Friday April 21 2017


Waking up at 10:45 a.m. to Anthony and company singing their country hearts out in his bedroom.


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


Basketball at the Rec – meanwhile Ana works out on the treadmill.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Navel Orange. Oolong Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Forbidden Rice Ramen Noodles with Miso Soup, Peas, Beets, Beet Greens, and Naan Bread.

Watching Bill Nye.


Ice Cream.


Catching up on business.


Sleep next to Ana early on at 2 a.m.

Thursday April 20 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching Good Kill (2014).


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.


Practicing songs with Ana at the studio.


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


Ice Cream.


Ladada rehearsal with Bobby and Josiah. No Jon tonight. But we stay productive and create a rough draft for a new song.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday April 19 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Strawberries. Black Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


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

Watching The Founder (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Picking up Ana from work. Enjoying frozen Pizzas from Trader Joe’s and Broccoli Slaw for dinner.


Ice Cream.


DEJA rehearsal – dusting off the cobwebs.


Grapes. Chamomile Tea.


Chill time with Ana and Elvis.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday April 18 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Errands with Ana – getting new glasses adjusted – groceries at Whole Foods – running into Eric of DEJA.


Salmon Bacon, Tempeh Bacon, Sourdough Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese, Potato Chips with Avocado, and Oolong Tea.

Watching Milk (2008).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Apple.


Back home. Black Beans with Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa.


At the studio with Ana working on a few songs with her doing lead vocals and me backing her up on the tom/hi-hat/snare.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday April 17 2017

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In Goldsboro, North Carolina. It’s Easter weekend. Across the street from my dad’s old house I discover Trey and Andy, my childhood friends. In waking life I’ve been wanting to meet up with them. It’s been many years. We all walk down the street happy to see one another – catching up on things. Andy and I have big grins on our faces.

“You’ve got kids now and a family and all that? That’s crazy!” I tell Andy.

Later on, we’re waiting in line to be extras in a movie that Emily Hill is in. She’s directing the crowd and asking what their favorite art is. Somebody shouts, “Omni!” which doesn’t make sense cause that’s a band.

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Waking up officially at 10:30 a.m. I went to sleep earlier than usual and woke up prematurely an hour ago.


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


Basketball at the Rec. No skills today.


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

Watching Milk (2008).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Very happy about getting the A/C repaired. We need to recharge it with refrigerant.


Back home. Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Tempeh, and Salmon Bacon.


At the studio with Ana. While she practices drums I set up and restring an electric guitar.




Back home. Relaxing in my bed with Ana. She gives my feet and legs a rubdown. She’s feeling frisky too – nuzzling her face into mine while I shyly stay turned over. Eventually, sex.


Sleep 3:40 a.m.


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Sunday April 16 2017

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Waking up at 10:20 a.m. to Ana knocking on the door. She made Waffles for our Easter morning breakfast. I brew some Coffee to go with.




Rock School sessions all afternoon from 12 to 6:30. Lunch break in between: PB&J, Potato Chips, and an Apple.


My head hurts after dealing with multiple band rehearsals. I know these kids are having a great time but they don’t know the stress a teacher goes through on days like these.


Back home for a quick dinner my mom cooked up using leftovers: Brown Rice Quinoa Noodles with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Soy Chorizo.


At Clay Garden Studio with Josiah, Jon, and Bobby recording drums for three new songs.





Finally back home after midnight catching up on a few chores and relaxing with Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 2 a.m.


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Saturday April 15 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Cucumber and Tomato Salad. Oolong Tea.

Watching Nocturnal Animals (2016).


Organizing audio files.


Getting rid of all the wood pallets and other junk that’s accumulated on the back patio. Spring cleaning!




Me: “Mom, why do you always look afraid when I surprise you with the camera?”


Getting groceries with Ana at Trader Joe’s.


Dinner: Mung Beans with Kale and Quinoa.


Will and I carpool to Charlie’s in Norfolk to check out the Suburban Living and You’re Jovian show. Seeing friends and supporting friend’s bands. Sipping on a Wheat Beer.




On the drive back home Will recants a time when he took a jungle tour in Puerto Rico.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday April 14 2017

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Waking up at 11:18 a.m.


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


Meeting with Alex, another potential roommate. Between Ana, Will, and I we all feel good vibes from her.


Ana and I drive out on a day date to run some errands and go thrifting.

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Dropping off recycle.

“Do you even know where we’re going today?” I ask her.

“Nope! I’m just going with Robert’s flow,” she answers.

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At Surplus Recycling turning in some copper mom’s been holding onto for a while. It’s like a whole other world here in this giant warehouse center. Scrap metal sits in countless piles everywhere the eye can see. The black guy in charge of weighing our goods uses humor to explain how it’s his first day on the job. While waiting in line to collect the money we can see him through the sliding windows take a puff from a pipe discreetly. The guy in front of us laughs, “That’s awesome!”

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Thrifting!

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Finally visiting Costco with Ana. She has a membership and keeps talking about how we can get all the organic stuff in bulk here like syrup and coconut oil.


Back home. Ana’s off to a You’re Jovian practice. Meanwhile, I powernap then catch up on business.


Ana and I get dinner at Cocomo Joe’s near the oceanfront. Mike Gombas and Chris Kendrick are performing a gig there with Kelly Huntsberry as Two Hand Touch. They perform lots of familiar tunes, including some we’re working on in rock school.






Later on, Ana and I spend time at the studio. While she practices guitar in one room I work on piano songs in another.


Sleep next to each other at 3:40 a.m. after watching a little standup from Trevor Noah.


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Thursday April 13 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Helping mom get carpet cleaner to clean our new guitar rug – meeting with Bill, an A/C repairman.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea. Apple.

Watching Silicon Cowboys (2016).


Teaching more lessons.


After learning how to sing the Ramones song, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, Maggie, one of my vocal students, exclaims, “This is so weird! And I love it! I’m so weird!”


Back home.

Power napping.


Dinner: Mung Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


Ice Cream.


Ladada practice with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon – prepping ourselves for recording in the studio this coming Sunday.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday April 12 2017

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Banana. Black Tea.


At the Rec with Ana. While I take to the basketball courts she works out.


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

Watching The Bronx Bull (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Errands with mom – getting a few things from Target and the thrift store – picking up my car from the shop.


Dinner: Tempeh, Japanese Style Rice, Riced Cauliflower, Kale, and Carrots.

Watching The Midnight Meat Train (2008).


Ice Cream.


Teacher homework.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday April 11 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


A few potential roommates drop by to see the room and meet us. Jessie seems promising cause she’s around our age group and appears reliable.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching Pet (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Grapefruit.


More lessons.


Getting groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Dinner: Flounder, Cabbage, Soy Chorizo, Carrots, and Quinoa/Rice Mix.


At the studio reorganizing shelves and cabinets – practicing drums.


Fuji Apple.


Dropping off my car to the shop on 17th Street then riding my bike back home.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday April 10 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. Because of Spring Break they have to accommodate the kids only leaving one court open for us meaning only two teams can play at a time. 8 minute games instead of 13 but waiting two games in between. It changes the dynamic.


Pineapple.


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

Watching Mine (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Tempeh with Onions, Brussel Sprouts, and Jasmine Rice.


ELO rehearsal.


Muscat Grapes.


Chilling with Ana and Elvis. Talking about music plans.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday April 9 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Almond Milk. Coffee.


Rock School sessions all day long.




PB&J. Potato Chips. Fuji Apple.





After 6:30 p.m. the rehearsals are finally over. My head and body can relax.


Back home. Cooking dinner with Ana: Flounder with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.


Darren, of all people, drops by with a case of PBR’s to release some steam and bro down with Anthony. I pop a squat on Anthony’s couch and observe Darren’s changes in perspective in dealing with some traumatic events in his life. Meanwhile, mom is downstairs watching The Wonder Years on Netflix.




Ice Cream. Muscat Grapes.


Sleep next to Ana at 3 a.m.


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Saturday April 8 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons all afternoon at Music Makers.


Banana.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Cara Cara Orange. Oolong Tea.

Watching A Kind Of Murder (2016).


Chores.


Business.


Practicing rock school tunes with Ana.


Getting groceries at Kroger with Ana.


Dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Noodles with Arrabiata Sauce, Mushrooms, Onions, Naan Bread, and a Salad. Enjoying our meals as a family at the table.


Practicing drums at the studio.


Chamomile Tea. Muscat Grapes.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday April 7 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Meeting with a potential new roommate, Travis. Anthony is moving out by May 1st so we are in desperate need to find someone.


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


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


With Ana and Will. We check out Flick It Fridays at The Naro for the showing of Empire Records (1995), a film most of us remember from our childhood. Snacking on Popcorn, Cookies, and Mineral Water.




Afterwards, we run into Aaron Lachman and Chris Remaley. Meeting up at Toast for drinks and bowls of Vegetarian Chili. It’s nice to spend some time out with friends I don’t often get to spend time with.


 


After posting an ad on Craigslist looking for a roommate my email is flooded with all sorts of characters. On the drive home I read aloud some of the emails to Ana and Will for entertainment purposes.


Sleep at 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday April 6 2017


Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Almond Milk and Banana.


Teaching an afternoon lesson.


Business.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Grapefruit.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers all day.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Dinner: Shrimp, Brussel Sprouts, Onions, Edamame, and Japanese Style Rice.

Watching Patriot’s Day (2016).


Ice Cream.


Ladada rehearsal with Bobby, Josiah, and Jon. We are feeling productive and fresh.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday April 5 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato and Cucumber. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Finishing Trespass Against Us (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Plum.


While Ana warms/cooks dinner I grab a few things from Whole Foods.


Black Beans, Sprouted Rice, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, and Onions.


Muscat Grapes.




At the studio practicing drums and organizing various things.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday April 4 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Getting an eye exam.


Stuff.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato and Cucumber. Roasted Potatoes and Cabbage. Oolong Tea.

Watching Trespass Against Us (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Coffee Cashews and Fuji Apple for an in-between snack.


Back home.

Linguini Noodles with Kale, Onions, and Naan Bread.


Teaching the online piano lesson.


Research. Teacher homework.


Kringle.


Practicing with Ana.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday April 3 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Almond Milk.


Basketball at the Rec.


Hard Boiled Eggs. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea.


Ana asks to go with me to take the recycle out and run errands but I tell her I’m not doing that just yet cause of lessons.

“You can take the recycle if you’d like on your own,” I say.

“Nevermind,” she says back.

“What? That doesn’t make any sense.”

My mom chimes in, “Robert, you’re 32 and you still don’t get it.”

“Get what?” I ask.

“Women!”


Errands.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Black Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, and Jasmine Rice.

Watching The Windmill (2016).


Kringle.


Restringing and setting up guitars at the studio.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday April 2 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Today is the start to the Spring session of rock school. I’ve got Drew helping me out with the first two bands. Then, Jimmy on the last two. The rehearsals feel hectic at times. Towards the end it feels like I’m losing my effectiveness on these kids. But I guess that’s just normal when dealing with the young ones. I wanna make breakthroughs with them so they understand music in the same way I do. I’m learning more and more the different paths young minds take when understanding music.


PB&J lunch break. Veggie Chips. Fuji Apple.


After a long day of rehearsals I’m back home. Mom isn’t feeling good at all – kind of flu-ish or something. She tries her best to prepare dinner but I have to take over while she lies down and rests.


Fried Dover Sole. Roasted Potatoes and Onions. Cabbage. Cornbread.

Finishing Season Two of Better Call Saul.


Chores.


Learning guitar parts.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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