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Friday, August 11, 2006


wow that was weird.

i ate food and digested it and everything and it's strange.

i feel sort of tired and draggy in a strange way, almost like the digestion process is really hard and tiring for my body. it's also sort of clinging to the lemon drink while craving bread and carbs.

really weird stuff.

i think, other than the first two days with the emotional weirdness that today has been the strangest day of fasting and technically it doesn't count. i ate food today. vegetable soup that i made myself by randomly tossing shit in water and adding water whenever there was too much shit. god i made a lot of soup. when it's cold i'm putting half of it in the freezer.

i've been alternately high and dragged out all day. plus there were portions of today that i just wasn't in. i was there, i sort of know what happened but i was zoned in to some place that was else. almost how you are when you're a little drunk and a lot lot lot exhausted and people are talking about sports or computers or climbing or something else nerdy that you just don't give a fuck about.

except that i was actually just not there, the topic at hand was irrelevant.

it's too bad that i wasn't there because i was having a really nice day.

i had one client this morning and then i went off to the big carrot to get all sorts of organic veg for my soup and a beautiful man smiled at me appreciatively and off i went home to make soup and then mg came to pick me up. off we went to the climbing gym before dashing to her house for showers and changing into skirts and then?

and then?

oh man you'll never guess. she had gotten tickets with a coworker to see roger federer play at the rogers cup and she knew i wanted to go so she got me one too! i saw professional tennis! LIVE!!!

i've been watching tennis on television possibly for longer than i've been watching hockey. i'm not sure, i got one sport each from my parents and tennis is my mom. my dream is to attend the US Open and just hang out for two weeks and watch tennis. irony is that i know i'm poor so i only dream until the quarter finals and then i watch on tv and play in new york city.

funny that i have a reality based fantasy life. probably a large part of my problem.

this has been one of my dream vacations for years. to just wander and get to watch all the OTHER matches. the ones i want to see but don't because some number two seed is trouncing the number 7,325 seed. i want to see sixteen vs twenty two, that's significantly more likely to be interesting. drives me nuts on tv, they'll comment on something and go 'they're in a tie break over here' and they'll stay on this deadly boring game where someone is winning 6-2 6-1 3-0 instead of letting me watch the tie break.

drives me nuts.

i want to see the tennis, i don't care who's playing it.

anyway so federer won of course but i did have the singular pleasure of watching him lose a set. probably the only set he's lost this year to anyone but nadal. this was awesome because we got three sets instead of two.

tragically the third set was pathetic. federer came out looking for the match and upped his play but the other guy sort of like knew he was going to do it and quit in advance. he was hardly there in the third.

i hate that, the game isn't over until it's over, you won a set, snap out of it and TRY!

he'll still lose but at least he'll be proud of himself.

i did have a moment of weakness, the other two ladies got sandwiches and potato salad and even though dairy is strictly verboten i had ONE piece. mmmm it was so delicious... and i can still taste it and my tummy is like 'dude? you're getting away with that because i'm in a good mood but seriously? don't do that again or you will pay.'

so yeah, no dairy until like sunday or something. and i've decided that beer is the most intelligent thing to drink on my birthday. see wine is hard on the head and it's sort of sharp and i think won't sit well on baby stomach. liquor? aka irish whiskey? does that seem wise four days out of a fast?

but the egyptians (and and and) used to have beer for lunch in hot weather. it was considered food... now of course it had less alcohol in it than our beer but still, beer is food for when it's too hot to eat. seems like it's good for a baby tummy too.

so beer it is. damm i'm stoked about this shindig, i don't have to work sunday and since the class is cancelled for the summer i have like six sundays off in a row. it's heaven on earth i tell you. i have to chuck this class soon.

or maybe just cancel it every summer... hrm.

i want to ski though. we'll see what the finance fairy brings by november.

i think i'm about done with the fast reports now. i'm back on food although i have to be careful about it and i'll give a weekend update when i get back from leofest that will include fast mention if it's relevant but otherwise i think it's exhausted.

my overall sentiment is that it was a very positive experience and that i will definetely do it again. i also learned a lot about how to do it better next time. i know how many lemons i will actually go through and how much maple syrup.

i know how much cayenne pepper to use and that mason jars really are the shit for putting the drink in. i know that the drink weans itself as the food comes back into your diet and that juice bar orange juice is just as good as the kind you make yourself ... but it costs about a third again as much.

the neatest thing i know is what a pump or a motor feels like when it gets primed. the orange juice sort of got everything sparking and then the soup starts it working with stuff that's not overly hard to eat. and damm did i slurp that shit up!

i just wish i could explain the feeling of thirty feet of intestine slowly starting to snap out of hibernation. i see why it takes three to five days to properly break a fast now. in fact next time i'll take it slower.

i'll have to, i will have fasted longer also.

you guys? i saw roger federer play tennis! and since agassi wasn't here? that was as good as it was going to get at the rogers cup this year. whee! you can't believe how fast the serve is in real life, especially the ace. it's on the ground before the racket finishes swinging.

yay the us open is coming!


Blogger HuneeB said...



8/11/2006 01:29:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Woot first comment!

8/11/2006 01:29:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

...and second...
..and third!...

I am on a roll!

hugums Sass :)

8/11/2006 01:29:00 AM  
Blogger Pyrhonik said...

Happy Birthday Sass!

LOL @ Leofest!! I hope it's a blast!

I've seen some really good amateurs play tennis and was surprised at the speed of their serves, so I can imagine the bullets you witnessed!

8/11/2006 03:05:00 AM  
Blogger debambam said...

want me to make you jealous? I've seen Agassi play live. From two rows back at the tennis centre in Melbourne. That was the best. Actually no, that wasn't the best. The best bit it was an exhibition match against John McEnroe. His last ever game in Australia. Two of tennis' greatests on court. For charity. And having fun with each other, and the crowd. It was the bomb, it really was....I love tennis. One of the very few sports that I actually watch.

8/11/2006 04:24:00 AM  
Blogger Hemant Kumar said...

Happy B'day in advance, have a great time and chill out.

8/11/2006 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Happy Birthday and drink a beer or two for me!!!

8/11/2006 06:44:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

i gotta run but i feel obliged to mention that my actual birthday is tomorrow


and deb? i'm really jealous

8/11/2006 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Hubris said...

so you got to see Federer live :) how nice.

I remember you soiling you couch watching him win against Agassi last year. That was fun. I Actually have not enjoyed tennis before or since.

Similar to watching the Detroit Lions loose with LSD.

8/11/2006 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger Sweet Li'l Gal said...

wow... lucky duck, Sass. I heart tennis too. I've loved Agassi since his locks fell nonchalantly down his back. I'll miss him! But seeing Federer would have been great too. Soooo jealous!

Anyhoo, I'm off. Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy the beer you've earned... now what about cake???

8/11/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

I do enjoy watching tennis. I grew up watching it with my Dad.

*finance fairy* *snicker* It indeed seems like the finance is done by mathematically dyslexic fairies around me!

Happy B-day and all in advance *huggles*


8/11/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hunee 2: congrats!

hunee 3: *huggles!*

pyr: dude it's usually awesome, everyone is always surprised to see that many leos in a room getting along but we always have and it never occured to any of us that we shouldn't.

you can imagine but you can't SEE them even when you're staring, it's really amazing.

8/11/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

deb: no but you will anyway! oh man oh man oh man. that sounds so amazing. even more amazing then watching him play sampras... but not as amazing as watching him play a tough five setter on friday night at the us open. either way? damm. damm. damm.

that would have just rocked, and tennis really is like chess with sweat. it's why i love it.

hemant: thanks dude, that's just about what i intend to do!

kj: how about six or eight?

8/11/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hubris: he's not one of my favourite players but he is beautiful to watch. and for the record? i was soiling my couch over AGASSI.

come watch the us open with me this year then *g*

and yeah, you had made that comparison before, not surprising, he and i are a lot more alike that some would expect.

sweet gal: dude it fucking rocked and it wasn't even a particularly awesome match or anything. but i was THERE! i did miss the instant replays though *g*

i'll miss agassi too, but yeah be jealous. want to come with next year? though that's the women but there's always the year after...

nat: nice, me and my mom were the tennis fans in my house.

yeah it really does, and i need to make just a little more than i make to start actually doing fun things.... ah well.

thanks babe!! *huggs*

8/11/2006 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger Casually Me said...

Time for an intervention. Lay off the pipe. Crack is not getting you anywhere. LOL.

8/11/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger --spared-- said...

Happy early b-day :)

8/11/2006 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

cas: i am not laying off the weed... well any more than i already have... but trust me, i'll avoid the crack!

spared: thanks!

8/11/2006 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Sass the man at the post office wouldn't let me use the box I wanted to so I had to use a different shipping and he said it may take up to a week :( So sory it would be there b4 your B-day I would have liked it to be. :( But presents are presents...hope you like it, it's just a little something!

8/11/2006 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger SignGurl said...

Happy birthday, tomorrow!!! It's my Grams b-day too.

Have fun.

8/11/2006 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Princess Valium said...

Yay on the tennis! What an awesome birthday gift.

As far as the fasting goes, I'll reserve comment other than to say that the symptoms you describe seem to parallel those of people who are starving/recovering from starvation. I am glad that it was a positive experience overall, and I'm glad that you are now eating again.

8/11/2006 06:29:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

OK I'm fairly certain I could find tickets to the US Open if you get your butt to NY. It's too late to plan for this year but remind me next June and I'll see what I can do.

I used to watch tennis but I get so bored watching televised sports. It's like I need more than one thing to be happening at all times and I can't just focus on the ball.

Happy Birthday to you and your thirty feet of clean intestine!

8/11/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: yeah that's happened to me as well, but geeze who gives a shit if it's late, you're sending me a present! *laughs*

i feel all gleeful :)

signgurl: thanks babe!
i intend to!!

pv: yeah it was great, i've never done that before and i'm SO doing it again. if you sit in the nosebleeds it's under 40 bucks (by a few cents :)

if you have a negative opinion of fasting i'd like to hear the why of it, same with buttah's brother. i'd like to know why people think it's bad so i can make better decisions...

have you met starved or seen them when you worked in medicine? what's the reintroduction of food like for them? probably brutal.

yeah man it was awesome.

8/11/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger terry said...

i've seen agassi play. but what was far more exciting to me was seeing bjorn borg, in some exhibition match in the early 90s.

see, he was one of my imaginary boyfriends when i was a pre-adolescent. so that was a HUUUGE thrill for me.

funny, i don't usually like blondes, though.

oh, and? HAVE A FABULOUS BIRTHDAY! eat, drink and be merry.

and congrats on the successful fast. what a great way to start your personal new year (to use an astrologer's terminology)...with a clean and healthy GI tract!

8/11/2006 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger TheMissouriSavage said...

If you are worried about alcohol content have someone bring you an american beer... it's low in alcohol.... lol damn.. American beer is like water almost...

8/12/2006 05:32:00 AM  
Blogger Madame X said...

I was always told that the Irish gave beer to their babies because it was nutritious.
My Da would tell me that but then again I was 9 and gullible!

8/12/2006 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger Dark Lady said...

Good Morning!

8/12/2006 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

terry: oh you saw agassi play? damm i am so jealous. that said? i would really have enjoyed seeing borg as well. or becker or lendl or connors or nvratilove or graf or... :)

oh nice dude! me neither but when i do i REALLY do.


yeah you're right, it was awesome as a gift to myself and i'm really proud of it.

savage: rofl!

making love in a canoe?

madame: and it's true too :)

and you may have been gullible but it was still true.

dark lady: MORN!

i'm outtie

8/12/2006 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger terry said...

in fact, birthday girl, the person i saw borg play... was jimmy connors! i'd forgotten that until you mentioned his name.

i'd have loved to see martina, too. i was supposed to see sampras some years ago, but he pulled out of the tournament. damn.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! enjoy leofest 2006.

8/12/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

You skipped me! -cries-

8/12/2006 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...


8/13/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

terry: damm. that's pretty cool too. i was never as big a connors fan as everyone else but i usually found fun in his matches...

i was never into sampras, huge serve made for boring tennis. course now everyone serves like that.... and martina is a female agassi only better.

THANKS! and we did.

jmai: damm i answered that comment twice in my head... here:

you could find tickets to the us open? how could you manage that? do you have magical connections? are you coming too? are we trying this new york meetup again next year when hopefully we're all richer? thw whole tournament?

the problem with the tennis on tv now is they show the top seeds instead of the close matches. even if there's a good match and a shitty one they'll go with shitty if it's a top seed playing it.

THANKS! they had a lovely birthday and they're less clean now!

hunee: THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*passes out sleeping*
okay fine
*watches big brother from thursday*
*checks blog*
*passes out cold*

8/14/2006 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger da buttah said...

If you end up going skiing, TELL ME!! I'll bring my lil ol' snowboard on up/down/anywhere :)


*clears throat*

happy happy birthday! from little me to you! happy happy birthday, hope it's great just like you!

hope your birthday is wonderful, my love..and may this year prove to be everything you deserve, want, desire, and wish for.


8/14/2006 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger DZER said...

• welcome back to real food.

• happy birthday.

• way cool on the whole major professional sporting event thing.

8/14/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Matt Vella said...

Happy birthday!

After further review, I think I'ma skip the fast. I don't deal well with the queasies...maybe a semi-fast. I dunno, we'll see.

I <3 tennis, too. We went to see the Acura Classic right next door here. Watched the women's final, and it was really, really good. Maria Sherapova...tall, hawt and a damn fine tennis player. Mmm. :D

8/14/2006 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

How was the Leo party?

I am so inpatient I want it to be a week already so you can open up your present....

8/14/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

elle: deal. i don't know if my board ever gets to play again. poor baby it's so beautiful.

oh man i love your little tune dued that's awesome!

and i thank you for your wonderful wish!

dzer: thanks, thanks and yeah isn't it?!?!? *grin*

matt: thanks!

what is it about my fast that turned you off specifically? and you can't use my food experience as a guide, i pushed the shit out of my tummy so i could drink on saturday. i should have gone at least another whole day on just veg and nuts and soup. and beer on day TWO of real food was insane!

anyway. :)

she is lovely isn't she? wonder why she hasn't repeated the whole wimbledon thing...

8/16/2006 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger Matt Vella said...

heya sweety - well, it was the part where you felt bad. you mentioned getting kind of low at one point, along with some lethargy.

i get pretty grumpy when i don't eat and i don't know if now is the time for me to experiment on that front.

once i get back to work, maybe then i'll do that while i take a break before jumping into something new.

8/16/2006 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

Oh, to answer your questions about the Open... I don't know how magical they are, but I do still have some business connections in NY and it's not out of the realm of possibility that I could get some tix.

And yeah, I was meaning to ask about the NY meetup -- what happen'd?

8/17/2006 06:56:00 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

Wow, you have this all down to such a science...and you can even put it into a language I can understand...job well done.

Not into tennis, unless I'm just needing to fall asleep.

8/18/2006 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: it was awesome but you've read that post already :)

and my present showed up yesterday filled with wonderful toys that i will whip out this weekend at pj's party. he needs to be a kid too so i'm saving the poppers for a crowd!

matt: that was because of two things, i didn't quit coffee a few days in advance and i didn't start the laxative the same day as the fast so the toxins built up. once i had bowel action it was all good. still and all make day 2-5 a long weekend!

you don't get the grumpy from not eating at all is the thing, well maybe a little but not most of the time. i didn't want to eat, the lemonade really does quench your appetite.

what do you mean get back to work? jumping into something new... are you implying new jobness?

jmai: that would be stellar.

uh well i got really poor and then this seattle thing dropped in my lap and i picked school over friends.

sick isn't it?

kathi: well, according to my latest myers-briggs results that's just what my gifts are.

heh, i can watch tennis for days.

8/24/2006 03:08:00 PM  

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