It's been a while since I've written. Things are different; things are the same. The same three things still dominate my life:
Work: I went back to a company I used to work for, doing the job I used to do, for the salary I used to make. I've traded the fabulous (heh) contractor $$$ for stability and security and paid time off. The company was organized very attractively when I first went to work there, promptly turned itself inside out a few times, and now seems to have its shit together once again. We'll see.
Running: I keep injuring my damn left calf. I can kind of run for 8 or 9 or 10 or 45 minutes at a time, depending. Not very fast. It's not very fun right now. I keep plugging away at it though.
Music: yes, above all, music. Some of the work I put in this past summer is paying off a little bit. I still have days where I can't string two bars together, but I am slowly making headway. I also got a new bridge and tailpiece, and my viola is much easier to play and sounds much better to my ear. Since I take lessons from two people and play in two groups, I have to squeeze a lot into my limited practice time, and I have been trying to become more effective in practice. Mr Critical Teacher turned me on to something he calls the "Chinese way" (he is of Chinese descent) but it's really just starting from the end of a piece and working backward. It's pretty neat because it eliminates surprises as you play through a piece - you know what's coming, and you've played it umpteen thousand times already.