What that means is, along with the Mom-visit, I've been frantically writing my talk paper and sending the drafts to my adviser for her comments. The first one, as usual, she doubled the length of the paper with her comments. But it was, in her words, a promising start (big sigh of relief there!). When I worked on it Saturday I kind of lost the plot a little, and then had an intense hour-long session with D on Sunday where she let me bounce ideas off of her and helped me actually get to the frigging point (and made Sunday a lot, lot better). I revised again today, and sent it off to my adviser.
I got her comments on this evening and....
SHE LIKED IT!! Not only liked it, her words were actually, "I think this is really excellent."
This is not a woman who hands out the praise. I actually jumped up and down. This time her comments? They're more like someone who actually got into my argument and was nodding along and getting excited than comments about how I need to fix things. It gives me serious hope.