Tuesday October 23 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Bowl of Oat Flakes with Granola, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Chores.


At the studio restringing a guitar.


Mom and I check out Island Twist, the old Upper Deck restaurant down at the oceanfront. We’re in desperate need of a place to host the MMLIVE show cause Chevy’s/Eagles Nest is undergoing renovations and such.


Sardines. Toast. Broccoli and Carrots. Popped Chips. Coffee.

Watching Season 3 of Daredevil (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Apple.


Back home. Mom and I eat some Filipino food that Ana’s mom brought us for dinner.


Teaching an online lesson.


Chores.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday October 22 2018

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


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


Getting exhausted in my CrossFit TakeOver class – focus is on pull-ups, push-ups, and running along with some fun warm-ups.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Slurping down some leftover Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Soup with Bread.


At Soul Haven Studios with Nigel and Jimmy tracking some vocal harmonies for ELO tunes.


Back home. Snacking on Grapes and a Kiwi.


Figuring out a set for Ana and I’s gig coming up in November.


Tortilla Chips.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday October 21 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Three MMLIVE rehearsals today. Things get chaotic as the show date approaches but as mom keeps telling me this always happens but then it all comes together in the end.


Poppy Seed PB&J Bagel. Sweet Potato Chips. Orange.


I just want what I do in these rehearsals to be effective. Sometimes, I feel I’m lacking in achieving the expectations I set for these bands. I take every detail of the songs seriously and try to instill the responsibility of those details in the kids.


Immediately after, I head over to the Right On rehearsal spot for ELO practice. We sort of do it unplugged and focus on song structure/vocal harmonies.


Back home. Thankfully, mom made a heart pot of Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Soup.


Doing chores.


Ana scoops me up from the house and we hang out with Anthony and crew at Wanna B’s for karaoke and to celebrate his birthday. Even though I’m spent from the day’s rehearsals I manage to rough up some spunk for Ana and I to do “Pump Up The Jam”, a 90’s dance tune from back in the day. A lot of our friends are here so it’s like a little reunion. Sipping on beers and singing along to every song!




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday October 20 2018

Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Leftover Spaghetti and Bread for lunch with Coffee.

Watching an episode of Adam Ruins Everything (2018), great educational comedy.


Catching up on my to-do list.


Errands – setting up the band rehearsal room for tomorrow.


Mom warmed up some Shrimp Fried Rice with Broccoli and Carrots for dinner.


Plotting Ana and I’s costume dedicated to the Netflix series Maniac. We get Will and mom involved also. Online shopping for lab coats, aviators, and wigs.


Kiwi and a Cookie.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana.


Grapes.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday October 19 2018

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Waking up at 11:36 a.m.


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


Chores – mainly cleaning my detached A/C unit to put away and replace with a convection heater.


Target.


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


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Back home. Ana made a meal: Chic Peas with Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa. With mom and her enjoying the food. This wood and rope disentanglement puzzle I got from the thrift store provides some great dinner entertainment.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana.




Grapes.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday October 18 2018

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


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


Organizing stuff at the studio.


Scrambled Eggs. Cinnamon Roll (provided by Ana). Slaw. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Fuji Apple.


Back home. Mom takes the second hand potatoes Austin collected from the Lutheran church and makes a Cabbage and Potato Skillet meal with Peas, Carrots, and Bread. Will, mom, Ana, and I enjoy our meal as a 1435 house family.


Later on I meet up with Jonnie at his and Jacki’s apartment in Norfolk to run through some Rolling Stones songs with Tristyn. Chuck, our new percussion master, stops in to hang too. Working out harmonies and piano parts. Towards the end we get sidetracked with all kinds of music and camaraderie.


Bosc Pear.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Wednesday October 17 2018

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


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


Cross fit session at CrossFit TakeOver.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.

Watching Apostle (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Orange.


Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Onions and Tomatoes. Spinach Salad.


At the Tidewater Storage unit for Ladada/Rolling Stones rehearsal. Chuck, Jackie, and Ronnie stop by to participate in some of the songs. Chuck gets excited about being the percussion master – his harmonic contributions are perfect. Ronnie provides the proper charisma for “Sweet Virginia” and “Sympathy...” Jacki adds that flare in “Gimme Shelter”.

Mango Smoothie.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Tuesday October 16 2018

Waking up at 11:18 a.m.


Bowl of Oat Flakes with Granola, Banana, and Almond Milk.


Ana and I go on a super errand run in Hilltop. Stopping basically everywhere for groceries and thrifting.

Profound quote of the day from Ana: “You can’t change what’s on the outside but you can curate what’s on the inside.”


Grilled PB&J Sesame Bagel. Corn Tortilla Chips. Cucumber. Tomatoes. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s a hectic day as usual.


Back home. Mom helps make dinner: Chicken with Onions, Peppers, Kale, Carrots, and Couscous.


Practicing tunes with Ana at the studio. And I didn’t yell at her this time. We have a “smooth and easy” rehearsal and actually do more than two songs.


Mango Smoothie.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday October 15 2018

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


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


Cross fit.


Vega Recovery Shake.

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Potatoes. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Pineapple.


Back home. Mom and I make dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice with Broccoli.


I plop onto Ana’s bed.

“What’re you doing in here?” she reacts.

“I’m here to take a nap!”

And so we cuddle up for some Zzzz.


After 10:30 p.m. we awake with some fruit and head to the studio to have a 3 hour practice. It gets intense as we run over newer tunes. I get heated when she easily gives up on challenging parts on the guitar. I need to learn to stay patient but so does she with herself. I like to push/encourage each other into becoming better musicians.


Over the past couple days a new boil has appeared around my groin but this time in a less awkward spot. I don’t understand where it came from. But I maintain it with all my supplies from the last one.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday October 14 2018

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Waking up at 11:27 a.m.


Mom made Pancakes. I enjoy some with Coffee.


Catching up on business – don’t have to be at MMLIVE rehearsal so early today. Only two bands to coach.


Lunch: PB&J Poppy Seed Bagel with an Apple.


I was supposed to have ELO rehearsal but it got rescheduled.


Back home. Catching up on more business. Chores. Napping.


Leftover Pizza with Spinach Salad.

Watching Logan Lucky (2017).


At the studio practicing music.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday October 13 2018

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Waking up at 11:18 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Udon Noodle Soup with Naan Bread and Coffee.


Ana and I decide to go on a day date to First Landing State Park. The temperature is perfect. We explore the trails of Spanish moss, fallen trees, swimming crabs, and possum skulls.






Napping back at home.


Then, running late evening errands with Ana.


Mom makes dinner back at the house: Cabbage and Potatoes along with leftovers. The three of us enjoy our meal together with an episode of Adam Ruins Everything (2018).


Later at the studio. Mom touches up the black wall with paint while I install the new router and modem. Ana and I practice songs eventually. She gets frustrated while learning some guitar solos but I always try to push her cause I know she can do it.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday October 12 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m. Today is the first day of a distinctively colder temperature – bringing in Fall.


RX Bar with Irish Breakfast Tea.


Doing my third personal training session with Hannah at CrossFit TakeOver. My quads are sore from Wednesday’s workout but we master some other moves with the barbell. She says I’m a great student to teach.


Vega Recovery Shake.


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


Teaching a few in-home lessons. Ian, one of my more determined and talented students, always tends to be too hard on himself reacting dramatically every time he makes a mistake. I try my best to explain that his determination is a strong suit.


Doing a one-off band rehearsal with the pre-teen band. They’re always a handful to manage but we stay productive.


Afterwards, at Nawab for Indian cuisine with Ana and mom. Lamb with Veggies, Rice, and an array of appetizers.


After that, Ana and I hit up the studio to do a full on practice. We’ve been working on our rendition of Moby’s “South Side” and Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On”. Recently, she got inspired after hearing “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac so we’re now doing a smooth cover of that.


Gelato.





Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday October 11 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Nut and Seed Bar with English Breakfast Tea.


At the studio restringing a guitar for a new student. Meanwhile, Cox is here installing the Internet. We’re getting rid of the hotspot and upgrading to wired Internet, a much needed feature at Music Makers.


Grilled PB&J Sourdough. Coffee.


Teaching lessons.


Orange.


Fried Dover Sole Filets with Cornbread, Kale, and Roasted Purple Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions.

Watching a documentary on 90’s terrorism.


At Ladada/Stones rehearsal with Jonnie, Josiah, and Bobby. A friend of ours, Tristyn, is here to help with backup vocals. We incorporate her into a bunch of parts.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Wednesday October 10 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At CrossFit TakeOver for my second one on one training session. This time it’s with Carli cause Hannah is out of town. We go over proper form on various squat exercises and do an 8 minute workout at the end. It’s an AMRAP, which means as many reps as possible. I feel exhausted after – not used to the intensity.


Vega Recovery Shake.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Picking up a Pizza from Whole Foods.


Catching up on business.


Chilling with Ana and Elvis in the other bedroom – practicing a few tunes on guitar.




Sleep 3 a.m.

Tuesday October 9 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Catching up on business and emails.


Scrambled Eggs. Roasted Potatoes. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Coffee.

Watching Hold the Dark (2018).


Full day of teaching lessons at Music Makers.




Back home. Putting together some dinner: Pan Fried Zucchini and Squash with Rice and Mackerel.


Getting some late night groceries at Harris Teeter.


Enjoying some Bourbon infused Vanilla Ice Cream.


Practicing music with Ana at the studio.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Monday October 8 2018

Waking up at 11:08 a.m.


Bowl of Oat Flakes with Almond Milk, Banana, and Strawberries. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on emails and business.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Sharing dinner with all: Tempeh with Onions, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Carrots, and Rice. Conversation topics at the table include questions on why certain people in life always seem to be a magnet for turmoil and struggle, business drama, and life epiphanies.


Grapes.


Chilling with Ana in my bed while Elvis gets his head rubbed.


At the studio late into the night practicing songs on guitar. Meanwhile, Ana texts me some frustrating thoughts about how unhappy she is. From time to time she has these realizations late at night and it’s usually right after Elvis scratches her foot, which he did.




Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Sunday October 7 2018

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Coffee.


MMLIVE band rehearsals all afternoon.


PB&J and Sweet Potato Chips on break.


Errands.


Eating leftovers for dinner: Spaghetti with Kale and French Baguette.


At the studio cleaning and setting up a used electric guitar to sell. Meanwhile, learning a few things on proper setup.


Grapes and Melon.




Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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Saturday October 6 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

After all the lessons are over with mom and I meet with a lady named Brenda who was married to Tom Ray, one of the original animators for Looney Tunes and other classic cartoons. We buy a few music related prints from her collection.


Leftover Vegan Burger with Lettuce and Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Coffee.

Watching a Netflix documentary on the 90’s.


Catching up on business and emails and chores.


Setting up gear at the rehearsal spot.


Mom made dinner: Peas with Bok Choy, and Veggie Rice mix.


At the studio practicing drums.


Fruit Smoothie.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday October 5 2018

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In my old bedroom from my teenage years in Ocean Lakes. Ana’s here along with tons of friends and strangers. I’m so focused on trying to catch this spider I found. Nobody else seems to notice or care about this jumpy bug. It’s becoming too difficult. The spider seems to be hostile only to me.

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Meeting with Hannah at CrossFit Takeover for my first training session. Already dipped my feet into a couple free group sessions weeks ago. Now it’s time to get fit!


Fixing the vacuum cleaner – had some buildup in the hose.


Grilled PB&J Poppy Seed Bagel. Lentil Curls. Coffee. Apple.


Teaching my in-home lessons. Some of these kids really impress me with their creative piano skills. The Browns house is always a blast. I always get caught up in conversation with Jack’s mom, Amy, about the goings on in the kid’s lives and maintaining a full household. I respect that she’s able to approach everything with such a humorous attitude despite any problems.


Ana and I ride out to Old Beach Tavern for dinner and to watch Mike Gombas and Kelly perform. Mom joins us later. Enjoying well blended harmonies and sing-a-longs and good food.





Back home. Ana and I practice our rendition of Walk Don’t Run. Somewhere in the middle of it we get interrupted with moods and criticisms.

“You’ve got to be patient with yourself and to me,” I say.

Of course I can always practice what I preach.

“You are an amazing musician. You can play all these instruments and you’ve got a great voice with so much soul!”

Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and a few reminders.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday October 4 2018

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Catching up on business and chores.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Honey Crisp Apple.


Back home. Mom and I make dinner: Fried Chicken Thighs with Broccoli, Carrots, Rice/Quinoa.


Ana joins me at Ladada rehearsal, otherwise known as Rolling Stones rehearsal for now. She does various percussion like the guiro, tambourine, shaker, and sings backup. We’re getting fairly decent at these tunes.




Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Wednesday October 3 2018

Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


Nut and Seed Bar. English Breakfast Tea.


Basketball at the Rec. Feels good to run around on the courts without any bothersome boil.


Plum.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Finishing Maniac (2018).


Back home. Making dinner with mom’s help: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Veggies and Tomato Sauce, Kale, and a Baguette.

With Ana (all three of us) at the table enjoying our meal.

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Will regales us with stories from his new job at Cox. He also helps me solder a wire in a student’s electric guitar.


At the studio practicing some tunes with Ana. Then, catching up on Rolling Stones tunes on bass.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Tuesday October 2 2018

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Making phone calls and dealing with business.


Chores.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Lentil Curls. Cucumber. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner with mom: Vegan Burgers on Brioche Buns with Okra, Potatoes, and Kale.

Watching Maniac (2018).


Teaching an online lesson.


Gelato.


At the studio practicing songs.


Orange.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday October 1 2018

Waking up at 11:32 a.m. Couldn’t wake up any earlier.


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


Putting a new dressing on my skin boil. It’s crazy how fast it’s healing!


Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel. Popped Potato Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Plum.


Back home. Enjoying Donatos Pizza with the family while watching SNL on the iPad.


Catching up on business and chores.


At the studio organizing products.




Sleep 4 a.m.