Debbie joined the QVC team in 2001 and when she’s not presenting, you'll mainly find her sharing a good (or bad) joke, spending time with her family or indulging in her love of chocolate!
How are you? Everything is fine at Greenwood Towers and Mr Coia is still the perfect husband. He congratulated me on my recent weight loss with:
" Fantastic! You don't look like you are wearing your Little Britain fat suit anymore".
It amazes me that he has remained unmurdered for so long. No jury in the land would convict me if I ...........no matter. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
I do feel sorry for my younger daughter who is working really hard for her GCSEs which have just started in earnest. Although she already has a few under her belt the pressure is now on. Of course, she has managed to pull herself away from academia on more than a few occasions and indeed for her official last day at school there was an 'It's a Knockout' competition with her team, dressed as a packet of M&Ms, coming second! (see picture above)
I hope you are well? I have been off work for a few weeks enjoying the amazing weather!! Sarcastic, moi? We had a lovely trip up to Glasgow to visit family. Paul, Luisa and I piled into the car with enough snacks and food to last for about three weeks and headed up the road. Annalie had been visiting her boyfriend in Manchester so we scooped her up off the M6 (not literally) for the final leg of the journey.
It was great to catch up with everyone and actually the weather was marginally better in Glasgow than it had been in London. I think there was even one day when I managed to go out without a polo neck jumper! We had some brisk walks in Rouken Glen and ate and ate and ate........ My in-laws are mega hospitable and are not happy unless you have a full plate in front of you at all times. We had a really good Italian meal at a place called Piccolo e Vino which was crammed to the ceiling with hungry Scots even at 6pm on a Monday evening. It's nice to know that there are still some restaurants doing well despite the recession.
I am just sitting at the kitchen table right now with the gas central heating on plus an electric heater, watching the snow fall. Luisa and her friend are with me revising hard for their upcoming GCSEs while Annalie is on the Megabus up to visit her boyfriend, Ollie, in Manchester. Paul is about to leave for his BBC Radio Berkshire show having just done a conference call with the Swiss chocolate company he will be flying out to tomorrow morning.
So all is well at Greenwood Towers but it is just not quite right. What happened to those Easters with sunshine and Ultrasun? It was all a myth about global warming. If anything, it is global cooling and someone has left the greenhouse door open. I protest!
Well, I cannot believe this weather and I hope you are surviving yet another SNOWMAGGEDON! We have escaped fairly lightly in London but my goodness it has been so cold and gloomy. We need spring and we need it NOW!
It has been a busy week at QVC with lots of fashion with the likes of the very shy and retiring Lenny Feinberg making us laugh and tear our hair out in equal measure. He teased our English Rose model , Beth, mercilessly about her pale legs. Hopefully, she will not turn up orange next time he is here!
Jenniefer Kirk, flew in on her Fairy Godmother wings for some Folly fun and I really enjoyed playing host to our new jewellery guest Melanie Barse from Studio Barse jewellery. I am looking forward to my first encounter with Trinny and Susannah on Thursday when they will be bringing us their Magic Knickers...well, not their personal ones, you understand...
I hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day. Were you spoilt rotten? I hope so!
My day wasn’t quite as restful as some have been with Paul’s alarm going off at 4.30am to get him to an early morning BBC Radio Berkshire show and then, as I drifted back off to sleep, I couldn’t quite shake the fear that Luisa would oversleep for her job in the cafe and I was right.
It was a bit of a mad dash to get her there, but she still had time to give me the most wonderful present. I had wanted one for ages... my very first onesie! It is fabulous and SO pink!!! I love it so now I won’t have to keep borrowing Annalie’s tiger one.
Of course Annalie is away at Uni till the Easter hols so I didn’t get to see her or my own mum unfortunately but in the evening I was treated to a lovely meal at Hart’s Boat Yard, a nice local restaurant that we hadn’t been to since Annalie’s 18th in the summer.
I am looking forward to our Today’s Speical Value from Susan Graver on Monday. Do you like this beautiful top (as modelled by yours truely left)? I have two shows with her at 3pm and 6pm.
Hope to see you on QVC very soon.
Sorry it has been a few weeks since I have blogged, but I had a fortnight’s leave from work and I just don’t know where the time has gone!
Paul and I drove up to Cheshire for a family wedding at the very swish Mere Spa and Golf Resort in Knutsford. My cousin Rachel was marrying her long-standing beau, Rob, and the wedding had been brought forward from the summer because her dad, my uncle and Godfather, has fairly recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and was determined to walk her down the aisle (to make sure he got rid of her, he said).
I hope you are well? I want to say a big thank you for the wonderful response we had to our Anything Goes show last Saturday night. It was such fun and so much more enjoyable because of so many of you getting involved. Anna Cookson and Will I.T. were really in a party mood, too!
Tony Blackburn came in for an interview about the Feeling Groovy album, which was great, really adding to the party atmosphere in the green room. I remember when I first met Tony at an Osmonds concert a few years back. When Marie Osmond came on stage wearing some very striking bling earrings, he tapped me on the shoulder and asked;
"Are they Diamonique? Did you sell them to her?"
He has so many fascinating stories to tell about the 60s. He has always been around, hasn’t he, from Radio Caroline to Top of the Pops. He seems forever youthful and celebrated his seventieth birthday last week, which did not stop him from mounting the iceblock with Leanne in his WinterTrax and giving us his version of the "Wiggly Woo" song. Lovely man and great fun!
Phil Parker also rose to the occasion and we received so many tweets asking for him to wear the dress that he had been steaming all day with the H2O steamer, that he did exactly that at the end of the show (left)! I am only grateful that there is no photographic evidence of my getting 12 Lily O’Brien chocolates in my mouth at once! It was a dare! I was forced into it! What a job I’ve got!
I am taking a couple of weeks off work, so I may not blog for a while. Will catch up with all my news when I am back.
How the devil are you? Have you been coping with Snowmaggedon? I know it is fashionable to complain about the white stuff, but I must admit to have really enjoyed it! I'm sure if it persists I will be fed up quite soon and apologies to you if you have been really inconvenienced, but there is something very magical about crunching through the park when it is wearing its wonderful white sparkly cloak.
The oldest, dirtiest buildings get a makeover and suddenly everywhere is a Christmas card. There's a real feeling of "we're all in this together" as you traipse through the streets. It’s like being on a skiing holiday without the stress of not being able to get off the ski lift! Just breathing in cold air makes you feel so healthy. Dirty city air is suddenly Alpine oxygen making everybody behave as if they were children again.
Happy New Year! I hope Santa was kind and that your Hogmanay was fun! I had a great old time.
It seems eons since our boisterous presenter lunch at the Bollo pub near the QVC studios in Chiswick. It was great fun, although a lot more sober than in previous years, as everyone was driving. The Lucky Dip Secret Santa pressies were just as silly as ever. I was quite proud of the one I contributed; it was a ‘Knit- your- own-tea-cosy” kit. It did make me chuckle when I bought it as I cannot think of anything more useless, except perhaps a chocolate tea pot to go with it!
Once again it’s that time of year. How did we all survive before someone invented Round Robin letters at Christmas?
After gaining several PhDs and mapping the human genome while still at school, Annalie started university this year and travelled up to Oxford in September. She then realised she had got on the wrong train, changed at Oxford, and took another to Yorkshire.
Like most students Annalie takes pot every day. She says the noodles are quick and easy to heat. She is studying English, and hopes to be able to speak it fluently soon. Annalie has joined the university cheerleading squad where her spelling has improved immensely.