OK, so I'm obviously still here, despite my earlier post about slowing down or stopping. Nevertheless, I will still likely post MUCH less than I did, um, a year ago. :)
But, I do miss blogging. More than I miss writing in my blog (which I do miss, believe it or not) I miss reading other people's blogs. I have this cyber friend thing going on with several bloggers out there and I feel like I'm having withdrawals by not keeping current on their blogs. For a while, I read them all, nearly every day (hard to believe isn't it?). I even commented regularly (my mother got a kick out of looking for my comments all over the blogosphere). Then, when things got busy, I resorted to reading through ... what's it called? ... I don't know, some piece of software that you subscribe to and it captures all the new posts for you. Now, I just skim my blog roll periodically -- like less than weekly -- and click on a given link to someone I miss. But, the problem is, I can't get to all of them. I miss Transmogriflaw; PG; Heidi and Carey (for that matter, I think all the Michigan blawgers have given up on me -- rightfully so); Ambib, Kristine, Kristine, Katherine (whose birthday I even missed, and after she even sent me a knit cap which I am finally able to enjoy!), Fool, E.Spat, RSLS, Stag, LQ, Shelley, E.McPan ... Well, I think you get the idea. I have managed to keep somewhat up on my queer blog reading - like the fabulous Maria at Daily Dose of Queer, or the beautiful and erudite Jen at Transcending Gender, and the devastingly handsome and insightful Jay Sennett. By the way, if I didn't add you here, please (please!) don't be offended. I miss all you, I honestly do. I just didn't want to have to repeat my entire blogroll in this post. OK? We good?
Now, if that wasn't enough, I find out that people actually stumble across my blog from various places (maybe I'll post some of the search terms that people find me with sometime -- they are pretty comical) and actually like what they read. Then, once in a while, they will link to me and I find out about it, and what do you know, I find I have another blog to add to my list.
I love blogging. I just wish I had more time for it. Can you get paid for being a blogging slacking law student?
I found your blog from a fellow law student's blog (Ambivalent Imbroglio), and I read your personal statement. And WOW. You have a fascinating story, a journey that just screams strength, stamina, and most importantly sanity. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thought I'd drop you a line to tell you that.I am a law student too -- at Tulane though I had to escape to Hong Kong after Katrina. I also have a wonderful friend at U of M law school, and he loves it. Anyways, keep blogging and I'll keep reading.
Blogging may, or may not, resume in the near future. I am, um, otherwise occupied and this has moved to the very bottom of my priority list. I'm going to Florida in a few weeks, I'll probably blog then and sporadically until then. Bye for now!
[UPDATE]: I am well; the reason for my break from blogging is a positive one, indeed. Incredibly, I am falling in love. I wasn't sure that this could happen a third time in one person's life, but is seems to be. Right now, the only real priority I have is spending time with her. I won't say much -- as I've said, I've learned my lesson -- but I will say that she's a successful attorney, very attractive (she won't let me say pretty or beautiful, but that's what I think), is about 3 years younger, and lives within 30 minutes of me. We have lots of fun together and have been practically inseparable since we met. I think that's all I can safely say. I'm not gone forever, just slowing down -- I will post the rest of my "Transition stories", in any event.
Tonight is a crowded night! This afternoon, from 4-6, we had a "FareWelcome" party at the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs to welcome the two new staff members just hired and to say farewell to a staff member who is moving out of state. I am excited about the new additions; they are vibrant, intelligent, and committed people. But, I am also greatly saddened at the loss of Molly. She has become a great friend and I will miss her terribly.
Tonight - beginning in mere minutes I have a meeting of the Wolverine Coalition for Human Rights, the group we formed to work on getting the Regents to amend the bylaws.
And, following that meeting I have a meeting of a local transgender support group that I belong to.
It will be a late night, but it feels good to become active in the community again.
One of the risks of being as open and public as I am with my life and my pictures, etc. is that they become accessible and available to anyone. I knew that when I started the blog, but this is the first time that anyone has really abused it (a couple of snarky comments earlier notwithstanding).
A reader of my site, who apparently also reads this site came across a post there that was making fun of people's Xanga profile pics, in particular close-ups of eyes. For whatever reason, he picked an old (circa 1992) picture of me from my cross-dressing days (available here) to zoom in on my eye and then play with it using Photoshop. Then, he zoomed out to the full picture and told the world, it's not what you think it's "a man dressed up to look like your mother!"
Whatever. Some people get their jollies making fun of or putting down other people. I don't feel made fun of and he's in no postition to put me down; I'm cool with me. But, he got something like 50 comments on his post, so I guess that works for him.
You might have thought I would have gotten to this point sooner considering everything, but I'm often a bit slow on the uptake.
The list of blogs that I read and enjoy has gotten so long that I no longer have time to read everyone of them every day. This actually bugs me because I will often miss a great post for several days (or sometimes even altogether). Now, I get that reading blogs isn't at the same level of import that reading, say, Evidence or Jursidiction is, but let's face it, I enjoy blogs a whole bunch more!
So, I've seen several bloggers talk about (damn, now I can't even remember the name of the thing ...) aggregators, or something like that. Can someone point me in a direction to one of those and provide some kind of tutorial for me on how they work? How do they work? I tend to comment on postings a lot; will an aggregator inhibit my ability to do that?
Some of the law school blogs I've read today have at least one post that talks about how they should be studying instead of doing other stuff (like blogging!) (exceptions, of course, are those poor people on quarters who are not now preparing for exams). I am no exception. I've spent the better part of this day "working" on a paper that is due on Friday. I've never written a law paper before (Legal Practice notwithstanding) and I've little idea how to do it. I find that I get started and then I get stuck and my mind instantly wanders.
So, appropriate for a gender discussing blog:
|Your Brain is 80.00% Female, 20.00% Male|
|Your brain leans female You think with your heart, not your head Sweet and considerate, you are a giver But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!|
Well, what do you think of the new design? I've already had one long-time and trusted reader tell me that because it was pink it looked too "soft" and not to be taken as seriously. I appreciate any and all comments!
Personally, I like it. Pink is one of my favorite colors and the header is freakin' awesome, I think. There is only one problem -- and it has nothing to do with the design, but rather with the blog polling software. For some reason, when I post a poll (using BlogPoll) it changes the background color. It did this before (you may have noticed; I did) but it wasn't quite as problematic with black text. However, now it becomes practically unreadable. The temporary solution is to put the actual polls below the fold (but, even then, comments become difficult to read). My longer term solution is to find different poll software (does anyone know of any?).
Anna and Flirt from BlogTogs created this for me, and did it for an extremely modest donation to charity!
[Update] Hey, I just realized that my blog's birthday was the day before yesterday! How appropriate that it should have it's third incarnation today. My first post, ever.
One of my classmates, JKrasch, has been posting some cute stories recently about her experiences living on a farm. In the current post she mentions chickens that spontaneously change sex. Well, you know that's going to get my attention. I spent a little time on the farm growing up and I have a passing interest in sex change topics and I had never heard of this. She invited us to look it up, so I tried.
In the process, I came across this joke site and this joke:
It seems that a man who recently had a sex change has been complaining about all the sexual harassment she has been receiving since she became a woman.
The women in her office said they would stop harassing her as soon as she started putting the seat down on the toilet.
My blog is one year old this month (well, technically this blog was started a year ago this month).
Sometime earlier today I remembered that last year April was National Poetry Month. Several bloggers posted poems in response. I really liked that, so I thought I would do it again this year. For the rest of the month, I will post at least one poem per week.
I want to conduct a poll on my blog. I want it to be anonymous, though, so that's why I'm not asking for responses just in comments.
I've seen blog-polls before where you can just click one or more choices and then submit your results. Does anyone out there know where I can find such an animal or how to incorporate it into my blog?
Busy, busy, busy. I've taken Melody to two of my classes, to a study/research session in the law library, to a pre-Regents' Meeting meeting, to the Regents' Meeting itself (I spoke again this month - more about that later), to the Advisory Board meeting (for the LGBTA office) but NOT to the SFF auction (just flat ran out of time).
Today, I got up early and have been working on my paper (that is due at 5 today) and she slept until noon.
I signed up with Medical Weight Loss Centers and started on their diet yesterday. I weighed myself this morning and I'm up 1/2 pound from last week. These folks guarantee that I'll lose the weight if I follow their program. Well, we'll see.
Otherwise, I'm well and I'll be back here in a day or so -- tonight, as part of preview weekend, I have to go meet and greet prospective queer students. Afterward we'll take them out to the Aut bar.
Melody has gotten a pretty good indoctrination to my life in these two days!