Well this time last week I was starting to panic that we might be homeless from January 12th, which is when we have to be out of our rented house. The next morning I went to view a house, Chris returned with me for a second viewing on Monday and we have just had our offer accepted. Obviously we have quite a way to go yet until everything is all done and dusted, particularly with Christmas in the middle of it all, but if it is meant to be, it will happen. It is quite exciting but also a little nerve-racking, just what I need as we enter the festive season...not!!!!
Then on Wednesday it was Daniel's birthday. I made his cake late on Tuesday night when I got home from work. I could have done it on Wednesday really, as Dan was out at work all day, but I wanted him to wake up to the smell of freshly baked chocolate cake!
I am feeling very pleased with myself as, for once, I have started my Christmas shopping before my son's birthday on the 27th. The other day my mum rang asking me to order her some Kelly Hoppen cushions as she has just had her suite re-covered.
Whilst I was ordering I also bought her the Tiffany-style night light, which I know she will love and, with a few bits of Liz Earle, that is my mum sorted...simples!!! I also ordered the Bethlehem Lights pepperberry wreath for our front door, whilst we still have one!
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the house we are currently renting has been sold and we now have our move-out date, which is January 12th...we have to move in seven weeks and we still have nowhere to move to.
As most of you know who read my blog, or who have read my book, I am an avid Crystal Palace fan so that is the team that my son, Daniel, has supported since he was five years old. At one time he wanted to play for them but his ambition has changed and he now has his eye on the managerial role in years to come.
Following obtaining a degree in Sports Science (Coaching) he achieved his UEFA B licence and completed the first part of his A licence last summer. He devoted 100s of hours of his time to coaching for various clubs, without being paid, before he was offered a part-time and then a full-time role at the Crystal Palace Academy.
It was with an enormous amount of pride and a lump in my throat that I watched him take his under 10's onto the pitch at Selhurst Park last Saturday, during half-time, to be presented with a trophy they had won in a recent tournament. He then walked the boys around the pitch to a substantial round of applause, probably due to the fact that their opponents in the final had been Millwall!!
A big thank-you to one of the stewards who allowed me into the dug-out area to get this shot of the team - Dan is on the right of the picture above. Palace managed a 0 - 0 draw with high-flying Everton so, all in all, a very happy afternoon!
This was the message on a 20th birthday card sent in by Dale, one of our viewers, and as I have only just got around to sending thank you cards (apologies, it's been a heck of a few weeks) it has come back to my attention.
I thought it was particularly appropriate with Christmas fast approaching as the last thing any of us want to do is make mistakes by buying in haste or worse still 'last minute', which I'm afraid I have a tendency to do. So stay calm and shop with confidence from the comfort of your own sofa.
Speaking of shopping with confidence, a big thank you to all those polled for a Daily Mail article which voted us 2nd (behind only John Lewis) for being a trusted place to shop .... what an accolade in our 20th anniversary year!
I was just thinking what I'm writing about in this week's blog and the title Glamour Puss jumped into my head, making me wonder whether a) people still use the expression much and b) where it originated? Either way it seemed the purrfect title for this week's epistle.
More on Wilfy later but I thought I would start by urging you to stay up until midnight tonight as Simon and I are launching the Butler & Wilson TSV at midnight. You have probably already seen it on quite a few of the presenters and models over the last couple of weeks. It is available in three different colour options (pictured below), is very movie-star glamorous, and is a fantastic price.
It's been a funny old week and not of the laughing kind, but there have been some highs as well as lows. It was very sad to have to attend the funeral of my friend Stretch on Tuesday but the turnout of people, both from QVC and his family and friends, showed just how loved he was. It was good to catch up with so many former colleagues who have moved on to pastures new - I just wish it had been in better circumstances.
My week had started with an invitation out of the blue forwarded to me by our marketing department at QVC. The invitation is to attend an event organised by Rotary International at the River Room at the House of Lords about the eradication of polio. As you will know if you read my book, I contracted polio at the age of fourteen months and was lucky to survive the disease.
I have made a donation to both British Polio Fellowship and Rotary International's 'End Polio Now' campaign from the profits of my book. Speaking of which, you may have noticed that the link to my book has disappeared from the top of this page. That is because QVC has sold out of all the signed copies that they ordered and there are no plans for the unsigned books to be available on QVC.
If you did want a hardback copy they will be available to buy on Amazon and order through outlets like Waterstones once the new ISBN number has been allocated, which Random House tell me will be around November 22nd - I will keep you posted. You can already purchase it on Amazon as an ebook if you prefer and I will continue to make donations to both the aforementioned charities from the profits.
I hope you enjoyed the opening of Charlie and my 2pm show on Tuesday. When I suggested it to Charlie he wasn't too sure at first but he played along beautifully and I think it worked, particularly as I was wearing THE blue jacket.
On that subject can I just say that I am NEVER wearing it again! I also want to thank Warren for taking the time to photograph and tweet his dad's VW beetle alarm clock - the first product QVC UK sold - apparently it still works!
Yesterday I was in Liverpool for a tea party to celebrate QVC's 20th birthday. The venue was the Beatles themed 'Hard Days Night Hotel' and, as I checked in on Wednesday night, they were playing my favourite Beatles tune 'She's Leaving Home'.
It really focussed my mind on what a long time twenty years is and how much has happened in my life since I started at QVC, including my own daughter, Sophie, leaving home.
Sophie and Daniel were five and six respectively when I arrived at Marco Polo House for my first day of work on September 4th, 1993. That day was all about meeting the other 'faces' of the new shopping channel and having our publicity shots done.
They brought us these crazy pencils back in return for the 'sheik' pens we brought them home from Dubai!
Because we were away at the same time, we all agreed that it wouldn't be fair to have Oskar, Sophie's cat, staying at our house as he and Poppy don't really get on too well. Besides, Daniel is working very long hours at Crystal Palace FC.