So I have been getting really lovely feedback 📝 about the blog, and wanted to say thank you☺️!
I am really enjoying writing ✏️, and am also enjoying having the time to spend with friends 👫, and finding out what they get up to every day, and how it differs to the jobs I have done. I recently got an explanation on ‘softcoding’ 📲 – thank you Nick! (I think I need to learn some coding 📲 basics). Been told that YouTube 📹 is apparently going to be THE social media thing of 2016 – (Emily when are you going to turn me into a vlogging star 📹⭐️?). And a general feeling that not everyone is as satisfied with their jobs as they make out ‘terrible boss but good hours’, ‘no career progression, but easy job’ ‘In love with my boss who is married….’ 💓😁
A couple 👭 of my littlest sisters friends sent her a message 💌 saying how much they loved 💕my blog – thanks guys 😍!!! They said of the blog ‘it’s so great that it is written by an unemployed 28 year old’ – which actually made my day 👯.
For the first time in my life, I have nothing – absolutely nothing ahead of me – I can do anything I want. I have always had a next step – school 🎒, university 🎓, internships 💾 and jobs 💻 (I’ve always had another job lined up before leaving one). But I am a firm believer that you are never ‘sorted’ in life. Yes you can have goals to aim for – but you always have to work at everything each step of the way. 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 😀 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 😎 side of my situation – unemployed, 27 actually, living with 4 slightly dysfunctional other 27 year olds 👫👫 and a rabbit 🐰 and taking trips to the V&A 🏤to keep myself occupied. Sorry guys, just to warn you – in 6 years time you may not have a thriving career 👠, a doting husband 👰👦, a house in the country 🏡, two dachshunds 🐶🐶 and a range rover 🚗… 😉)
SO – the weekend:
Chatty and I, took Max out in Brixton – which is very edgy for him (we have decided he is the least edgy housemate , so this was very good for him). Brixton is fun and I guess quite edgy. We had a delightful dinner in Three Eight Four – they do small sharing plates 🍛, we liked the arancini 🍘 and the chicken wings 🐥 the most – and they do fun presentation – the ping pong bat 🍳was quite entertaining. The cocktails 🍸🍹were also great, I had the Nightshade, which was the right level of sweet and they had prosecco 🍸 for £5 a glass. We DID NOT like the group of over excited girls 🙆🙅💁 sitting behind us who shrieked the entire time they were there and took photos with a highly offensive flash 📷🔆. But other than that it was great – until I almost knocked myself out walking into the door on trying to exit. It was a glass door, Chatty was on the other side, and I had only had a couple of cocktails 🍹🍹and a glass of prosecco 🍸 – but seriously, it just wasn’t there….. 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’…… 😲
We ran away – obviously – and contemplated trying to go to Blues Kitchen Brixton 💙 – but gave up as the queue was offensively long 👭👫👭 – 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 🙅…
Saturday we went to the Geffrye Museum 🏤 – really because we wanted to find out who Geffrye 👨 was. We never quite got the to bottom of this – but actually it is a rather fun place to visit. It’s all about the way the ‘middling sort’ lives (their words not mine) and how this has changed over the years. They present you with different interiors 🏡, from different periods, and point out the changes that have taken place. 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 ☕️ and proper ways to make conversation 💑, even how you should stand 🚶 – which all sounds really quite exhausting. And later on, being ‘neat’ in everything you did was extremely important – your parlour need to be ‘neat’. 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 🔵 table cloth, and Le Creuset 🍚 kitchenware aren’t really putting us on the scale… (although they are all second hand 😳😍)
Something else very exciting happened this weekend – I have developed a liking for dachshunds ❤️🐶. I have just never really liked them – it has always seemed so cruel to me to breed them with such long backs 😢, which they can damage so easily. My new liking is not because they are now very trendy – but because this weekend I met 4 really quite charming dachshunds 🐶🐶🐶🐶 – and I think I am almost converted. They are really very loveable 💕 and there is something rather delightful about having a couple of small dachshunds 🐶🐶 piled up on your lap requiring attention. I was very tempted to steal Inka the smallest and take her back to London – I’m sure Bumble wouldn’t have minded… 💘
I also saw the most wonderful beehive – at least it was half a beehive, as the bees 🐝 had built it against a window – so you could see right in! 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. And we got some honey 🐝 to take home – thank you Netty and Ted 😊!!