Friday November 25 2016


Waking up at 11 a.m.

Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.

Applying for the business loan.

Shooting the basketball around on the street courts near Lynnhaven Middle. The weather is surprisingly nice – not cold at all.

Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Black Tea.

Watching The Untold History of the United States (2013).

Off to teach all my in-home lessons. I’m starting a new student today, Jillian, 13-years old – can play very well. Her and her mother lost their husband/father a few years ago – he was a Navy Seal. As her mom explains to me music has been great therapy for her. After helping her work through an Adele song and commenting on a video she saw of me playing an original song she asks, “Why aren’t you famous?” In my mind I reply “That’s a good question.” I do tend to get asked this question on occasion from students and it makes me wonder, but also makes me anxious and question why I haven’t already pursued a career in songwriting. I feel like I’ve been trying but not hard enough.

Later on, at the Kain’s house. After all the lessons I agree to play a few songs for the grandparents who are visiting just for a few weeks. Afterwards, the granddad slips me a hundred dollar bill in gratitude for teaching their grandchildren. They can see the enjoyment the kids get out of it. The grandmother won’t stop thanking me. These kinds of days make me feel like I’m doing something right.

Back home. Not sure what to do for dinner I warm up the last of the Red Bean Tempeh Chili with Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, and Quinoa.

Chores. Researching.

Chilling with Ana and the cat.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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