Saturday August 19 2017

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Waking up around 11 a.m.


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


Loading up the wagon and setting up for the gig at Trader Joe’s from 2 to 5pm. It’s their 50 year anniversary. It’s a rare thing to see a music performance inside a TJ’s store. And here we are, Ana, Mike Gombas, and I pumping out music. We each take turns doing a solo set. Ana and I do our usual tunes. Later in the afternoon we do a three piece where I’m playing drums, and we even do “Bohemian Rhapsody”.






Over at Wasserhund with Ana and mom. We enjoy a Pizza pie with Brews and watch Mike and Kelly (Two Hand Touch) perform.




Back home. Settling down.


As I scoop a big serving of Gelato into a bowl I justify to Ana, “I deserve this!”


Ana massages my feet and back. When she drifts off to sleep I edit the video footage from today into a bite size clip.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday August 18 2017

Waking up at 11:17 a.m.


Oat and Wheat Flakes with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


Catching up on emails, business, and chores.


Grilled PB&J. Popped Corn Chips. Green Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Homemade Fried Rice with Cabbage, Onions, Mushrooms, Vegan Sausage, and Kale.

Watching Colossal (2016).


Gelato.


Catching up on business.


After Ana gets off work we practice songs at the studio in preparation for our gig at Trader Joe’s tomorrow.


Orange. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Thursday August 17 2017

Waking up at 10:27 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers until 8 p.m.


Banana snack somewhere in between.


Back home. Black Beans, Broccoli, and Brown Rice.

Watching Desierto (2015).


Gelato.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah and Bobby. Jonathan couldn’t make it. Before we even start making sounds the three of us get deep in conversation about the recordings we’re working on and the future of the band.


Orange.


Organizing a set list for Saturday.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday August 16 2017

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Watermelon. Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Bread with Butter and Fig Spread. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.

Watching The Dinner (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Pappardelle Noodles with Peas, Onions, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, and Bread.


Meeting up with Mike Gombas and Ana at the studio to rehearse some songs we want to do on Saturday.


Peaches. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday August 15 2017

Waking up at 11:08 a.m.


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


Emails. Business. Errands.


Tempeh Bacon, Toast with Goat Cream Cheese, Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato, and Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Lentils, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Onions, and Basmati Rice.


Teaching an online lesson.


At the studio with Ana practicing songs. Both our heads are aching and we’ve lost our patience with each other. But the pressure is on cause we have a gig this weekend.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday August 14 2017

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Waking up at 10:07 a.m.


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


Playing basketball at the Rec.


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

Watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Black Beans, Kale, Carrots, and Brown Basmati Rice.


Gelato.




At the studio nailing in acoustic foam in the drum room then practicing a little bit.




Peach.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday August 13 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Big Music Makers rock school show today at Eagle’s Nest.












Smoked Salmon. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.


Back to work. Unloading all the gear that belongs to Drew at the rehearsal space. Then at the studio with mom continuing our drum room renovations. We finally got a good plan to fill up every inch of wall with a quilt fabric. I help where I can and work on designing the acoustic foam to go in particular spots in the room.


Dinner: Fried Rice with Onions, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Peas, Snow Peas, and Carrots.


Checking out Drew’s new side band, Mr. Sister, at South Beach Grille. Jimmy and Steve, a guy from the old DEJA days, are in it too. Their set lists are pretty much all the songs we would normally do in rock school, nothing DEJA complicated and epic about it, just fun tunes that people know.




Back at the studio finishing up the drum room.




Home. Sleep next to Ana.


[i] Rock School images by Rachel Jenkins.

Saturday August 12 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Today is the final rehearsal for our three rock school bands. There’s a lot of stress on the students but in the end the practices are fun and productive.


PB&J break with Potato Chips and Green Tea.


Tia’s mom brought a dozen Duck Donuts for the kid’s band.




Loading out the music gear into the car.


At the studio with mom planning out how we’re going to drape the drum room walls with a particular multi-colored quilt she found at Walmart.


Taking mom out to Baladi’s for her birthday. She got a coupon for a free entrée. We sip on ice cold Hibiscus Teas imported from Palestine and enjoy the catches of the day, Grouper and Red Snapper.





Back at the studio continuing our renovations at the studio.


Back home. Chamomile Tea. Making flyers to hand out at the show tomorrow.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday August 11 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Making Blueberry Pancakes and Coffee – breakfast with Ana.


Catching up on business. Getting groceries with Ana. She’s super peppy today cause she’s off work.


Egg. Potatoes. Bread. Green Tea.


Teaching a couple in-home lessons.


Picking up a few things from the thrift store.


Back home.

Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Marinara Sauce, Onions, Mushrooms, and Green Peppers. Homemade Thyme Bread.


Ana’s been busy making bread from scratch the past week. We’re learning a lot about the right methods it takes to bake the best possible bread.


Chores.


At the studio clearing out the drum room once again. Then, Ana shows up to sing songs together.




Galia Melon.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Thursday August 10 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching a few early afternoon lessons.


Running through a few DEJA tunes


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Figs.


Leftover Vegetable Fried Rice with Kale.


Driving way out to Big Woody’s in Chesapeake Square Mall for a DEJA gig. It’s our first time performing here. Everything feels natural in our set – even without any rehearsals we sound tight.


Back home. Snacking on some hot dog buns and Chamomile Tea. Catching up on the day with Ana.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday August 9 2017

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. I prove myself worthy this afternoon – I’m a scoring machine.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Potatoes. Green Tea.

Watching Chuck (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana makes dinner tonight: Tofu with Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa.


At Lowe’s and Walmart looking for material to seal the doors at the studio.


I beg Ana to make Chocolate Chip Cookies and she does.


Back at the studio to tweak the issue with sound seeping through the lesson room doors, especially the drum room. I really need to go over some DEJA tunes before tomorrow night but time just ticks away while I troubleshoot.


Thankfully sleeping at 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday August 8 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats and Flakes with Strawberries and Almond Milk.


Emails. Researching. Staring at a computer screen all afternoon.


Chores.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Basmati Fried Rice with Edamame, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, and Chard.

Watching Chuck (2016).


Gelato.


Researching.


At the studio with Ana practicing old songs that we plan on doing at our gig for Trader Joe’s. Afterwards, I mention how crazy it is we have so many songs to perform and choose from. We can easily do this duo thing as a nice side job. Just doing a once a month gig would be cool.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday August 7 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m. Usually I wake up early to make adult basketball at the Rec but I decided to catch an extra hour of sleep this Monday.


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


At the Great Neck Rec shooting the basketball around.


Banana.


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

Watching Shot Caller (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Groceries.


Vegetable Fried Rice with Quinoa, Celery, Onions, Carrots, Peas, and Sugar Snap Peas.


Gelato.


Researching.


Trimming the cat’s front claws, which is always usually an ordeal but this time wasn’t so bad. After a few minutes of growling we’re done.


Food prep.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday August 6 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Rock School rehearsals all afternoon.


Peach. Banana.


All the bands seem pretty well equipped for their songs. It’s exciting to see it all coming together.


PB&J. Potato Chips. Green Tea.


At the studio. Our guy, Fred, is still installing all the soundproofing boards to the wall of the drum room.


Catching up on chores.


Naan Pizzas with Slaw.


Back at the studio putting everything back into the drum room – reorganizing everything. Later on, Ana comes by to practice a few tunes. We’ve been working hard on our duet of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.


Back home. Settling in. Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday August 5 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Peach.


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

Watching Wakefield (2017).


Ana seems more stressed out than usual. She’s baking cookies to bring to a show in Norfolk and talking about attending Cynthia’s comedy thing and then practicing music with me. And she can’t seem to prioritize things in real time. It’s that time of the month also. I try to calm her down as best I can.


Meanwhile, I’m at the studio with my mom. I practice a little drums first and then we start clearing out the drum room – everything must come off the walls for Fred to come in tomorrow and soundproof the room. We spend a lot of time cleaning and brainstorming what to do with the other lesson rooms.


Dinner: Tempeh with Kale, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.


Cinnamon Roll.


Back at the studio doing some more renovating and practicing piano.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday August 4 2017

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Waking up at 10:20 a.m. I'm 33, which turns into an 8 when you flip the first 3 around (ɛɜ), which is the infinity symbol so I'll live forever!


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


Meeting Kim and Derek of Red Chalk to discuss the new Music Makers website and various other things all in preparation for the re-launch of our logo and brand.


Peaches and Plums.


Ana and I go on a birthday afternoon outing to Costco in search of folding chairs, then to the Salvation Army thrift store.





PB&J. Popped Popcorn Chips. Green Tea.


Out to teach two in-home lessons, one for Jillian and one for Jolin.


Back home for a little bit. Ana bakes a cake in the kitchen – mom helps make the frosting.


With mom, Ana, Will, and Cynthia to enjoy dinner at Bangkok Garden.





At the house doing the birthday cake thing. Ana’s cake came out smaller than she expected but it’s delicious.





There’s a mysterious sandal that’s been lying in the middle of the road near the front of our neighborhood for the past three days. Cynthia makes a little video...



Later on in the night we meet up at Charlie’s in Norfolk for dancing. It’s an entertaining night with friends...





Back home. Settling in. Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday August 3 2017

Waking up at 11:30 a.m. much later than usual but I needed the extra sleep.


Ana made Waffles. Black Tea.


Teaching a few afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


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

Watching Alien: Covenant (2017).


Teaching more lessons.


Dinner: Field Roast Vegan Sausages on Potato Buns with Potatoes and Slaw.


Butter Pecan Gelato.


Organizing. Teacher homework. Researching.


Pineapple Juice.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday August 2 2017

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Watermelon.


Smoked Salmon, Potatoes, Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese, and Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Lentils, Kale, Onions, and Quinoa.


Ana takes Will and I to Charlie’s Café in Norfolk for the rock show. I’m playing with Ladada – we open the show with a short and sweet set of all the favorites. Wing Dam and Zack Mexico both put on stellar performances after us. Sipping on some brews and socializing in between sets.






Back in Virginia Beach. Ana has to endure a Walmart visit so I can pick up something important for my mom.




Chamomile Tea.


Sleep at some point.


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Tuesday August 1 2017

Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


Meeting with Nick Galante at the studio to discuss the details of a percussion workshop at the end of the month and future workshops.


Emails. Business.


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

Watching I Am Heath Ledger (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Banana.


Dinner: Linguini Noodles with Marinara, Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, and a Salad.


Gelato.


At the studio with Ana practicing songs together, sometimes her on guitar and me on drums, then sitting at the piano trying to arrange our rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It’s a lot of work for just one song. But it’ll be worth it.


Snacking on Fruit back at the house – rewarding ourselves.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Monday July 31 2017

Waking up at 10 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk. Irish Black Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Nectarine.


Vegetarian Frankfurter with Potatoes, Avocado, Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese and Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Shopping around for blinds, chairs, and a door knob for the studio.


Getting groceries.


Dinner: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Cabbage, Edamame, Celery, Onions, Baby Broccoli, and Carrots.

Watching The Drowning (2016).


Doing the accounting at the studio.


Grapes.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Sunday July 30 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Rock school rehearsals all day.


Peach. Banana. PB&J. Puffed Quinoa Corn Crackers. Green Tea.





Sal finished the interior painting at the studio. It’s nice to see it all together. We still have phase two to complete (the lesson rooms).


Muffins.


Power napping.


Pappardelle noodles with Onions, Kale, Cauliflower, Peas, Carrots, and Naan Bread.

Finishing Lion (2016). I cried like a baby at the end.


At the studio putting all the furniture and instruments back in place and organizing. It takes some time.


Rewarding myself with some Talenti Gelato while chatting with Ana.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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Saturday July 29 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Meanwhile, Sal, one of our drum student’s dad, is painting the walls of the foyer, hallway, and waiting room new colors.




Back home.

Tempeh Bacon. Potatoes. Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Green Tea.


Catching up on business.


Fruit.


Ana and I check out Plan B Comedy at The Zeider American Dream Theater. Cynthia is performing improv sketches with a group. We sit next to Anthony and enjoy the show. We laugh the kind of laughing that hurts your stomach and face after a while.




Back home. Warming up dinner: leftover Fried Rice, Quinoa, Corn, Peas, and Kale. Peanut Butter Gelato.


Practicing drums.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday July 28 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Errands.


Catching up on things. I decided to cancel all my in-home lessons today because I don’t want to cram everything in today. DEJA is doing a special show tonight and I need to brush up on some tunes that I don’t normally play with them on.


Quickie with Ana.


Tempeh Bacon. Fresh Bread made by Ana. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Green Tea.

Watching Lion (2016).


Food prepping.


Time for the DEJA show at Wing King. We decided last minute (and by that I mean last rehearsal) that we should do a 3 set show with all Led Zeppelin for one, Rush for another, and Pink Floyd for the last. Despite playing shelved songs it turns out wonderfully I thought.




Enjoying some surprisingly spicy Tuna Bites with a Salad I brought from home. Sipping on Stellas.


“Music opens a path into the realm of silence...”


Ice Cream when I get home.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday July 27 2017

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I’ve entered a block-like apartment (one room only). It feels like I’m in a foreign country, maybe Japan or India, and its centuries in the past. I open up a wooden chest where a geisha has been waiting to come out. The girl lies on her stomach face out on a table in front of an Indian shrine with no expression. It doesn’t make sense how she could’ve survived being inside that chest without oxygen. She acts as if she’s been trained to do this thing. I feel bad for her and want help her heal from the pain of being a prisoner here. I notice a bruise on her left cheek. 

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Ana and I take care of some errands – picking up some calming meds for Elvis at the vet – getting groceries at Trader Joe’s.


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

Watching Lion (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


At Your Pie with Ana and mom enjoying a couple personal Pizzas together. Using a coupon to get one pizza free.


At the studio taking things down off the walls and preparing the foyer and waiting area for the big weekend of painting.


Ice Cream.


Ladada rehearsal.


Back home. Ana is making homemade bread in the oven.

“Smells like hamburger buns in here,” I say.


After watching Elvis go cat crazy over his new kicker toy Ana and I go to bed.

“I’m done,” I exclaim. “That’s all I can give the world.”


Sleep 3 a.m.


[i] Geisha on the Behance Network. Michael Paul Young.

Wednesday July 26 2017

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Brown Fried Rice, Quinoa, Peas, Onions, Vegan Frankfurters, and Kale.


DEJA rehearsal.


At the studio organizing and practicing drums.


Applesauce. Plum.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday July 25 2017

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Waking up at 11:12 a.m.


Waffle. Coffee.


Catching up on things.


Veggie Burger with Tomato. Potatoes. Green Tea.

Watching Sleight (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.




Black Beans, Kale, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.


Ana bakes us Chocolate Chip Cookies. After enjoying a few while watching cooking videos we decide to head out into the night on our bikes. Beach Middle School has a park sort of hidden past a lake – zipping down the sidewalk loop – sitting on the bleachers pretending we’re back in grade school acting like we’ve never kissed before. Later on, having a good time at the fitness park on the beach.







Back home.

Playing Mean Beans with Ana. 11 to 2 is the final score. Guess who won?

“Of course! Cause you’re so good at everything else!” she exclaims sarcastically.

And then reaches in for satisfying pinch – her teeth clinch up and she does that quick sigh. Gigil as she calls it in tagalog.


Sleep at 3 a.m.


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Monday July 24 2017

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. Testing out my new rec specs (prescription goggles). It’s gonna take some getting used to. I feel somewhat blind on the peripheral.




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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Fried Tofu with Broccoli, Onions, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


Catching up on teacher homework.


Ice Cream.


Practicing drums.


Nectarine.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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