Is it really September already?!!! Where has the year gone? We don't seem to have been in 2010 that long – well it's taken me up until now to remember to write the year correctly in my cheque book!
Of course, the year 2000 was pretty monumental for me – being 40 and starting at QVC :) Now at 50, Kathy, Debbie and I are all set to celebrate our 10 years affiliation with this wonderful place of work. Not sure if there will be a tea party, or presentation of a Diamonique watch, but I promise you I'll let you know what they're planning.
When you turn 50…
Of course being 50 has its advantages. You get cheaper car insurance with some companies and you're also sent a personal invite from the NHS to have a mammogram and a cervical smear… I have to say I applaud our Health Service for being so strict about this. Neither procedure is particularly pleasant, but SO important, and if your memory is as bad as mine you've probably forgotten when you last had either done.
You don't need me on my soap box rattling on about the obvious reasons for getting yourself checked, and as we move closer to our Breast Cancer Care fundraising night, I'm constantly being reminded of those who mercifully DID make the appointment, and are now being treated.
The same thing for the cervical smear test, but wouldn't it be nice if there was some other less invasive way of being checked?? I do remember a packed doctor's surgery waiting room, which I was navigating my way through, having just seen the doctor, when the low rumble of conversation was interrupted by our somewhat shrill and completely indiscreet receptionist who bellowed out, "Mrs. Keenan, don't forget to book your smear!" in her rich Welsh accent. One of those tumbleweed moments followed…
I did also hear a story (which may well be apocryphal) about the lady who, whilst rushing to make her appointment time, grabbed a pair of undies from the ironing basket, which her little daughter had spilt glitter into. The doctor thanked his patient for having made an extra special effort! :)
It's not just the instruction 'ankles together, knees apart' which fills me with dread, but also the headband with a light on it. Is that really necessary? It's a bit like a Davy Lamp, and always makes me think there'll be a canary along in a moment.
They've taken to using disposable speculums now which mean at least there isn't that awful scrawnching noise when they adjust the screws to open it. Never sure how they know which size to reach for though… enough!!! I hear you cry, but don't let this put you off making your appointment. I've made mine, but won't be sharing my experience, you'll be relieved to hear!
What is the most unusual item you have ever taken on holiday?
Something that I did think was funny though was written by Gail on my blog last week. She was asking me for any advice I could give to her son and his girlfriend for their imminent holiday in Kefalonia. She meant the do's and don'ts, but also the 'what to take' too, mentioning casually that she'd taken a breadmaker with her on holiday once!!! Gail, I have to ask you now, WHY?
I do remember once staying at Butlins holiday camp with all the children, and watching some hapless lady struggling along with her suitcases and an ironing board! I know, I know, it's important you look your best on holiday too, but surely a travel iron and the duvet as a board works just as well?
So I thought I'd ask you what is the most unusual thing you have ever taken – or seen someone else taking – on holiday? I'll have a good think too, and we can compare notes next week :) Have a good week, and I'll look forward to hearing from you.
Love Ali xx