Headcanon request that will be a slight challenge: The night time get ready habits of: Noctis, Prompto, Gladiolus, Ignis, Cor, Nyx and Ravus. (Doing my traditional set up for HCs, muahaha.)
Cor, Nyx -and- Ravus?? *flail*
Ok..I’ve got this..
Bedtime Routine Headcannons for the Chocobros
Nyx is no stranger to a few drinks before bed, it helps quiet his mind and keep the nightmares at bay. Nyx also is a big fan of listening to some relaxing music as he falls asleep, he actually has a copy of Enya’s greatest hits on his phone and listens to it most nights before bed. His Pj’s are non-existent, which explains his lack of visitors, after that one time Libertus and Crowe came by unannounced…lets just say she stayed around a few seconds too long before Libertus drug her away.
Ravus is surprisingly unconventional about his nighttime routine. He not only doesn’t regulate his bedtime, he also barely manages to regulate where he sleeps. Not to say he’s promiscuous, he simply keeps going until he can go no longer and then is out like a light on the first semi-comfortable surface available. There may or may not be a few pictures of him sleeping in strange places on Aranea’s phone though she’d deny it with her last breath. Heaven help the mt’s or any other soldiers that happen across a sleeping Ravus, he may look like a fair haired little boy, but he’s a jumpy sleeper and as such if you wake him up in the wrong way..be prepared for a dirty look straight from hell. Even Ifrit would cringe away from a half asleep Ravus. Though, there is a little known rumor that if you bring him a doughnut, preferably homemade to wake him up you not only will escape unscathed you might get half of a smile.
Cor is the lightest sleeper of the bunch, though this comes at no surprise considering his nickname. You don’t get called the immortal for being a heavy sleeper, especially not when you could be caught unawares and attacked at night at the drop of a hat. Though when he manages to spend the night in the arms of his s/o (because he does love being the little spoon once in a while) Leviathan herself couldn’t wake him. He’s fairly simple and spartan with his routine, no real frills or anything special although he refuses to sleep with socks on, no matter where he is.
Noctis our sleepy, sleepy prince is definitely the one who struggles the least to fall asleep, during the day. The night however? That’s an entirely different animal, whether it be the stress of the day or just nightmares he struggles to fall asleep and actually stay asleep. This problem makes him no stranger to homeopathic sleep remedies and as such he has a stash of random bits of lavender in the Regalia that the empire themselves couldn’t find. Whether it be a bit of lavender under his head when he sleeps or a sprig in the tea Ignis sometimes makes before bed, Noctis rarely goes to sleep without it.
Prompto is quite an insomniac, one would think he sleeps fairly well with as much energy as he expends during the day but nope. He’s no stranger to playing Kings Knight well into the night or simply browsing the internet for the latest asmr videos or soothing music. His best method to fall asleep is having someone pressed against his back, for whatever reason whether it be safety or simply the pressure on his skin it helps him fall asleep nearly instantly. While Gladios would never admit it he’s allowed Prompto to use him in this fashion in the past to fall asleep, though as soon as morning hits, hes gone before anyone can say a thing. Prompto is all about comfortable pj’s whenever he can have them and sleeps with a chocobo plush that smells suspiciously of lavendar.
Ignis sleeps fairly well, as long as he remains undisturbed. Which is a type of sleep he rarely finds in the coleman tent that they all share, more often than not he ends up with a Prompto starfished out with his head on his chest or a foot on his head. Though he loves his ebony, Ignis is definitely aware of the near magical properties of a good cuppa tea and as such will usually have a cup of chamomile before bed. Ignis also cannot sleep comfortably on his sides whatsoever, it bothers his back and shoulders (though they never have any issues any other time) so he sleeps directly on his back, staring at the roof of the tent.
Gladios is a walking heater and as the such he gets the most room in the tent when he sleeps, between the heat and his snoring he’s given a wide berth. He can never resist reading a bit before bed when he has trouble falling asleep even though a good story can do quite the opposite for his sleep. When he has the choice he prefers to sleep with no clothes, though refuses to remain uncovered, especially his feet. Gladios is also the stickler of the group about dental hygiene before bed, the first time that came out he nearly gave the group a stroke, and the tooth fairy jokes always manage to come out when they’ve had a few drinks.
Lightning in a Bottle, where do I even begin? Once again I’ve been enchanted by my favorite festival. Once again I’ve left thinking that this time it was even better than the last. Once again I’ve left inspired, recharged and more comfortable with who I am.
It’s always hard to put into words exactly what this festival is about and what it means to me. When I come back after the weekend everyone likes to ask, and I find it hard to use just a few words to explain the feelings it gives me and the world it creates. So this piece might be a little rambly and long, but I want to paint a picture for you of the full experience.
LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE - THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM
On Friday, we arrived Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) bright and early. This was the first time we’d decided to do car camping. We were there by 10 am and I found the car camping area to be pretty packed already. It seemed that Thursday was the busy night for the LIB team, with the bulk of campers arriving then. Luckily we had a friend who came in Thursday night and saved a nice space next to his tent for us.
Let me tell you, car camping is a total game changer. I will never not car camp again at LIB. Moving our stuff from the car to camping was 100x easier. It also really helped that it was overcast Friday morning when we arrived. By the time we set up our tent, the sun was clearing out the clouds and warming up the day.
We got a new tent this year too. It was a Coleman 10 Person Instant Tent. We got it at Costco for about $200 and I have zero regrets. Previously we used a six person tent – which holds six people if you’re laying side-by-side next each other in sleeping bags with literally nothing else in your tent. With the 10 person tent, and four of us in it, we were able to fit two queen air mattresses, stand up to get dressed and have a lot of room for all of our other stuff inside the tent this year. We didn’t even need to set up a canopy to keep us shaded because it came with a really great one that attached to it.
Setting up the tent and seeing the lake was totally amazing. For those of you who don’t know, this was the first year that LIB has been at the San Antonio Recreation area with a lake. It’s incredible to see that we had so much rain this year in CA.
After setting up our camping area, we grabbed some beers and went for a walk to check out the lake. It didn’t take us long to realize how the lake was affecting the San Antonio recreation area. Over the course of the weekend we saw two snakes, some half-dollar-sized spiders, and lots of little flies/mosquitoes. Surprisingly, none of these bugs bit us and I don’t have any marks which was a really nice surprise. The snakes were also harmless, mostly just scary. This was solved though by a guy next to our campsite who we ended up dubbing “Jake the Snake”. This crazy guy collected the snakes for us and moved them away from our campsites. (Thank you, Jake the Snake).
It also turned out that the festival had to be reorganized a little bit, because of something else the lake brought with it. Where the Woogie stage used to be, a bald eagle had made a nest and laid some eggs in the tree. Talk about amazing. Some people even got to see it. We tried to look for it once but we couldn’t find her or the nest.
We had one friend arrive at our campsite after us because she had to take a separate car. To offset the carbon emissions, LIB charges single car drivers $30 to park at the festival. Once she arrived, we changed into our first looks and headed into the festival for the first time.
Friday we themed “holographic space lamb”. My group and I really like coordinating themed outfits. I wore my Glamorous UK blush pink mesh maxi dress, holographic J Valentine bottoms, lightning bolt pasties, and some new platform pink boots I had purchased from Hot Topic. It didn’t take me long to need to put some insoles into those shoes. They were cheaply made but became much more comfortable once I had the shoe pads in. They were a ton of fun to frolic in around the festival. I always recommend bringing a pair of insoles to any festival. They can be a totally game changer.
The weather Friday was perfect with the morning haze, then even still once it cleared up. During the day it never got too hot and then at night I layered my look with some leggings and this really cool faux fur jacket I got off Poshmark for $20.
Once changed we headed into the festival to explore. The Thunder and Lightning stages were the same beautiful set up they’ve always been. A new Pagoda Bar, Woogie stage and other some other new structures were set up with beautiful bright colors reflecting on the lake.
Because of the way the festival was reorganized, it did feel a little squished in some areas. I felt like there was a stage near the Gong Sanctuary and The Cauldron tents that was a little too close. The music overpowered speakers there and the meditation space. I also felt like there were a lot more vendors than previously, which was fine, but it just took a little learning curve to learn the new festival grounds.
We checked out a class in the Learning Kitchen, “Digestive Psychology” on Friday. It was about how we often just try to treat an problem vs finding the underlying issue. For example: perhaps we have back pain and we’re dealing with a lot of stress; we should learn to deal with the stress primarily vs medicating the back pain, because the stress could be causing the pain.
Friday night was a lot of fun bouncing around to check out how art pieces transformed into glowing night structures, dancing to music at multiple stages, and eventually closing the night with Rufus Du Sol. We’re not really the group of people who stay up past 2am haha, we were beat and called it a night after 2am. There’s of course music all through the night for those who want to stay up.
Saturday I wore matching tie-dye overalls with my boyfriend, which we dyed together the weekend before. This look was totally his idea and they turned out amazing. Everyone loved them, I swear I got more compliments on my outfit that day vs any other day. We purchased the white overalls from Forever 21 and got a tie-dye kit from Michael’s with a coupon. I actually ended up having to dye the overalls twice because the first time we didn’t properly fill in all the white space. That worked out fine and they turned really great. I loved having all the pockets and it wasn’t too warm to wear during the day because we didn’t wear any shirts underneath. and at night, I just added my coat again and I was perfectly content.
Saturday we ventured out and checked a few different classes. First was “Sex, Love & Awakening: 4 Keys to Ecstatic Partnership” at Haven. Let’s be real, we wanted to check out at least one class that had sex in the title. I really ended up liking this class and the speaker. She was super well spoken and had a lot of interesting points. She talked about the fours stages of a relationship that she’s studied as a psychologist, and my friends and I had some great discussions after about our own relationships.
Then we went to “Tarot Readings with the Tarot Woman” at Craft-Folk Arts. Each reading was $20. After, we went and checked out a favorite from last year, Benjamin Pixie and salmon skin tanning. This year the class was hands on and we saw a little of the process he uses. Mr. Pixie has some great stories and a love for sharing them that makes his smile quite infectious.
We checked out another Learning Kitchen class Saturday called “Flavor Tripping: A Trip Down Sensory Lane” which was really cool as well. This one was presented by New Belgium Brewery, and they had some beer samples for us while they talked about the process and different tastes of each. They also told us about this thing called a Miracle Berry and let us experiment with it. It’s a plant native to West Africa that contains glycoprotein, something that causes sour foods to taste sweet temporarily. We all got to have one of these little pill versions of the fruit, then they passed out lemons and limes to taste. It was totally crazy because you really did have a tastebud change!
Saturday we also checked out the 2nd Annual Soapbox Derby which was so awesome, and spent most of Saturday night at the Grand Artique which is set up like an old Western town, and played some arcade games. I won a rabbits foot on my first try.
While it may sound like we had very organized days, it was was really made up of a lot of hopping around. We’d taken a look at the schedule before and picked a few things that sounded interesting, but for the most part we would check out a class here, listen to some music there, grab a snack or sit by the lake. There’s really no set schedule you have to abide to at LIB and that’s one of the things that makes it so much fun. We weren’t living by the clock and rushing to keep to a schedule. Most people also have no service at the festival, and you either decide it’s too frustrating to try to keep to posting things, or you just don’t care anymore and you put your phone away to just experience everything.
Sunday was the hottest day. We woke up feeling hot for the first time, and decided it was time for us to venture down to the lake for a swim. The water was so refreshing and felt so nice. The shore was rocky but once in the water you could swim or float without touching it. Everyone was in the water Sunday AM it felt like. Pockets all over the grounds were filled with colorful floats. One of my favorite things about LIB is how we all accept the fact that just because we’re adults doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life and have fun. We still like to play in the water, climb on playgrounds and be silly. I love that we’re given this freedom there. I love that no one judges anyone there. The festival had artists build a few climbing structures on land, then a few floating art pieces as well for us to all play on to further facilitate our play.
I think what always keeps me coming back to LIB is this overarching theme of freedom. I get to wear all my “crazy” outfits with lots of colors, dye my hair pink and do my makeup with tons of glitter. I get to play dress up and people don’t stare at me like I’m a weirdo, but appreciate the creativity in it. I get to walk around with a backpack filled with cold beers and drink responsibly instead of trying to drink a ton before getting into an event so I don’t have to pay ridiculous amounts to drink once inside. I never feel harassed by security or pestered by rules. It’s an adult playground; we’re given the freedom to explore, take charge of our own bodies, take charge of our own time, and express ourselves in our own creative ways. It’s one of the most freeing experiences of my life each time I go.
Sunday we went back to Craft-Folk Arts to listen to “Storytelling - Animal Awareness with Rainbow Dreamer”. It felt like story time in school again- Rainbow Dreamer was a flawless storyteller, with a mesmerizing cadence. From there we went to one of the last Sound Healing sessions at the Gong Sanctuary. Here you lay down with your eyes closed and they play all these sounds around you like rain sticks and gongs for about 20 minutes as a mediation session.
We then hiked up to Mediation Point to take in the view, and ended the day like every other day, watching the sunset from a cliff with other festival-goers. This is always such a magical close to the day, and it was even more beautiful this year with the lake reflecting the light. After howling and clapping at the sunset, we changed for our last night at the festival. Sunday night was the coldest and the most windy, but we had a great time again closing with Bassnectar.
Sunday I wore a hot pink metallic one piece swimsuit I had been pining over since I first saw it online. I waited for a good sale and purchased it, the brand is Motel. I wore it with some fun alien hoop earrings my boyfriend got me for Christmas, and at night with some glitter tights. During the day I had a faux fur purple vest with it from Poshmark, then at night again my faux fur jacket to stay warm.
There’s so many things to explore at LIB, but my friends and I felt like we didn’t miss a thing this year. We experienced it all as it was meant to be, by fulling allowing ourselves to journey through the festival. We went to some great classes and lectures and then took those further into wonderful discussions together as the sun set each night. We grew together over this weekend, and I know we won’t forget the memories we made anytime soon. I love this feeling I leave LIB with, and I hope it stays with me for a long time until it’s time to be refreshed again next year.