John and I have been searching for somewhere to live for about six months now. We are just not agreeing on anywhere. The place that I loved, he thought was too small and the one he wanted, I thought was way too big! I have very high hopes for an apartment we are going to see this weekend. It’s 5 minutes from my office and only 10 from John’s. It is somewhere in the middle of the two we liked previously in terms of size and it has a communal garden! I don’t even want to think about the drama’s we are going to have when we come to furnishing the place. John’s mum is an interior stylist; she knows all the best property staging companies to advise on market trends when it comes to decorating a home for auction. I know she is going to get very involved in our design choices. A lot of the stuff she likes is actually rather amazing but way outside of our budget and way too ‘styled’.
I prefer a slightly more natural look, a hodge podge of meaningful and personal pieces. I find that all the places we are seeing look the same; the same shades of dark wood, minimal greys, slate, polished concrete and so on. I think John likes the minimal scando inspired look but I don’t want to live in just another new build. His mum keeps sending me images of bespoke woodcraft pieces and vintage candelabras, I fear I am going to have to give in to something. I keep telling her she needs to calm down until we actually find a place to live! At the moment we have no mantelpiece on which to place the exquisite 18th century compass she has found for us. I have just about managed to stop her from coming with us to look at all the apartments, especially the one this weekend. I keep telling her I don’t want to seem presumptuous by showing up with an home styling expert, as I know she would be unable to control her urges to measure things and draw up plans.
So happy to be hired as part of an events team! Gosh, I’m fresh out of uni as well. I didn’t even have to apply: I was drafted. Seriously? Even the tutors were pretty disparaging about our chances at finding a job. I handed in my final assessment and sort of sighed, because I knew I’d be in for a long job hunt without anything great at the end because it’s an industry where you work your way up.
Never mind any of that! I have to pinch myself every morning, but here I am, fresh from my very first day and everyone seems so lovely. Basically, our company has monthly gatherings, just socials where people can chill and let off steam. My job is to scout out Melbourne’s party venues and find something fresh every month. I guess Melbourne must have a few of them, but it’s a bit weird that we have to find a new one every month. Maybe we’re looking for the absolute perfect fit, and we’ll stop there? Guess it depends on me doing my job well, because I have to constantly keep my ear to the ground for any hot places.
At least I’m the ‘new’ girl, so I guess the responsibility won’t be all mine from the get-go. I do have a few ideas for function venues, party rooms, all that business. I just did an events course, after all! You don’t do that for three years without picking up some contacts and industry knowledge, unless you’re really just phoning it in and you don’t care about your industry. A lot of people just pick events because it sounds easy, and ‘I like parties’. Nope, I was pretty serious! And now I have a serious job, so it looks like that one paid off. The only thing is that people don’t really talk about much here. They all want to talk about work all the time, and I don’t know anything about them as people. Maybe it’ll change, but for now I’m focusing on broadening my Melbourne birthday party venue knowledge. Can’t waste this opportunity…
Susan came round on the weekend and told me about her new plans to become a millionaire. She has come up with a new app that sets up farmers with produce distributors. It might sound like a good idea but it is just classic Susan. She always has these mad ideas that she thinks are really special but she gets bored of them before she dedicates any actual time to developing it. She has started looking at app design courses in Melbourne because she truly thinks this one will be different. I can assure you, it will not. Susan doesn’t even know anything about farming and now she wants to create the Tinder of the farming world. She went on one date with a farmer who was complaining about a lack of communication channels between growers and suppliers and she suddenly felt enlightened. The guy didn’t work out but she is now a serious app developer and a budding technological guru. Apparently the app development course will teach her everything from actually designing and building the app, to marketing it and releasing it. I guarantee Susan won’t even attend a single open day for an app development course but she will talk about it for approximately two months before barging in with another genius idea. A lot of my other friends ask why I still keep Susan around because all she ever does is talk about herself. If I am being honest, she has a certain energy that I enjoy, even if she is banging on about app courses and whatnot. At least she isn’t as boring as my other friends who only talk about divorces and broken kettles. The other annoying thing about Susan is her lack of awareness, I mean the woman genuinely believes she is the first person to think of a genius app idea.