So, I’ve taken three weeks off QVC to re-charge my batteries and have a bit of ‘me’ time and so far I’ve been busier than when I go to work!
As I mentioned on last week’s blog, Daniel starts work for a new Premier League football club at the beginning of February, so it doesn’t give him very long to find somewhere to live. He has accepted a role at Swansea City so on Tuesday I spent part of the day on the phone to lettings agents organising appointments to view for the following day, after which we went to view a house for Sophie, which sadly wasn’t suitable. She was already feeling a bit disappointed as we had seen a flat last Saturday that she really liked and put an offer in on but unfortunately someone offered the asking price, which we all thought was too high.
So Wednesday morning we set off for Swansea, which at one point had seemed doubtful as the weather forecast had predicted overnight snow but fortunately it had all cleared by the time we arrived for our first viewing at midday, after a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Five hours and eleven viewings later we were back in the car for our drive home. There were several possibles but two Dan really liked and his decision hinges on whether one of those will take his cat, Wilfie. If not, Wilfie will come to stay with us and I guess Dan will choose a place close to work.
In some respects it is a shame Dan is leaving Crystal Palace just as new manager Alan Pardew has taken up the reins and got off to a flying start. I hadn’t realised that my shift at QVC last Saturday clashed with Palace v Spurs live on TV. Chris volunteered to record it for me so that I could watch it when I got home so long as no-one had told me the result. It almost worked but just as I was leaving the building one of our lovely security staff said, “Well done, your team are beating Spurs.” So I didn’t watch the whole game as I knew the result but I did catch up with the highlights on Match of the Day.
I had avoided checking Twitter too much during my shows but when I got home I saw one from my friend and work colleague Nat which said, “Glad Mally make-up is waterproof #don’tcry #spurswinning.” I took great delight in tweeting her back, “You were saying?” I need to be careful what I say about the Palace victory here as my blog copywriter is also a Tottenham Hotspur fan and he may just edit all references to football out!
Speaking of Natalie, I wonder if any of you are fans of The Chase on ITV? Nat appeared as a contestant on Monday night’s show so a load of us who were working gathered in one of QVC’s meeting rooms for a screening. I thought she did really well getting through to the final chase but sadly they didn’t win any money. Maybe they should do a charity special with QVC presenters for one of our chosen charities … I’d do it as I love that show.
Yesterday I was very pleased to be invited to the launch party for Jemma Forte’s latest novel. Jemma is our Molton Brown guest (next show March I think) but is also a novelist with this being her fourth book. Seeing her behind a pile of books signing away reminded me of the sinking feeling I felt when I walked into a room of 5,000 copies of ‘One Hundred Lengths of the Pool’. I’m looking forward to reading Jemma’s book ‘When I Met You’ during my time off, particularly as Now Magazine said, “The most imaginative romcom we’ve read”. Good luck with it, Jemma.
I’m hoping for a quiet-ish weekend, although we may go out for lunch on Sunday as Monday is Chris and my 37th anniversary of living together (I think – starting to lose track!). I need to have a bit of a rest though as on Tuesday I am co-hosting an event at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon called ‘The Gloves Are Off’.
It is the first event to celebrate goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s testimonial year granted to him as he has been with Crystal Palace for ten years … amazing loyalty. I’m really looking forward to a trip down memory lane but even reading the notes through I can’t believe the roller-coaster ride my club has experienced over the last decade!
And then Thursday I will be going to QVC’s Beauty Bash. Although technically I am ‘on holiday’ I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to attend one of my favourite events of the year. If you are going, please come and say hi.
At this time on a Friday I would normally be heading in to QVC for Fashion on Friday, which I believe Chloe is covering today, instead I’ll finish the housework, go in the gym and I may even make a start on writing my new book.
Have a great weekend.