- First, I catered – myself – totally – utterly – on my own, Simon Brown-type of solo cooking – for 45 people on Sunday! Yay!
- Second, had a looooovely extended family celebration in the local village hall – complete with cake! Then another on Wednesday night with a few QVC pals. Spoilt or what!
- Third – oh and had my first real experience of the new studios – and the two dressing rooms – old and new – couldn't look more different!
- Plus what we really thought of the 'Bad Teacher' DVD! And a fun film – 'Made in Dagenham'.
Chilli without carne!
OK, so it wasn't easy, but having recently 'learned' to cook, at the grand old age of 49! I felt confident enough to – a) spend three hours in Tesco buying it all, and b) spend four hours in my kitchen cooking it all, producing some lovely chilli dishes – one with Quorn, natch! – plus tuna pasta, rice, salads, and a couple of macrobiotic specials!
It all went down a treat, and then it came up again… haha! Seriously, I was very proud of myself. I always get a bit embarrassed when it comes to being the focus of attention (yes really!) but everyone did me proud too! Including Lolly and that lovely cake!
Most of the family came along, and 'cos I'm the eldest of five, and there are fifteen grandchildren now, many of whom had partners, you only had to add a few more friends and we had quite a full hall! Enough room for the little ones to run around a bit too. My Bose supplied the music perfectly adequately and the whole day went without a hitch, so cool banana! Lol.
Plus it was lovely having Goody attend too – more celebrations to come on my actual birthday (10th) – news of that next week, along with the medieval banquet a la Flints!
Chiswick Park awaits
Now if you didn't realise already, we're leaving our Battersea studios after nearly 20 years, and going to our new home in Chiswick Park, W4. The new studios are purpose built and all pristine and new.
In fact, so much so that my new dressing room – to share with pal Carmel – is probably the most spic and span it's going to be ever. Here's the pic to prove it – it won't last long that way believe me!
The move itself is happening end of May, so I thought it'd be a good idea to do a bit of a clear out. As some of my Facebook friends have said – 'we're the same size as you, throw it our way if you're de-cluttering'! Hehe! Not sure if I'm allowed a 'Facebook auction' in aid of charidddeeee , but if so, I'll let them know! (N.B. if you're not a Facebook friend yet, just ping a request over and I'll do my best – bit behind at the mo, but maybe I'll get my daughter to help again!)
In fact, Lauren's been helping quite a lot lately – not only did she and her lovely boyfriend Nick, postie and talented cake-maker, bake my birthday cake, but she also came along to spend five – FIVE – arduous hours with me turning out all my cupboards and boxes full of three year's of QVC bits, in preparation for the move.
But it was worth it – even though the end result didn't, er, look that much different from the 'before', as I have still got big boxes of toiletries and all my clothes to do. But at least I'm about 20 pairs of size 7-8 shoes lighter, and the models' room has had a recent surprise delivery! Lol.
Still it's very exciting and we're all looking forward to it. I had a full day's rehearsal on Tuesday this week, and more to come, hence not much time for me on air this week!
San Gennaro supper with the QVC gang
The one day I WAS on air this week was Wednesday, partly 'cos Craigy had arranged a little birthday celebration with Carmel, Anna and two of our managers – just a small cosy meal after work – I even managed to stick mainly to the veggie stuff but I did have a little sip of wine!
Great fun it was too and the food as usual was fab! (see EAT below!). Craig had fun experimenting with a little bit of everybody else's too – typical Craigy!
As promised last week – remember I said about a 'YouTube sensation' called Keenan Cahill? See last week's blog for one of his first videos, where it all began – just him in his bedroom lip-synching to some famous pop songs. Well all of a sudden, out of nowhere, this happened. And yes it IS the real guy!
And from then on, lots of other famous people have just appeared in his bedroom to sing their songs with him – well with over 40 million views who wouldn't! Lol. So now if anyone mentions his name, you'll be in the know! Thanks to Mr Back-of-My-Tandem for that one!
(No bloopers this week, but will make up for it next week – promise!)
WATCH - OK, so following up from last week, I watched 'Bad Teacher' with Cameron Diaz (well, not technically WITH her, actually WITH my kids on the night of the family party, hehe). But it wasn't half bad! I'd give it about 8 out of ten. It did make me laugh and I particularly liked Jason Segal playing the down to earth PE teacher. And some of the other cameos were pretty funny too. Worth a rent – you may find it a bit 'Bridesmaids' – I'll be interested to hear if you liked it too, as much as son Brad's fiancée Kari did!
New film for you to watch – a delightful little DVD – 'Made in Dagenham' – a fairly successful British movie from 2010, starring Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins. It's a true story – and follows the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Real vintage stuff and wonderful to know it was based on real life! I very much enjoyed it – it gets 8.25 out of ten for me.
EAT - as promised above, it's the dinner we had at San Gennaro, with Craigy, Tina, Paul, Carmel and Anna – all very delicious! I'm having the occasional fish dish, so mine was the seabass, Tina had a fab pizza, and Carmel's was a lip-smackingly tasty butterfly chicken in breadcrumbs – yum!
San Gennaro is not going to be my 'local' anymore as of June 8th, when we move to new Chiswick studios, so it was nice to have a kind of a farewell meal there!
QVC - as you've guessed, given that my 50th birthday celebrations continue around the actual day (10th)and the 'big' medieval night out is on Saturday, I won't be in at work much! BUT do look out for the Spanx Today's Special Value on Sunday/Monday, and a wonderful Emma Hardie day on Tuesday midnight/Wednesday.
Am carrying over the competition, for bareMinerals new 'ready' make-up launch pack, to next week's blog, and the blooper of Ralph from Honora – so do come back next week to see it! I'm actually writing this on the morning of my birthday as we had a bit of sickness in the family during the week – that rotten gastro bug that's going around, so what with that and a packed diary this week I ran out of time!
Thanks to everyone who commented on my blog last week by the way, especially all the newbies! And thanks to those of you who sent me a card in the post to QVC. A couple of people asked for the address – it's late but it's QVC, 346 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NQ if you still need it! More next week, have fun!
Refer back to the 'P.S.' at bottom of last week's blog to find out how to leave a comment below – if you'd like to – I'd love to read it! I do read them all and try to respond to them all individually!
Have a great week! 50s here I come!