How Quickly We Adapt
I’ve settled so comfortably into finally being whole that it’s starting to get hard to remember ever not being so.
The oddest part is that my brain seems to be reprogramming my NotChelle memories.
Remember when Rosanne Barr married Tom Arnold and she opted to spend all that money to retroactively change her name on the opening credits of all her old shows? It was like she’d always been Rosanne Arnold and Rosanne Barr completely disappeared.
That’s kind of what my brain has been doing.
For my newer readers, I’ve had four phases of my life:
2) living parallel lives— with some people knowing me as Chelle and others knowing me as a male (NotChelle).
3) living solely as a woman with a mostly female body but still having the dreaded male body part.
4) living as a woman in a woman’s body.
When I think back to my NotChelle memories my brain defaults to me being the person I am now.
A lot of those memories don’t make any sense with me being a woman, however, so it’s like I mentally trip over myself, for a second, and I say, “Oh yeah. I was NotChelle in that situation.”
I have friends who tell me that it’s hard to remember me “from before” and I totally get that— because it’s gradually getting hard for even ME to remember.
It’s like my brain is tidying up all the loose ends.
When my family used to go camping, all the time, when I was a kid— I distinctly remember being a girl. I can see the pictures in my mind and I’m definitely a girl.
But my dad would take my brothers and me down to the showers— so that wouldn’t work.
Oh yeah. I was NotChelle.
That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.
Yes, I’ve always been a woman between the ears but I’ve never had mental images to go along with it, before.
I don’t know If that was all blog-worthy or not, but it’s something I’ve thought about a number of times, recently.
Just The Canine Terrorist And Me
Annie and her daughter left for Utah, today, to visit her other daughter and grandyoungins.
That means it’s just Bentley and me until Monday night.
It sure is quiet around here…
GPOY Electrolysis Edition
You perverts— that’s numbing cream around my mouth…!
This was me, on the way to get some rogue hairs zapped, a little while ago.
I took the pic such that it wouldn’t be quite so obvious that I wasn’t wearing a lick of makeup.
You have no idea how difficult it is to have hairs zapped INSIDE YOUR SCHNOZ without sneezing.
Glad that’s over, now, and my upper lip is as smooth as a baby’s behind.
Truthful Tuesday/GPOY Wednesday Combined Edition
I posted this pic back in May when an asteroid buzzed by earth. (You can never be too safe.)
The truthful tuesday part of this is that, for reasons I can’t explain, this is my favorite photo of myself, ever, bar none— despite the fact that I hadn’t showered nor done my face, yet.
It captures the essence of who I am better than any other pic.
Question for the men-folk: If you saw that pic on one of those dating sites, like Pile Of Fish, wouldn’t you say to yourself, “That’s the girl for me!”?
I know you would.
In any case, I changed my avi to this, last night, so you’re stuck with it, for awhile.
Just thought I’d let you know.
Some Morning Bentley To Go With Your Coffee
He’s adorable when he’s not a terror.
Only 8:30am And The Tasmanian Devil Is Already On Another Tear
Update: guess who’s covered in coffee and on his way to the bathtub for the second day in a row?
Here Are The Things That Bentley Shouldn’t Have Done Today
Yes, he did all this TODAY. He’s been Dennis the Menace!
1) Dig up plants and eat grass
2) Destroy a bag of topsoil and get so filthy that he had to be bathed.
3) Climb onto an end table in the living room and eat the flowers.
4) Climb onto the patio table and chew up the string of fake leaves around the umbrella.
5) Chew up a pack of cigarettes he found outside.
6) Chew the prongs off one of my hair clips.
7) Use a decorative pumpkin as a ball and bat it around the yard with his nose.
8) Chew up one of Annie’s shoes.
9) Steal the blanket I was using and drag it across the room.
10) Fart, repeatedly, in my general direction.
Other than that he’s been a perfect angel all day.
273 Calories For 12.4 Ounces Of Potatoes
I’m back on the dieting wagon and was starving.
I microwaved two 6+ ounce potatoes until they were done.
Next I put them in the George Foreman grill with some fresh rosemary, garlic powder, black pepper and a light spray of olive oil cooking spray.
After they got crispy on the surface I sprayed with buttery spray and chowed down.
That’s some good, solid, real food with only a small calorie hit.
Gotta love that!
Annie and Bentley Go Together Like “Hot” and “Toddy”
(Shhhh… But I’m still his favorite grandma. Just don’t tell Annie…)
My Grandpuppy Is Spoiled
He doesn’t get leftovers— I actually cook specifically for him.
Even though his dry dogfood is high-end stuff he won’t eat it unless I make it special.
I had a duck liver I was saving for myself— but he’s been so cute, today, that I sauteed it up, chopped it nice and fine, and mixed it thoroughly with his food.
He polished the bowl.
It smelled so good that it was hard to give it away but the smile on his little puppy face made it all worthwhile.
You have never seen a dog so glad to be home. He’s been really happy all day.
Our Delicious Dinner Friday Night
Family relationships are harder to define, these days, but I think, technically, she would be my “step-sister-in-law.”
You can just call her Sue.
Anyway, she prepared a meal, Friday night, that was so delicious I had to share it with you.
She grilled and thinly sliced skirt steak that had been marinated in:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp sesame oil
Large serving spoon of brown sugar
(the marinade was warmed to dissolve the brown sugar)
Sue cooked bacon and onions together, added brussels sprouts and a can of beer, then simmered until the beer had boiled off and the sprouts were tender. They were fabulous.
She mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream, one dry package of Hidden Valley Ranch mix, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits and scallions. She says that it’s a twice-baked potato recipe that she prefers to serve as mashed potatoes.
The salad was of the Caesar variety and for dessert we had Sue’s nobody-makes-it-better (seriously) chocolate mousse.
Annie and I ate ‘til we hurt!
Publix Is Selling These Cute Collapsible Coolers For $2.49 Each!
They’re kind of lightweight but are surprisingly roomy and seem reasonably durable.
This one kept our Thanksgiving leftovers cool on the way home from Florida.
You’ll find them at the checkout where they should lure plenty of impulse buyers.
I’m going to buy a few more!
As Mischievous As Ever
His middle name is still “trouble.”
When they got back, last night, Bentley was so excited— I mean *crazy* excited— that he didn’t know which grandma to go to, first.
Well, actually he did, but he didn’t want to hurt Annie’s feelings.
It’s good to have him back.