Looks like I neglected my blog again. Sorry about that. While work and my one remaining class have been busy, that's still not much of an excuse. Especially since I just had a week off of work and don't start Piano II for over a week.
Looking back, I don't think I mentioned dropping a second class. Since I'm taking Piano II, I'm sure you can guess that I dropped Calculus. Why? Time. The money was already spent, no matter what, but I wanted my time back. I recovered about seven hours a week for at least five weeks. It's not like I needed the class anymore, not since I dropped the plan of earning my PhD.
So what am I doing now? That's exactly what I'm working on. I have a few ideas, but we all know my ideas tend to fizzle as I move to other ideas. I'm going to keep moving forward with piano, obviously. I'm also still planning on taking Beginning Drawing in the fall, though that may change to design. And while I dropped Japanese I, I am still moving forward with that, or at least getting ready to. I have a lot of materials to help me and want to move forward, so I really don't know what's holding me back. I wish I had someone to learn with, but something smaller and more flexible than a college class. Online would be too easy to ignore, so it would have to be local. No one at work wants to do anything different; they're all settled into the patterns that will mostly define them for the next decade or more.
The first step is to find a system for me, either an existing one, or one I make up, but one that I can and will follow. Most of my thoughts are recorded in a large multitude of emails at the moment, and keep wandering in circles. The current circles include Japanese, piano, art (TBD), a project I want to work on in my spare time (TBD), and what I want to do professionally (TBD). Of course, it's the last two big ones that are holding me back. I can worry about the art later, unless it becomes important for my project.
At the moment, 2011 looks like it'll be similar to 2010, unless I get moving. I'm going to try using this to work out some of my ideas, even the ones that don't sound the best.
Here's to you, 2011.