First of the birthday celebrations – and Debbie does catering!

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Debbie celebrates her birthday with Brad and LaurenOK – a big FIRST this week for me – and a shorter blog this week for obvious reasons – reeeeeeally busy this week!

-    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.

Debbie with Brad and her nephewsOf the fifteen cousins, only four are boys – here's me with Brad and the 'boys'!

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
Debbie's new dressing room at ChiswickNow 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!)

Lauren helps to clear out Debbie's dressing roomIn 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!

                                The QVC gang go out for dinner              Craig enjoying his meal at San Gennaro

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!

Snippets
One of my fave pressies I know I'm getting is a vintage phone – I love all things historical, and my lovely sister Linda and pal Nicky are paying for a working model for my 1950s influence kitchen. Come back next week to see the one I got!

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!

The sweetest thing!Just a quick 'doing the rounds on Facebook' this week – this adorable pic of a sweet little baby hedgehog – who knew they looked like that! Bless!

(No bloopers this week, but will make up for it next week – promise!)


Footnotes

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.

 
Meal at San GennaroEAT - 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.

                                 Spanx Trust Your Thinstincts Round Neck Tank Top                  Emma Hardie Amazing Face Daily Rituals Collection

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!

Hugs,
Debs
x

51 Comments

  1. Susan May 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday Debs!! Hope you’re over the worst of your bug. It’s doing the rounds along with a nasty cold and shingles too…yikes. I hope you have a lovely weekend and can’t wait for all the jazz! You look like you’ve had a great time up to now so hope it continues!!
    Love Susan x
    PS Amazingly cute hedgehog!

  2. K May 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Happy 50th Debs-you do not look your age!!!!Your children are beautiful-a credit to you. Good luck with the move-I came to QVC-Battersea for a fashion day a few years ago with my daughter-we loved it and thought the building was wonderful-a modern Egyptian-feel from the main street-why(apart from space)do you at QVC have to move???? Who is taking the old building over? Have a good week and enjoy the year ahead. I remember depressing myself on my 50th when I thought I was half way through my life—–only to become more depressed when I realised I was most certainly way over half way through it—ARGGGHHHHH.lOVE K.XXX

  3. Dave Thompson May 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday! :-) x

  4. Ian Williams May 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Still our fave presenter.My wife and I started watching QVC in 1996 and we loved you then and missed you when you left.Now you`re back (Yippeee!)and still our fave presenter.
    Something comes on and the wife says “Debbie`s doing that so I`ll watch it”
    Happy birthday,still as young looking as ever and every bit as attractive as you ever were.
    God bless and please don`t leave again.
    Lots of hugs to you,
    Ian. xxxxxxx

  5. Joanne Maguire May 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Happy 50th Debbie, you make my dread of turning 50 in 6 years time a little more excitable/accetable looking at you. You look amazing!! Happy birthday again many hugs sent :)xx

  6. Dave Thompson May 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday, Debbie! x

  7. Michelle May 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, what a fab birthday week you have had, and i hope you have a fab time saturday, have followed you on QVC since you began and you always raise a smile with your cheeky laugh :) have a wonderful week of birthday celebrations & i cannot believe its your 50th! x

  8. Sue Jennings May 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie…I love your blog the cake looks amazing and you look like you enjoyed every minute of the festivities..What a fab dressing room over there in Chiswick (must be kept tidy lol)…I have been a follower of yours since your early QVC years when you Paul Lavers and Steve Whatley had me crying with laughter you 3 would have made a great comedy trio you were all hilarious so I was thrilled when you came back and it feels like youve never beeen away. I hope you have a fantastic 50th Birthday with Good Health and Happiness in the years ahead…from Sue Jennings xx

  9. cynthia martin May 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,Glad you’re still enjoying your new diet like I said before about eating meat after helping on the farm as a kid and feeding the lambs it is quite easy to enjoy your food if you make it interesting. I also eat fish, you can’t have a relationship with a cod like you can a lamb, otherwise it would make eating out difficult plus it makes you brainy, ha ha. I went to a funeral recently and for the first time they had food for veggies labelled seperatly which was great, normally I’m looking at the sandwiches to see what they contain. Not eating meat has done me no harm. Have you tried smoked tofu, it is quite tasty. Glad you enjoyed your party and all your other celebrations. Hope you enjoy working at Chiswick Park and will be glad when you’re back on qvc I always enjoy your shows even if it something I’m not interested in buying.

  10. Claire Downing May 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations Debbie on your 50th Birthday, may I say you definatley do not look nyour age. Have a great birthday. Love Claire D. xxx

  11. Sue Hanmore May 11, 2012 at 1:20 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Debs. Birthday Cake looks lovely.
    Best of Luck at The New Studios

  12. Claire Morrissey May 11, 2012 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday Debs, can’t believe you are 50, you are looking fab, enjoy!x

  13. Jane May 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    I LOVED Bad Teacher – thought it was very underrated. It’s a real shame that there’s nothing much for really good female actors like Diaz in their forties and beyond. Goldie Hawn said once: ‘There are three ages of women in Hollywood – Babe, District Attorney and Driving Miss Daisy.’ She’s right.

  14. Pauline Johnson May 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs have a great birthday,mine is on the 30th,but hate to sayI will be 70,still hey ho you are only as old as you feel,as yet no big celebration on the horizon,maybe someone the family will surprise me.
    Pauline XXXXXX

  15. martin forbes May 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    happy bday debs you dont look 50 only 40

  16. chelle May 12, 2012 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    happy birthday lovely girl.. u dont look a day over 21 !! much love has always.. xxx

  17. John May 12, 2012 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Debbie. Was really shocked when found out you were 50 this year. Thought you were no older than forty. Hope you have a great weekend.

  18. Michelle Roberts May 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Thank you for sharing some of your birthday celebrations with us you really are a good sport.
    I would of loved helping you clear out your dressing room nothing like a good root about in people’s stuff.
    Hope the move goes well to QVC head quarters will it be a bit closer for your work journey?
    I won’t be up to much for a wee while with two hands being out of action so going to catch up of some reading.
    Big hug to you and the pogs
    Love Michelle x x

  19. Julis Westhead May 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    All the best for the future in your new studio and belated birthday wishes, lovely presenter to watch x

  20. Louise May 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Sorry I haven’t posted in quite a while; it’s been a hectic few weeks! Been off work again after a rta – a van pulled out in froont of us and mum’s car was a right off. Thought I was done for! Thank goodness for airbags, they certainly did their job. That was on 12 April, and I’m still sore. Docs said it’s because – apparently – “you’ve got no padding to protect you”. It was a week before I could take the dogs out, in case they pulled. Mum and I keep saying someone must have been looking after us, it could have been a lot worse.
    Anyway, enough negativity. Hope you enjoyed your bday and got what you wanted. I had a nice, rather uneventful, but peaceful, day on mine, the 5 May. The years seem to be flying by, don’t they? Where have the years gone?
    I took receipt of the SBC tsv the other day. With the manuka honey and orange blossom, the practical benefits are first class and the scent is sublime. Money well spent. I needed the arnica gel – I’ve been using loads since the acccident and am running out – so I excuse the purchase as being a necessity rather than a treat! I also have the other tsv which included the collagen shower gel, but I think the manuka/orange blossom just about beats it. And the body butter is so thick, you need a little. It is gorgeous. What a dreamily luxurious set. I use Judith Williams LLB as well, and Emma Hardie, so am looking forward to their tsvs – I can see another couple of spends on the cards.
    Hope your babies are as well as mine – isn’t arnica gr8 for the dogs? Well, you take care, Debs, and speak soon.
    Louise.

  21. Elaine May 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Happy belated birthday Debs it looked like you had a lovely birthday. Enjoy the rest of your birthday treats, Will catch up again soon .Elaine X

  22. Anita May 13, 2012 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Welcome to your 50s Debs, hope it’s even better than your 40’s. x

  23. Nigel May 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Debs – Haven’t seen a hedgypig in the garden for ages but did have a turtle dove land under the bird feeder a few days ago – a SiFFT for me (Saw it for the First Time) – ironic as the RSPB have just launched a programme to up their numbers as the population declined by 90% between 97 and 2010.
    Enjoying the latest Nordic crime drama The Bridge on BBC4 atm, great black comedy one-liners and a haunting theme track ‘Hollow Talk’ by Choir of Young Believers.
    Your volume incident in the car recently was reminiscent of you trying to pause a cinema film – so funny – at my age I could do with a rewind button as well !!
    Looking forward to part 2 of your 50th celebs update, Nige :))

  24. Alison May 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Hope you had a super birthday! Your celebrations look great-and so nice to share them with lots of different groups of friends.
    i celebrated my 50th last June and also had a few opportunities to celebrate-a night out with some work friends, a meal in a hotel with my good friends and family and then a post-birthday “post mortem” with my best friend and her family!! There’s no point in ignoring the momentous date so it’s best to be gracious and enjoy all the celebrations!!
    Alison

  25. Linda,Glasgow May 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I caught one of your shows on QVC Beauty the other night and wowww are you looking good – you look in your late thirties early forties,your skin,hair and makeup looked fabulous and you are sure in great shape – really healthy and trim but shaped like a “real” lady – curvacious and very femininexx In fact you dont look any older than the first time i watched you on Q and that was around seventeen years ago – time flies ehxx Your birthday celebrations sound and look fab – your family did you proud and congratulations on the catering achievment – your birthday cake looked scrummy – i love a sponge birthday cake with marzipan and icing – a big(got to be big) slice with a cup of tea and i’m sortedxx I hope the move to Chiswick is a smooth onexx By the way i’ve been getting into homeopathic medicine recently – very interesting – i’ve been taking a prescription prepared made to measure for me and although sceptical when first taking,i can truly hand on heart and a stack of bibles say that something positive is happening – i mention it because i know your into things like thatxx The lovely Rachel in your customer care/social media team actioned my e-mail request re the Elemis/OPI and not being able to leave comments on presenters blogs – she was fantastic and answered my question along with getting me advice re “clearing my caches” – i really appreciated you giving me the link and Rachel giving me so much helpxx My names on at least one of Emma Hardie’s TSV tonight – so many full sizes and absolutely lovely products – thanks for the picciexx Look after yourselfx Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  26. Doreen Cormack May 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie love reading your blogs so thought i would pen you a note wishing you a happy birthday you dont look your age.Ilove watching qvc the presenters are lovely i do have my favourites though you being one of them.Best wishes love Doreen xx

  27. Pauline Johnson May 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,just read your blog about your ribs,I fell over last Nov and bruised mine,and hate to say they still give me gip now and then,usually when I have been sitting still for a while but like everything else politly told its down to age,glad the move went well,is it because of studio moving to Chiswick,because you did have a lovely house ?
    Love Pauline XX

  28. debs f May 23, 2012 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Dave T – thank you! d :-)

  29. debs f May 23, 2012 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Ian and ‘wife’ – you didn’t say her name! – lovely to hear from you and your nice comments – very kind! thanks guys! d x

  30. debs f May 23, 2012 at 12:54 am -  Reply

    Joanne – how kind you are! Thanks so much hon! Hope yours in 6 yrs’ time, is as action packed as mine was! d x

  31. debs f May 23, 2012 at 12:57 am -  Reply

    Michelle – thanks every so much for your nice comment – how lovely that you’ve watched for so long hon! big hugs d x

  32. debs f May 23, 2012 at 12:59 am -  Reply

    Sue – yes it definitely feels like I’ve never been away hon! Very happy about new dressing room – final stage of clear out – the clothes – about to happen tho, so must be strict! There’s a lot of accumulation there even after three years! Do come back again! hugs d x

  33. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    Cynthia – hello my lovely!
    Yes am still very much enjoying the healthy eating macrobiotic diet for sure – it’s helping tone up and lose weight too so that can’t be a bad thing! How fascinating about that wedding catering – bout time eh! lol
    so happy you enjoy the shows!
    hugs d x

  34. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Claire D – How kind of you to say so! Mind you – you haven’t seen me first thing in the morning! lol!
    ta for commenting – appreciate it hon!
    d
    xx

  35. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:06 am -  Reply

    Sue – thanks so much for your nice comment hon – yes I’m told the cake was lovely! Far too sweet for me now my ‘palate’s been cleansed’ a bit , as they say! But I asked them to make a normal cake cos i knew I wouldnt want much of it anyway! And it’s cheaper I guess! ta very much! d x

  36. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Claire M – How kind you are – makeup and a brush are wonderful things! hehe! big hugs and many thanks for commenting hon! d xx

  37. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:11 am -  Reply

    Jane – I think Goldie Hawn was right! although the likes of Cameron, and Michelle Pfeiffer before her, and even Kristen Scott Thomas, are fortunately managing to alter perceptions a bit! loved Jason Segal in bad Teacher – superb! ta for your comment hon – very grateful! d x

  38. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:22 am -  Reply

    Pauline – well a very happy birthday from me anyway hon! Hope it’s a lovely day. I wonder if you could spend the day any way you choose, what would you decide to do? Am sure it’ll be a nice day too!
    Thanks for your kind wishes!
    hugs
    debs
    xx

  39. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    Martin – thanks very much – very kind! D :-)

  40. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    chelle – haha! i wish! Not even 21 second time round any more ! hehe! thanks again honey!! d x

  41. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:24 am -  Reply

    John – hope you’ve recovered from your ‘shock’ hon! lol! thanks for your kind comments! D :-)

  42. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    Michelle – how’s the recovery from your hand ops hon? Well I hope! Am just about to start the final stage of dressing room clear out – clothes! – but you’d only be able to observe! Otherwise I might have taken you up on your offer! lol! The new journey is going to be about the same, except in rush hour – probably bout 15 mins longer then. hugs back! d x

  43. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    Julis – thanks so much for commenting – nice to hear from you hon and ta for lovely thoughts! d x

  44. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:32 am -  Reply

    Louise – long time no hear! lol! HOpe you’re feeling better now hon? Glad you came out of it relatively ok eh. Yes the years certainly fly by for sure! good that you like your SBC – did you end up getting the Emma Hardie one? Such good value eh! nice to hear from you hon! best wishes to you and mummy
    d
    xx

  45. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:33 am -  Reply

    Elaine – thanks for the kind thoughts hon! Looking forward to your imminent catch up! big hugs d xx

  46. debs f May 23, 2012 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    Anita –
    Thanks for your nice wishes hon! yes I’m sure it will be much better in my 50’s – and I enjoyed my 40’s enough!
    thank you so much for writing!
    best wishes
    debs
    x

  47. debs flint May 30, 2012 at 1:35 am -  Reply

    Nige – sorry for late reply hon! – SiFFT! – luv it! ANd anyway, how old ARE you then? and any more clues about the job?
    lol
    d
    x

  48. debs flint May 30, 2012 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    Alison – sorry for late reply hon! I agree though – no point ignoring the big watersheds! But cos i did ignore my 40th (just wanted it to go away – I’d just got divorced changed job twice, and moved home and kids’ schools!), it made sense to celebrate the 50th in style! Thanks for commenting – do come back again!
    d
    xx

  49. debs flint May 30, 2012 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    Linda – lovely update, thank you! Sorry for delay – seems I have aa problem with my cache’s too! lol
    Glad homeopathic treatment seems to be working – categorically, for me, it worked in helping to reduce enormously the cat allergy i had – now at least i can stay in the same room for a couple of hours and still be able to breathe! lol
    Yes move going smoothly – it’s a bit piecemeal, but at least the main sorting is done now – more news of that in this week’s new blog to come out soon (wed 30th).#big hugs d xx

  50. debs flint May 30, 2012 at 1:41 am -  Reply

    Doreen – sorry for late reply hon! You are kind and very sweet, to say nice things about me! Thanks so much for commenting – lovely to know you’re there too! Do come back on here again!
    luv debs xx

  51. debs flint May 30, 2012 at 1:42 am -  Reply

    Pauline J – yes absolutely the move is the studiios, not my house! Yes i love my place, particularly at the moment, during this balmy weather we’ve been having ! Everything looking much nicer in a bit of sunshine eh! Thanks so much for commenting, you’re very kind!
    best wishes and do come back on here again!
    luv debs x

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