As you will know if you read my blogs regularly, I am always trying to pack a lot into each day but this week has been manic, even by my standards. It all started last Friday when I was asked to cover an extra hour on our Fashion Day as poor Ali Keenan has hurt her back. Three hours straight is always a bit of a challenge but we all cover for each other so I was glad to help.
Saturday I managed to write a couple of chapters of the new book before heading in to QVC. I was doing an evening shift, which I haven’t done since my increased medication back in January, so was pleased to get through it relatively unscathed, if a little tired.
Sunday I managed to squeeze a Pilates workout in before work – Marjolein is back in mid October by the way – before listening to the Palace game on the way in to work. Unfortunately we lost, but at least we progressed through to the next round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
On Monday I was asked to do another three-hour straight shift, this time to cover for Charlie who, strangely enough, was also suffering with his back. I can empathise with both Charlie and Ali as, after a lifetime of no back problems, I had my own issues back in June and it is so debilitating as I’m sure you know if you are a sufferer. My problem was exacerbated by an ageing mattress (and body!!) so I ordered the Magniflex mattress TSV last Thursday and it arrived Tuesday.
Stefano always says on air to give the mattress a week to get used to and I must confess that I had a bit of difficulty getting to sleep on Tuesday night. Not so Wednesday or Thursday – I slept like a baby, a little bit like Wilfie here … I so want to come back as a cat and laze around in the sunshine all day!
Tuesday was also World CML Day. Thank you so much to all of you who bought ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…‘ on the day. With QVC sales (including the extra Advanced Orders I managed to organise) and Kindle sales, we raised over £500 for Bloodwise in just one day. I think it was showing as Waitlist on our website but there are actually a dozen or so available on Advanced Orders and I will still give £1 per copy to the charity as it was our mistake in not having the stock loaded. I am still donating a percentage to the charity for every book sold going forward.
On Wednesday, I met up with my former roomie, Anna Cookson, her boyfriend and my daughter Sophie for lunch, before getting my hair cut and then heading into QVC for my Decleor show with Fiona. I hope you all enjoyed the mini series – I am really pleased with the results I’m seeing after using the Aurabsolu Eye product!
Yesterday was my hospital appointment and my first meeting with my new professor. I always have my blood tested on each visit but I wasn’t expecting them to take six phials of the red stuff – the nurse assured me I had plenty more! While I was there I overheard the man I had shared the lift with talking to his nurse about the side effects of the chemo course he was undergoing.
He was painfully thin, with sparse hair and bandaged fingers. He was describing not being able to sleep because of the pain and yet he was still positive. It was very humbling and made me so grateful that my CML was discovered so early – it really underlined the importance of Tuesday… not just fundraising but raising awareness too.
So from the hospital I went into work where it is Countdown to Christmas. My first on air product was the Slanket. I could have stayed snuggled up in it all show if I’d been allowed. We have them at home and, in my opinion, they are just brilliant. Plus, if you’ve been thinking about getting one they are at a reduced price at the moment.
I have more Practical Present ideas for you at 3pm today followed by a fragrant Yankee Candle show at 4pm and then I have the weekend off. I will be heading to the garden centre for some Japanese Anemones (thanks for all your replies last week) and finishing the last couple of chapters of the new book before reading it through and getting it off to my copy editor by Tuesday.
Everything gets busy again after that with a photo shoot at the Crystal Palace training ground on Wednesday for British Polio – I’ll tell you more about that in a couple of weeks – followed by QVC’s 22nd birthday on Thursday (thanks for the fabulous card, Iris) and of course our Breast Cancer Care show next Friday from 6pm until 9pm, this year presented by Miceal, Jackie and Chloe. I’ll be helping to man the phones after Fashion on Friday so I may even speak to you.
Wishing you all a happy (and hopefully sunny) weekend.