Last Tuesday was the leaving 'do' for one of my backstage colleagues at QVC – the infamous 'Dickie'. I'm sure you have probably heard his name mentioned a lot over the last seven years as he was a very popular member of staff, but to me he is more than that, he is a friend. I will miss his innate ability to put a smile on my face, even on days when I don't feel like smiling.
We became friends during the audition stages of QVC's Search For A Presenter, or SFAP as we renamed it, when he was on a permanent mission to get me slightly 'tiddly'! Because I was working I would limit my alcohol intake to a glass of wine with my evening meal – I know my limitations.
At the dinner table of the hotel in Birmingham, Dickie was sitting next to me and as if by magic my wine glass kept filling up… a little bit like the porridge pot in the children's story. By the time I realised what he was up to, I was feeling quite giggly, which made for a very interesting 'pub quiz' evening in the hotel's lounge! Apologies to anyone who was playing the quiz properly as I'm afraid we were a tad on the 'loud' side, and there was rather a lot of 'Googling' going on on our table!!!!
He came to my 'Pink Party' last summer and was one of the last to leave with a bottle of wine stuck in the back pocket of his low slung jeans. Did I say low slung? Trust me, we always knew the brand of Dickie's underwear!!! I'm not sure that it's going to be quite so acceptable in his new position at the BBC? Good luck Dickie, and it is definitely 'Au Revoir' rather than goodbye.
Thursday saw me socialising again, but this time it was the 'Gem Event' at work where we get the chance to meet some of you guys who love to shop with us. I love having the opportunity to chat with you all but there was one story that really made me laugh. One lady was such a keen QVC shopper that the postman became a regular visitor to her house.
On one occasion she had seen the name Pete on the box he was delivering, so, being friendly, she started to refer to him by his first name when he was delivering her parcels. She even told her neighbour that his name was Pete. After one delivery she said 'Thanks Pete', to which he replied, 'Actually, my name's not Pete'. She was puzzled, so explained how she had made the assumption. He laughed as he explained that 'Pete' referred to Peterborough Sorting Office!!
Gem Day kicks off tonight with myself and Dale and we have a beautiful stone featuring in the TSV that you probably haven't seen before. It's called Astroblue Topaz and is a very rich and vibrant shade somewhere between Swiss and London Blue. All will be revealed at midnight tonight, so hope to see you there.
Much love, Julia xx