look at my tie dye shirt i made it last weekend

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.

SURPRISE MOTHERFUDGERS EVEN MORE AUS

“You work at the cubicle next to me and you keep sending paper airplanes with messages on them you’re gonna get caught” AU

“Two Hogwarts prefects from different houses adding and taking away points from each other” AU

“We’re roommates yes there is red tape across the room don’t you dare step on my side” AU

“So, which tampons do you think are the best?” AU

“We need a new lead guitarist for our punk band but you are literally cotton candy what do we do with you?” AU

“I’m just gonna ignore your creepy bulletin board of River Song’s timeline okay” AU

“Yes I am a SuperWhoLockian and no I will not throw your body into a black hole or make your death look like a suicide shut up” AU

“Yo I like this punk patch on your jacket whoa you didn’t need to give it to me” AU

“The last bag of salt and vinegar Goldfish I need it for binge-watching you need it to study who needs it more?” AU

“We’re playing ToS and being called skypers even though we’ve never met wtf?” AU

“The Classic: Two people whom hate each other must play the two romantic leads in the play” AU

“Both of our online dates were no shows wanna jet?” AU

“‘SINCE WHEN HAS SLEEP WITH BEEN CODE FOR SEX?’” AU

“I’m not afraid of scary movies so I fell asleep quite easily on the couch oh my head drifted on your lap sorry” AU

“Yo go listen to July Talk yeah I’m talking to you person reading this post JULY TALK GO” AU

“We’re both on the bus and you’re listening to the Murder on the Orient Express soundtrack on blast wtf???” AU

(for OT3s) “GRYFINDOR! SLYTHERIN! GRYFINDOR! SLYTHERIN! GRYFINDOR! SLYTHERIN! Hufflepuff!” AU

“Bro it’s my Aunt’s wedding next weekend and she expects me to have a date do you think you can pretend?” AU

“Whoa I meant to go into the really hyper masculine movie in the next theatre not this rom-com mess but hey it’s pretty good so far would you like some popcorn?” AU

“HALLOWEEN WOOOO’ ‘Babe it’s the middle of May’ ‘GET SPOOKY WITH IT’” AU

“We’re both in the kid’s pool with our little cousins oh geez we are WAY too old but hey you’re cute I’ll rally” AU

“COMIC BOOKS ARE NOT JUST FOR KIDS” AU

“Hey we both got Chocolate Frogs from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter wanna trade your Helga Hufflepuff for my Albus Dumbledore?” AU

“We’re in the same compartment on this train and you’re asleep it’s your stop next but you look so peaceful I don’t want to wake you up” AU

“Another Classic: We’re assassins hired to kill each other at this party but you’re pretty chill wanna dance?” AU

“No I do not want to learn that dance move it looks dangerous” AU

“You seriously want me to paint your nails okay then let’s do this shiitake mushroom” AU

“Could you write down your top ten favourite singers/bands for me please? Thanks wait these all say “My Chemical Romance” AU

“I’m a ghost hunter and you are the sassiest ghost I have ever met seriously find your chill” AU

“We’re still roommates and I know you always keep a can of cotton candy in your panty drawer what no I was getting the cotton candy not your panties” AU

“I can’t tie a tie for the life of me can you help me whoa you are way worse at this than I am” AU

“Okay I’ve never made a dip tye-dye shirt but I’m preeeetty sure this is not how you do it” AU

“Yes it is three am in the morning and I am running down the apartment halls yelling #LoveWins wearing rainbow stuff and playing Same Love wanna join me?” AU

“What do you mean this is your hoodie yes I found it in your room but it’s too comfy to be yours it’s mine” AU

“Could you not play My Heart Will Go On on your keyboard all the time?” AU

“Huh we’ve cosplayed as the same character wanna walk around yelling about paradoxes together?” AU

“Yes this Christmas sweater has the letter A on it no I am not A shut up Aria” AU

“'JOSHUA RAMSAY’S HAIR IS A GIFT TO MANKIND’ ‘That’s it you’re never drinking again’ 'WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS BAND’” AU

“Hey I just saw a post of AUs wanna act some of them out?” AU

Once again, credit me or not, I really don’t care! Have fun smol writers.

Playing House-a Lucaya fic

author: cassie

rating: T

genre: romance, humor

description: Everyone plays house at least once when they’re little. Little girls would fight to be the mom, while little boys would fight to play mom and dad with the girl they liked. It’s all very elementary when you’re young. But what’s it like when you’re not? What about when Lucas and Maya get paired up to take care of a fake baby for home ec. class?

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Proud

Soooo….Here’s a little fic to celebrate pride and all our wonderful queer SPN Characters. I tried to get as many flags an orientations in as I could.

Dean/Castiel, Bi!Dean, Ace!Cas, everyone is alive and gay college au. 5.1k words.

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Dean does not expect to walk into an arts and crafts fair in his living room on Thursday. He had expected to get off work, come home and hang out with his roommates, and make dinner before his evening class. But no, that is apparently not in the cards today because…well, he doesn’t know why. Probably should get on that.

“What the hell?” Dean asks no one in particular. The sofa and chairs have been pushed to the edges of the room and the kitchen table and a card table have been pulled in and sit lined with what looks like cut up garbage bags as people sit around them and ignore Dean. “Anyone gonna fill me in?” he says a bit louder.

“Hey, Dean! We were worried you wouldn’t make the party!” Charlie chirps. Jumping up from her work station, she moves to hug him but stops herself, thankfully, since she’s wearing rubber gloves covered in…dye? And are those…white cotton shirts in a pile on the sofa?

“The…tie dye party?”

Amazingly, he hears Cas sigh from all the way across the room. “It’s been on the house google calendar for two weeks, Dean,” Cas says without looking up from his extremely interesting task of precisely folding a plain tee. Dean rolls his eye.

“Oh you mean the calendar you guys are obsessed with that I never look at,” Dean grouses.

“I told you I can set it up to send notifications on your phone,” Charlie shoots back. “It’s not our fault you’re so…analog.”

Cas’s friend Meg snickers from where she sits beside him. They’re next to another gal with dark hair who Dean’s seen hanging out with Cas before a few time but has never actually talked to him. Hannah maybe? He figured her for a girlfriend at one point, then he met Meg and revised. Then he got to know Meg and just…started suffering.

“Okay, I’ll try this again…” Dean says, tearing his eyes away from Cas’s tousled hair. “Why is it the summer of love in our living room?”

“We’re all making shirts for pride this weekend!” Charlie explains excitedly.

“P-pride?” Dean echoes, his brain having been reduced to that of a parrot. “As in the…the gay kind?”

“Well, technically the whole month of June is pride month,” Charlie explains helpfully. “Which you would know if you checked the google calendar. But this is for the parade on Sunday. We’re getting our flag on.”

“Sunday?” Dean’s stomach drops. “Sunday is father’s day.”

Charlie raises an eyebrow and Dean opens his mouth to explain, or more like ask if that means Charlie (and apparently everyone they know?) is going to be running around the house pride-ing it up on the one day his dad is visiting. And if he has to participate cause…well. Uncomfortable reasons. He got in enough trouble for opting into summer classes (like most of his geek friends) and staying in town in their rented house right by campus. This might by a bridge too far.

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