The defense draft of my thesis zipped its way across the ether to my advisors. 8 days and the stress if final off my shoulders. Final relief. Thursday I begin prep, presentation and all that, for my defense. It’s like being at the top of Mt. Everest and realizing it’s now downhill. Treacherous, certainly, but main compared to the lung blasting pain of the climb, I can at least take a moment to smile.