I've been so prolific in posting the last few days because I've been waiting to hear back from my qualifying exam committee about which abstract I'm supposed to turn into a full-fledged proposal and then defend. Until that happens, there isn't much work I can do. I was supposed to hear back today, but there's been no word so far. Given that I'm short on time to begin with, this is bad news.
Hopefully I'll find out soon, and can get to work. When that happens, it's likely that my posting will be sporadic, at least until I'm done in mid-September.