It's around this time that I say something really inspiring like "Is that it then!"
I do think we perhaps put too much pressure on ourselves to have a magical Christmas – that said, I'm pleased to say that I had a very relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break with my family and 1 or 2 friends.
Most of my gifts given went down well and those that didn't were easily swapped – I did very well for both Christmas and my birthday pressies and only duplicated ones were changed.
Thank you for your many wonderful cards – I have endeavoured to respond to those of you who have included addresses, although some responses will be too late for Christmas, the New Year's wishes are sincere.
I actually received three calendars (their days are numbered!) sorry couldn't resist!
Last year my son bought me a 'Rihanna' Calendar – this year 'The Frozen Planet' ! I'm not sure what message he's sending me? Perhaps I don't want to know!! But it inspired me as much as last year's calendar, but in a very different way!
As I write, the kids are back at school and straight into mock exams, mmmmmm! Lucky them!
I have a busy couple of weeks here at QVC as I have a couple of TSV (Today's Special Value) launches coming up. The first is with my pal, Richard Jackson on Wednesday (into Thursday) with a highly scented shrub collection – then on Friday evening, I'll be launching a wonderful Bose Wave system. Later on Saturday, I'll be back on air with the lovely Anne and Debbie Greenwood for our new show 'Anything Goes'.
Then next week, I'll be filming up at our huge Warehouse and Distribution Centre in Knowsley – I'm looking forward to that and I'll report more about it once I'm up there – check on Twitter @dalefranklintv for photos from next Tuesday (15th Jan).
I've also just heard that I'm co-hosting one of the 'Beauty Bash' mornings on 24th January with Ali Young- so if you are going that morning – I hope you come and say hi.
I've attached a photo taken almost 24 years to the day of myself and our previous Bearded Collie, Emma on Sandbanks Beach in Dorset. Until next time, I hope you remain well and those New Year's Resolutions hold fast!
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