Given my distance from University, I could not go through the proper administrative procedure to get all the signatures properly signed for confirmation of Readiness for Defense.
So I did the next best thing: Asked my reviewers to give me an informal indication of my readiness.
As of tonight, all reviewers came back saying "yes."
My defense date is thus set (unofficially) for May 13th. There is no reason to believe that any of my committee members will change their minds, and so I will be purchasing my plane ticket tomorrow.
The countdown begins: two weeks and two days left to go...
Will I have any fingernails left to bite by then?
3 days ago