Friday, March 19, 2010

The Best Laid Plans

This was going to be a special week. I was going revise my "complete" manuscript while also writing more of my work-in-progress. But then there was a torrential rain storm. With the sounds of a crash and a splash, my vacation writing plans shifted like the now-warped tabletop that fell to the floor of my basement. (The table was on the way out anyway, which is why it wasn't attached to its legs.)

These few words here are the only bits of quasi-creativity I've written all week. Dozens of diapers later, I've cleaned most of the basement and gotten the clothes dryer to work again. But it's Friday and my vacation is almost over.

There's a saying I've shared before that seems appropos here: How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans for tomorrow.

So here goes:

Are you there, God? It's me, Matt.

First, thanks for the sunshine. It's a fair sight better than the frigging ark weather you laid down on us last week, but I don't want to sound ungrateful. Now, I need to do a couple errands before the whole shebang collapses around me — milk for the wife, diapers for me, maybe some scotch for the cats... And then I'd like to actually put some writing time in. But if that's not to be, as Kurt Vonnegut said, "So it goes."

I've still got a great family and this sun of yours is supposed to keep burning brightly in the sky for most of the weekend. And as long as my guardian angel hasn't been downsized due to the economic doldrums that seem to be affecting everything, can you remind him or her that I need to avoid the spring bloom of potholes in the road if I actually get a chance to jog.

Thanks again, God.

Oh yeah, Live long and prosper.

Matt

What, you didn't know God was a Vulcan?

15 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a bizarre week, Matt! Vacation weeks do fly - and they often get filled up with things we reall didn't plan. Hopefully you have a great weekend - maybe even squeeze in a little writing time. Good luck :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

Okay, love the pic with the blog. Simply awesome! I always say, if life doesn't go as planned, make new plans. ;) Also, love the 'God is a Vulcan' bit. Your post gave my day a real lift. Oh and it's snowing like crazy here.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thank you both. Snow, Lisa? Good God, Spring starts this weekend!

Terry said...

Love the Scotch for the cats and your guardian angel being downsized. Funny post.

I've had those kinds of vacations too. Vacations?

Hope you get some writing in this weekend.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thanks. As long as people remain safe tomorrow while I'm on first aid duty, I should be able to get some writing in. But with this beautiful weather, I bet people will be eager to injure themselves. It happens every year.

Caroline Hagood said...

You're very good at blending smart, funny, and honest. I hope you get your diapers in life.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thank you, Caroline. I appreciate that. Seems we all deal with lots of diaper-filler, so I figure it's good to have the diapers.

catwoods said...

Matt,

I damn near wet myself! I have been having a week like that myself so will throw in an extra prayer for you--in hopes that you'll actually get your diapers and the cats....

Take care as you move forward with your basement and your manuscripts. Sometimes they both flood ya with trouble.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thanks, Cat. Perhaps you need a diaper too. ;-)

Caroline Hagood said...

ahem, I'd like one, too.

Matt Sinclair said...

Boy, this is getting to be an epidemic!

caroline Hagood said...

I'm sorry. Perhaps I should have been more refined and European and requested a nappy. Now, a nappy epidemic would truly be something new.

Matt Sinclair said...

True, though I suspect the result would be the same in the end...

Caroline Hagood said...

I suppose they both cradle poo no matter how you spin it linguistically.

Matt Sinclair said...

;-)