Saturday September 19 2020

Waking up at around noon.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

 

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

Finishing The Devil All the Time (2020).

 

Catching up on business and research.

 

Doing some emails.

 

Chores around the house.

 

Dinner: Tuna Steak with Onions, Kale, and Quinoa.

 

At the studio practicing drums – haven’t really played drums in a long while. I need to freshen up for things coming up in October.

 

Friday September 18 2020

Waking up around noon.

 

Ana makes us Blueberry Waffles from scratch. We get into a semi-sensitive discussion about the roles of male and female – and how gender stereotypes won’t ever go away but they differ from person to person.

 

I hole up in my room for a while communicating with a thousand people – parents/students about finalizing MMLIVE things – the Fleetwood band about doing a Smartmouth show in October.

 

Ana and I get groceries from Whole Foods and Kroger.

 

Then, grabbing some very late lunch at Pink Dinghy.

 

Then, we decide to practice some music at the studio. We agreed to do a small Smartmouth show for their 8th year anniversary. It’s been a while since we’ve done a Musicplayer gig but we need a goal to motivate us into playing again.

 

Back home. Ana cooks us a late dinner: a big pot of Vegetable Soup with Quinoa.

I share that Social Dilemma documentary with her.

 

Then, I ride my bike down to the oceanfront. There’s high winds pushing and pulling at me making it a challenge. I guess the hurricane winds from down south are hitting us.

 

Peanut Butter Pretzels.

 

Thursday September 17 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m. feeling well rested.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Another workout session with Vlad.

 

Vega Protein Shake.

 

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

Watching The Devil All the Time (2020).

 

It’s a rainy dreary day.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Ordering Aloha Snacks for dinner: Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fries.

 

Composing the official email to be sent out for Broadway. Why are emails so tedious?

 

Chores around the house.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Wednesday September 16 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Running errands.

 

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

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana made dinner: French Green Beans with Brussel Sprouts, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, and Pumpkin Sauce.

The two of us watch an episode of Sister, Sister.

 

Taking care of business.

 

Doing a late night bike ride to the oceanfront and back listening to the likes of Chvrches, Chairlift, and Passion Pit.

 

Raspberries and Figs.

 

Tuesday September 15 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business. Chores.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Three Ships Biscuit with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Cold Brew Coffee.

I’ve been in the middle of watching an eye opening Netflix documentary called The Social Dilemma (2020).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s a fun filled day of all kinds of great lessons and conversations.

 

Back home. Warming up this Cauliflower Bowl with Smoked Salmon and Kale for dinner.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Ana gets off work at 10 – discussing all kinds of things on our minds.

 

Monday September 14 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Another workout session with Vlad.

 

Vega Protein Shake.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. I feel truly on my game today in regards to teaching in the lesson room but also managing things out front. We had a few new students today – gotta make them feel welcome and safe here.

 

Off work. Ana and I hit up Guad’s for dinner. All our favorite places close on Mondays and there’s nothing to cook at home.

Tuna Tacos with Chips and Guac.

 

Meeting up with the ELO band practicing the sets. We actually have a show coming up in October.  

 

For the past couple days I’ve had an extremely sore neck. It happened after a night’s sleep where I possibly slept on it wrong.

 

Sunday September 13 2020

 

Waking up at 12:21 p.m. to a palindrome.

 

Cereal with Almond Milk. Black Tea.

 

Running errands – picking up coffee and biscuits at Three Ships – buying a light bulb – groceries at Whole Foods.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Biscuit with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Cold Brew Coffee.

Finishing Away (2020) on Netflix, an absolutely inspirational cry fest of a show.

 

Catching up on business.

 

At the studio practicing guitar and fixing a few things.

 

Back home. Cooking dinner for Ana and I: Vegan BBQ Sandwiches with Tomato, Asparagus, Carrots, and Corn on the Cob.

 

Later on, at the studio again but with Ana. Working on this one jam in the waiting room – trying out some harmonies.

 

Late night bike ride to the oceanfront – listening to the latest discovered songs on Hype Machine. It’s a perfect night to ride.

 

Snacking on Chips and Coconut Water.

 

Saturday September 12 2020

Waking up at noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

 

Proud of Grace and Jackson, longtime piano students of mine. They graduated from a Level 2 piano book today via virtual lessons.

 

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

Watching Away (2020).

 

Catching up on business and chores. Vacuuming dust around a book shelf downstairs.

 

Leftover Pizza and Kale Salad for dinner.

 

Meeting up with Josiah, Elliott, and Josh for a band practice. Things don’t vibe well musically tonight. Josh, for some reason can’t keep it together with tempo and parts. A couple units down from us a loud thrash drummer hammers on and on while we try to conduct some sort of practice.

 

Back home. Settling down. Doing chores.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Friday September 11 2020

Waking up shortly after noon.

 

Ana and I hit up Commune for brunch: Waffles, Blueberries, Sausage, and Coffee.

 

Catching up on all kinds of business.

 

Melon. Peanut Butter Toast.

 

Ana and I hit up the One Life gym. She had a membership her mom bought her. I get in as a guest. It’s somewhat crowded but the facility is so spacious it doesn’t matter. They’ve got the treadmills set up every other closed off. Running a little bit then doing core exercises.

 

Later on, we check out The Pink Dinghy for dinner for the first time. It’s sprinkling out but really nice. We are wowed by the Empanadas!

 

Green Tea.

 

Later on at Music Makers. Ana and I jam in the waiting room, switching up on guitar and drums.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Thursday September 10 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Another workout session with Vlad.

 

Vega Protein Shake.

 

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

 

At Music Makers teaching a few lessons but mainly watching the front desk. Rachel wasn’t able to come in today. I take the opportunity to catch up on communications with people – prepping for MMLIVE.

 

Back home. Warming up leftovers for dinner.

Watching Away (2020).

 

Chores.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

 

Sleep next to Ana but first we make late night fire.

Wednesday September 9 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business and chores.

 

Sardines with Mustard. Toast with Butter and Jam. Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Banana.

 

Back home. Cooking dinner for Ana and I: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Baby Broccoli, and Carrots.

We watch an episode of Sister, Sister.

 

Catching up on business. Doing stuff around the house.

 

Cookies.

 

Tuesday September 8 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Cleaning up a messy area in one of the lesson rooms where we have a bunch of power cords hanging.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Biscuit with Butter and Jam. Orange Honeydew. Cold Brew Coffee.

Watching Away (2020).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s somewhat of a hectic day since the kids started public school back, virtually though.

 

Off work. Ana and I grab some Bangkok Garden for dinner: Chicken Pad Thai with Broccoli and Spring Rolls.

She puts on an episode of Sister, Sister (1994).

 

Composing a mass email for Music Makers to promote fall MMLIVE session.

 

Later on, at the studio. I organize things while Ana plays guitar in the waiting room. We’ve both been eager to play music. I don’t know why I haven’t really sat down and played in a while.

 

Monday September 7 2020

Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Another workout session with Vlad.

 

Vega Protein Shake.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Biscuit with Butter and Jam. Popped Chips. Cold Brew Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s a light day of teaching but also doing a lot of planning and coordinating.

 

Back home. Ana started roasting some veggies. She’s preoccupied on the phone with Erica so I take over the rest of dinner. Cooking Vegan Burgers with Cauliflower, Carrots, Onions, and Corn Tortilla Chips.

“What’re we gonna do? Just watch each other while we eat?” Ana exclaims insinuating we should watch a show or a movie.

“Exactly!” I respond. “We’re entertaining enough to watch.”

 

Catching up on business and planning.

 

Cookies.

 

Sunday September 6 2020

 

Waking up around 10:30 a.m. Elvis lies on our stomachs and backs asking for cuddles.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Black Tea.

 

Ana and I decide to attend church at Freedom Fellowship for the 11 o’clock service. I’ve been meaning to go for a long while now. It definitely would’ve made mom happy. She was always trying to get me to go to church during the days we didn’t do rock school.

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Pastor Rick preaches on stirring up purpose and how people tend to seek out satisfaction in so many different things in life all the while not realizing their true purpose. So many good relatable points he makes and all along with down-to-earth humor. I’ve been really emotional this weekend for some reason so all of this mixed in the music I really feel all the feels.

 

Afterwards, Ana and I hit up Three Ships for their new Kale Melts and Cold Brew Coffees. Sitting out on the patio under those black and white striped umbrellas talking about everything.

 

Back home. Catching up on business. Power napping.

 

Playing some pickup basketball.

 

Ana and I warm up a mix of leftovers and other things for dinner: Jackfruit/Tempeh with Kale, Carrots, Rice, and Veggie Pot Stickers.

 

Making fire in the bedroom.

 

Berry Pop Tart.

Watching an episode of Away (2020).

 

Saturday September 5 2020

 

Waking up around noon. Needed the extra sleep.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Teaching a few afternoon lessons.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Leftover Potatoes and Veggies. Cold Brew Coffee.

Watching this new Netflix series called Away (2020). And it has me bawling my eyes out. I didn’t know a space drama could do that.

 

Catching up on business and chores.

 

Supposed to have an early Ladada band practice tonight at 8 p.m. I bring Pizza to share. With Josiah, Elliott, and Josh McHugh on drums. We’re jamming with Josh for fun and to keep the momentum going. It’s been quite a number of years since I played music with him. He breaks about 10 sticks throughout the night from hitting the drums so hard. Hanging outside in the parking lot for a long while – he has plenty of humorous work stories to tell. Elliott and I discover a fig tree and rosemary bush nearby. I pick off a few ripe figs.

 

Back home. Sharing Popcorn with Ana.

 

 

Sleep in Ana’s bed.

Friday September 4 2020

Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Meeting with Vlad for another training session. He notices a difference in my arms in the way they look and how I’m lifting – much improvement.

 

Vega Protein Shake.

 

The maintenance guy drops by to investigate why all of a sudden the shower is causing a leak in the ceiling. He figures out a small damaged O ring was the culprit so every time the shower function was turned on it caused pressure to the water and sprayed behind the wall.

 

Ana and I drive out to Norfolk to enjoy some lunch at Café Stella.

Egg, Ham, and Tomato English Muffin. Cold Brew Coffee.

Then, checking out Less Than, a new store that opened up offering refills on every household cleaning imaginable and offering all these sustainable things. It’s really cool. You bring in your own containers and simply refill rather than constantly buying detergent and cleaners in single use bottles and containers. I love this concept!

 

Back home. Organizing things.

 

At Lynnhaven Park playing a few pickup games of basketball. Competing with dudes I’ve never played with before. They keep calling me Larry (Larry Bird) cause of all these hook and long range shots.

 

Afterwards, I get the pleasure of being able to take a shower in the newly renovated shower and it’s awesome. I know mom would’ve been pleased to see this if she were still around. I hated her having to use that dirty shower all the time.

 

Back home. Ana and I cook dinner: leftover Beans with leftover Vegetables and Rice.

Watching The Karate Kid Part III (1989).

 

Cleaning up downstairs and catching up on chores.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Thursday September 3 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

I hired some detailing dudes to wash/detail mom’s truck. It’s amazing what a difference it makes – looking all shiny and new. I know mom’s smiling down from above.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Cold Brew Coffee.

Watching World’s Most Wanted (2020).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana’s cooking dinner while Erica visits. Meanwhile, the boys and I were all excited to use the newly renovated shower and come to find out after Roland starts a shower the ceiling in the dining room starts leaking and pockets of water form. Hm...this looks familiar. We’ve been through this debacle a few other times in the past. But man, it feels like we can’t catch a break in this house. It’s just one thing after the other!

 

Cleaning up the kitchen and other chores.

 

Playing with Elvis in Ana’s room.

 

Her and I get into another misunderstanding. Sleeping it off.

 

Wednesday September 2 2020

Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business and chores.

 

Getting some groceries from Whole Foods.

 

Hard Boiled Eggs with Spinach, Beets, and Tomatoes. Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Cold Brew Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana and I warm up leftovers. Watching The Karate Kid Part II (1986).

 

Chillin’ with Ana in her bedroom. She had some things to vent to me about in regards to her band and how that broken window incident makes her afraid when driving in Norfolk. At some point we get into a little argument but we sort it out by the end.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Tuesday September 1 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business and emails and printing – there’s always a lot to manage on the 1st of the month.

 

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

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s a pretty easy going day since I only have two lessons. Haley, my hour long one, is always a draining one but in a positive way. She’s so talented and hyper active in her mind.

 

Playing a few pick-up basketball games out by Lynnhaven Park. The game becomes a never-ending game after a while cause we make it a “win by 2” scenario. My team scores then the other team scores. Back and forth. It almost lasts an hour. I’m not given the ball too much besides a few easy layups. During games like this I focus on my defense and setting screens for the scorers. All the sweating and hard work pays off cause we make it out with a victory.

 

Back home. Ana cooked dinner: Tempeh Jackfruit BBQ Wraps with Spinach and Corn on the Cob. Simple meals I love.

 

Chilling together on her bed.

 

Then, I keep up with my inventory at the studio.