Ukulele Practice Everyday
Pretty sure I played ukulele every day in the last quarter. On the days I didn't feel well, I played for 30 minutes or so and then shut it down. On the really crazy days, I put in about 4 hours.
I can spend 20 minutes a day practicing a song that is only 2 minutes long and still not have mastery over it after a month. And so, I have a lot of respect for people who make it look easy.
I've been recording video of my practices. I was doing this selectively at first but found that I was too nervous about "getting it right" for video and it didn't feel natural. So I decided to purchase an external 4TB USB drive and now I am recording nearly every minute of my practice. I burned ~3.2GB of storage just yesterday. It's an extravagant use of storage, but totally worth it and storage is cheap.
I posted 3 videos to my Youtube channel and 9 videos to my Instagram profile. I've been embracing a mode of "Document, Don't Create" and it's a lot easier for me to just post something that has rough edges with that mindset.
The 50 songs project is going strong, albeit slowly. I now have a combined 43 songs on my "accepted" and "active" lists. The instrumental solo songs take a good bit longer to be able to play but are very rewarding. I have found that most of my energy goes toward this and I am fine with slowing down the project for this purpose. James Hill's site, The Ukulele Way has been the most important resource in my development during the last 90 days.
Also, I finished working my way through Harmony and Theory and I am now pursuing Ear Training during breakfast.
Q1 2017 presented a number of physical challenges for me. A shoulder injury sustained while practicing Jiu Jitsu has made me reluctant to do pull-ups since January and those were a staple of my workouts. So I've switched to resistance bands and I am doing my own rehab. I can now do half height (to 90 degrees) pull-ups without too much distress.
And, just a month ago, I found out just how bad it is to add miles really quickly. I ran so much I limped for a week. So I put myself on the injured list and I will not be running either of the races I listed on Franco Now: 2017 1Q. That being said, I did run with The Raven in Miami when I was there in January, so I had my fun. I am still proud of most of my training but I am looking forward to taking a break from running to heal up.
Time Enough for Heinlein
I read a LOT of Heinlein. Added many quotes to my Aphorisms page. I think I've just about had enough of him. So going to move on to other readings. Dune perhaps. And more Sanderson.
I have agreed to take on Scrum Master role for the team so I will have study up to understand how I can help the team to better organize and turn our hard lessons into new cultural practices.
And Other Things As Well
I hosted two WDS Local DC meetups. I do a roll-call in the days before each to ensure a quorum before proceeding. It works well enough.
I didn't do so well at contacting a friend each day but I feel like I did pretty well at keeping in touch with remote buddies. I averaged a phone call with a long-distance friend about once every 2 weeks and even managed to get some people on/before their birthdays.
I started the process for becoming a volunteer with the County. Going to try to focus on assisting Seniors with living during 2017. And I am hoping that I can incorporate ukulele into this.