Eeeeeeee! I am SO pleased — just got the email from my dissertation committee chair that she's passing my dissertation proposal on as acceptable! Now I can send it on to my other two committee members — and soon: ONwards to dissertation researching and writing! :-D

Also extremely exciting is what the Chair wrote in her email to me — lovely things that reassure me that I'm not a failure at having taken so long to get this thing done! A few very nice lines that have me doing the happycolliedance:

You've done some exceptional work here!


You've done an incredible job with the breadth of the literature review -truly establishing yourself who has done her homework!

and best of all:

Great revisions with the methodology chapter!!

These are particularly happy-making because I was initially truly worried my lit review chapter and (in particular) my methodology chapter would be sub-par. Yay for busting my chops and finally getting them right!

Yay also for the extremely yummy chocolate-peanut butter microwave mug cake recipe that a delighted friend dug up for me so I could properly celebrate — was tres delish, my dear! Sharing so all my friends and sister scholars can enjoy as well when they get to their joyous celebration moments! :)

Two Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Serves 1
1 egg
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
a small handful of chocolate chips
In a small bowl stir the egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, flour, cocoa, and baking powder with a fork. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a greased ramekin or mug. Microwave for 1 minute. Eat straight from the ramekin or mug while dancing around elatedly, or invert onto a plate. Do not attempt elated dancing simultaneously with eating from a plate.

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