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3 minutes ago, April Marie said:

and chocolate


YESSS!!  Definitely a food group!

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Gotta agree about chocolate, even though I'm now only allowed the sugar free kind by my doctor. (I have been known to cheat...)

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I was going to add chocolate as a food group, but I see that's been well covered. Heh.



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13 minutes ago, Dillon said:

I was going to add chocolate as a food group, but I see that's been well covered. Heh.



When I first announced my transition to some friends, their immediate reaction was, "So now you'll become a chocoholic."  I said, "It's way too late for that.  In fact that should have been a sign!"  😄

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Good evening


8 straight hours on my feet.  They aren’t used to that!


Bourbon or whiskey?  My preference would be Jamesons Black Whiskey.  Yes, the Irish side wins out.  In fact I really don’t like Scotch single malt.


Chocolate doesn’t have a chance in our house.  And for me the ratio of chocolate to weight gain is like 1:2. Ugh!  And once it’s on it takes me forever to get it back off.  

@Dillon I guess my Snoopy cartoon hit the mark for you.


@Rianon I’m so glad we’ve been able to give you a great welcoming experience.  We are all here to help each other and support all, new or old friend doesn’t matter.





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1 hour ago, Willow said:

Bourbon or whiskey?  My preference would be Jamesons Black Whiskey.  Yes, the Irish side wins out.  In fact I really don’t like Scotch single malt.

Bourbon is always my go to - but I also enjoy a good gin and tonic, too. Not  big on Scotch although I've found a few that I enjoy.


Just remember, all bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon. 🙂

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I have stopped for the night in St. Peters, MO. Thought I could make it across the Mississippi. But hunger and sleep got to me.


On the way out of state. Stopped at the VA in Cheyenne. Got a blood draw for my Endo. Then was able to get my blocker shot early.


Just wondering what my mom is going to say about my hair. I guess I will find out tomorrow.




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Good morning, everyone. First cup of coffee is in the books as I sit here checking in and catching up on the news of the world.


Safe travels @KymmieL!


Enjoy this beautiful day!!!

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Already had a couple of cups, and fed the birdies and cat.  Now I need to think about feeding myself.

I'm planning on going up to Asheville today for my support group at the VA.  But first I need to get a propane tank filled.  It may be spring, but it's still nice to have heat.

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First cup of coffee and wondering what the day will bring. I have Bible class on zoom this morning. We're a small and pretty dynamic group and I've come to feel close to most there, so I look forward to it. Then my neighbor is taking me on errands. For me that's a busy morning. I spend most mornings resting because of fatigue from fibromyalgia. I might wear my favorite bucket hat while I'm out. A woman at my trans support group said a hat might make my hair look less feminine. My goal is less feminine instead of specifically masculine since I can't go on T for medical reasons and I'm not sure I would want to anyway. I do perceive myself as a little more masculine when I wear hats, so it was interesting to hear the suggestion from someone else. 

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Good morning 


I had a rough night last night.  Too many things on my mind.  I finally gave in and took acetaminophen PM but then I could shake the sleepiness off this morning.


I guess I’ll try some time in the pool and dry sauna at the Y this morning.


First cuppajoe is done time for a second.  As my old drill Sargent would say, smoke’s if you got m. Me, H no! Never smoked and never will.  I see people complain about the price as they buy 1 to 5 cartons and search for any possible discount they can find.  At $75 and up.  I guess that’s the hardest part of my job as a non-smoker learning all the different brands and sub-types.  And between the cigarettes, cigars, chew, and vape flavored, menthols soft and hard packs it is an entire wall of of products.  The young man I worked with said I’m doing fine, took him several months to figure it all out.


keep safe @KymmieL  take care of your mother.


hugs to all



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On 3/20/2023 at 2:48 PM, Willow said:

@Rianon I’m so glad you enjoy reading this thread.  We talk about lots of things just like good friends and neighbors would talk about at each others kitchen table while enjoying coffee and company.

Good morning, Willow! And good morning, Everyone!


I think that's what I enjoy so much about this thread: it's everyday-ness. I can be myself. Being myself has been a long time coming. All those years (I could say "decades"!) while I was living in the male mode, I so longed to be myself. Then, when I finally found the courage to attend the local gender center, I was dismayed to find that –– in order to "fit in" –– I had to prove a kind of hyper-femininity. So, once more, I was unable to be myself.


Ah, I see my morning brew is ready. Help yourselves! Half & Half is in the fridge. I'm sorry but I don't have any sweetener. Clean coffee cups you'll find in the cabinet to the left of my Mr. Coffee.




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Well this morning's class didn't go great. We usually all click but not so much this time. I actually snapped at someone, and I didn't mean to come across that way. I texted her an apology and will check in with her when I see her Sunday. Errands are done, and my neighbor clipped my cat's nails for me. This cat is a two-person job. 


@WillowFirst week at jobs threw me off too. I am trying to comprehend the price of cigarettes. Who knew?!

@RianonI'm glad you find this place inclusive. I do too. One of the local groups here is not. I've attended a few meetings, but even though they're nice to me, I'm the only trans man and don't feel comfortable or really part of the conversation most times. Fortunately, I did find a better group.

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51 minutes ago, Dillon said:

@RianonI'm glad you find this place inclusive. I do too. One of the local groups here is not. I've attended a few meetings, but even though they're nice to me, I'm the only trans man and don't feel comfortable or really part of the conversation most times. Fortunately, I did find a better group.

Hi, Dillon


I too would feel terribly uncomfortably when I'd attend meetings or socials of our local group. That really took my by surprise. It wasn't so much that I was made not to feel welcome. It was how cliquish the group was. How each person defined his or her identity dictated the sub-group to which he or she belonged. There was very effort made by people to get to know members of the other sub-groups. The one friend I did make there was a trans man (he is still one of my best friends) and I remember him telling me how unwelcome the group made him feel. It was a real shame.



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Just brewing, or dripping technically, my second cup. I'm going to lay low and rest today. Maybe start a new crochet project. How is everyone?

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Well, I made it. about 4am this morning. I got a couple hours rest before mom got up. Then well it isn't rocket science.  So I have been up since.


More later,




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So glad to hear you made it safe and sound @KymmieL!


Quiet day here. No real plans so I'll probably spend the afternoon reading.


Be safe...and happy....everyone!!!!

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Hi, very busy day at work


@KymmieLglad you got to your mothers home safely.  

tomorrow my 8 hour day starts an hour earlier. Next week my start times are all over the clock.

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Argh, a couple of very stressful days.  We made an offer on a house we liked.  The asking price was too much for us, but we thought they could be persuaded to come down to an uncomfortable but doable price.  While waiting on their response, the car died.  We had to get it towed.  Yay CAA (Canadian equivalent of the AAA)!


I picked the car up this morning after it was repaired.  It had blown out a spark plug.  (Sounds like the last guy who serviced it didn't torque the spark plugs properly.)  The mechanic at the dealership was able to replace the spark plug, which surprised him: generally if this happens the threads are stripped and the head is a write-off.  He did warn me that there was a "knocking" noise that only happened when the engine was warm.  When I heard it, I realized it was a repeat of the original problem - that's how it started.  So, it is going to happen again, maybe next month, maybe tomorrow.


Now we have to buy a (used) car as well as trying to buy a house.  We called our realtor and told him that we won't be making a counter-offer.  Back to the listings to find a cheaper place.  I am stressed to the max!


I hope you all have a better day.

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