I may or may not be slightly inebriated as I wite this.
I have been drinking beer, so it would be reasonable to question my sobriety, but equally I’m not currently sitting under a table in a Cardiff hostelry singing loudly and tunelessly, so I’ve definitley been more drunk in my life than I am right now.
My main reason for drinking beer was because I was watching rugby on the TV earlier. There is often rugby on the TV in November as it’s traditionally when the Southern hemisphere powerhouses of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia tour the major rugby nations of the Northern hemisphere, which includes my beloved Wales.
I used to make an annual pilgirmage to the Welsh capital to catch one of these fixtures live, but since the arrival of Little Proclaims, I’ve tended just to watch the games via the comfort of my living room. I nearly always have a few beers while watching, though I am somewhat more restrained these days with my alcohol intake than I was in my youth.
This weeked was actually the last weekend of what is often dubbed the Autumn Internationals, but it’s the first weekend I’ve allowed myself to drink beer. The first two weekends I abstained due to preparing for, and then running, the half marathon that I did earlier this month. Last weekend the Wales game was on a Sunday and I never think it wise to drink too heavily the day before Monday, because Mondays are hard enough without a hangover.
But I did have a few beers today. Which helped me get through a game in which Wales almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but somehow managed to hang on to an ill-deserved win and ensure that they finish the series with a 50% success rate.
What it did not help me do was make progress with my NaNoWriMo project. But somehow I did manage to produce 524 words. This now brings me up to 14,702 overall. I’m unlikely to produce the remaining 35,298 needed to declare myself a NaNoWriMo winner in the next ten days, but I’m quietly confident that I’ll produce the 10,298 which will allow me to claim a half-victory of sorts and thus achieve parity with the Welsh rugby team.