Tuesday June 20 2017

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Waking up at 11:17 a.m.


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


Taking care of things. Will and I speak with the front office about renewing the lease. Then, we take out our boards, mine a longboard and his a shortboard. Ana tries her hand at it. Then, her and I join some of the neighborhood kids in a basketball in the cul-de-sac.


Watermelon.


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

Watching Aftermath (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Getting groceries.




Mom and I make dinner: Fried Perch Fillets with Cornbread and homemade Coleslaw.




Ice Cream.


At the studio trying to visualize new paint colors on the walls. I have to come to a decision soon so our contractor can come in and paint next week.




OJ.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday June 19 2017


Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At the Rec with Ana. They’ve got a new basketball schedule – only one court and 3 teams. Even getting here a little earlier I’m first on the wait list. Working out until they call my name.


Watermelon.


Salmon Bacon. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. White Peach.

Watching Betting On Zero (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Pappardelle noodles with Onions, Kale, and Naan Bread.


ELO rehearsal.


Catching up on emails.


Orange Juice.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday June 18 2017

Waking up at 11:23 a.m.


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


Running errands with Ana – returning something to Lowe’s – dropping off recycle – groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Watermelon.


Chores.


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


More chores.


Organizing stuff at Music Makers – putting together this electronic drum set somebody wants us to help sell.


Japanese Style Fried Rice with Broccoli, Carrots, Peas, and Edamame.

Watching Life (2017).


Ice Cream.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Saturday June 17 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Almost all my afternoon students cancelled today. Only have to teach one.


At the Bold Mariner Brewing Company with Ana and mom for the big Major & The Monbacks album release show/block party. Ladada is doing a set at 2:30. On the drive here we went right through a severe rain storm on the interstate. But here it’s all sun shining and good vibes vibin’. It’s hot and sticky.









In between bands there’s a magic act. What a great idea!




Enjoying a Grilled Chicken Sweet Potato Biscuit, Mac and Slaw, and Beers.








Back home. We’re all exhausted. I put together a dinner: Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, and Garlic Bread.

In the living Ana and I watch What We Do in the Shadows (2014), comedy horror at its finest.


Chamomile Tea. Peach Pop Tart from Commune.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday June 16 2017

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Waking up at 11:13 a.m.


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


Errands.


Teaching in-home lessons.


It’s pouring down rain. Our DEJA gig got cancelled at 7th Street. I think we get half pay for that.


I take advantage of the time and take a trip to Lowe’s for caster wheels to install on the speaker cabinet for my bass amp.


Back home. There’s some confusion over the leftover dinner containers that were prepared last night and I’m left without a meal. My mom prepares something else for me. Vegetarian Hot Dogs with Onions, Brussel Sprouts, and Carrots.

Watching American Violence (2017).


Ice Cream.


Chilling with Ana and Elvis. I try to talk some things out with Ana over an incident earlier in the day where she left the kitchen faucet running. I got upset and treated her like a child, something I do a lot when she makes a mistake. In the end, I agree to work on not making her feel attacked when reacting to her faults.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday June 15 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Leftover Pizza. Green Tea.


Driving over to the Bayside Harley-Davidson dealership in Portsmouth for an early evening DEJA gig. I take the scenic route across the fairly new Jordan bridge. It’s one of those bridges that have such an unrealistically steep slope it feels like something out of a dream. My car putts uphill with all my music gear inside. Through historic South Norfolk, an area I’ve never seen, where there are old abandoned shipyards and warehouses and a go-go bar on every corner.

Fuji Apple.


Arriving at the gig. Our stage is set up in front of a sea of motorcycles and next to a mechanical bull. It’s an interesting show for us cause we’re used to being in a bar or in front of a huge crowd at the oceanfront. We perform in between tricycle races and a frozen t-shirt contest. Good times.








Immediately after I’ve got Ladada rehearsal with Bobby, Josiah, and Jon. But I make a pit stop at Field Guide for a quick bite to eat.

Chic Pea Brown Rice Bowl with Avocado, Cabbage, and Pecans. Vodka Orange Slush.


At practice going through a set that Josiah typed out. We’re all a little tired but we get through it, even with the “Rebel Rebel” cover.


Back home after a long night of music.


Cynthia is staying the night with Ana in her room.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday June 14 2017


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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Making fluffy Pancakes for Ana and I with Blueberries and Greek Yogurt. Coffee.


At the Rec for adult basketball.


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

Watching T2 Trainspotting (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.




Making dinner: Tempeh with Mushrooms, Onions, Broccoli, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


DEJA rehearsal.


Cookies.


Finishing the movie. Enjoying the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack.


Sleep next to Ana at 3 a.m.


[i] From T2 Trainspotting (2017).

Tuesday June 13 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Errands.


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

Watching T2 Trainspotting (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. I order a Caprese Pizza from Brother’s online – Ana picks it up. We enjoy slices with a Salad.


Teaching my online piano lesson to Katelyn.


Downstairs, enjoying an impromptu nightcap with mom over glasses of Peach Ale. We talk about an epidemic of sadness that’s been going around, finances (and plans to take care of the looming money troubles), and the power of what Music Makers is (and what it will become).


To sleep at 3:30 a.m.

Monday June 12 2017

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In the kitchen of 1435. There’s a fishbowl with two goldfish swimming around inside. Next to it is a glass baking dish with one goldfish swimming inside. Earlier I poured water in to keep the fish alive. For some reason there’s a bird keeping his head under water. It’s understood he’s doing this to give the fish company and to be his friend. But in doing so he almost drowns. I pull the bird out. He seems lifeless but not dead yet. All of a sudden it’s not a bird anymore, it’s a fish! I scoop him up in my hand – I can feel the slimy texture of his skin. In my mind I need to bring him back to the water. I run out the house and head towards the ocean. It’s taking too long and the fish can’t survive for long. Near the harbor I hurry up the stairs of what appears to be an abandoned pier house. Two students of mine, Maddie, Maggie, and a bunch of their friends are running around playing games. Maggie follows me out of curiosity. I’m still not close enough to the water. I’m about 50 feet high from the water’s edge. I decide it’d be best to just throw the fish into the water from up high. He lands hard on a cement ledge just inches from the water. We hear a splat sound.

“Ahh! No!” I shout.

I failed. I start crying over the incident. So does Maggie. I’m kind of forcing myself to cry more but I realize it’s only a fish. Even so it still disturbs me.

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At the Rec for basketball.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Watermelon. Grapes.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Apple Sage Vegetarian Hot Dogs with Cole Slaw.

Watching game 5 of the NBA Finals with the Cavaliers vs the Warriors.


Ice Cream.





Playing with Ana and Elvis.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday June 11 2017

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Waking up around noon.


Enjoying breakfast at the table with Ana while reading through the latest Adbusters. Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Anthony and the gang invited us to the beach down on 64th Street. Enjoying a little fun in the sun for an hour or two. I don’t even remember the last time I spent this much time in the sun.







Back home. I fix Ana a quick lunch and prep the beets and greens for tonight.


Watermelon.


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

Watching The Assignment (2016).


At Soul Haven studios with John and Nigel recording keyboard parts and vocal parts for the ELO project.


Back home after 11 p.m. Enjoying dinner: leftover Salmon with Beet Greens, Rice, and Veggies.


Ice Cream.


Chamomile Tea.


Ana pulls the refrigerator door open out of habit, something we all do when entering the kitchen as if we’ll see something new that wasn’t there before.

“What’re you looking for?” I ask.

She hesitates then replies, “My soul.”

“It’s not in the fridge that’s for sure!”


Sleep 2:30 a.m.


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Saturday June 10 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


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

Watching Shimmer Lake (2017).


Today is get stuff done day. Running errands – recycle – Office Depot – Whole Foods – fixing and tweaking various things.


Mom made a hefty Red Lentil Vegetable Soup with a Baguette on the side.


Chores.


Pineapple Juice.


Ana plops down on my bed and flips through Instagram. While I read Adbusters she saunters off to sleep.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday June 9 2017

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Waking up at 10:32 a.m.


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


At the Rec with Ana. Even with a different team on the basketball courts we manage to stay on a winning streak. If I could just control my 3-point shots more I’d feel more confident.


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


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Making dinner: Pappardelle Noodles with Peas, Kale, Mushrooms, Onions, and Naan Bread.


Watching game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors.


Figuring out what I can do as a secondary option for image hosting on the blog. I’ve decided to use Google Photos cause it can serve as back up from my phone and also to host.


Downstairs, Will and I have a long discussion on the future of the Internet, how challenging it is to do your own web hosting, and how the scope of a project makes it more valuable (mainly we’re talking the future of my blog and how it will be seen decades from now).


Using a heavy duty mirror we had lying around and installing it above the kitchen sink for looks but also to be able to see people behind you when washing the dishes.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday June 8 2017

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Turmeric Vegetable Soup with Naan Bread. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Salmon with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Jasmine Rice.


We decide to show a movie tonight on the big screen in the living room. Anthony joins me, Will, Ana, and mom for the viewing of La La Land (2016). An inspiring and somewhat sad story in a partially musical form about pursuing dreams and the sacrifices you have to make in order to achieve them.


Ice Cream.


Later on, I’m ripping my hair out over signing into my Flickr account. Yahoo owns Flickr and all of a sudden decided to merge log-in information. Their links are dead and I can’t figure out my old Flickr password. Blah blah blah.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Wednesday June 7 2017

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Waking up at 10:53 a.m. Ana expresses concern about her strange dreams that involved trying to save her family from falling off a cliff and a pot-bellied man giving her too much wine.


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


At the Rec with Ana. I play hard on the basketball courts.


On the way home I ask Ana, "Who do you think is the most famous basketball player right now?"

"I don't know Michael...Jackson?" she replies in all seriousness.

[Ha! Ha! Ha!]


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

Watching John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).


Teaching a few lessons at Music Makers.


Then, to the DEJA gig on the 31st Street stage. It’s 61 degrees out right now and the wind is blowing strong – it looks perfect when Eric wails on the guitar and his long hair flutters as if the wind was all part of the performance. We’re freezing on stage. My fingers tense up during certain meticulous parts in songs.





Ana drops by with dinner: Tempeh with Carrots, Zucchini, Onions, and Brown Rice.


Picking up a few things at Kroger. Often I run into this older Russian guy who used to work part-time at China Wok back in the day. Apparently, he still does delivery jobs – it’s my understanding delivery jobs have been his main form of income for over 20 years. There he is again always in the late hours. We share our surprise at the pint of blueberries only being $1.88. He says he’s been addicted to them his whole life.

“That’s a healthy addiction to have,” I tell him.


Back home.

Ice Cream. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday June 6 2017

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m. It feels good to sleep in a little bit.


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


Catching up on business.


Running a few errands with Ana – recycle – thrift store.


My car is finally done at Tidewater Auto Electric. Turns out it was the neutral safety switch that caused the short in the fuse. I already had this replaced back in December so I’m confused. Hopefully, there is a warranty on the part.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice with Purple Cauliflower, Peas, Quinoa, and Veggies.

Watching John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).


At the studio pricing instruments and posting ads.


Navel Orange. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m. A little lovemaking beforehand.


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Monday June 5 2017

Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


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


At the Rec with Ana. Playing adult basketball. My team is 4-0, undefeated. Whoo!


Grilled PB&J. Fuji Apple. Watermelon. Oolong Tea.

Watching Christine (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Sauce, Yellow Peppers, Onions, a Salad, and Naan Bread.


At the recording studio tracking ELO vocal tracks with Nigel and Jimmy.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday June 4 2017

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Ana and I rouse ourselves out of bed and meet up with my stepdad, Jimmy, Grandma Carr, and my mom at Rick’s Café for a little breakfast and conversation. I enjoy some Scrambled Eggs and a biscuit with Coffee.


Back home. It’s my real day off. Organizing photos and videos from yesterday. Doing chores.


Watermelon.


Later on, mom and I visit Jimmy and Grandma Carr again at my step-uncle David and Ginger’s house out in Kempsville. They have a 5-year old daughter, Ashley. She treats us like an audience to entertain. She is the center of attention. I play little games with her like holding pillows and running into each other while I topple over the couch. She hops into a discarded fruit box and I push her around the house. She keeps calling me “the guy” since she doesn’t remember my name.


Back home.

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

Watching Christine (2016).


At the studio restringing a guitar and organizing things.


Grapefruit. White Nectarine.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday June 3 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Most of my day will be spent loading gear in and out of cars.


First up it’s the Music Makers Recital at Bella Monte. It takes a lot of courage to get up to the stage and all 21 one of our students performed amazingly. I’m so proud of everyone. Even my mom got a chance to sing that Billy Joel song, “Vienna”, with Calvin on the piano. I prepared somewhat a speech this time, or at least talking points.





After the show it clears out. Mom and I enjoy hot plates of Capellini Noodles with Salmon and Bread.


Now on to the next event. Music Makers has a time slot at the carnival off Great Neck at Church of the Holy Family. I get there around 5 p.m. to load up stuff onto the stage and then go back home to recharge.


PB&J. Green Tea.


Back at the carnival we put on another rock school show, but a condensed and express one. The Lemon Heads, The Rockin’ Kiwis, The Wolfpack, and The Skull Shakers tear up the stage and perform to a packed audience. While I’m up there supporting the bands on guitar and drums all I see is a sea of people. All the bands did great considering no one had a rehearsal since the last rock school show.









Earlier, I messed up and didn’t leave Ana’s car key at the house so she could drive to the carnival after work. So that left The Skull Shakers with no bass player. And on top of that Brett, their original drummer couldn’t make it cause of a finger accident. Luckily, Katey Moss happens to be here and fills in without any prior knowledge of the songs and Drew fills in on bass, also without prior knowledge of the bass parts. With my constant coaching and direction we get through the set with flying colors.


Ana ends up riding her bike here anyway much later. I was upset with the situation because I figured out the mistake I made while I was on stage and the band was ready to go on. We have a stressful talk when she arrives that eventually ends with a hug, encouraged by mom, and us walking over to the baked goods table to buy some cupcakes and cookies.


Back home. I walk in and release a big well deserved sigh of relief.

“Wow! It’s over now,” I announce to the house.


Enjoying some food at the table with Ana. Salad.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep at 2:30 a.m.


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