Thoughts from home
A lot has happened, I feel, since my last check-in here. On a macro scale, things have gone from “relatively normal, same as they ever were” to “well, everyone’s at home forever now”, and that is in large part what is spurring this post. It’s a big adjustment and I’m still trying to make it; it’s been quite a bit more difficult than I originally expected it to be.
I got a tattoo
There was a time I thought I’d never get a tattoo, but after a lot of careful thought I was able to settle on one that I really wanted after all.
You may have noticed that it has been a bit quiet here over the last couple of months. This was not intentional. Back in September, I started journaling. I felt it probably wouldn’t help me solve problems, but that it would help me keep my thoughts organized and make me better able to talk about issues in therapy.
No Novel November, part 2
I decided it’d be best to aggregate these instead of publishing a tiny post every day. I was originally planning on posting once a week, but a bug in Hugo’s previous Markdown renderer actually held me up until a recent update - so without further ado, here’s the first half of the month, with more to come:
Becoming more comfortable
Some thoughts on being who I am and accepting my transness as an essential part of my identity - appropriate, I suppose, for Transgender Awareness Week.
Ring Fit Adventure: a review
I have never before felt the need to write a review of a video game, but Ring Fit Adventure has been such a good experience that I felt I should.
No Novel November, Day 1
I’m trying something new this month - writing microfiction based on one-word prompts. Some background on No Novel November and my first effort.
When am I "done"?
Thoughts on transition milestones and what reaching them actually means, as well as what happens afterwards.
My year of Gender Stuff
It’s been a year since I started my gender journey, so I wrote a four thousand word retrospective about the story so far.
Establishing a low barrier to entry in board games
Part of the fun of just writing for myself is that I can just kind of pick whatever I want and write about it, which is why today I’m going to talk a little bit about board games, and how to move past playing Parcheesi or Yahtzee or whatever with people who typically aren’t interested in more complicated games, and things that might turn people off from getting into more interesting tabletop stuff.
Another vacation, and going full time
After a week in New York City, I finally got to go to work as myself. Thoughts on the trip and putting a bow on my social transition.
What I'm Reading: July 2019
It’s been a few months, time for some more riveting book discussion! Here’s the stuff that I’ve read recently that really stood out to me.
Vacation report, Minneapolis 2019
A couple weeks ago, I took a prolonged vacation for the first time in a while - combining the Midwest Morris Ale with some tourism and sightseeing with my family in Minneapolis. It was probably the best vacation I have had. In fact, the positivity really started right out of the gate.
Feeling emotions is really amazing
Last Friday, Sarah and I were at home, in the computer room. Very standard night, Mola wandered in and was sleeping on her favorite pillow, and in general we were just taking it easy and winding down for the weekend. I think maybe we were watching a hockey game, I can’t really remember now.
Recent validating experiences
Over the course of the last three or four weeks I finally decided to bite the bullet and present as female nearly 100% of the time outside of work. (I’m going to discuss coming out at my workplace sometime in the next couple of weeks, which, uh, yes, nervewracking, but also that’ll be literally it, I’ll be done with the “coming out” bit in its entirety which is super super exciting.
Faith, being trans, and finding joy
I am still not really sure whether I made the right call as far as where to start this story. It was either at, like, age 12, or last week, and it was really hard to say what would work better. At the end of the day, though, I think it makes the most sense to start with the impetus for the blog post and go from there, so that’s what I’ll do.
The best red chili you'll ever eat
As part of my decision to start sharing my recipes, I decided it’d be best to provide more than one, at least to start. This one is also a pretty easy recipe, just takes some prep time in the morning and then everything else is easy. Chili is one of those things that’s easy to come up with an okay recipe for.
I love to cook. Like, really love to cook. It’s partly getting to come home after work and make something I enjoy, partly just this Zen-like state of creation which I find so relaxing. I thought about this recently and realized that after all this time I’ve written down some recipes I’ve put together on paper, but never shared them with anyone.
What I'm Reading: March 2019
As my frequent visitors probably already know, I am a voracious reader. Given that, I thought it might be nice to put a recurring feature on this blog for a change, covering books that I’ve read recently. Just quick blurbs, nothing major. Without further ado, jumping right in: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup This one was a phenomenal read.
Hi, I'm Allison.
This is the third or fourth time I’ve written something like this and weirdly, it doesn’t get any easier the more I do it. A lot of drafting and redrafting to make sure I hit everything I want to. The title on this should pretty much give away the big reveal here.
Historically my personal posts have been few and far between on this blog, and I think at least part of that has to do with my activity on social media. If I’m interacting with people there, then what purpose does a personal blog serve? I didn’t really feel a need to explore this for a number of years.