I challenged myself to track everything I ate for all of March. I wanted to get a better idea of what was going in the tank. Calories, nutrients, all that. Figured it’d be an easy one. Wow was I wrong.

Plenty of apps out there help you log what you’re eating and I started using one straight away. Learned pretty quick though, if I wanted accurate measurements, I’d have to do some actual measuring. Who’d have thought? That meant weighing food and preparing every single meal from scratch. That was way beyond what I mentally signed up for, and not really something I was interested in doing. So I quit.

I logged my best guesses of what I was eating, but they were just guesses. It wasn’t working, and I didn’t want to waste the month. So after just a few days I switched gears and took on about as unrelated a challenge I could think of. Learning to play the ukulele.

Alexis got me a ukulele for Christmas a few years back, and it’s hung on my wall untouched ever since. Always wanted to learn it, so figured I’d give it go. I know how to play a guitar, so there’s familiarity there, but it’s still a different instrument. If it were the same, I’d be able to play it the day I got it. I spent around 15 minutes every day watching and playing along with tutorials. Chord shapes, strumming rhythms, and a few songs. Some days even an hour would slip by while I played.

There’s still a lot to learn, but it’s pretty cool to think that just a few weeks ago my ukulele was just wall decoration, but today it’s another outlet for happiness. This one was a lot of fun for me, and I’m so glad I did it. Sure as hell beats weighing chicken breast seven days a week.

Some ukulele playing by yours truly.

A.A. Bondy at the Zebulon in Los Angeles with Alexis. He doesn’t play often, but I see him any chance I get. He hung around after the set, which I’d never seen him do. Walked straight over to meet him. I had to. Said I’d been to every show he’s played in LA since 2010, and that I really appreciated him. He thanked me, said that he appreciates that, and shook my hand. Fun to think that after 9 years of listening to him, he’s listened back.

Oh The Vampyre by A.A. Bondy.

Drew turned 35, so we hit the Vegas strip for Halloween weekend. The bravest, or maybe the dumbest among us, were up till 7am draining glasses, spinning wheels and shooting dice. I love that town, but hell, anything more than 48 hours just might kill me. Not in our 20’s anymore, but we can still pretend.

Got to see Blink-182 play while we were there, and oddly enough, Ludacris too. Some fun ones from those coming of age years.

Damn It by Blink-182. Used to play this one on loop as a kid.

Lord Huron at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Meet Me in the Woods by Lord Huron

Surprised Alexis with tickets to the Bahamas show at the Teragram Ballroom.

Lost In The Light by Bahamas

My older brother would listen to Tom Petty all the time when we were growing up, because he’s got good taste in music. I listened because all younger brothers aspire to be as cool as their big brothers. Sad to see him go, thankful he was here.

Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty

Ten years ago, I wrote the code and made the very first doodles for Six Foot Giraffe. It was done over two weeks on my college winter break, sitting in my old bedroom of my parents South Florida home.

Just like anyone else, I connect particular songs and albums to particular moments or periods of my time, and that specific period ten years ago connects to Continuum by John Mayer. The album was on loop as I worked through the day and night.

I’m the type that plays a song or album on repeat until I can hardly stand it anymore. The years have tested and proved Continuum to be one of my favorite albums. It was a funny feeling seeing him live a few weeks ago. I guess ten years ago, working in that bedroom and playing those songs on repeat, I wouldn’t have thought I’d hear them live, in California, next to my Fiancé, and later writing about it on Six Foot Giraffe.

Slow Dancing In A Burning Room by John Mayer.

Geographer at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

This is How We Walk on the Moon, covered by Geographer.

Leon Bridges at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Pull away by Leon Bridges

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues performed by Wayne White

Milo Greene at the El Rey in Los Angeles.

1957 by Milo Greene

In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins

Found Bob Dylan in high school and never lost him.

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters.

Taken at the LA State Historic Park during FYF, a two day music festival during Labor Day weekend. Givers played my favorite set of both days. It’s so inspiring to see and hear such talent. I remember standing there feeling like I needed to be somewhere else. Creating something of my own. Not just watching. But I truly enjoyed the set, and even more so the company. So I’m glad I wasn’t.

But still, I want to create more. I want to inspire.

They were playing Atlantic when I took this and they dedicated it to their lost friend Eddie. It was heartfelt. This girl’s voice could move a mountain.

Atlantic by Givers.

I Can See The Pines Are Dancing by A.A. Bondy.

“Don’t stop imagining

The day that you do is the day that you die.”

17 by Youth Lagoon

From Small Things by Bruce Springsteen.

Indio, California, during the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. My third year going, but felt entirely new.

We Own The Sky by M83.

Look into this band.

Sunshine People by American Tomahawk.

Black Water by Timber Timbre.

These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding.

So many lines in this song that truly resonate with me, but this one, it was always my favorite. Saw them perform it last Friday.

Classic Cars by Bright Eyes.

The Engine Driver my favorite from The Decemberists.

This is one of my favorite drinking songs. Unfortunately, I don’t think my friends are familiar with it.

Answer In One Of These Bottles by Caitlin Rose.

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths.

Taken at Indio, California, during the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Surrounded by 75,000 like-minded individuals. So incredibly inspiring.

Keep The Car Running by Arcade Fire.

The man died before I was born, but managed to teach me how to play a guitar.

Baby Please Don’t Go by Muddy Waters.

Come On Up To The House, a Tom Waits song covered by Thrice.

The River Knows Your Name by John Hiatt.

I’ll Believe In Anything by Wolf Parade.

Saw these guys recently at The Wiltern for the second time with some friends, longtime fan.

Major Label Debut by Broken Social Scene.

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.

When I can’t sleep, I just remember that we’re floating through space. Its reassuring.

Ladies and Gentlemen by Spiritualized.

Taken at Los Angeles Historic State Park durring Fuck Yeah Fest. I was disappointed to see so few watching someone so talented.

American Hearts by A.A. Bondy

Naked and Red by Colour Revolt.

This photo was taken at Joshua Tree, California. We climbed high for it.

Far, Far Away by Wilco.

One of my all-time favorite songs. Yeah, I know its a cover.

Take Me Home Country Roads by Toots & The Maytals.

Highway Patrolman by Bruce Springsteen.

Of Minor Prophets And Their Prostitute Wives By Pedro The Lion.