Be careful what you ask for.
My meeting went well. All I have to do is finish staining the brain slices that I already have and then spend the next two months analyzing the data. Everyone was on board with me defending in April/May; I can't even begin to express how happy that makes me.
An important piece of advice for fellow students: start constructing your tables and graphs early. It's important after collecting the majority of your data to determine the comparisons you want to make and what groups you have/need to support your conclusions. This will help you avoid having "holes" in your data. You do not want to get almost to the end and then realize that you need one more group to make the necessary comparisons and to convincingly support your conclusions.
So, in addition to the successful completion of the meeting, God (who I did not bite, by the way), decided to throw me a second bone weighing about two tons.
At the end of my meeting, we started to talk about jobs. Everyone got really excited about a particular fellowship that I may be a competitive applicant for. "Go for it!" they cheered.
The deadline is this Friday. Yep, that means transcripts, letters of recommendation, a grant proposal written with a mentor at my chosen institution, and a completed application form that asks for everything except for my blood type. There is nothing like calling a random person whom you've never met or spoken with, who does research in an area you know nothing about, and saying "hey, you don't know me, but what are you doing this week?".