We had some very sad news this week, which I’m sure lots of you are already aware of – the announcement that fashion designer and long-term QVC guest, Lenny Feinberg, has passed away. I only had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lenny for two years, but WHAT a pleasure it always was. He was one of the funniest men I have ever met and every show with him was a joy, inevitably finishing with me crying with laughter. I join everyone else at QVC in extending my deepest sympathies to his family and friends, and will treasure the memories of those hilarious moments.
Team QVC is now in full Moonwalk training mode, with just a few weeks to go until the big night when we will be power walking more than 26 miles through the streets of London in our bras! We’re going to have to hold a bra decorating session soon, but in the meantime the training walks are getting longer – I’m up to 16 miles now, and have found a stunning new route which is making the treks rather enjoyable. I live quite near the Gloucester to Sharpness canal, so I’ve started getting up at 6am and pounding the towpath. At that hour it’s just me, the swans and ducks and the occasional canal boat resident, and it’s really quite beautiful.
When I’m not working or walking (or indeed, writing…more on that soon!) I’ve been getting out into the garden. I want to make it even bigger, better and brighter this year, and these pots are a good start – pretty, eh? I’ve also got some fabulous Tree Lilies for the first time, so I can’t wait to see those start to grow – apparently, they can get as tall as me, and I’m quite tall!
Rather unusually, I’ve been working on late shifts for the past few weeks, and as someone who is more naturally an early bird it’s been a challenge! I basically spent the 20 years prior to QVC getting up ridiculously early, with my decade on breakfast TV with GMTV and then reading early morning news bulletins for ITN and BBC, so I’m more used to getting up at 3am than getting home from work at that hour. The result of the late shifts (which have been quite fun actually) is that I seem to have gone a little bonkers, and everything is just that little bit funnier. Here is an example from last week, when fashion guest Ingrid Tarrant’s bizarre name for a belly button resulted in both of us completely losing it on air…oh dear!
Laughter is so good for you though – no matter how your day is going, a laugh just makes everything better, doesn’t it? As Lord Byron once said, “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” I couldn’t agree more.
Have a fabulous week and don’t forget you can always get in touch with me by leaving a comment below this blog or by saying hello on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler).
Love Jackie xx