Sunday December 7 2014

The Stephens Family (December 7 2014)[i]

Waking up around noon.

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Maca Powder, Chia Seeds, Blueberries, and Kefir. Green Tea.

Watching Phenomenon (1996).

Running a couple miles at The Escape.

Banana. PB&J. Baked Lentil Chips. Honey Black Tea.

I got invited to perform at a Christmas party out in Croatan – a paying gig. Andrea Stephens, the mother of one of my teenager students, McKinley, asked me to play at their house and do a couple songs with McKinley. It's a super nice house with surfer-themed artwork on the walls and comfy frieze carpet. They've got a player piano that uses floppy disks and plays songs on it's own like a ghost.

About 40 people show up, mostly business associates of McKinley's father's from his insurance company. I strike up good conversation with a couple of Navy dudes about learning new languages and tackling ambitions in life. At some point McKinley's dad gathers everyone in the living room next to the music room where I'm set up to go. I start off a set with my usual selections, "Deep Blue Sea", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", a Weezer cover, and some oldies. McKinley sings White Stripes. Then I sit down at the piano for Christmas songs. With McKinley's high range soprano voice we achieve a proper angelic sound that the song deserves. Both of us receive a lot of praise afterwards, especially from the chatterbox ladies nearby. Andrea compliments me and makes sure I know that our performance really made the party. Her and her husband are a happy and prosperous couple. It's inspiring to see their family and all their successes.

Christmas Party at the Stephen's House (December 7 2014) (1)

Christmas Party at the Stephen's House (December 7 2014) (2)

Indoor S'mores Central (December 7 2014) (1)

Indoor S'mores Central (December 7 2014) (2)

Little Kid Dance Moves (December 7 2014)

Andrea, McKinley, and I (December 7 2014)

In the kitchen there's an array of party foods along with steak, potatoes au gratin, and green beans. I snag a plate. Keeping my fluke filled with champagne and moscato. There's even a s'mores buffet complete with butane flames and sticks to roast marshmallows on. Overall this turns out to be a swell evening with strangers. I even play a round of ping-pong with McKinley's older brother.

Back home.

Ana comes over bearing a baked gift, some Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Cookies. I brew some Cinnamon Herbal Tea (or Fox Tea as we call it cause of the cartoon fox on the box) to go with the treat. Catching up on our days. Making love later in the night.

Sleep 3 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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