Nothing big yet from the committee. I can't believe it's been 10 days since I turned it in. (I know, that isn't a lot of time, but in the course of our agreed-upon timeline, it's significant.) Our timeline--which they're aware of--stated that if they have changes they would like to see completed before any signatures are given, they should have those changes to me by March 30th. (Today.) It would give me a few days to make those changes and get the paper back to them for their review prior to the form-signing deadline of April 12 (my hearing is the 10th).
So this could be good news or bad news.
Good news, if they have looked through it and they don't see anything significant wrong with it. That'd be great. Bad news, if they have not looked through it yet, but when they do they MIGHT find significant things. (This is more likely the case. I know people are busy and it's a long paper. While the March 30 'deadline' was a courtesy/safeguard my advisor built in for me, it is not a real deadline and can certainly be ignored without any repercussion to the committee members.)
If they have not looked through it yet--but when they do they find issues--this is not automatically bad news for me. The university rules are that they can still sign the forms for approval on the good faith that I will implement their changes and/or address their concerns prior to the defense (which will potentially be at the end of the month). However, it is up to each member whether they want to extend that 'good faith.' You might recall that in the fall, they did not.
So it all comes down to "we'll see." Patience is what I have to have. And because I can't stand downtime, I applied to a research fair. If I get accepted, I'll be presenting my research in a poster session. (You make a poster of your findings, then stand in a room with a bunch of others who have done the same, and everyone walks around and looks at each other's.)
I also need to make a 20 minute powerpoint presentation & speech about my dissertation. I will give it at the preliminary approval hearing. That's a weekend project, I suppose.