Friday May 28 2021

 

Waking up pretty late after noon. Elvis is lying patiently near my leg while Ana is scrolling on her phone.

 

 

Cereal with Banana, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Taking care of watering the plants and chores.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Potato Lentil Curls. Coffee.

Watching The Woman in the Window (2021).

 

At Music Makers coaching two MMLIVE band’s final rehearsals before tomorrow’s show. These bands are as ready as they’ll ever be.

 

Back home making an easy dinner: Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Tomato, Avocado, Cabbage, and Corn Chips.

 

Chores.

 

Packing up all the gear at the studio and organizing everything for tomorrow’s show.

 

Thursday May 27 2021

Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Protein Powder, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.

 

Working out at the gym – Vlad shows me some new methods.

 

Picking up some things at Three Ships – they renovated inside and are fully open now.

 

Chic Pea Salad with Spinach, Tomatoes, and a Sardine. Biscuit with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Watching The Woman in the Window (2021).

 

I had a few lesson cancelations so I catch up on business.

 

Target.

 

Teaching a few lessons.

 

Dinner: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Kale and an Egg.

 

Coaching a nighttime MMLIVE band rehearsal.

 

Later on, at Ladada practice too. This week is an endless stream of band rehearsals. We run the set a few times and jam around.

 

Nutella Pop Tart. Green Tea.

 

Wednesday May 26 2021

Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Strawberries, Protein Powder, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.

 

Working out at the gym.

 

Raspberries.

 

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

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

It’s very hectic here but in a good way – always so much going on nowadays.

 

I grab some Gringo’s Fish Tacos for Ana and I to have for dinner. Then, Modern Day Warrior has our final rehearsal before the big show this weekend. Ana rolls in directly from work to rehearse with the boys.

 

Back home. Catching up on all kinds of business on the computer.

 

Snacking on Crackers and Chic Pea Crisps.

 

Tuesday May 25 2021

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.

 

Meeting up with Mike Abenante at his body shop out in Chesapeake. We chat for a while outside looking over my car and getting some ideas.

 

Breakfast Bar. Banana. Tea.

 

Working out at the gym – leg day.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Strawberries. Kale. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Home.

Smoked Salmon. Cabbage. Five Guys French Fries.

Finishing that zombie movie.

 

Catching up on business and things.

 

Chores.

 

Monday May 24 2021

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Half Scoop of Protein Powder, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.

 

Today I’m officially starting this new eating/workout regimen, Maria, Vlad’s wife and mother of Alexa, is helping direct my diet and workouts. I really just want to learn about calorie counting and see what I can do to achieve some muscle growth and shave some fat around my stomach.

 

Working out at the gym.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter. Peach. Kale. Coffee. Potato Chips.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Making dinner for Ana and I: Vegan Burgers with Tomatoes, Onions, and Lettuce. Snow Peas with Carrots.

 

Rebecca and I go to ELO rehearsal. It’s her second time rehearsing with us. She’s even more prepared this time and sounding good.

 

Later on, Ana was experiencing some stressful moments that in return stress me out. It’s complicated but she’s still not comfortable with me having platonic relationships. There is literally no reason except within herself. Sometimes I don’t know what to do. It takes a lot of damage control/TLC to get her in a better place.

 

Popcorn. Grapefruit. Green Tea.

 

Sunday May 23 2021

Waking up around 11 a.m.

 

Cereal with Blueberries, Banana, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Coaching 3 MMLIVE bands at Music Makers.

PB&J lunch break with Popped Chips and Coffee.

All the bands of course are feeling more and more prepared in my opinion.

 

Then, straight to Broadway rehearsal. The cast is having a tech rehearsal where they run the show – the sound guy for the Kroc Center is here observing. After running the Aladdin number I stick around to help edit footage for Rebecca while she does her dance class.

 

Back home. I’m unusually hungrier than normal. Putting together a bunch of leftovers for Ana and I to share when she gets off work.

Hefty Salad with Sardines and Garlic Bread.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Cleaning the kitchen – washing dishes.

 

At the studio cleaning up and putting everything back together.

 

Saturday May 22 2021

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.

 

At Music Makers taking care of business. Meanwhile, Alexa is practicing drums while her mom and I discuss the new game plan for my diet and workout regime. Doing some general maintenance.

 

Banana.

 

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

Watching Army of the Dead (2021).

 

Prepping in the kitchen.

 

Changing the snare drum head and tuning the drums.

 

Ana and I walk to Baladi’s for dinner. We haven’t really been here in a long time. I remember taking my mom here for one of her birthdays.

Enjoying a hummus platter with all kinds of tasty things and a huge salad with lentil soup.

 

Walking over to the studio to rehearse the Aladdin song and talk about the band jam songs.

 

Friday May 21 2021

 

Waking up to the smells of waffle-y goodness. Ana made us Blueberry Waffles for breakfast.

 

We drive out to Pungo on a quest to pick strawberries…and we succeed at Vaughn Farms. The weather is absolutely perfect. Little bees pollinate the flowers right next to the strawberry plants as we get on our hands and knees searching for the best strawberries.

 

Stopping by one of the farmer’s markets off Culver while we’re over in Ocean Lakes. The same little lady is working there – they always have a bunch of goodies.

 

Obviously cleaning and gobbling down strawberries when we get back home.

 

At Music Makers watering all the plants.

 

Lunch: leftover Tuna Steak with Kale, Salt n Vinegar Chips, and Avocado. Coffee.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Playing some 3v3 basketball over on the Lynnhaven courts.

 

Dinner: Corn and Peas with Mixed Vegetables and Quinoa.

Watching Army of the Dead (2021).

 

Green Tea.

 

Chores and cleaning.

 

Thursday May 20 2021

Waking up at 11:40 a.m.

 

Cereal with Blueberries, Banana, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Working out at the gym with Vlad.

 

Grapefruit. Grilled PB&J. Popped Chips.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Tuna Steak with Mixed Vegetables and Rice.

 

At Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Wes. We’re still incorporating Wes as second guitarist – he’s doing quite well. It’s nice to have some guy time with the boys sharing beers and thoughts.

 

Crackers.

 

Wednesday May 19 2021

Waking up around 11:50 a.m.

 

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

 

Working out at the gym.

Banana.

 

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

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Ana made us Vegan Burgers with Kale and Corn on the Cob.

 

Then at the band jam with only Billy, Merrill, and Ana this time. Without Luke and Thomas it’s kind of difficult to practice songs but we have fun any way.

 

Green Tea.

 

Back home. Catching up on cleaning and business.

 

In Ana’s room we make fire, something we needed to do for a while now.

 

Pineapple. Crackers.

 

Tuesday May 18 2021

Waking up at 11:40 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.

 

Before I head out Ana and I have a moment of embrace – she sheds a few tears and apologizes about last night.

 

Working out at the gym.

Banana.

 

Egg Sandwich with Tomato, Spinach, and Avocado. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Fulfilling my duties as half therapist/counselor today for some students. A lot of them are really struggling out there – searching for comfort and an identity.

 

Getting groceries.

 

Back home. Leftovers for dinner: Red Bean and Veggie Soup with Brown Rice/Quinoa, Baby Broccoli, and Sardines.

Finishing the Sons of Sam documentary.

 

Chores and cleaning up the kitchen.

 

Pineapple and Greek Yogurt.