Plan B

July 1st. Wheee! …right? Yeah, kinda cool that we’re over the hump. 6 out of 12 months have passed. I blinked a few seconds ago, I coulda sworn it was mid-April then. Oh well.

I’m not excited about Monday (technically today). Summer’s been fun, but I haven’t been paying attention to as much around me as I should have been. Or, maybe enough, but not the right things.

I (and many others around me) have been planning on me beginning my graduate work this Fall. The plan was to enroll at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, in Iowa. They have a great distance program that will allow me to keep my Durango life while I work on my M.Div. The thing is, since it is a distance program, it takes a bit longer. 5 years going full-steam every semester. And as much as I’m sure I’ll enjoy seminary just for all the great reading and discussion, earning my graduate degree holds significant practical importance. Down the road, formal ordination will allow a church to pay me a tax-exempt housing allowance on top of my salary. Now within the PC(USA), said ordination requires achievement of a Master’s degree. Moral of the story, ordination will make life a lot easier, in terms of raising a family and living expenses and all that.

Now, back to why the post is titled “Plan B.” I’ll know for sure in a few hours, but I have a hunch I may have missed the application deadline to enroll in Dubuque’s distance program for this Fall. If so, I’ll be kicking myself pretty hard. It was a simple date on the horizon, and I fill out applications well. I just would have had to make a note about July 2 sneaking up, and this would be a non-issue.

If unable to work the Fall enrollment, I think I’ll try to take some transferable classes through Gordon-Conwell, which also has a very respectable distance program (and it’s only $200 instead of $459 per credit hour!).

What’s more annoying… getting caught procrastinating, or realizing you were just completely oblivious to the deadline?

Something that’s making me smile right now though, is my beautiful wife sleeping on the couch right behind me. She totally helped me get through today.

And some new music is great too. You don’t know the meaning of soothing until you’ve listened to Over the Rhine‘s 2-disc album Ohio. Besides Matt, any other OtR fans out there? Favorite songs/albums?

And this weekend Anina and I are probably going camping (La Plata Canyon?) with our friends Mark and Ashley. Just plenty of time to chill, and hopefully take the good ol’ Pathfinder out for some 4WD action (a la Leave No Trace… of course!) Last time I took it up into LP Canyon, it overheated about halfway up to Cumberland, but it shouldn’t happen this time, with a freshly cleaned/flushed and refilled cooling system. That’s more info than you wanted, I’m sure. Basically I’m hoping for a great weekend. It oughtta be much-needed by then.

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2 responses to “Plan B

  1. If you like OTR’s “Ohio”, “Good Dog Bad Dog” would probably be right up your alley (as would the more recent “Drunkard’s Prayer”. Their out of print first 3 albums are all excellent and well worth tracking down, or ordering CD-R copies from the band website. “Patience” is probably the strongest.

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