Up at 5 AM. Took care of the menagerie and began the transformation at 5:35.
I took my time doing my makeup (slow, but steady), so it took a little longer getting ready.
Out the door at 7:05 and I arrived at work at 7:40.
Although I only mentioned that I would be a woman at work to my boss, no one is surprised and expected me to do it.
8:30 AM Post:
When I walked in the building this morning, I asked our receptionist to take some photos. Here is one:
8:45 AM Post:
Three people noticed that I am wearing a new wig!
8:48 AM Post:
The receptionist just called me "Staci," which is the name I used before switching to Stana. She also asked me how I tied my scarf and I gladly showed her.
9:15 AM Post:
There is a bit of a lull here, so here is another photo (sans glasses and cape) taken by the guy who sits in a cube adjacent to me. Instead of an iPhone, he used a Canon digital SLR camera.
10:05 AM Post:
I just attended a "gemba" (reps from various departments stand in a circle and update the group about the status of a project). The Director of Engineering ran this gemba and called me "Caitlyn." He is always impressed with my "costume" and was impressed again this year.
A few other people did wear costumes today.
10:20 AM Post:
A number of women complimented me on my outfit and they love my shoes (I do, too)! They are also amazed on how well I navigate in them... just like a woman.
I bought these shoes from Nine West two years ago, but I never had the opportunity to wear them until now because I did not have an outfit that went with them.
So far, they have been very comfortable despite their 4-inch heel.
11:05 AM Post:
Going to Dress Barn in a little while. The sales associates wanted to see how the dress they sold me on Monday looks on me today.
12:35 PM Post:
I went to Dress Barn and the sales associates who sold me the dress on Monday were not in the store; they work later in the day today.
Not to waste a Dress Barn visit, I browsed the racks and took a half dozen items to the dressing room. Some things looked and fit better than others.
One dress fit perfectly and looked great: a simple figure-hugging black sheath dress with a gold front zipper that makes the dress. I bought the dress and returned to work.
1:00 PM Post:
As I got ready to leave Dress Barn, my feet started complaining loudly and when I got to my car, I switched to my black medium height wedges.
1:15 PM Post:
Another lull, so it is time for another photo. My boss' boss took this one on her iPhone as I stood in her office doorway.
1:53 PM Post:
It is very quiet here. Friday afternoon and things are winding down.
I am very tired. I went to bed late watching the Patriots, got up early to femulate and did not sleep that well in-between because I was excited about today.
One of my biggest fans here just stopped in to ask me how it is going. He goes out of his way to use the proper pronouns when I am a woman and he once said that I missed my calling and should have been a professional female impersonator.
2:50 PM Post:
This will probably be my last live post for awhile because I am leaving work and going to the mall to shop for a new evening gown. My next post will probably be from home this evening.
7:30 PM Post:
I was successful at Macy's at the mall. I bought a Connected sequin-lace cowl-neck sheath in purple. The photo on the website does not do the dress justice; the sequin is not apparent in the photo, but it makes the dress in person.
My feet had recovered by the time I arrived at the mall and I switched back to heels for my mall tour.
I am going to bed early tonight. I am exhausted!