In case you didn’t notice, it is October. I noticed because during the last few evenings Margaret and I have been walking so that I can break in my new hiking boots. But, I’m getting ahead of myself…
October is going to be an extremely busy month for me. I started the month behind in my school reading because of the eye problems that I had in September. During this month, I have to make two in-class presentations, write a response to another presentation, write a book review, and write a paper. However, once I get through October, November should be much smoother, with only one paper due at the end of the month.
Also, this month I hope to begin sending my CV to schools who are advertising open faculty positions. By next May, I should be finished with all of my PhD seminars and (God willing) will have passed my comprehensive exams. That means that I will be ABD (all but dissertation).
Next week is our Fall break. There will be no classes. A friend has invited my son, Jeremy, and me to join him and his son on a hiking / camping trip in Pennsylvania. Thus, the new hiking boots that I’m trying to break in. (If you’re on my friends list on Facebook, then you may already know about my new hiking boots.) I think this time with my son and our friends will be very important, both for our relationships and for rest and relaxation at the start of a very busy month.
So, I share all of this to state the obvious: October is going to be very busy. If you think about it, please pray for me and my family.