Monday May 21 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Shooting the basketball around and working out at the Great Neck Rec this time.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

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“What is rhythm?” I ask of Charley, a longtime piano student of mine who just finished her first book.

“I don’t know. Jazz or something?” she replies sheepishly.

Oh boy. I mean she’s not wrong I suppose.


As soon as lessons are done Mom and I swing by the house to eat some quick dinner that Ana made: Pita Pockets with Beans, Red Peppers, Hummus, Quinoa, and Slaw. Then, we head straight over to the rehearsal spot for one of the MMLIVE bands to practice – making up for a missed rehearsal.


Back home. It’s been a long day. Catching up on emails and MMLIVE related business.




Rose Hip Hibiscus Tea.


Chilling with Ana and the cat.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday May 20 2018

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Waking up at 11:20 a.m.


Ana made Waffles from scratch. Having some with Coffee. Delicious breakfast!


Helping her practice MMLIVE songs on bass and guitar.


PB&J. Plantain Chips. English Breakfast Tea.


MMLIVE rehearsals start at 3:30 today – everything’s been shifted around to make sure we’re all at band rehearsals. It’s all filled with beautiful singing, dancing, a lot of heart, and mistakes. But we’re confident in these bands to sound amazing next weekend.


Apple.


Mom and I grab some Chinese food from the old China Wok joint.

Vegetable Lo Mein for me and a Kolsch Beer.


Catching up on business.


Pineapple.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday May 19 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.

“If there’s anything that Robert hates it’s questions being asked in the morning,” Ana says to the camera.

Breakfast Bar. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Cucumber. Banana. Coffee.

Watching Beyond Skyline (2017).


Running errands. The rain is off and on – dark clouds hang overhead – Vitamin D withdrawal.


Shopping at H&M for underwear and shorts. The mall – an environment and culture I’ve long forgotten.


Hard Boiled Egg, Slaw, and Five Guys French Fries.


Dealing with business.


Chores.




Sleep next to Ana at 3 a.m.


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Friday May 18 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At the Rec with Ana. While watching me run the last basketball game she notes, “It’s always so intense on the last one.” The player’s competitiveness really heats up cause everyone wants to end on a victorious note.


Scrambled Eggs. Popped Chips. Toast with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Watching Beyond Skyline (2017).


Teaching my in-home lessons.


Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Mushrooms, Onions, Sauce, and Naan Bread.


Catching up on research and business.


Chores.


Pineapple, Grapes, and Yogurt.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday May 17 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


The Chanticleer maintenance is here assessing the leak. By a process of elimination they discover it’s Ana’s shower causing the leaks, not the toilet like we thought. And even though it smelled like sewage it was only musty water. For now we have to enjoy a hole in our ceiling until next week.


Getting groceries with Ana at Trader Joe’s.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese, Poppy Seeds, and Sesame Seeds. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.


Torrential downpour.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Orange.


Back home. Mom prepares dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice with Peas, Broccoli, and Shishito Peppers.


Ladada rehearsal with Bobby, Jonnie, and Josiah. A lot of talk in the air about weekend summer shows and such. Spirits are high about the new recordings and the new chemistry with Jonnie in the band.


Apples, Blueberries, and Yogurt.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday May 16 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Ana and I go to the Rec. Basketball games for me.


Grilled PB&J Bagel with Popped Chips and Coffee. Orange.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Banana.


Homemade Pizza for dinner.


Catching up on business.


Organizing basketball cards.


Downstairs in the dining room we discover a major leak coming from the ceiling apparently caused from Ana’s toilet cause the water smells like sewage. It splatters all over everything. Disgusting.


Muffins with Blueberries and Yogurt.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Tuesday May 15 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Granola with Strawberries and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business – running errands.


Udon Noodle Soup with a Bagel and Guayusa Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Orange.


Back home. Mom and I make dinner: Vegan Burgers with Slaw, Cabbage, and Potatoes.


Teaching an online lesson. Internally, I start to lose my patience, not just during this lesson but overall. Sometimes, I feel the weight of responsibility as a teacher and whenever I feel like I’m not getting through it frustrates me. Teaching online has its drawbacks mainly cause of the delay in communication. I can’t play at the same exact moment as the student. That’s a big part of empowering the student.


At the studio late at night restringing and setting up an acoustic guitar for a customer.


Apples and Yogurt. Chamomile Tea.




Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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Monday May 14 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec. I’m put on a team where it’s sort of up to me to put in the offensive plays. I prefer this sometimes over being the support guy.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.

Watching Hostiles (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Banana.


Getting groceries while Ana and mom make dinner.


Tempeh with Onions, Celery, Broccoli, and Brown Rice.

The three of us enjoy our meals at the table and finish it off with a little leftover wine and Chocolate.


Catching up on emails and business.


Organizing basketball cards.




Sleep 3 a.m.


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Sunday May 13 2018

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Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


Ana and I make Mother’s Day Blueberry Pancakes with Guayusa Tea.


MMLIVE rehearsals all day. It’s a hectic Sunday as usual.




Lentil Wrap with Hummus, Tomatoes, Lettuce, and an Orange.


The rehearsals continue.

Iced Coffee.


After everything is done with the business of the day I take my mom out to dinner at When In Rome, the Italian restaurant Ana and I went to for dinner recently. That wine, Palladio Chianti, really made a mark on us. I make sure to order a bottle. They were out of the regular size so we have to get the bigger size.





Mom is thoroughly impressed with the meal and the wine. While she reads the card I made her I know she’s going to tear up. I even tear up myself just knowing how she’s reading it. I mention how proud I am to call her my mother. She’s always inspiring me with her humility and patience. Earlier on Facebook, I posted this picture of her and I from 1985 when I was a baby dressed up as crayons for Halloween. I say how she’s nurtured and colored my life since day one of my existence. As it was said yesterday: sometimes everything just has to stop. And it’s in these moments of pause and reflection we really learn how to live.




Back home. Settling down and doing some chores.


Organizing basketball cards.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday May 12 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Toasted PB&J Bagel. Cauliflower Puffs.


Ana drives mom and I out to Norfolk to attend a funeral service for Ana’s grandmother, Jovita. It’s an emotional afternoon for the family. We’re led in song using the Mormon hymnal. One of the songs, “Families Can Be Together Forever” really pulls on everyone’s heart strings. At the podium stories are shared about her grandmother’s time in the Philippines during the war. Ana prepared an original song on the piano – even though she’s on the verge of tears she sings beautifully.







Afterwards, there’s a gathering in the gymnasium over food. We have a good time on the stage with the little ones improving plays and playing musical chairs. It’s easy for me to step right in and orchestrate the kids to do something together.


When Ana starts worrying about calling work to deal with her work schedule my mom brings up a good point: sometimes everything just has to stop even if for only a moment. Life moves on and keeps going but every now and then life has to stop for a minute.


On the drive home Ana and mom decide to take the scenic route (Virginia Beach Boulevard all the way home).


Settling down with Coffee.


Pancit Noodles with Kale and Sweet Rolls.


Setting up stuff at the rehearsal spot.




Coconut Water.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday May 11 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec – meanwhile Ana works out.


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

Watching Hostiles (2018).


Teaching all my in-home lessons.

Banana.




Back home.

Noodle Soup with Vegetables and Naan Bread.


Late night grocery shopping at Kroger with mom.


Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Continuing to organize basketball cards.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday May 10 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Breakfast Bar with English Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a piano lesson. Jennifer mentions how she hears an inner voice from all the things I’ve taught her over the years. I’m reminded how important it is to train students early on with the correct habits.


At the bank with mom trying to close out an account of hers and start fresh with a new one.


Grilled PB&J. Plantain Chips. Coffee. Orange.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Banana.


Back home. Cooking dinner with mom: Flounder Filets with Black Beans, Asparagus, Carrots, Brown Rice, Cucumbers, and Tomato.


Catching up on business.


Grapes.


Starting to organize my old basketball card collection.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.