First, I heard from a dear friend with whom I hadn't spoken in quite a long time.
Next, I received my passport back today with my Taiwanese visa. The whole process, including mail time, took only 4 days!
Then, just a few minutes ago, I received an email from the college transcript evaluator, who hand-pulled my diploma from the stack that was to be signed by the college President, and assured me that I'd have it no later than tomorrow.
This weekend I'm going to visit the friend mentioned above. I can hardly wait!