I do a 9-day fast leading up to each Vernal and Autumnal Equinox; part of my magical practice.
This is being a harder fast than usual for me.
Not in remembering before ordering or consuming, which is often a battle, but in the side-effects.
I've dropped coffee and other caffeine sources, as well as all meats, thus far ... and I'm feeling the withdrawal more than usual. Major difficulty focusing on anything, and awful headaches (concentrated just behind and above my ears, or just at the occiput), and increased need for sleep...
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Happily, these things didn't stop me from yesterday's outings -- seeing Pierrot Le Fou at the Brattle (TOTAL surreality, fitting right into my altered states of mind), and returning to Sxip's Hour of Charm last night -- and OMGWTFBBQ!
SHoC was smoother than Friday's show in many ways, and with some bits I am SO glad I didn't miss (Una's ceiling walk, and the wedding dress finale!), though to my ears Sxip and Reggie weren't *quite* as "on" in their jams, and Amanda played fewer songs -- but Miss Miao Miao joined her for Miss Me! Several short acts, nothing overlong, and no heavy intellectual demands, all in fabulous company == -- another helluvagood time.
I now have CDs from Sxip, and Miss Miao Miao, and Jason Webley, and Evelyn Evelyn; all with autographs (if I buy at a show, I try to get it signed there, too ... it's a thing). I would have a CD or something from Reggie, too, but he had no merch.
And as a bonus for waiting for Miss Miao Miao to emerge from backstage, I got to watch her sign several bodies -- the first by surprise, as the girl wasn't paying attention while MMM used her chest as a backboard while signing her ticket (having borrowed my sharpie) -- and went outside the lines, signing her breast... and then several others in the crowd had to have the same treatment -- or more!
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Tonight, an early bed. Tomorrow, a dinner visit with some friends who spend too much time on the Wrong Coast, probably meaning no Diesel (very brief and on the early side, if any). Wednesday, dinner and a long overdue conversation with another friend. Thursday will probably be Movie Night. Friday, I drive west after work, for my tradition's Equinox observance on Saturday. Sunday, back east probably mid-afternoon, and possibly the next round of Sxip's Hour.....