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A life update – back to where it all began

Did anyone notice I haven’t posted for a while? <<awkward silence!>>

I started this blog almost three and a half years ago, because I’d been made redundant.

Guess what? I’ve just been made redundant again! Well, I say just, I found out it was going to happen 2 weeks ago today, then I was off for a long weekend, then worked a day and a half before getting put on garden leave (where you don’t have to work but still get paid, in case you’re not familiar with the term).

It was pretty unexpected but not overly surprising, if that makes sense? I’m certainly not angry or bitter with my ex employers because small businesses have to do what’s right for them, and where would being cross get me anyway? I’d still be in the same unemployed position, but with a headache and heart palpitations and sore hands from slamming my fist into walls shouting “dammit”!

So, what have I been up to then? <<whispers>> I probably shouldn’t say this…but…

I’ve been having quite a jolly time! As I mentioned I was off for a long weekend immediately after I was given THE NEWS as we were going to the Rock and Blues festival in Derbyshire. At first it seemed rotten timing (“I’m unemployed! I can’t go spending money on drinking booze in a field watching bands I love”) but then it seemed good timing (“I’m unemployed! Sitting at home moping about it isn’t going to change anything, and I REALLY want to be in a field watching bands I love!”) So that was a whole heap of fun, and you’ll be glad to know I didn’t hold back on spending money on booze, including bakewell cherry gin which, as a none gin drinker, went down extremely well.

Since then, last week, I’ve had lunch with my Mom and brother for his birthday; sorted out the garage to make space for our new boxing bag (more on that new fad hobby another time); this week I talked the husband into taking a day off work (legitimately, obvs) so we could have lunch and drinks and hang out on Monday; tried (and failed) to fight off a HIDEOUS hangover on Tuesday (the trouble with not having a job to keep me in check is that I don’t have a cut off point so drank more and later than I usually would have done).

Oh, and then I just nipped to Scotland yesterday, as you do. The husband had a site visit to do in East Kilbride and it’s a bloody long drive from Birmingham to South Scotland on your own, so being the selfless hero I am, I offered to co-pilot. I perused Primark while he did his thing then we drove back down to a lovely little town called Moffat where we had lunch, and then dinner, and drinks (I’m painting a bad picture of myself here, I know) and a lush overnight stay in a lovely hotel with the BEST duvet I have EVER slept under IN MY LIFE (I found out where they bought it from and I’m buying one, it was THAT GOOD), before coming home via Manchester-ish way where he did another 15 minute site visit and I managed to buy some earrings within that 15 minutes (pro-shopper).

So, all in all I’ve been a busy little bee and <<whispers again>> probably not as pro-active as I should have been in job hunting BUT it’s a been very traumatic and stressful time (not strictly true) and the sun has had his hat on again so I think I was entitled to a few days “me” time before I start the job search in earnest (actually in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, but you know what I mean).

Oh, and it’s not like I haven’t applied for any jobs (I have), or been looking (I have), just in case I come across as a privileged little madam. So don’t judge me yeah, because I’m unemployed and might have a cry.

What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

Replacing old favourites

I hate in when something you love – a wardrobe staple – needs to go to the big fashion graveyard in the sky. It makes me genuinely sad. In some cases you just need to accept it and move on. In other cases you absolutely MUST find a replacement.

This is the situation with my go to bag. Black, imitation suede, adjustable plaited shoulder strap, zip fastening, fringed. The perfect bag for a day out shopping, going to the pub, going to a gig, going to the park. Seriously, I love this bag. Not too dressy, not too casual – I can’t live without it! And so when one of the pieces of the plaited handle came loose (after about 18 months of using at least once or twice a week) it was a no-brainer to replace it. Luckily enough it was easy to do, because there are oodles of them on ebay (which is where I first bought one from).

Here’s the bag.

Fringed bag

And it’s available mega cheap, starting at just £6.98 with free delivery from some Far Eastern sellers (I’ve had to buy one from a UK seller and pay postage because I CANNOT wait for postage from China)

It’s also available in other colours

Tan bag Purple bag

Grey bag Brown bag

I’ve had the grey previously, but obviously didn’t have the same love for it as I didn’t replace it. I don’t think imitation suede translates as well in lighter colours, it looks cheap (which we all know, that even though we want a bargain, we don’t want it to look like a bargain).

Having said that, I’m rather tempted by the brown, looking at that picture.

But what about when things aren’t so easy to replace?

I have a black slouchy shoulder bag that I bought from H&M a looong time ago. Again it’s the type of bag everyone should have – perfect for chucking in loads of stuff, still looks good when it’s empty due to the shape. I use it for gigs when I invariably end up with my coat and my husband’s coat, and it was the perfect festival bag last year when we went to Download. Alas, that was it’s undoing as, after many years of use, the pleather started to peel off. Doom.

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And can I find a replacement? No! I’ve tried all the usual suspects and the handles are too short, or the hardware is gold (massive bug bear of mine) or the bag itself is too small. You’d never imagine it to be so difficult.

These are the closest I’ve found.

£18 from Tesco F&F (strap looks too narrow though, it would probably be uncomfortable with a lot of weight in )

Tesco bag

H&M – £12.99 (this one’s described as a back pack, but wondering if the straps would work another way, same issue with them being narrow though)

H&M bag £12.99

And this is probably favourite – £19.99 from H&M

H&M bag £19.99

Off tangent, I also like it in the beige.

H&M beige £19.99

Ebay have the perfect shape, but being fabric this wouldn’t work at an outdoor festival if it rained, and it also doesn’t have a zip.

Fabric bag

Wider this time, with adjustable shoulder strap,  also from ebay, at a bargain £8.79 plus £3.25 postage from China

Ebay black bag £8.79 plus postage

And getting easily distracted again, by the green (same price)

Green ebay bag

Good size and price (£7.68) but the strap is too short

Ebay bag

We may have a winner with this one (£8.89 plus delivery)

Ebay winner

And I also like this one, but its probably a smidge too small, looking at the dimensions.(fussy, moi?)

Ebay 2

The alternative is to carry less stuff around, I suppose! Or, actually go real life shopping, which I really don’t do very often these days…