I got an email from a professor in response to a request for an academic reference letter, and she said she'd be glad to write me one. I can't begin to describe how happy that makes me. My job has been feeling slightly dead-end, and it's good to know that I may have an out, and a chance at a nicer future. That may seem overly grim, but I miss academia and school life so much, and am grossly underpaid where I am now.
So that's good news...I also booked a rental car for the drive home this weekend. Saves me about 4 hours each way, and I don't have to worry about getting stuck next to someone who talks to themself or has hygene issues on the bus. And I can stop whenever I want! All in all, a good day.