rugged maniac was cold + cloudy this year. it was wet + windy, but we managed not to freeze. mad props to the rugged maniac team for packing 25 challenging obstacles into a 3.1 mile course, for improving on their organization skills since last time, and for having a live dj at the finish line to dance warm up to. they even let us download all our race photos at no cost, which is unheard of. despite the bitter cold, our team had such a great time + are planning on doing it again next year. if you’re interested in completing a run mun, i’d highly recommend signing up for one in a city near you. it’s just so much damn fun.

thursday things

i’m very blessed to work somewhere that closes for good friday every year + there really is nothing like an extra spring day off to boost your mood.

tomorrow i plan on going to an early morning xtreme conditioning class, spending the day with rhyan, re-potting all my plants + cleaning house.

both sisters are coming in from atlanta + wilmington for this race saturday, and it’s the first time both their guys will be running with us. we’ve got a team of twelve participating + i’m so excited about gettin’ muddy.

i still haven’t called dish network to get someone to come out + fix my outage. it’s been a month now, and i am officially the worst. [maybe tomorrow …]

watched august: osage county last night + couldn’t get over how similar it was to my real life [dysfunctional] family. julia roberts + meryl streep were magnificent, i felt all the feels, and the soundtrack’s been on repeat.

rhyan’s easter basket was ready early, due to my intense craving need for a reese’s peanut butter egg last night, resulting in my ripping into the pack.

spring + summer in the triangle is a great time to check out free concert series. here are a few outdoor concert series getting ready to start in the area:


raleigh:

oak city 7 [downtown raleigh] all of the shows take place in city plaza starting at 5:30. in addition to local bands, there are plenty of food trucks and local beer is available to purchase. the bands are still being finalized, but shows take place on alternate thursdays starting may 29-august 21.
pickin’ in the plaza [downtown raleigh] this is a new bluegrass concert series in city plaza designed to complement oak city 7. the shows are on alternate thursdays from june 5-august 28 from 5-10:30. like oak city 7, there will be food trucks and local beer available.
music in the valley [crabtree valley mall] every wednesday from april 16-May 14, enjoy live music on restaurant row. all of the shows start at 6.
midtown beach music series [north hills] this popular series is always a good time if you like to dance or just hang out with friends. the shows are on thursday evenings from 6-9 on the commons. the series is from april 17-august 14.
midtown bluegrass series [north hills midtown park amphitheater] shows are on the third sunday of every month from may-october. the concerts start at 5, but get there early with your instruments for a pre-concert bluegrass jam.

durham:

find your cool summer concert series [downtown durham] these free concerts in downtown’s ccb plaza run from thursday, may 8-thursday, august 7. the music starts at 7.
music on main [the streets at southpoint] starting in april, shoppers can enjoy live music every saturday from 6-9 at the cinema circle stage. right now event planners have announced the lineup through may, but the series continues into october.
chapel hill:
friday’s on the front porch [carolina inn] in its 12th season, this series features the music of some of north carolina’s best bands for 24 consecutive fridays through early october. one of the area’s most popular musical groups, sweet potato pie, starts things off on friday, april 25 at 5.

cary:

hob nob jazz series [koka booth amphitheater] this series isn’t free, but tickets are only $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. wednesday nights starting at 5:30 on april 30, enjoy some of the best jazz music around.

around the triangle:

downtown sounds [garner] previously music off main, downtown garner’s music series is back again. shows are from 6-9 on thursdays on the back lawn of the garner performing arts center. this is a shorter series, with two shows in may and two in june.
clayton town square concert series [clayton] these concerts are on the third thursday of every month from may-september. they take place at the town square from 7-9. head out early to grab some dinner at local restaurants offering pre-concert deals.
six sundays in spring [wake forest] held at the e. carroll joyner park amphitheater on sundays from 5-7, there will be plenty of fun for the family and different food and drink options. the series runs april 27-june 1.
last fridays music series [hillsborough] along with plenty of art and activities in historic downtown hillsborough, you can enjoy free music on the lawn outside the courthouse. concerts are on the last friday of every month, april-september, starting at 6:30.
bluegrass in the village [goldsboro] the north carolina bluegrass association is hosting these free concerts at waynesboro historical village. they take place on the first saturday of the month from april-october.
live in the district music series [morrisville] join the community every thursday night from april 17-may 15 for live music and kid’s activities like face painting and balloon animals. the lineup includes bands like the jason adamo band and the black heart kings.
saturdays in saxapahaw [saxapahaw] spend the afternoon in this historic mill village with a farmers’ market followed by free live music. the shows are saturdays from may 10-august 31 and start at 6.
friday night music series [bynum general store] enjoy music at this historic landmark every friday evening starting at 7 on may 2.

this has me stupid excited for springtime.

spring + summer in the triangle is a great time to check out free concert series. here are a few outdoor concert series getting ready to start in the area:

  • raleigh:

oak city 7 [downtown raleigh] all of the shows take place in city plaza starting at 5:30. in addition to local bands, there are plenty of food trucks and local beer is available to purchase. the bands are still being finalized, but shows take place on alternate thursdays starting may 29-august 21.

pickin’ in the plaza [downtown raleigh] this is a new bluegrass concert series in city plaza designed to complement oak city 7. the shows are on alternate thursdays from june 5-august 28 from 5-10:30. like oak city 7, there will be food trucks and local beer available.

music in the valley [crabtree valley mall] every wednesday from april 16-May 14, enjoy live music on restaurant row. all of the shows start at 6.

midtown beach music series [north hills] this popular series is always a good time if you like to dance or just hang out with friends. the shows are on thursday evenings from 6-9 on the commons. the series is from april 17-august 14.

midtown bluegrass series [north hills midtown park amphitheater] shows are on the third sunday of every month from may-october. the concerts start at 5, but get there early with your instruments for a pre-concert bluegrass jam.

  • durham:

find your cool summer concert series [downtown durham] these free concerts in downtown’s ccb plaza run from thursday, may 8-thursday, august 7. the music starts at 7.

music on main [the streets at southpoint] starting in april, shoppers can enjoy live music every saturday from 6-9 at the cinema circle stage. right now event planners have announced the lineup through may, but the series continues into october.

  • chapel hill:

friday’s on the front porch [carolina inn] in its 12th season, this series features the music of some of north carolina’s best bands for 24 consecutive fridays through early october. one of the area’s most popular musical groups, sweet potato pie, starts things off on friday, april 25 at 5.

  • cary:

hob nob jazz series [koka booth amphitheater] this series isn’t free, but tickets are only $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. wednesday nights starting at 5:30 on april 30, enjoy some of the best jazz music around.

  • around the triangle:

downtown sounds [garner] previously music off main, downtown garner’s music series is back again. shows are from 6-9 on thursdays on the back lawn of the garner performing arts center. this is a shorter series, with two shows in may and two in june.

clayton town square concert series [clayton] these concerts are on the third thursday of every month from may-september. they take place at the town square from 7-9. head out early to grab some dinner at local restaurants offering pre-concert deals.

six sundays in spring [wake forest] held at the e. carroll joyner park amphitheater on sundays from 5-7, there will be plenty of fun for the family and different food and drink options. the series runs april 27-june 1.

last fridays music series [hillsborough] along with plenty of art and activities in historic downtown hillsborough, you can enjoy free music on the lawn outside the courthouse. concerts are on the last friday of every month, april-september, starting at 6:30.

bluegrass in the village [goldsboro] the north carolina bluegrass association is hosting these free concerts at waynesboro historical village. they take place on the first saturday of the month from april-october.

live in the district music series [morrisville] join the community every thursday night from april 17-may 15 for live music and kid’s activities like face painting and balloon animals. the lineup includes bands like the jason adamo band and the black heart kings.

saturdays in saxapahaw [saxapahaw] spend the afternoon in this historic mill village with a farmers’ market followed by free live music. the shows are saturdays from may 10-august 31 and start at 6.

friday night music series [bynum general store] enjoy music at this historic landmark every friday evening starting at 7 on may 2.

this has me stupid excited for springtime.