Hi from me and mine – lovely son Brad and beautiful daughter Lauren – and a very happy new year to every one of my regulars who read my blog and leave comments! It’s lovely hearing about your lives too so do keep joining in, in 2011.
Where to begin…
First don’t forget to read our presenters’ resolutions on QGossip. Mine are clear – to write and get rid of any obstacles to doing it. Mind you, unless I find a new home for Daisy the devil dog, now re-named ‘Houdini’, that’ll take some doing.
She’s taken to disappearing, during her first season, in search of ‘man-dog’. Thank god for name tags and thick wire mesh fence! Hopefully her escapades will be foiled now, we’ll see.
Other obstacles to my getting creative on my days off include an untidy house, and feeling sluggish, so it’s a whole raft of healthy living resolutions I’ve lined up for January – in advance of the trip up the Nile that’s planned for the start of Feb. Can’t wait! What are you most looking forward to in the new year?
Christmas at QVC Towers was fun and festive – the guys backstage managed to excel themselves this year, with a fab advent calendar and bauble wall decorations in our big prep room, making it very festive indeed and so original – they won the prize, no surprises!
My highlight at work was a visit to the production team's innovative ‘Santa’s Grotto’ which took me back to my childhood – great fun!
Well done to all the guys who contributed and made it happen and a big hug to Santa Gillian and Vanessa and the team – best ever idea behind the scenes at QVC in my opinion!
Me and the kids had a fabulous highlight in the form of a trip up town to see The Jersey Boys too – it was wonderful. The rags to riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – well worth seeing if you get the chance. Ryan Molloy is excellent as Frankie, better than the American one in my opinion, if the show CD is anything to go by!
Christmas Day at the Flints
Christmas Day was our usual mayhem – nineteen round the Christmas table at my sister’s, but really nice to be amidst kith and kin (eh?). Last minute additions included brother Glenn and his little family, whose flight to Serbia to see in-laws was cancelled because of the snow. They got all the way to the departure lounge as well! Still at least it was nice to have the little ones around on the big day – always room for a little one around the table. Here’s a quick peep…
And everyone came to mine – again – on Boxing Day. It was a great way to use up the leftovers from the day before, instead of going to our usual restaurant treat. Cheaper too! I excelled myself with a lovely beef joint, well the slow cooker did it, not me, but it tasted great!
We had a good time over New Year on air too, Jules and I leading the run up to the bongs at midnight, and I was back in on New Year’s Day. I have an easier time over the next few weeks though – so back to my writing then. One day, this year, the Playboy Billionaire’s Hawaiian Affair WILL be finished! There, I’ve said it!
And whilst we didn’t show bloopers on air this year, QGossip put this one up, so here’s a little video of bloopers from years gone by – and if you spot any others on YouTube which you like, do add a link for me in a comment below!
Other highlights of the year on QVC for me included the very many music guests we had on air, from John Barrowman, Elaine Paige, Billy Ocean, Westlife, Jason Donovan, Jodie Prenger doing a big band CD, Beverley Knight of course, The Hollies, Charlotte Church, and many more, including one of my favourites Blake. Here they are singing one of my all-time best songs from musicals, as a little treat, if you missed them on air.
So onwards to another new month, new year and is it a new decade, officially, too?
Glad to be here and looking forward to hearing your news – what was your highlight of the holiday season and was there anything you got, or got treated to, that surprised and pleased you?
Best wishes for a fab 2011.