Six strings and 20 overs
Those of you who think the life of an international cricketer is one of glitz and glamour (I appreciate that may not be many of you) should see me now.
I sit here, alone in my hotel room in Manchester, stuck with rubbish TV all night and with none of the England boys due to arrive until Thursday.
And to make matters worse, I've not only forgotten to pack half my gear, including my shoes, I've forgotten my guitar.
Woe is me - although at least my hotel neighbours will get some decent sleep tonight.
That said, you should hear some of the tunes me and my band have been writing. We've got some top stuff up our sleeve so don't be surprised if we get ourselves a number one record at some stage.
You never know, we could be bigger than The Beatles. Well, taller than The Beatles at least.
Anyway, with Nottinghamshire not involved in the Twenty20 Cup until Friday, I've spent my day training all morning and then driving 200 miles for a corporate sponsorship event, while most county cricketers get their teeth stuck into the form of the game taking the cricketing world by storm.
Wednesday saw the confirmation that the England and Wales Cricket Board have signed up to take part in an annual game for the next five years that will see businessman Sir Allen Stanford offer a prize fund of £10m for a winner-takes-all Twenty20 match involving England in Antigua.
For my full thoughts on this, click here, but what I'll say in this blog is that the money floating about in the game now is phenomenal, just mesmerising.
Especially as a player more renowned for the short form of the game, it's an exciting time to be a cricketer and that game would be one I'd be desperate to play in.
However, it's not just about the money for me - even though I could pay off the mortgage or sort myself out a new downstairs bathroom with the cash, no doubt.
I know me, and I know no matter what I earned I'd waste it all in three months anyway.
I'd be the bloke who buys a Ferrari and a helicopter and then writes them both off within a week. I'm rubbish with money and, as a result, I genuinely don't get excited about it.
What I do get excited about is the prospect of playing in a match of such magnitude. Some players will regard it with excitement, some with trepidation, but I want to be the best I can be at any form of the game I put my hand to and that would be the pinnacle.
Of course, it could all be for nothing - if you lose it's basically a two-day holiday in Antigua and three months of sleepless nights wondering where it all went wrong - but I'd love to be there.
As for the future - who knows? Maybe county sides will start concentrating on the Twenty20 side a bit more, or maybe the two forms of the game - the red ball and the white ball - will develop into different sports in their own right, a bit like rugby union and rugby league.
There's no doubting that we are seeing a revolution in cricket and I, for one, am just dead excited to be involved.
For now, though, my focus - and the focus of all the England players - is on the upcoming series against New Zealand.
Everyone knows the score - and the cliches - for this series. Yes, New Zealand are a stronger one-day unit than they are a Test side and, yes, we could be in for a 'backlash' after their Test series defeat.
But there's not a huge amount to complain about with this England side at the moment, I don't think.
Our Test side have just secured back-to-back Test series wins and as a one-day unit we're settling into our stride and generally sticking on an upward curve.
Even though we lost the last one-day series against the Kiwis, we played a lot of good cricket and, under Peter Moores and Paul Collingwood, we're heading in the right direction.
Brendon McCullum is the absolute key for them. He is so explosive at the top of the order and, when he fires, New Zealand really tick. When we got him out early in previous series we generally dominated so we'll be looking to do that as often as possible.
And we have every chance of doing that. Our bowling unit was fantastic against them in the Test side - Jimmy Anderson was brilliant, Ryan Sidebottom does what he always does and that's bowl majestically, and Stuart Broad really impressed with ball and bat.
There are a couple of guys coming in for stick - you have to expect that, this is sport at the highest level - but the Test side have shown a consistency of selection brings success on the pitch and hopefully a similar approach will bring the same results in the short form of the game.
I firmly believe we have the tools to be a top one-day side and we'll be looking to push on and continue to improve at this level in this series.
We can definitely win it, for sure. Especially with the support of the crowds behind us; English fans are second to none.
On a personal note, my form this season has been really pleasing. I've taken a lot of wickets - especially in the longer form of the game - and I've scored a few runs, so I feel in really good shape for this series.
Now, I'm just looking forward to catching up with the boys. I haven't seen most of them since New Zealand and it will be good to get back into the England fold and doing my bit to help us beat the Kiwis.
It starts, of course, with the Twenty20 game on Friday at Old Trafford. We won the last two against them comfortably and it would be great to get a similar performance and result this time around.
Off the field, without my guitar, my entertainment duties may be a touch restrained. Although I could get Jimmy to bring his for me... that'll please the neighbours!
By the way, in future columns I'll be endeavouring to answer your questions, so post them below and I will respond to the best (and possibly the worst!) next time.
In future columns I'll be answering the best (and worst!) of your questions, so post them below and I will respond next time. Thanks.
Graeme Swann was talking to Sam Lyon