Blooming heck, it really was nippy this morning. It was so cold I kept my over-trousers on throughout my gym workout, but by the end was warm enough to brave the walk back no problem. I think we’ve forgotten all about how bad it was last winter, since we’ve been enjoying some extremely mild weather throughout December and most of January. Time for the woolies to come out now, although most shops are now full of spring stock.
This week I had to take a day or two off unexpectedly, and so sorry to those I could not see and had to cancel. It has to be something pretty serious for me not to make it, and I usually do try and let people know as soon as I do – which is why having phone contact on the day is most important.
Since Christmas with the prospect of La Senza ceasing to trade, I have invested in quite a few items from their website so have lots of new lingerie to try out and wear. I do often get asked by new clients “Would you please wear something nice for me”, and this makes me chuckle to myself. I don’t think I have anything which isn’t ‘nice’, and always make an effort to wear stockings, suspenders and either one of my many babydolls, or at least matching bra and knickers. So do not fear, there’s always something nice on underneath. There are one or two who I know actually don’t like suspenders, so I can wear hold-ups or even go for bare legs in that case!
With spring on it’s way I am rather excited because I haven’t succumbed to my usual wintery weight gain, and will be approaching summer looking very fit indeedy. Turning 37 has brought with it the usual doubts about what is suitable wear for a lady in her late 30s, I still have the same hotpants and short skirts I wore when last this fit 5 years ago. I remember when I was 21 I said that when I reached 30 I’d have to stop wearing skirts above the knee line, well 30 came and went, then it was 35. How long can I push it,who knows, but as long as I’m fit I’ll have fun!
“It takes every kind of people, to make the world go round” or so the song says. It’s the start of a fresh New Year and I was recently reading a book written by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It’s taken me a few years to get around to his book, which was about time and I really enjoyed it very much. I found several quotes in the book which really appealed to me, and here are a couple that meant a lot to me;
“Human beings naturally continue doing things they like, and they don’t continue what they don’t like”
“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”
There was also another short paragraph, where he talks about about working in a business providing a service, which ends with “Thanks to this, though, I met all kinds of off-beat people and had some unusual encounters”.
This last line sums up some of the interesting, exciting and perhaps not so unusual people I do get to meet as the result of my occupation. It certainly isn’t dull!
If anyone is interested the title of the book is “What I talk about when I talk about running”. It is a very inspirational book, easy to read and full of a great deal of wisdom.
Now that the holidays are well and truly over I am pondering dismantling the Christmas tree, but quite reluctant as I find it so pretty. Perhaps I’ll bring myself to do it over the weekend. Over the next week or so I am available as usual most days apart from Tuesday 10th January when I shall be busy with a few personal things I need to do.
The festive season is in full swing now, and I’m about to have friends arrive for the New Year. As a result I shan’t be available from 8pm this evening, until 9am January 4th. During this time I may not be able to accept phone calls, nor be able to answer emails and text messages. I will however catch up with all correspondence onTuesday 3rd, when I’ll also be accepting bookings for the 4th also.
New Year, new things and I have news on a small change afoot. From 1st January I shall be increasing my rates slightly, do not panic though as these will only apply to bookings made at short notice. My old rates will still however apply to those who book at least 24 hours in advance, and follow my simple confirmation procedures.
Why am I doing this?Well I actually prefer to see less, rather than more clients, plus I find appointments planned in advance are usually much more relaxed especially when having to travel around this part of the country.
If all goes well I may in fact adjust my fees for advance bookings even further to encourage this form of booking.
In the meantime I’ve had a very relaxing Christmas, and lots of positive comments about the new website. I am very pleased with the reactions so far, and glad I made a move from the old one.
Take Care and have a Happy New Year
See you in 2012,
Well here I am again, unfortunately I’ve been having a few issues with my other website – which has meant starting all over again with this one. I’ve tried to keep most things the same, so it looks familiar but there will also be some subtle changes which I’m sure you’ll get used to.
The only real biggie is my calendar page. Now I’ve tried all sorts over the years with this feature, and I’ve found it very difficult to please everyone whilst being reasonable with the amount of time I have to spend at the pc. Calendars in this line can end up being quite restrictive. I’ve had a look at several different options for this new site, and decided to leave out the calendar page completely. I may however post a rough idea of the times/days I am available or days I’m definitely not accepting bookings for either on here, or the ‘About Me’ page. Most people I do find will contact me directly to ask about availability, so I don’t foresee any great inconvenience.
The other thing you’ll notice is that there is no longer a booking form on the site. I am aware that quite a few of you thought the booking form went through to some sort of magical diary of mine, or that it was the only way to contact me. All it actually did was send me an email direct to my usual email address. Sometimes, and quite often prospective clients would make a typo when entering their own contact, email address. So when I replied, it was bounced back at me as undeliverable – and on a few occasions some very naughty people input their best mates address as a bit of a prank.
As a result I decided it was far easier, and safer to leave out the booking form in future. All you need do is contact me directly at the email address displayed on several pages on this site, and I shall respond directly advising on my availability.
A lot less mess on all counts I say!
So this week I am taking a few days off over Christmas but I shall be available Boxing Day (26th), 27th, 28th and 29th of December. I am then taking a few days off as I have friends with me over the New Year period 30th-3rd January but shall be available for bookings from the 4th. Apart from that I have no plans to disappear as of yet!
Take care and have a fun festive season.