Weekend Recap: Boston Calling Music Festival!

by agirlandhermutt on May 28, 2013

What.A.Weekend! On Friday’s post I outlined what my weekend was going to look like. Some art, some music, and some relaxing. It was all that and more.



I’m addicted to painting. Technically, I’m addicted to The Paint Bar. There is something so comforting about those walls and paintbrushes. I met up with my brunch buddy, Christie, and her Mom for a night of painting and wine. I’m a creative person. I’m more creative with a drink on hand.

I know I have shown how the process works at The Paint Bar before, but I thought you might get a kick out of seeing how my painting goes from “bad” to “holy crap. Why would I pay $35 to make this piece of junk?” to “eh. I guess this could be hung on my wall” to “YAY! I love my painting! I’m the next Picasso! I should quit my job and do this as my living.” over the timespan of 2 hours.

We celebrated our creativity over some pickles and wine at The Local afterwards. If you are friends with me in real life, then yes, I did go to The Local two times in one week. We have a problem here. Oh, and just to call people out…so did Christie. 😉



Since I was in Utah getting my ass handed to me by GPP Fitness last Saturday, I was pumped to return to my regular strength class on Saturday morning. Total Body Shred is a circuit type class and is taught by some freak of nature instructor who seems to have no body fat and is convinced that we all have push-up gurus inside.

I’m going to do my best to describe the moves we did. However, some of these I just make up the name.

Circuit 1 (3x through):
-50 Squats w/ body bar switches (squat to the left with bar facing to the left, step together, squat to the right and move bar to face the right)
-50 bicep circles going forward
-50 bicep circles going backward
-25 tricep kickbacks

Circuit 2 (1x…THANKGOD!)
-100 pushups
-100 air squats
-100 kettlebell swings
-50 tricep dips with left leg in the air
-50 tricep dips with right leg in the air
-200 crunches

Circuit 3
-5 minutes of burpees.

As much as I hate burpees, I’m so proud of the improvement I have seen in me doing these. No, I will not beat any records, but I don’t want to die after 5 any longer. I can do at least 20 before I want to just lay down and call it a day.

After class I rushed home, changed into blizzard gear, said good-bye to Korky and headed out to Boston Calling, a 2-day music festival.

It was cold. It was raining. They gave us ponchos.

Along with 20,000 other nutballs, I braved the rain and freezing temps to watch a few of my fave bands.

Highlights of Saturday included Matt & Kim, The Shins, and FUN.

Things that were NOT a highlight of Saturday’s festivities:

-Being claustrophobic at a seriously crowded concert. Why can’t I remember this fun little trait?!
-Seeing The Shins for the 3rd time only to have it ruined by some completely wasted girl popping a squat right in front us, among thousands of people, and peeing all over the place.
-Every kid under the age of 18 trying to get away with smoking (anything and everything) and thinking they are soo cool by blowing it all up in my face.
-Not being able to find the entrance to the beer garden. I’m an idiot apparently.
-The rain and cold.
-The cold and rain.

By the end of the night I was exhausted and totally ready for bed. Working out before standing for a solid 8 hours was probably not the best idea thinking back on it.


I skipped my usual Zumba class and slept in till 10. It was beautiful. We showed up around 2p to the festival and were so happy to not have any rain. It was still a little (a lot) cold, but I could handle that if there was sunshine.

Everyone seemed to be just in an awesome mood and so happy to be in the sunshine! So much so that they forgot that the ground is gross and you shouldn’t roll around on it.

I didn’t see any public urination on Sunday so I consider that a bonus. I did notice that girls were were shorts and those really flat sandals. I caught myself having a super old lady moment by thinking “Ugh. How can they stand in those shoes with no support?!” Then I remembered that is exactly what I did throughout my 20s and now I have plantar fasciitis. The BF talked me out of trying to warn every girl wearing this non-supportive shoe what could happen to them. Eh. I was trying to do a good deed.

Highlights of Sunday included amazing shows from Dirty Projectors, Of Monsters and Men, Andrew Bird, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, and The National. They all sounded fantastic and it was great to see The National live. Awesome.

(That is a big giant eye on the screen behind The National. It was so cool and creepy. This photo does it no justice.)

I also scored some pickle spears from Grillos. A highlight to ANY weekend.

By the end of the night we were festivaled out. I had so much fun but two days on my feet is super tiring! I was so impressed with how organized the festival was and for the most part, everyone behaved themselves. Applause for everyone involved!



Bonus day off from work! Thanks to all those who have served and are currently serving in the military. I am forever thankful for your service.

I’m also very thankful for some decent weather to get my grilling on. First I had to work off that clam chowder I had over the weekend. My strength class instructor was randomly teaching the Zumba class so I knew I couldn’t miss that one. Whoa nelly. He is NO JOKE. I loved the class! It was nice to do something a little different. He uses some of the same music as my regular Zumba instructor but let everyone know he better not catch us doing her choreography in his class. Heh. We are a cult.

The rest of the day was dedicated to grilling, puppy dog snuggles and many NEW episodes of Arrested Development. Korky enjoyed the clean-up duties of the grill. No crumb or dropped morsel goes unnoticed by this dog.


I rounded off a wonderful weekend with a little menu planning and workout scheduling. I’m going on vacation (yes, again!) next week and I want to be on point until then. No messing around! So I’m putting this out there so I can be accountable.

Mon-Zumba (Done!)
Tues- Spinning
Wed- Spinning
Thurs- Body Pump & TIU workout
Sat-Strike Kick & Total Body Shred
Sun- 3-2-1 Shred & Zumba


Ok…my long winded recap is officially DONE. I hope you guys had a great weekend.

What did you do for Memorial Day? Are you watching the new episodes of Arrested Development?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 29, 2013 at 6:33 am

I wish we had one of those paint bars here in Australia they look like a lot of fun!

I went to a music festival once and it was a storm, we had fun for a while and then it got too cold and we decided to go home. Looks like you had fun though 🙂


Noelle Reese May 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

I can’t do those crowds now that I am old. People peeing near my feet would make me mad and sick. LOL
You look fantastic!


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