Hey folks, I know I have not posted here much. I'm fine! But I'm trying to put as much of my blogging energy as I can into my new website, which is functioning as a public face for me, a clearinghouse for all the links to my writing, and a general place where I can write fun and interesting things about what's going on. I mentioned this site on my other LJ account, and I think I forgot to mention it here. Sorry!
So in order to process a travel reimbursement check for me, HR had to temporarily change my name in their system back to my current legal name, which means that whenever I log into campus stuff or whenever HR sends me things THERE IT IS.
I feel like I haven't done much that's worth writing too much about lately, and nothing new or exciting is really happening at this time. But here is an update anyway.
I survived all of my business trips, somehow. I had expected them to be a big awful mess of Gender Confusion Time, but aside from the person I was presenting with constantly getting my gender wrong during our first presentation in Wilmington (she carefully avoided pronouns after) that just didn't happen. I finished up the trips feeling like yeah, I can do my job and get by just fine. I worried about a lot of stuff beforehand ("Oh god, what about rest area bathrooms on the Jersey Turnpike?" etc), but fortunately none of it ever materialized. For where I am transition-wise (+9 months hormones, +5 months full-time) this is pretty good, I think.
I'm still stuck not being able to make my legal name/gender change, thanks to this lawsuit that is well over a year and a half old. My extended family still doesn't know about me. I have days where I feel like I utterly fail at everything. But for the most part, I am doing well, and am very happy.
To make a long story short, I have been in Wilmington, Delaware doing training for my job (we have a campus here). There was only a mild amount of gender-related drama, which seems to have cleared up nicely. Thank goodness I'm driving home tomorrow morning!
My two weeks of being on the road nearly nonstop are almost done. I'm glad.
Last year, when National Coming Out Day happened, I was pretty firmly still in my closet. I saw the posts, and I desperately wanted to come out to the folks here on LJ. I didn't, though. The time wasn't right. In fact, it was another two months before we both felt ready for me to come out to our friends.
So, happy Coming Out Day, from someone who is totally, finally, and gratefully Out. :)