I think I must have reached my limit for wallowing in my sadness - I didn't even spend much time cursing before I was solidly into analyzing where we can go from here. And actually this is going to be a good thing. It is a motivator, it is an opportunity, and it is only 13 months... I drove home from work today with ideas to plotting out a plan and feeling really good.
Then I got home and had one last email from one of the agencies before close of business - saying that we needed to wait until June 2013 to apply, but giving me a list of things we could do to move forward and get ready in those 13 months, and then we'd be ready to hit the ground running next summer. I love it when a plan comes together!