So, it's Valentine's Day on Sunday and you probably have something romantic planned? And me? Well my day will be starting at 5.30am as I'm on QVC at 9am! This was a slight error on my part – I was asked to do the launch of Beauty Day, so of course I was thinking the usual launch time of midnight. However, due to a bit of a mix up with the buyers, it actually turns out that their 'launch' is in fact 9am – crossed wires all round I think it's safe to say!
Actually, I don't really mind as I love the show line-up I have, Laura Geller, L'Occitane and Elemis, and because I'll be finished by 1pm, I can go and watch Crystal Palace take on Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup and still go out to dinner… if I'm still awake that is!!!
It's the second time I've been able to watch footie on Valentine's Day. Last time was in 2005 and we were thrashed by Arsenal 5 – 1 at Highbury; thanks to Andy Johnson (now at Fulham) it wasn't a total whitewash, but it wasn't far off! I hope my watching them on Valentine's Day isn't a bad omen as we could do with a decent cup run.
As well as being Valentine's Day, it's also the start of the Chinese New Year. We're saying goodbye to the Year of the Ox and entering the Year of the Tiger, thank goodness. Mind you, according to my Chinese astrology book, it's still not the best of times for the monkey person, ie ME! My book recommends keeping a low profile, but I'm not sure that's in my nature!
There are 12 animals in the Chinese horoscope and also five elements – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. So each animal sign also has an element, meaning there's a 60 year cycle rather than just the 12 year cycle we tend to think of.
I'm a Fire Monkey (a quick trip to the internet will now tell you which year I was born!), but my Dad, born in 1920, was a Metal Monkey. My partner Chris is a Wood Horse, daughter Sophie is a Fire Rabbit and both my son Daniel and my Mum are Fire Tigers as they were born 60 years apart. As you can see, there's a lot of 'fire' in my family… that explains a lot!
2010 is a Metal Tiger year and is being called the Year of the Golden Tiger – I hope it brings you good fortune.