Sunday March 8 2020

 

Waking up around noon still feeling achy but well rested.

 

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

 

Popping a few pain killers to get me through this big night.

 

Meeting up with Devon to transport all the music gear to The Bunker Brewpub for our big MMLIVE show tonight.

 

There, setting up the stage in the cadence hall.

Tuna Tacos with Waffle Fries and She Crab Soup.

 

We got three bands tonight. One of them I’m holding it down on the drums, something I really enjoy having the opportunity to do. I’m so incredibly proud of all these bands. I always am. Every time we do one of these shows I see so much improvement, not just with their instruments, but with their confidence and energy on the stage.

 

 

Breaking everything down and loading everything back to Music Makers.

 

Broccoli and Tomato Ramen with a Baguette.

Watching Spenser Confidential (2020).

 

Cookies.

 

 

Sleep at some point.

Saturday March 7 2020

Not sure when this day has started. Haven’t slept yet. My first flight from Tampa to Charlotte was an attempt to sleep – can’t tell if I did or not but I definitely closed my eyes.

 

Quick layover and then onto Norfolk. I try to read a little and sleep a little.

 

Ana picks me up from the airport. All I wanna do is go home and crash but I have to set up the rehearsal spot for band practices today. Doing that real quick with Ana’s help.

 

Napping for an hour at home.

 

Cereal with Strawberries and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Today is the final band rehearsals for MMLIVE. I show up for the adult band – playing drums.

 

Then, a lunch break: Ana’s homemade Bean Chili with Cornbread and Coffee.

 

Last band rehearsal goes really well. I’m so proud of these kids – they really stepped up their game and energy. They’re gonna kill it tomorrow!

While breaking down the gear I feel an ultra amount of tiredness and achiness. I really need to catch up on rest and take care of myself.

 

Napping while Ana makes an Indian style dish of Tofu, Peppers, Tomatoes, Broccoli, and Garam Masala.

 

Hanging out with Ana here and there. Catching up on things.

 

 

Hoping to sleep off this illness at 1:30 a.m.

Friday March 6 2020

 

Waking up around 11 a.m. Had a pretty good night’s sleep. Jimmy Wiseman snored a little but I had plenty of ambient brown noise to ward off any sleep interruptions.

 

Breakfast Bar and Green Tea.

 

Hanging out in the hotel room catching up on business and various things on the computer.

 

Meeting up with the rest of the crew at the venue. A New World Record is playing the Circle Square Cultural Center tonight in Ocala, Florida. Grabbing a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Cream Cheese to tide me over till dinner.

 

Setting up the stage. This place is fairly new and has a clean look. The room sound is boomy so we have to adjust a lot to make up for it.

 

They serve us a southern style catering tonight: Smoked Chicken, Green Beans, Salad, and Garlic Bread. Desert is the most delicious Peach Cobbler I’ve ever had!

 

7 p.m. hits and we get on the stage. And what an unexpected night we’re about to have. Right off the bat the computer that powers the sequences tracks and everything starts glitching. We barely make it through the first verse without confusion. I signal to Carson to kill the tracks so we can keep playing without having to try to sync with the track. It’s no use at that point. But we manage to finish out the song pretty well. Into the second song everything’s back on track!

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Intermission.

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Then, on to our second set. The venue is packed out with mostly seniors. I joke with some of the crew how white it looks out there. They dig us though. At one moment people shout out song requests – of course we have a particular arrangement. During “Do Ya” Kevin came in a bit early on the first chorus and we got off on the tracks. Once again, I signal to Carson to kill the track and we make it out alive.

 

Packing up everything. Jimmy and I head back to the hotel. I shower up and catch up on things. It’s gonna be another night without much sleep cause I gotta drive to the Tampa airport and catch a few flights early in the morning. Grabbing a quick bite and read at the Waffle House across the street.

 

After an hour and a half drive I arrive to drop off the rental car and it seems I’m the only one. In the rental car center while walking to the tram I spot a lost red heart-shaped balloon stuck on the ceiling. I’m very early, so early that the security checkpoint is closed until 4 a.m. so I have to wait it out along with others reclined on chairs taking naps or charging their phones.

 

Not sure when my day is ending and the next is beginning but I continue on to my gate to catch a flight to Charlotte. No sleep expected.

 

Thursday March 5 2020

 

Waking up around noon in the spare bedroom at Jimmy and mom’s house in Bartow, Florida.

 

Eating a Breakfast Bar and Black Tea. Taking care of Music Makers business and other things on the computer.

 

Hanging out with Grandma Carr and Jimmy. Jimmy shows me around the house and discusses all the plans we have to upgrade things on it to get it ready to sell. It’s strange being here without my mom being here. She lived here for quite some time and it belonged to her mom. Little remnants of her I spot around especially on the lanai – all the little knick knacks and décor.

 

 

We head out to downtown Bartow to eat a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant. I’m grateful he and Grandma Carr are around. They’re still family. I owe a lot to him supporting my mom all those years when they were married.

 

 

I say my adieu and take a scenic route north towards Ocala. I pass by hilly ranges of cows and weeping willows with Spanish moss covering the branches. For some reason I’m in the mood to make ABBA the soundtrack. The genre and 70’s sounds remind me of my mom and the melodies and tones are so rich.

 

Linking up with the ANWR crew at Fairfield Inn right in the middle of every corporate chain imaginable. Not much going on with the group tonight. It appears everyone started day drinking by the time I got there.

 

Up in the hotel room – sharing a room with Jimmy Wiseman, the bass player. I catch up on Music Makers business – following up on things Kay did at the studio today.

 

I walk across the street from the hotel – a light rain and wind discouraging me from my venture. Waffle House is calling my name cause nothing else was open. I wanna say the last time I was at a Waffle House would’ve been back in the day when Becca and I spent late Monday nights here sharing spontaneous inspirations and confiding in each other. Well, I’m here now in need of some heavy sustenance. Brittany, a plain girl with glasses and an attentive personality, waits on me. I order The All Star, which includes eggs, hash browns smothered in tomatoes and onions, Toast, and a Waffle. I politely ask to hold the bacon or sausage. She seems confused but understood. Sipping on a Black Tea and reading this Steppenwolf book by Hermann Hesse, a book I’ve attempted to finish over the years but can’t seem to cause the only time I have it is when traveling. I always find little pockets of inspiration. I underline lines that speak to me and crease the corners of the pages. Meanwhile, Ana calls cause the breakers went out at the house but turns out they didn’t – it was just a dead light bulb in her closet. She had a tooth extracted today – she seems to be doing alright but it was long overdue. A few various couples and small groups of friends walk in – no loners like me though. I keep thinking about mom and how it’s only been a couple months since she passed (it still doesn’t feel real sometimes). I cherish these moments of reflection and simple reading. I need more...

 

Solitude is independence.

 

 

 

Sleep finally in this soft hotel room bed.

Wednesday March 4 2020

 

It’s shortly after 5 a.m. I’m stuck on a plane to sunny Florida! Layover in Charlotte. The flights flicker by in a haze. I thought I could catch some Zzz’s with this new Trtl scarf thing but I can’t seem to get comfortable. I keep my ear buds in and drown out the ambient plane noise.

 

Arriving in Tampa. Still no sleep. I wait in line forever to rent a van. Jimmy and Leon meet up with me in the parking garage. The air is humid as Florida should be. Beautiful weather. I drive us a little ways across the water to Clearwater. Palm trees swaying on either side of the interstate and long view of the ocean.

 

 

At The Capitol Theatre setting up the stage for a big ELO show tonight. I somehow manage to take a power nap upstairs in the green room.

 

Sound check seems to take forever – setting the gains on all the channels and tweaking our monitor mixes.

 

 

Afterwards, I take a solo walk down to the water. The sun is about to set under this tall overpass. Boats rock side to side as the wind blows billows of waves. Seagulls of a different breed than I’m used to seeing crowd on the pier. This moment now is rejuvenating for me. I wish Ana were here with me – I know she desperately needs a vacation. I’m fortunate enough to get these little micro-ventures.

 

 

Dinner arrives from an Italian place in town. I chow down gratefully on a Chicken Piccata with Spinach, a Salad, Garlic Bread, and Cannoli.

 

8 p.m. hits and A New World Record hits the stage. We do our two 45 minute sets with an intermission. Jimmy Carr, my former stepdad, is in the audience. It’s nice to see him. We do quite alright. The theater is packed all the way up to the balcony. It’s always inspiring to talk with the people afterwards. They have only genuine things to say.

 

I drive out to Bartow, mom and Jimmy’s old home grounds – about an hour and fifteen minute drive. Talking with Ana on the phone about her day. I struggle to stay awake but manage to pull up in the driveway off Paul Revere Road.

 

Jimmy and his mom both live here now along with a very friendly and cuddly cat. I’m able to sleep in the second bedroom. So grateful to be in a bed sleeping as long as I’d like!

 

Tuesday March 3 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

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

 

It’s Super Tuesday! Voting over at the church down by the interstate overpass. I think I was literally the only voter in there. We’ll see what happens.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips. Kale and Beets. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Your Pie Pizza.

 

Packing up for the trip to Florida.

 

Practicing drums. Then, packing up the drums and things to bring over to the rehearsal spot cause when I arrive off the plane on Saturday morning we have MMLIVE rehearsals.

 

Ana drives me to catch my 5 a.m. flight. Not sure how I’m gonna get much sleep but I’m gonna try.

 

Monday March 2 2020

Waking up at 11:50 a.m.

 

Cereal with Granola, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

No gym today. I catch up on business and tasks that I need to do. At Target buying a new travel backpack.

 

Egg Sandwich with Tomato. Kale and Beets. Potato Chips. Coffee.

Watching Altered Carbon.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Quick dinner: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Peas and Veggies.

 

At ELO rehearsal. It’s hectic cause we have the entire band here. And afterwards, we have to pack up the van and trailer for some of the crew to leave tonight.

 

Back home. I’ve got a major headache. Taking care of things like changing the cat litter and taking out the trash.

 

 

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday March 1 2020

 

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

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

 

MMLIVE band rehearsals all afternoon.

 

Lunch break: Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Potatoes. Coffee.

 

More band rehearsing till 6:30.

 

Dinner: Chicken with Mixed Vegetables and Rice from Bangkok Garden.

Watching Altered Carbon.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Later on, all the roommates happen to be in the dining room at one time, a rarity. Roland just moved into Anthony’s old bedroom today.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Saturday February 29 2020

 

Waking up at 11:04 a.m. Happy Leap Year Day!

 

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

 

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

 

Egg Sandwich with Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Guac. Coffee.

Watching Altered Carbon.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Running errands. Shopping at H&M for some new pants and underwear. I probably frequent this place maybe once a year if barely that.

 

Leftover Spaghetti Noodles with Broccoli and Naan Bread.

 

Doing the accounting – writing checks – tapping the calculator.

 

After Ana gets off work I show off some of the things I got at H&M. Hilarity ensues after I place a small pillow in my new pants to make it look like I have a big butt.

 

At the studio practicing drums.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday February 28 2020

 

Waking up at 11:07 a.m. Got a sore throat.

 

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

 

Basketball at the Rec.

 

On the drive back from the gym I get lost in thought about my mom and death. On top of that, Jeff Hewitt, an important figure in our local arts/music scene, died yesterday in a moped accident. Everything is just hitting hard today.

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Stopped at the light on Bells and Oceana I gaze over at the overgrowth on the corner. A small tree with white flowers sways in the wind. Anything beautiful reminds me of mom. Even though life is moving on I pause often and reminisce.

 

Back home. Leftover Lentil Soup with Mixed Veggies and Sourdough Bread. Green Tea.

Watching season 2 of Altered Carbon.

 

Power napping.

 

Catching up on chores and business.

 

After Ana gets off work we fling on our leather jackets, something I hardly ever wear, and hit the town. For dinner checking out Tiki’s off Holland Road, what used to be called Auntie’s. Enjoying a Crab Cake and Rice Dish while she eats a Tofu poke bowl. Gelato afterwards of course – running some night errands.

 

 

Back home. I show Ana how to play Unreal.

 

 

Sleep 3 a.m.

Thursday February 27 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

Ana and I meet up at Rashie’s salon for haircuts. I get mine trimmed and thinned out a little.

 

Running all kinds of errands today!

 

Scrambled Eggs. Biscuits with Butter and Jam. Tomato Soup. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Making a nice dinner for Ana and I. Tuna Tacos with Cabbage, Guac, Asparagus, and Corn Tortilla Chips. She doesn’t get home from band practice till later so I make sure to have her dinner plate ready and waiting at the table when she arrives.

“Who’s so spoiled?” I ask.

“Me,” she says with an embarrassing smile.

 

It’s another night of cleaning. I vacuum my room and Anthony’s room. He officially moved out. Something happened with the vacuum head so I take it apart and clip out all the tangled hairs inside.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Wednesday February 26 2020

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

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

 

With Ana at the Rec. I play adult basketball sporting my new sneakers – they feel great!

 

Scrambled Eggs. Blueberry Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Popped Chips. Avocado. Coffee.

Watching Skin (2018).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. I only have 4 lessons spread out so I watch the front desk during my break times.

 

Apple.

 

Back home. Ana got dinner started. I help finish up cooking the Vegan Burgers. She roasted Sweet Potatoes and made a nice Cabbage Salad. We live it up at the table while Elvis attempts to fit in a thin cardboard box that’s too small for him.

 

We both get cleaning bugs! While Ana vacuums and cleans her room I clean the hallway bathroom along with other chores.

 

Running midnight errands together – dropping off recycle – shopping for things at Wal-Mart.

 

Fig Bar. Chamomile Tea.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Tuesday February 25 2020

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

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

 

Dealing with Music Makers business – cancelling – rescheduling – emails.

 

Cleaning the downstairs bathroom (mom’s old bathroom).  Her toiletries and things were still in there. I’ve been slowly picking away at her belongings around the house.

 

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

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana gets off work about the same time. We slave away in the kitchen together making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with homemade Tomato Sauce and Broccoli.

 

Green Tea.

 

While I put on the dish gloves and clean up the kitchen Ana preps the ginger/turmeric for us to make the magic tincture.

 

Laundry.

 

At the studio practicing drums.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday February 24 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

Bowl of Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Basketball at the Rec.

 

Grilled PB&J. Lentil Chips. Coffee. Raspberries.

Watching Dark Waters (2019).

Getting very upset at the story behind this movie based on the DuPont Teflon case where a small town in West Virginia was essentially poisoned from a chemical they were creating causing all kinds of disease and cancers.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Off work. Don’t have much time to cook so I drop into Five Guys for a Burger and Fries.

 

Meeting up at the ELO rehearsal spot for band practice. We’ve got a few Florida gigs next week.

 

Back home. Talking with Ana about all our frustrations of the day.

 

 

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday February 23 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

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

 

Coaching MMLIVE band sessions all afternoon.

Lunch break in between: Scrambled Eggs. Plain Bagel with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

 

Another band rehearsal. Sometimes these kid bands are a handful but I love their youthful energy.

 

Back home. Warming up leftovers for dinner: Lentil Soup with Mixed Vegetables and Sourdough Bread.

Watching Dark Waters (2019).

 

Starting the daunting task of taxes.

 

Chores.

 

At the studio playing piano and thinking about my mom.

 

 

Unreal.

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Saturday February 22 2020

 

Waking up officially around noon.

 

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

 

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.

Watching Honey Boy (2019).

 

It’s a nice feeling to know I’ve got no shows or plans tonight. I run a few errands – Target for cleaning supplies – Alpha Music for another speaker monitor, cables, and a new guitar pedal (Nano Pog for octave effects).

 

At the studio reorganizing my pedal board and doing various things.

 

Back home.

Warming up some leftovers for dinner.

 

Ana and I do some music at the studio – no pressure.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday February 21 2020

 

Waking up at 11:17 a.m.

 

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

 

Ana and I head to the Rec for exercise. I play basketball with hardly any breaks between games.

 

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

 

Teaching all my in-home lessons.

 

Back home. Ana made a nutritious dinner: Lentil Soup with all kinds of Vegetables and Quinoa. Also, a homemade bread loaf.

 

Catching up on business and cleaning.

 

 

At the studio practicing drums.

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Thursday February 20 2020

Waking up at 11:18 a.m.

 

Bowl of Cereal with Granola, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Taking care of business and general chores around the house.

 

Grilled PB&J. Plantain Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

The slushy rain threatens icy snow later tonight. This of course causes many scheduling issues and cancelations. Between Kay and I we figure it out.

 

Afterwards, Ana and I hit up Aloha Snacks. I order the Chicken Sammy with Fries and our favorite Malasada donuts. Chatting with Jesse, the owner, about the local growth in Virginia Beach and doing a summer concert series out in the parking lot.

 

Then, we’re off to Norfolk driving on the rainy icy interstate. Stopping by The Taphouse to drop off Ronnie’s clothes I borrowed from last Halloween finally. He’s emceeing karaoke. We run into Shannon and friends and listen to a few people sing a few familiar songs.

 

Back home.

 

While cleaning some things up in my room I come across a small Christmas card my mom wrote me from 2018, right around the time she was going through the cancer thing…

 



 

 

Chilling with Ana in my room. I play a few rounds of Unreal before joining her in bed. We make fire till 4 a.m.

Wednesday February 19 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

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

 

Ana and I go to the Rec. Running up and down the courts playing basketball. Only 3 teams today so we get to run a lot.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Coffee.

Watching The Coldest Game (2019).

Why can’t America just get along with Russia? Will we ever? It seems like an endless feud in history.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Making a quick dinner: Dal Tadka with a Salad.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Chilling with Ana in the bedroom sharing videos and old pictures.

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

 

Tuesday February 18 2020

Waking up at 11:20 a.m.

 

After doing it for a little bit both Ana and I feel a little sickly. During the early morning I came down with an achiness.

 

Bowl of Cereal with Granola, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Taking care of business – running errands. Getting the piano tuned at Music Makers by Kyle Becker.

 

Egg Sandwich with Tomato, Spinach, and Creamy Tomato Soup. Green Tea.

 

Teaching lessons.

 

Ordering Bangkok Garden for dinner: Chicken and Broccoli with Rice and Vegetable Soup.

 

Hanging out around the house. We all meet with Roland, a potential new roommate. He used to hang around here back in the Show N Tell days. It’s better to have someone we know move in rather than a stranger.

 

Popped Chips. Chamomile Tea.

 

 

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday February 17 2020

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

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

 

Basketball at the Rec.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Kale. Coffee.

Finishing season 4 of Better Call Saul.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Cooking dinner for Ana and I: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Smoked Salmon, Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Onions.

 

Catching up on all kinds of business. Shoe shopping.

 

 

Chatting with Ana about things.

 

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday February 16 2020

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

Leftover Waffles and Tea for breakfast.

 

MMLIVE rehearsals all afternoon.

 

Lunch break back at home: Tempeh Bacon with leftover slice of Pizza, Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese, and Coffee.

 

Finishing up another band rehearsal. Having fun with these kids! It’s never about playing the songs with perfection but rather with passion and energy.

 

Back home. Warming up some leftovers for dinner. Eating all kinds of leftovers today!

Watching Better Call Saul.

 

Catching up on business. Chores.

 

Organizing stuff at the studio. Practicing drums.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Saturday February 15 2020

 

Waking up at 11:07 a.m. Feeling much better today. Not 100% but no achiness.

 

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

 

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Beet Greens. Potato Chips. Green Tea.

Watching Better Call Saul and catching up on business.

 

Packing up the cars and heading to Pizza Chapel for the Musicplayer gig tonight. Ana and I set up in our little corner at the end of the bar. Dave, one of the managers who books us, always knows we need all the space we can use. I take my time organizing the music gear and instruments. We do our usual three hour set with breaks in between. Tristan, Kenny, Erica, and other friends are here. We get Kenny to play drums on “Rebel Rebel” and “Psycho Killer”. Any time we can add someone on the drums we do it. Overall we performed well and had the crowd going at climatic moments.

 


 

A Cookie Proposal...

 

Here and there I noticed Ana experiencing brain farts. Later on I find out it’s because she was distracted about when to propose to me! Yes, that’s right, I got proposed to. And with cookies rather than words. She baked these special cookies with the words, “Marry me” and “Please”. At first I thought it was just a silly joke but then I realized this is serious. I pick out a cookie that says “Yes” and hold it up in response. She opens up a circular tin with a cross on it that has two rings she picked up at second hand shop. She slides a ring with a purple stone on my finger and there’s that!

 

Everybody helps load out the gear after the show.

 

Friday February 14 2020

Getting out of bed around 12:30 p.m. still feeling a major stomach ache and body chills.

 

Ana made waffles but I barely have an appetite. I eat an Orange and a cup of Turmeric Ginger. I nibble on a quarter of a waflle.

 

Hanging out around the house, mostly in the bedroom catching up on business in between naps. Just trying to rest and ween off whatever this thing is.

 

Eating Beet Soup and Toast. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Chores.

 

Later on, Ana and I order thai food for dinner and watch Doctor Sleep (2019), The Shining sequel. I’ve been eagerly waiting to watch this since we saw it a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, we cuddle with Elvis on the couch.

 

Feeling a little bit better we head to the studio to practice a few tunes for the gig tomorrow.

 

 

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Thursday February 13 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

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

 

Catching up on business – emails – communications – calling dad – thinking about mom.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Chips with Avocado.

Watching Better Call Saul.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana got dinner started. I help cook.

Black Bean Pasta with Mushrooms, Onions, and a Baguette. Meanwhile, Elvis sits atop the bench by the table watching us eat. Afterwards, we clean up the dishes and kitchen together.

 

Ladada band practice with the boys.

 

Back home. Ana and I make our turmeric ginger honey mix. Lately, we’ve been discovering how amazing it is for our bodies to take every day. And I especially need it now. While cleaning and doing the cat things in her bathroom we get mad at each other over something frivolous. Talking and praying about it.

 

 

Something doesn’t sit right in my stomach. Feeling achy.

 

Sleep 4 a.m.

Wednesday February 12 2020

Waking up at 11:07 a.m.

 

Bowl of Cereal with Strawberries and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Basketball at the Rec. Running up and down the courts.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Kale. Coffee.

Watching Better Call Saul.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

We got Rebecca handling the front desk now on Wednesdays.

 

Back home.

Leftover Beans with Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, and Quinoa.

 

After Ana gets off work we practice tunes at the studio.

 

Raspberries. Orange.

 

 

Sleep 4 a.m.