28 and Unemployed

So I have been getting really lovely feedback ๐Ÿ“ about the blog, and wanted to say thank youโ˜บ๏ธ!

I am really enjoying writing โœ๏ธ, and am also enjoying having the time to spend with friends ๐Ÿ‘ซ, and finding out what they get up to every day, and how it differs to the jobs I have done. ย I recently got an explanation on ‘softcoding’ ๐Ÿ“ฒ – thank you Nick! ย (I think I need to learn some coding ๐Ÿ“ฒ basics). ย Been told that YouTube ๐Ÿ“น is apparently going to be THE social media thing of 2016 – (Emily when are you going to turn me into a vlogging star ๐Ÿ“นโญ๏ธ?). ย And a general feeling that not everyone is as satisfied with their jobs as they make out ย ‘terrible boss but good hours’, ‘no career progression, but easy job’ ‘In love with my boss who is married….’ ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜

A couple ๐Ÿ‘ญ of my littlest sisters friends sent her a message ๐Ÿ’Œ saying how much they loved ๐Ÿ’•my blog – thanks guys ๐Ÿ˜!!! ย They said of the blog ‘it’s so great that it is written by an unemployed 28 year old’ – which actually made my day ๐Ÿ‘ฏ.

For the first time in my life, I have nothing – absolutely nothing ahead of me – I can do anything I want. ย I have always had a next step – school ๐ŸŽ’, university ๐ŸŽ“, internships ๐Ÿ’พ and jobs ๐Ÿ’ป (I’ve always had another job lined up before leaving one). But I am a firm believer that you are never ‘sorted’ in life. ย Yes you can have goals to aim for – but you always have to work at everything each step of the way. ย Which is why being unemployed and 28 is really a rather a great thing (ok your parents probably don’t want you to be aspiring to unemployment in your late 20s) but I now have qualifications and experience ๐Ÿ˜€ and it is up to me to do what I want with it – and take whichever next step I choose, and this is exciting.

(And yes I am aware that they may be seeing the more ridiculous ๐Ÿ˜Ž side of my situation – unemployed, 27 actually, living with 4 slightly dysfunctional other 27 year olds ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ซ and a rabbit ๐Ÿฐ and taking trips to the V&A ๐Ÿคto keep myself occupied. ย Sorry guys, just to warn you – in 6 years time you may not have a thriving career ๐Ÿ‘ , a doting husband ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿ‘ฆ, a house in the country ๐Ÿก, two dachshunds ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ and a range rover ๐Ÿš—… ย ๐Ÿ˜‰)

SO – the weekend:

Chatty and I, took Max out in Brixton – which is very edgy for him ย (we have decided he is the least edgy housemate , so this was very good for him). ย Brixton is fun and I guess quite edgy. ย We had a delightful dinner in Three Eight Four – they do small sharing plates ๐Ÿ›, we liked the arancini ๐Ÿ˜ and the chicken wings ๐Ÿฅ the most – and they do fun presentation – the ping pong bat ๐Ÿณwas quite entertaining. ย The cocktails ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿนwere also great, I had the Nightshade, which was the right level of sweet and they had prosecco ๐Ÿธ for ยฃ5 a glass. ย We DID NOT like the group of over excited girls ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ’ sitting behind us who shrieked the entire time they were there and took photos with a highly offensive flash ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ”†. ย But other than that it was great – until I almost knocked myself out walking into the door on trying to exit. ย It was a ย glass door, Chatty was on the other side, and I had only had a couple of cocktails ๐Ÿน๐Ÿนand a glass of prosecco ๐Ÿธ – but seriously, it just wasn’t there….. ย this is exactly the moment I received the message from my 22 year old sisters friends, saying ‘loving Alice’s blog about being 28 and unemployed’…… ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

We ran away – obviously – and contemplated trying to go to Blues Kitchen Brixtonย ๐Ÿ’™ – but gave up as the queue was offensively long ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ – and to be honest, it looked rather like the queue outside Embargoes on the Kings Road, and we were trying to edgify Max and the last thing he needs is youthful wannabe hipster Sloanes ๐Ÿ™……

Saturday we went to the Geffrye Museumย ๐Ÿค – really because we wanted to find out who Geffryeย ๐Ÿ‘จ was. ย We never quite got the to bottom of this – but actually it is a rather fun place to visit. ย It’s all about the way the ‘middling sort’ lives (their words not mine) and how this has changed over the years. ย They present you with different interiors ๐Ÿก, from different periods, and point out the changes that have taken place. ย I liked the different concepts that were important to people during different eras – ‘politeness’ in the 18th century was a social code – there were very set ways to make tea โ˜•๏ธ and proper ways to make conversation ๐Ÿ’‘, even how you should stand ๐Ÿšถ – which all sounds really quite exhausting. ย And later on, being ‘neat’ in everything you did was extremely important – your parlour need to be ‘neat’. ย I hope ‘edgy’ features in museums in 200 years time, as the way the young ‘middling sort’ of the 2000s lived – although I recommend you don’t use our house – we are trying so hard, but the Cath Kidston ๐Ÿ”ต table cloth, and Le Creuset ๐Ÿš kitchenware aren’t really putting us on the scale… (although they are all second hand ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜)

Something else very exciting happened this weekend – I have developed a liking for dachshunds โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ. ย I have just never really liked them – it has always seemed so cruel to me to breed them with such long backs ๐Ÿ˜ข, which they can damage so easily. ย My new liking is not because they are now very trendy – but because this weekend I met 4 really quite charming dachshunds ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ – and I think I am almost converted. ย They are really very loveable ๐Ÿ’• and there is something rather delightful about having a couple of small dachshunds ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ piled up on your lap requiring attention. ย I was very tempted to steal Inka the smallest and take her back to London – I’m sure Bumble wouldn’t have minded… ๐Ÿ’˜

I also saw the most wonderful beehive – at least it was half a beehive, as the bees ๐Ÿ had built it against a window – so you could see right in! ย They weren’t working on that part at the moment (they were busy on a different level) but it was quite magnificent to see the internal structure and the honeycomb. ย And we got some honey ๐Ÿ to take home – thank you Netty and Ted ๐Ÿ˜Š!!

Alice xxx

Three Eight Four
More drinks (lovely glasses)
The beastly queue. I mean fur headbands – really.
Intense selfie concentration. Topshop playsuit, Topshop necklace, Ash wedge trainers. (Brixton outfit)
Chesca’s wonderful influence on the house
We liked this mirror. In a very ‘polite’ parlour.
What the ‘middling sort’ read
Inside the hive ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ