ready to Roo

Every time I travel, I aim to be completely finished packing and otherwise prepared a full day before I leave. This is the first time I have ever accomplished that, and holy crap was it exhausting, but holy cow am I relieved to be ready now, as opposed to the minute I walk out the door.

I have everything I need to have an amazing encore at Bonnaroo.

I have skirts and shorts, bikinis and tank tops, and comfortable, lightweight shoes with gel inserts (best $10 you can spend to prep for a festival, if you ask me). I have two pairs of sunglasses, rain ponchos, and wellies. I have bug spray and sunscreen and bandages, and a blanket to lay on. I have cozy sweats, leggings, and socks to change into at night. I have my Leica, a small flashlight, and a mobile juice pack for my phone. I have a locker reserved on site to store all this crap in when I don't need it.

I have most of my schedule down, with plenty of room for flexibility and playing it by ear.

I have someone to share this incredible experience with.

I've got everything ready for Chaucer's sitter. Chauc himself has had super long, rambling walks the past few days, with lots of play and socialization to wear him out. Today he made two new friends, including a ridiculously springy year-old female Yorkie named Mochi. They played and played off leash on the grass, Chauc bounding around, bowing and jumping like a puppy. Mochi nipped and barked at him, egging him on in the most hilarious way.

They're basically going steady now.

I've let Chauc wander and sniff to his heart's content the past week or so, on our walks. It's been really nice to take a break from Instagram and just enjoy the weather and the sunsets and the views - and him - without constantly documenting all it. At first it was a little weird, even uncomfortable, to not go for my camera every time I saw something picturesque, or every time he did something cute. Kind of shows me how addicted I am. Need to stay aware of that.

But I'm ready to join back in the fun and catch up with everyone, to see what you guys have been up to. What you've been doing and making and cooking and wearing and seeing and experiencing. It might take me a little while to get up to speed, but I'm coming!

Too pooped to write any more tonight, or to be clever or creative, but as a meager offering, here's some of the new to me/random stuff I've discovered in putting together my schedule:

Olivia by Rayland Baxter. (I couldn't find a copy of the studio recording of this song, but this live recording is pretty awesome too. If you're on Spotify, definitely check out the studio version. Or just download it from iTunes. Trust: it's amazing. I'm obsessed with it.)
The Mtn Song by Rayland Baxter
A New Life by Jim James
A.E.I.O.U. by Jim James
Gone by Vacationer
Fever by Maps & Atlases
Cameron by Jilette Johnson
Turn it Around by Lucius
Priscilla by Sea Wolf
Nuclear Seasons by Charli XCX
It Gets Dark by Holy Ghost!
Keep it Rollin by Y LUV
All Night by Y LUV

Ok cool cats. I'll catch you on Instagram for the next half-week or so, and then I plan on getting back into regular posting (I handled the shit I needed to handle offline, so I don't feel guilty about blogging/messing about on IG again). But if you see too much of me, do me a favor and tell me to get the fuck off of it and just enjoy my trip, ok?

See y'all in Tennessee. :)