Monthly Archives: September, 2013

And back to reality

Yes, I made it home safely, not without a little entertainment from a stubborn air passage thing at Manchester this morning, that refused to budge for about 10 minutes, but after that…its back to work tomorrow! Just hope I’m not too jet lagged, in all honesty. Normally work decides to give me the Monday off, to get over it, but this year, in their wisdom, I’m working tomorrow, then off Tuesday. Then working Wednesday, off Thursday, yes, great logic there, isnt there?…rolls eyes…

But besides that, what is there to say, beyond hi, and letting you know I got back here. Oh, the fact that I spent a silly amount on a dress, maybe? I went in Macy’s at the local shopping mall, and there was this most wonderful, blue, 20’s style flapper dress. What I would term cleavage cup style, so I wouldnt even have given away any trade secrets when wearing it. Fine, its only a 12, but thats a US 12, so should fit. Snag, its a zip up type at the back, and they can always be a challenge. So it proved, I couldnt quite get the zip to do up, aargh. I should have taken that as a sign, I really didnt want to spend $100 on a dress anyway, and leave it at that.

No, I cant do anything that easy, can I? There was a pink dress, equally flapper style in look, but with shoulder straps, instead of strapless, but…they had it in a size 14! Yes, it fitted, and yes, I bought it! It is gorgeous, but both were above the knee dresses, so I ended up having to buy hose as well, due to the state of my knees, not a pretty sight.

Well, I’ll wear it for the work Christmas do, I might wear it again if we all go out for Christmas dinner, but after that…? We will see!

Oh, and last week taught me one other thing, my knees prefer me wearing a skirt, far less restrictive on the joints than trousers. To be honest, I changed into a skirt Sunday, didnt wear trousers again until coming home Saturday. I know, modern women wear trousers to work, but I’m tempted. The high heels, no, I dont think I’ll be wearing those to work though lol!

Right, the video. No, nothing to do with the blog whatsoever. Just that its a brilliant band, a great song, and I love the gold wig. Well, you could say its about the 2020’s I guess, and my look is 1920’s lol!

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And now, the end is near

No, dont panic, or celebrate accordingly, I only mean to my holiday.

Yes, tomorrow evening, US Airways permitting, I will return home to the UK after my break here in Richmond. Given that Kate set out this morning to go home by the same airline, and wont get there until tomorrow, due to a miscreant plane, I wont hold any breath until I’ve taken off from Philadelphia in all honesty. But, fingers crossed…

Its been a nice break, got some things done, others havent seemed to happen, and unless I actually get some writing done in the morning, they arent going to happen now. Its been great teaming up with Kate again, even if we didnt see as much of each other as we would have hoped. But believe me, I know all too well of work getting in the way of other matters!

But the weather has been great, as has the hotel, so all in all, its been a nice break for me. The other side of things, back to work Monday morning.

One last thought from Richmond, tonight I went out in a dress, and high heels to dinner alone. No one blinked, no one reacted in any way. Now, if I tried that on a Friday night in Leeds…rolls eyes! The big difference, no one trying to drink themselves into unconsciousness, maybe? Or already that drunk, and still drinking like its going out of fashion. Why is it only the Brits who think they have to drink themselves silly every weekend?

The video, its in the title. The legend that is Frank Sinatra

How much!

Seriously, I love most things American, especially the pretty much total acceptance that I am a woman over here, as opposed to the head bashing I occasionally do with some in my own country, plus the very odd idiot, as mentioned recently. I’ve no idea what the American equivalent of an anglophile is, but I’m one. Of course, if push came to shove re job interviews and things, would it still be the same? I’m inclined to think yes, if they think I’m a woman anyway, there is no chance of gender rejection, is there?

But the one thing I dont get, food portions! Seriously, I thought I was getting a meal for one, not a whole party! Fine, I know the British appetite is generally smaller anyway, and even by our standards, mine isnt large, but…I cant remember the last time I actually had 2 courses over here, other than when I cheated, and had a starter, and a dessert! Sunday, I got a large salad provided before the meal, but hey, the meal itself was as much as I would have wanted anyway, if not more! Last night, I didnt even get close with the Chinese meal, barely about halfway.

Regardless of cost, and to be honest, last night wasnt that expensive, its the waste that bugs me! The meal size might be fine if 1 of those American footballers turned up after a game, but an ordinary person like me, aargh! And fine, if some people do want that much, then consider a smaller portion option on the menu, for those of us who are never going to eat the ‘standard’ size meal. No, I know, things wont change, but no harm in asking.

The other moment of hilarity yesterday was looking at clothing at the shopping mall. Now you have to remember, much of my stuff is budget, charity shops, or markets. I do get some nice stuff that way, but hey, the price tag is nice, especially for us Yorkshire lasses with tight purses. But this mall was full of what I would term, nice shops, and were priced accordingly! I know, some people spend that much, or more in our country, but for me…Bring on Old Navy and the like over here lol!

Today should again be relatively quiet, I’m hoping at some point to get some writing done, which hopefully long term will boost the bank balance, or at least pay for the cover pic, and styling! Tomorrow Kate is planning to get me downtown to the Science Museum at least (about 15 miles), as she put it, by some means or other! No, I have no idea, as public transport around here is just awful, the first time I’ve found this in any largish American city I’ve visited. So no, I wont be moving here lol! Thursday is planned to go further afield, I’ve heard Washington mentioned as a possible, but lets wait and see. Again, no idea how we get there, but I’m sure Kate does.

The video, is in tribute to the food portions over here, though Michael Jackson might turn over in his grave at this. What can I say, Weird Al Yankovic is an acquired taste, but one I love

Welcome to Richmond!

Well, yesterday was easier than I thought, US Airways definitely getting plus points for the journeys yesterday, both bang on time. Yes, the intermediate bit at Philly airport, through Immigration and Security was a tight squeeze, but got to the Richmond plane just as they were starting to board.

And yes, the weather listened to me, there was some light rain last night, but that was it. This morning, its fine, a perfect start to the day. Not that this will be the liveliest day of the week, Kate doesnt even arrive in Richmond until just after 4, and given public transport is minimal during the week around here, non existent on Sunday’s, well, I wont be going far before then!

But I have got one job to do, a little walk to a nearby (20 minutes walk or so) AT&T shop, and hopefully get my little US mobile phone working again, its on charge as we speak. I’m sure its a shock to it, hasnt been used for the best part of 2 years, but anyway…At this moment I have no idea if it can be revived, or whether I will need a new one, a journey of discovery in that sense, but it will get me out for a while at least.

Then later, to the airport, and meet up with Kate, and then off to the hotel I’m staying at for the rest of the week at Short Pump. I suspect today will end up being quite a leisurely affair, given she’s flying in from Oklahoma City today, and I know how much flying takes out of you! But the rest of the week should be fun.

The video, yes, the hotel internet is so good that You Tube works, well, it relates to that little phone

PS I so love Agnetha’s outfit!

A friendly welcome

Yes, I’m sure that in every sense but one, I will get a friendly welcome to the US tomorrow. And no, I dont mean the Immigration official either, as the vast majority of them I’ve found to be fine, or better. Of course, the one time it wasnt, was Philadelphia, so…hope I dont get her tomorrow lol! Not that she’d recognise me, I’ve changed a, err, bit since then!

No, what I’m talking about is the forecast weather for Richmond, tomorrow afternoon and evening. Yes, I get to be greeted by thunderstorms, oh joy! No, not that they really bother me, but will probably limit the walking I can do tomorrow evening, a tactic I normally apply, given the legs tend to stiffen up on long flights. Ironically, its the only lowlight currently in the weather forecast for the whole week!

Thankfully nowadays, you can get food delivered in, so I wont starve, and I’m sure I can walk a few floor lengths indoors if necessary, but anyway…With luck, the weather forecast will be wrong, but…I doubt it!

So thats it, the last words from the UK for a while. I will try and do some posts from Virginia, but it will be dependent on things, so if I dont, then forgive me.

The video, well, here’s the weather forecast lol,

The way old friends do

Yes, you’re getting Abba again, but they are one of my favourite groups, so I suspect thats hardly a shock to you. Not a song that all should know at least.

Oh, and you know some silly woman mentioned about the acceptance rate, and everything? Yes, absolute kiss of death, wasnt it? No, it wasnt the young clubbing crowd in Leeds that caused the hassle though, it was one ‘rather drunk’ Indian (or sub continent somewhere) guy on Sunday in Huddersfield that provided the grief.

I wanted the first bus turning up (in fact, either did for me), and he didnt. So I walked past him, and he went loopy. Something about “Are you a man or a woman?” and he’s groping me! Though of course I dont get the same stimulation from my breasts being squeezed as some would, I reacted accordingly, angrily! Next thing, as I’m getting on the bus, he must have come up behind me, and shoved me over, and going crazy, shouting at me. I think someone must have dragged him away, because he was a short distance away when I got back up. No, he hardly got me, but the knee crumpled a bit, and I went down less than gracefully I guess? Only when I was safely on the bus, several rows back, did he start again, but the bus driver just shut the doors in his face, and drove off!

Funny thing is, this morning at the station waiting for the train, some guy was looking at me, and I think it was him! Sober now, it must be said, he looked me in the eyes, lowered his head, and walked on. Might not have been him, but it was funny if it wasnt… I’m fine now anyway, braced the knee Sunday night when I got home, all seems fine now. Yes, I’ve had a bit of surgery on the knees over the years, they arent strong, but surviving, so it seems!

Anyway, on a more positive note, and relating to the title of this thread, I am of course meeting up with an old friend this weekend, Kate, in Richmond. You could also say Richmond is an old friend, but…Yes, I’m looking forward to teaming up with her again. No more work now for 11 days in a row, thats another good thing to look forward to! Tomorrow is getting the body ready, Friday is for the hair. Saturday is for flying across the Atlantic, cant wait!

Possibly more before then, but not promising.

So, to the video, you know what it is already, so…

The latest news

Well, for those of you who care enough to read this, I didnt get one comment on my ‘new look’ at work, says it all really! The fun thing I’ve discovered is that if you run down the street, or across the road, these will bounce, jiggle, or however you like to put it, just like real breasts would, even when encased in a bra. Fine when you get used to it, as I’m beginning to, but a bit of a shock the first time it happens.

The other intriguing factor is that the acceptance rate seems to have gone up again, now whether thats just because I havent run into the wrong crowd yet (Friday and Saturday evening in Leeds should be a clue on that), or whether the fact that these beauties look so real, that people think they must be! Either that, or people are just getting used to that strange woman by now lol!

I have to say it though, I’m glad I’ve got the foam ones to sleep in, and yes, they are very comfortable for doing so, but no sensation, or bounce with them, but thats hardly a surprise.

You know that thing about the countdown to a holiday? Yes, 9 more days, 7 more shifts, all in a row, so its going to be a long stretch from here. But yes, its getting nearer to the big day, cant wait. No, not risking these through security at the airport, I will wear the foam ones for that, still give me a very good curve, and thats the main thing.

Beyond that, the news. Well, I’m hoping the picture shoot snaps arrive before I go, but suspect it will be a close thing, but would be nice to have them to take away. Oh, and the latest story is up too, hopefully it sells a few more than the last one did!…rolls eyes…

If you want to make an old author happy, then go to https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/merrybrooks and see if one takes your fancy. They are also at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but dont want to weigh you down with too many links, just check out the author name.

A clue to the story, well, this might be one,

though the one in my story is less planned than this. Seriously, if this was real, will someone please buy me a trip! Mind, some would want to make it a one way trip for me, but even then, I might not object!

This will be it for a week or so, as I say, work calls. I’ll try and do 1 more before the holiday though. But for now…

Feeling like a new woman

As regular readers might know, I cheat a bit with my cleavage. Dont get me wrong, I’m not entirely flat chested, just that they arent really very noticeable without a little help, so I’ve tended to give them just that in recent times. And yes, since changing gender, thats pretty much full time that my cleavage has had a boost, so that I look good, feel good and all that.

So what’s new, you ask? Well, those silicon breast enhancers may have a much longer life nowadays (even when worn full time), but eventually they begin to break up, and you need to get a new pair. In the old days, the gel was far more liquid than now, and you would tend to notice the leaks. Nowadays, the gel is a different standard, and its the casing that gives, not the gel.

So yes, in the last few months, the signs of wear and tear started to show, and given the holiday in 2 weeks, now seemed a good time to get a new pair. The only thing is with enhancers, they give you cleavage, but they dont look quite right when used on their own. Not surprising really, they are designed as a boost, not a boob!

So this time I decided to splash out a little more, and get a pair of actual breast forms instead. They will look more natural (when covered at least), give a better all round curve, and therefore add to the effect. Yes, they are heavier, but there is more of it, so the weight is spread, or so I thought?

They arrived today, I’m wearing them now. Yes, the curve is far more noticeable, shall we say, and the change is definitely going to get noticed at work, as the whole breast is much larger than before. Should be fun tomorrow lol! The weight, yes, I’ve noticed it. The enhancers were 260g each, and I knew I was wearing them. These are 400g each! I’m only glad I also got a pair of foam ones, which will be much lighter for sleeping in. I probably could sleep in these, but I think I’d wake myself everytime I moved! The foam ones will also be used when flying of course, no more entertainment with airport security lol, while still giving me a full breasted look!

No, its not all negative, far from it. They look fantastic, and they jiggle and bounce much as natural breasts would, whereas the enhancers got put in position, and that was it! I love them already, but they are going to take a bit of getting used to, thats for sure. I know, give it a couple of weeks, I wont even remember what it was like with just enhancers, but today…

I might have to be selective with my dresses in the future, because these beauties will be harder to hide, or disguise!

The video, no, I’m not a 36D, I’m a 38 inch chest for starters, and I dont think I’m D cup wearing these, even if just at this moment I feel like Dolly Parton with them on! But other than ‘Islands in the stream’, I couldnt think of anything more apt!

I have a dream

Its funny, isnt it, if anyone had said 7 years ago that Ireland would play a cricket match in front of 10,000 people in their own country, I would have roared with laughter at the thought. At that stage, the vast majority of the team were part timers, and hardly ever beaten a major test playing nation in their lifetimes. Alright, apart from the sporadic cup matches against counties, and the annual game against Scotland that occasionally got mentioned in the papers over here, I barely knew anything about the cricket team myself, and I love the sport!

Then came 2007, and the World Cup. First that memorable tied match with Zimbabwe, then that even more amazing victory over Pakistan. Into the next stage they go, and a win against Bangladesh. Fine, that was the end of the glory for that tournament, but suddenly people started noticing Ireland had a cricket team.

But even so, at home, outside of the cricket strongholds, the crescendo was noted, but no flow developed, certainly not in terms of crowds at matches.

Yes, 4 years later, that was when the crescendo developed into tsunami like proportions. Ireland play the old enemy England, by now with a team with full time players, and not just those in county cricket. England get over 325 runs, Ireland are struggling to make it respectable at 111-5, then Kevin O’Brien takes over, and as they say, the rest is history!

I’m not yet claiming that Munster, and even more so, Connacht have forsaken GAA sports for cricket, but there is a lot more played there now, thats for sure. Give it a little while, and there might be more than Leinster and Ulster amongst the provinces strong in the cricket world. Yes, it will take a while, but we’re getting there.

Today, a match was played at Malahide, on the outskirts of Dublin, on a new ground created for our national side. It looked magnificent on TV, though I suspect the wonderful weather might have played a part in that. And fine, so far the stands and facilities are temporary, but one day soon, that might not be the case. And fine, we might have been a few short of the magical 10,000 figure today, but we got pretty close!

The captain, William Porterfield played a magnificent innings of 112. Another Irish born player topped even that, and the top bowler of the day with 4 wickets, were also Irish! Unfortunately the latter 2 were playing for the opposition, but such is life. Its not hard to see that if they’d played for their home nation, we’d have beaten England again, but ah well, things like this happen at the moment. We dared to dream when England were at 25-3, and 48-4 but Morgan and Bopara took the game away.

Why, because at this point in time, Ireland cant play test cricket. They have an ambition to do so by 2020, but in the meanwhile, it seems we will leak the odd player to the old enemy. Another enemy is time, a stalwart of Irish cricket today played his last game against a test nation before retirement, Trent Johnston. He has a few more games yet before the end of the year, but this was the last non associate match game.

We needed a domestic competition, so the ICC said, this year we started one. We needed a top class ground, we now have one. Lets just say that my dream is to see Ireland play a test match very soon, even sooner than 2020 if possible, so that the diaspora from our national side can cease.

The video, no idea why this came to mind