My "drastic measures" worked. I finished! Here it is in all 245 pages of glory. I like to just look at the stack of papers.
Still have to defend and make revisions after i meet with my committee, but, mmmh, it feels good to be done.
I also finally got the hot tub fixed. the control board burnt out at the end of the summer, and it was stinking expensive to fix, so i didn't fix it right away. but now it's been wonderful hot tub weather with all the big storms. It's been especially nice after a 10 hr. day of writing.