Happy New Year! I celebrated the new year with Nice English Man. Instead of partying in Rio or swaying drunkenly to the Pogues in the Royal Hotel Tipperary (‘Where Nice People Meet Nice People’) we sat on the sofa and ate crisps. In fact, we did more than sit, we were ‘thrun down’ (Hibernio-English for sprawled) on the couch and drank Baileys while watching a DVD of Love/Hate. Have you seen Love/Hate? It is absolutely fecking brilliant. It is like a Sopranos version of the Dublin drugs scene written by Flann O’Brien. And Robert Sheehan from Misfits is in it. Isn’t he a lovely boy?
While eating our crisps (Cheese and Onion for me, Salt and Vinegar for your man) we discussed our New Year Resolutions. So my first thoughts were of the more laudable type. I will drink more water. I will drink less coffee. I will do more yoga. I will go to bed early. Spend less time idling on Facebook. And so on. But then a friend of mine posted on Facebook (first resolution fail) that we should have some gin in 2013. I vehemently agreed and realised that this is a splendid resolution. And one that I could possibly keep. So, 2013 shall be my year of gin. Now, might I add, this is not my year to drink to excess. I am a decided lightweight (1 glass will do me forever). But I want more gin-type occasions in my life. A gin occasion can be used to celebrate a wedding, a new oven door or the purchase of a pair of nice tights. Celebrate success I say to people I work with. Which can also be translated as ‘when life gives you lemons just add them to gin’.
Have a lovely, gin-filled 2013!