Sunday December 31 2017


Waking up at 10:20 a.m.

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

Mom and I attend the 11 a.m. church service at Freedom Fellowship. The last time I’ve been inside here was probably last Christmas. It’s always warm and inviting just like I remember it. Pastor Rick and his family are not present this Sunday. Instead, Marshall Washington gives the sermon today about knowing who you are and getting out of “the valley”.

Scrambled Eggs. Grilled Bagel with Cream Cheese and Sesame Seeds. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Foreigner (2017).

Power napping.

Doing the accounting for the month.

Making dinner real quick: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Mushrooms, Onions, Marinara Sauce, and Naan Bread.

Then, with Will, mom, and Ana at Joe McMurray’s house for the first leg of NYE. He’s got a wonderful music room filled with a petting zoo of instruments: organ, sitar, banjo, harp, djembe, guitars, etc. We all try our hand at the sitar and vamp on a chant in harmonic minor.

We stay for just a little bit entertaining ourselves on the piano, the dog, and cake balls. Before Joe and I get lost in music shop talk we head out, dropping mom back at the house.


Will, Ana, and I continue our new year’s eve in Norfolk at the Wolves Den, otherwise known as Ben’s house. It’s a whopping 20 something degrees outside but we stay holed up inside like sardines in the steamy kitchen along with other friends and friends of friends. Anthony, Riggs, Jordan, Tyler, Cynthia, Rusty, Aj, even Darren Warrington and his sister. Hard dancey electronic acts perform with anger and haste. In between Tyler deejays on his phone and we dance all the while holding plastic cups and bottles of champagne. TMOBYLE in the house!

At some point around 11:59 Darren and I lead the crowd in a whole minute countdown...

Back home after 2 a.m. and thus begins the first sleep of the year.

[i] Images by me and Instant Pics by Jordan Trotter.

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