Monday December 18 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec – what a workout today!


Sardines with Mustard. Everything Bagel. Persimmons. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Leftovers for dinner: Chicken and Dumplings with Baby Broccoli and Carrots.

Watching Jungle (2017).


Hazelnut Cookies.


Writing Christmas cards for students.


Playing this newly acquired Perplexus 3D ball maze – it’s terribly addictive, fun, and frustrating at the same time.


Messing around on the electric guitar unplugged in Ana’s room while the cat goes stir crazy.





Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday December 17 2017

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Waking up at 9:22 a.m.


A One protein bar with Coffee and a Banana.


Last minute I got hired by Lisa again to play drums in her church band over at Prince of Peace Lutheran. They brought on board Holly, a cellist. A lot of classic Christmas songs on the set list today.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Limehouse Golem (2016).


Catching up on business.


Power napping.


Back at the studio with Jackie and Josiah recording the rest of the bass tracks for the new Ladada record. It’s a grand ole time.





Dinner break: Black Beans with Kale, Carrots, and Rice. Hoegaarden.


After all is done the three of us chat about the struggles of being a musician with big dreams and the compromises we make to keep life sane.


Back home.

Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday December 16 2017

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Waking up at 10:55 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.




Scrambled Eggs. Sweet Potato Biscuits with Butter and Jam. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Limehouse Golem (2016).


Catching up on business.


At Fawn Studio in Norfolk with Jackie and Josiah recording bass tracks for the upcoming Ladada record.


Back home. Hazelnut Cookies and Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday December 15 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Business – running errands.




Sardines with Mustard. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Back home.

Ana made dinner: Lentils with Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Onions, and Jasmine Rice.


Will and I get caught up in shop talk about internet, Google Music, and his new job working from his bedroom for Logitech.


Troubleshooting the Miele vacuum cleaner we’ve had for many years. The telescoping wand arm has always had a shoddy connection.


Practicing Ladada bass parts.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday December 14 2017

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Working on stuff at the studio. Business.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Navel Orange. Oolong Tea.

Finishing American Made (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Mom made Organic Chicken & Dumplings from scratch along with roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower.

As we all sit at the table and enjoy the meal together I say, “This is definitely a comfort food from my childhood.”


Afterwards, I glue together the last of the Christmas cards while Ana flosses her teeth and tells stories out of context.




At the studio teaching Ana how to restring her electric guitar.


Practicing Ladada bass lines in preparation for the studio this weekend.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday December 13 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese and Jam. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching American Made (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


We got a couple of new 16x20 canvas prints in the mail. After nailing a bunch of them up I comment to my mom about how beautiful and wonderful it looks in here now compared to a year ago when we were planning what we would do inside the store. And now it’s an enriching environment.




Picking up a few groceries.


Back home. Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Onions, Red Peppers, Mushrooms, and Marinara Sauce. Salad and Naan Bread.


Preparing homemade Christmas cards downstairs while Ana looks up gifts online – mom lends me a hand.


Pineapple Juice.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday December 12 2017

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


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


Catching up on business.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato and Avocado. Tomato Soup with Croutons and Parm. Oolong Tea.




Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


As soon as I get done teaching Ana and I head to Norfolk to join friends for dinner at Chris, Aaron, and Ken’s apartment in Ghent. Bianca, Josiah, and Julia join as well. It’s a wonderful Filipino style dinner: Red Snapper, Shrimp Curry, and Oxtail with Rice.




We all gather in the living room sipping on Red Wine and snacking on a special Filipino dessert, some kind of custard filled sponge cake. Reminiscing about old local bands and music projects from back in the day. I get absorbed in this 3-D labyrinth sphere game called Perplexus.






Back home.


Chamomile Tea.


Playing with the cat in Ana’s room while she gets ready for bed.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday December 11 2017

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Waking up at 11:27 a.m. Feeling a bit better but still achy.


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


Ana and I watch an episode of Mindfield.


Running a few errands – repairing her black Epiphone guitar at the studio – picking up tea at The Heritage.


I’ve decided to cancel most of my lessons so I can rest.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Creamy Tomato Soup with Croutons and Parm. Potatoes.

Watching Marvel’s The Defenders (2017).


At Music Makers teaching 3 lessons.


Back home.

Japanese Style Fried Rice with Kale, Peas, and Carrots.


Teaching an online lesson to Katelyn.


Orange.


Finishing up this Music Makers newsletter I’ve been working on. It takes a lot of time to construct and input good content.


Ana arrives home from work. She puts on some mellow dancing music and we enjoy a much needed lovemaking session. Sometimes, well actually all the time, I look at how beautiful and attractive she is and think how grateful I am that she’s mine.


ACV Drink.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday December 10 2017

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At a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. I’m under the impression I was hired to play either bass or keys with the church band. Up on stage I try to ask some of the band members what’s going on but nobody gives me any clear answers. There already seems to be music playing but it’s almost as if the band is not plugged in and it’s just a recording. I sit at the end of a pew on stage – the sanctuary is packed. I’ve got my bed blanket and I’m reclined. Other people seem to be in their bed clothes.

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Waking up officially around noon.


Sharing breakfast and videos with Ana.

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


Time to run errands together – taking the recycle out and getting groceries from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea.

Watching Marvel’s The Defenders (2017).


Catching up on business.


At the studio with mom. While she arranges ginger bread cookies into little baggies for the students I print Christmas cards.


Back home. Making leftovers for dinner: Black Beans with Onions, Celery, Snow Peas, Carrots, and Quinoa.


Suddenly I feel feverish and achy. I try to stay productive on the computer.


Later on, Ana arrives home. We talk about how we shouldn’t lash out at each other and probably shouldn’t stay up late anymore cause it might be affecting her/us emotionally.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday December 9 2017

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Waking up at 11:14 a.m.


Ana made us Buckwheat Pancakes for breakfast. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Pho Noodles Soup with Naan Bread.

Watching Marvel’s Defenders (2017).


Napping.


Orange.


Catching up on business.


Smoked Salmon. Potatoes with Celery, Onions, and Slaw.


Designing some chord theory sheets for my students.


Playing with the cat. Ana arrives home from a You’re Jovian show in Charlottesville. We chill. Sleep next to each other around 4 a.m.


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Friday December 8 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Chores. Business.


Scrambled Eggs. Sweet Potato Biscuits with Butter and Jam. Green Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Black Beans with Kale, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


At Hoss’s in Newport News for the DEJA show. We’re breaking in our new bass player last minute. Jimmy couldn’t make it so we’re giving Wade the “trial by fire”, as John calls it. Wade is familiar with most of the tunes but not note for note. Still amazingly, with a couple of pointers we break through the set like kings.





Sipping on a couple beers. At some point the guitar player from Strictly Bizzness steps up and performs a 10 minute solo while the band jams on “Stranglehold”. 


On the way home. Love playing Hoss’s but I hate the drive. It seems to never end. The rain patters consistently on top of the car – it’s cold but I’m safe inside. This always reminds me of times when I was younger riding in the passenger seat or backseat while my mom drove us through nasty weather. I could just fall asleep...


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday December 7 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Picking up another keyboard from OfferUp.


Tempeh Bacon. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Onions, Mushrooms, Peppers, Marinara Sauce, and Rosemary Bread.

Finishing season two of Daredevil (2016).


Catching up on chores and things.


Orange.


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


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Wednesday December 6 2017

Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


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

Watching Daredevil (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Eating leftover Chinese food: Tofu and Garlic Sauce with Mixed Vegetables and Rice.


DEJA rehearsal. We’re working in new bass players to the band.


At the studio coloring in Ana’s hand drawn Christmas cards.


Pinwheel Cookies and Chamomile Tea.


Sleep next to Ana after laughing hysterically over nothing.

Tuesday December 5 2017

Waking up at 10:55 a.m.


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

Watching an episode of Mind Field.


Catching up on business.


Buying a digital piano from somebody off OfferUp.


Grilled PB&J. Plantain Chips. Grapes. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


During a piano lesson with Antonio, a spritely and energetic kid, I call him out on something. He asks, “Did I just get roasted?”

“Roasted?” I question.

“Yeah!”

“What do you mean by roasted?” I ask.

He looks at me with conviction and amazement, “Wake up! It’s 2017!”


Back home. I decide to order Chinese food from the former China Wok now called Jane House. Enjoying Tofu in Garlic Sauce with Broccoli, Snow Peas, Onions, Carrots, and Rice.


Hazelnut Cookies.


At the studio with Ana. She draws out some sketches for handmade Christmas cards and tinkers at the piano playing Christmas songs. Meanwhile, I organize guitar picks amongst other things.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday December 4 2017

Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Sardines with Mustard. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.

Watching Daredevil (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Making Naan Pizzas with all the fixings and Slaw on the side.


Designing a business hours sign for the store.


At the studio organizing a box of old instrument strings that Elliott donated to us.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday December 3 2017

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Waking up at 12:14 p.m. Sleeping off this mild sickness.


Bowl of Oat Flakes with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


I’ve got the entire day off from whatever. Helping mom sell her furniture on Craigslist. Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Potatoes. Green Tea.

Watching Daredevil (2016).


Catching up on business. I’ve got a to-do list a mile high it always seems.


Getting groceries.


Transporting a drum set to a student’s house. Jonna, the mom, is in the middle of giving a massage session in another room while I set up the drums in the bedroom. Meanwhile, Sophie, an 8-year old voice student, is a true socializer – she makes sure to stay in the room and help any way she can.


Mom makes dinner: Peas, Broccoli, Carrots, and Vegetable Fried Rice. Peroni.


Hazelnut Cookies.




Helping mom move all these sewing machines in her room. She’s been assessing stuff that’s been in her storage unit forever and trying to sell.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday December 2 2017

Waking up at 10:53 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Apple.


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

Watching Daredevil (2016).


Power napping.


Catching up on business.


Leftovers for dinner: Mung Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Golden Beet Soup, Quinoa, and Naan Bread.


At the studio working on some stuff – tuning and conditioning a drum set – playing the piano.


Chamomile Tea with ACV.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday December 1 2017

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Waking up around 9:30 in the morning to love with Ana.


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


At the studio doing the accounting for the month – writing checks, documenting expenses, etc.


Errands.


Sardines and Mustard. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.

Watching Daredevil.


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Mom made White Chicken Chili. I sprinkle on some Slaw and toast some Rosemary Bread to go with.


It’s Felix’s birthday and he’s having a “civilized rager” at his house. It’s a bit of a reunion from my perspective with Chris Remaley, Josiah, Bianca, Ken, Danny Rogers, and Aaron all under one roof. There’s a ping pong tournament, beers, Donkey Kong, karaoke, bon fire, and a “dance garage”. It’s nice talking to the people I know and catching a glimpse of my old band buddy/friend’s state of life. Towards the end of the night I get caught in nostalgic conversation between Danny and Aaron about 90’s Christian alternative music and growing up during this time.







Back home.

Orange Juice.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Thursday November 30 2017

Waking up at 10:32 a.m.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Tempeh Bacon. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Popcorn. Green Tea.

Starting season two of Daredevil (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Leftovers for dinner: Mung Beans, Quinoa, Beet Greens, and Carrots.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Jon, and Bobby.

Bianca calls Josiah on the phone right before we start. She’s asking why he left something on at the house.

“I’m in the middle of practice,” he explains.

“I’m in the middle of living!” she retorts.


Back home.

Chamomile Tea.


Sleep next to Ana at 3 a.m.

Wednesday November 29 2017

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Waking up at 10:47 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes with Avocado. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Making dinner for mom, Ana, and I: Egg Noodles with Chestnuts, Onions, Broccoli, Carrots, Tomatoes, Peas, and Naan Bread. Sharing a couple Mind Field episodes on YouTube, a sort of reality show for science done by that Michael guy from Vsauce.


At the studio – while Ana practices bass and piano I organize things around the store and put together a drum set to sell.


OJ.


Finishing The Punisher (2017).


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday November 28 2017

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Waking up at 10:41 a.m.


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


Catching up on business.


Getting groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Sardines with Mustard. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Mung Beans with Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Jasmine Rice.

Watching The Punisher (2017).


Sharing Irish Whiskey Chocolates with the fam.


At the studio with Ana. While she practices bass I organize and install guitar arms on the wall.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday November 27 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Potatoes. Green Tea.

Watching The Punisher (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Off work. I treat mom and I to Panda Express, a new franchise Chinese food joint down the street. Honey Walnut Shrimp with Chow Mein, Broccoli, and Spring Rolls.


Back home. Catching up on emails and business.


Orange.


At the studio working on things – mainly fixing my Kasino Snake Eyes bass amp. All it took was some contact cleaner on the knobs and now no more crackling sounds. It takes more time to unscrew everything than it does to spray the actual cleaner.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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