Not long to go now till Christmas – eeeek! To kick off, I just have to tell you about Christmas pressie heaven coming soon – the crystal bracelets are back this week! And they're on Buy More Save More again! (TSV this Friday at midnight/Saturday 10th). Plus – big news – Apple comes to QVC! The debut with Dale is on Thursday next week (Thursday 15th December at 10pm – see below). Also this week…
– The girls hit the shops in search of bargains – which QVC product saved my neck?!
- Full house – the kids come home for the weekend
- Fifty first dates – a new concept for finding a man! Lol.
- And Black Swan on DVD
It was a packed weekend – Liz and I went next door to the pub for a lovely drink, and catch up, and banter with Brad and Kari, then my girl Lolly joined us late Friday evening. I had to tidy the house and the bedrooms like I haven't done in ages!
My little room was already tidier thanks to the Space Saver bags TSV I'd used a few weeks ago, and I put on the bed the absolutely gorgeous 600TC Northern Nights purple jacquard bedding – I felt very proud when I showed Liz to the room, that's for sure!
Liz went home on the Saturday after a leisurely cooked brekkie, and I spent the afternoon Christmas shopping in Dorking with the kids and watching some nice telly. It's been ages since they've been here with me all at once, and very nice it was too. I'll resist saying it was also nice when they all left again, now I'm getting used to having the house to myself, honest! Lol.
Trollied! Christmas shopping the Camouflage Company way!
Oh thank GOODNESS I ordered the Camouflage Company trolley a week or so ago! Mum, sister Linda, sis-in-law Nicky and I went on our annual 'Christmas shopping day out' and as usual got loaded up with bags!
Tons of shoes in New Look (where I plunder their wider feet selection!) and Christmas pressies, so instead of aching arms, or a trip back to the car park, I just put loads of them in the trolley! Very easy it was to use, too, and to fold down again afterwards. Mum even used it on the train home, to help carry her bottles she'd purchased. So another product highly recommended!
I love Westfield, as it's all under cover and has so much choice, without being miles apart. Fab for the things I can't get on QVC. Son Brad and I will be going there next week to buy his Christmas pressie clothes, as we've done the last couple of years, can't wait! Where do you go?
New dating idea – 50 first dates
OK, so it's all based on the law of averages, right? But having discussed this concept with some pals recently, I've decided that whilst I can't (won't!!) fill you in on the actual details of my current 'ManPlan', I'll hint at it. Basically, we came to the conclusion that if you never get out and meet new people, your chances of hitting the jackpot are very low! It's a bit like saying you'll never win the lottery if you don't at least buy a ticket. Or 50 tickets. Or one a week for a year…
So the aim is to have at least 50 first dates over the next year or so (no rush!!). I won't write about them in the same week I go on them, so if you happen to be one of them reading this (!) you won't be able to tell if it's you as I'll be changing the names and where we go – jumbling them all up to retain a bit of secrecy. Hah!
But I'm currently on number four. Four down, 46 to go. Anyone got any suggestions? I may run out of options before too long! Haha! If so, tell them to contact me on twitter (@debbieflint) – otherwise it might be fifty years before I've found enough men to want to go on 50 first dates with me! Lol. Still, let's see how it progresses and I'll add the odd update to this blog so do come back regularly to see how I've been getting along! None so far have made me want to have a second date, so the hunt for Mr Right continues… (in the meantime, to quote the classic joke, Mr 'Right Now' might do for now – hehe!).
Maybe one of Il Divo would be interested? Only kidding! But their CD is a fab accompaniment for a quiet night in, let me tell you!
Sorry, I'm getting distracted. So – funniest moment so far? The man – I shall call him 'Tony' – who just prior to our dinner together, texted me – 'Kay, I adore you' – haha!
Still met up for a meal that night tho' – it's fine to just make new friends and it was quite a relief as I knew we wouldn't be totally compatible as he's got no kids yet and is still young enough to have them, or change his mind and want them at some point in the future! So it was serendipity that he texted the wrong person a message meant for his ex. And anyway, I was hungry and I needed to use up my Henry J Beans voucher! But how funny. Onwards and upwards as they say! Or sideways (loved that film!).
Well the Christmas cards have been coming in thick and fast, and I have to say thank you to those of you sending them, and remembering to put their name and address inside (SAE even better) – 'cos as promised, I WILL be sending you one in return!
Have to say I got one this week that made me smile so thought I'd show you it – thanks to Nigel one of my regular commenters, for a lovely black Labrador card – and the caption on the back? 'Holly'! That's the name of my oldest pog, so well-chosen card, Nige! Thanks matey!
WATCH: Oscar-nominated 'Black Swan' is this week's DVD recommendation. So many people raved about Natalie Portman's performance in this I just had to see it. It's a gripping, very psychological thriller, with some twists and turns and incredible visual effects as we follow a ballet dancer's descent into madness, fuelled by her obsession with a fellow dancer and an XXXX mother. Well worth seeing – if you're a film aficionado, you really can't miss it.
Probably not one to watch with the kids tho' ;, given some of the sex scenes! Lol. But it's all in the best pooooosssible taste! I just love Mila Kunis who plays as fellow dancer too, especially since she was so good in 'Friends With Benefits' in the autumn.
Still, 'Black Swan' gets around a 7 and three quarters from me – that's quite high in case you wondered, if you haven't been following my scoring on previous blogs! If you've seen it, what did you think? Or do you have any other recommendations for us all this week? This blog gets around 8000 hits a week, so do leave a comment as many others may benefit from your words.
EAT: OK, I’ve been avoiding cow's milk and trying goats in my tea and coffee – and it's not too bad. But last week, I met up with Gabrielle Bradshaw for a couple of hours and a couple of lattes in Costa inside Tesco New Malden, and lo and behold, my belly was so bloated later that night. Coincidence? The trial continues…
QVC: apart from the Entice crystal bracelets we've all been wearing, which are back on Saturday 10th, watch out for these highlights over the next week or so…
• TOVA fragrance relaunch – oh my goodness there are some loooovely gift ideas in wonderful packaging coming from Tova when she returns on Monday 12th – join me earlier than normal at 1pm in the afternoon – it'll be busy!
• HEADS UP! – ALERT! – APPLE comes to QVC on Thursday 15th at 10PM! Dale will have a fab selection of this massive brand for the first time, including the iPad, Nano and Touch – find out why so many people rave about this brand by purchasing from us – on Easy Pay instalments!
• And my 'Last Minute Shopping' show with Jill on Saturday 17th. It's a two-hour show packed full of gift ideas. And not all WinterTrax! (Although I have just ordered four more pairs for me and for friends for the rotten weather that's on its way!)
See below for my top product this week, and have a fab week ahead! Don't forget to leave me a comment below!
This week I are been mostly using:
The Genius Air Plus Ionic Preserver and Fridge Deodoriser. This little gadget can save you pounds and pounds and keep food fresh in the fridge. Really. Get one and try it – bet you see what a difference it can make within the 30 day try-out period!
I had some peppers in the fridge and some pears, that lasted at least twice as long as they usually would – I could eat them and not throw them away. Not only money-saving but anguish-saving too – as I avoided that 'goddammit' moment I open the bin and wasted food gets chucked! Do give it a go – well worth the money long term. Have just bought Lauren and Nick one as it happens! Winging its way to them as we speak…