One thought I did have is that I need to keep a sense of perspective about my current skill level. On the one hand, I think I'm getting pretty good at Hiragana - I recognise all the symbols, and I can draw most of them from memory. On the other hand, looking at it from the point of view of, say, a Japanese five year old, I'm doing the equivalent of reading like this:
"Let's see, that's kuh ... ah ... hang on, don't tell me, I know this one ... just a minute ... it's, um, tuh! Yes, that's it! So, kuh ah tuh ... cat! Yes, I rock!"
Anyway, we've got quite a long break until the second term starts (over a month), so that gives me time to get up to speed on all of this.
Now, back to painting...