Exploring more avenues for performance has led to my purchasing and extremely low priced, introductory violin. Hopefully I will be able to glean enough from YouTube and online tutoring to make myself not sound like a wailing cat! I plan to learn more fiddle than violin technique at first, with the logic that entering into college will give me access to string tutors for less than a private one, but to an extent the fiddle can be learned by fooling about and learning my instrument.
I’ve also begun to take my body and fitness more seriously. I’ve always been more fit then the average couch potato, but I recently decided that I wanted more than that. I wanted an actual effort-obvious shape. So I’m gearing down to climb this mountain of “I’d rather sit here and costume than spend an hour on the treadmill” and I’m really seeing results. It has been perplexing, to be sure, working around an already stripped down and highly hippy-esqe diet, but I am working on it. It has been a boon to already have a yen for raw vegetables and health foods like quinoa and smoothies. Being 5’10” has given me a lot of wiggle room with my size, after all, I can carry a great deal more weight then, say, a woman 5’1″. Genetics have given me a naturally tall, broad shouldered and long legged physique with little strenuous upkeep from me… but I feel that, at almost 30, it might be time to see what would happen if I actually worked for it.