What I’ve been up to…

So I’ve been MIA for awhile now, and I apologize. There have been all kinds of things going on, but the most immediate pressing issue for me at the moment is readying my home (and self) for some visitors. My ex will be visiting in July, but we’re like best friends so that’s no pressure at all. However before that I will be hosting a well-known and much admired top…who also happens to be my lover. Yes, TMT is going to come stay with me for a few weeks, and it’s obviously something I’m looking forward to a great deal. But it also means I’m freaking out trying to get the place as clean and welcoming as possible.

I apologize to all the people I owe emails to, and the people whose blogs I haven’t visited (or commented on). And I know I haven’t written a new story in ages too. But after things settle down a bit, after her visit, I’m sure I’ll have a lot more inspiration. And once I am able to sit down again, I do plan to catch up on things. πŸ˜‰

In the meantime, here is something for you from Newsweek Magazine. They always close with a page called “My Favorite Mistake,” wherein well-known people share some of their most memorable errors of all time. This particular mistake is relevant because it happens to be about Sara Blakely, who created and founded the company “Spanx.” In case you don’t know what Spanx are (I didn’t know exactly myself — I only knew celebrity women frequently wore them to look slimmer on camera), apparently it’s like cutting the leg portion off a pair of pantyhose (tights to you Brits) — you just wear the part that holds your midriff together. That’s a brilliant idea, actually — something that acts like a girdle but is much more comfortable.

Anyway, she was trying to launch the product in England, and was looking for promotional opportunities everywhere. The BBC agreed to do a live interview with her, and she was nervous because it would reach more than a million people. When the interviewer asked her describe what Spanx could do for women in the U.K., she replied: “Well, it’s all about the fanny. It smooths your fanny, it lifts it, and it firms your fanny.” She said she knew instantly she had done something seriously wrong, because the interviewer lost all color in his face. He corrected her by saying, “I think you mean ‘bum,'” but the damage was done.

For those of you who are not familiar with British slang, try substituting the word “p*ssy” and you’ll get an idea of the magnitude of her mistake. The ironic thing is that she said she normally doesn’t use that word herself — she only used it because it sounded British. Well, it is, but for a body part other than what she thought. *g* (I’m American, so the word sounds harmless enough to me. But I’ve been assured it would never be spoken of that way on English national television. *LOL*)

Anyway, Sara was able to laugh it off, and 11 years later she was named the youngest female self-made billionaire by Forbes Magazine. That’s pretty amazing. Obviously she didn’t let a moment of embarrassment stop her from achieving her goals, and I think we can all learn a lesson from that. That, and making sure we know the word for “kitty” in at least 5 different languages. I’m sure that would prove at least as valuable. :mrgreen:

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57 Responses to What I’ve been up to…

  1. Indy says:

    Thanks for that laugh, Alyx! It came at a particularly good time. I do hope you and TMT will write some stories together while she’s with you. Or that you’ll serve as inspiration for one another. I’m not picky!

    Good luck with the house cleaning. πŸ™‚

    • Alyx says:

      Thanks, Indy. Yours is one of those blogs I was talking about, as I’ve always found it to be uncommonly thoughtful and always instructive. Hopefully I will get to visit (and comment!) soon. In the meantime, my heart goes out to you and anyone else having a difficult time right now. *hug*

  2. Mil says:

    I admit, I do giggle whenever I hear Americans say “fanny”. “Sit on your fanny” or “Where’s my fanny pack?” or “Get your fanny over here!”, but that is a major faux pas! Lifts and firms your fanny – LOL!

    It makes me wonder how the term was confused in the first place..?

    Have fun with your guests, Alyx. I’m sure you will πŸ˜‰

    • Alyx says:

      I like to tell TMT that we Yanks refined the language. *g* But what I find interesting is that Aussies and Kiwis (and even Canadians) seem to have retained more of the original ties to the language than Americans. It’s like we made it a point to change some meanings to the opposite of what they originally meant, as in the case with “fanny.”

      Thanks, I’m sure I’ll have fun too. πŸ˜€

  3. ashtale says:

    Having lived in England I knew her mistake the minute I saw the word fanny. LoL
    I did something similar myself. My pants were a little loose, so I said to my friends “my pants keep sliding down”, and he reminded me that in Britain that means panties. I’m not shy, but I don’t think I would tell my friends if my panties were too loose. πŸ˜‰

  4. It’s funny, isn’t it? All the preparation, anticipation, excitement. Things to consider and things to remember to bring. I’m in a whirl of activity too… but what slows me down, calms me down, is the smile which begins in my heart and flows outwards when I think about, once again, just looking at you.

    *smile* xxx

    • Kayla says:

      *swoons* Ah your such a lucky woman Alyx.

    • Alyx says:

      Aw, Honey. *succumbing to warm fuzzies* *cuddle* I’m looking forward to seeing you too.

      But remember, if you’re worried about the weight and volume of your luggage, I won’t complain if you leave your implements behind. πŸ˜‰

      • cras404 says:

        Yeah, she won’t complain ’cause she’s got so many already on hand for you to use instead! πŸ˜‰

        *runs and hides before Alyx can pop me*

        • Alyx says:

          ROTFL! Cras, you’re such a brat. I actually have extras — send me your gf’s address and I’ll make sure she gets a nice stingy one. 😈

        • I aim for moans, not complaints, Cras…. Besides, even on the most forgetful of days, a grrrl still has to brush her hair.. and ‘Oh – what else can one use a hair brush for, I wonder?’

          • Alyx says:

            *raising hand* One can keep it at the top of one’s purse to discourage pickpockets?

            (*g* All moans, no complaints here, darling!)

  5. Ana says:

    Fortunately for me, “fanny” sounds extremely old-fashioned and something my grandmother would say. Especially since “Fanny” was a fairly common name for a girl a long time ago…poor girls if they ever visited England. I would never use it. Thankfully!

    I hope that you have an absolutely lovely visit doing everything that makes you both happy. I also hope that you very much enjoy everything that leads to you not being able to sit down. πŸ™‚

    • Alyx says:

      Thank you for your warm wishes, Ana. I’m sure I will enjoy myself immensely. *g*

      I never use that word either. Even before I knew about its other meaning, I always found it old-fashioned and a bit silly too.

  6. Fizzy says:

    Reasons why I think you should stop cleaning now:
    1) She will find something to spank you for anyway.
    2) This might as well be it.
    3) Dust helps with soundproofing. (yes, I made that up, but who knows, it might be true!)
    4) You can use the time you save to sleep and surf the internet. I mean, constructively plan other fun things to do together.
    5) It will provide much-needed inspiration for story writing. Once, as you pointed out, you can sit again.
    6) Maybe TMT will help you finish cleaning once she gets there! “Help” in the toppy sense, of course. πŸ˜†
    I know you will both have a lovely time just being together. Listen to your inner brat. Put the duster down. πŸ˜€

    • Alyx says:

      Young lady, I have no inner brat *glare* and I know much better than to listen to my outer brat too! (Though I must admit you did give me a brilliant and devious idea which I might try, just for the humorous aspect of it. *g* However if it backfires, I will be sure to pay you back! 😈 )

  7. kiai says:

    I too am running around getting things ready for our move so I understand. It’s just chaos here with boxes and crap everywhere! I’m just hoping my back heals before we need to drive, good grief. I do hope you have a wonderful time with your visitors and don’t forget to tell us all about it! πŸ˜‰ *hugs*

    • Alyx says:

      Yikes, moving is awful! I remember it well. Good luck with that (and yes, no doubt you will hear of our adventures….well, some of them *g*)! *hugs*

  8. sandy1984 says:

    Hi Alyx, lovely news about TMT’s visit, I imagine being apart must make the holidays with her extra special. I hope you have a wonderful time…you both deserve it! I’d be tempted to take a little of Fizzy’s advice though, regarding the cleaning. I always find that no matter how clean and tidy everything is, it looks like a bombsite five minutes after the visitors arrive, better to save your energy for when she gets here!

    As for those spanx things you mention.. yes, they give you a very nice looking fanny(haha), but my god are they uncomfortable, and extremely ugly! It was sort of like being wrapped really tightly in a big elasticated bandage…I could hardly drink any wine at all, everything was squashed!

    Take care Alyx, look forward to reading all about your time with TMT!

    • Alyx says:

      Spending time with TMT is precious beyond words, Sandy. And you’re probably right about saving my energy (I shall need it *bg*). But I figure she’ll be experiencing jet-lag the first couple of days…time for me to regain my strength. πŸ˜‰

      Huh, those Spanx garments sound a lot closer to the old-fashioned girdles than I thought! I imagined they’d be as light-weight as pantyhose/tights, but then I guess they wouldn’t be as good at “shaping” in that case, would they? Plus they sound very contradictory — despite the name they would probably make a good spanking impossible! Which you, my wine-guzzling friend, would surely need. πŸ˜€

  9. disneydyke says:

    Lol about british VS american English. There are a couple of fun misunderstandings between Spanish from Spain and american Spanish as well.
    I say pants for trousers and panties for pants too. I do love the word knickers. But panties is cute, I agree. I love all english words, period. Buttocks, bum and bottom or butt? I can’t decide!
    I love british accent and british words but I tend to use american English, which is also beautiful btw (sometimes yanks don’t get enough love, so there’s my love!). Anyway, less letters to spell and easier to pronounce (guess this is a bratty reason). But I can also speak with an affected “british” accent that would probably get me smacked by TMT. *g*

    And now to the important part, I loved this update, Alyx. And I wish you a great time with your lover and sometimes top. πŸ˜‰

    • disneydyke says:

      Darn, I’m sorry about this comment. It’s more of a comment about other comments and of course it hit me after the fact. Sorry about that, Alyx.

      • Alyx says:

        No need to apologize, DD! All comments are welcome, and thanks for your good wishes. πŸ™‚ I’m a sucker for an English accent (well, TMT’s in particular, i have to admit) too.

  10. Raine says:

    Hi, Alyx. Agreed, cleaning is so not fun. I myself have some overdue cleaning but I’ll keep putting it off because I’m (sort of) busy. πŸ˜‰
    It’s lovely that TMT is visiting you~ I’m sure that you’ll have lots of fun while she’s there. *g*

    • Alyx says:

      Hey Raine! I hate cleaning. When I get rich that’s the first thing I’m going to hire someone to do! And funny how many things one can find to keep “busy” when one doesn’t want to clean, huh? πŸ˜€

  11. SP says:

    Hi Alyx (and TMT),
    Hope you have a GREAT time together! How exciting. *hugs to both*
    Missy, I expect a spanking story from each of you once you are able to sit comfortably and TMT’s arm is not tired anymore. *runs away quickly* heheh

    ps. I’m flying back tomorrow! *bg* Been 4 weeks.

  12. SP says:

    sorry, I meant to say (respectfully): it would be really nice if you both could write a spanking story for us afterwards … heehee

  13. Bahama girl says:

    Awesome ! Do me a favor sweety….. Be very naughty for me πŸ™‚ And tell her hey from us dreads in the Bahamas.

    • Alyx says:

      Be very naughty for YOU?! I don’t think so! When your butt is the target for TMT’s cane/hairbrush/palm you can be as naughty as you like! But since it’s my backside we’re talking about I will be my usual well-behaved self, thank you.

      However I will pass on your greetings, Bahama girl! πŸ˜€

      • Basketball Girl says:

        If you are so well behaved, why would TMT need to bring such implements? πŸ™‚

        • kiai says:

          LOL! Nice, Basketball Girl! πŸ˜‰

        • SP says:

          BG, you beat me to it! I was only gonna ask if TMT always travels with a cane?! heheh

        • Alyx says:

          Hey!! Stop inciting mutiny! I’m You’re lucky TMT is en route and doesn’t need to answer that bit of impertinence! She’s bringing her cane because she’s…going to show me her technique for using one. Yeah, that’s it. πŸ˜€ *swats all around for you brats*

          • kiai says:

            “going to show me her technique for using one” – would that be on your bottom, hmmm? *giggle*

          • Basketball Girl says:

            I thought lying was a spankable offense πŸ™‚
            If she is not lying though Fizzy, I will pray for you.

          • SP says:

            Hmm, I’m picturing some TSA agent bothering TMT and she’s waving her cane meaningfully, eyes narrowing and eyebrows raised. *lol*
            Alyx, hope you enjoy .. er… the demonstration session … be it on a fleshy (eager) bottom or an unfortunate innocent pillow. πŸ˜‰
            Aloha to you both!

        • Alyx says:

          “Burn”?! I’ll show you a burn! *Wading in with my leather paddle, smacking all the backsides in sight* *SWAT! SWAT! SWAT! SWAT! SWAT!* Trust me, brats, when TMT and I combine our arsenal of implements, you would be advised to mind your manners! *stern look*

          • sandy1984 says:

            Alyx, does TMT seriously have a cane? I’m just finding it hard to imagine because she’s so nice…or is this just you having a wee joke!

            • Alyx says:

              Sandy, TMT is truly one of the nicest, smiliest, friendliest people you will ever meet. And so gentle and soft-hearted it rouses my protective instinct sometimes. She also has an authoritative air when she wants to, and a toppy side which makes me weak in the knees. πŸ™‚

              I’ve never felt her cane (thus far *g*), but yes, she does have one. She also has a riding crop, which I’ve never felt either. Don’t know if she was planning to bring that, but if so I hope the TSA agents will confiscate the lot! *LOL*

              (Seriously, I trust her completely and am looking forward to getting some nice tramlines tips. πŸ˜‰ )

              • Ana says:

                OMG…a cane AND a riding crop?? I thought I liked TMT…kidding…but wow, I bet you’re going to be perfectly behaved. If you’re not, may we please hear about it?

              • disneydyke says:

                I so love it when you give us juicy information, Alyx! I think you both are two of the friendliest, nicest people.

                Have a great time and then tell us all about it, will ya? πŸ˜‰

          • SP says:

            Owi owi owi …. leather?? *rubbing sore butt, again*
            “Okay okay sorry. No more naughtiness I promise.” *sniffles*

            Now I’d like to formally wish you and TMT a spantastic holiday together!
            (But please a story afterwards perhaps? *begging*)

          • kiai says:

            Ouch! Awe, I was merely curious as to how the cane will be demonstrated. It was an innocent question really and one which I’m sure your readers would love answered…I was doing a public service! πŸ˜‰

  14. naughtyney says:


    Glad to hear of your upcoming visit. I was pleasantly surprized to hear that you and TMT are lovers. You two make a great couple. I have a new gf myself.I’ll let her tell you who she is as you and she know each other. I am very happy. Best wishes for your time together. Naughtyney

    • Alyx says:

      Hi there Naughtyney! Thank you for your good wishes. And congratulations on your new gf — I’m really glad to hear that you’re happy. πŸ™‚ (I know her, huh? Well, looking forward to hearing from her, then! *smile*) Take care and thanks for dropping by.

  15. Bahama girl says:

    Hey Alyx , naughty yet ? πŸ™‚

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