Thursday March 22 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m. with a slight scratchy throat.


Ana made us delicious French Toast with Blueberries and Orange Slices. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a lesson and organizing.


Egg Scramble with Peppers and Mushrooms. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Immediately after lessons we dart over to South Beach Grill. Drew hosts a Band Jam thing every month here and offered to let some of our MMLIVE bands perform. We like to give these kids every opportunity they can to get out and play. It’s a good time.



Back home. Ana made Falafels with Rice/Quinoa and Vegetables.


Catching up on business.


Pineapple and Yogurt.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.


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Wednesday March 21 2018

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Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Vegan Burger with Lettuce, Tomato, and Cucumber. Potato Chips. Cara Cara Orange. Coffee.

Watching Complete Unknown (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Sauce, Kale, and a Baguette. Sharing my meal with Ana and mom.




Catching up on business.


Grapes and Yogurt. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:20 a.m.


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Tuesday March 20 2018

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Swinging from the tops of trees with a rope that somehow moves me further away. It’s raining. It’s getting dark. I can’t see to avoid hitting a tree. I feel like Tarzan.
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A continuation from a previous dream. In jail for three months. Getting let out but I’m told I have to return 6 months later. What a drag.
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On the beach wading on the shore feeling around for special shells and rocks. In the distance we see a vertical rectangle screen cut through the sky as if there was a glitch, like in The Matrix. Most people shrug it off as some illusion or trick done by advertisers. But I know the truth.

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats, Strawberries, Banana, and Granola. Black Tea.


Ana and I run some errands – The Heritage, Thrift Store, Wal-Mart.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Cucumbers. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Cara Cara Orange.


Back home. Ana made a mean Minestrone Soup with Naan Bread.


Teaching an online lesson.


Pineapple and Yogurt.


At the studio with Ana practicing songs.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Monday March 19 2018

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Waking up at 10:57 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. Staying later than usual and playing hard.


Banana.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Soon after work Ana and I drive out to Charlie’s in Norfolk for the Men I Trust show with Sunny & Gabe. Our favorite local venue is packed for a Monday night. As Aaron says, “Monday night is the new Saturday night.” Eating a Vegan Burger with Fries and sipping on a Smartmouth Pilsner. Enjoying the social atmosphere and smooth grooves of the deejay.







Back home. Pineapple and Yogurt.


Chilling with Ana in her room while Elvis runs around in play mode. She’s finding it hard to stay happy and inspired to make/create things.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday March 18 2018

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Waking up at 11:24 a.m. to Ana’s homemade Blueberry Pancakes with Coffee.


I’ve got the entire day off – it’s such a relief – well, almost entire day except for one lesson at 4pm. Shopping for clothes at Plato’s Closet and browsing around Music Go Around for bass amps and cymbals.


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


At the studio. Teaming up a vocal student and piano student to practice a song for the recital. Afterwards, doing some maintenance and organization around the place.


Back home. Prepping a bunch of food. Making dinner: Gen Tso’s Tempeh with Onions, Celery, Asparagus, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


Sipping on a Dopplebock Beer.


Chores.


At the studio with Ana practicing some new and old songs.


Pineapple and Greek Yogurt.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday March 17 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m. from stressful dreams where I was about to get put into some kind of strenuous rehab program for alcoholics for almost 2 months even though I don’t drink that much. I was frustrated because there was no way to appeal the city’s decision to put me there.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Leftover Pizza and Cucumbers.

Watching Hangman (2017).


Catching up on business and chores.


Mom makes dinner: Beer Battered Cod Fillets, French Fries, and Cabbage. Her and I catch up on the business of the week and thoughts. Sharing Blood Orange Ales.


At the studio practicing songs on guitar.


Grapes.


Back home. Chilling with Ana in her room. While she’s stretching on the floor I wrap myself around her with sexual desire.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday March 16 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


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

Watching Infinity Chamber (2017).


Teaching all my in-home lessons. My mental energy is strong and it shows during my lessons.


Back home. Dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice with Broccoli and Peas.


Sharing a once in a while Gelato treat with mom and Ana: Cinnamon Peach Biscuit.


At the studio restringing a guitar and playing a few tunes.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Thursday March 15 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m. from a stressful dream about losing Elvis, our cat. He jumped off a boat I was riding on and I was scrambling to turn the boat around and retrieve him.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Catching up on business.


Homemade Noodle Soup with Rye Toast and a Honey Crisp Apple.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana picked up a Pizza with Garlic Knots. Every now and then pizza is our best friend.


At Ladada rehearsal with Bobby, Josiah, and Jon. The anticipation for the new record is high as Josiah continues to show us the recent mixes of all the songs. He made a drastic change to one of them, which causes a little dissonance between Jon and Josiah. We all let out some things off our chest about the band and the direction it is heading. Afterwards, we play some music.


Pineapple.


Ana gives me a bit of the cold shoulder. At some point she’s sitting at the edge of my bed. As I investigate into why she gets so mad and sad all the time she starts crying. She grabs one tissue after the other. The day to day routine of our relationship sometimes gets to you. We need something to fire it up again. I get so caught up in my life and responsibilities with the business and music. It’s hard to find opportunities to spend quality time together.


Sleep 3:20 a.m.

Wednesday March 14 2018

Waking up at 10:25 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


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

Finishing The Shape of Water (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.




Back home. Making dinner with mom: Black Beans with Onions, Celery, Kale, Carrots, Rice, and Quinoa.

Watching How The Beatles Changed the World (2017).


Pineapple and Yogurt.


At the studio restringing and setting up a guitar.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday March 13 2018


Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Catching up on business. Getting groceries with the ladies.


Scrambled Eggs. Rye Toast with Butter and Jam. Popped Chips. Coffee.

Watching The Shape of Water (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange and Pretzel Snacks.




Back home. Ana made dinner: Lentils with Onions, Cauliflower, Carrots, and Rice.


Teaching an online lesson.


Pineapple and Yogurt.


At the studio with Ana. While she practices guitar I catch up on a few business things.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Monday March 12 2018

Waking up at 10:37 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Homemade Noodle Soup. Rye Toast. Orange. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


At the end of our studio day so many things start happening at once. Spring is upon us...but no! It’s gonna snow! And then Maddie’s mom, Lauren’s car won’t start and needs a jumpstart. And there’s some miscommunication between mom and one of our teachers.


Back home. Making dinner alongside Olivia and Jimmy. Mom and I prepare Roasted Potatoes and Onions with Vegan Burgers and Slaw.

Watching The Shape of Water (2017).


Catching up on business.


Chilling with Ana and Elvis in the other bedroom.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Sunday March 11 2018

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Waking up at 11:37 a.m. (according to daylight savings but it feels like 10:37)


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


I grab Ana and mom – we drive out to the fully restored Cavalier Hotel at the oceanfront, a place of historic wonder and many fond memories. Some guy with a lot of money invested into the property – built a bunch of new homes surrounding the hotel and renovated the old hotel. Inside are remnants of the original look but with a modern twist.












Grilled PB&J. Popped Chips. Coffee.

Watching The Outsider (2018).


Catching up on business.


Prepping Noodle Soups in mason jars.


Dinner: Chicken with Onions, Roasted Okra, Kale, and Jasmine Rice.

Sipping on a Young Veteran’s Kolsch Beer.


At the studio recording instrumental tracks for Garrett.


Grapes and Yogurt.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday March 10 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Making Buttermilk Flapjacks for Ana and I. Black Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons.


Sardines with Mustard. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Oolong Tea.

Watching Dave Chappelle.


Power napping.


Catching up on business.


Going to the Asian Market and Whole Foods for groceries. It’s kind of therapeutic when I don’t have any time constraints.


Back home. Enjoying some dinner: Black Beans with Bok Choy and Quinoa.

Watching The Outsider (2017).


Grapes.


At the studio recording some instrumental tracks for a vocal student.


Peanut Butter Pretzel Snacks.


Sleep 4:30 a.m. (would’ve been 3:30 but damn that daylight savings time)


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Friday March 9 2018

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Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Basketball at the Rec. Ana joins me at the gym this time.


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

Watching Imperial Dreams (2014).


Teaching my in-home lessons.


As soon as I’m done with the Kuzniewski kids I head over to Smartmouth Brewing Co. (the Virginia Beach location) down at the oceanfront to catch The Lazy Dangers show. This place used to be a post office from back in the day. The whole gang is here along with my mom. Sipping on Amber Ales and enjoying a Chicken, Vegetables, and Quinoa meal from the food truck out front.




Pineapple and Greek Yogurt.


Catching up on business.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday March 8 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Popped Chips. Cara Cara Orange. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Scallops with Brown Rice Quinoa Noodles, Broccoli, Carrots, and Potato Rolls.


Ana and I drive out to Toast just in time to catch this band she’s been following for a while now called Crumb. Coincidentally their name connects with the Toast name, ha. We creep our way up to the front. The front girl’s voice is soft, smooth, and somehow still clear amongst the dreamy sounds. The funky bass drives their nu jazz indie train. The whole thing feels satisfying to say the least.




We don’t stick around too long except enough time to buy a button and vinyl, say hi to our friends, and jet it back to VB. Stopping by Kroger for some late night groceries. Ana has her mind set on grapes but none are flavorful enough.


Back home. Enjoying some Pineapple and Yogurt.


Jamming with Ana in her room unplugged on guitars.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday March 7 2018

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Waking up at 10:37 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Leftover Pizza and Salad. Orange.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Mom and I make dinner: Tempeh with Celery, Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Rice.

Watching Thor Ragnarok (2017).


Catching up on business.


Chatting with Ana and playing with Elvis in the other bedroom.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday March 6 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Toasted O’s with Granola, Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Catching up on business.


Running errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Popped Chips. Coffee.

Watching LBJ (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange. Peanut Butter Pretzel Snacks.


Back home. Ana cooked dinner: some kind of Vegetable Soup with Rice. Delicious.


Sorting through photos from the weekend.


Grapes.


Ana and I go to the studio to practice music, not together but in our own rooms. I’m not feeling very inspired with anything I’m doing on guitar tonight.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday March 5 2018


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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.




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

Watching LBJ (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Complications while making dinner include getting the pot of water to boil fast enough without the big burner. What should take 15 minutes takes over 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I collect some groceries at Whole Foods.


New kicks came in the mail:




Catching up on business and consolidating the video footage from Sunday’s show.


Pineapple and Goat’s Milk Yogurt.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday March 4 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Making Pancakes for the three of us, using Goat’s Milk Yogurt and a Buttermilk Mix. Coffee to go with.


Today’s the big day for Music Makers LIVE at Eagles Nest! A lot of effort and time goes into setting up the stage before and breaking down after. Edwin is my sidekick today. All the bands did a wonderful job. It’s a packed house. In the adult band I chose to be the drummer. I’m nervous whenever I perform on an instrument I don’t normally play. But it’s good for me to keep my chops up.












I sneak in a snack on a Banana somewhere in there.


After loading everything out and back at the rehearsal spot/studio I finally arrive home to enjoy a very late lunch of Scrambled Eggs, a Bagel, and Green Tea. Ana’s brother, Jeremy, is visiting. We all have a good time reciting excerpts from a poetry book in various accents.


Organizing the video footage and recapping the show. Catching up on business.


Chili (provided by Olivia and Jimmy) with Spinach and Rice.


At the studio putting the drums back together and organizing all the gear.


I explain to Ana while she’s all tucked in her bed drowning in pillows that 80% of my job is just moving stuff around. It’s barely music. Even though it is there’s another side that most people don’t understand.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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