Today I actually looked forward to practicing. We had orchestra in the morning and sectionals in the afternoon, but at 4:00 pm I was done with rehearsals and had unadulterated practice time. I'm no longer feeling the need to desperately cram this week's orchestra music like I was over the weekend and the past two days, so this evening I was able to practice slowly, carefully, perhaps even intelligently (one hopes, anyway).
I'll end this very brief post with a humorous comment from Mr. Stern in orchestra this morning:
"Play this with more breath and energy, but I don't mean in a touchy-feeling, zen-like, tofu-eating kind of way..."