So I promise a more substantial post soon, but for now I will just alert everyone that I successfully defended my dissertation proposal yesterday. My committee unanimously voted that I could proceed. I have jumped through another hoop. Hoorah.
I'm now working on a shortened version of my proposal that must be approved by the CDC (the Committee on Doctoral Committees, not the Center for Disease Control) when they meet next week. This next step is pretty much a formality so I'm not as nervous about it. YAY. I can now dedicate another 2+ years of my life to research and writing. I know this sounds like death to some of you, but I'm WAY excited.