Many people have been asking about which artists we got to hear at Bonnaroo, and I'm very glad that I decided to keep a little log of them as we went, because everything was such a blur I don't think I would be able to remember if I didn't have them written down! We ended up seeing around 45 performances, seeing a few artists twice. It was amazing! 
 I will write about the whole Bonnaroo experience when I have a little more time, but for now, here is the line-up of what we saw in the amazing 4 days: Chris Harford and the Band of Changes, Futurebirds, Hayes Carll, The Knux, Band of Skulls, The Walkmen, The David Mayfield Parade, Sharon Van Etten, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phosphorescent, Matt & Kim, The Sword, Warren Hayes Band, Atmosphere, The Decemberists, Primus, Bassnectar, Lil Wayne, Chancellor Warhol, Alberta Cross, Old Crow Medicine Show, Black Uhuru, Chiddy Bang, Deer Tick, Mumford and Sons, Loretta Lynn, Bootsy Collins & The Funk University, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield with Richie Ray & Stephen Stills & Neil Young & Rick Rosas & Joe Vitale, Eminem, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels, Miss Willie Brown, Amos Lee, G.Love & Special Sauce, Smith Westerns, Railroad Earth, Neon Trees, Galactic, Iron & Wine, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, The Strokes, Aunt Martha, The Flavor Savors, Ben Sollee.
So there you have it. 4 days of non-stop, awesome music. It's okay to be jealous :]
Just now, I was sitting in my room, when I heard "BAM!" on my window. I looked out to see what it was and saw a bird laying on the ground. I walked outside to see if I could help it, and noticed that its neck was broken. It made me sad to see such a beautiful blue jay looking so helpless. Realizing there was nothing I could do, I began to cry. But then I remembered something that was said at service this Sunday at Christ Church- "Life must end for new life to begin". And as silly as it seems to be crying over a dying bird, hearing that quote in my head gave me peace.
It then made me start thinking about things in my life, and how some things naturally have to come to an end for other things to begin. There are people that have come and gone in my life, several having huge impacts on me. And as hard as it has been to let some of them go, I wouldn't be where I was today had I not. 
I also thought about how all of the events in my life have been linked, and how one little difference could change my entire life.
I was frustrated with the recent changes that occurred with my job at the daycare, but if I was making more money there, I wouldn't have started looking for another job. Because of that, I found and got a full time, lead teaching position! I've been working towards this goal for a few years now, and it has finally happened.
Looking back over the last few years and all the drama, heartache, betrayal, and just general bad times that I've had definitely make it worth it for as happy as I am now. I know that it's easy for me to say this now because things are going well, but hopefully this will serve as encouragement, if not for anyone except myself, that there ARE going to be bad times, but it makes the good times worth it. 
I know I wouldn't be where I am today without having to go through those things, and it makes me grateful of what I have.
I just need to remember that even when things are bad everything has a purpose, and even in the bad times, the reward will make it all worthwhile.
Today has been the warmest day of the year so far, so therefore, I tried to spend as much time as possible in the beautiful sunshine.
Jonathan and I went to the park for a little walk, then had lunch outside at salsarita's. I was feeling pretty happy with the sunshine on my face and sipping my ice tea-lemonade... And just when I thought it couldn't get any better- I got a call from one of my favorite people in the world- Michelle. I haven't had a chance to talk to her much lately, and haven't seen her since I moved from California in October 2009. It made me very happy just to be able to chat with her again, but I'm even more excited about the fact that she is in Atlanta for a few months, and we are going to go down and see her in a few weeks! 
It just so happens that the Braves are going to be playing the Phillies (who I loooove) and on top of that, the Avett's are going to be playing after the game! And even though we are going to see them in Charlotte the night before, I'm still very, very excited for such an awesome day. A reunion with my Michelle, baseball, sunshine (hopefully) and the Avetts!!! Oh yeah, Jonathan will be there too :]

I'm hoping that a mixture of this beautiful weather, and the fact that I get to see one of my SLO girls soon will help ease this home-sickness that I have for California. I'm also planning a trip back in September, so that's helping too. Don't worry California, I'm coming home as soon as I can!


    ...was born country, and that's what I'll always be, but california has my heart and soul, and is always on my mind <3

    california dreamin'


    March 2011



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