Monday November 21 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Catching up on business.


Shooting the basketball around at the Rec.


Toasted PB&J. Grapes. Oolong Tea.

Watching Olive Stone’s Untold History of the United States (2013).


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Split Pea Soup with Kale, Quinoa, and Naan Bread.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon.


Grapes.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday November 20 2016



Waking up at 11:45 a.m.


Ana made us Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes. I brew some Yerba Mate to go with.


It’s an overwhelmingly relieving feeling to look at my calendar for today and find absolutely nothing scheduled. I can’t express how good I feel right now.


Errands with Ana.


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

Watching Indignation (2016).


Catching up on business affairs.


Scrubbing the shower walls with a grill brush, the only way to remove mold and mildew in Chanticleer.


Practicing guitar.


Cooking dinner: Tempeh with Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Onions, and Quinoa.


Chocolate Cake.


Practicing drums and piano at the shop.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Saturday November 19 2016

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons all afternoon at Music Makers. Snacking on an Apple.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea.


Catching up on my to-do list.


Errands.


Leftover mish mash: Noodles, Chicken, Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Bread.

Watching Indignation (2016).


After Ana arrives home from work we corral Will and drive out to Norfolk for the tail end of LAVA MiniFest at Toast. Catching the bulk of DJP and MrT’s set. The temperature dropped drastically outside. The crowd tries to stay warm through dancing. Meanwhile, in the Toast bar Ryan Thomas is spinning soul/Motown jams.  






Bobby got stuck riding his bike in the extreme weather so we offer to give him a ride home.


Back at the house.

Ana expresses to me her frustrations with life – how she gives all her energy at work and then there’s none for herself. She wants to make music and do so many things. Sometimes it’s all too much and she doesn’t even want to live.

I’ll paraphrase myself, “All those people who have an abundance of money – they don’t have to struggle and deal with financial hardships. It’s the middle class, people like you and me, who learn how to live. We have to go through the suffering and turmoil. But it’s through this that we learn how to truly live. We suffer and then we celebrate when it’s over. The Great Suffering and Celebration!”


Chamomile Tea and Cake.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday November 18 2016

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Waking up at 10:50 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Yerba Mate Tea.


At the Rec for adult basketball. Hustling up and down the court with all my might. Solid games. Solid shots.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.


I requested that Ana prep a vegetable lasagna for tonight. She’s running frantic in the kitchen after getting back from the store with barely enough time to finish everything before she has to go to work. I try to tell her to relax before she hurts herself with the knife. She ends up cutting her finger while trying to slice the zucchini. I feel bad but also mad because I warned her to slow down.


Teaching in-home lessons right up until dinner time.


Quick eat at the house: Zucchini Lasagna. Holiday Grapes.


Driving to Newport News for the DEJA gig at Hoss’s. Every time we play here it feels like a real show where people stand around and actually watch the band (and dance their asses off). I can get excited about playing these songs at a place like this.


Back home after a long night of music.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday November 17 2016

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Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


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


Teaching a lesson.


At the Rec shooting the basketball around.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Honey Green Tea. Cupcake.


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Back home.

Leftover Lentil Soup with Kale and Naan Bread.

Watching Don’t Breathe (2016).


Ladada rehearsal with Jonathan, Bobby, and Josiah.




Back home. Cynthia is spending the night with Ana in her room. I socialize with them for a little while and take care of cat duties.


Danish Kringle. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday November 16 2016

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Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


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


Teaching a few lessons.


Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Genius (2016).


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.




Fuji Apple.


Back home.

Dover Sole with Brussel Sprouts, Onions, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


Working on emails and money stuff.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday November 15 2016

Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Yerba Mate Tea.


At the MOCA with DEJA sound checking and doing a mini run-through of the set.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


As soon as I’m done teaching I’m at the MOCA suiting up for the big Wall show with DEJA. The auditorium isn’t as packed compared to last February’s performance. But there’s a good 75 people in the seats. We put on the show the best we can. We had an entourage of girls run around the aisles dancing or acting during the whole show. It really added to the scenes. During some moments you can feel the intensity much more than usual. My mom and a fairly new student of mine, Anne, were in the back watching the whole thing.


Afterwards, enjoying Jamaican catering: Chicken, Plantains, and Mac n’ Cheese.


Back home.

In Ana’s bedroom spending time with her and the cat. I half joke around with her all the time about having kids.

“So I’ve decided 40 is the deadline age for me to have kids. You game?” I ask.

We need to have a house first she always says. My goal is to keep building the Music Makers business for the next year. Then attempt to buy a home. My thing is I keep interacting with all these kids at lessons and realize that none of them are my kids. I really do want to have one or two of my own. I feel I’ve been prepped being a teacher and raising a cat from a kitten.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday November 14 2016

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Yerba Mate Tea.


At the MOCA helping DEJA set up for the big Wall show the next day.


Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Hummus. Broccoli. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Watching War Dogs (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Major headache.


Ana made a big pot of Lentils, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Kale, and Brown Rice.


Danish Kringle.


Researching. Renewing my health insurance.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday November 13 2016

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Ladada has an afternoon show at the Commonwealth Brewing Company – they’re doing a SPCA benefit for dogs – Pints For Pups. Here, you can find every species of dog imaginable from tiny to huge. I’m doing double duty so to speak, cause I chose to be responsible for the PA system. Fairly new band, Starcoast, goes on first and wows us with a soothing melodic indie rock sound. Then, I’m on stage picking at the bass with Ladada. It’s a loud spacey hall where the sound travels like a wind tunnel. The sun is out. There’s a slight chill in the air. It’s a beautiful day.










Chowing down on a $10 personal Veggie Pizza from a food truck. Meanwhile, the dogs mingle like it’s a night club.


Unloading all the Ladada gear into the shop and then loading up all the DEJA gear into my car.


Back home. Sipping on Oolong Tea and resting.


Doing one last Wall rehearsal with DEJA before the big show at the MOCA on Tuesday. This is supposed to be a dress rehearsal. We play right on through the whole movie without too many foul-ups.




Back home. Chamomile Tea.


I explain to Will and Ana how this house has turned into a sitcom again. We have recurring guests/friends that show up almost every day. Just last night Anthony popped in. Cynthia usually hangs out after her Trader Joe’s shift.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday November 12 2016

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Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons all afternoon at Music Makers.


Scrambled Eggs. Potato Salad. Slaw. Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts. Bread. Honey Green Tea. Grapes.

Watching I.T. (2016).


Practicing DEJA songs – it’s been a little while and we have a gig tonight.


Salad. Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Tomato Sauce.


At Jerry’s in Chesapeake for the DEJA gig. We do the kind of songs that require regular practicing or performing of so whenever there’s a month off from a gig it’s apparent we’re dusting off the cobwebs. Some songs shine more than others.


Back home. Ana made a personal Chocolate Mug Cake just for me – a rewarding treat to come home to.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday November 11 2016

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Waking up at 11:40 a.m.


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


Running errands with mom. She caught some kind of infection in her right eye – it’s been swelling up the past few days. She saw a doctor this morning. So we pick up the prescription at Kroger. Meanwhile, I grab a few groceries.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Cooking dinner – some of it already prepped by mom: Chicken with Onions, Mushrooms, Carrots, Collard Greens, and Bamboo Rice.

Watching Carnage Park (2016).


Time to attempt to fix the washing machine again. Using the advice of the General Electric repair man and spreading the springs in the suspension rods with pliers. Then, drilling holes into bottle caps and affixing them onto the rods. All this just to give the tub more clearance and avoid it scraping the bottom.








Grapes.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday November 10 2016

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Small bowl of Honey Crunch n’ Oats with Milk and Black Tea.


Researching. Reading about all the anti Trump protests all across America.


A GE appliance repair man stops by to look at the washing machine. I was able to get a free home service call. He gives me some advice on a couple things I can do to fix the problem on my own.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


We stopped lessons kind of early tonight so I ride over to the Rec to play a few games of adult basketball.


Salmon, Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Onions, and Beans for dinner.


Ladada practice with Josiah, Jonathan, and Bobby.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Wednesday November 9 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching a few lessons.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Debt (2016).


Teaching more lessons until 8 p.m.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Stopping by Target for a few things.


Back home. Cooking dinner with Ana: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Onions, Mushrooms, and Tomato Basil Sauce. Salad and a Baguette.


Teacher homework – printing supplements and researching.


Meanwhile, we’re reading and watching about protests all over the country in reaction to Trump winning the presidency. #notmypresident


Practicing piano at the space.


Sleep 3:30 a.m. 


[i] Trump Protest - Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Tuesday November 8 2016

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m. Feeling the warmth from Ana’s body lying next to me. Making love is in order.


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


Fulfilling my duty as a citizen and voting.




Playing basketball at the Rec.


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


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home after picking up a mini fridge and getting some groceries from Trader Joe’s.
Mom makes a Homemade Soup with Chic Peas, Peas, Carrots, Onions, and all kinds of good stuff. Add Naan Bread and it’s a perfect meal.


Later on, Ana, Kevin, Cynthia, and Will arrive home. We’re all on the edge staying in tune with the election results. It will be no landslide victory from either side. In the meantime it appears that Trump is ahead of Hilary. Still waiting on a few more state’s electoral votes...

...then I go to refresh my phone and there it is. Trump won the presidency. At the table Will and Cynthia are downing shots of wine while Ana stays wrapped in her bath robe and towel on her head. We feel defeated. We wanna start a punk movement again.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday November 7 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Taking care of business. Running errands.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Honey Green Tea. Banana.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Back home.

Tempeh with Cauliflower, Peas, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.

Watching a documentary on cats.


Educating myself on candidates and preparing my vote for tomorrow. Researching.


Realizing that the blog hasn’t been very interesting. Talking with Ana in my room about ultimate goals in our lives and how everything else is just details that have to be dealt with before the ultimate goal is accomplished. We talk late into the night until we fall asleep.


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Sunday November 6 2016

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DEJA is scheduled to perform The Wall show somewhere in an unknown town. I have my keyboard rig set up and ready to go. I venture off into the city exploring a building and meeting people. Later on, when I return to the stage, I discover somebody moved my keyboard rig to a different spot and nothing looks like it’s connected properly. Drew already started the movie and the show has begun. But I’m not even ready. I’m upset and leave the stage in defeat and explain to the rest of the band my decision to quit the show. I mean I wasn’t gonna be up there trying to fix things while the show is going on.

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Waking up at 11:17 a.m.


Leftover Pancake with Greek Yogurt, Strawberries, and Maple Syrup. Guayusa Tea.


Catching up on writing and doing some online scouring for things on Offer Up.


Meeting a guy to buy some iPhone charging cables. Thrifting.


Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Imperium (2016).


At Music Makers restringing a classical guitar and pricing amps.


DEJA Wall rehearsal.


Leftover Beans, Brown Rice, and Kale.


Combing fleas out of Elvie’s fur and taking other precautions to prevent more fleas.


Practicing piano and singing at the space.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Saturday November 5 2016

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


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

Watching Black Mirror.


Teacher homework.


Napping with the cat.


Getting some stuff at Whole Foods.


Once Ana gets off work we trek out to a fairly new restaurant called Casby’s. Mike Gombas is doing a solo gig.


Enjoying Shrimp Linguini and a great collection of tunes from Mike.




Back home. Doing various things – making a homemade flea repellant for the cat using ACV, cedar wood, lemongrass, and lemon.


At Music Makers after hours practicing piano and singing.


Grapes.


Sleep at 4 a.m. or 3 a.m. (Daylight Savings)


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Friday November 4 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


At the Rec for adult basketball. Game after game of hustling up and down the court. My legs and feet are worn out after two hours.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea. Grapes.

Watching Black Mirror.


Teaching all my in-home lessons today.


Making dinner: Cod Filets with Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Brown Rice.


Replacing the new suspension rods on the washing machine. I give it a test run and even afterwards the tub still hangs too low to the ground. I can’t figure out what’s causing this issue. I’m tired of thinking about it.


Then, time to give Elvis a flea shampoo bath. Ana and I know how to make the process an easy one after already doing it a month ago. She holds down his two front legs while I shampoo and run the flea comb through his fur. These pesky little buggers know where the safe zone is, on his face where it’s difficult to remove. We manage to keep him calm through it all.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Thursday November 3 2016

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Blueberry Pancake. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a voice lesson.


At the Rec shooting the basketball around.


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

Watching Into The Inferno (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Chicken with Ginger Sauce, Edamame, Carrots, Baby Broccoli, Peas, and Japanese Style Rice.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon.


Chocolate and Milk.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday November 2 2016

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching a few lessons.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Watching San Junipero, my favorite Season 3 episode of Black Mirror thus far.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers all day. I’m constantly working to find the line between being friends with my students and being the teacher, more so with the kids. I need the respect they would normally give a teacher but I also want them to feel free and comfortable to be themselves. The unruly ones are more challenging.


Back home. Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.


ELO rehearsal.


Cookies and Milk.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday November 1 2016

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Bank stuff.


At the gym exercising – shooting the basketball around.


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

Watching season 3 of Black Mirror.


At Music Makers teaching lessons all day.


Back home. Cooking dinner for Ana, mom, and myself.

Vegetable Pasta with fresh Bread from Bella Monte.


Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies with Black Tea.


Getting various things done via computer. Preparing the washing machine to replace a few parts – still waiting on them in the mail.


I express my concerns to Ana about neglecting her. I’ve had so much to manage lately, especially with the business, that I can’t even break away from what I’m preoccupied with. I’ve got to learn to organize my time throughout the day and separate work from leisure.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday October 31 2016

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Business. Catching up on Music Makers bills.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato and Lettuce. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea. Fuji Apple.

Watching Black Mirror.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Book keeping at the store. Writing checks. Managing.


Back home. Ana...“won’t leave me alone” she interjects as I write this sentence. What I meant to say is she cooked us a unique dinner of Lentils, Zucchini, and Quinoa. I toast a few Whole Wheat Buns to go with.


Organizing and editing video footage.




Playing with Ana and the cat.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday October 30 2016

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Ana makes us homemade Blueberry Pancakes for breakfast. I brew some Guayusa Tea to go with.


Today is the big day for rock school. All four bands that Jimmy, Drew, and I have been coaching the past two months are performing at Shaka’s. It’s a long afternoon that involves a lot of set up. All the bands really shine this session. I’m very impressed with Cassie and her band. She, along with everyone else, really came out of their shell. God, did she sing her heart out. Everybody did such a wonderful job.













Settling in back home. Enjoying a long awaited lunch: Scrambled Eggs, Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese, Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato, and Honey Green Tea.


Later on, unloading all the music gear to the rehearsal space and the store. Taking care of some business.


Ana and I decide to treat ourselves out to Fujiyama Sushi.


Organizing video footage from the show.


Sleep next to Ana at 3 a.m.


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Saturday October 29 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Final rock school rehearsal for the kids band, The Pineapple Keys.


PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching some lessons at the studio.


Then, two more rock school rehearsals. The lead singer of The Nameless was having issues with letting her nerves getting the best of her. After gulping down an entire water bottle and talking her through it she eventually builds up the confidence. We end up having the most energetic practice we’ve had this session.



Back home.

Ana made dinner: Tofu with Brussel Sprouts, Onions, Kale, and Quinoa. Hard Cider.

Her and the boys go to Elliott’s Halloween bash in Norfolk. I’m too pooped to join in on the festivities. I need a break from the day.


Later on, when Ana gets back home we go to the space to rehearse the set for her band one time through.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday October 28 2016

Waking up at 10:15 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Basketball at the Rec.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Anthropoid (2016).


Teaching one in-home lesson.


Then, off on errands. Selling clothes to Plato’s Closet and in return buying a few pairs of pants. Checking out a fairly new music store called Music Go Around next door.


Target. Trader Joe’s.


Back home. Ana’s here earlier for a change. Making Naan Pizzas and Mushroom Fries.


At the music space with Ana rehearsing drum parts for rock school.


Troubleshooting the washing machine some more.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Thursday October 27 2016



Waking up at 10:25 a.m.


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


Teaching a lesson.


Errands and things.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.


Apple.


Tempeh with Kale, Zucchini, Carrots, Onions, Quinoa, and Beet Soup.

Watching the new Black Mirror (2016).


Ladada rehearsal with Jonathan, Josiah, and Bobby. As soon as the amps turn on and the drums start pounding we enter a creative force of new song after new song. Time flies as we sift through solid guitar licks and drum lines.


Holiday Grapes.


Sleep 3 a.m.