Thank you instagram for being the only way my lazy self can get it together to do a blog post. But whatever, these photos are probably new to you!
Ok, let's start with last Saturday. We went to Fiddler's Grove. I've blogged about it before here. It's actually a really cute, kind of fun fiddler's convention where everyone camps. Super family oriented, and there is no alcohol or pets allowed. My dad's a professional storyteller and so I go to see him tell Jack Tales and camp with the fam. We have ramin noodles and tuna and a can of peas for dinner. I am not even joking you guys. It's real. And it's actually pretty good (in a broke college kid, my belly is swollen for days type of way).
Anyway, the sad news is after last year they were canceling Fiddler's Grove because not enough people were attending and it was too expensive for the family who's farm they have it on (think Woodstock or Bonnaroo... yet not even close even a little bit).
Everyone was so sad at the prospect of canceling Fiddler's Grove that all the musicians got together and they decided to hold the show. For free. As in they didn't get paid to perform. There were no prizes. It was just people who love folk music coming together for the sake of hanging out. And this quite possibly was the best year yet.
Like I mentioned, my dad's a storyteller and I kid you not... he has his largest group of kids ever on the little porch where he tells the stories. AND he got to perform on the main stage for the first time. It was really cool to see. BF had a car show at a vineyard, but left early to come and see my dad. It was super sweet.
Then when the sun went down, it was time to camp! At my conference in Florida (I'm saving those pics for another post) I had gotten these light up glasses for a beach party event thing they had. I gave them to Gav and omg, best gift ever! Not only did he love them, but he could run around and play in the pitch black dark with other kids, and I could always see him! Mom tip: Invest in light up stuff for your kids for the night!
BF has gottne Gav into reading a lot, especially comic books. Gav reads before bed every night. This is Gav reading a trade (which means 4 or so comic books in one book) of G-Man.
Anyway, we woke up the next day and headed down to BF's house (no bf didn't camp with us). BF's mom had won 4 tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 Nascar race in Charlotte and invited us! I have always wanted to go to see a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Being from Charlotte I see this huge track, but had never really seen a real race there.
Um well.. it was fun except let's say there are stereotypes for a reason....
You guys... seriously... so I am from North Carolina, but clearly not a red neck. I don't know anyone who is a red neck. I always thought they existed somewhere in the country with shot guns and camo, but no where near me, right? WELLL it's true, they somehow made their way to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600.
PS if you don't know anything about racing, that means the cars go 600 laps then it's over.
But for real I was super excited to see the race. BF's parents got us some delicious chicken and we did a little tail gating (something else I haven't done. Sorry. I'm lamer than you think).
We saw all sorts of trashy outfits. Really bad tattoos, wayyyy too much skin. And real life necks that were red. It was pretty awesome.
The seats BF's mom scored us were really good... 3rd row! Everything was good and the guy Willie from Duck Dynasty did the opening prayer. Then the race started. ANd omg. It was cars going in a circle. It was really loud and super cool for a while. Then it's like ok I get it. Cars, circle, shake and bake, where's Borat? no wrecks.
And then there was like a broken camera cord cable so they had to stop the race and fix that. The drunk rednecks a zillion rows behind us started getting rowdy. So of course they were throwing beer and cups of ice at us. Then they started fighting each other. And lots of people had on confederate flags. And shirts with bible verses. Also shirts with NRA and Tap Out and.... you get the idea.
I am not going to lie. I really enjoyed the sound of the cars. It was like the movie Cars, but also white noise. Very relaxing in a weird way. Anyhow, after the race got started back and it was maybe 170 laps we all decided we were over it and left. But I'm super grateful and thankful I got to go. And I would go back probably as long as I had close up seats again.
I woke up after the Nascar race the next morning and all I wanted in life was an acai bowl. WELL... super awesome plan, except unless you live in SoCal, specifically San Diego, chances are you have no clue what that even is. So getting one pre-made in North Carolina was a no-go. The good news is there's a Whole Foods down the road from BF. So we hopped in the car and I made my own!!! I had the smoothie lady make me a smoothie, then I got a bunch of fruit and granola from the breakfast bar. You can see an actual acai bowl in my SoCal post about Ocean Beach HERE. But whatever, mine was close enough and sooo good (ok yes it cost me $10 to make. Damn $5 smoothie and $5 fruit. I 'borrowed' the honey for the top from the coffee/tea bar place as I was shouting YOLO!!! lies. I did not. Ok I did utilize the free honey, that is the only true part).
And the crazy business (busy-ness, not business. well that too) continues!
This weekend Gav's taking a day off of school and I'm taking a day off of work and we are headed up to Philadelphia for my step-cousin's super awesome hipster wedding in the city!
I realized Gav had zero fancy clothes and I couldn't even find his bow tie! So I took him to try on fancy 'church clothes' at Kohl's! He of course loved dressing up. I won't give away the final decision, but it's one of these four super adorable outfits! I let Gav choose because, I mean, he's the one who has to wear it.
YOLO bahaha. sorry. can't stop