Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Reluctant Early Riser

I woke up this morning when it was still dark outside because some nut was out there mowing their lawn. This is double-irritating because 1) I lost an hour’s sleep and 2) It only served as a reminder of the jungle we are currently growing in our backyard. I think it’s been literally 3 months since Matthew’s been out there mowing, although last week he did go after the front lawn with a weed-whacker and gave it a bad haircut to buy more time with the HOA. But in the backyard, the lawn is seriously out of control. I hesitate to take Bethany out back to play because if she wanders into the grasslands, we may never see her again.

So the Lawnmower Man woke me up and now I can’t go back to sleep because there are a million things swirling around in my head. All wonderful things, but things nonetheless. Most prevalent is a contract I received yesterday from a publisher that I will possibly be working with on a song-by-song basis. They sent the agreement for me to look over and sign, calling it “a standard document that simply outlines our understanding”. Let me tell you, there wasn’t much “simple” going on over here, and even less “understanding”. Here’s an excerpt:

AND WHEREAS Purchaser has agreed to purchase and Seller has agreed to sell 50% (fifty percent) of Seller’s undivided right, title and interest (whether existing, contingent, expectant or otherwise to the full extent thereof) in and to the Compositions, and copyrights thereto and by this reference made a part hereof, and the assets more particularly described below (the “Copyright(s)”) for the consideration and upon the terms and conditions hereinafter contained;

I’m working through it paragraph by paragraph, and with the help of lawyer-dad, will hopefully have it decoded by the end of the day, signed and notarized by the aforementioned lawyer, thereof. Hitherto. Forsyth.

On top of that, I’m thinking through the planning necessary to leave the kids for our 5-year anniversary trip. We disembark on Saturday. That’s right- “disembark”. We’re going on an Alaskan Cruise. Some savings, a contribution from a wonderful person, little Harper’s tax refund, and we’re on our way! We always held an Alaskan cruise out there as a 10-year or maybe 15-year anniversary, but as we thought about it we realized that we could get hit by a bus or Christ could come back or Canada could take over Alaska before we ever got to go. So we’re going now. Very logical reasoning, if you ask me. Seriously, though- you have to live life. You can’t just wait around or make grand plans for the future. Carpe Diem! Carpe Cruise! Carpe Buffet!

Other than those two big fish, the rest is just the plankton of the day floating around in my head. I have to run sound for Women’s Ministries this morning, I have to hit the post office to ship out a box of Archie Comics I sold on eBay, and there are still a bunch of loose ends to tie up before we go. So, as long as I can successfully navigate the legalese and no crocodiles emerge from the Outback out back, this should be a pretty good day.


StacyMichelle said...

YAY for new blogging! Way to appease the masses! I have friends that took an Alaskan cruise and heard that it was AWESOME!! :)

Brian said...

Very excited for both you and Matthew. Enjoy your time together and congratulations on five years! Sorry to hear about the backyard. Maybe you could make a maze for the kiddos by mowing a path through it! Have FUN!

Renee said...

This is my first time on your blog...It really made me smile - and just so you know your yard isn't the only one that looks that way. We have been know to have one or two letters in our mailbox from our HOA. Congrats on your contract - you are very talented and I love your music! It sounds like it has been quite a journey for you - Enjoy the ride!

kristin said...

You are very funny, I just read your blog for the first time today. And I want to thank you for the laughs!!!!I am a mother of 3 so I can really relate to your "you know you're a mom if..." Have fun on your cruise!

Heather said...

I hope you have such a great time. Cruising is great! Except the last one I went on I spent most of my time sleeping and then coming out after dark to play on the dock. Most people get a tan but I actually think I got whiter... Anyways congradulations, or good luck, or have fun or bon voyage or something like that.

Heather said...

Please don't look at spelling errors : )