What a perfectly lovely weekend. Friday was a late working night, but a bunch of coworkers and I all went out for sushi for dinner. It was a lot of fun. I constantly find myself lucky to be there (long hours and all).

Country: Tim McGraw

I was also semi-spontaneosuly invited to go catch Tim McGraw Saturday night with some friends. We piled in and got there early for some tailgating. Veggies, hummus, chips, guacamole, cherries, cheese, pepperoni, drinks. I’ve been to a few country concerts, but haven’t tailgated at one until now, and let me tell you, the people-watching is fantastic. Country brings the dirty, the stunning, the shirtless (or, near shirtless, both sexes), the jeans, the intense American pride (people practically dressed in flags, bandanas, you name it, it’s got stars and stripes), the sundresses, the popped collars.

Also apparently top hats.

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This guy was fun to watch throughout. He was having a great time.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for our lawn seats.

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The concert itself started a little slow, to me, but got going quickly enough. It wasn’t a rock-out (to be fair, the last one I went to was Keith Urban), but it was a fun, sing-a-long time. It was nice to sit there and enjoy it, take the music in, the people, the views. He sang “Live Like You Were Dying” towards the end, which was great. Can’t go without the classic. He hardly even needed to sing; everyone has had those words memorized for years.

We did a small post-concert tailgate while waiting for the cars to clean up a little. They weren’t moving; we were sitting eating and drinking. I think we got some jealous dirty looks from some of the drivers. When we did decide to get going, it was easy.

Camp: Nokomis DC Reunion

I am a summer camp kid. Starting at age 8, I started going to a sleepaway camp on an island in New Hampshire, called Camp Nokomis (no-Koh-miss). I continued there, became an Aide (first year Counselor in Training, or CIT), CIT, and then staff member. It is an incredible place, and taught me so much, instilling values I carry with me today. There is a bond between camp people and particularly your-own-camp people, that is unlike anything else. So through this, one alumna hosted a DC reunion for all the Nokomis gals. It was so fun, meeting new alumna, finding connections – you were my counselor in 12! – and making new ones.

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We looked through old camp calendars, photo albums, played camp-themed charades, and talked about what had changed – or not – through the collective time we were there.

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There is no way to fully describe Camp to a non-camp person. It’s a beautiful thing, and made for a great way to spend part of my day. One of many camp songs:

“You can tell a girl from Camp Nokomis,

you can tell her by her walk (wiggle wiggle).

You can tell a girl from Camp Nokomis,

you can tell her by her talk (giggle giggle).

You can tell a girl from Camp Nokomis by her sportsmanship and such (bang bang).

You can tell a girl from Camp Nokomis,

but you cannot tell her much! (how true)”

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Last night I went to see Great Big Sea, a Newfoundland-based rock/folk band that has been touring and playing for two decades. Two decades! So they played two sets. And had two encores. And it was awesome. One of my friends came down and visited so we went together. The venue, let me just say, was stunning. Before Great Big Sea came on, I just ogled the atmosphere. Check it out!

Okay. So, the band. I was first introduced to GBS in 2009. I actually don’t even remember how I got turned onto them, but I caught a random concert of theirs outside on my last night of my internship in DC. I went alone and rocked out. I was also introduced to Carbon Leaf, who was the opener. They’re pretty awesome, too. Anyway, at this outside venue, GBS played through a big thunderstorm and I could see lightning but they were jamming so much I never heard the thunder until it was over. It was purely magical.

Alan Doyle just released a solo album called Boy On Bridge. I’ve been obsessed with it since my parents gave it to me – signed! From a concert they went to.

I heard several songs I’d never heard before, which was fun. Some favorites – Ordinary Day, When I’m Up, When I Am King. They also did some intense and amazing a capella songs. River Driver was – just, oh wow. Some new ones I really liked: Yankee Sailor, Gideon Brown, and I hadn’t heard Captain Kidd. Sean McCann has an intensely beautiful voice. Alan Doyle is the lead and he can make his voice do amazing things. But Sean has this quality…just, go listen. He did a beautiful song called Graceful and Charming (Sweet Forget-Me-Not).

Pretty much a fangirl post all around. Oh Great Big Sea!

Also, Bob Hallett can play so many instruments. So many.