For those of you following my crazy passport application experience (see below) - it has a happy ending.
First of all, traveling to England, Ireland and back home again was no problem at all using my emergency travel document. But while I was away, I still had to work on my actual application and get that sorted.
Two hours after I got back, a very nice DHL man rang my door bell, and asked me for my autograph. He then left having given me my new 10 year passport.
I've learned to trust on a whole new level through this experience, and have already set alarms on my computer calendar for 4 and half years time when I need to take care of my Green Card!
There is always something to learn, and life is better when you are open not only to the learning, but to the experience that will actually teach you!