I just gave my first "public" lecture today. The New Zealand Geotechnical Society invited two other students and me to present our research at their monthly meeting. Everything went great. The presentations were well received, and I've been tentatively invited back to give another talk in a years time. This second talk with reflect the next stage of my research. The whole thing is really exciting. According to my wife, I was talking in my sleep last night, but the only word that she could recognize was the name of my field area: Matata. I wish I could remember what I was dreaming about.