I am now working on the final chapter of the dissertation.  It feels great to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m still in the odd beginnings of a chapter.  With any luck I’ll be done by Feb 1, revise for a month, and defend in April, graduate in May.  I’ve taken the scenic route – this is my seventh year.  But there are a few others who started with me who haven’t graduated yet.  That’s some comfort.

After the first of the year my wife and I are both going to start looking for jobs and plan where we want to live.  

Exciting stuff.