I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like I’m living in a bit of a bubble over the Christmas and New Year period, and normality only returns when the Christmas decorations come down. Usually I wait until Twelfth Night and then feel a bit sad when the tree has gone, along with all the twinkling lights, but this year I was a bit naughty and packed everything away on Monday… it just felt right at the start of a new week. And for once the house didn’t look bare with the decorations gone, as it was our first real opportunity to appreciate the new furniture without a Christmas tree vying for space in the lounge.
The Christmas cards have now been replaced with Sophie’s birthday cards, including this one from Milo (above) which was a lucky find in a local shop. She was twenty-seven yesterday and I still wonder where all those years have gone. Chris and I always start the children’s birthdays by saying, ‘this time xx years ago’ … I wonder if you do the same? It’s funny how we forget so many things that happen, but those two momentous events in my life are as clear today as when they happened – thankfully without the pain though!
It’s always difficult thinking of presents for Sophie so soon after Christmas but this year I thought I had it covered – that is, until a very well-known retailer let me down with the coat I had ordered for her. Never mind, I was able to show her the email from them and maybe she will choose something for a similar value that she will prefer.
We also bought her a new dressing gown with rabbits on it (she is the year of the rabbit in Chinese astrology), a couple of funny signs (one for her office and one for her new home – when she finds one), and a beautiful scented candle which I almost kept for myself! Her brother wrapped up a catalogue from one of her favoured clothing brands and a note promising her ‘gifts to the value of’ for her to choose herself.
They were both working yesterday so we didn’t get around to card and present opening until after dinner and chocolate birthday cake which was around 9.30pm, but hopefully it was worth the wait. Actually, I say Sophie was working, but her day was rather lovely as her manager treated her and her work colleagues to lunch and champagne in Selfridges… I must mention it to my boss at QVC!!!
My week so far has been spent speaking to estate agents, and not for Chris and I this time you’ll be pleased to hear. As you know Sophie is flat-hunting (one or two ‘possibles’ but nothing she really ‘loves’ yet), but I am also helping Daniel.
He made a momentous decision on New Year’s Eve to hand in his notice at Crystal Palace and accept a job offer from another Premiership club. Not only was this a difficult decision for him because he bleeds red and blue (Crystal Palace colours for those of you who don’t know) but also because they gave him his first opportunity in the professional game, and it is really difficult to break into football unless you are a former player. He is leaving to gain experience at another club to progress his career but only after much soul-searching. I’m sure he has made the right decision but it has now presented the problem of having to rent out his flat and find somewhere to live near his new club. Fortunately I have three weeks off work from next Monday, so instead of going away there may be several trips down the M4… I’ll keep you posted.
I still haven’t set my goals for 2015; I haven’t had time to think about it yet with all that is going on, but thanks for sharing some of your plans on last week’s blog.
Today’s Fashion on Friday is an outlet show – always helpful to save a few pounds in the aftermath of Christmas, and then an hour of EMU at 7pm … the TSV (pictured) is on free P&P so a perfect opportunity to try the new fit.
We have some exciting new shows coming up on QVC this year including a new jewellery show that I am shooting a little advert for on Monday – tell you more soon!
Hopefully you have caught some of the Elemis series this week? Sadly I’m not on with Keeley but I’ll get to see her for a natter before her 8pm show tonight with Debs Flint.
Have a great weekend