We begin another new year and I truly hope it will be a happy and healthy one for all of us. As New Year’s Eve is the most lucrative night of the year for gigging musicians, my other half was out working and I stayed home for a relaxing night in after entertaining my friend, Denise and her partner, Steve, on the 30th.
You may have heard me mention previously that Denise and I met when we worked on the first series of The Price is Right in 1983. How funny, then, that we had our get-together on the same day as Channel 4 screened the Alan Carr version of ‘come on down’. It was good to see the slightly older hostesses, but maybe they should have gone the whole hog and had Denise and I back, for old times’ sake. Denise was involved in the show though, as she works for the company that produce it.
In between cooking risotto for dinner and watching Dunkirk on DVD, I put together a photo grid of my nine highlights of the year on Instagram (@juliagroberts if you’d like to follow me) and was surprised at how many there were – as I consider 2017 to be one of my least favourite years.
We had a lovely holiday in Barbados, I published my fourth novel ‘Alice in Theatreland’ at the end of April, my birthday was spent in Javea with the family, and we managed to get all the decorating finished before Christmas. Yes, with the benefit of hindsight, a lot was achieved in 2017 and I’m hoping that my current mood of positivity will continue as my daughter, Sophie, enters a new decade.
That’s the reason for the question I posed in the title. Sophie will be 30 on Monday 8th and I honestly don’t know where the years have gone.
She was only 18 months old in this picture here – it was taken on the beach in Littlehampton, where we used to go quite frequently in the summer months when the children were small. And now she has blossomed into this striking young woman: confident, hardworking, kind, loving and, if I dare say so, beautiful!
She works in the beauty industry and this was her picking up an award in December, shortly after her long flight back from Australia. Oh to be young and not have dark circles the size of bin bags through lack of sleep. We are celebrating with dinner out tomorrow, and I’m guessing I may be called upon to make the traditional chocolate birthday cake… unless she’s grown out of it of course!
I don’t know if you make New Year resolutions, but I have stopped doing it as I always feel such a failure if I break them early in the new year. Instead, I set goals.
This year I intend to write a minimum of 10 hours a week for my blog here, the one on my website, and my novels.
We will get the rest of the building work on the house finished (aiming for before summer).
I’m planning on trying one new thing every month – the flight simulator experience I had for Christmas will definitely fall into that category at some point, but this month’s will be visiting Central Park in New York… I have just booked a holiday to celebrate Chris and my 40th anniversary of living together, but more of that on next week’s blog.
I’m going to have to dash as I am on air in less than two hours with the first Fashion on Friday of the year, followed by Beauty Bioscience at 6pm, but I didn’t want to go without giving you a heads up on the Sealy Today’s Special Value this weekend. If you’ve decided New Year, new bed, you can’t afford to miss our fantastic offer – you’ll kick yourself.
Wishing all football fans good luck for their teams in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend… unless you’re playing Crystal Palace, of course.