Well it’s all over, bar the shouting, and with over 20 people all together at one point, there was a lot of shouting! Lol! Another family xmas chez Flints been and gone, and I’ve lived to tell the tale! Not that the ‘pub quiz’ devised by nephew Dean helped provide much peace on Xmas night.
As you know, I’m a bit of a fan of quizzes, so we all settled down for it, but were soon faced with impossible questions! Here’s a typical one – ‘Name the wars in which the most american soldiers died, in order of number of fatalities’ – cheery eh!
And even if you guessed ‘WW2, Vietnam, and WW1,’ if you didn’t get them in exactly the right order, you didn’t get any points! Next year, noooooo quizzes! We’ll stick to ‘slap it on the head’ instead! (the Flint family version of ‘Who am I’!).
One of the most satisfying things this xmas was being able to make the kids look at the camera, courtesy of my little purple Samsung – a TSV a while back which I bought as an update to my old compact.
Its clever little video on the front screen keeps the kids’ attention – just look at this pic of Lara seeing the video on the front for the first time ever! Funny! The camera got a lot of use in the last week, I can tell you!
So although we had dinner at mum’s club, (19 of us!) and Boxing Day at Glenn’s – that’s where the million people are in the shot above! – I most enjoyed my time with my own kids. I did excel myself however with a ‘Debbie Does Dinner’ on xmas eve – I was very proud that I managed to organise it all in advance and time the cooking of it all almost perfectly – with a little help from my skilled son Brad of course!
I had eight people round the dinner table – doable in my size of kitchen and a big thanks to Marks and Sparks for the role they played in the extravaganza too! A good salmon en croute was had by all! Lol. Maybe next year I should avoid the huge get togethers and just have several small dinner parties at mine! Or maybe not…
A lot of us presenters are now on Twitter and update QVC news there – you can get in touch via @qvcuk, the new official site of QVCUK. If you just look at all the ‘followers’, you should see most of us! Even Julia’s tweeting now!
Here are a couple for you to ‘follow’ yourself if you’re on Twitter, or making it your new year’s resolution!
and of course @debbieflint.
As I’ve mentioned before, I follow a lot of writers and authors, publishers and scriptwriters on Twitter, but am happy to accept friend requests on my Facebook Page if you’d like to ping me a request – n.b. I am behind with accepting them all, but planning to catch up in the new year!
And talking of such social media things, I do like to see you guys giving QVC a good plug on blogs! Well done to pink chic Claire with her review of a Bobbi Brown set on her blog. If you do one along these lines, let me know and I’ll take a look!
What was your favourite xmas TV over yuletide?
Did you enjoy AbFab? Or the new Great Expectations or Borrowers? Let me know! If you’d like a little jolly, something the kids decided to put on the telly over xmas was the Generation Game I was in with my dad all those years ago! Fancy someone putting the whole show online! So dated, so funny – so cockney! Haha! Wouldn’t mind a waist like that again tho! Maybe a new year’s resolution to fix it..! After the xmas I had? Oh purleeeeeeeez!!! : – )
Now there are far too many classic yuletide programmes to feature in depth – I am very proud to have had a festive film bonanza, including some of my favourites of all time, like Groundhog Day and Frequency (GOD I love that film) plus National Lampoon’s Xmas Vacation (Brad, Lauren and me – xmas tradition!).
But the cinema blockbuster I went to see with pal Rocker Nige was Sherlock Holmes 2, A Game of Shadows with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Worth it for the banter between the men, very funny, and for the cutting edge touch to the edit – a spectacle of fast action combined with true Guy Ritchie Slo-Mo. Think ‘Lock Stock’ crossed with the last Batman, and set in Victorian Times and you’ve got the idea.
The film itself was something I observed rather than felt included in, cos you get told the clues, rather than being presented with them in such a way as to be able to guess them yourself. It meant the two hour movie felt about half an hour too long – of mostly escaping and chasing, escaping and pursuing, then some more escaping. Then chasing. But if you’re a fan of the Downey Jr physique, go anyway, as there’s more than enough rippling on the big screen to keep a girl entertained! Nevertheless it gets a 7 and half out of ten from me.
Watch the trailer below…
QVC – it’s end of the year Review Time!
I’m only on air until 6pm on Saturday – join me if you can – then it’s Alison Young’s beauty review of the year till midnight. My big highlight for early next week will be my first Shiseido hour – the famous skincare brand with unique bio-ingredients and anti-ageing formulations as well as over 100 years of heritage. Their Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum looks like one of the most powerful of the latest advancements – I do hope it’s in my show at 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd Jan.
I tell you what will be back in stock tho – the creamy cleanser. And you’ve loved it too! As one viewer put it – “Shiseido Creamy Cleansing Foam and the Lotion are the best skin care products I have ever come across! The skin is really very fresh, conditioned and glowing after it. It is very subtle and delicate. I am 64 and I’ve been using these for a month and the results are so visible that all my friends and family compliment me as I look at least 10 years younger! Definitely every woman of my age must have these products.”
It’s fabulous when we bring you products and offers that help make such a difference! Makes me proud! : – )
What’s your big discovery this year? Anything from the beauty dept? Cleaning range? Fashion brand? And any messages from you to me or the team? Now’s the best time of year to leave your wishes! And also any highlights you’ve had from QVC in the past year – especially anything funny!
If you can give me an exact idea of when it was on air, I may be able to find it and put it on YouTube and include it in my blog next year! And a final note from one of my Facebook friends, Tracy Back, who posted the following – not sure if the figures are 100% accurate but it makes interesting reading:
“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world… if you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week… if you can read this message you are more fortunate than the 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all… if only we would count our blessings rather than our problems, the world would be a happier place!”
It certainly makes you think, doesn’t it? Big hugs for a peaceful and happy new year, more from me in 2012!
Luv Debs x
P.S. This Week I Have Mostly Been Using – my snapfresh! For all those left-overs, what else! I chose bright green lids so when they go to other people’s houses, I’ll always know they’re mine and get them back again! (well, eventually I will, eh brother Glenn!) Fab value too – my set was 833139 – heavy duty and great seals! Every home should have some! Dxx