Ah, Thanksgiving! I have four days off from work, and no social obligations whatsoever. I plan to spend each of those four days practicing viola, as much as I want. I've been practicing a lot lately. I keep hoping it will get me somewhere, but I'm not sure I'm practicing the right stuff , or in the right way.
My former teacher used to encourage me to record myself (so I could listen back at a later date and hopefully hear an improvement), but my musical self-esteem is at an all-time low, and I am way too chicken for that. I want something for nothing - real live people telling me it sounds better than 6 months ago, or a year ago :-)