Tuesday January 16 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Catching up on business.


Running a few errands with Ana – filling up water jugs at Whole Foods – buying paper towels and gel highlighters from Target.


Galia Melon.


Scrambled Eggs. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Toast with Butter and Jam. Oolong Tea.

Watching Rebel in the Rye (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Tempeh Pad Thai with Rice Noodles, Peanut Sauce, Broccoli, Red Peppers, Mushrooms, and Green Onions.


Teaching an online lesson.


Grapes.


Practicing songs at the studio. Ana joins me later after her Norfolk excursion is over.


Chamomile Tea.


Watching videos on music theory.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Monday January 15 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m. more or less. In light of Ana and I’s sex situation I ended up having a dream about her and I doing it in the bathroom.


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


It’s Martin Luther King Day and the gym is closed. So catching up on business.


Errands with Ana.


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

Watching Rebel in the Rye (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home for a quick dinner: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Peas, Edamame, Mixed Veggies, and Kale.


At the rehearsal spot with DEJA and an extra band mate practicing for our Wall/Dark Side of the Moon show in a couple weeks.


Enjoying some Meringues Ana made and some grapes. Chamomile Tea.


Major headache before sleep early at 2:30 a.m.

Sunday January 14 2018

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Waking up at 10:42 a.m.


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


Today’s the first day of MMLIVE winter sessions. Got four bands on the schedule. It’s a productive debut for 2018. I’ve got my old friend and fellow teacher, Edwin, helping coach the bands along with Drew and Lisa.




PB&J break on the break with Plantain Chips and an Apple.




Back home. Leftovers for dinner: Chicken with Chard, Cauliflower, and Rice.


Catching up on business.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana.


Chamomile Tea.




Meanwhile, Ana texts me her thoughts on the lack of sex in our relationship. A lot of it comes from my end. I get so wrapped up in my life, music responsibilities, etc. that I barely make room for romance. I need to sharpen my skills again.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday January 13 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


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

Watching Detroit (2017).


Ana and I dart out to Norfolk to check out Anthony and Allyson perform a Lazy Dangers acoustic gig at Smartmouth. We’ll be here a few weeks from now doing our own gig.


Back home. Leftovers for dinner: Black Beans with Mixed Vegetables and Quinoa.


At the rehearsal spot off Lynnhaven setting up amps and stuff for MMLIVE tomorrow.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday January 12 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At the Rec with Ana. I duke it out on the basketball courts. The floors are extra slick and humid today. Temperatures outside in the 60’s, a complete contrast to the snow weekend. The gym is filled with the streaky sounds from everyone’s sneakers.


Grilled PB&J. Plantain Chips. Oolong Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Back home. Mom made dinner: Chicken with Onions, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Jasmine Rice.

Watching Detroit (2017).


Gelato.


Catching up on business.


Practicing DEJA tunes.


Ana went out to a punk show at Charlie’s. When she gets back we hang out and chat about things. Meanwhile, the cat pounces around the room.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday January 11 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Catching up on business.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home.

Black Beans with Chard, Carrots, and Quinoa.

Watching Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017).


Gelato.


Ladada rehearsal with Bobby, Jon, and Josiah. After playing through and polishing the usual tunes we get lost in a “Jam Stars” jam that almost becomes meditative.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Wednesday January 10 2018

Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. The kids are still out of school so they’re restricting us to one court again. This time the team rotation is screwed up but I still get some good games in.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Popped Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Apple.


Back home. The kitchen’s a little crowded so Ana and I pick up some Chinese food from Jane House, the old China Wok location.

Fried Tofu with Mixed Vegetables, White Rice, and Garlic Sauce.


Practicing songs on the guitar with Ana at the studio – wearing our voices out.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday January 9 2018

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


Making Blackberry Banana Buttermilk Pancakes and Coffee for Ana, mom, and I.


Catching up on business.


Running some errands with Ana – getting groceries at Whole Foods.


Tempeh Bacon. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Popped Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching a food documentary about the honey industry.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Black Bean Burgers with Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Onions, and leftover Pizza.

Watching Wind River (2017).


Sipping on a beer.


Teaching an online piano lesson.


Chocolate.


Ana and I take my car to drop off at the 17th Street shop overnight for them to do some maintenance in the morning.


Practicing songs on the guitar at the studio.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday January 8 2018

Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. Schools are closed again today so they got us running only one court. One of the Rec employees has us doing 4-on-4 games half court so everybody can play without a wait list.


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

Watching a food documentary series called Rotten (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Schools are still closed and even though the roads are drivable we still get cancellations creating a chaotic schedule for mom to bear.


Back home.

Vegetable Fried Rice with Peas and such.

Watching Wind River (2017).


Sipping on a Beer.


Ana’s been going stir crazy having to be home all the time. She still can’t work for at least another week or so, possibly more, until the physical therapist says it’s okay. Her and I take a night drive to Kroger for midnight groceries.


Kitchen chores.


Sleep 3:08 a.m.

Sunday January 7 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Finalizing all the details, emails, and schedule for MMLIVE starting up next weekend.




Benevolent Bacon (Plant based). Popcorn. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Oolong Tea.


Practicing piano.


Off to brave the icy roads again teaching in-home lessons to the Kuz’s out in Croatan.


Leftover Soup and Naan Bread for dinner.

Watching Marshall (2017).


Ana and I practice songs at the studio.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday January 6 2018

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Waking up at 11:08 a.m.


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


Mom and I open up Music Makers for only a few lessons.


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

Finishing Dunkirk (2017).


I ask mom and Ana, “Y’all ready to go on an adventure?”

We all hop in my purple station wagon, now serving as our snow mobile, to trek across Oceana and General Booth. My mom needs to help her friend Reinette, and Ana and I need to exercise at the Princess Anne Rec. Gratefully they are open today. I play a few rounds of pick-up basketball while Ana works out her legs (her right arm is still in a sling).

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Then, we take mom to the Farm Fresh to pick up some groceries and meds for Reinette. Enjoying some Pineapple and Coconut Water inside Reinette’s apartment.

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Then, back on the road. What would normally take about 10 minutes to get home takes us about 30 minutes. You can’t really go over 25 or 30 miles per hour. Every break and bump in the road feels like you’re driving over potholes. Poor Ana is in the backseat attempting to brace her arm.


Back home. Napping.


With Will, Ana, and mom at Wasserhund Brewing to eat some Pizza, drink Beer, and watch fellow teacher, Joe McMurray, perform.





Back home. Collecting my thoughts. Organizing the bands for MMLIVE starting next weekend while eating Chocolate.


Ana and I hang out with Nest in their room to give a Christmas card. There’s a little tension towards the end of our conversation when we discuss how to divvy up the utility bill fairly after Nest was gone for two weeks. We don’t usually pro-rate the rent when someone goes out of town. Keeping it simple and drawing it down the middle is the best and less tedious option. Either way, we wait to hear Will’s opinion.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday January 5 2018

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Waking up at 11:08 a.m.
                     

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


With mom and Ana in the purple station wagon plowing through Hilltop’s icy terrain to run errands – drop off recycle – get groceries from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.


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

Watching Dunkirk (2017).


Napping.


Catching up on business.


Mom made homemade soup with Beans, Pasta, Celery, Carrots, Onions, and Kale.


Maple Leaf Cookies.


Ana and I trek to the studio to practice songs. At the moment she can’t physically play the guitar so we stick to working on vocal parts.


Popcorn. Chocolates. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday January 4 2018

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Waking up at 12:30 p.m. Late night last night with Ana in the emergency room. Her shoulder is back in place and everything’s okay.


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


The whole 757 is snowed in today! It’s a winter wonderland outside.


Ana’s arm is stuck in a sling but she’s still able to move around like normal. I inspire us to start cleaning up the huge mess on her bedroom floor that she’s been meaning to take care of for a few days now. I use my organizational skills and as a team we manage to transform her room.


Late lunch: Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Tomato Soup. Potatoes. Oolong Tea.


Catching up on business.


Chores.


Continuing the cleanup in Ana’s room. We work together until it’s all done. I know she’s relieved. An organized and uncluttered room helps her feel relaxed and at ease.


Her and I join Will in his bedroom for a viewing of Blade Runner 2049 (2017), a much anticipated film on my end. Popping this new Amish Red Popping Corn my mom got me in the iron skillet and sipping on a Young Veterans.





Late late night dinner: Sweet Earth Veggie Burgers with Kale.


Maple Leaf Cookies.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday January 3 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At the Princess Anne Rec with intention to play basketball but without warning they’ve closed the gym down to fix the divider wall. Some of us decide to move the games over to the Bow Creek Rec. I’m able to run three solid games but then I’m beat.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. The weather report threatens a blizzard on its way tonight and of course we’re receiving calls and texts from parents wanting to cancel lessons. Virginia Beach has never learned how to handle inclement weather like snow.


I order a Pizza from Brother’s for dinner.


Finishing the last season of Halt and Catch Fire.


Catching up on business.




While at the studio practicing songs on the piano I get a distressing call from Ana. She’s crying over the phone. Turns out she slipped in the shower and managed to dislocate her right shoulder. She’s in terrible pain. I hate seeing her like this. We have no choice but to head to the hospital. Meanwhile, it’s a roaring blizzard outside – snow covers the streets and wind blows around in a fury. There’s hardly any patients here at the emergency room. It’s almost 3 a.m. While waiting in between all the different nurses and doctors we keep our spirits lifted with singing and laughing at the silly infomercials on TV. Jeffery, the nurse responsible for the IV and paperwork, provides a bubbly personality – he consistently makes us laugh. They pump her up with morphine and some other serious pain meds. Then, a group of doctors arrive to manually relocate her shoulder using an intricate method of wrapped blankets. It’s a moment of horrible pain for Ana as she wails in agony. But then, in a few seconds it’s over – near instant relief.




We make it safely home around 6 a.m.


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Tuesday January 2 2018

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Waking up at 10:47 a.m.


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


Errands.


Business.


Grilled PB&J. Potato Chips. Honey Crisp Apple. Oolong Tea.

Watching Halt and Catch Fire.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange.


Back home. Ana made us a hearty dinner of Lentils with Brown Rice, and leftover Vegetables.


Ana vents her frustrations over a particular situation that happened earlier when cooking dinner. We bring Will downstairs to have a house meeting to smooth over any misunderstandings.


Later on, Ana and I brave the 17 degree weather and enjoy music at the studio. We practice some old songs and discuss songs we want to do for our next gig.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday January 1 2018

Waking up around 10:30 a.m. lying next to Ana underneath the covers warm and cozy while the brisk cold air outside begs to welcome us to 2018. We make love asap.


Ana and I check into Three Ships down at the oceanfront for Coffee and Biscuits. Elliott and James Nee were doing a morning performance before we arrived. Other friends of ours are here. Sitting at the bar with our hot drinks and caffeinated spirits we meet a few new people. Talking with a guy named Fred, who knows our roommate Will, about opera and the difference between being a werewolf, vampire, or zombie person. Then, we meet Christina Joy, a local photographer and musician, who glows with positivity and an eagerness for the new year. Ana and I both take a liking to her.


Catching up on business.


Scrambled Eggs. Half a Bagel and a piece of French Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Orange. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana already started cooking brown rice and left in a hurry to buy olive oil from the store only to return with nothing. Meanwhile, mom and I finish making dinner: Tempeh with Roasted Broccoli, Cauliflower, Onions, and Brown Rice.


Catching up on business.


Sifting through old songs I used to perform from back in the mid 2000’s.


Maple Leaf Cookies. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday December 31 2017

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Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


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


Mom and I attend the 11 a.m. church service at Freedom Fellowship. The last time I’ve been inside here was probably last Christmas. It’s always warm and inviting just like I remember it. Pastor Rick and his family are not present this Sunday. Instead, Marshall Washington gives the sermon today about knowing who you are and getting out of “the valley”.


Scrambled Eggs. Grilled Bagel with Cream Cheese and Sesame Seeds. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Foreigner (2017).


Power napping.


Doing the accounting for the month.


Making dinner real quick: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Mushrooms, Onions, Marinara Sauce, and Naan Bread.


Then, with Will, mom, and Ana at Joe McMurray’s house for the first leg of NYE. He’s got a wonderful music room filled with a petting zoo of instruments: organ, sitar, banjo, harp, djembe, guitars, etc. We all try our hand at the sitar and vamp on a chant in harmonic minor.






We stay for just a little bit entertaining ourselves on the piano, the dog, and cake balls. Before Joe and I get lost in music shop talk we head out, dropping mom back at the house.

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Will, Ana, and I continue our new year’s eve in Norfolk at the Wolves Den, otherwise known as Ben’s house. It’s a whopping 20 something degrees outside but we stay holed up inside like sardines in the steamy kitchen along with other friends and friends of friends. Anthony, Riggs, Jordan, Tyler, Cynthia, Rusty, Aj, even Darren Warrington and his sister. Hard dancey electronic acts perform with anger and haste. In between Tyler deejays on his phone and we dance all the while holding plastic cups and bottles of champagne. TMOBYLE in the house!








At some point around 11:59 Darren and I lead the crowd in a whole minute countdown...




Back home after 2 a.m. and thus begins the first sleep of the year.


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Saturday December 30 2017

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Enjoying a French Toast and Coffee breakfast with Ana.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers. My mom will often get positive feedback from the parents of some students. It’s always reassuring to hear how much of an effect I have on the kids. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I make progress through all the work. But I’m making a mark on their lives.


Grilled PB&J Bagel with Plantain Chips, an Orange, and Black Tea.

Watching Halt and Catch Fire.


Catching up on business.


Power napping.


Grabbing some champagne and beer from Total Wine.


Making dinner with mom: Cabbage and Potatoes. Sweet Earth Veggie Burgers with Lettuce, Tomato, and Shishito Peppers.


Pinwheel Cookies.


At the studio sipping on a Young Veterans beer and practicing old songs on the guitar.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Friday December 29 2017

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Waking up at 10:26 a.m.


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


As Ana drives us out of the neighborhood I look around for her wallet, which was missing since last night.

“Did you check on the floor back here?” I ask.

“Yes! I checked everywhere,” she says.

Almost immediately I locate it right behind the passenger seat on the floor.

“I don’t know why I’m so good at finding things,” I exclaim.

We agree that it’s all about perception.


Basketball at the Rec. I’m hot on the court today – leading in 3-point shots and assists.


Sardines with Mustard. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Oolong Tea. Navel Orange.


Teaching a couple lessons.


Errands.


Back home. Mom made a Chicken, Tomato, and Rice Soup. I slap on some Kale and Sourdough Bread and call it a meal.

Watching Halt and Catch Fire.


Pinwheel Cookies.


Catching up on business.


At the studio tweaking Ana’s bass and restringing my acoustic guitar.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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