I apologize for the lack of posts over the last week or so. I have been stitching and reading, but I haven't had the time or energy to write about either due to this bastardly thing.
This past weekend I finally got past what I feel to be the worst of it. I now have a complete(ish) draft, which has been sent off to my committee members for review. I have two weeks for edits before the final draft is due and two and a half weeks before my defense. There is still work to do, but it is pretty straightforward work and not the gaping abyss that is an unwritten chapter.
Soon (after July 31st), I hope I will be able to expect people to address me as "O Master of Applied Mathematics".