Allison M.

Thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up from a full-time male who's a part-time female


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#TBT: Root canals

Before I get to the main purpose of this post, a side thought:  Whoever said that change is the only consistent thing in the world certainly knew a little something about the business world.  Case in point:  The team I’m on at my place of employment, which will soon undergo a reorganization and shifting of duties.  While I understand management’s need to “serve our customers” in an effective manner, no longer having a chance to perform a cool task you really enjoy doing can be the pits.  Oh, well.  The good thing is that I do still have gainful employment, and there’s always the possibility that another cool task may be coming my way (I love having a bit of variety in my daily work routine).

Another thing about this move that’s the pits is that some of the people I enjoy working with won’t be on the same team as I.  One of those people serves as inspiration for this post.  This afternoon, he went to the wonderful world of endodontics and undergo a root canal procedure.  Yeah, what fun, huh?

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Random personal stuff (3/24/2017 edition)

It’s Friday evening as I write this; I’m here at home; and I’m really, really, wishing I was out of the house.  And I was planning to be out of the house tonight.  That was until this slight stuffiness and sore throat I woke up with this morning became much nastier as the day wore on.  Now, my nostrils are even stuffier, my throat feels even more irritated, and I ache all over.  Yeah, suddenly being struck by a cold during the first week of spring is no fun.  And it’s even less fun when you were feeling fine literally 24 hours earlier.

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Winter is (mostly) conquered

As I write this, it’s March 21… or as is also known on the 2017 calendar, the 2nd day of spring!  Yeah, I’m a bit excited about it.  Well, more reserved than excited.  I mean, it’s great that the days are getting longer, which really perks up a person.  But since I live in Wisconsin, my enthusiasm has to be tempered a little bit, since winter has a tendency to reel right back and bite us in the *ahem* backside when we least expect it, even if winter can be as relatively tame as the now concluded winter was here in Wisconsin.  Today was a reminder that spring takes its time pushing winter to the past:  Sure, it was mostly bright and sunny, but the wind was brisk and the chill was present.  I’m not one to regularly check the thermometer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the temperature didn’t rise above 45 degrees.

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On strike in spirit

An open letter to my supervisor at work (I know who they are, and by the end of this post, you, in a way, will know her as well):

Dear Boss:

First off, thank you for the annual bonus.  I know everyone in our company receives one every year, and I know the money will give my bank account a boost.  But this letter isn’t about that.  I should advise you that though I will be at work tomorrow (March 8), my mind won’t be.  Why, you ask?

Day Without a Woman banner

That’s right, I’m sure you’ve heard about A Day Without a Woman by now.  I’m sure, too, you’ve heard about that big march that happened back in January, not only here in Madison but in Washington and around the world. Continue reading


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Personal postscripts about “Queer Shorts 2.1”

If you’ve haven’t yet read my previous post where I reviewed Stage Q’s “Queer Shorts 2.1: Queer Love,” go ahead and do so by clicking on that post here.

[hums contently to myself]

Oh, you’re still here yet?  You mean you (*choose one* did/did not) read that post yet?  Well, I did redirect you back there not so much because you can’t read this post without reading that post first, but more to remind you that live, local, LGBT-oriented theater does exist, and that organizations such as Stage Q put on great work, with “Queer Shorts 2.1” being evidence of that.

Rather than let that post go on for too long, I wanted to devote this follow-up to a couple of aspects of my evening at “Queer Shorts.”  One was a thrilling moment, the other an “oops” kind of moment, but both, for sure, were part of a pretty good night at the theater.

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Allison enjoys “Queer Shorts 2.1”

Just a couple of posts back, I noted that in these dark and scary times, it’s good to get away from it all and indulge in things that are nowhere near dark and scary.  And that’s exactly what I did Friday night.

The first thing I did Friday morning was reserve a seat for Friday night’s performance of “Queer Shorts 2.1: Queer Love.”  And as I indicated by the above tweet, it was indeed a pleasant evening to do so, weather wise; it was a springlike day in Madison (sunny skies, temperatures just above 50 degrees, not a drop of rain or flake of snow). Continue reading


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Same old Valentine’s Day

As I write this, it is February 15, or as it is commonly known, the day after Valentine’s Day.  You know, the day meant to be all about love, romance, and buying every single rose and “Be My Valentine” card in sight.

So, you’re asking, how did my Valentine’s Day go?  I’ll get to that part in a second.  But I will say that Valentine’s Day for the most of the rest of the people at my place of employment felt like another day at work.  Oh, for sure, some folks got a bouquet of flowers, although very few in my department received any.  And, for sure, department management tried to say “we love your work” by enticing us with bags of chips… which I politely declined, as I’ve been seriously watching my calorie intake.  (And, really… the same chips you’d find in your nearest vending machine?!  Come on now.)  But generally speaking, it felt like another work day for most of the rest of the department.

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Random fashion stuff (2/12/2017 edition)

No doubt about it, the news since You Know Who became you know what has become difficult and at times frightening to hear.  So, it’s good to get away from the freakout fest that is social media and the 24/7 news cycle to venture into other pursuits, if only for a few hours.  Friday night, I went to a hockey game.  Next week, I’m planning to see a live theater show.  In a couple of weeks, I’m hoping to head to an auto show (and I’m not even a gearhead type).  And yesterday, I went to the mall.  To be specific, I went to Macy’s at Hilldale to do a little window shopping and rack browsing.

I wanted to share a couple of discoveries I already shared to the world on Twitter yesterday yet still want to go into detail here.  Let’s start with this item:

While this isn’t the greatest of pictures, these are two pretty nice dresses.  And while the dress on the left has a nice and classy feel (and a necklace that is an eyecatcher in its length), the sheath dress on the right really pops.  I already have a colorblock dress in my closet that I really love (I showed it off here), and if I was in a mood to buy something yesterday (and, sadly, I wasn’t), this particular colorblock dress would’ve gone right next to it.

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Random thoughts (2/8/2017 edition)

I don’t need to tell you that we live in a time where it seems that everyone’s at each others’ throats, figuratively speaking, of course.  It’s become so easy for anyone to to deliver an unwarranted word or two (or several) filled with prejudice, misogyny, and downright hatred toward someone based on their viewpoints and beliefs well as their actual or perceived backgrounds or life experiences, not to mention gender or sexual identity.

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