Another bit of happy news- I passed my first year review without any revisions and will continue on to a full PhD status. Essentially this review is to catch students who aren't quite ready to do a PhD or whose work is not up to standard. If problems become apparent with someone's work during this review, a student can be forced into a masters degree and away from the PhD. Most students are not held up at this review, but some are, and I am glad to report that the university considers my work so far to be satisfactory.
Finally, Sara's grandmother (Donna) came to visit us recently. It was a wonderful visit, and she was gracious enough to take us to see various parts of Scotland, including the highlands and the western Isle of Skye. I haven't quite found the right words to describe the breathtaking and stunning beauty we encountered. So here are some pictures, but even they don't do full justice.
Had I not taken this picture myself, I would think it a fake backdrop in a photo studio.