I carefully prepared, and then had a committee meeting. I got the required "Proceed" designation on my thesis card.
So now I need to proceed! After spending so long doing background research and writing, I am so so excited to get back to actually DOING things. Experiments! Building! Machining!
Ah, machine shop, it's been too long...
I get antsy after a while if I don't get my hands dirty. I have to find something to work on - in the past when I get antsy I've taken a Saturday to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, or to help my friend renovate his house. If there aren't any houses around to build, I'll pick up a side project to work on. But recently I've got too many side projects as it is! And I've been traveling, so my laundry and dishes and packing/unpacking/repacking have kept me from spending too much time tinkering.
But I miss tinkering.
So I'm pleased that now not only do I have my advisor's full approval to tinker, my tinkering antsy-ness can be directly applied to research. And eventual graduation.
And what's not to like about that?