We still gathered there with six of the eight members. M called it off on account of needing surgery in two weeks and having too much pain to join right now. E called it off because she just moved and needed some alone time to settle in her new place. We rented the house from the aunt of L and it is really cute, tiny house in the enormous backyard of a normal Dutch house. We talked most of the day on Saturday, had dinner together and walked to the place where we'll have our show on October 22th. It is nice, a room at the back off an old fashioned bar with lots of dark wood paneling. The stage is pretty big, not much with regards to light but it is also in use for other purposes and usually bands perform on the stage.
The best thing is that it's free. Yes, the bar owner offered it to us to use for free, on account of the people in there ordering drinks at the bar. It seats about 80 people so that's good business. We had a drink and talked with the bar owner before heading back to the cottage. I shared a room with N (Who also happened to be my first belly dance teacher, 17 years ago) who was hoping on some whispered conversations but I passed out after my head hit the bed.
I woke up at 08.00 but decided to stay still and fall asleep again. It sort of worked. I slept from 24.00-10.00, making it the first full night of sleep in nearly nine months. Woohoo! I missed Eliza and E and our dog but it was nice to be away for a day. We had breakfast together and talked some more between 12.00-14.00 and then N drove me home. It was lovely to share the ride and talk while driving.
With every week that passes I'm starting to feel more like myself and this weekend was just what I needed to pick me up and make me feel like I went on a tiny holiday. I think E is now also looking for a way to have a 'day off' but all his friends are in relationships. I suggested that he might go on one of those guy trips when the deer are mating. They camp out in the forest, take walks during dusk and dawn to spot deer, have a campfire, roast meat and tell strong tales. He would also stay away for a night. I was glad to be home again and hug Eliza, she's just so precious, funny and happy it is ridiculous.