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My life as a heterosexual crossdresser.

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen again

It is Wednesday night and the group is going to the Southland Whiskey Kitchen, we have gone here several times before the last time was last July. Now I didn’t think I was going to be able to go tonight as I had family things but they fell through and that allowed me to go tonight so I was happy. Of course, this would mean rushing to get ready and get there by 7. Now I didn’t get home till 5:40 so I started getting ready as soon as I got in the door, on the way home I decided what I would wear and that always makes it easier. It took me 40 minutes to get ready and I was out the door and on my way by 6:20.

I got downtown where Southland Whiskey Kitchen is and found a parking spot about 2 blocks. Now there are several places we in this area we have gone to and all are good but parking can be hard to find as it is all street parking. It was a nice day a little on the hot side but still a nice day for a walk down the street. I got to the restaurant and they were a little busy but Julie had made reservations and was already there so I joined her as we waited for others to show up.

It was nice to sit and talk with Julie, I really like the Wednesday night dinners as we get a chance to talk and get to catch up on what’s new in our lives. It wasn’t long and others started showing up. Christie, Dana and Stacylee showed up so there were 5 of us tonight. We all talked for a while before we ordered just in case as we thought we might have one more. It was about 7:15 when we ordered.

Now we talked about a lot of things, one was passing. I get asked a lot about passing and how to do it. The thing is it is very hard to pass 100%. To me passing is being able to go out and be treated like any other woman. When I go out, I realize I don’t pass but when I go out and am treated with respect. Now I do get looks but for the most part I don’t even notice it anymore and I am always treated wonderful where ever I go. I guess the Portland area is good for this.

We had a wonderful dinner and conversation, we sat and talked after we ate till after 9. Stacylee was the first to leave, she lives 2 hours away and drives down to have dinner with us which is awesome.

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June 16, 2019 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen

It is Wednesday night and our group, well a few of us are meeting for dinner at the Southland Whiskey Kitchen. We have gone here several times and the food is wonderful and mid-priced, $12 to $25 depending on what you want. I am really looking forward to it as I have not been out since last Wednesday nights dinner, family issues to take care of. Looks like it my Susan time will be limited again so I have to really make the most of it when I get it. But tonight, I will get a few hours with my friends over a nice dinner and what can be better then that. I got home about 4:30 and started getting ready right away. I really do look forward to being Susan, going out with friends and especially getting ready, deciding on an outfit, what dress and heels and of course how to do my makeup. My makeup is pretty much the same as I have found what works for me after years of trial and error, really the only thing I do different is how intense I do my eyes and which color of lipstick. For tonight it will be a little more intense and dramatic. Now it is hard to explain why I enjoy doing my makeup so much as I know woman who hate doing their makeup but for me it is relaxing and enjoyable. I have talked to several girls who feel the same way and yet I don’t know why I feel this way, but that really doesn’t matter. I enjoy it and that is good enough for me.

It was about 6 when I was ready and on my way. I got in my car and opened the garage door and was on my way. I think back a few years and I would carefully look outside and make sure no one was out and if they were wait for them to go inside which during the summer sucked as sometimes I would wait an hour. Now I just go. Now I am not saying I am coming out to everyone, I am not going up to my neighbors and saying guess what I am Susan part time but I am also not hiding it, if they see me they see me so be it. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to look at life and who I am this way but it did take me many years to get to this point and a lot of help from my friends.

I got downtown a little after 6:30 and found a parking spot about 3 blocks away and again a few years ago this would have terrified me but I just got out of my car and went and paid for parking and walked to the restaurant, the funny thing is I really wasn’t even thinking about how I was dressed or being Susan, I was just me. I got to Southland Whiskey Kitchen a little before 7 and went in. They were not that busy and the lady asked how many in our group. I said 4 for sure maybe 6, as I was talking with her Melissa n=and her wife came in and Barb right after, this is our core Wednesday night group right now. We got a booth that was big enough we could squeeze 2 more in if we needed which we did. Dee and Gina showed up, Dee is a local girl in our Group and Gina a girl from the Seattle area who was down visiting. They are both going on our Mexican Cruise in October and are sharing a room. I think this was a chance for them to meet before the cruise as Cassandra has been trying to help some of the girls find cabinmates for the cruise to help with the cost. I think I have met Dee before but this was the first time I met Gina and they are both really nice.

We talked for a little bit before we ordered dinner. This really is a wonderful social event as in smaller groups it is more personal and easier to talk with everyone. Don’t get me wrong as I really like and want more girls to come out but if they don’t it is still a wonderful event. Now one of the things besides the cruise we talked about was our group and how to get more girls interested in going out and should we even keep doing the Wednesday night dinners if we can’t get more girls to come out. Now my feeling on this is a big yes, even if it is just a few girls it is worth it. I think going out to these places and letting people see us and interact with us in even a small way is good as they can see we are no different then them, we are just out for a nice dinner and conversation with friends. It takes the mystery out I think. The other reason is to be out with my friends. For me it is not about where we go but my friends ii go with. For those who don’t know I don’t drink, never really have and I am not a bar person. I have maybe gone to bars a dozen times as my male self. Susan goes to these places because her friends go there and for better or worse when we first started going out it really was LGBT bars where we could go and be safe and feel accepted. Over the years that has changed.

When I first started going out it was to go as a group for safety and support, over the years I have become more comfortable and confident as Susan and pretty mush go where I want and will go by myself. I really no longer need the group for that but I do need them for the friendships I have made. My best friends are in this group, and some are more like sisters, family. The going out now is to see them and spend time with them. I really am lucky to have such wonderful people in my life and I would not be who I am without them.

We ordered dinner and our food came and it was wonderful as always, I would recommend Southland Whiskey Kitchen for a good dinner. The staff here is wonderful and our waitress remembered a few of us from last time, I guess we are a little more memorable then the average customer but still makes you feel good. It was just before 9 when we finished and paid our bills, we did talk a little longer till just after 9 before leaving. We said our goodbyes and I walked back to my car and again I really never thought about being Susan or how I was dressed I was just me. I really think if you can get to that point people accept you better as you come across as nothing is wrong and this is just who you are.

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July 22, 2018 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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