Five Things Friday – Sunfest, staycations and sunshine

5tfHappy Friday!

Every day has been like a flexy Friday for me this week because I’ve been on vacation since last Thursday. Instead of packing up to go camping again after Sunfest we decided to stay home and do things around the house. I had a ton of freelance to do this week so I agreed, on the condition that we get to take to dogs out to Mystic Beach today. It will be Gus’ first trip to the beach, so follow me on Instagram if you love puppies and want to see 45378 videos of them frolicking in the ocean.

Without further ado, here’s a random collection of things I’m loving this week.

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Sunfest
This year the organizers of the island’s largest concert (or event ever?) held a “best campsite” competition where the winners got four passes to next year plus camping (close to an $800 value), so Matt spend the weekends leading up to Sunfest creating this masterpiece.

Welcome to Summerfell!

Welcome to Summerfell!

Yes, it’s a Game of Thrones country-themed campsite made out of old pallets, complete with a adIRONdack (get it??) guitar throne, house banners of the country artists performing, a dragon, a work draw bridge and torches made out of flashlights and coloured cellophane. Although we didn’t we (the winning campsite was an entire saloon with doors and a bar… there’s no way we could top that), our fortress did keep the 20-year-old rowdies from crashing through our campsite (remember the flabongo incident from last year?) until the last night, when someone decided to knock down the entrance way. I’m actually surprised it lasted as long as it did!

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The AdIRONdack guitar throne that Matt made!

The AdIRONdack guitar throne that Matt made!

 

We had a great time as per usual — we spent the day at the lake, cooked up healthy-ish meals at our campsite in the early evening before staking our claim next to the stage for each bigger show. This year’s headliners we Carry Underwood and Dierks Bentley, and while Carrie was good, Dierks Bentley was more the style of artist that Sunfest-goers come to see. Lots of crowd interaction (he even invited some dude on stage to shotgun a beer after his first or second song), crowd surfing and general craziness that made for a fun show. Nothing will top last year’s Keith Urban experience, however.

Carrie!

Carrie!

 

Dierks!

Dierks!

Jumped over our heads into the crowd!

Jumped over our heads into the crowd!

 

They announced next year’s headliners so far over the weekend (Little Big Town and Toby Keith), and none of us were super excited about either (especially Toby Keith), so we may end up giving it a miss next year. We’ll see!

New Laketown Ranch stage in YouBou.

New Laketown Ranch stage in YouBou.

 

Stranger Things
I watched the first three episodes of this last night on Netflix and got super creeped out. I love it! It reminds me of Goosebumps/Are You Afraid of the Dark. Is anyone else watching it? What do you think?

Staycationing
After cleaning up the trailer and putting things away on Monday, we’ve been in full staycation mode (aka yard work/chores/other things that need to be done) this week. I could seriously get used to this routine, though: wake up at 7 a.m. (no alarm), make breakfast, eat breakfast in peace, blog/write with coffee in hand until 9 a.m., workout until 11 a.m., shower, eat lunch, write a bit more, go do some yard stuff/run errands/play with the dogs, make dinner, eat dinner on the patio, then either veg on the couch or do some more writing in the evening. Can I be a full-time writer/blogger yet???

Have been enjoying a leisurely protein pancake and coffee breakfast

Have been enjoying a leisurely protein pancake and coffee breakfast

 

Skyr Yogurt
Earlier this year, I went full-on vegan to see how I felt without having any meat whatsoever. I lasted about three months, then started eating fish again as I was just not feeling good having tofu, beans and legumes as my protein staples thanks to my uber sensitive stomach (sorry, fishies). Recently I decided to see how I might feel having yogurt again (I used to eat it every day for breakfast with no issues, but I stopped because I thought it might be contributing to my skin problems). Well, my skin hasn’t improved so I decided to start adding it back in after trying a bit of Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt at Blogfest a few weeks ago. Since we don’t have Siggi’s in Canada (or at least on the island), I finally found an alternative, Skyr Yogurt, that’s just as yummy (though they don’t make as many good flavours. It’s low fat, has zero sugar and is very high in protein).

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NOM

 

Sassy Believe Training Journal
(It’s sassy because I love alliteration). As I mentioned on Wednesday, I finally picked up the  Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman to see if it will help improve my focus on marathon training this time around by allowing me to reflect back each day on how my workouts went. Sure, I have everything tracked in my phone, but I hardly look at it once it’s done. So far, so good!

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What are some things you’re loving this week? Are you off to any music festivals this summer? How about camping? What would your perfect day look like?

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