Friday December 3 2021

Waking up around 11:15 a.m.

 

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

 

Catching up on business, mainly ticket related things for the show tonight.

 

Ana’s off to Durham, NC to see a show with Jordan.

 

Meanwhile, I’m off to the Kroc Center for tonight’s big Broadway show “The Magic of Christmas”. We had a dress rehearsal here yesterday and now’s the moment we’ve all been waiting on. Everyone is here getting things ready. I work on preparing all the mic packs and cameras. I got Anna and Olivia here to help usher people in when they arrive. Then, Allyson and a few of the parents help with the box office area. There’s so much to orchestrate it can get hectic.

 

PB&J. Crackers. Coffee.

 

But then the house lights dim and the show begins! Reid and I control the sound and light cues from backstage. I’m getting up and down to help move props and set scenes. We come across a technical issue with Kate’s mic, which causes us to announce a “technical hold” just to deal with it. But we get it back up and running in no time.

 

It’s such an honor to be working with this cast and witness all the talent and emotion that explodes on this stage. Can’t wait to do it all again the next day.

 

I give Anna a ride back to Music Makers. She’s been a big help today.

 

Back home. Catching up on things. Eating leftovers for dinner. Doing chores.

 

Uploading video footage.

 

Thursday December 2 2021

Waking up around 11 a.m.

 

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

 

Packing up some things in the car and driving out to the Kroc Center for the big Broadway dress rehearsal today. There’s much to do with all the backstage hands including myself, Rebecca, Reid, Carol, Haley, and all the cast members that come trickling in one at a time.

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A lot of time is spent setting the props in specific places and marking spots on the stage where things will live. I focus on setting up Reid and I’s station for calling the sound/light cues. Then, putting batteries in all the mic packs and laying them out. It takes quite a long time to clip the packs on each cast member and tape up their mics. Then, setting up all the cameras.

 

PB&J. Crackers. Coffee.

 

At some point we actually do a run through and it goes over quite well – there’s always a few hiccups but it’s good we’re making mistakes tonight before the shows this weekend. It’s a highly stressful but exciting environment to be in.

 

Afterwards, we clean things up and reflect on all the things we need to fix before tomorrow.

 

Back home. Ana cooked a hearty dinner: Lentil and Bean Soup with Veggies and Quinoa with Garlic Bread.

 

I work on this footage from today at the same time doing chores – laundry and dishes.

 

Wednesday December 1 2021

Waking up a little before 11 a.m.

 

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

 

Rebecca and I ride over to the Kroc Center to bring a load of stuff for tomorrow’s dress rehearsal and figure out some issues with one of the curtains.

 

Handling some business at the studio.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Chips with Avocado. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Leftover Black Beans with Veggies, Sardines, and Rice for dinner.

 

Meeting up with the Ladada boys at the storage unit practicing a set for next week’s show.

 

Tuesday November 30 2021

Waking up a little before 11 a.m.

 

Cereal with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Driving around distributing some Broadway flyers here and there – at Lemon Cabana I meet a nice lady who owns the place and gladly allows me to display them – I end up finding a nice Christmas gift for Ana – at The Heritage I run into Kate, a friend of Elliott’s mom Caroline, who was a fan of our B-52’s band.

 

Eggs. Bagel. Chips. Spinach. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana and I put together Black Bean Tacos to share with The B-52’s band. We’re all meeting up tonight to watch the video Bobby and I edited together from the Halloween show.

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Even though I had a headache beforehand it’s a kind of therapy hanging out with all of them.

 

Later on, recollecting myself.

 

Peanut Butter Rice Cakes.

 

Monday November 29 2021

Waking up around 11 a.m.

 

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

 

Catching up on business – and there’s much to catch up on! It’s like Thanksgiving weekend happened and boom it was Monday – everybody is reaching out and trying to get things done.

 

Dealing with stuff at the studio.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Immediately after Haley’s lesson we all meet with Carol and Rebecca to go over any last minute Broadway business. Meanwhile, the band jam is happening – there’s always so much going on at once.

 

Back home. Ana cooked dinner: Vegan Burgers with roasted Veggies and Tomato Soup.

 

Green Tea.

 

We put up and decorate the new Christmas tree!

 

Sunday November 28 2021

Waking up around 11 a.m.

 

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

 

Catching up on business and things at the computer.

 

Eggs. Toast. Potato Salad. Coffee.

 

Running errands – picking up a piano from the warehouse and vacuuming.

 

Organizing some things at Music Makers.

 

After Ana gets off work we grab some groceries, stop at Target for a new Christmas tree, and pick up some things from the storage unit.

 

Back home. I cook dinner: Tempeh with all kinds of Veggies and Rice. Sharing the last of the Cookies she made.

 

Organizing some stuff at the studio.

 

Raspberries and Chips.

 

Saturday November 27 2021

Waking up bright and early at 9:30 a.m. Ana and I have to drive to Greenville, North Carolina.

 

Breakfast Bars and Tea.

 

We take turns driving down 17 until we arrive at my cousin Vikki’s house in Grimesland, North Carolina. This would be Thanksgiving Part 3 for Ana and I. My aunt Pansy and her husband Peter, my dad and Patty, Vikki and her husband with the boys, and a few others. It’s a beautiful home filled with all kinds of Southern spread and delicious desserts. The boys have really grown up now – at some point Ana and I get some skateboards out with Julian and ride around the neighborhood.

 

 

We talk to Vikki afterwards about memories of Aunt Delores and my mom, staying healthy, and things. She’s really got life all figured out.

 

Ana and I drive back home – stopping at some gas station for coffees – listening to music and talking.

 

PB&J. Fruit and Yogurt.

 

Catching up on things while Ana goes out with friends.

 

Friday November 26 2021

Waking up around 10 a.m. Grabbing some quick things at Kroger.

 

Dad and his wife Patty come over for breakfast. Ana makes Waffles while I cook up Country Sausage and Eggs to go with. My dad has to have his sausage.

 

Cleaning up and organizing.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Leftover Chicken Pad Thai with Spinach.

 

Running errands with Ana – mainly at Target investing in some household things like a new SodaStream so we can make our own sparkling water.

 

Back home. More organizing while Ana cooks and bakes in the kitchen.

 

Squash and Pea Hash for dinner.

 

Always cleaning. I’ve literally been Ana’s dishwasher the past few days.

 

Doing some repairs on the dryer.

 

Pineapple, Strawberries, and Yogurt.

 

Thursday November 25 2021


Waking up at noon.

 

Banana. Tea.

 

Ana and I pack up her car full of baked goodies and head to Norfolk for her family’s Thanksgiving gathering at Auntie Marley’s. All her cousins, aunts, uncles, and nieces/nephews are here. Enjoying a big spread of the usual. Ana’s homemade apple pie was a hit. Anna Sosa brought her violin – Ana brought a guitar that I hold onto – strumming whatever the family wants to hear – a few sing-a-longs and a game of limbo outside. We also take quite a bit of effort getting a group photo.

 

 

Afterwards, we then drive out to Williamsburg where my dad and his wife’s family and extended family are having a gathering. It’s in an apartment owned by Jesus and his partner Julio, two very jovial Puerto Rican dudes – a collection of Versace and Louis Vuitton everywhere. We of course bust out the guitar and sing a few songs for the group – a karaoke microphone is passed around for Disney songs – Jesus does his own rendition of that Hercules song and Ana does a Pocahontas song. Salsa and African dancing eventually in the kitchen too!

 

 

Back home in VB. I spend the rest of the night cleaning up the dining room and kitchen.

 

Wednesday November 24 2021

 Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

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

 

Seeing the chiro.

 

Working out at the gym.

Banana.

 

Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s a light day cause most everyone is starting vacation early.

 

Back home. Eating leftover Pizza with Baby Broccoli and Carrots for dinner.

Watching Curb Your Enthusiasm.

 

Later on, after Ana gets home, we both stay busy! While she slaves away in the kitchen baking pies and cookies I’m doing chores (cleaning the guest bathroom, cleaning the dishes, laundry, taking the recycle out, etc.)

 

Tuesday November 23 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

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

 

Business.

 

Running errands.

 

Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Chips. Coffee.

Watching News of the World (2020).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Warming up dinner leftovers for Ana and I.

 

Catching up on business. Meanwhile, Ana bakes up a storm in the kitchen.

 

At the studio putting out all the Christmas decorations and installing some guitar hangers.

 

Pineapple and Yogurt.

 

Monday November 22 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

Cereal. Tea.

 

Catching up on scheduling and business.

 

Running errands.

 

Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Coffee. Chips.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Right after, there’s a band jam with Anna, Megan, Thomas, and Merrill. I stay around to play guitar with them.

 

Back home. Ana brought home Bangkok Garden for dinner. Chicken Pad Thai for me.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Then, troubleshooting the dryer. Turns out the heating coil broke, which would explain the dryer not heating. I’ve pulled apart this dryer so many times it’s become second nature at this point. I order some parts online in the meantime.

 

Sunday November 21 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

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

 

Catching up on business.

 

At the warehouse for Broadway rehearsal. It’s the cast’s last rehearsal in this room until the final dress rehearsal at the venue in December. So we’re here polishing up all the segues and rough spots. It’s always chaotic and stressful at moments but what a fun group.

 

Sneaking in a PB&J and Coffee.

 

Packing up everything and bringing it back to Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana made a nice dinner of Vegan Sausages, Peas, Quinoa, and leftover Veggies.

 

Rebecca has to drive 4 hours to North Carolina for the week. I recap today’s rehearsal with her over the phone then catch up on business.

 

Doing laundry and chores.

 

Cleaning up some things at the studio.

 

Saturday November 20 2021

Waking up around 10:30 a.m.

 

Cereal. Tea.

 

I drive Reid and I over to the Kroc Center for the big Broadway Tech rehearsal today. There is much to do as far as setting up the stage and preparing to run through the show. The whole cast is here along with Reid, myself, Carol, Rebecca, and two sound/light guys. It’s of course chaotic and hectic getting all these kids adorned with wireless headset mics and figuring out where all the props and set pieces need to reside between numbers. There were many issues but none we couldn’t handle and deal with. We essentially set up as if we’re running the show but then take time to correct any issues with the transitions.

 

Afterwards, packing up and transporting gear and things to the warehouse.

 

Then, I’m home! I snuck in a PB&J earlier but now I’m starving! Ana picked up pizza from Pizza Chapel. We enjoy some greasy slices and then finish watching Dune (2021) together.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Cookies.

 

Having serious talks again with Ana.

 

Friday November 19 2021

Waking up super late around 1 p.m.

 

Cereal with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Working on things on and off at Music Makers.

 

Driving over to the Kroc Center to drop off some gear for tomorrow.

 

More maintenance things at the studio – talking with Allyson and Rebecca in between lessons going on about Broadway related things.

 

Later on, Ana and I grab dinner at Lovesong. The Snake Mountain Revival guys happen to be here also. Enjoying our favorite Mushroom Tartines and a few cocktails.

 

Vacuuming and cleaning out the living room.

 

Then, we lie on the couch to watch Dune (2021). A re-watching for me but Ana’s first. Meanwhile, Elvis plops into a perfectly fitting box.

 

Thursday November 18 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

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

 

Working out at the gym. I’ve been down to only going one day out of the week. I wish I could do more.

Banana.

 

At the studio doing some scheduling and whatnot.

 

Eggs. Toast. Kale. Chips and Avocado. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Running errands.

 

Ana cooked dinner: Vegan Burgers with Roasted Veggies.

 

Hitching a ride with Wes to Ladada practice with the boys. We have a good time jamming and running tunes.

 

Back home. Doing the dishes.

Enjoying Green Tea and Shortbread Cookies Ana made.

 

Catching up on business till 4 in the a.m.

 

Wednesday November 17 2021

Waking up shortly after noon.

 

Breakfast Bar, Blueberries, and Tea.

 

Catching up on business and scheduling.

 

Eggs. Toast. Chips. Spinach. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Leftover Pasta with Kale.

Watching News of the World (2021).

 

Finally getting around to organizing all the photos from the last MMLIVE show and composing the official recap email. It’s a lot of work cause I have to upload select photos to the website and make sure all the links are good.

 

Meanwhile, doing laundry and chores.

 

Tuesday November 16 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

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

 

Working on scheduling and Broadway sound track prep. Many of the tracks we have need to be equalized and tweaked so they match the show.

 

Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Home. Ana brought home Fish Tacos with Chips, Guac, and Salsa from Gringo’s.

 

Meeting back up at the studio with Reid and Rebecca to go through the Broadway show’s sound and light cues – there are many.

 

Back home. Ana starts to give me a very hard time about everything in the relationship. She holds a lot of resentment and lacks trust in me – this takes a great toll on our happiness with each other. I’m just at my wit’s end. The clock ticks late into the morning and I just wanna get to bed.

 

Monday November 15 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

Cereal. Tea.

 

There’s always scheduling things to deal with.

 

Running errands. At Kroger I ran into Kevin Moore!

 

Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Afterwards, there’s so much going on at the end of the day – Modern Day Warrior is practicing in the wait room – Ana and Jordan are practicing at the 104 space next door – I’m trying to meet with Carol to discuss ad and ticket sales – lessons are finishing up – it’s hectic.

 

Back home. Warming up dinner.

 

Later on, at the studio recording this radio announcer track for the Broadway show using an old radio.