I was amazed from the beginning that I only had a one-month wait for my appointment at Shady Grove. It still could have been a hard wait, but I've been lucky to have a really full month in the meantime. First Membership Academy for APO, then running a quizbowl tournament for JROTC teams, then the 4th of July weekend. Now I'm spending the last full week before the appointment at the beach with my family. On the one hand, there are toddlers everywhere, with something like 7 kids below school age, and one cousin that's here is due in August, but it makes it easier to deal with it because I have the appointment coming up. On the other hand, it could be really hard to wait with the anticipation of the last week, but it makes it easier to deal with it because I have fun things to do with my family this week.