Mrs M wrote a post recently on how to tell you are all grown up…
after National newspapers published results of a survey of 2,000 people, which revealed the 50 things that show you are a fully-fledged adult. So I thought I’d take her up on her challenge to see how grown up I am.
1. Having a mortgage - yes.
2. Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions - yes, unless you count us fighting over who pays for lunch….
3. Paying into a pension - no, though this is due to complicated Financial-Adviser-type-stuff rather than me not having one.
4.Conducting a weekly food shop - naturellement. I do live round the corner from Waitrose (do I get a bonus point for that?)
6. Having children - you have read my blog, right?
7. Budgeting every month - *guffaws* *a lot* Oh how DH would love this to be true.
8. Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch - repeatedly. I am also very good at remodelling leftovers.
9. Getting married - yes
10. Having life insurance - refer to number 3.
11. Recycling - but of course. We even recycle food. I actually feel uncomfortable not recycling.
12. Having a savings account - yes. Not that it contains anything.
13. Knowing what terms like ‘ISA’ and ‘tracker’ mean - actually, if i thought about it, I probably do.
14.Watching the news - yes. I also listen to Radio 4 and watch Newsnight (Bonus points??)
15. Owning a lawn mower - yes. Just don’t ask me how it works.
16. Doing your own washing - not since the laundry facilities moved into the Man Cave *high fives*
17. Taking trips to the local tip - yes, though I loathe the queues.
18. Planting flowers - yes. Repeatedly. I can’t keep the little buggers alive.
19. Being able to bleed a radiator - Yes. I am very skilled at this!
20. Having a joint bank account - yes, though with reluctance on DH’s part.
21. Having a view on politics - If you force me.
22. Keeping track of interest rates - *snort* that’ll be a no then.
23. Finding a messy house annoying - yes, but I have small children and a laptop so it’s kind of a given for now.
24. Being able to change a light bulb - yes. Though I am not allowed to use ladders so it’s mostly down to DH.
25. Owning a vacuum cleaner - yes, he’s a Henry. I also have an old-fashioned carpet-sweeper. And a handheld dustbuster thingy.
26. Holding dinner parties - when I can. I anticipate that this will be in my future though.
27. Listening to Radio 2 - see number 14.
28. Enjoying gardening - do I?
29. Spending weekend just ‘pottering’ - doesn’t everyone?
30. Mum starts asking you for advice - I have just set up her mysinglefriend profile. Does that count?
31. Carrying spare shopping bags just in case - I may do, so what of it?
32. Like going round garden centres - but they sell such interesting things, and they often have small animals to amuse small children. And coffee shops.
33. Wearing coats on a night out -that’s just good sense.
34. Going to bed before 11pm - only when I need to because I spent the last week going to bed at midnight.
35. Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week - I see The Mothership every week. I speak to her practically every day.
36. Classing work as a career rather than a job - I raise children for a living.
37. Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away - I repurpose or donate. I never throw it away.
38. You iron - see future review.
39. You wash up immediately after eating - I load the dishwasher.
40. Enjoy cooking - it’s in my DNA.
41. Buying a Sunday paper - I used to, but now have a little thing called the internet
42. Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes - see number 31.
43. You like receiving gift vouchers - I may prefer them to actual gifts.
44. Work keeps you awake at night - nope. Actually, yes: see number 36.
45. Filing post - not as often as I once did. Poor DH.
46. Having a ‘best’ crockery set - DH and I made a deliberate decision not to do this when we got married.
47. Being able to change a car tyre - I once read the manual so that DH could do it.
48. Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime - unlikely: I wear make-up about twice a year so it’s not part of my routine.
49. Being able to follow a receipt - it’s not hard, surely?
50. Owning ‘best towels’ as well as ‘everyday towels’ - family and guest (different colours), does that count?