I’ve had a flying visit to New York since my last blog. We headed over to the Big Apple for three nights for a catch up with friends, a cycling event hubby had entered, and a little shopping (of course!). New York is my favourite city in the world – I fell in love with it when I used to travel there a lot for work in my news reporter days, and it’s also where I chose to spend my 50th birthday last year. It’s always so good to be back, and we crammed a lot in to our short trip – I feel like I need another break now to recover!
Hubby spent Sunday morning doing the “Five Boro Bike Tour”, an annual event when Manhattan is closed to traffic and 32,000 cyclists do a 40 mile ride on empty roads. He’s a keen cyclist and absolutely loved it! We also met up with my lovely friend, ex-QVC producer Clare and her wife, at an Irish pub called The Dead Rabbit which was recently listed in the Telegraph’s ‘top 50 bars to drink in before you die’ (it was great – good traditional music and amazing truffle fries!). I’ve done most of the touristy things in New York at this stage but always try to fit something new in – this time it was walking Brooklyn Bridge, which was stunning and certainly blew the cobwebs away after the night in The Dead Rabbit!
And of course, we went shopping. I went to Sephora and stocked up on some Tarte make-up products (we sell a small selection of the range here and I adore it!). I’m wearing my new Ruby Rocks sunglasses and Susan Graver bomber jacket in the photo (I thought I matched the Sephora bag rather well…!)
On a completely different note, I have always wanted a dog or cat, or ideally both, but have decided that, certainly at the moment, I can’t have one. My lifestyle is too erratic, with long work days away from home, and it just wouldn’t be fair on the animal. So I’ve got myself a virtual pet instead – I’ve sponsored a guide dog! I’ve always admired the work of the Guide Dogs organisation and the difference these highly trained animals make to the blind and partially sighted, but it costs over £32,000 to train one dog and team it up with somebody who needs it. It’s a lot of money, but so worth it!
There’s a choice of pups currently needing sponsorship – ‘mine’ is called Hattie and she’s totally adorable! It’s great because once you sign up you get regular photos and updates about the dog and how she’s doing, so you really feel involved. So Hattie is now my virtual pet, and I have a photo of her pinned to my corkboard in front of my desk at home. Ahhh!
Now, another back update. I was utterly delighted when I wrote my last blog because my spinal injections had kicked in and I was pain free for the first time in many months. Sadly, that only lasted for two weeks (well, 13 days to be precise!). Just before I flew to New York I felt the pain starting to creep back….nooooooo! It’s not terrible, yet, and I saw my consultant yesterday who said we will just monitor it for a couple of months and see how it goes.
There is another procedure I can have if it gets really bad, although it sounds a bit scary… we will see, fingers, toes and everything crossed. As I’ve said before, it’s just a bad back and could be so much worse so I’m trying to ignore it as much as possible and distract myself with nice things. I know so many of you have the same sort of problem so thank you for all the advice and messages… it’s good to know I’m not the only one!
Much love for now,