Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday Cleanup

As you can see, my living room is a total mess that has to get cleaned up before tomorrow. Much of the stuff that has been scattered all around was stashed behind the chair that's barely visible in back, and I'll be putting things I want to keep behind that chair later on in the day.

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Getting up this morning, I realized that I had a date with GFJ.  But I didn't want to go out in the expected heat and humidity.  Ambivalent person that I am, I continued sorting out the stuff behind that chair until I had no more time to get prepared to see GFJ, and left the above mess to be cleaned up later in the evening.

As a byproduct of the dermatologist's operation of my face, I have lots of ugly scabs in places I once had Liver Spots. This prevents me from going out as Marian.  Last night, when GFJ said that we should meet for lunch and a movie, I accepted. Of course, getting ready as Mario is much quicker than getting ready as Marian. So I was ready to go out a little before noon, and was able to meet her at the diner at roughly 1 pm.

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Although it was warm outside, I was glad to be wearing a long sleeved shirt because the air conditioning at the diner made me feel a chill.  But what was most interesting was a waitress whose style was very much like DD's at the I84 Diner. If you didn't put them side to side, I could describe DD, and the description would fit this waitress as well. Yet, I wonder when I'll next see DD, as she is now working 6 days per week, and no longer works at the store.

When GFJ and I were done with lunch, it was off to the mall where we did some shopping at JC Penney.  I was looking for some short sleeve shirts in my size and a belt - both of which I didn't find. GFJ was looking for a small handbag - which she did find.  I'll bet that it will take a while for her to get used to carrying a bag again, after months of pruning what she carries so that she can fit it into a small pocket.

Once done shopping, it was off to the coffee shop, and then to the movies. We chose to watch "I Feel Pretty", and it was a piece of fluff that touched on a serious issue - women's self confidence. Without giving the story away, Amy Schumer was able to be entertaining while illustrating how our commercial media has trained women to be insecure in their looks from a young age. It's easy to posit that most women feel that: "I'm not pretty enough. I'm not thin enough.  I'm not perky enough. I'm not...." most of their lives.  And this wreaks havoc on their self confidence.  (As a trans person, I understand this.  But I've not suffered, as a cisgender woman would, through 60 years of propaganda meant to get me to buy lotions and potions that I don't really need to feel complete.)  For this reason alone, I suggest that young women go to this film - if only to know that they are not alone in their feelings.

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All too soon, it was time to go home and take care of the mess I left waiting for me.

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