i arrived here in Los Angeles on Friday, around lunchtime after a very long journey during which i slept very little largely due to a good book i was reading and managed to finish just as we taxied to the LAX terminal! Of course, this meant that by the time i had got into my hotel room and had my lunch i was pretty much exhausted. i battled on until 4.30pm before crashing out into my bed where i remained for the best part of 14 hours, sleeping solidly!
i woke up on Saturday morning feeling very refreshed though with no jet lag. i had come to LA for a conference which starts on Tuesday but decided to come a few days earlier so that i could spend a weekend being Roxie all the time. So, Saturday morning i shaved, showered, applied my make-up, dressed, donned my wig, added a splash of perfume and headed down to breakfast.
Breakfast was a self service affair in a small room with limited seating space and it was packed but i managed to grab a seat at a table shared with three others who were all together and so did not need me to add to their conversation. Afterwards, i retured to my room for a while to catch up on emails that i had missed while on my journey after which, i went out shopping.
On my way to the hotel i had noticed a small shopping mall just 3 blocks down the road so strolled there and went into a discount fashion store that had some gorgeous dresses at knock down prices. i had a feeling though that their largest sizes would be just a bit too tight for me but i tried 3 really lovely dresses in the fitting rooms just to be sure. i was right. The first one, a black silk dress with a peplum waist would just not zip up the back. i managed to squeeze myself into a red sheath dress but it was way too short even by my standards and so tight it showed my pot belly poking out below my corset (which was my pink, long line corset) as well as all of the boning and laces on the corset itself. The last dress, a maroon, long sleeved, cowel neckline dress with a side split skirt would also not zip up. i got it most of the way and perhaps with some help i might have managed to get into it but decided not to bother.
So, i gave up on dresses and went to check out the shoes – none of which were bigger than a size 9 and i need at least a 10, preferably a wide 10 or a 10 and a half. So, it was then over to the jewellery and belts where at least i scored a success, getting myself two elasticated belts, one red and lacy and the other a brown one that i picked to wear with the yellow dress and brown Gucci shoes or brown shoes that Mistress Ana bought me a short time ago.
From there, i went into the grocery store to find a few things to eat in my hotel room – snacks mainly and tea and milk. That was easy but i did not like any of the wine they had on offer so decided to go elsewhere for that. i bought my tea, milk, a block of cheese and some crackers before heading back to the hotel, stopping off at a pharmacy/liquor store on the way where i managed to get hold of a decent bottle of red wine. So, i was all set for snacks.
i dropped off my shopping at the hotel and then went out again to a Peruvian Restaurant that i had noticed in my mornings wanderings. It was now a little past lunchtime but it meant that even though they were busy i was able to get a table straight away. i enjoyed a lovely lunch of ceviche for a starter followed by a lomo saltado – two of my favourite Peruvian dishes. Ceviche is a cold fish dish in which the raw fish is marinaded in lemon juice with chili and onion and served with sweet potato and corn. Lomo saltado is a beef dish with slivers of beef stirfried with onions, chili, tomato and potato chips and served with rice.
By now it was late afternoon and i wandered back to the hotel feeling quite content with my day up to that point. i was flattered when i passed a young guy in the street who smiled, said hi and was obviously interested in me and i smiled back, said hi but kept on walking without looking back. Thinking about it, the poor guy must have been desperate for even with my make up i still look close to my age and probably twice his!
So, that was my Saturday. Sunday was spent in a similar way, breakfast, emails, some work for a client and then out for a walk, in the opposite direction to Saturday, looking for a place to have Sunday lunch. i fancied a steak and found a grill about 4 blocks north using Google Maps so that was where i headed, window shopping as i went. i enjoyed a good New York steak, mash potatoes and steamed vegetable washed down with a couple of glasses of merlot before heading back to my hotel to finish off the work i had started in the morning.
Today, Monday, was the least exciting day. i had to spend the entire day working but of course it didn’t stop me from working as Roxie. i had 2 scheduled skype conferences for which i switched off my video of course. i didn’t leave my room apart from going out for breakfast and early afternoon going out for a burger at a fast food place right by the hotel.
One thing i have noticed over the weekend is that my voice now seems to be more acceptably feminine for it did not raise any eyebrows with anyone i met whether the room attendant, waiters in restaurants or people in the shops. Obviously practicing is doing some good.
Tomorrow the conference begins and so i have to put Roxie to bed for a while but i have really enjoyed myself these last 3 days!