Hello, and Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and if you don’t celebrate it or find this time of year hard, I hope your end to December was a good one. Here we are in a shiny brand new year – I hope it brings you all you have dreamed of.
My Christmas was fun, but hectic! I very rarely get ill but a few days before Christmas I managed to get laryngitis and TOTALLY lost my voice – not ideal when you talk for a living! I ended up missing six shows because I simply couldn’t speak, which was very frustrating. It’s left me with an annoying cough which isn’t ideal on-air either, but it’s getting better… another week or so and I should be back to normal, I hope, so apologies for the odd on-air cough in the meantime!
We had a mix of relatives staying for Christmas – my mum, my husband’s dad, my niece and my sister. Here is a photo of us all on Christmas morning – as you can see, we decided to go for a Christmas jumper theme, which made for quite a funny picture! What a super stylish family we are…
We had great fun, with lots of HIGHLY competitive games – I’m surprised I didn’t lose my voice again with all the shouting and cheering. I can proudly say that I won the inaugural Kabler family plastic frog flicking championship (the frogs came out of our crackers, and the challenge was to flick them across the table into a pint glass. Obviously a HIGHLY complicated challenge, requiring LOTS of skill.) I never win anything, so I made the most of it!
The best Christmas present I received though was seeing my debut novel The Dead Dog Day, released in October, hit the bestseller lists over the festive period. It was very unexpected, and such a massive thrill. It peaked at number 21 on the overall chart on one big book website, and on the crime, mystery and thriller chart I was astounded to see it sitting at number two, next to the Paula Hawkins blockbuster The Girl on the Train, which was at number one. It was all very exciting, and I’m not sure it’s actually sunk in yet, but it absolutely made my Christmas.
At work, I ran a presenters’ Spacehopper challenge which finished on New Year’s Eve. I had received a Spacehopper as my Secret Santa gift when we had our presenters’ Christmas lunch, so I decided to challenge my colleagues – fastest one down the dressing room corridor wins! If you follow some of us on Twitter, you will have seen some of the very funny videos this resulted in, but I thought I’d just share two with you now. First, my ATROCIOUS attempt (I was BY FAR the slowest, due to falling off twice!), and then Miceal’s – he was the winner, completing the course in well under 6 seconds. Hurray, congratulations Miceal! We are so childish in the presenter lounge sometimes, but have SO much fun.
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Finally for now, a quick mention of a new fashion brand launching at QVC this week. If you always struggle to get jeans to fit, this might be the solution! It’s called FDJ (French Dressing Jeans).
It’s all about finding the right jeans for your body, and there are three distinct shapes – Peggy, a curvy fit high rise jean, Suzanne, a straight fit high rise, and Olivia, a universal fit mid-rise. We presenters have all been trying them and finding our favourite (I’m Suzanne!) and what I’m thrilled about with my long legs is that they also come in both 30″ and 33″ lengths. There are other items in the range too apart from jeans – tune in on Wednesday and have a look!
That’s it for now; hope you have a wonderful week. Let’s make 2016 our best year yet!