Yes, I passed and I have been enjoying the past day or so just doing some relaxing, hanging out with my mom, and some baby gear shopping. Grandma bought one of these baby carriers with a cranberry outside and an insects interior (so cute) for Mini and her parents. We are also looking at rocking chairs some more today.
Now that the important stuff is out of the way...here's how the defense went down. It was at 8 am to facilitate the participation of a trans-atlantic committee member. He called in ~7:30 and got on speakerphone. The camera crew showed up and got the lighting set up and me wired with a mic (I am so not kidding) and the caterers showed up with bagels and coffee. The room filled up with people, we pulled out more chairs, more people showed up. Finally, my husband and mom made it (mom got lost in the building). More people showed up and started leaning against the walls. About 8:10 my advisor and I met at the front of the room and decided to get started. I sensed that someone important was missing, did a quick head count of my committee members, and discovered that my co-advisor was nowhere to be found. We called his cell phone, his office phone, his home phone, his wife's cell phone...then the departmental secretary to find out what the protocol was. She needed to call the grad school to find out. In the meantime, the rest of my committee members decided to go ahead and have me start, since there was no way to reschedule. I started my talk about 8:25, co-advisor showed up about 8:40, my talk went to 9:05 - I answered a bunch of good questions from the audience. We shooed out the audience (40+ people) and camera crew. Co-advisor's wife showed up with flowers to apologize (he had written the time down wrong). Then my committee and I gathered around a conference table and they asked me questions for the next 2.5 hours. (which seemed rather unnessecarily long) Most of the questions were reasonable - either expected based on themes from my prelims or the special interests of the committee members - but that doesn't mean they were all easy to answer. Towards the end, my co-advisor asked a particularly ridiculous question and I got a little punchy - just answering "I don't know." 2.5 hours earlier I might have tried to come up with answer but by this point I was hungry (almost noon) and tired. Fortunately, questioning concluded with my advisor asking me to read aloud from the introduction of my dissertation. Turns out I had made a rather Freudian slip in my writing, substituting "seduction" for a word rather more appropriate to my field. So questioning ended in laughter all around, they sent me out to my anxious mom and friend S. 10 minutes later my advisor came out, congratulated me, etc.
I have some revisions to do. Some of them are going to require some substantial work (lit review) and not mere typographical error correction. But they've given me an incentive to do it, because my advisor and co-advsior want to nominate to my dissertation for a national award. But I kind of wish it was all over.
And it is for the next few days. Mom and I are hanging out in town today - clothes to wash, applesauce to bake, etc. And then tomorrow we are heading to eastern Oregon to go fossil hunting.
I'll be back on-line more regularly starting next Wednesday. I'll probably never catch up on bloglines, so I hope you all are having a good week, and thanks for all your thoughts going my direction.