This past semester was a real doozy, for a number of reasons. But now that classes are over, maybe I'll get a chance to talk about some of them. In any case, at least it's done. Now I get to do quals: three months to write three papers good enough to convince people I can write a thesis. I'm looking forward to it; it's been so long since I've been free to do my own research without feeling bad about it encroaching on the work I 'should' be doing.