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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Random personal stuff (4/9/2017 edition)

I hope you won’t be bored with my sharing a couple of tidbits involving my family.  We had our annual Easter get-together yesterday.  Yes, Easter isn’t until next weekend, but our schedules (namely, my little sister’s and her weekend with her daughters) had priority over the dictate of the calendar on the wall.  Anyway, we had our big to-do yesterday, and while it was enjoyable to see my family, it wasn’t as fun as in years past.  The reason for that was my other sister and her two daughters were out sick.  One of them, my niece and goddaughter, actually came down with Influenzavirus B late last week and has a 101 degree fever.  Yikes!

Someone else in our family also has some health concerns:  My mom, who has has had issues with her eyes over the past couple of years.  Every 6 to 8 weeks, she needs to see an eye doctor to determine how the pressure and bleeding is fairing inside one of her eyes, and if necessary, receive an injection of medication.  Yesterday, Mom let me know that she has cataracts that will need to be operated on.  Luckily (sort of), her doctor says her eyes are in suitable enough of a condition that she can put off cataract surgery until next year.  At least Mom is nowhere near the point where she’ll be losing her sight any time soon.

So, while the rest of us were enjoying our brunch and catching up on everything going on in our lives, I had fingers crossed in the back of my mind that my niece would get over the flu soon and that my mom’s eye condition would not get serious.  Something tells me that with the strong-willed women in our family, both of them will pull through okay.


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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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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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Meeting…

So, where have I been, you ask?  I admit I haven’t been on WordPress the past couple of days.  Guess I haven’t had the writing bug of late. (*sigh*)

That’s not to say I haven’t been lolly-gagging around, as my mom would put it, since last Friday.  I exercised (or tried to) at the gym on Sunday.  I did some shopping for presents on Saturday.  And on Friday, I got dolled up and recorded footage for a video I’m hoping to edit soon… although I’m wondering if I’ll need to do a re-shoot on one scene (I’m a perfectionist sometimes).

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A poem: “Summer Must Go Away”

Geez, where did the summertime go?  I look at my calendar today and it says it’s the first day of autumn.  Rats!  The weather must hate the fact that summer is going away, too, as we’ve had a very wet week here in Madison.  So, taking inspiration from the occurrence of the autumnal equinox as well as The Finicky Cynic’s own poem about autumn, I’ve written up this quick poem about the change of season from a season we’re going to miss so very much when winter’s chill has its way.

“Summer Must Go Away”

It has to leave today
Summer knows it has to leave today
But it doesn’t want to leave today
It wants to stick around
And stay just a little bit longer
And give us warm and sunny days

But there’s something else today
There’s rain today
Lots of rain today, and yesterday
Because Summer doesn’t want to go away?
But maybe, just maybe
Rain is Mother Nature wanting to say
“Please, Summer, don’t go away”

But Summer will have to go away today
And Mother Nature’s tears today
Are creating a river, flowing away
Past trees that will turn gold and red
Before Winter’s shades gray
And its cold and frosty days

Summer must leave today
But we will never forget its long days
Its lovely days
Of greens and blues and sunny ways
That led us to adventures
In places near and far away
Smiling faces to see
And starlit nights after great days
Of fun and enjoyment
That we had day after day

Summer must leave today
For Autumn it must make way
But it will come back another day
After Winter and Spring have had their day
Then we’ll reunite with Summer, that old friend
And we’ll enjoy those warm and sunny days again


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Random (familial) stuff (9/13/2016 edition)

Just a couple quick thoughts regarding my nieces.  I’ll start with my oldest niece, the same one who had an all-too-brief trip to Alaska this summer.  She got into a little bit of an accident Sunday night.  From what her mother (my little sister) and our mom told me, Em had been going a little too fast down a narrow road.  She tried to make room for an oncoming car, but got a little too close to the shoulder, hit the shoulder and then a tree.

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Random Labor Day thoughts

If you’re reading the title of this post and wonder if this will be a treatise on the meaning of Labor Day, well… I’ll go there just a little bit.  I will say that it’s nice that the day is set aside to recognize and appreciate the ability to work a living and reap its benefits.  Sure, those benefits may very from job to job, person to person, and situation to situation — a fact that isn’t lost on organized labor entities, who aren’t going to let anyone forget this day’s meaning, and more than a few lawmakers (like, say, Madison’s representative in Congress) who are fully hep to the holiday.  But still, at the end of the proverbial day, it does feel good to put in a hard day’s work.

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Flash!

Brace yourselves, peoples, because I’m about to do something totally amazing.  I’m going to show you lots of photographs of yours truly in this very post!  I’m talking two or three hundred photos at least!  And all in one really quick yet easy-to-reference blog entry.  Are you ready to see them all?

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Uncertainty

You ever have one of those days when things are going great, or at least okay?  When you think nothing will get you down?  Well, today was one of those days for me until… I got an e-mail late this afternoon from our department manager at work.  I won’t bog you down too much on details, especially since I want to try to protect my anonymity on this (I never know who’ll be reading this), but let’s just say the duties of three teams under our manager’s watch (I’m on one of them) may be consolidated into one big team, or as close to one big team as possible.  “One big team”?  Wowzer.

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What date was it?

In one of my very earliest posts on this blog (which you can check out here), I talked about files I had to recover from damaged media, particularly some photos I could no longer retrieve from a bad compact disc.  My reasoning in that post for wanting to save those photos, and for wanting to take lots of photos in general, was to help me remember all of those vivid memories in my life should they become less vivid in my mind as I get older.  All those friends and family members.  All those places where I worked.  All those places I visited.  All those times I looked fabulous as Allison.  Yeah, every detail.

There was one detail I left out of that post:  Well, the details.  I am in the process of moving separating my Allison photos from my non-Allison ones, moving the former pics to their own flash drive (and, yes, backing everything up).  And I have become obsessed with trying to find out exactly which date and what time these photos were taken.  Most of my earlier photos I took with my trusty digital camera bear a generic description (e.g. “Allison at The Club pic# 1”) or the file name automatically stamped on the pic by the camera (e.g. “DSCN0001.JPG”).  I have right-clicked on the photo file for the file information, such as when it was “created,” “modified,” etc. to try to figure out the date/time the pic was taken.  But those “created” and “modified” dates don’t always gibe with when I think they were taken.

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