Why yes...yes there is.
After oodles of (unnecessary) stress and worry, I successfully defended my thesis on April 16. Many of my family and friends came to celebrate this big day, which was really fantastic. I had never given a scientific presentation with a cheering section before, but now that I have, I do not want to ever present again without one! (Do you think my hypothetical NIH grant would fund a tour bus for all of my faithful Hokanbots to travel with me to conferences?)
My parents took many photos of me with my official form signed, but they haven't sent those photos to me yet. However, I do have a few fun post-defense photos to share in the meantime. Here is a photo of us (minus a few - Victoria was taking the photo and Amanda & Paul had not arrived yet) toasting at XIX after the defense was over:
I was excited to discover the Philadelphia Eagles' mascot in the lobby of the Hyatt, and Victoria and I convinced him to ride the elevator with us so that we could take advantage of the unique photo opportunity:
As if Conan O'Brien tickets were not enough, David surprised me with a giant wine glass as an additional graduation present. An odd gift, but I really wanted the most ridiculous wine glass money could buy, and he found it. I plan to bring this glass out when we have people over and drink out of it as if it is not the largest wine glass ever created. (And I think this is the funniest thing I could ever do - I am laughing at my own joke as I type this.)
I officially turn in my thesis to Penn on Friday, but in the meantime, I am enjoying some down time in the apartment. Wii Sports Resort + lots and lots of television + A Prayer For Owen Meany = very happy Dr. Sarah indeed.