And it wasn't too bad.
The only potential issue is the timing of this preliminary exam in relation to my thesis defense. They're supposed to be at least one year apart, but at the rate I'm going (or want to go, at least) they'll be about 8 months apart.
So, the boss has to write a letter to the Graduate Studies Department explaining why this happened, and why they should bend the rule for me.
My department chair, with whom I had the meeting, has done this twice in the past 2 years for his own students, so I can't see how it'll be a problem, but he had such a doomsday look on his face that I can't help but feel a bit nervous.
Oh, well. One more thing to think about this fall...