so I would have about an hour. They were also a little busy but most were to go ordered. There were only about 6 other people sitting at tables. I got a hot chocolate and sat at my table and caught up on some e-mails and then of course wrote this blog. It still amazes me that I have wrote 999 blogs about my times going out. Now years ago, I didn’t always write about my tomes out but pretty much for the last years I have been pretty good about it, sometime I combined a couple short outings into one blog but still. This means I have been out as Susan at least 999 time, that is hard to believe as 15 years ago it took all I could do just to go out for a late-night drive. It is fun though to look back at my old blogs, what I did, where I went and with who and of course some of the old pictures. To see how I have grown as Susan and become the lady I am today and of course all my wonderful friends. I would encourage everyone to at least write down some of the major event in your life as over time things become not so clear and some day we all want to look back at least for a little look.

I stayed at Starbuck till 8 when they closed, I was getting ready to leave and the one girl told me I could stay if I wanted as they had a lot of cleanup work to do. I thanked her but I had already put my computer away. I wish I knew her name as she is so nice and always remembers me, I looked and she didn’t have a name tag on. I talked to her for a few minutes as she told me they were changing their hours on the weekend, closing earlier, 7:30 on Saturdays and 6 on Sundays, then a quick trip to the gas station before heading home. It was a fun and relaxing evening. I am not sure I will get out Friday but I plan on going out Saturday night so blog 1,000 is just around the corner. Thanks for reading and keeping up on my life as Susan. Be sure and keep up on my latest outings on my most recent blog.

Have a safe and Happy New Year.

January 4, 2018 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure, nail salon | Leave a comment

Just a relaxing trip to the nail salon

Okay it has been over 2 ½ weeks since I got my nails done and they still look awesome, they have a little grow out but as the polish I have is a very light pink and not real noticeable you really can’t tell unless you look closely. I was tempted to wait but they are getting a little long and well I have a couple chips now on my toes so I need a pedicure. I was actually hoping to wait for a little warmer weather but I decided tonight was the night. It was about 3:45 when I got home so the first thing was to call Dream Nails and see if I could get in. Now over the last few times I have gone I have had Kathy and Anna both do my nails and they both do a great job and that makes it hard as I don’t know who to ask for as I don’t want to offend either. I decided to just call and see who I get. Now it was Anna who answered the phone and I just asked if I could come in at 5 for a fill and pedicure. Anna said that was fine, she would do my fill first and then one of the other girls would do my pedicure. Now with an appointment I started getting ready.

I was ready by 4:50 and was on my way. I got in my car and opened the garage door and then noticed I forgot my ring and bracelet so I just got out of the car and went back inside to get them leaving the garage door open. Only took a couple minutes and I was back in my car and on my way. I got to the nails salon right at 5 and went in. They were pretty busy so it was good I called and got an appointment. I still had to wait about 10 minutes for Anna to finish up the lady she was working on. Now I can tell it was cold today as usually when I have come here I would say 60% or more of the woman are here for pedicures but not tonight. There were 7 women getting their nails done and none getting pedicures. The other thing was all but one were getting a red color, I guess red is the color for Christmas. Now I was a little sad as I so wanted to get red on my finger nails for Christmas. As Anna finished up the lady she was working on she asked if I was getting both a manicure and pedicure and I told her yes as I needed one. She said she needed one too but didn’t have the time. I talked with her a little as Anna finished her nails.

It was about 5:10 when it was my turn and I sat down to have Anna do my nails. She asked how they held up and I told her wonderful, I really liked the job she did last time. I told her I almost waited but was afraid if I missed tonight it would be another week till I could get back. She looked at my nails and told me they looked fine and I probably could have gone another week and I really could have its just they were getting a little long. Well Anna started on my nails grinding off the old gel polish and getting them ready for the fill. We chatted about Christmas and if we were both ready for it which by the way we are not. It was just a really relaxing experience that I so enjoy. Now I had already picked out the color for my toes which is a medium red color with little sparkles in it as I figured that would be a great color for Christmas. Anna asked me if I wanted the same color on my fingers which I really did but I knew I couldn’t so I told her I would do the same color I did last time Wedding Dress.

Now with the acrylic on my nails she asked if I wanted them shortened, Again I wanted to say no but that was really one of the reasons I came in tonight. Anna shortened them and then shaped them and got them all ready for polish. Now she didn’t shorten them as much as she did last time so they are still a little long for my male side and I am guessing if I go more than 2 weeks they will be really long. I went and washed my hands and came back and Anna had my gel polish on her table and also a clear polish with sparkles in it and told me that would be a great polish for the Holidays. Well I just stayed with the polish I have been getting. It took about 45 minutes and my fingers were done and looking beautiful. It was now time for my pedicure.

Soon I was sitting in a chair massaging my back and my feet in nice warm water. It was so wonderful. A few more ladies came in and again they just wanted their fingers done so I was the only one getting a pedicure. Kathy was going to do my pedicure so I had to wait a few minutes for her to finish up the lady she was working on. Soon Kathy was working on my feet and it felt so wonderful. There really is something wonderful about going and getting your nails done. Another lady came in and it turns out she wanted a pedicure so I was no longer the only one and she was actually seated right next to me. I am not even sure how but soon we were talking about our nails and how much we like pedicures. It was really nice. I never even

thought about how I was dressed or who I was, I was just another lady at the nails salon and that was how everyone treated me. I mean I have talked with people here before but usually just a few comments but tonight I had a nice conversation with the lady next to me and even talked with 3 other ladies while I was here. T was a wonderful evening so far. It took about 45 minutes for my pedicure also and soon I had pretty red toes. I moved over to a table where I could put my toes under a fan to dry the polish for a few minutes. It was almost 7 when I was done and ready to go. Here is a picture of my pretty toes.

I left the salon and wow was it cold outside, by the time I got to my car my feet were already getting cold. Tonight, is not the weather you wear flip flops in. I got in the car and was planning on going to Starbucks for an hour to let my toes finish drying but I got the heater going and didn’t want to get out of the car and go into Starbucks as I knew my feet would get cold again so I drove down to Jack in the Box and went through the drive through before going home to a nice warm house. It was wonderful and relaxing couple hours. I would encourage everyone to get a manicure and pedicure at least once just to see what you are missing. If you don’t have a nail salon you go to I would recommend trying Dream Nails, they do a wonderful job.

Thanks for reading and be sure and keep up on my latest adventures as Susan.

December 15, 2017 Posted by | Manicure & pedicure, nail salon | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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