Sunday July 16 2017

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Waking up at 10:18 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Rock school rehearsals all afternoon.


PB&J break. Quinoa Popcorn Chips. Green Tea.








Back home.

Power napping.


Getting groceries with Ana at Kroger.


Sharing Field Roast Vegan Frankfurters with Potatoes and Slaw with Ana for dinner while we watch Okja (2017) with mom in the living room.


Chores.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday July 15 2017

Waking up at 10:50 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Potatoes. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Green Tea.

Watching Zero Dark Thirty (2012).


Napping.


Watermelon.


Getting some stuff at Target.


Fixing up guitars at the studio.


Vegetable Fried Rice with Quinoa, Butter Beans, and Kale.


Chores.


Cookies.


At the studio with Ana. She plays drums and bass while I finish restringing a guitar.


Pineapple Juice.


Playing Mean Beans with Ana. She promises not to be a sore loser. And yet she wins quite a few.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Friday July 14 2017

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Waking up at 11:20 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Chores. Organizing. Cleaning.


Veggies Burger with Tomato. Potatoes. Green Tea.

Watching Free Fire (2016).


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Stopping by the thrift store in between.




Grouper with Black Beans, Baby Broccoli, Carrots, Portobello Mushrooms, Onions, and Quinoa.


Lightning in the sky...



Sharing a Cinnamon Bun and a Whoopie Pie that mom got from an Amish bakery.


At the studio late at night working on instruments and playing drums.


Back home.

Talking with Ana about our sex life and how to keep our relationship strong with healthy distance and clarifying our expectations of each other.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday July 13 2017

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Waking up at 11:13 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries, Banana, and Almond Milk.


Teaching a few lessons.


Scrambled Eggs. Leftover Kale and Potatoes. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Nectarine. Green Tea.

Watching Tiger House (2016).


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.


Dinner: Black Beans, Brown Rice, Broccoli, Carrots, and Onions.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon.


Watermelon.


Ana locked her bedroom door – not sure why. She’s been tricky as of late. I complain about her not saying goodnight to me, something she highly values every night. She enters my room in the middle of me playing Mean Beans and demands to play against me.


She sleeps next to me at 4 a.m.


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Wednesday July 12 2017

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Making it to basketball at the Rec on time. Gotta arrive at least an hour early if you want to make the team.




Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Dinner: Tuna Burger with Smashed Potatoes and Kale.


DEJA rehearsal. It’s time again to brush off the cobwebs – not performing DEJA tunes even for a month feels like forever and it’s easy for the chops to get rusty.


Stopping by Walmart to grab a few things. A dude comes up to me and asks if I’m dressed up as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. I didn’t even realize it until he asked. All day I’ve been impersonating Shaggy without knowing it.




Grapes.


Playing against Ana in Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on a SEGA computer emulator.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday July 11 2017

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Waking up at 10:12 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


At Music Makers with Ana and mom. Joe comes in to teach Ana and I guitar lessons for a trade.


Getting groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Tempeh Bacon, Pita with Hummus, Cashews, Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado, Tomatoes, and Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Cauliflower Pizza with Slaw.


Teaching an online lesson to Katelyn.


Playing Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on a SEGA emulator.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday July 10 2017

Waking up at 10:08 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk.


At the Rec with Ana. Even with arriving early I still get wait listed for basketball. I do what I can in the fitness room and shoot around until I’m able to play a few games.


Nectarine. Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Afterwards, spending some time restringing a bass and cleaning.


Fried Rice with Veggies, Peas, and Chicken.

Watching Get Out (2017).


Catching up on teacher homework.


Practicing drums.


Pineapple.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday July 9 2017

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Waking up at 10:37 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Rock school sessions!


PB&J break with Potato Chips and Green Tea.






Back home.

Watermelon.


Power napping.


Making dinner: Tofu with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.


Later on, Leah Dimeck comes over. She’s in town for a few days. Her, Ana, Will, and I hang out with glasses of Red Wine and play a few rounds of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on Will’s computer. Ana keeps calling it Tetris.

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After a warm buzz in our system and realizing its Will’s 30th birthday we decide to venture to the oceanfront. Leah and Ana drive. Will takes his shortboard and I ride my bike. We tire ourselves out at the fitness park on the sand with pull up bars, rope climbing, and the tightrope.


Back home. Settling down. Ana jumps in my bed while I do stuff on the computer. Later on, I lie down next to her and she’s emanating with desire.


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Saturday July 8 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers from 12 to 3.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.

Watching The Lost City of Z (2016).


Shopping online. Editing videos.


Errands.


Dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti with Sauce and Slaw.


Chores.


Ice Cream.


Practicing drums at the studio. Later on, Ana’s here – we work on bass lines for rock school.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Friday July 7 2017

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Waking up at 10:08 a.m.


My dad and his wife Patty come over for breakfast with Ana and I. We make Biscuits, Pancakes, Eggs, Cantaloupe, and Coffee for everyone.


Errands with Ana. We stop by Walmart to see what kind of window A/C units they have. We end up walking out with a new larger rice cooker, a bottle of maple syrup, and a watermelon. Ana’s concerned about getting the syrup from Walmart even though it’s 100% maple syrup from Vermont.

“We’re Walmart people now!” she exclaims.

She’s hilarious.

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Then, groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Veggie Burger. Potato Chips with Avocado. Green Tea. White Apricots.


Teaching a couple in-home lessons. I brought along the mini classical guitar to supplement the lessons. Jolin, 8-years old, absolutely loves picking at it.


Checking out the Salvation Army thrift store off Lynnhaven.


Meeting a guy off Shore Drive to buy a window A/C unit for Ana. $100 for new out of box 5,000 BTU unit is a good deal.


Back home. Will helps me figure out how to install it and seal all the air openings.


Dinner: Brown Jasmine Fried Rice with Onions, Carrots, Corn, Peas, and Kale.


Catching up on emails.


Ana arrives home supremely happy to see the window A/C unit running in her bedroom.


Sharing Watermelon and talks on diet in the kitchen.


Taking my bike out for a night ride on the town. The cool summer breeze splashes my face with innocence and inspiration.


Pineapple Juice.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday July 6 2017

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On top of a mountain. I’m with my mom and a doctor whom we don’t know. An oversized black bat has spawned out of nowhere and is flying around with hostile intent. The three of us make a run for it. It’s strange cause the whole mountainside is draped with a blue tarp allowing us to slide right down. However, it makes climbing up the slopes difficult. Even with the bat swooping down to bite us we manage to make it safely to a building and scramble inside an elevator just in time. The elevator moves side to side rather than up and down. It takes us to another building, and then another. Meanwhile, we hope the bat hasn’t figured out where we are.

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Teaching early afternoon lessons.


Catching up on emails.


Teacher homework.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.

Watching The Ticket (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


After the lessons my dad and his wife, Patty, meet us at the studio.

“Are you finished with what you’re doing?” mom asks as I’m finishing up one last email.

I look back and say, “It’s never finished,” insinuating that running a business is never finished.

“Life is never finished...until you’re dead!” Ana adds.

The things she comes up with on the fly always amazes me. That could easily be seen on a bumper sticker.

“That’s why you gotta keep living while you’re alive!” she completes the slogan.


The five of us have dinner at Wasserhund Brewing for Pizza and Beers.


Back home. The heat is unbearable.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Wednesday July 5 2017

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Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Watching Korn videos – a reminder of my teenagehood.


Cooking dinner early in the day so that it will be ready for tonight.


Setting up my keyboard rig at the 31st Street stage for the ELO gig tonight.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Potato Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Heading straight over to the 31st Street stage (Neptune Park) at the oceanfront. A New World Record, the ELO tribute band I play keyboards and sing with has a gig tonight, a rarity these days. We probably rehearse more than we perform. But it’s a special night. We do our 45 minute set two different times in the night. In between there’s a 90’s alternative cover band playing in between. My mom, Ana, my dad, and his wife are here.







Back at the house. Dad and Patty drop by to show the videos and chat for a bit. We share coffee and fruit.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday July 4 2017

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Waking up at 11:47 p.m.


Making Blueberry Waffles for Ana and mom. Enjoying with Coffee.


I make plans to meet a bunch of sellers on OfferUp to buy a bass, a guitar, and a set of bongos. Ana tags along. The first guy we meet is a real estate broker with a lot of stories to tell, one about how he ran into Timothy Schmit of The Eagles at the Richmond airport.

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As we drive by a Food Lion out in Salem I point out, “A shopping center isn’t complete without a nail salon and a Chinese restaurant!”

We notice there’s a nail salon on the right side and a Chinese restaurant on the left side.

“A shopping center sandwich!” Ana exclaims.

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I guy I buy the bongos from says “I’m a Toby Keith impersonator,” as he hoses down his old Lincoln.




Tuna Salad Sandwich with Cucumber and Tomato.


Meeting another guy about a bass.


Power napping.


Mom, Ana, and I ride over to Elliott’s house in Norfolk for Independence Day festivities. Grilling Veggies Burgers with Potatoes and Zucchini. Sipping on Ciders and Beers. In the music room where You’re Jovian usually practices we all hop on instruments and jam.






July 4th isn’t complete without fireworks. Elliott of course has bags full of an assortment. You can hear constant boom and cracks in the sky all across the city – it sounds like a war zone.




Back home at some point.


Sleep at 3:30 a.m.


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Monday July 3 2017

Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Watermelon. Angelcot.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers


Peas. Naan Bread. Slaw.


ELO rehearsal – we run the set twice through in preparation for the beach gig this Wednesday.


Cookies.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday July 2 2017

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Three rock school rehearsals. Lunch break in between: PB&J, Potato Chips, and Green Tea.


Getting some groceries.


Making dinner. Homemade Slaw with Chicken Sausages.

Watching The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017).


Homemade Cookies.


Practicing piano.


Pineapple Juice. Fruit.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Saturday July 1 2017

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Waking up at 11:18 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Watermelon.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.

Watching The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017).


Field trip with mom – dropping off recycle – picking up some bulk things from The Heritage – attempting to help a guy who looks homeless and is dragging a coffee table with wheels down the service road on Laskin.


Napping.


Chores.


Mom and I go to Wasserhund Brewery to watch Joe, one of our guitar instructors, and enjoy Pizza and Beer.


Later on, practicing drums at the studio.


Back home. Chores.


Ana sleeps in my bed. She’s very touchy and has that frisky look in her eye. I play along. Lovemaking.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday June 30 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m. Ana and Elvis lie down next to me – cuddle session.


Making Pancakes and Coffee. I get frustrated cause the frozen blueberries make the batter a bit watery causing the pancakes to stick to the iron skillet. Next time we’re sprinkling in the blueberries on top of the pancake.


Doing the accounting for Music Makers.


White Peach.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Green Tea.

Watching What The Health (2017).


Teaching all my in-home lessons. At the Kuzniewski’s house after I’m done with teaching all four kids I get into a constructive conversation about nutrition education and the great debate over plant based diets.


Japanese Style Rice with Edamame, Peas, Cabbage, and Naan Bread.


Will and I join the shenanigans over at Anthony and gang’s house. Kevin Moore’s birthday is at midnight so we’re celebrating. All kinds of familiar faces are here. The atmosphere is like 1435 transferred to here. There’s hooting and hollering and drinking and raving. 







At some point while everyone congregates atop the slide Mike Fry’s girlfriend gets sexually harassed by some dude. She points it out, “Dude, did you just put your finger up my skirt?” Almost immediately, Mike clamors up the steps and confronts the dude. Amidst the commotion Kevin becomes collateral damage and falls down the steps almost flipping completely over. He lands awkwardly on his head. Luckily, he fell on top of mulch and not cement. Everyone’s concerned he might have a concussion but he’s still awake – inebriated but awake.


Will and I discuss the causes of the plot on the drive home.


Apricots.


In bed with Ana. We talk late into the night...


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Thursday June 29 2017

Waking up at 11:08 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries, Banana, and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Teaching a lesson.


Getting groceries with Ana at Trader Joe’s.


I sent Ana some cool video about an instrument/machine used to create horror movie sounds.

“That’s so awesome. Beautiful,” she responds.

“You know what else is beautiful?” I ask.

She hits me back with, “Music. Life. Elvis. You. Plants. Water. Bread. Love.”


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Thursdays are always crazy for lessons. Including myself, a total of five teachers were in and out.


Back home.

Cooking dinner: Salmon with Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Onions, Jasmine Rice, and Black Beans.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday June 28 2017

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Waking up at 10:08 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


At the Rec with Ana. Playing adult basketball. My team loses all our games but it’s not about winning – it’s about cardio and fun.


Tempeh Bacon. Sourdough Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.

Watching The Stanford Experiment (2015).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Tofu with Zucchini, Squash, Onions, and Quinoa.


At the studio putting on new drum heads – tuning the drums – rearranging – cleaning.




Mango. OJ.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday June 27 2017

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Elvis has been super affectionate since Ana left for tour. He misses mommy. Fortunately, she arrives home tonight.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Errands.


Chores.


Toasted PB&J. Plums. Navel Orange. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana’s finally arrived from tour. It’s a little hectic in the dining room from Will and I sorting through forgotten things in the back closet. Mom warms up dinner: Black Beans with Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa. We enjoy a meal as a “family”.


Teaching an online lesson.


Meeting with Drew and DeeGee at Music Makers. Drew taught his last lessons earlier today and he’s here to take the 60’s Leedy drum kit and replace it with one that I can have. Even though we transferred ownership almost a year ago this feels more like “the final moment” as DeeGee puts it. She gets teary eyed while she takes down some of the personal pictures. This business was their baby all the way from 2009.


Back home.

Chamomile Tea.

Interrupting Ana while she stretches on her bedroom floor, “Okay, meeting in my bed in 20 minutes!”

“No,” she says immediately like she replies to anything.

“Yes!” I retort.


Later on, we lie down side by side while she recounts some tour memories.

“It was much quieter while you were gone,” I tell her.

“Really?” she sounds slightly offended.

“I think you’re the loudest person in the house. That’s true.”

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Sex is in order.


Sleep 3 a.m.  

Monday June 26 2017

Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Sauce, Zucchini, Squash, and Onions. Naan Bread.

Watching Extortion (2017).


Research.


Ice Cream.


Practicing drums.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday June 25 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Peaches, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


The summer rock school sessions start today! We got three bands. Joe, one of our guitar instructors, is teaming up with me to help coach all of them. It’s a productive and fun day. PB&J break with Potato Chips and Green Tea.





Back home.

Dinner: Leftover Cabbage, Potatoes, Fish, and Spinach.

Watching Kong: Skull Island (2017).


Navel Orange.


Chores. Dropping off recycle. On the way back I decide to drop inside the new Walmart, where the old Kmart used to be. While browsing I run into Josh.

“We’re having a number 2,” he tells me referring to him and Tawny having another baby.

“Wow! Congratulations. I haven’t even had 1 yet and you’re already on to number 2!”


Practicing drums.


Ice Cream.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday June 24 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Scrambled Eggs. Baguette with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.

Watching The Mars Generation (2017).


Over at the rock school rehearsal spot prepping and organizing the room – setting up amps – plugging in microphones – making sure everything is set up and ready for tomorrow when we kick off the summer sessions.


Back home. Mom cooked up dinner: Black Beans, Onions, Turnips, Kale, Turnip Greens, Brown Rice, and Quinoa.

Her and I watch A Monster Calls (2016) together.


Fruit. Chocolate.


Practicing drums – studying potential rock school songs.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday June 23 2017

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I take a two-day trip to Mars (the red planet) to perform a concert of some kind to the current civilization. It’s understood it’s the distant future where space travel is not difficult. Later on in the week I almost forget to brag about my trip to friends.

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Waking up at 11:08 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a lesson.


Toasted PB&J. Green Tea.

Watching Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008).


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Mom made dinner: Potato, Cabbage, Onions, and Vegan Hot Dog.

Watching War On Everyone (2016).


Organizing music on my computer.


Cheesecake. Grapes.


Researching.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday June 22 2017

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Peaches, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a vocal lesson.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers until evening.


Black Beans with Kale, Onions, and Brown Rice.

Watching Power Rangers (2017).


Milk Chocolate.


Organizing and rock school planning.


Grapes. OJ.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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