Piece number one, my manuscript was finally accepted for publication (!!!)
Piece number two, all the professors I asked to sit on my committee have agreed (!!!)
Thank you to Skorzy for the advice earlier! Now I just have to schedule a meeting (ha ha, oh man..)
I have to pull together some junk for my presentation tonight and scrape together a seminar for the 22nd. I'm bastardizing a previous powerpoint which I used for a subgroup of the department, and it was long enough ago that I'm pretty sure if I update it, nobody will be the wiser.