When they fight, they fight

Ah been feeling a tad unmotivated lately- summer lazy maybe? Oats has been a spooky  moron some days and it’s driving me insane…He’s good with another horse in the ring, and was pretty decent to ride when my husband came out to watch/get a pony ride, but other times he’s running backwards, spooking sideways so violently I’m hanging off the saddle, or threatening to rear while running backwards and trembling…Greeeeat…

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He is a handsome devil!

Canada Day celebrations were fabulous, I can’t say I would change a single thing! The day was pretty effortless, and on Friday we were even able to see Tegan & Sara (great!) and on Saturday The Arkells, and fireworks after attending a friend’s BBQ- she had ribs and they were soooooo good.

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Rode all four days- Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues to above-mentioned mixed success. He was fine last night too, rode in the other field and really enjoyed that ride. Wish he wasn’t so stupid and spooky right now! I can’t figure out what changes in his brain when we’re alone in the outdoor arena, and the most frustrating part is that he was SO GOOD when we came out in the outdoor…Then I take a week off for my sister’s wedding and he’s a total idiot. WTF?

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What gives?

Oh well, have to work through his dumbass behaviour until it goes away later in the summer.

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Celebrated 8 years of marriage this weekend!

Runningwise? Hah not happening. We ran lightly this weekend, like 5k and my legs were fried. Just fried. I have no real desire to run, at all, right now. I do think I am burned out of it, to be honest! Maybe I’m burned out of everything, ha.

But, I do want to try polo and that has been on my mind for awhile….!!

A recipe for a crazy weekend: Track racing, birthday dinner, the beach, horseback riding & Rock the Shores!!

Yep, that’s my weekend right there! Nobody ever accused me of wasting my weekends, that’s for damn sure 🙂

We started the weekend with dinner (steaks! yum) at my parents new house, and a walk to the beach from their place. It’s so close to the water, it’s lovely. They are really happy with the move they’ve made – from boring, blah old Ottawa- to a beautiful new place and unimpeded access to the beach.

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My parent’s card to me…

Saturday I rode Oats first in the ring, to hop over a few jumps, and then moseyed around the field for awhile watching some other riders have a lesson in the field. I’m taking advantage of the field access as much as I can these days. I zipped home after buying grain (ugh, had to drive out to Saanich right after riding to get it) and the weather was SO nice, that we headed straight to the beach at Dallas Rd, with Gidget in tow.

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Back to the field!

We chilled out at the beach for awhile and it was lovely. I couldn’t get too relaxed though, as I had to get home to gear up for my last track race of the season. Meet #3~ I wasn’t sure how things were going to go, as I’ve been battling muscle/leg fatigue on and off for a couple of weeks now, and been struggling on my runs to just complete them. General consensus seems to be: overtraining/overwork. Maybe, maybe…

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At the beach! 

Anyways, we hit the track and I signed up to do a mile, and the 3km. Maybe I got too greedy, because after my mile race (which went..okay I guess…) I was seriously lagging. My 3k felt like I was running in slo-mo, I was falling behind on the track and getting passed. It was kind of a piss-off, because I know I am capable of faster and of running a more competent race, sooo what gives??!!

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Hauling ass? Well, not so much!

I was kind of bummed to fall behind so much in my run, that I lost perspective of what was really the point here: Learn to sprint race without killing my lungs (actually that was a success, as I was coughing much less last night than I ever have!) and learn about pace.

I checked my results this morning, and my mile wasn’t even too shabby: 6:35, and my 3k was lame (13:12- I have run it under 12:30 …) but hey, in the grand scheme it is all a progression and not terrible.

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Sunday I went riding and jumped Oats over the small x-rails in the field= loved it!!! And then immediately felt tired, so walked up and down hills for awhile to build his muscles and give me a break.

I didn’t ride for long because we had Rock the Shores to get to! It was hot hot hot! Things that bugged me- drinks got INSANELY expensive- $8 for a beer? Eff right off with that!

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Rock the Shores from three years ago!

Crowds were good and very manageable, no line-ups, ice cream was lovely, poutine was sooo good and the standout bands were The Arkells and The Eagles of Death Metal. WOW!! Amazing performances, and class acts, both of them. Great sound, excellent vibes. One bummer- Metric really sucked. The sound was lousy, tinny and too high reverb. Also Emily Haines seemed to be doing this thing where she’s play 1 song, and then riff for 10 or more minutes on it…Combined with the lousy sound, it was so.boring. I really like Metric, but this was just…ugh. No thanks. We left early and I didn’t feel like I was missing a thing! Booooooo.

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My buddy and me from three years ago at Rock the Shores.

Got home pretty seamlessly and back to work today. I am tired! 🙂

Party all the time!! Rifflandia update 2015

Writing this reminds me how tired I am. Man…it was a long and crazy weekend, guys!

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I came in to work early on Friday so I could zip out a bit early and catch The Dears, which has been 10 + years in the making. Sad story about The Dears- I had tickets to see them one time a few years ago, and completely blanked on the day…I thought the show was on the Saturday and it was on the Friday. EFF my life!

So this year I was GOING to see them.

And I did, and they were great! I wished the set was longer…They ended with Lost in the Plot and it was fantastic. So good.

So, Rifflandia 2015 was off to a better start for sure. The sucky part was that Chromeo was sick and cancelled, so The Arkells had to step up to the plate. And the good news? They sure did step up! I also caught a bit of A Tribe Called Red (First Nations DJ-style) and while the music may not have been to my taste exactly, the traditional costumes and hoop-dancing sure were, very impressive!

I didn’t hit any night stages this year- I know, I know…But I am starting to learn a bit more about myself and I learned that if I want to commit to the day stage, I can’t seem to muster the energy for the night stages. Something’s gotta give, and for me, Rifflandia is a lot about the music, and not so much about the party.

Also- I had a trail race to run on Saturday AM so I had to conserve *some* of my energy haha. More on that tomorrow!

After the trail race Saturday, I was scratched up, dirty and muddy–so I drove home, hopped into the shower and then we hoofed it back to Rifflandia for the 2pm show- Brave Shores! They were SO GOOD~ A new band to watch, I suppose? They wrapped up with their fab hit- Never come down and yes, it was as good as you would think! We caught snippets of Plants and Animals but honestly, their sound is a bit too much like Hey Rosetta! for my liking..

Then we chilled at Logan’s for a bit with some lunch- yes my second lunch of the day- and cheaper beers. Can you believe that beer was $7 this year and ciders were $8? What a freaking ripoff! So, we left the venue and got cheaper beer at Logan’s.

We then caught some Neon Indian, and he was a disappointment. Just…not right. Didn’t particularly enjoy him at all. The Zolas, on the other hand, were fabulous. I was feeling the vibe SO well then..yesss…Moving on to Big Data, which was pretty good. Have to say, they were funny, engaging and had a real lively sound. Most likely wouldn’t see them on their own though, just not enough there for me.

Then on to Tokyo Police Club at the mainstage, which never disappoint, though their newer stuff is just…not my taste. Their old stuff remains a biiig fav.

Headliners for Saturday were Modest Mouse, and man, their lead singer has really toned it down in recent years. Music is still rockin’, but last time I saw him, 9 or so years ago, he was drunk onstage, had a bottle of Jim Beam with him, and was smoking and cursing at the audience. This year? No cursing, no smoking except for maybe an e-cig, and no booze. Guess he went straight? Well good for him, he had quite the reputation…

And they played Dramamine. YES YES YES! The only thing that would have been better was if they played Sleepwalkers but I can’t get too greedy.

Then Ian and I zipped off to Fifth St. to grab our Rifflandia specials- $10 margarita and wings. Worth it.

The next morning I got up fairly early and went riding- Oats was kind of like, who are you again? And then packed it in quickly to go have brunch with my friend at her place, with her friends. We all had crepes! It was lovely.

Ian and I headed home to take Gidget out and have another beer, before heading back to Rifflandia for the final day. We ended up catching some Tacocat (woman’s punk), Hollerado- surprisingly good, Emancipator (did not like. It would be good laying around on the grass music, but it was rainy and I was tired, needed ‘more’!), and Julian Casablanca+the Voids (so weird. angry yelly rock. he looked freaking strung out and high), and then Mother Mother!

Mother Mother was the best, hands-down. Though Hollorado was fab too- they had a hilarious story about hitching a ride with some young uni guys ”mathematicians” or somebody to Tall Tree music festival and they asked if they guys wanted a beer or something…and the kids were like, no thanks, we don’t drink…

And then like 8 hours later Hollorado sees the kids and they’re running around painted like Smurfs tripping balls…

Ha!

So, all in all, a festival worth attending year after year. If you do one festival, do Rifflandia!

Oh, the boss is coming!

The Arkells were GREAT on Saturday. Personable, happy, and totally ready to rock. They stepped on stage with a great presence and just kept the good vibes rolling.

They played all their best hits, and a lot of new stuff too. They knew when to keep the new materials short, and the audience interested. Not that I didn’t like the new stuff, but when you follow a band, you also want them to show their ‘roots’ and history, so to speak.

Oh, the boss is coming!

They also relayed a fun anecdote- when they were first touring in Victoria, they played at Lucky Bar (that still exists) and didn’t have a place to crash – being young, broke and free willing, they relayed their sad story and a woman chatting with them offered her floor for the night.

They crashed there, and remembered her very fondly, for her generosity and free spirit. They called her out in the crowed, and my husband knew her! He said it was the type of thing she would do, and not think twice about- she was that cool and generous.

Great show, and ended with a cover of Diana Ross’ ‘Ain’t no mountain high enough’ with Dear Rouge singing as well. Love it!

Highly recommend checking them out, they played to sold-out crowd at Sugar, and wow…You could tell it was sold out, felt like there was barely any breathing room! I was sweating to death!