To answer Os's last comment, "No, I did not throw up."
My presentation Tuesday night went swimmingly. I didn't even get terribly nervous, which is a first in my 25 years. I used to be a gawd-awful public speaker, but it's amazing how teaching helps curb that fear.
Talked to the prof Wednesday morning about the presentation and she thought it was great...AND...HIGHLY PUBLISHABLE! Woot, woot! That excites me to no end. And blows me out of the water. I thought I sucked. Who knew (no comments on the sucking or blowing, Os and Todd).
I have another big-ass (in the 20ish page range) paper to start this weekend. I have to have a 7-8 page conference version of it to present next week. I think. There will be two weeks of presentations, but I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be assigned the first week. We shall see.
And the template is dead for now. It might come back. I haven't decided. Or maybe I'll beg Heather to make me one because she's the shizzle when it comes to templates.