Friday April 20 2018

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Waking up at 8:05 a.m.


Breakfast Bar with English Breakfast Tea.


Having my fourth and final appointment with Michelle at the ODU Dentistry. The assessment is done and now we can finally do a teeth cleaning.


Elliott hooks a brother up with some biscuits at Handsome Biscuit.


Napping.


Chicken Sweet Potato Biscuit. Carrots, Cucumber, and Tomatoes. Coffee.

Watching Come Sunday (2018).


Teaching all my in-home lessons. Almost every house I stop at involves a little basketball playing with the boys beforehand.


Back home. Dinner: Lentils with Kale, Quinoa, and Naan Bread.


Running a few late night errands.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday April 19 2018

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Butter and Jam. Veggie Chips. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Mom and I make dinner: Vegan Dogs with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Brussel Sprouts.

Watching Come Sunday (2018).


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jonnie. Sipping on Kolsch Beers.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Wednesday April 18 2018

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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. Meanwhile, Ana exercises. I always run into Jimmy Napier, my mom’s past husband and father to my late sister. He always asks about how the business is going and coming over again to play music.


Scrambled Eggs. Potatoes. Bagel with Butter and Jam. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Afterwards, mom and I grab dinner at Jane’s House, the old China Wok restaurant.  Chowing down on some Vegetable Lo Mein and Broccoli.


After that, I head over to Jonna’s house for another massage. I think I might do these twice a month for a while. I give her daughter, Liv, a mini drum lesson. I helped them buy a good drum set a while back. Sophie, the other kid is running around with a basketball doing soccer tricks with it. It’s always a good time over here.


Cupcakes.


Oolong Tea.


Sleep next to Ana at 3 a.m.


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Tuesday April 17 2018


Waking up at 11 a.m.


Breakfast Bar with Coffee.


Taking care of business.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange.


Back home. Making dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice with Peas, Kale, and Carrots.

Finishing Heat (1995). Amazed at the timeless quality to this film.


Teaching an online lesson.


Cupcakes.


Doing chores and prepping in the kitchen.


Ana and I enjoy a few rounds of Flip The Credit.


Sleep around 2:30 a.m.

Monday April 16 2018


Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. Feeling good on the courts – knocking down 3’s and playing good basketball.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Guayusa Hibiscus Tea.

Watching Heat (1995).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange.


Dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Marinara Sauce, and Parm Bread.


Catching up on business – doing chores.


Hanging with Ana in her room. We have a deep conversation about our sex life and ways to improve our communication skills. It’s nice when two people can both take responsibility.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Sunday April 15 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Coffee.


MMLIVE spring session #2.


Good times and most rehearsals are productive.


PB&J. Popped Chips. Banana. Oolong Tea.


The rehearsals continue until 6:30.


Running a few errands.


Meanwhile, mom makes a bangin’ dinner: Marsala Chicken with Mushrooms, Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Rice.

Watching All The Money In The World (2017).


“It’s tea time,” I exclaim to Ana as she brings her nightly tea upstairs to her room. I join her with mine. I fold one of her old debit cards in half, which inspires us to create a spin-off of “Pass the Pigs”. We call it “Flip the Credit”. We take turns flipping the card with our finger and obtaining points.




She gets weird later on when it’s time to say goodnight. I lose my patience with this mood of hers. But eventually, she joins me in bed.


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Saturday April 14 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Immediately after, I gotta load up the wagon (with mom’s help in her borrowed hatchback). Ana and I have a gig at Smartmouth in Norfolk. This time they’ve got us outside right in front of the food truck. The sun is shining and the breeze is blowin’! My dad and his wife make it up from North Carolina. Ana’s mom and her brothers are here. Other friends are here.








We do our thing with almost 3 hours worth of music. Sipping on a Belgian Beer and enjoying some Pulled Chicken with Slaw, Beans, and Cornbread.


Afterwards, with Anthony, Ana, and mom at Doumar’s, the oldest diner in Norfolk, to treat everyone for Ice Cream Cones.




And so begins the rest of my night consisting of transporting the gear back to the rehearsal spot and the studio – loading – unloading.


Finally back home close to midnight. Doing chores. Settling in.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.


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Friday April 13 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Coffee. Banana.

Watching All The Money In The World (2017).




Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Fuji Apple.


Later on at dinnertime Ana and I decide to venture on the town with no real plan on where to eat. Initially, we were going to Brother’s Pizza but ended up at this Italian restaurant called When In Rome. They serve fresh pasta every day. There’s definitely some high $$$ signs on the menu but it’s nice to go out and forget about money. We enjoy a couple appetizers and big plates of Pasta, Salmon, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, and Bread. Sipping on a wonderful Red Wine.


Later on, Ana and I do some last minute practicing at the studio.


Orange.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.


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Thursday April 12 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Breakfast Bar with Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on emails and business.


Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Veggie Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange.


Back home. Cooking dinner: Vegan Sausage with Rice, Onions, Mushrooms, Carrots, and Broccoli.


Pineapple and Grapes.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana. It’s crunch time for our show this Saturday.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday April 11 2018

Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


PB&J. Popped Chips. Coffee. Orange.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Back home. Mom makes dinner: Vegan Burgers with Potatoes and Slaw. Sipping on a Cider.

Watching Amateur (2018).


Getting some late night groceries at Kroger with Ana.


Coconut Water.


Practicing songs with Ana at the studio.


Grapes.


Sleep next to Ana in her room at 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday April 10 2018

Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Doing my personal taxes!


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips with Avocado. Coffee. Blueberries.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Cara Cara Orange.


Back home after a long day of lessons. Mom makes dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, and Quinoa.

Watching Molly’s Game (2017).


Sipping on a Kolsch Beer.


At the studio with Ana practicing songs.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday April 9 2018

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Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


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


At the Rec for adult basketball. Meanwhile, Ana works out.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


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

Watching Molly’s Game (2017).


Catching up on emails and business.


Mango.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana. She gets a little frustrated with herself when playing guitar and singing. I truly want her to succeed and be comfortable but outwardly I show my impatience. I’m just so tired.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday April 8 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


First day of the spring session of Music Makers LIVE. Missing a few people but we make do and have very productive rehearsals. Rob Moore and Drew help out with the coaching.


Lunch break: PB&J with Plantain Chips and Oolong Tea.




More MMLIVE rehearsal until 6:30.


Ana and I head straight to Norfolk. Stopping at a Middle Eastern style food place. Falafel Pitas filled with such goodness and Fries.


Over at Charlie’s attending the big psych rock show. Playing with Ladada alongside other amazing bands like Snake Mountain Revival (with their live visual projection artist), and out of towners Acid Dad and Moonwalks. Sipping on beers and enjoying the classic Charlie’s atmosphere.









Back home.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday April 7 2018

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Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


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


Teaching a couple lessons at Music Makers.


Mom got a little stressed out and overwhelmed earlier after her truck wouldn’t start for the thousandth time. The mechanic that’s been looking at it can’t figure out why it won’t start. Sometimes it does but it’s intermittent. On top of that a bunch of things were happening at the studio.


Back home.

Scrambled Eggs. Sweet Potato Biscuits with Butter and Jam. Sante Fe Potatoes. Coffee. Navel Orange.


Finishing up the taxes for Music Makers. Feeling somewhat accomplished. This time I took notes so next year goes smoothly. Still gotta do personal taxes.


Transporting gear to the rehearsal spot off Lynnhaven Rd and setting up for the spring session of MMLIVE tomorrow.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Ana and I attend the “punk rock” show at Toast featuring NFK Nightmares, Doll Baby, Bad Magic, and Mas Y Mas (with Josiah on drums, Aaron on bass, Jonnie on guitar, and Vinny of course on lead). It’s a cold and rainy night in Norfolk but we stay cozy inside the narrow warehouse room. Enjoying some Chili Bean Bowls, Kale, and Toast by the bar.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday April 6 2018

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Waking up at 8:05 a.m.


Breakfast Bar with English Breakfast Tea.


Having my third dentist appointment with Michelle at ODU. It’s another session of waiting around for the instructor to come by and sign off on things she does. We never get to a teeth cleaning but that’s the way it goes.


Chicken Sweet Potato Biscuit. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Navel Orange. Coffee.

Watching The Commuter (2018).


Teaching a couple in-home lessons. While at Ian Funk’s house we shoot the basketball around with his cousins in the driveway. The sun is shining!


Taking my time getting home. Grabbing a Passion Fruit Tea from Starbucks with a gift card and scouring the DAV thrift store for whatever.


Back home.


Catching up on business.


Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Tomato Sauce, Kale, and Naan Bread.


Starting the daunting process of doing my taxes, not just for myself but for the business too. Click clack goes the calculator, tap tap goes the computer keyboard and vroom vroom goes the brain.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday April 5 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching a couple afternoon lessons.


Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Pineapple. Oolong Tea.

Watching Everything Sucks! (2018).


Teaching a few evening lessons at Music Makers. Spring Break has thinned out the schedule.


Coffee and a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.


I scheduled an hour massage with Jonna, a mother of one of our students. It’s been a long while since my last professional massage. Becoming aware of all the buildup of lactic acid in my muscles from playing basketball and playing music.


Leftover Indian food for dinner. Apple, Pineapple, and Yogurt.


At the studio restringing a guitar and practicing songs.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Wednesday April 4 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. My game is on this afternoon. Making buckets and hustling .


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

Finishing season 3 of Better Call Saul.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Making dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice with Peas and Kale.

Watching Everything Sucks! (2018).


Green Tea.


Catching up on business.


Apples and Yogurt.


At the studio working on music with Ana.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday April 3 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Business.


Running errands.


Sardines with Mustard. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Pretzel Thins. Coffee.

Watching Better Call Saul (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.




I get off work early so Ana and I head to the Great Neck Rec for some working out and adult basketball. Ana’s new hairdo is cute.


Teaching an online lesson to Katelyn.




Back home. Mom made us dinner: Veggie Burgers with Cabbage and Fries. Sharing Ciders all around.


Catching up on business.


Later on, at the studio practicing songs with Ana. “Music is life,” I always say to her as we do this night after night.


Chamomile Tea and Grapes.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday April 2 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. They got only one court going today cause of Spring Break, to give the kids some court time.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.

Watching Better Call Saul (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana made us dinner: Lentils with Zucchini, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa. Sipping on a Young Veterans Kolsch.


At the studio with Ana practicing songs for our upcoming gig.


Pineapple and Yogurt.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Sunday April 1 2018

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Waking up at 10:13 a.m.


Ana made us Pancakes for breakfast with Coffee.


Mom, Ana, and I attend the Sunday morning service at Freedom Fellowship for Easter. The praise and worship portion is always the highlight. Even though I don’t come here often I still feel the familiar sense of community and family. You feel so affected by the heavy spirit in the room. It’s nice to see all people I knew growing up here.






Afterwards, we take a spontaneous detour to an open house nearby off Wolfsnare. A four bedroom with an attached garage. This sort of dream of owning a house one day is not that far off.


For lunch we head over to one of Ana’s aunts apartment on Shore Drive. There’s a nice Filipino spread of Pancit Noodles, Bread, Egg Salad, and Cannolis.


Back home. Ana and I take naps.


Catching up on business.


Taking leftover Black Beans and turning them into Tacos with all the fixings including homemade Guacamole.

“This isn’t poor man’s guac,” I assure them. Often I make what I call poor man’s guac, which includes avocado, tomato, and seasoning.

“It’s rich man’s guac!” Ana exclaims. Cause this time it’s got everything!


Later on, at the studio with Ana practicing songs.


Chamomile Tea. Banana.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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