Thanks everyone!! Just got off the phone with my entire extended family lol. Haven't checked my status checker yet but will do that shortly...Dean Deal was suuuuuuper nice on the phone, apologized for it taking them so long to make decisions this year, gave me a lot of the ASW info over the phone realizing it was such short notice etc. etc. It just really sounded like they are bogged down over there, but making very thoughtful decisions, so don't give up hope - although not gonna lie, I TOTALLY had lol.
*Edit: my status checker still says application submitted for review, which in paranoid TLS fashion makes me slightly concerned that I may have hallucinated the whole conversation...but my phone confirms that I had 4 minute phone call with a Palo Alto phone number at 10:12 this morning so I'm still pretty certain that it actually happened