i swear it was all kit's idea

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.

Thor 2011 - Sentence Starters Part 1

Send one (or more) to my muse and they will respond! Saw this post and was inspired to make my own.

  • “__’s power has no equal.”
  • “All is well.”
  • “Am I cursed?”
  • “An Einstein-Rosen bridge is a theoretical connect between two different points in space.”
  • “A wise king/queen never seeks out war.”
  • “At least make it a challenge for me.”
  • “Both of you were born to be kings/queens.”
  • “But you’re not king/queen!”
  • “Can I turn on the radio?”
  • “Couldn’t you just leave the bridge open for us?”
  • “Did you see what he/she did in there? I’m not sure finding them is the best idea.”
  • “Do my favor and don’t be dead.”
  • “Do not dishonor my father/mother’s name with your lies!”
  • “Do the ___ still live?”
  • “Do you realize what you’ve done; what you’ve started?”
  • “Do you swear to preserve the peace?”
  • “Do you swear to cast aside all selfish ambition?”
  • “Enough!”
  • “Get closer.”
  • “Get him/her to the healing room now!”
  • “Get the first aid kit.”
  • “Go!”
  • “Go now, while I still allow it.”
  • “Guards please, help!”
  • “He/she just broke your truce!”
  • “Here we remain as a beacon of up, shining out through the stars.”
  • “Hospital. You go, I’ll stay.”
  • “Humanity would/will not face this thread alone.”
  • “I am not dying for six college credits!”
  • “I am ready, father/mother!”
  • “I could have done it! For you, for all of us.”
  • “If its any consultation, I think you’re right.”
  • “I have no plans to die today.”
  • “I know that look.”
  • “I just lost my most important piece of evidence. Typical.”
  • “I’m sorry?”
  • “I’m telling you there is a connection between these atmospheric disturbances and my research.”
  • “I never wanted the throne!”
  • “In the end their king/queen fell.”
  • “I only ever wanted to be your equal.”
  • “I saved our lives.”
  • “I think I left something at the hospital.”
  • “I think that was legally your fault.”
  • “I think you want to see this.”
  • “I thought we could unite our kingdoms one day. Bring about an alliance; bring about permanent peace… through you.”
  • “I thought you said it was a subtle aurora!”
  • “It is forbidden.”
  • “Its madness.”
  • “It is unwise to be in my company right now.”
  • “I told him.”
  • “It was ___, and its warriors, that brought peace to the universe.”
  • “I wanted only to protect you from the truth.”
  • “I want to know why!”
  • “I was a fool.”
  • “I was protecting my home!”
  • “I wish to know how that happened.”
  • “I wouldn’t have asked you to fly out here if I wasn’t absolutely sure.”
  • “Know your place.”
  • “Leave this to me.”
  • “Let’s move.”
  • “Look around you; we’re outnumbered.”
  • “Look how far you/they got!”
  • “My friend()s, have you forgotten all that we have done together?”
  • “Never has an enemy slipped my watch until this day.”
  • “Next time you decide to taser someone, make sure they are already in the car, okay?”
  • “No, no, no!”
  • “Not yet.”
  • “Once mankind accepted a simple truth - that they/we are not alone in this universe.”
  • “Only one of you can ascend to the throne.”
  • “Oh please.”
  • “Our armies drove them back into the heart of their own world.”
  • “Right, good one.”
  • “Run back home, little princess.”
  • “Silence!”
  • “Silver-tongue turned to lead?”
  • “So be it.”
  • “So I am no more than another stolen relic, locked up here until you might have use of me?”
  • “Sorry I tased you.”
  • “Stop and think.”
  • “Tell me!”
  • “Tell no one where we/I have gone until we/I have returned.”
  • “That’s more like it.”
  • That’s pride and vanity talking, not leadership.”
  • “The cost was great.”
  • “The day will come when one of you/you will have to defend that peace.”
  • “The last seventeen occurrences have been predictable to the second.”
  • “There won’t be a kingdom to protect if you’re afraid to act.”
  • “They are the only clothes that I have that will fit you.”
  • “They have paid, with their lives.”
  • “They know you are vulnerable.”
  • “They must pay for what they have done.”
  • “This boy/girl has grown tired of your mockery.”
  • “This drink, I like it. Another!”
  • “This mortal form as grown weak, I need sustenance.”
  • “This was an act of few, doomed to fail.”
  • “This was an act of war!”
  • “This was to be my day of triumph.”
  • “Those plans no longer matter.”
  • “True, but I supported you.”
  • “Wait for it.”
  • “We are beyond diplomacy now.”
  • “We can’t keep doing this.”
  • “We/I/you have fallen into man’s myths and legends.”
  • “We know who you are.”
  • “We must go!”
  • “We returned home.”
  • “We shouldn’t be here.”
  • “We will accept your most gracious offer.”
  • “We will find the breach in our defenses and it will be sealed.”
  • “We would just be looking for answers.”
  • “What action would you take?”
  • “What am I?”
  • “What are you doing?”
  • “What because I… I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?”
  • “What? He/she was freaking me out!”
  • “What is that?”
  • “What’s this?”
  • “When I am king/queen, I’ll hunt the monsters down and slay them all.”
  • “Where are they?”
  • “Where did he/she come from?”
  • “Why did you brings us/me back?”
  • “Why do you twist my words?”
  • “Why have you come here… to make peace?”
  • “With the last great war ended, we withdrew from the other worlds.”
  • “You and I can end this, here and now, before there is further bloodshed.”
  • “You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy/girl!”
  • “You are an old man/woman and a fool!”
  • “You cannot even protect your friends; how can you hope to protect the kingdom?”
  • “You could have told me what I was from the beginning. Why didn’t you?”
  • “You dare threaten me with so puny a weapon?”
  • “You know not what your actions would unleash.”
  • “You long for battle; you crave it.”
  • “You must be mistaken.”
  • “You’re a __, not some storm-chaser.”
  • “You’re boy/girl sought this out.”
  • “You’re father/mother is a murderer and a thief.”
  • “You’re not dressed warmly enough.”
  • “You’re nothing but a boy/girl, trying to prove yourself a man/woman.”
  • “You’re thinking only as a warrior.”
  • “You took me for took me for a purpose. What was it?”
  • “You’ve come a long way to die.”
  • “You’ve forgotten everything I’ve taught you.”