The last week has been very busy still at work, and there has been no respite at home either. Work is going to remain busy and stressful for the coming weeks. It's the same every year and I don't see why this year should be any different. Hopefully by the time that I start working as Stacy the stress is going to be somewhat diminished.
Seeing as it was going to be the last time he saw his brother I was trying to figure out when to introduce Stacy to him, and stressed a little - he doesn't have the worlds greatest gift for tact so there would be no sugar coating his thoughts.
Events actually conspired against me for the week - Sunday was his first day so I thought as I am not full time yet there I would wait until he was settled. Monday I got home and gave him a hand finishing the days work and preparing for the next. Tuesday we were visiting my sister in law and her family so no go. Wednesday and Thursday were also spent helping with some of the work. On Friday I had therapy, my last session before going full time at work, so there was no choice there. He was going to meet me.
After therapy we went shopping for Sinterklass gifts and the weekly shop and then back home.
As with telling him in the first place, a complete non event. I've had a few different reactions but never complete and total dis interest. And I don't mean that in the way that it sounds! He just opened the door (he had my keys for the week) and said 'howdo'. That's it.
Yesterday he went to Amsterdam for the day, I dropped him off at the train station as him (running errands that I still need to be him for) and picked him up in the evening again. As Stacy. And again just thanks for picking him up and started chatting. On the trip home I decided to bring it up, just to see if there was any reaction. I asked him if he thought he would cope in the January with calling me Stace or sis. 'I don't know, I'd had 35 years of calling you bro - I'm a bit stuck in my ways, that's why I can't stop smoking.' And that was it the subject was gone. And we just hada normal evening watching Strictly (I still can't believe that he is a fan!) and then the went to bed before setting off home today.
One bit of stress gone I suppose :)
Oh... And news!
I ordered my deed poll this week! An amazing simple (so far) process! Let's see when it comes through...
More annoying and difficult will be my passport... It used to be that you could take a morning off of work, go to the consulate in Amsterdam and get a new passport. But... When then introduced the new passports a couple of years ago they stopped doing this 'to improve the service the office can give to it's customers' and I now have to post my passport to Paris. Who will check if it meets their requirements for requesting a new passport. If they agree it gets posted to the UK. Who see if it meets their requirements for issuing a passport (yes, they can be different requirements!) who print it and then post it direct (thankfully) to me. I was hoping to come back to Leicester in the new year and take a trip to Peterborough for the one day service, but apparently I don't fulfill the requirements for that and it's one week minimum. As I could not travel home again with no passport that means a two week trip and I just don't want to use the vacation time for it. I just hope that posting it does not cause any problems... I have to get the application form filled in this week (assuming my Windows machine will read the PDF they have, my Apple doesn't...)
Phew, more stress in the coming weeks then! And a travel ban until they return it to too me! Why don't the UK sign the Schengen agreement so I can travel without it!