I'm so sorry for moving accounts like twice in less than a month, y'all, but for obvious reasons I don't want to keep using this one. I'm heading over to @OhHeyItsAlexis

Dysphoria, Euphoria & Prosthetics 

I got a set of falsies yesterday. Putting them on was... harsh. Tight and awkward and, ugh, the way they bristled my inflamed chest stubble due to my attempt at a chemical hair remover failing. I felt awful.

But I took a selfie, and when I saw it... well I kept them on the rest of the night.

Gosh dangit they're so much cuter in person. Spent all night cutting and gluing and then actually filling these out with a hand-written message, but they're now ready to be mailed whenever I am.

I do feel bad about using clothes as a shorthand in a way that goes against my beliefs on gender and expression, but I'm working with cardstock here. I'm sure when I get to the glittering neon gates of gay heaven that St. Peter will let this one slide.

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So I've been pondering how to come out to my family.

Group text seems a little tactless.
Voice calls are better, but not great for a group.
Video calls are... I mean no one wants those.

Seeing as how we deal with most of the serious topics in our life with humor, that left just one choice...

Handmade pop-up card.
(Well, at least the design for one...)

This message brought you by Alexis Learning To Do Makeup Properly, a registered PAC.

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Gun and makeup joke 

Honestly we could probably reduce gun ownership in this country by just distributing an eyeliner pencil and a pamphlet on how to do a winged liner to every household. Why would you bother owning one when you could naturally feel that powerful?

Alexis :heart_pan: boosted

I thought of this in the shower and had to immediately post it to the internet website.

Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your picrews.

Coming home at almost midnight.
Your tummy full of oolong tea and s'mores.
Your face sore from smiling.
Your new clothes rich with the smell of wood smoke.
Your heart overflowing with love and acceptance.

Trying out a new name, y'all. Going to kick the tires and give Alexis a spin.

If it sticks I'll... dang it, move my account again.

Gender Stuff Pt. 2 (+) 

This moment hit me, thinking about going to a friend's house for a dinner party. How it just felt like I was just a person wearing nice clothes. Two distinctly separate entities. That was how I approached them, "these clothes look nice."

But now... I put on these clothes and I think *I* look nice. It feels like being a whole. Even just sitting here, in a tee and a skirt, I felt so suffused with radiance, such a sense of one-ness, that I just started bawling.

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Gender Stuff (+) 

Before I came out to my partner I was wracked with doubt. Am I sure about this? What if I'm wrong?

Now I'm browsing through clothes and I keep picturing myself in them. Seeing my own face on these bodies. I'm literally so overjoyed, so giddy, that I'm actually light-headed.

@PhoebeWallerPalladino The less legitimate sounding the name, the more exciting the lens geometry.

@soft The nice thing is that because they're so much cheaper you can usually go a little buck wild. Get multiple colors, to match outfits. Or maybe try a pair that seems a little too bold, since you don't have to commit to it for the next year or two...

@hafnia@weirder.earth I did try to follow some internet bros guides, but I could never quite get my pants to sit right with 100 feet of paracord in the pockets.

@hafnia@weirder.earth For me it's my wallet in one pocket, which has two slots, one for a mini pen and one for a tiny multitool (which is basically just a knife, screwdriver and teeny pliers.)

The other pocket is my bare minimum keys, which can connect magnetically to my "goin' out" keys. Those includes a thumb drive and a set of earplugs (in case of unexpected live music. Smartest purchase I ever made.)

I had a moment of sadness at the thought of giving up pockets. But then I realized I can fit a full-size Leatherman in a purse. So, y'know, it's swings and roundabouts.

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A lil' town for me and maybe some friends in the future.