Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday (David Pendleton Oakerhater)

  • September 1st and it was too hot at 8am to read the paper outside. Task planning at home, Morning Prayer in the office (also too hot in the cathedral!).
  • Responded to some snail mail (by email, of course!), and generally got bogged down in distractions and false starts, an experience that ended up characterizing the whole day, unfortunately.
  • Began the process of registering for a November meeting of bishops of "small" dioceses (which Springfield qualifies as by just about any measure). Appalled at how air fares have gone up. 
  • Met with a priest of a neighboring diocese to get acquainted and explore possibilities for deployment in this diocese.
  • Lunch at home--a combination of leftovers I probably shouldn't say much about.
  • Got back to the task of making travel plans for Salt Lake City in November. After being on hold with Delta long enough for them to conjure the spirit of its founder in some Louisiana crop dusting hangar, I managed to get credit for the unused portion of a flight they canceled in May (but which their computer showed me as still "checked in" for), and make reservations for the upcoming trip in question. By that time, I needed Happy Hour to arrive early. It didn't. (I'm flying from Bloomington, because that's where Delta flies from, and because they already owe me money. Unhappy that it's so expensive to fly from SPI.)
  • Conceived and hatched a homily for Proper 21, which, God willing, I will deliver at Christ the King, Normal on the 25th of this month.
  • Began to incubate the other two (the first one having been attended to yesterday) sermons I need to prepare for the preaching mission in Florida, 30 October-1November.
  • Looked at my October visitation calendar and made a few notes about details I need to check into further.
  • Evening Prayer in the office.

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