We had a couple of days away in Gloucester this weekend. We went down for a 40th birthday party of someone I knew at university. I hadn’t seen her since our wedding over 14 years ago, but she looked exactly the same. Her husband used to play in a band at uni and they did a bit of a mini reunion which was good fun. A bit ropey but considering they hadn’t played together for 20 years and only had a quick rehearsal that afternoon it wasn’t too bad.
While we were in the area we also met up with some friends who live in Stroud and had a wander around the town, which is very pretty and has lots of little unique shops. Different to the usual big brand high street shops that seem to be in every town now.
Of course when you stay in a hotel you have to get your money’s worth from the cooked breakfast, but that meant I had 3 cooked breakfasts in a week, if you include last Sunday too. I’d better lay off them for a while I think!
I did take the laptop with me but to be honest I wanted a break from the writing. I managed 600 words on Saturday, but this meant that by yesterday I was 4200 words behind schedule for Nano! I worked out that with 8 days and 16000 words to go, I need to do 2000 words a day to meet the target. When we got back yesterday I managed 2000 words and the same again today. I’m still behind obviously but should catch up just at the right time ie on the last day! It’s going to be a race to the finish. It funny how an extra 333 words a day doesn’t sound much but is a huge psychological barrier.
While we were away both my new target in Sock Wars Day of the Dead and I received our socks so we think we have a draw. The organiser doesn’t seem to think this can happen but it obviously has. And to top it all she isn’t prepared to sort it out until after Thanksgiving, which doesn’t even register on the consciousness of most people in the UK. So I’m declaring myself dead and my partner can carry on and hopefully win. The socks I got do have purple in them so I’m happy to keep them.
I will fill in with photos soon, at the moment all my spare time is spent either writing, or thinking about writing. I’ll be glad when its over. I haven’t thought about Christmas, it still seems to early but its basically only 4 weeks away, aaarrggghhhh!!!!