Thursday August 28 2014

Beet Burger Night (August 28 2014) (2)[i]

Waking up at 10:45 a.m.

Honey Crunch n Oats with Almond Milk.

I drive over to a student's house for a piano lesson. Micaelyn, the autistic child, is a challenge but a pleasant one. The mother stands by her side to assist in focusing her attention. The little girl gets really excited when we start playing "Heart and Soul" together.

I've got six other lessons scheduled at Music Makers, a mixture of voice and piano. In between I get lunch: Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Bagel; Olive Oil Potato Chips; Honey Green Tea. That spontaneous inner teacher comes out as I'm helping some of the students recognize pitch. I come up with analogies the kids can relate to and in general just making the lessons fun.

At the basketball courts off First Colonial shooting around for a little while then running a few laps on the track field. Feeling exceptionally tired – I used up all my mojo/energy on the lessons.

Back home. Cutting my own hair until Ana arrives. She helps shape and trim my neck hair. Downstairs, we have plans to cook an elaborate dinner. I put Love After Midnight: The Moonlight Strings on the record player, a compilation of instrumental crooner classics. This is the soundtrack to our hour-long or so dinner preparation. Finally, we sit at the table to enjoy our hard-earned reward: Roasted Beet Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Arugula, Tomatoes, and Hummus; Roasted Almond-Encrusted Eggplant; and Mango Lime Acqua Fresca. It's an extremely satisfying flavor and feeling. I used a Challah loaf for the bread, which makes our sandwiches look like clouds according to Ana.

Beet Burger Night (August 28 2014) (1)

We both had very long days and with little energy to give. Lounging on the bed chatting. Ana constantly scratches the multiple mosquito bites on her arms. For some reason she attracts more bugs than I do.

Me: "You've got to be the only mosquito bite collector I know."

Sleep 3:45 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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