It was a very nice day :-)
The next thing is crossing the "chasm" (my friend so eloquently put it) that is the dissertation. So, the "but" in the above is rather large. However, it is one step closer to bona fide than before so, there is that.
I learned some things that may change some of my views, reaffirm some others, and help me think about the issue from yet even more perspectives. My committee is super helpful and supportive and I am grateful.
AND, the Journal of Climate accepted a paper I worked on (um, lead authored) yesterday. That story is here.