Can you hear the audible gasps all around?! Yes t’is me! Today I shall sit and chat with you – as if I don’t do that enough already on air! But this is minus the bossy producers and directors…but sssssh don’t tell them I said that. I’m joking, as without them I’d witter on and we’d run out of time. And believe me, if our connection fails and fear and panic sets in, then it’s all about team work at QVC!
Now where to start…
Let’s begin now and go backwards. Today I’m off to hopefully straighten myself out, with a non-cracking chiro-practitioner. I’ve been having more migraines recently and on air on Monday and Tuesday I just knew one was threatening. I fell into bed when I got home yesterday at 7pm after my prescription drug was taken and 13 hours later Dan had to heave me out of bed to get the children off to school…so still feeling really yucky, I thought "Bull by Horns" and managed to be squeezed in for an appointment.
But, last time I went for an appointment like this I had a hideously embarrassing situation. I had thought about my underwear, but even my big pants just weren’t big enough! I was mortified, though all my friends I told about it (once they had stopped laughing) admitted they too had similar embarrassing stories! So, perhaps Spanx may be more appropriate this afternoon!
Brunch with Ali
One person who I know would have a million hysterical stories to share is Ali, who incidentally made Ian’s (c QVC viewer) day last week. Ali and I met up and were just mooching around after our brunch when we were spotted by Ian, who watches QVC.
He was delighted to meet two of his QVC girls at once and out of context. We had a picture together and, I have to say, Miss Keenan looked totally gorgeous. I, on the other hand, was having a 'day-off' day. You know minimal make-up and hair in a pony tail, but we both felt super after Ian’s lovely comments.
Ali is, as we know, an extraordinarily special girl and is managing to tackle yet another of life’s testing curve balls with dignity, bravery and the unfailing Ali-style humour. I shall be seeing her again tomorrow. Oh and I know she delights in your comments on her blog, by the way. Have you recognised Ali’s dulcet and much missed tones on the Yankee Candle promo? It makes me feel like she’s just going to be in her dressing room whenever I hear her. …HURRY BACK LOVELY GIRL!
Birthdays in the family have been a joy, and I now have a 'baby' of seven years old – NOOOOO! Where oh where has that time gone? Maddie had a skate party with ten friends…oh my word, being responsible for Bambi-style skating children was hysterical!
When Grannie asked if she too could skate, bearing in mind she broke both ankles not so many years ago, you can imagine my response: "No Mummy, you really ought not too", or something along those lines!
Still, skating and pizza was achieved safely that day and no trip to A&E, phew! Though squabbles and tears over who should sit next to Spencer was both amusing and worrying. This little boy in Maddie’s class seems to be the object of most of the girls affection – with them all agreeing to share him! This does not bode well for the future I feel! Poor little Spencer is the sweetest, most unassuming little boy – they say it’s always the quiet ones!
Tom’s 10th birthday party (yes I know!) was fantastic. We had his entire class of 34 in my garden and I hired a blow up gladiator ring, complete with pugil sticks. But when I started careering around with imitation pom-poms, shouting "Gladiators READY….contenders READY", the children looked most bemused. Actually, most looked concerned that Tom’s Mummy was even more potty than they already knew! Still, Dan was amused and it brought a little glint to his eye….memories, memories!
Tom’s face was an absolute picture when the ice cream van arrived. I think we emptied the Whippy machine in the space of ten minutes! Reigning in the emotions when Tom did a "speech" after blowing out his candles was tough.
He thanked all his friends for coming and said how much he loved them – made all the sweeter as they truly love him back and have grown up with him. I couldn’t wish for a kinder, sweeter bunch for Tom. Only one more year with them, though, as secondary school looms…aaaaaaargh!
Joe, however, is disgusted that he has to wait until October for his 9th birthday. He shares it with QVC, but thank heavens he’s not the same age!
Dan’s birthday resulted in my creating a 'house' book for him, which took an age, as I had to search everywhere for the pictures. Both of us were guilty of just downloading pics in the most obscure places (believe me if there was anything hidden in Dan’s computer I would’ve found it!).
He was delighted with the book, and it is brilliant to see how much we have done so far. Be warned though, it is an addictive process, resulting in me wanting to make photo books for all occasions!
New house photos!
So I’ve opened up a couple of the pages from the photo album to show you, it’s just a little taste of what we did. I tell you, I got quite artistic with the attempts to show finished bits, especially as there aren’t many fully finished bits! No chandelier up yet, no kitchen etc, etc! But boy oh boy, I’m thrilled with where we are up to.
And then there was my birthday! Well, for those of you who know me, all I shall say for now is…DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE! Go on, I'll give you three guesses!
Tonnes of Love,