In my mind my life was going to change overnight as I slotted smoothly into the community, winning marrow growing contests whilst rising to a position of power within the WI. But what's the reality? Here's what I've learnt about moving to the country, so you don't have to.
I've decided to start mind fasting where I cut off all outside stimuli and see what's left in my brain. I'm starting with newspapers, to cut off my addiction to world atrocities then I'm going to wean myself off my iPhone and then the computer...
Back when we in University College Dublin together, Jarlath Regan faced a battle. Not a particularly serious battle, mind: he was running to be the auditor (President) of the college debating society. It quickly became clear that this warm, likeable and funny gentleman also had a quiet, steely determination. And he sailed across the line.
One of my favourite stand-up albums is Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, a wonderfully funny true story of a comic's career, relationship and debilitating sleep disorder.
This year, with a new show to write, and a healthier attitude towards unclaimed beverages, it seemed that the show itself had stepped in to fill the need for something bloated and messy.