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The Clouds Keep Moving

My social anxiety ebbs and flows. Yesterday it was at high tide. Triggered, in part, because I overbooked myself for the evening. I am an extroverted introvert. Sometimes it takes an awful out of me just to leave the house. Once out I usually do all right. Last night I missed the first event I wanted to attend but it was just too intimate a setting, with complete strangers (a writing workshop). But I did fly solo to a comedy show where I laughed a lot, which I needed. Even had a lovely twitter exchange with the comedian afterward. Then I drove by another event but I could tell how crowded it was from the sheer masses of smokers standing around outside. Headed straight to another show that was less packed, with other friends’ bands playing. Managed to stick it out for the first two bands on a four band bill before calling it a night.

Five Good Things for Sunday:

  • My latest five minute crush is on Vancouver-based artist Hiller Goodspeed. The name alone is intriguing but their work really speaks to me.
  • Our bravest ancestors may have hunted giant sloths.
  • Saw something delightful on twitter the other day: A sheep farmer in the Yorkshire Dales is getting help from an unusual workforce during this busy lambing period. These visits are supported by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
  • Two-for-one on very different microcosms. First, Punkato: How Mankato became a punk paradise in the 90s by my pal Tigger Lunney. That was a scene I was familiar with. Then ‘Behold Death, Darkness, Chaos and the Void’ - D.I.Y. metal music has spawned a tightknit community of headbangers in Queens by Kim Kelly. Not my scene but one I would love to drop in on.
  • I found the podcast I didn’t even know I needed.

    Lust is a feeling. Thirst is the performance of that feeling. Join Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins as they explore the public ways women express their desire, particularly in this moment when we are all asking more pointed questions about Hollywood, representation, and opportunity. Examine why we desire who we desire through conversation, original fanfic, and fantasies that take us by surprise…like a lion would a gazelle.

    Their Thirst Aid Kit podcast tumblr is fun too.

Last weekend I spent too much time on trip planning, for my solo travels in October. This weekend I went down the dieting rabbit hole. I’ve done the Whole 30 a few times, just to break some bad habits. And initially it seems to help but before long I’m backsliding. The latest magic bullet theory involves carb cycling and more HIIT. It seems sensible enough so I’m ready to give it a shot but I’m not getting my hopes up. Testing week one starting tomorrow.

Deleter playing at the Hex

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