My domain was TRULY ready to expire. Nov 20th, to be exact. This coming Thursday.
Considering the problems several friends have had with their domains being snapped up on expiration, I'm glad I caught it in time.
Only renewed for 3 years, any longer I'd be much more likely to forget it completely. Nine years down the road I'd be saying "NS has been saying it's going to expire for 3 years now, it can't really be expiring. Can it?"