Wednesday September 19 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


At CrossFit Takeover, Hannah’s gym, taking my second class. Today it’s all lunges and running. I overwork myself after the second round. Next time I really need to focus on pacing myself.


Vega Protein Shake. Peaches.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Peaches.


Back home. Enjoying some Donatos Pizza with their infamous Breadsticks. Later on, stuffing myself with Cannolis from Plaza Bakery.


Catching up on business and emails.


Learning a bunch of bass lines for Rolling Stones songs and others.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Tuesday September 18 2018



Waking up at 11:13 a.m.


Catching up on business and emails.


Errands.


Ana and Melissa are here making waffles and hanging out.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Roasted Potatoes. Coffee.

Watching Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana makes leftovers for dinner.


Teaching an online lesson – trying to instill creativity with Katelyn’s lessons while showing her how to play C-G-Am-F progression.


Figuring out songs.


At the studio practicing piano.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday September 17 2018

Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Roasted Potatoes. Coffee. Peach.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Leftover Spaghetti for Dinner with Baby Broccoli and French Baguette.


Watching Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018).


Chillin’ with Ana for a bit while I learn the solo in No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”. It’s kind of a guitar riff day for me.


At the studio practicing piano.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday September 16 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Coffee.


Today kicks off our fall session for MMLIVE. We’ve got three full bands. Drew, Lisa, and this guy I know Devon to help out with coaching.





Toasted Peanut Butter Poppy Seed Bagel. Potato Chips. White Peach.


It’s tiresome after the day of band rehearsals is over.


I stop in to Trader Joe’s for some groceries.


Back home.

Power napping in Ana’s bed. She comes home and awakens me. Meanwhile, Elvis darts around the room with spastic energy.


Leftovers for dinner: Black Bean Sliders with Kale, Guacamole, and Corn Tortilla Chips. 


At the studio putting up some new band pics. Later, Ana arrives and we practice songs.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday September 15 2018

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Waking up at 11:18 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Garlic Bread. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.

Finishing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).


Catching up on business and emails.


Ana has a friend from her old high school here – they reconnect and make music in her bedroom.


At the rehearsal spot setting up all the music gear for the fall session of MMLIVE.


Ana, mom, and I visit with Marcus’s family. His family is celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day and offered us dinner: Posole Soup with Hominy (Corn), Pork, and all kinds of fresh add-ins. The Corpse Bride movie is on. All of us become engrossed in it – recalling all our favorite moments.




Late night grocery stop at Harris Teeter with Ana, mainly for fruit and Gelato.




Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday September 14 2018

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Waking up at 12:07 p.m. Feels nice to sleep in.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business and getting lost in a rabbit hole on YouTube.


Teaching one in-home lesson today for Ian. Afterwards, we play some impromptu basketball in their driveway with his brother and some other kid neighbors. Getting my cardio for the day!


Stopping by the DAV on General Booth.


Back home. I suddenly decide to give myself a haircut. I grab some mirrors and the clippers to strategically buzz the sides and back but keep my length on the top. So much weight is gone now. It’s a relief.

...

After revealing my self-haircut to mom she reacts in shock.

“It’s okay mom! It’s not like Sampson and Delilah – I still have my strength.”


Ana made dinner. She calls it Ana’s Masala: Chic Peas, Tomatoes, Quinoa, Cauliflower, Zucchini, and Naan Bread.


Later on, Ana and I continue our music playing, a marathon it seems like. Practicing songs on the guitar like The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run”, No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”, and other potential tunes we wanna do.




Ana joins me in my bed. Before we drift off to sleep we make love.


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Thursday September 13 2018

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Waking up somewhere around 11:30 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Blueberries and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Teaching an afternoon voice lesson.


Toasted PB&J. Plantain Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


I happen to get off early so I take advantage of the time and join in for Thursday night basketball games at the Rec.


Ana’s friend Jovi is performing some music at Warrior’s Taphouse off General Booth. We grab Will and mom to eat some dinner and enjoy the show. Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence is just below us in the Carolinas ripping up the shoreline.





Back home. Chillin’ in Ana’s room having fun on guitars – learning potential songs we’d like to perform while Elvis runs around the room spastically.


It’s just music, all day every day.




Lying my bed. Ana comes in to say goodnight but we get caught up discussing the logistics of romantic relationships and our past experiences.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Wednesday September 12 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


One of my adult guitar students, Hannah, invited me to try a few classes at her Cross Fit gym. She coaches the one hour session. I’m introduced as the new guy. It’s all about the arms today. I make friends with one of the older guys who is also skinny like me. My arms feel like Jell-O afterwards.


Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Roasted Potatoes. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Plumcot.


Back home. Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Peppers, Tomatoes, Parmesan, Salad, and Garlic Loaf.


Watching Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018).


Power napping.


Chores.


At the studio practicing piano and singing.


Fruit.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Tuesday September 11 2018


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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Ana made us Blueberry Waffles with Coffee.


Running a few errands – everybody is out and about stocking up on water, batteries, and whatever else they think they need to prepare for Hurricane Florence!


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Popped Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making homemade Vegetable Fried Rice with Broccoli.

Watching Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (2018).


Teaching an online lesson to Katelyn.


Chillin’ with Ana in her room working on some music but at the same time giving her a guitar lesson.


Fruit and Nut Bar. Honey Dew Melon.


Downstairs, doing chores – making almond milk – organizing all the kitchen utensils in the drawers (we have so much stuff we don’t even use!).




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Monday September 10 2018

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Hurricane Florence is upon us. They say it’s gonna be a category 4, which is pretty serious. Of course, the stores and gas stations are chaos. After work, I stop by Kroger to get gas and some groceries. It’s difficult to figure out which pumps are functioning or not – they’re only serving premium and diesel at this point. I witness a little scuffle between an older man in a truck and a lady waiting behind him in line.


Back home. Warming up leftovers of whatever’s in the fridge.

Chicken Tortellini Soup with Pizza, Kale, and Carrots.


Hanging out with Ana in her bedroom teaching her the bass line to “Ramble On” for our own sake and possible for the MMLIVE band’s sake.


Granola.


Riding my bike late into the night.


Watermelon. Honeydew.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday September 9 2018

Waking up at 11:35 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Granola and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


I’ve got the entire day off – no prior engagements – no obligations – just me, myself, and I.


There’s rain and flooding for like an hour then the sunshine dries it all up.


At the Great Neck Rec shooting the basketball around.


Watermelon.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado.

Watching Black Panther (2018).


Catching up on chores and my to-do list.


Napping. Meanwhile, I hear Ana doing her guitar riff of the day.


Dinner by Ana: BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, and Beets.


Ana and I run some late night errands. Practicing some new songs at the studio together.


Grapes and Chocolate.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Saturday September 8 2018

Waking up at 10:52 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Lentil Curls. Coffee. Orange.

Watching Black Panther (2018).


Catching up on business. Errands.


Getting a much needed massage from Jonna, a longtime customer and parent of a student of ours. It’s really important with the work I do to get my shoulders, neck, and legs worked on regularly.


Back home. Mom makes dinner: Cod Filets with Black Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, and Rice.


Business.


At the studio playing piano – working on original songs.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday September 7 2018

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Waking up at 11:50 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


At the Great Neck Rec shooting some hoops. It’s been a couple weeks since my feet touched a basketball court. It feels good.


Scrambled Eggs. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Okra and Sweet Potatoes. Coffee.

Finishing Arizona (2018).


Driving around teaching all my in-home lessons.

Apple.


Back home. I order Donatos Pizza around the corner. I filled out a survey that gave me a free individual pizza – I decide to give it to Austin who has had some recent car troubles and in general life troubles.

“You just won yourself a free pizza! Congratulations!” I tell him.

“I’ll be right down to collect my winnings,” he texts back.




Ana and I head to Norfolk. Tonight at Toast I’m playing bass with Ladada – we’re opening for the beautiful Renata Zeiguer, who has a lullaby-like voice but with a mature indie-rock vibe backing her up. Sipping on drinks and mingling with the concert goers. A lot of friends of ours mention how tight and in sync Ladada was tonight. Ana says it seems to just get better and better.








Ana drives us back to VB. After dropping off some gear we instigate a heated session of love.




Sleep next to her at 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday September 6 2018

Waking up at 10:47 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


A few weeks ago Elvis gave the vets a difficult time and accidentally bit one of their hands. Consequently, they had to file it with animal control. Not a big deal, just protocol. They came over a few days after the incident and put Elvis on “house arrest”. It’s all very comical. A normal house cat being told not to leave the house. Today, the Public Health lady came by to get a visual confirmation he was okay and that’s that. “Elvis, you’re free to go!”


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

"How was your day today?" I ask one of my regular piano students.

"Terrifying," he exclaims.

"Oh! What happened?"

"I went to school," he says with a sincere wide eyed look on his face.


Back home. Making dinner: Black Beans with Celery, Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa. Beer.

Watching Arizona (2018).


At Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Jonnie, and Bobby.


Back home. Chillin’ with Ana while Elvis coops up inside a cubby hole in my bedroom pantry.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Wednesday September 5 2018

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Waking up at 11:17 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Granola, Blueberries, and Almond Milk.


Business.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Peach. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Getting some groceries at Whole Foods on my break. A lady mistakenly took my shopping cart.


Back home. Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions. French Baguette. Kale Salad.

Watching Hereafter (2010).


At the studio working on an original piano song. I’m making it a goal of mine to continue working on songs until they are finished.


Watermelon.




Sleep 4 a.m.                                                                                                                  


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Tuesday September 4 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Errands.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Potatoes (accidentally over-roasted by mom). Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana already begun making dinner. Sometimes our appetites are not on the same page but it’s okay.

Vegan Burgers with Kale, Carrots, and Gelato.


Teaching an online lesson.


Catching up on emails and business.


At the studio playing the piano. I get inspired with some lyrics and cool chordings in F.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday September 3 2018

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Ana drives mom and I out to her Auntie Vangie’s on Shore Drive for their family Halo Halo Brunch. Halo Halo is a traditional Filipino dessert involving shaved ice and about 20 different ingredients. Eating a plate of Fried Fish with Noodles and lots of fruit.


Teaching a small block of lessons at Music Makers.


Napping.


Watermelon. Toast.


Catching up on business.


Ana and I cook a simple dinner of Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa. Watching the first episode of Kidding (2018).

Sharing Gelato in Waffle Cones.


Chores. For some reason everybody has decided to do laundry today.


Corn Tortilla Chips.


Ana and I hop on our bikes and ride to the oceanfront. We spot a crescent red moon and park it on a lifeguard stand around 38th Street. Contemplating the mysteriousness of the moon and the dimly lit path painted over the ocean leading to it. The sound of the waves crashing – every now and then Ana is startled by the sound. The water is so close we could practically jump off the stand and into the water.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday September 2 2018

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Waking up at noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Watching some of Whiplash (2014) and researching.


Practicing my piano solo at the studio one last time before the show tonight.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Coffee.


Getting some groceries.


Got double duty tonight. First up is a house show and cookout in Norfolk with Ladada, Broken Beaches, and Dera Tactiles. It’s all at Mike D’s house. They’ve got a nice picturesque home and backyard with a deck/stage lit up with string bulbs that knock into your head if you’re not careful. Sipping on a Stella and snacking on the amazing grub. Meanwhile, everyone’s kids are running around with bamboo sticks, bubbles, and earphones (to protect their ears from the loud rock music). The overall sound on stage is actually quite good. Someone had a bright idea to toss out glow sticks at the end of our last song making it a monumental moment.







After chilling and mingling for a bit I drive back to VB. Snacking on some leftover Pizza. Gotta get ready for the DejaZep show at South Beach. It’s a special all Led Zeppelin tribute night. We added Eric Vetterick to the mix. John puts on a wig to resemble Robert Plant but it only lasts on his head for about two songs. Considering we only really rehearsed maybe a couple times and only the newer tunes, we did quite well – a few hiccups here and there. The bar is as packed as I’ve ever seen it. Labor Day festivities may have something to do with it.






Rewarding myself with a tub of Gelato when I get home.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday September 1 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Ana makes us Blueberry Pancakes with Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Scrambled Eggs. Potatoes. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Guayusa Tea.

Watching Hereafter (2010).


Catching up on business.


Surprise visit from Anthony. He just got off a shift at Trader Joe’s. He plops down on Ana’s bedroom floor with the 4 cup measuring glass full of water that he always drinks in and takes a nap.


Power napping.


Pineapple.


Picking up some Pizza at Donatos, a new pizza joint around the corner.


At the studio moving a piano into the drum room – organizing – practicing.


Watermelon.


Ana puts on a comfortable dress and we drive out to our favorite secret spot right where First Colonial turns into Oceana – it’s amazingly hidden but not too hidden, almost in plain sight. In the backseat we make ourselves feel young again.


Watching Whiplash (2014).




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday August 31 2018

Waking up at 11:43 a.m. Mm. Feels good to sleep in.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


Catching up on business.


Errands.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Plantain Chips. Iced Coffee.


Teaching in-home lessons.


Back home. Mom makes dinner again: Roasted Okra, Potatoes, Carrots, Peas, and Bread.
We all gather around the table (Will, mom, Ana, Austin, and myself). Will and I get caught up in talks about how inscrutable credit scores are and the complications of getting loans.


At the studio doing the accounting.


Late night Watermelon snacks cause a congregation in the kitchen. Will’s been slurping up beers and giving everyone a tirade on the faults in the justice system and modern day racism.




Sleep next to Ana at 3:30 a.m.

Thursday August 30 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Granola. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Business.


Running errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Roasted Potatoes. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Iced Coffee.

Watching The Company Men (2010).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Picking up my car – got an oil change and brand new stinkin’ tires!


Mom cooks dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Celery, Broccoli, Zucchini, and Rice.


Ladada practice with Bobby, Jonnie, and Josiah.




Back home.

Apple Butter Toast.


Chillin’ with Ana and Elvis.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Wednesday August 29 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business. Organizing and posting photos from the last MMLIVE show – it should be a simple task but there are so many things that I require myself to do to keep things neat and thorough. In between emails and this I keep myself busy at the computer all afternoon until it’s time to go to work.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.


Teaching at Music Makers.


Back home. Making quick dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Tomato Sauce, Mushrooms, Onions, Kale, and Bread.


At the rehearsal spot practicing with DEJA. We’ve got an all Led Zeppelin tribute show this Sunday.


Dropping off my car to the shop on 17th Street and riding my bike along the boardwalk to get some late night exercise.


Orange.




Sleep 3:30 a.m. next to Ana and Elvis.

Tuesday August 28 2018

Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


I got my car windows tinted!


Herring. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Peas, Quinoa, Zucchini, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Naan Bread.

Watching Ocean’s Eight (2018).


Teaching an online lesson.


At the studio meeting up with Josiah, Bianca, and Ana. Josiah has some solo demos he wants me to record piano on called Baby Josie. We set up a microphone with his recording rig and I lay down some tracks on the acoustic piano in my usual lesson room.




Sleep 4 a.m.