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  • 28 Nov 2006
    Today I bought something that I have not had since the night of August 28, 2005. A bed of my own. I bought a futon (one that also doubles as a couch), and while I will not have the mattress portion until tomorrow (what’s one more night on the floor?), I am finally really putting my apartment together. Sure, I need more furniture, but this is a great start. After 15 months of sleeping on floors and couches, I finally have my own bed. Ever since August of last year, the only times I had a bed was when I was in the hospital, when I lived at my folks and my nephew wasn’t home and I could use his room, and the three times I stayed in a hotel room. Not a great ratio at all. Here’s the best part – this is a futon and won’t be squeaking. When Lexi comes over and………..never mind………The museum job just keeps getting better all the time. I feel so appreciated there. I am already learning my second role, that of a coal miner. I don’t know if you remember from a past blog posting, but when I auditioned for this job I did it as a coal miner. Little did I know that the people who interviewed me told the other staff there about it. My co-workers were all impressed by what I did.THE BIG NEWS NOW:I saw the endo again today. Wow, do I like this guy! I WILL BE GOING ON HORMONES!First of all, there are a lot of concerns about my blood pressure and cholesterol. My blood pressure is quite high, especially since I do not have medication these days. As for my cholesterol, while my bad cholesterol is high, so is my good. My blood work came back just great. He is going to put me on hormones soon. We are not doing it right away because he really wants to be involved with this other than just prescribing something, and, in keeping with the SOC (Standards of Care), wants us to be working with a gender clinic. I am the first transsexual patient at this general medical clinic, as well as this endo’s first TS patient overall. He knows I have a therapist who is backing me. He has also been calling places already to make sure we are doing things right. What a guy! So, in a very short period of time, I will finally be on hormones and making my way down the path for good. I see the endo again in March.What’s wrong with me? These are such different postings than from a year ago.
    442 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Today I bought something that I have not had since the night of August 28, 2005. A bed of my own. I bought a futon (one that also doubles as a couch), and while I will not have the mattress portion until tomorrow (what’s one more night on the floor?), I am finally really putting my apartment together. Sure, I need more furniture, but this is a great start. After 15 months of sleeping on floors and couches, I finally have my own bed. Ever since August of last year, the only times I had a bed was when I was in the hospital, when I lived at my folks and my nephew wasn’t home and I could use his room, and the three times I stayed in a hotel room. Not a great ratio at all. Here’s the best part – this is a futon and won’t be squeaking. When Lexi comes over and………..never mind………The museum job just keeps getting better all the time. I feel so appreciated there. I am already learning my second role, that of a coal miner. I don’t know if you remember from a past blog posting, but when I auditioned for this job I did it as a coal miner. Little did I know that the people who interviewed me told the other staff there about it. My co-workers were all impressed by what I did.THE BIG NEWS NOW:I saw the endo again today. Wow, do I like this guy! I WILL BE GOING ON HORMONES!First of all, there are a lot of concerns about my blood pressure and cholesterol. My blood pressure is quite high, especially since I do not have medication these days. As for my cholesterol, while my bad cholesterol is high, so is my good. My blood work came back just great. He is going to put me on hormones soon. We are not doing it right away because he really wants to be involved with this other than just prescribing something, and, in keeping with the SOC (Standards of Care), wants us to be working with a gender clinic. I am the first transsexual patient at this general medical clinic, as well as this endo’s first TS patient overall. He knows I have a therapist who is backing me. He has also been calling places already to make sure we are doing things right. What a guy! So, in a very short period of time, I will finally be on hormones and making my way down the path for good. I see the endo again in March.What’s wrong with me? These are such different postings than from a year ago.
    Nov 28, 2006 442
  • 26 Nov 2006
    Just a little update before the BIG update. On Tuesday I see the endo and find out what will happen with hormones.Like everyone else, I’m still in shock over Becca. She was teaching me Dutch, too.I had my follow-up meeting with the Associate Dean last week. He was impressed with my work. I was asked to return to the college for next term. They are giving me a course I have dreamt of doing for years – History of Chicago. Combined with the museum, I have steady work for quite a while.I’ve been working the whole holiday weekend. In fact, I leave in just about an hour. Just before Thursday’s shift I had a quick phone chat with Lexi. Wow. I did name my car "The Dirty Bird" in honor of something that Brandi said about us.I had a great time with my daughter the other day. I used to have a bank account, but since our trip to American Girl, I wonder where it went. My ex was hospitalized twice over the past week, including one overnight stay, so I did offer to help out if need be. Our daughter does come first.The job at the museum is fine, although one co-worker is starting to get on my nerves already. She reminds me of someone I had to deal with on the boats. But I’m sure this will all be fine. For Friday’s lunch we had pot luck, and I brought in a dish of my own design. Everyone just loved it and ate it up (Thank you!).BUT – do you ever encounter a couple of little kids with a little too much energy? Yesterday I had these little boys whose mom, or nanny, whatever she was, just couldn’t keep up (or care). Oy vey. One thought it would be great to show me how he could belch. Lovely.So I am not around as much as I would usually be because of my work schedule. I’ll be around more these next few days.
    532 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Just a little update before the BIG update. On Tuesday I see the endo and find out what will happen with hormones.Like everyone else, I’m still in shock over Becca. She was teaching me Dutch, too.I had my follow-up meeting with the Associate Dean last week. He was impressed with my work. I was asked to return to the college for next term. They are giving me a course I have dreamt of doing for years – History of Chicago. Combined with the museum, I have steady work for quite a while.I’ve been working the whole holiday weekend. In fact, I leave in just about an hour. Just before Thursday’s shift I had a quick phone chat with Lexi. Wow. I did name my car "The Dirty Bird" in honor of something that Brandi said about us.I had a great time with my daughter the other day. I used to have a bank account, but since our trip to American Girl, I wonder where it went. My ex was hospitalized twice over the past week, including one overnight stay, so I did offer to help out if need be. Our daughter does come first.The job at the museum is fine, although one co-worker is starting to get on my nerves already. She reminds me of someone I had to deal with on the boats. But I’m sure this will all be fine. For Friday’s lunch we had pot luck, and I brought in a dish of my own design. Everyone just loved it and ate it up (Thank you!).BUT – do you ever encounter a couple of little kids with a little too much energy? Yesterday I had these little boys whose mom, or nanny, whatever she was, just couldn’t keep up (or care). Oy vey. One thought it would be great to show me how he could belch. Lovely.So I am not around as much as I would usually be because of my work schedule. I’ll be around more these next few days.
    Nov 26, 2006 532
  • 19 Nov 2006
    I have the smartest child in the world. I took my now-9 year old daughter on Friday to the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum. She has already decided to be an Egyptologist when she grows up, so this was well worth the money. She astounded everyone in the exhibit with her extensive knowledge of Egyptian history. She was amazing. I just let her do all the talking. I would also have her read the descriptions and tell me what it all meant.Things are moving great with Lexi. We’re trying to get together as soon as possible. We’re on the phone as much as we can, considering we’re on two different schedules.As for my new museum job, after a very short training period (shorter than the co-workers who started with me), I am already interpreting my first role, and that is a train engineer from 1934. I introduce myself by my drab name, then I swiftly say "But you can call me Mere for short." The funny thing about this job is something I mentioned a few weeks ago – one of the supervisors is named Meredith! It constantly throws me off when someone says her name.Last Wednesday the Associate Dean sat in on my class. This is standard procedure. They needed to see me in action to determine if I will be rehired next term. Since he wants to have a follow-up chat with me on Monday to discuss next term, I am taking that to mean I will be back.In ten days I see the endo to find out about the hormones. I can’t wait.I am so sleepy tonight. Thankfully I don’t have to report tomorrow morning until 10:30, so I can sleep a little later.
    520 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • I have the smartest child in the world. I took my now-9 year old daughter on Friday to the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum. She has already decided to be an Egyptologist when she grows up, so this was well worth the money. She astounded everyone in the exhibit with her extensive knowledge of Egyptian history. She was amazing. I just let her do all the talking. I would also have her read the descriptions and tell me what it all meant.Things are moving great with Lexi. We’re trying to get together as soon as possible. We’re on the phone as much as we can, considering we’re on two different schedules.As for my new museum job, after a very short training period (shorter than the co-workers who started with me), I am already interpreting my first role, and that is a train engineer from 1934. I introduce myself by my drab name, then I swiftly say "But you can call me Mere for short." The funny thing about this job is something I mentioned a few weeks ago – one of the supervisors is named Meredith! It constantly throws me off when someone says her name.Last Wednesday the Associate Dean sat in on my class. This is standard procedure. They needed to see me in action to determine if I will be rehired next term. Since he wants to have a follow-up chat with me on Monday to discuss next term, I am taking that to mean I will be back.In ten days I see the endo to find out about the hormones. I can’t wait.I am so sleepy tonight. Thankfully I don’t have to report tomorrow morning until 10:30, so I can sleep a little later.
    Nov 19, 2006 520
  • 15 Nov 2006
    I guess I am technically an actress now.My museum job started on Monday with over 8 hours of mind-numbingly boring orientation. The lunch was decent.I found out that I am one of the few non-actors in my department. That means when I interviewed/auditioned, I was really showing off my acting skills, especially since I will have to assume historical roles in my job there. So, I have passed my first professional acting audition! Today’s training began with me and two female co-workers being sent to the Omnimax Theatre (you know, an IMAX theatre) to watch two movies, both of which gave us all headaches. I don’t take to those places well, but the films were interesting. After that we went and saw the nice temporary exhibit the museum has with live frogs from all over the world, in all shapes, sizes and colors. All we said each time was "Oh, those are so cute!" Talk about three girls hanging out.During the afternoon I reported to my first role to learn, and that is at the Burlington Zephyr, the actual train that set a speed record back in 1934. We had some fun there. Since this is the Museum of Science and Industry, we have some animatronics. During one of our tours this talking donkey named Zeph comes out, and this little boy damned near craps his pants.Something happened later that reminded me on an incident on the boats: Just as we’re telling this guy to watch his head, he rams it right into the top of the train. On the boats this old guy knocked his hat off (besides causing self-inflicted brain damage), while here at the museum this dude falls back onto the floor. We did our best to keep it calm and not laugh, although April had a hell of a time remembering her lines.We’re allowed to adjust scripts as need be. I am following April’s lead and change a line about rolling in the hay. As she puts it, using a double entendre in front of children, and one that uses sex and donkeys, is a bit creepy.We also thought of new ways to interpret some of our exhibits, like at the U-505, a captured Nazi submarine. You don’t want to know. Neither does management.Okay, not much tranny stuff here today. Gotta wait for the next endo appointment.
    481 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • I guess I am technically an actress now.My museum job started on Monday with over 8 hours of mind-numbingly boring orientation. The lunch was decent.I found out that I am one of the few non-actors in my department. That means when I interviewed/auditioned, I was really showing off my acting skills, especially since I will have to assume historical roles in my job there. So, I have passed my first professional acting audition! Today’s training began with me and two female co-workers being sent to the Omnimax Theatre (you know, an IMAX theatre) to watch two movies, both of which gave us all headaches. I don’t take to those places well, but the films were interesting. After that we went and saw the nice temporary exhibit the museum has with live frogs from all over the world, in all shapes, sizes and colors. All we said each time was "Oh, those are so cute!" Talk about three girls hanging out.During the afternoon I reported to my first role to learn, and that is at the Burlington Zephyr, the actual train that set a speed record back in 1934. We had some fun there. Since this is the Museum of Science and Industry, we have some animatronics. During one of our tours this talking donkey named Zeph comes out, and this little boy damned near craps his pants.Something happened later that reminded me on an incident on the boats: Just as we’re telling this guy to watch his head, he rams it right into the top of the train. On the boats this old guy knocked his hat off (besides causing self-inflicted brain damage), while here at the museum this dude falls back onto the floor. We did our best to keep it calm and not laugh, although April had a hell of a time remembering her lines.We’re allowed to adjust scripts as need be. I am following April’s lead and change a line about rolling in the hay. As she puts it, using a double entendre in front of children, and one that uses sex and donkeys, is a bit creepy.We also thought of new ways to interpret some of our exhibits, like at the U-505, a captured Nazi submarine. You don’t want to know. Neither does management.Okay, not much tranny stuff here today. Gotta wait for the next endo appointment.
    Nov 15, 2006 481
  • 09 Nov 2006
    Happy birthday to my little angel today! She is a full 9 years old! And straight into a convent by the time she is ten. Either that or I am investing in a shotgun. If she thinks she is ever going to date (which will be never), when those little boys come to the house to meet me I will be sitting at the table cleaning it.  Just as a reminder, of course.  And, I may be the Psycho Ninja, but I do have great aim with guns.I start at the museum on Monday. I am having someone cover my class because this is supposedly an all-day orientation meeting, and even if we get done at an early enough time I don’t want to worry about making it to campus. Then, I heard from the publisher of my second book. Since they now have the 25% received and approved, they will pay me the amount as indicated by the contract. It is hardly enough to put me on easy street, but since I don’t know when my first museum check will be, and the boats are about done for the season (I work two short shifts a week, if that, right now), this will sure keep the bank account afloat. Plus, I can finally get some furniture. For the first time in 15 months I will finally have my own bed again. Now, if only I had a certain someone here to help me break it in……………oh, my……..another trip to the cold shower.But the really big newsToday I finally got over to the clinic to have blood drawn. I see the endocrinologist again in just three weeks, and after he sees the results I should be put on some sort of hormones, or whatever treatment he thinks I should take first. Keep your fingers crossed. After coming out, this is the next big step. I am already anticipating my first good cry.I also contacted a local gender clinic yesterday by e-mail about setting an appointment but haven’t heard back yet. I figure they’ll get back in touch with me sometime this afternoon. I didn’t call them because I was on campus and right now they do not know, although I almost outed myself the other day. Once I get hired back for another term, and that goes well, they will have to know.But the yucky news is that I weighed myself at the clinic today and was not happy. I have not been walking, or exercising, like I should have been lately, and I saw that in the scale. I better hit the gym again this week, and good.There was also a breakthrough with that friend of mine. He left me a voice mail the other day, and he called me "Meredith."
    488 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Happy birthday to my little angel today! She is a full 9 years old! And straight into a convent by the time she is ten. Either that or I am investing in a shotgun. If she thinks she is ever going to date (which will be never), when those little boys come to the house to meet me I will be sitting at the table cleaning it.  Just as a reminder, of course.  And, I may be the Psycho Ninja, but I do have great aim with guns.I start at the museum on Monday. I am having someone cover my class because this is supposedly an all-day orientation meeting, and even if we get done at an early enough time I don’t want to worry about making it to campus. Then, I heard from the publisher of my second book. Since they now have the 25% received and approved, they will pay me the amount as indicated by the contract. It is hardly enough to put me on easy street, but since I don’t know when my first museum check will be, and the boats are about done for the season (I work two short shifts a week, if that, right now), this will sure keep the bank account afloat. Plus, I can finally get some furniture. For the first time in 15 months I will finally have my own bed again. Now, if only I had a certain someone here to help me break it in……………oh, my……..another trip to the cold shower.But the really big newsToday I finally got over to the clinic to have blood drawn. I see the endocrinologist again in just three weeks, and after he sees the results I should be put on some sort of hormones, or whatever treatment he thinks I should take first. Keep your fingers crossed. After coming out, this is the next big step. I am already anticipating my first good cry.I also contacted a local gender clinic yesterday by e-mail about setting an appointment but haven’t heard back yet. I figure they’ll get back in touch with me sometime this afternoon. I didn’t call them because I was on campus and right now they do not know, although I almost outed myself the other day. Once I get hired back for another term, and that goes well, they will have to know.But the yucky news is that I weighed myself at the clinic today and was not happy. I have not been walking, or exercising, like I should have been lately, and I saw that in the scale. I better hit the gym again this week, and good.There was also a breakthrough with that friend of mine. He left me a voice mail the other day, and he called me "Meredith."
    Nov 09, 2006 488
  • 07 Nov 2006
    Yes, I did vote today.I know, what is an Anarchist doing voting at all? It’s my little "f’ you" message to the Republican party. Make that as you will.I wanted to make sure I left an impression at the polling place. I was starting to get all dolled up, including my wig. As I mentioned before, I live in a somewhat conservative area, although it has been changing lately. Maybe I just wanted to shake them up a little. But I thought that if I showed up too much as Meredith, and they demanded a photo I.D. on top of my registration card I could be courting trouble. So I just kept in my earrings and had on light makeup. Of course, I don’t think they were too thrilled. Or, at least the men weren’t (who cares?). And, yes, I did speak a little French when I was in there.I did have to remember that it is always a good idea to know where I’m going. For some reason I thought the polling place was by the train station, just a short walk away. But since I had some other errands to run I thought I’d take the car. I got my addresses mixed up, and as I pulled out I see the polling place all right – it was right next to my building on the other side of the parking lot. No big deal. I still needed the car.I am shooting for getting my blood work done this week. I see the endo at the end of the month.This is also a big CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Jenkins for doing her SRS. I am both happy and jealous (jealous in a good way). I did ask Lexi before if she wanted me to forestall my transitioning and she said no; she wanted me to pursue it.I almost outed myself to my class yesterday. I was making a comment about a living history museum where you can actually don the outfits of the people who would have lived there during the 1800s. I distinctly remembered almost putting on the farm wife’s dress before remembering my kid was there. The class thought I was joking. I better be careful for now since I want to be hired back next term.The bank account is dwindling, but at least at this time next week I will be working at the museum. I am pretty excited about that.So, going full-time may be coming sooner than I thought.
    502 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Yes, I did vote today.I know, what is an Anarchist doing voting at all? It’s my little "f’ you" message to the Republican party. Make that as you will.I wanted to make sure I left an impression at the polling place. I was starting to get all dolled up, including my wig. As I mentioned before, I live in a somewhat conservative area, although it has been changing lately. Maybe I just wanted to shake them up a little. But I thought that if I showed up too much as Meredith, and they demanded a photo I.D. on top of my registration card I could be courting trouble. So I just kept in my earrings and had on light makeup. Of course, I don’t think they were too thrilled. Or, at least the men weren’t (who cares?). And, yes, I did speak a little French when I was in there.I did have to remember that it is always a good idea to know where I’m going. For some reason I thought the polling place was by the train station, just a short walk away. But since I had some other errands to run I thought I’d take the car. I got my addresses mixed up, and as I pulled out I see the polling place all right – it was right next to my building on the other side of the parking lot. No big deal. I still needed the car.I am shooting for getting my blood work done this week. I see the endo at the end of the month.This is also a big CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Jenkins for doing her SRS. I am both happy and jealous (jealous in a good way). I did ask Lexi before if she wanted me to forestall my transitioning and she said no; she wanted me to pursue it.I almost outed myself to my class yesterday. I was making a comment about a living history museum where you can actually don the outfits of the people who would have lived there during the 1800s. I distinctly remembered almost putting on the farm wife’s dress before remembering my kid was there. The class thought I was joking. I better be careful for now since I want to be hired back next term.The bank account is dwindling, but at least at this time next week I will be working at the museum. I am pretty excited about that.So, going full-time may be coming sooner than I thought.
    Nov 07, 2006 502
  • 03 Nov 2006
    For the past four years I go through this at this time........My eldest sister Lisa passed away just a few years ago. I just stood there and watched it happen. I couldn’t do anything to help. We had to pull the plug. No choice. And I just stood there.Lisa, I love you.
    543 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • For the past four years I go through this at this time........My eldest sister Lisa passed away just a few years ago. I just stood there and watched it happen. I couldn’t do anything to help. We had to pull the plug. No choice. And I just stood there.Lisa, I love you.
    Nov 03, 2006 543
  • 01 Nov 2006
    Girls, here’s a little tip:When you go to leave an erotic voice mail message for your SO, it might be a good idea to remember that she might not be the only person to hear it.Whoops.
    479 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Girls, here’s a little tip:When you go to leave an erotic voice mail message for your SO, it might be a good idea to remember that she might not be the only person to hear it.Whoops.
    Nov 01, 2006 479
  • 27 Oct 2006
    First, let me say how nice it was to see Mags back in the chatroom last night.Why won’t I ever learn? I’m still going around passing myself off as French. I’ve had a lot of French tourists on the boats lately and had some great opportunity to practice the language. They’ve been great with the tips, too. The problem is I don’t know when to stop. I keep going around speaking to language to anyone, even at the Post Office (the clerk, who was feeling ill that day, said I perked her up). One of these days this is going to catch up with me.I don’t remember if I mentioned meeting Christina Engelhardt, this beautiful European film actress. She did a couple of Fellini films, and I love Fellini! She was on my boat one Sunday and I thought I recognized her. To be brief, I had the chance to speak to her. What a sweetheart! She was so nice. She gave me a piccie that she must have torn out of a press release or something, autographed it, and even had her boyfriend (probably the best looking man on the planet) use my camera phone to take a shot of us. She was in town for the International Film Festival. She was truly a wonderful person.Yesterday morning I put on my lipstick before heading out to the interview. As I mentioned in my last blog, I had to do a ten minute presentation. I was a coal miner named Mere Newton. Two people interviewed me, one was a young black woman named – take a guess – Meredith. I had my props all ready: Union signs and petitions, a lantern (from my own collection), styrofoam balls cut up and colored to resemble coal, and company scrip. When it was over I was asked to move into the other room and fill out paperwork. When they brought me back in a few moments later the guy said my interview hinged on the next question, which was "Would you like to work here?" I said yes. I filled out the rest of the papers and then went to do my drug test right away. After they complete the obligatory background check I’ll have my start date.I called Lexi right away with the news. While she wasn’t home at the time, she got back in touch with me and was thrilled. I grew up at that museum! And now I’m going to work there, although part-time. It’s perfect because I can work it around my teaching and writing. I’ll still have a ton of hours, and, as Lexi said, it’s indoors where I can stay dry.The boats are all about done for me for this year. I have about 10 hours assigned for this next week. Thank God/Buddha/Krishna the museum job came through. Yesterday was a dreary sort of day, weather-wise. Most tours were cancelled. My 3:00 still went on because a group of 18 showed up at the LAST DAMN MINUTE.  I was ready to go home after having a bunch of long days. I managed to destroy the microphone. The lake was the worst it’s been since I started there. I was on the Wendella Limited, and the one thing us docents should know is to watch the damn door to the wheelhouse so it doesn’t hurt the microphone cord. While out on the deck the door, which wasn’t closed properly (my fault), slammed shut and all but cut the cord in half! Since everyone was down on the main deck, which is covered and heated, I did the tour down there in front of them, which made it very personal and private, which translated into great tips.What a week!
    490 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • First, let me say how nice it was to see Mags back in the chatroom last night.Why won’t I ever learn? I’m still going around passing myself off as French. I’ve had a lot of French tourists on the boats lately and had some great opportunity to practice the language. They’ve been great with the tips, too. The problem is I don’t know when to stop. I keep going around speaking to language to anyone, even at the Post Office (the clerk, who was feeling ill that day, said I perked her up). One of these days this is going to catch up with me.I don’t remember if I mentioned meeting Christina Engelhardt, this beautiful European film actress. She did a couple of Fellini films, and I love Fellini! She was on my boat one Sunday and I thought I recognized her. To be brief, I had the chance to speak to her. What a sweetheart! She was so nice. She gave me a piccie that she must have torn out of a press release or something, autographed it, and even had her boyfriend (probably the best looking man on the planet) use my camera phone to take a shot of us. She was in town for the International Film Festival. She was truly a wonderful person.Yesterday morning I put on my lipstick before heading out to the interview. As I mentioned in my last blog, I had to do a ten minute presentation. I was a coal miner named Mere Newton. Two people interviewed me, one was a young black woman named – take a guess – Meredith. I had my props all ready: Union signs and petitions, a lantern (from my own collection), styrofoam balls cut up and colored to resemble coal, and company scrip. When it was over I was asked to move into the other room and fill out paperwork. When they brought me back in a few moments later the guy said my interview hinged on the next question, which was "Would you like to work here?" I said yes. I filled out the rest of the papers and then went to do my drug test right away. After they complete the obligatory background check I’ll have my start date.I called Lexi right away with the news. While she wasn’t home at the time, she got back in touch with me and was thrilled. I grew up at that museum! And now I’m going to work there, although part-time. It’s perfect because I can work it around my teaching and writing. I’ll still have a ton of hours, and, as Lexi said, it’s indoors where I can stay dry.The boats are all about done for me for this year. I have about 10 hours assigned for this next week. Thank God/Buddha/Krishna the museum job came through. Yesterday was a dreary sort of day, weather-wise. Most tours were cancelled. My 3:00 still went on because a group of 18 showed up at the LAST DAMN MINUTE.  I was ready to go home after having a bunch of long days. I managed to destroy the microphone. The lake was the worst it’s been since I started there. I was on the Wendella Limited, and the one thing us docents should know is to watch the damn door to the wheelhouse so it doesn’t hurt the microphone cord. While out on the deck the door, which wasn’t closed properly (my fault), slammed shut and all but cut the cord in half! Since everyone was down on the main deck, which is covered and heated, I did the tour down there in front of them, which made it very personal and private, which translated into great tips.What a week!
    Oct 27, 2006 490
  • 23 Oct 2006
    Peace to all.Several things going on. I had a great interview last week with an insurance company. I used to be a Compliance Analyst years ago and, until the full-time academic job happens, I might go back into it. If this company offers me the job I will take it. I’d be stupid not to take it.Then, on Thursday, I got a call from the Museum of Science and Industry. If you know anything about the World’s Fair of 1893 you’ll know that where this museum resides is the last building remaining from that event. Anyway, they want to talk to me this week about being a Program Interpreter. The pay is decent, too. I have to do a ten minute presentation on Thursday. Gee, I wonder if I could talk for a whole ten minutes? It might be a stretch for me.I ran into my friend last week, the one with whom I lived when I got kicked out. We really patched things up and are back to our old friendship. However, he still cannot, and will not, understand what it means to be transgendered. But he has not turned his back. His eldest son doesn’t need his car anymore, so I’m going to take it. That means I am finally mobile! It will makes things so much easier with seeing my daughter, going grocery shopping to someplace other than the local store, going to school, etc. But the big part of having this car is now it will be easier for me to get to the clinic to have my blood work done. I see the endo at the end of next month, and you know the drill from there – he’ll know what hormones to prescribe for me.On Saturday my tour gig is having their Halloween party. I have already decided to introduce Meredith on that night. Sure, people will think it’s just a costume, but, as Lilienne pointed out, it will be a good way to get them ready to know about me. Jen Jen offered to help me with the makeup. That remains to be seen as I might have to work that day prior to attending the party.This is going to be an interesting week.Oh, by the way, did I mention Lexi?  We had a great talk on the phone last night. She’s still not thrilled with me about my popcorn dinner from two weeks ago.  But I do have a warm coat now!
    513 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Peace to all.Several things going on. I had a great interview last week with an insurance company. I used to be a Compliance Analyst years ago and, until the full-time academic job happens, I might go back into it. If this company offers me the job I will take it. I’d be stupid not to take it.Then, on Thursday, I got a call from the Museum of Science and Industry. If you know anything about the World’s Fair of 1893 you’ll know that where this museum resides is the last building remaining from that event. Anyway, they want to talk to me this week about being a Program Interpreter. The pay is decent, too. I have to do a ten minute presentation on Thursday. Gee, I wonder if I could talk for a whole ten minutes? It might be a stretch for me.I ran into my friend last week, the one with whom I lived when I got kicked out. We really patched things up and are back to our old friendship. However, he still cannot, and will not, understand what it means to be transgendered. But he has not turned his back. His eldest son doesn’t need his car anymore, so I’m going to take it. That means I am finally mobile! It will makes things so much easier with seeing my daughter, going grocery shopping to someplace other than the local store, going to school, etc. But the big part of having this car is now it will be easier for me to get to the clinic to have my blood work done. I see the endo at the end of next month, and you know the drill from there – he’ll know what hormones to prescribe for me.On Saturday my tour gig is having their Halloween party. I have already decided to introduce Meredith on that night. Sure, people will think it’s just a costume, but, as Lilienne pointed out, it will be a good way to get them ready to know about me. Jen Jen offered to help me with the makeup. That remains to be seen as I might have to work that day prior to attending the party.This is going to be an interesting week.Oh, by the way, did I mention Lexi?  We had a great talk on the phone last night. She’s still not thrilled with me about my popcorn dinner from two weeks ago.  But I do have a warm coat now!
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