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Title: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bookworm317 on December 11, 2010, 03:58:08 PM
...You get holiday cards from your Insurance Company.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: M-theory on December 11, 2010, 04:03:08 PM
The financial consequences of being sick or injured (money lost due to not working, paying for medical care) concern you more than the pain.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lisbeth on December 11, 2010, 04:32:04 PM
You cannot be claimed as a dependent on anyone else's tax return.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bluebirds on December 11, 2010, 04:39:19 PM
Sunday night clubbing is no longer a viable way of starting the week...  :'( :D
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: nutraxfornerves on December 11, 2010, 04:41:15 PM
You buy yourself a washer, dryer, and lawn mower.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Daffydilly on December 11, 2010, 04:46:17 PM
You are thrilled to buy towels and basic household necessities when you receive a gift card.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: blue2000 on December 11, 2010, 05:00:49 PM
'Plumbing' is less of a career choice and more of a discussion of health food or toy-throwing toddlers.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 11, 2010, 05:10:39 PM
You start bemoaning the lamentable state of the "noise" those gosh-darn kids call music nowadays.

Also, when the music from your childhood starts getting airtime on the oldies station.     
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Ceallach on December 11, 2010, 06:08:14 PM
I didn't get drunk at my work Xmas party this year, and in fact spent the last hour outside with one of my staff while she was sick, and I was on the phone giving her DH directions to come pick her up.

I have been on the other side of that story.

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Dazi on December 11, 2010, 06:41:39 PM
You get excited when you have a really good gain on your 401K investments.  ;D

You can't stay out all night partying and then go straight to work in the morning.

You get excited about shopping for and getting great deals on new appliances, dishes, bath towels and linens.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lady Snowdon on December 11, 2010, 08:16:22 PM
You find yourself bemoaning how expensive things are compared to when you were a kid.  I'll never forget the summer I turned 16, when gas was .99 a gallon!

Someone invites you out somewhere, and your first thought is "well, I got a decent amount of sleep last night, so I'd *probably* be able to stay up that late". 

You suddenly realize you can't understand the people on TV unless the volume is turned up to twice of what it used to be set at. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: deety on December 11, 2010, 08:45:25 PM
.... you have to clean up the __________*.

*poo, vomit, maple syrup on the floor, 180 tissues that your DS (13 months) yanked from the brand new box... no, that didn't happen tonight, why do you ask? *
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on December 11, 2010, 09:01:50 PM
When there's nobody else to take the dog out in the freezing cold rain because the entire household is you and your husband and he is at work.

When you realize that dogs don't housetrain themselves, that was your mom doing that and oh guess what now it's your turn.

When you get into a bind and you *don't* tell your parents because it's your thing to deal with.

Mom and Dad don't pay for your Christmas presents to themselves any more :P

You have to discuss whose family to visit for which holiday, and how that's going to affect vacation time and paychecks.

You're making plans for your wedding anniversary (eeek, less than a month until our 2nd, when did I grow up???)

You go down this list checking off all the ones you do... ;)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: StarDrifter on December 12, 2010, 04:57:07 AM
you have to go home early from work because your husband has called to tell you that the back porch is collapsing... and you can't ring the landlord about it because it's YOUR HOUSE, and you have to pay to fix it yourself.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on December 12, 2010, 07:23:15 AM
Your family does not exchange presents- and you like it that way.

Chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles no longer sounds so appealing to you.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Jolie_kitten on December 12, 2010, 07:41:07 AM
A few months ago, my boyfriend (of about 2 years) broke up with me. It was hard... but guess what: the next day (that is: waaay sooner than even I expected to) we had a loooong chat and I told him that I consider him my best friend and always will,  and then  we wished each other every happiness. I couldn't help but remark :"" Wow... we're being so grown-up about it..."
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: zoidberg on December 12, 2010, 08:33:23 AM
... you go shopping for a BYOB party and you pass the colourful liquor shelf without stopping and go straight for the dry red Spanish wine with gold netting that you know won't give you a headache or heart-burn.

... you're planning how to spend your 30th birthday.

... you go on a 30 minute rant with another friend who's just gone back to school about the rude, clueless young whippersnappers who go to school with you, wherein the phrase "in our day" is mentioned several times.

Seriously, if I had a lawn, I'd shout at you to stay off it!  ::)

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bookworm317 on December 12, 2010, 12:09:22 PM
... you go shopping for a BYOB party and you pass the colourful liquor shelf without stopping and go straight for the dry red Spanish wine with gold netting that you know won't give you a headache or heart-burn.

... you're planning how to spend your 30th birthday.

... you go on a 30 minute rant with another friend who's just gone back to school about the rude, clueless young whippersnappers who go to school with you, wherein the phrase "in our day" is mentioned several times.

Seriously, if I had a lawn, I'd shout at you to stay off it!  ::)



I hope you don't mean you would yell at me to stay off your lawn(I'm not one of those dang whippersnappers).
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Miss Misery on December 12, 2010, 12:39:09 PM
You put vacuum cleaners and computer chairs on your Christmas WishList   :P

When you hear someone refer to Batman Returns as an "old" movie.




Oh, and you little whippersnappers GET OFF MY LAWN!  ;)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Luci on December 12, 2010, 02:06:12 PM
Chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles no longer sounds so appealing to you.

You're right. It needs hot chocolate as a chaser.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 12, 2010, 02:21:31 PM
Chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles no longer sounds so appealing to you.

You're right. It needs hot chocolate as a chaser.

 ;D :D ;D

Lucinda7 for the win!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on December 12, 2010, 02:29:39 PM
...when you get your utility bill and it's $60 less than usual because you turned the heat down and you decide that $60 is totally worth freezing your rear off all winter.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: kitty-cat on December 12, 2010, 02:45:45 PM
When it's your name on the eneveolpe with the plastic window.
When you realize that what you want to eat in groceries and the money in your wallet don't match.
When you find your eye twitching at kids who walk over their parents. (in MY day it was the parents in charge, no the 7 year old. and yes, I do know I'm only a month from 20 :P)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Thipu1 on December 12, 2010, 04:30:36 PM
You Are an Adult when:

You're responsible for all the bills.

Given a choice, you choose the practical boots over the cute ones.

A slightly younger co-worker who is a club-kid (he was 25 and I was 29) hits you with this.  "Thipu.  You're an older woman.  Tell me when you stop wanting to have fun."  :-\

   
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bluebirds on December 12, 2010, 04:44:26 PM
When you've set up all your direct debits to come out straight after you get paid so that all essentials are covered and you don't overspend your 'play-money'.

When money is no longer 'beer, pizza and cute clothes' money, but 'work clothes, budget-yet-healthy food and good quality wine' money :d

When getting a boyfriend no longer involves sending a note through your best friend  :P (I actually miss those days, soooo much easier :D)

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on December 12, 2010, 05:43:48 PM
...when you get your utility bill and it's $60 less than usual because you turned the heat down and you decide that $60 is totally worth freezing your rear off all winter.

Yup. I love my wool shawl. :)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 12, 2010, 07:28:44 PM
When good nutrition is the first priority for meals rather than taste.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lisbeth on December 12, 2010, 07:31:46 PM
Mom makes clear that you are responsible for taking up or letting down hems, ironing, doing your own laundry, repairing your own clothes, and buying your own clothes.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Luci on December 12, 2010, 07:50:18 PM
the people you don't care about criticize you, and you don't care. Yes! It finally happened.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on December 13, 2010, 11:57:10 AM
You find yourself saying charming things like, "Do I look like the owner of electric company/gas company?  Please turn off the lights you're not using/put on a sweater if you're that cold!"

You start asking for appliances for gift giving occasions.

You open your mouth and your mothers voice comes out.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hushabye on December 13, 2010, 12:39:07 PM
...you've gone from discussing your next motorcycle gear purchase to discussing your next baby gear purchase.

...the highlight of Black Friday shopping was the awesome deal on the new vacuum you got.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on December 13, 2010, 01:06:55 PM
you ask for tires for Christmas, and get REALLY excited about them too.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lisbeth on December 13, 2010, 01:25:26 PM
Knowing you have the funds to pay for your health insurance makes you want to dance.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: lilfox on December 13, 2010, 03:05:55 PM
When good nutrition is the first priority for meals rather than taste.

Corollary:  When the healthy food becomes tasty!

Also known as, when the oaty bits in Lucky Charms taste better than the marshmallow bits, when vegetables don't have to be forced down but are actually savored, and when wheat bread is preferred over white.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 13, 2010, 03:07:32 PM
Or conversely:

I can eat dessert FIRST!   :D

You know you are an adult when you set up a budget and stick to it.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lisbeth on December 13, 2010, 11:02:09 PM
People call you sir or ma'am, whether you like it or not.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: MizB on December 13, 2010, 11:29:20 PM
When you have to take vacation to visit your mom.

When you are the one that has to do the laundry, keep the house clean and keep track of everything from groceries to bills.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on December 14, 2010, 07:40:45 AM
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When you are the one that has to do the laundry, keep the house clean and keep track of everything from groceries to bills.

Even when you're sick. :P
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sterling on December 14, 2010, 08:52:17 AM
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you ask for tires for Christmas, and get REALLY excited about them too.

Yep this one happened to me this year.  I asked for and received early 4 new tires for christmas.  ::)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on December 14, 2010, 09:46:11 AM
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you ask for tires for Christmas, and get REALLY excited about them too.

Yep this one happened to me this year.  I asked for and received early 4 new tires for christmas.  ::)

This year I want a programmable thermostat.  I don't think I'm getting it. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Coralreef on December 14, 2010, 10:17:16 AM
When Christmas is more of a hassle than it's worth.

When you walk in front of a store and refuse to go in, because the clothes in the window look "too young".
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: happygrrl on December 14, 2010, 11:27:17 AM
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When you walk in front of a store and refuse to go in, because the clothes in the window look "too young".

Yep. My heart goes "SQEE! They're so cute!". My mind replies, "Don't even think about it; you're too old."

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: BatCity on December 14, 2010, 03:21:01 PM
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When you walk in front of a store and refuse to go in, because the clothes in the window look "too young".

Yep. My heart goes "SQEE! They're so cute!". My mind replies, "Don't even think about it; you're too old."


Or, when you only notice cute clothes because they'd look great on your daughter.

I'm sorry to say there is not one thing on this list that doesn't apply to me. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HushHush on December 14, 2010, 06:34:08 PM
When all you really want for Christmas is the baby gear you have to buy before February so why not kill two birds with one stone and get Christmas presents out of them too.

When the most important piece of information on a new garment is if its machine washable and not dry clean only.

When sleeping in becomes 8am instead of noon.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: kitty-cat on December 14, 2010, 07:14:23 PM
When sleeping in becomes 8am instead of noon.

That's how you know if you're in HS... I had to wake up at 5:30 to catch the bus that came at 6:10. If I was daring I could lay out everything the night before and sleep till 5:45-5:50. (of course nothing was ever laid out and I had to rely on luck to never leave at home my student ID)

And as for adult: When you're the one deboning the chicken breasts for dinner. Not mom. (mom was standing next to me talking)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Delia DeLyons on December 15, 2010, 08:19:00 AM
     When you have serious talks with your SO on how to get more fiber into your diets.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: megswsu on December 15, 2010, 01:14:11 PM
When you get *excited* about new appliances. Why, yes I do love my W&D that we bought 6 months ago!

When there no longer is such a thing as "sleeping in." (Maybe in a few years w/the kid is older).
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: LadyClaire on December 15, 2010, 02:25:05 PM
When you get an unexpected bit of extra money and think of which bill you want to pay with it, or about putting it into savings instead of blowing it on a pair of shoes.

When you look at your bank account and think "crud, I only have $200 left until next payday" after you've paid the monthly bills, and not "whoo, I have $200 left, I'm going to the mall!"

When you have to purchase and be responsible for your health insurance and car insurance..and when you buy your first home owner's insurance policy.

When you look forward to seeing what coupons are in the Sunday paper, and get excited when there's a good one on something you use.

When you have to tell kids to stay off your lawn..and you mean it.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on December 15, 2010, 08:19:51 PM
While watching Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, you're thinking"I'd be pretty PO'ed if my husband arranged to be out of town every year on our anniversary!"

(According to the story, Santa and his wife got married on Christmas Eve and that was the day Santa later decided to make his yearly toy delivery.)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sirius on December 16, 2010, 12:40:49 AM
When the car breaks down it's your nickel.

When the hot water heater goes belly-up in a home you own, it's your nickel.

When the cats need to go to the vet for their yearly once-over and shots, it's your nickel.

I remember when gas was less than 20 cents a gallon (mid 1960s) and I remember my mother complaining about having to pay 32 cents for a gallon of gas:  "32 cents for a gallon of gas!  That's highway robbery!"  Mom passed away in 1988; I wonder what she'd say about $3 a gallon.  (Actually, I know what she'd say, and I can't repeat it here because it'll never make it past the filters.) 

While I've never yelled at kids to get off my lawn, I have told them to get out of my yard or not to play on my porch. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HushHush on December 16, 2010, 12:42:23 PM
When a strict Mom Look gets a couple of a random 12-13 yr old boys to stop swearing in front of 8 yr old ds and apologize.  With a ma'am and everything!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: kitty-cat on December 16, 2010, 01:09:13 PM
When a strict Mom Look gets a couple of a random 12-13 yr old boys to stop swearing in front of 8 yr old ds and apologize.  With a ma'am and everything!

Nice! So far my adult look only works on todlers who are standing in shopping carts. And I haven't tried it in a while...
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lady Snowdon on December 16, 2010, 07:26:20 PM
When you learn that, as much as you may want something, NOW may not be the best time to get it.  And you think you might be okay with that.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Esther_bunny on December 16, 2010, 11:19:07 PM
ALL of the abovementioned!

Going to Lowe's never did anything for me until we bought our house....now I just drool when I go in there.

Instead of spending discretionary cash on cd's and movies I daydream about new sheets, new flooring, painting our rooms....going online to look at furniture....

Getting excited if I get to stay up past my usual bed time and then going to bed at my usual bed time.

Thinking about buying more clothes for work instead of clothes for going out clubbing.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Wendy Moira Angela Pan on December 17, 2010, 12:06:21 AM
When you're the one who has to decide what to do in an emergency. Or if the situation you're in is an emergency (My cat ate some curling ribbon yesterday, and its reappearance was startling, to say the least). When you have other people or creatures depending on you, and you have to decide what's best for them.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: nutraxfornerves on December 17, 2010, 08:50:00 AM
When, after a burglary, you feel like Calvin's Dad (http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2010/06/21/)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: LadyClaire on December 17, 2010, 01:57:49 PM
ALL of the abovementioned!

Going to Lowe's never did anything for me until we bought our house....now I just drool when I go in there.

Instead of spending discretionary cash on cd's and movies I daydream about new sheets, new flooring, painting our rooms....going online to look at furniture....

Getting excited if I get to stay up past my usual bed time and then going to bed at my usual bed time.

Thinking about buying more clothes for work instead of clothes for going out clubbing.

DH and I spent so much time and money at Lowe's when we bought our house. We'd go two or three times a day sometimes.

DH was excited when we bought a matching couch and loveseat from Ashley furniture..because in his entire life, he'd never once had matching furniture. His parents were so poor that their furniture was usually salvaged or bought secondhand, and it never matched.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: supernova on December 17, 2010, 02:07:37 PM
...being sick no longer means getting to curl up in bed/on the couch, with blankies and TV, and someone bringing you hot tea and soup, so you can rest and get well.

Instead, it means hacking and sneezing your way through 4 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, cleaning the kitchen, making dinner for everyone, and getting your own NSFW-ing soup and tea. 

Or hauling your wheezing carcase down to the grocery store for orange juice, 7-up, and Chloraseptic, if you don't want to go without. 

Or going to work anyway because you're out of sick time and don't want to lose your job.

I never realized how much nicer it was to be sick when I was a kid, until I became a grownup.  :'(

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on December 18, 2010, 09:42:26 AM
...being sick no longer means getting to curl up in bed/on the couch, with blankies and TV, and someone bringing you hot tea and soup, so you can rest and get well.

Instead, it means hacking and sneezing your way through 4 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, cleaning the kitchen, making dinner for everyone, and getting your own NSFW-ing soup and tea. 

Or hauling your wheezing carcase down to the grocery store for orange juice, 7-up, and Chloraseptic, if you don't want to go without. 

Or going to work anyway because you're out of sick time and don't want to lose your job.

I never realized how much nicer it was to be sick when I was a kid, until I became a grownup.  :'(



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Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: White Dragon on December 18, 2010, 04:38:14 PM
Realizing there is a problem with your bank account and that you have to go to the teller, explain the problem and figure out how to solve it.

(Bonus points if you are the parent watching  your 19yo dd do this for herself.)  :)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on December 18, 2010, 06:54:12 PM
That triple chocolate cake someone brought at work does not seem so appetizing either.

The pumpkin loaf seems much tastier than the chocolate cake.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Luci on December 18, 2010, 07:41:09 PM
That triple chocolate cake someone brought at work does not seem so appetizing either. 

Well, when you are over 50, it may resurface as a good wonderful thing.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: SiotehCat on December 18, 2010, 07:42:39 PM
That triple chocolate cake someone brought at work does not seem so appetizing either.

The pumpkin loaf seems much tastier than the chocolate cake.

In that case, I might never be an adult.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on December 18, 2010, 08:04:09 PM
It dawns on you after wandering through Target that most of their accessories are very young looking, and the amount of jr. clothes seem to outnumber the amount of adult clothes.   And you notice you're not interested in wearing any of it. :P

Well other than the pj's cause Nick & Norah pj's are fun. :)

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on December 19, 2010, 01:02:06 AM
When you can eat roti or hamburgers for breakfast and when people ask why you just say, "Why not?" ... and they can't answer you!!!  ;D
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on December 25, 2010, 10:46:40 PM
...when you get a jam sampler in your Christmas basket along with the other treats. Kids don't get jam. They get cookies and candy and toys.

I got jam. I feel old now.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hushabye on December 25, 2010, 11:34:21 PM
When the idea of getting to try a bunch of different kinds of jam sounds pretty good and you wonder how to get a friend to give you a jam sampler.  ;D
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on December 26, 2010, 07:46:16 AM
When getting a blender for Christmas from your in-laws is a great present. :)   
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on December 26, 2010, 08:13:16 AM
I got dishes & silverware for Christmas - just what I wanted!  =)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on December 26, 2010, 09:34:16 PM
I got a Walmart gift card from my brother and I'm going to use it on stuff for the house. Our living room needs a lot more light and it's starting to drive me crazy. For example - I usually crochet at my computer and watch movies or TV online. The last couple of days, its been really cold, and the dog's been cold, so I've covered up in a blanket in the recliner with the dog under the blanket and watched Netflix on my Wii. Except that there is no light in my living room! The indirect light from the dining room and the lava lamps at the far end of the room just don't cut it :P

So I'm aiming for two matching lamps for either end of the room.

It's funny, three years ago when my FIL didn't bother asking for any hints and got me a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card, I thought it was awful (I was living at home and had absolutely no use for such a thing and it was so clearly 'she's a girl, therefore she will like it' kind of thing), but now, I'd love it! I can think of at least a dozen things I could buy there now.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: The Opinionator on December 27, 2010, 02:38:26 PM
When getting a blender for Christmas from your in-laws is a great present. :)   
I got a coffee machine. I'm more excited about that than I am about the cupcake pyjamas.  :P
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: LadyClaire on December 27, 2010, 02:39:36 PM
When getting a blender for Christmas from your in-laws is a great present. :)   
I got a coffee machine. I'm more excited about that than I am about the cupcake pyjamas.  :P

I got a steam floor cleaner. I was so excited because it meant I didn't have to scrub the kitchen and bathroom floors on my hands and knees anymore.

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sirius on December 28, 2010, 07:12:28 PM
I got a Bed, Bath, and Beyond card for Christmas, and I used it to get a new crock pot since our old one is about to go over the western slope.  I got the old one at least 15 years ago - it antedates Mr. Sirius - and have used it at least twice a week since.  (I use it so often that it never is put into a cabinet; its home is the counter.)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on December 28, 2010, 09:14:06 PM
I got a Publix gift card at one of those gift exchanges at a potluck where you can swap it for another one given your number. I think I ended up with the best present of the bunch.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: JonGirl on December 29, 2010, 03:29:54 AM
I got dishes & silverware for Christmas - just what I wanted!  =)

I got an electric frying pan!






And the entire box set of It's Garry Shandling's show!!!   ;D  :D
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: zoidberg on December 29, 2010, 10:12:39 AM
... you just sold your very first own car because it would have cost more to repair it than it was worth, but inside you just died a little.

 :'(

RIP, Captain Blue.

(It was a tiny blue car with one white wing mirror and I swear I had to repair the exhaust 10 times because it kept falling off but it was my very first own car and I drove it for over 10 years and I loved it... oh man, now I'm gonna cry for real)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on December 29, 2010, 03:29:03 PM
... you just sold your very first own car because it would have cost more to repair it than it was worth, but inside you just died a little.

 :'(

RIP, Captain Blue.

(It was a tiny blue car with one white wing mirror and I swear I had to repair the exhaust 10 times because it kept falling off but it was my very first own car and I drove it for over 10 years and I loved it... oh man, now I'm gonna cry for real)

Yep. This. We're in the process of selling my 10yo car because its just not worth it to fix it. It's worth maybe $500 because of possible frame damage due to an accident (while my parents owned it so I'm not sure about the frame damage) and we were quoted $2000 to fix the AC and automatic locks. It was still driveable at that point, just inconvenient and uncomfortable in summer, so we declined that offer! But then they said there was also water damage to the electrical system from a flood, but they couldn't give us a quote until things stopped working. And the brakes needed replacing (we already knew that). So, $2000+ at this point. And the plates were about to expire, and it needed a whole new windshield to pass inspection.

So we decided to sell it for parts. For a whole whopping $150. And that was probably going to be the best offer. I need to arrange for them to come get it now that the holidays are over.

And then the really adult part comes in: we're not replacing it because we don't technically *need* a second car right now, and can't afford one, so we're sharing my husband's car. And I hate it because I'm stuck at home all the time now because for most of the year I was the only one of my friends who had a working vehicle. And now, if I do want to go somewhere, I have to do it around my husband's work schedule, and he goes to work at 3. So I have to basically cut my day in half to drive him to work if I want the car.

And it sucks, and I want my car back. But we're responsible adults now, so we share the one we can afford.

Ya know, sometimes being a grown up sucks.
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Post by: hermanne on December 30, 2010, 09:40:30 AM
Your wish-list for your new house includes an area rug and front-loading washing machine.
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Post by: Cutenoob on December 31, 2010, 11:21:24 PM
You type out a What You Need To Know When You Move Out list for a kid.
(how to sign up for elec, what services are necessary, where/how to get food if you're out...survival mechanisms)

You start valuing your "Common Sense and Practicality" so much more.

You sit down once a week, type in bills to Quicken and find out if you'll have any extra money..or to rearrange the payments so you can get diapers/supplies.

You tell everyone going out tonite (NYE) to drive safe and be careful.

You roll your eyes at wearing heels and spiffy shoes, and select very bland sneakers - they are comfortable.
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Post by: Luci on January 01, 2011, 01:50:54 AM
Apparently from another thread, it is when you are pregnant and every gift you receive for Christmas and your birthday is for the baby, and you are thrilled!
 
Yes I did and I was. DD was born in January, three days after my birthday.
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Post by: boxy on January 01, 2011, 07:04:42 AM
You realize the car you've been driving for 22 years is now worth more to keep running than buying new.  It's fully depreciated (a term you now understand), is cheaper to insure (since you're actually saving for retirement this takes on new meaning), and you don't care where you park since all the doors are already dented.  You realize if you get in a wreck and it's totaled, financially it's no big deal though if you get in a wreck and YOU are totaled it could mean a prolonged and uncomfortable hospital stay.

The smell of "new car" no longer makes your tummy tingle in delight or a smile break across your face.  Instead, all you see is the ginormous payment coupon book.
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Post by: Venus193 on January 01, 2011, 08:27:09 AM
You look at the next generation's clothing and go "tsk, tsk."

Ditto with their music and movies.

You are appalled when a younger person tells you s/he has never seen a B&W movie.
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Post by: Delia DeLyons on January 04, 2011, 07:55:10 AM
     Got cash for Christmas and was slightly disappointed, because it meant I would likely put it towards food and gas versus if it had been an actual gift... like cookware... which I *really* wanted  :P

     When you take a nap on New Year's Eve so you can make it to midnight...LOL.... and when staying home on New Year's Eve isn't shameful, but enviable!
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Post by: lilfox on January 04, 2011, 01:57:44 PM
When you're willing to sacrifice nice vacations in warm locations to pay off a major house renovation.  And, to be honest, are more excited about the New Master Bathroom  ;D  than any ol' beach trip.

When you're truly disappointed that you *didn't* get an electric can opener for Christmas to replace the one you got years ago (as a Christmas gift that at the time was only lukewarmly received).
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Post by: Mrs.E on January 04, 2011, 02:34:25 PM
When you are in charge of the family budget.

When you brag to whoever will listen how much you saved at the grocery store and what bill you will pay with it.

When you start wanting what your mom gets for Christmas, and begging for her old stuff.

When you look down at the 10 month old in your arms and never want to leave him.

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Post by: Akka on January 04, 2011, 03:03:20 PM
When you have to clean up all kinds of discusding messes, and you cannot say ewwwww and run away

When you are responsible for getting out of bed in the morning and being ready on time

When you have to cook for yourself, or you will be hungry

When your parents start depending on you, rather than the other way round

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Post by: Luci on January 04, 2011, 05:53:09 PM
When you look down at the 10 month old in your arms and never want to leave him.

and when 18 years later you let him go and are confident he will do well because you did your best for him.
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Post by: zoidberg on January 05, 2011, 07:02:11 AM

Yep. This. We're in the process of selling my 10yo car because its just not worth it to fix it. It's worth maybe $500 because of possible frame damage due to an accident (while my parents owned it so I'm not sure about the frame damage) and we were quoted $2000 to fix the AC and automatic locks. It was still driveable at that point, just inconvenient and uncomfortable in summer, so we declined that offer! But then they said there was also water damage to the electrical system from a flood, but they couldn't give us a quote until things stopped working. And the brakes needed replacing (we already knew that). So, $2000+ at this point. And the plates were about to expire, and it needed a whole new windshield to pass inspection.

So we decided to sell it for parts. For a whole whopping $150. And that was probably going to be the best offer. I need to arrange for them to come get it now that the holidays are over.

And then the really adult part comes in: we're not replacing it because we don't technically *need* a second car right now, and can't afford one, so we're sharing my husband's car. And I hate it because I'm stuck at home all the time now because for most of the year I was the only one of my friends who had a working vehicle. And now, if I do want to go somewhere, I have to do it around my husband's work schedule, and he goes to work at 3. So I have to basically cut my day in half to drive him to work if I want the car.

And it sucks, and I want my car back. But we're responsible adults now, so we share the one we can afford.

Ya know, sometimes being a grown up sucks.

It *does* suck, doesn't it? As long as SO and I have been together (10 years), we've both had our own car. SO had to give his own car up in order to buy the "family car" last year (but he didn't complain, cause the new (used but new for us  :P) car had a lot more power than his old car. And now we only have the family car. It means giving up a bit of freedom and it also means giving up something I dearly loved. But yeah, being a grown up, you have to make choices that aren't easy.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: LadyClaire on January 05, 2011, 08:06:00 AM
When shopping at your favorite department store, you bypass the shoes and clothes in order to go to the bed and bath section and spend your shopping budget on washcloths, hand towels, and a new rug.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on January 06, 2011, 03:17:26 PM

Yep. This. We're in the process of selling my 10yo car because its just not worth it to fix it. It's worth maybe $500 because of possible frame damage due to an accident (while my parents owned it so I'm not sure about the frame damage) and we were quoted $2000 to fix the AC and automatic locks. It was still driveable at that point, just inconvenient and uncomfortable in summer, so we declined that offer! But then they said there was also water damage to the electrical system from a flood, but they couldn't give us a quote until things stopped working. And the brakes needed replacing (we already knew that). So, $2000+ at this point. And the plates were about to expire, and it needed a whole new windshield to pass inspection.

So we decided to sell it for parts. For a whole whopping $150. And that was probably going to be the best offer. I need to arrange for them to come get it now that the holidays are over.

And then the really adult part comes in: we're not replacing it because we don't technically *need* a second car right now, and can't afford one, so we're sharing my husband's car. And I hate it because I'm stuck at home all the time now because for most of the year I was the only one of my friends who had a working vehicle. And now, if I do want to go somewhere, I have to do it around my husband's work schedule, and he goes to work at 3. So I have to basically cut my day in half to drive him to work if I want the car.

And it sucks, and I want my car back. But we're responsible adults now, so we share the one we can afford.

Ya know, sometimes being a grown up sucks.

It *does* suck, doesn't it? As long as SO and I have been together (10 years), we've both had our own car. SO had to give his own car up in order to buy the "family car" last year (but he didn't complain, cause the new (used but new for us  :P) car had a lot more power than his old car. And now we only have the family car. It means giving up a bit of freedom and it also means giving up something I dearly loved. But yeah, being a grown up, you have to make choices that aren't easy.


Yep. It's even making finding a job difficult, because DH works 3pm-11pm, and has classes. So I really can't get a typical office job. He doesn't get a lunch break so we can't arrange to switch the car around. Or it would be really hard, at any rate. Of course, then we could afford a second car! I'm actually going to apply for a volunteer position that I think is located here in Memphis (if not, they have a relocation stipend and it's right after he graduates so we could move no problem), and it comes with a stipend, so we could lease a car for the year.

This volunteer thing makes me feel grownup: the stipend will help with bills, I'll get an education award toward paying off my loans, and it will help my resume. I didn't use to have to think about things like that.
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Post by: Mrs.E on January 07, 2011, 04:23:43 PM
When you look down at the 10 month old in your arms and never want to leave him.

and when 18 years later you let him go and are confident he will do well because you did your best for him.

*Tear* Don't get me started, I am teary eyed planning his first birthday party! :-\
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: White Dragon on January 12, 2011, 01:55:55 PM
Got this in my email today.
It is perfect for this thread!

*** Adult Truths ***

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2.. Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Iffy Neighbourhoods" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a rude person from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

 
 
 
 
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on January 12, 2011, 02:49:08 PM
White Dragon, I think I love you!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Xallanthia on January 12, 2011, 03:21:29 PM
5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

1. Find a corner.  Stick your hand all the way up into it (to the end of the seam)

2. Find the next corner to the right.  Stick it into the corner you already have, so the seams line up.

3. Repeat for the next 2 corners.

4. Lay flat.  You now have roughly rectangular object with 2 sides of the rectangle overlapped by material that covers the sides of the mattress.

5. Fold in thirds the long way, then in half the short way.  You now have an object that is about the same size as your flat sheet, folded.

If you do this really expertly people will look at both and go "which is the fitted sheet?"  I've never achieved this level of perfection, but it looks OK in my closet.
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Post by: esteban on January 12, 2011, 03:27:49 PM
Fitted sheets go on the bed silly.   If they are in the closet you are doing something horribly wrong.

Don't tell me you are supposed to have more than 1 sheet set for the bed, that is just silly talk.
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Post by: kitty-cat on January 12, 2011, 05:05:58 PM
Of that list, #11 is soooo me.

Since starting HS, the only time I haven't wanted to take a nap at about 3pm was during summer and winter break from school. Well, that and during break I can actually take a nap if I'm tired. (then again, my thyroid pills have helped too :P)

You know you're a grown-up when:

You spend 3 hours in the library on campus on the computer and you only get on Facebook once and that was to check how to spell Panhellenic.
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Post by: blue2000 on January 13, 2011, 03:46:18 AM
When you are a kid, you wish you could just have cookies for dinner.

When you are older, you are happy because you can have cookies for dinner.

When you are old and cranky, you get depressed because there is nothing in the house but cookies for dinner. ::)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: White Dragon on January 13, 2011, 02:26:20 PM
White Dragon, I think I love you!

{grin - blush}
Thank you.
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on January 13, 2011, 03:07:14 PM
5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

1. Find a corner.  Stick your hand all the way up into it (to the end of the seam)

2. Find the next corner to the right.  Stick it into the corner you already have, so the seams line up.

3. Repeat for the next 2 corners.

4. Lay flat.  You now have roughly rectangular object with 2 sides of the rectangle overlapped by material that covers the sides of the mattress.

5. Fold in thirds the long way, then in half the short way.  You now have an object that is about the same size as your flat sheet, folded.

If you do this really expertly people will look at both and go "which is the fitted sheet?"  I've never achieved this level of perfection, but it looks OK in my closet.

I do this.  Xallanthia explained it really well.  I'm not quite that good as to disquise which is the fitted sheet.  At least the fitted sheets that are in the linen closet don't get nearly as wrinkly as they do when Sweet Pattootie wads them up into a ball.

My Dad used to be really good at folding fitted sheets, but it involved using the entire floor of the formal living room (piano bench moved out of the way).  He likes my way better - still a little wrinkly, but but much faster and can be done standing up.
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Post by: Xallanthia on January 13, 2011, 03:14:15 PM
5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

1. Find a corner.  Stick your hand all the way up into it (to the end of the seam)

2. Find the next corner to the right.  Stick it into the corner you already have, so the seams line up.

3. Repeat for the next 2 corners.

4. Lay flat.  You now have roughly rectangular object with 2 sides of the rectangle overlapped by material that covers the sides of the mattress.

5. Fold in thirds the long way, then in half the short way.  You now have an object that is about the same size as your flat sheet, folded.

If you do this really expertly people will look at both and go "which is the fitted sheet?"  I've never achieved this level of perfection, but it looks OK in my closet.

I do this.  Xallanthia explained it really well.  I'm not quite that good as to disquise which is the fitted sheet.  At least the fitted sheets that are in the linen closet don't get nearly as wrinkly as they do when Sweet Pattootie wads them up into a ball.

My Dad used to be really good at folding fitted sheets, but it involved using the entire floor of the formal living room (piano bench moved out of the way).  He likes my way better - still a little wrinkly, but but much faster and can be done standing up.

You know now that I think about it, *I* can always tell which is the fitted sheet, but I've fooled DH a few times.
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Post by: arkzak on January 13, 2011, 03:35:42 PM
*Joining the White Dragon fan club*

I just read about seven of these to DH (while he was hopping up and down going "I was actually on the way to the bathroom... oh go on, tell me another")... and we both identified with EVERY SINGLE ONE.

My own moment when I realised I was Adult, was the first time a parent said to their toddler who was about to toddle into me; "Mind the lady". Not the girl. The Lady. Oh Gourd I'm a lady now.  ::)
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Post by: blue2000 on January 13, 2011, 05:03:51 PM
*Joining the White Dragon fan club*

I just read about seven of these to DH (while he was hopping up and down going "I was actually on the way to the bathroom... oh go on, tell me another")... and we both identified with EVERY SINGLE ONE.

My own moment when I realised I was Adult, was the first time a parent said to their toddler who was about to toddle into me; "Mind the lady". Not the girl. The Lady. Oh Gourd I'm a lady now.  ::)

Yeah, or when the teenage cashier calls you ma'am. I could have sworn I wasn't that old...
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Post by: kitty-cat on January 13, 2011, 05:08:36 PM
*Joining the White Dragon fan club*

I just read about seven of these to DH (while he was hopping up and down going "I was actually on the way to the bathroom... oh go on, tell me another")... and we both identified with EVERY SINGLE ONE.

My own moment when I realised I was Adult, was the first time a parent said to their toddler who was about to toddle into me; "Mind the lady". Not the girl. The Lady. Oh Gourd I'm a lady now.  ::)

Yeah, or when the teenage cashier calls you ma'am. I could have sworn I wasn't that old...


I got "Ma'amed" last year when I worked at Target as a cashier. I was 18 and I was hearing it from kids who had never seen the 90's.
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Post by: Dazi on January 13, 2011, 07:38:28 PM
Fitted sheets go on the bed silly.   If they are in the closet you are doing something horribly wrong.

Don't tell me you are supposed to have more than 1 sheet set for the bed, that is just silly talk.

Or you can do what a guy friend of mine used to do...he just put all his fitted sheets on the bed and he peeled them off as needed  ;D.  (I think he had 3 sets....maybe 4)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Bluenomi on January 13, 2011, 08:42:29 PM
When you realise you are someone's mummy and always will be. I still can't really believe they just let me walk out of the hospital with a human.

When your big night out away from said child involveds sitting around a friend's place drinking tea and discussing home renovations. Man, when did we get old?
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Post by: whiterose on February 10, 2011, 07:05:12 PM
You order a carpet cleaning for your condo.

You are actually looking forward to said carpet cleaning taking place.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Kath68 on February 10, 2011, 08:39:44 PM
When you stop doing the annual "Do you realise it's exactly X years since I left school today?"
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 10, 2011, 09:34:51 PM
You find yourself discussing childrearing philosophies with fellow parents.

I decided recently that I want to go back to school to get a degree and when I went to the local community college and browsed the bookstore I remembered just how much college books cost.  I'd COMPLETELY forgotten about that! LOL! 

And on my way into the student center a guy behind me called out "Hey girl" and I wasn't sure if he was talking to me or not.  He was, as my gloves had fallen out of my coat pocket.   Going back to school at 32 feels a little weird to think of, knowing I'll likely be older than most of my classmates.   Though if I'm being called a "girl" I guess it won't be too obvious! LOL!

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Post by: bookworm317 on February 11, 2011, 08:55:10 AM
You find yourself discussing childrearing philosophies with fellow parents.

I decided recently that I want to go back to school to get a degree and when I went to the local community college and browsed the bookstore I remembered just how much college books cost.  I'd COMPLETELY forgotten about that! LOL! 

And on my way into the student center a guy behind me called out "Hey girl" and I wasn't sure if he was talking to me or not.  He was, as my gloves had fallen out of my coat pocket.   Going back to school at 32 feels a little weird to think of, knowing I'll likely be older than most of my classmates.   Though if I'm being called a "girl" I guess it won't be too obvious! LOL!

Don't worry, Piratelvr--I'm almost 30 and I'm still in college.
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 11, 2011, 09:23:42 AM
You find yourself discussing childrearing philosophies with fellow parents.

I decided recently that I want to go back to school to get a degree and when I went to the local community college and browsed the bookstore I remembered just how much college books cost.  I'd COMPLETELY forgotten about that! LOL! 

And on my way into the student center a guy behind me called out "Hey girl" and I wasn't sure if he was talking to me or not.  He was, as my gloves had fallen out of my coat pocket.   Going back to school at 32 feels a little weird to think of, knowing I'll likely be older than most of my classmates.   Though if I'm being called a "girl" I guess it won't be too obvious! LOL!

Don't worry, Piratelvr--I'm almost 30 and I'm still in college.

That's good to know.  I"m excited and nervous about it at the same time...
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Post by: supernova on February 11, 2011, 12:12:56 PM
You find yourself discussing childrearing philosophies with fellow parents.

I decided recently that I want to go back to school to get a degree and when I went to the local community college and browsed the bookstore I remembered just how much college books cost.  I'd COMPLETELY forgotten about that! LOL! 

And on my way into the student center a guy behind me called out "Hey girl" and I wasn't sure if he was talking to me or not.  He was, as my gloves had fallen out of my coat pocket.   Going back to school at 32 feels a little weird to think of, knowing I'll likely be older than most of my classmates.   Though if I'm being called a "girl" I guess it won't be too obvious! LOL!

Don't worry, Piratelvr--I'm almost 30 and I'm still in college.

You'll be fine; and the profs will adore you, because they usually assume that as a returning student you'll be taking things more seriously than some younger students who are still new to the college experience.

Go you!  :)
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Post by: Xallanthia on February 11, 2011, 12:27:01 PM
When you stop doing the annual "Do you realise it's exactly X years since I left school today?"

Similarly--when you start letting the weather, rather than the first day of the new school year, tell you that it's time to put the summer clothes away.

(Exception for those who 1) have never NOT had someone in school in the house or 2) work in an academic institution.  It took 2 years for me before I started thinking of summer as "from when it gets warm until just after school starts" until things got REALLY cold... sandals in November, that kind of thing).
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 11, 2011, 12:28:08 PM
That's good to know, and having done the "College right after high school thing" I have to say that as an adult I will definitely be more serious about it all than I was at that age.    Plus I think when you're paying for it all yourself you're more likely to want to get your money's worth out of it.

I dropped out after 3 years when I realized that with the struggles I was having with my chemistry and microbiology classes, I was probably not cut out to be a nurse and I was losing my desire to be one and I think nursing or anything in the medical profession is something that's better done when you WANT to do it.    But since I couldn't decide what I wanted to be instead, I finished out the semester and dropped out, which my parents hated.   I told them I didn't want to be the kid who takes 10 years or more to graduate because they keep changing majors and skates by on Mommy and Daddy's tab while they figure out what they want to do with their lives.    

They didn't quite see it that way and said they'd pay for school as long as it took.   Having one of my rare moments of stubborn pride and letting my streak of independence take hold, I dropped out anyway and said "When I decide what I want to do I'll go back" so here I am. :)   And NOT going back for nursing like my mother repeatedly pushed since I left school because she wanted to be a nurse.  

Anyroads, I'm proud of myself for deciding to go back! :)
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 11, 2011, 10:52:27 PM
I'm going into the English program at the community college. :)  I already talked to someone in the admissions office and they told me that my credits from Salisbury U. should transfer over so that I won't have to take them again, which will be nice.  I know it might take more than 2 years anyway because I'm going 1/2 time and might take at most 2 classes a semester. 

I don't really know what I'll do with it once I graduate but I figure an English degree is pretty useful even if you aren't aspiring to pen the great American novel or teach English.   And English always was one of my easier subjects in school cause I love to read and write.
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Post by: HungryHungryKitties on February 12, 2011, 12:35:20 PM
...you turn on the radio to a current hits station, and say, "That's not music, that's just noise!"
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Post by: bobsyouruncle on February 12, 2011, 02:20:08 PM
...you turn on the radio to a current hits station, and say, "That's not music, that's just noise!"

Or even worse you turn on the "Classic Rock" station and hear songs from when you were 13/14!!! (I'm only 31, those songs can't be classics yet!)
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 12, 2011, 02:28:55 PM
Hey there are plenty of things you can do with an English degree once you figure out which direction you want to go in, even in technical fields.  It's kind of an all purpose thing.

I kept saying I wouldn't go back ever (I am done with my undergrad degree) but I'm taking a class at community college too to prep for my CCNP certification, and I'm looking into taking personal investment classes (found a couple at a different college).  I guess it's not quite the same thing as "going back to school" since I'm not looking to get a degree, but it's still nice to be a student again.

IMO you never stop learning until your dead, so any class you take to enrich yourself, be it a credit or non-credit class, is great. :)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: kitty-cat on February 12, 2011, 02:37:31 PM
...you turn on the radio to a current hits station, and say, "That's not music, that's just noise!"

Or even worse you turn on the "Classic Rock" station and hear songs from when you were 13/14!!! (I'm only 31, those songs can't be classics yet!)

When songs that you grew up hearing are included in a "80's-90's pop" themed lip synch contest.

Also, when you realize that it's been: 9 years since elementery school, 6 years since middle school and only a year before you can purchace adult drinks.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on February 12, 2011, 07:51:25 PM
The classic rock station in town- before modifying format and adding stuff from the 90s- played stuff from before I was even born back in the late 70s. Latest they would play would be late 80s hair bands.

Anyhow, you know you are an adult when you make plans to schedule a pest control visit with a private company and not just the landlord.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: LadyClaire on February 12, 2011, 08:11:31 PM
When you get excited about buying new face plates for the electrical outlets and light switches in your house. I did that today..bought some nice decorative ones to replace the basic white plastic ones we have now. I was so darned excited that I installed them all before DH got home and then spent several minutes walking from room to room admiring them.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Xallanthia on February 14, 2011, 10:03:12 AM
...you turn on the radio to a current hits station, and say, "That's not music, that's just noise!"

Or even worse you turn on the "Classic Rock" station and hear songs from when you were 13/14!!! (I'm only 31, those songs can't be classics yet!)

I'm 26 and it happens to me!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 14, 2011, 11:03:04 AM
I groan anytime I'm listening to the classic rock station and they play a Red Hot Chili Peppers song and I have been known to yell at the radio, "THAT is not classic rock, dude!!  THAT is 90's and I am NOT old enough for 90's music to be classic rock!  Now redeem yourself and play some Hendrix, Joplin, Stones, Zepplin, even something from the 80's!!"

Because I don't mind hearing Aerosmith or Van Halen on the classic rock station because technically they are rock n' roll bands.   Unfortunately though I don't hear much Janis Joplin on the radio, and I've loved her music since I was a kid and would play my mom's Pearl record more than she did and even as a little kid knew the words to "Mercedez Benz"
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Thipu1 on February 14, 2011, 09:27:08 PM
Oooh, yeah, and this is a scary one.

Standing at a bus stop many years ago I heard two young girls talking.

"Did you know that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings?"  ??? :-\ :'(
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Venus193 on February 14, 2011, 09:39:16 PM
I can top that.  When you say "Elvis" and they think Crespo, not Presley, whom they have never heard of.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on February 15, 2011, 08:32:25 AM
I groan anytime I'm listening to the classic rock station and they play a Red Hot Chili Peppers song and I have been known to yell at the radio, "THAT is not classic rock, dude!!  THAT is 90's and I am NOT old enough for 90's music to be classic rock!  Now redeem yourself and play some Hendrix, Joplin, Stones, Zepplin, even something from the 80's!!"

Because I don't mind hearing Aerosmith or Van Halen on the classic rock station because technically they are rock n' roll bands.   Unfortunately though I don't hear much Janis Joplin on the radio, and I've loved her music since I was a kid and would play my mom's Pearl record more than she did and even as a little kid knew the words to "Mercedez Benz"

Finally, someone who understands!!!!  (Heaven help us when Hammer Pants and giant shoulder pads come back in fashion)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 15, 2011, 08:50:47 AM
Well the only RHCP song I hear on the classic rock station is "Under the Bridge" or at least I think that's the name of the song.  I guess according to 106.9 the Eagle, it's a classic rock station.  In their defense, they do play other genuinely classic rock songs so it's not 100% hair bands and 90's rock/pop.   

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bookworm317 on February 15, 2011, 12:38:25 PM
Well the only RHCP song I hear on the classic rock station is "Under the Bridge" or at least I think that's the name of the song.  I guess according to 106.9 the Eagle, it's a classic rock station.  In their defense, they do play other genuinely classic rock songs so it's not 100% hair bands and 90's rock/pop.   



Totally OFF TOPIC, but: That's so neat you have a classic rock station on 106.9, becuz in my area we have one, too(106.9 The Fox)!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on February 15, 2011, 12:58:54 PM
Well the only RHCP song I hear on the classic rock station is "Under the Bridge" or at least I think that's the name of the song.  I guess according to 106.9 the Eagle, it's a classic rock station.  In their defense, they do play other genuinely classic rock songs so it's not 100% hair bands and 90's rock/pop.   



Totally OFF TOPIC, but: That's so neat you have a classic rock station on 106.9, becuz in my area we have one, too(106.9 The Fox)!

Houston's got a station on 106.9 -  the Zone, and it's 80's and 90's.  93.7 The Arrow is true classic rock. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 15, 2011, 01:07:35 PM
106.9 Dude!! :)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: StressedGroom on February 15, 2011, 02:02:49 PM
When you look at the "You must be born before this date" sign in the bar and realize that the people who were born the first year you could legally drink can now legally drink.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 15, 2011, 02:09:48 PM
When a cousin whose diapers you changed graduates from college.   Or a much younger cousin reaches the age you were when they were born.   Most of my first cousins are on FBook, which is good because I almost never get to see them.   

Funny thing is that when one of them recently had as her status that she got accepted to a college she wanted to go to, I thought "Now...that SHOULD make me feel old...yet it doesn't.  Yay!" LOL!  But then I look at a picture of her as a one year old in a carrier on my back when I was 14 and then look at her profile picture and think...wow, where did the time go?
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lexophile on February 15, 2011, 02:16:18 PM
Also, when the music from your childhood starts getting airtime on the oldies station.     

Or in commercial advertising.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Lexophile on February 15, 2011, 02:18:40 PM
You plan on staying up until midnight on New Year's Eve but you end up throwing in the towel at 9 pm because "It's midnight somewhere."
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hobish on February 15, 2011, 02:20:52 PM
When you are a kid, you wish you could just have cookies for dinner.

When you are older, you are happy because you can have cookies for dinner.

When you are old and cranky, you get depressed because there is nothing in the house but cookies for dinner. ::)

Ha! This made me laugh. In a recent conversation with my mom i was lamenting that due to Gish's hospital bills we had to cancel our trip to Clearwater for baseball spring training this year. She said, Awww, doesn't it stink being a grown up sometimes?" and i laughed and answered, "Yeah, but i can eat cookies for dinner whenever i want. That helps."

:)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Luci on February 15, 2011, 02:21:45 PM
When a cousin whose diapers you changed graduates from college.

That still happens. She was the mother of bride, and now a grandmother.  :o  (and I have been there, done that, but that doesn't matter.)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sirius on February 15, 2011, 03:00:01 PM
My kid sister, whose diapers I changed, is a grandma. 

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Thipu1 on February 15, 2011, 03:38:48 PM
Oooh yeah, here's another one. 

FIL always prided himself on being athletic and young.  He never wanted to hang around with those 'Old Geezers'.

He got a wake-up call when he learned his daughter received her AARP card. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 15, 2011, 04:37:43 PM
Piratefriend, who is 22 years older than DH and myself, said she felt like Methuselah when I mentioned that DH got something in the mail from AARP, and he was 31 at the time.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: ginlyn32 on February 15, 2011, 08:17:38 PM
When you hear someone call out in the middle of the night "MOM!" you are instantly awake and alert...then feel silly to realize it was the cat meowing.

When you must streatch $50 grocery budget for a week. For 5 people....3 of which are teenaged boys.

When you have to figure out how to pay all the utilities, groceries, vehicle payments on one paycheck.

You get excited about extra money because you can get caught up on bills. (still trying to dig out of past debt!)

A fun evening consists of a hot bubble bath, a good book and going to bed early.

You actually pay attention to the news.


You listen to talk radio.


ginlyn
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: ginlyn32 on February 15, 2011, 08:32:06 PM
Fitted sheets go on the bed silly.   If they are in the closet you are doing something horribly wrong.

Don't tell me you are supposed to have more than 1 sheet set for the bed, that is just silly talk.
I have 6 sheet sets. 2 are flannel sets and are used in Winter. the other are regular sheets. I got a really good deal on them and switched out my old thread bare sheets for them. (I really miss Linens N Things!) I am thinking about getting a nice set of bamboo sheets for the summer. It gets really hot here in the summer, even with the a/c and ceiling fan.

I have way too many towels as well. And jammies. I think if I bought any more jammies DH would kill me.

ginlyn
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: ginlyn32 on February 15, 2011, 08:47:17 PM
I am about to be a mother to an adult. My oldest is about to turn 18. I don't know where the time went.

New moms, it really does go by fast! Cherish it...even getting up and changing dirty dipers and all the midnight feedings. I hope he does it better than me...I think that's what all parents want for their kids. For the kids to be better than the parents.

ginlyn
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: StarDrifter on February 15, 2011, 09:14:32 PM
...your husband announces that he prefers your cooking to going out for dinner, not just because it's tastier, but primarily because it's cheaper!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 15, 2011, 09:27:00 PM
I am about to be a mother to an adult. My oldest is about to turn 18. I don't know where the time went.

New moms, it really does go by fast! Cherish it...even getting up and changing dirty dipers and all the midnight feedings. I hope he does it better than me...I think that's what all parents want for their kids. For the kids to be better than the parents.

ginlyn

Pirateboy 2 is 8 and I thought by now he would be at the "I'm too old to be affectionate with Mom" phase but I'm loving that he isn't and will enjoy it as long as it lasts. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: ginlyn32 on February 16, 2011, 12:48:34 PM
I am about to be a mother to an adult. My oldest is about to turn 18. I don't know where the time went.

New moms, it really does go by fast! Cherish it...even getting up and changing dirty dipers and all the midnight feedings. I hope he does it better than me...I think that's what all parents want for their kids. For the kids to be better than the parents.

ginlyn

Pirateboy 2 is 8 and I thought by now he would be at the "I'm too old to be affectionate with Mom" phase but I'm loving that he isn't and will enjoy it as long as it lasts. 

My youngest let me hug him up until he was 10 or 11...then it was EWWWW MOM! He still lets me give him a night time kiss and tuck him in though.

ginlyn
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Emmy on February 17, 2011, 12:07:29 PM
Ah, the good, bad, and ugly about being an adult.

When our standard of going out to eat is usually a nice cafe or restaurant instead of pizza, an inexpensive chain, or fast food.

Reaizing certain clothing stores are too young for me.

When I went to the liquor store and instead of checking my ID, the woman behind the counter said "can I help you find something?".

When I saw a FB post from a woman with a young baby and the flu.  Despite being sick as a dog, she had to get out of bed and take care of that baby.  I agree that being sick as a kid is much better than being sick as an adult. 

When I spent New Year's in for the first time in years at home and I didn't mind at all. 

When I get 'ma'amed'.  I still cringe at that.

Now that DH and I are expecting our first child, I tend to spend very little on myself and save up for baby gear.

When I see the TV shows I watched growing up described as 'classics'.

When I start to wonder why little kids get naps in pre-school when they don't want them and most adults have to do without a nap when we could really use one.  Ah the irony.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Luci on February 17, 2011, 02:33:21 PM

Now that DH and I are expecting our first child, I tend to spend very little on myself and save up for baby gear.

Yes! All the other stuff you mentioned I felt, too. But this one is the one that I feel most strongly about. I have read so many threads where someone was offended that the gifts for Christmas, birthday and anniversary to her were really for the baby, not her. The gifts for my unborn were for me. I didn't have to buy that stuff, and my focus was on my child. (I am 66 but I remember the feelings.)

Best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy and delivery, and joy and fullfillment forever. (Yes, it can be that way.)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Emmy on February 18, 2011, 07:28:09 AM

Now that DH and I are expecting our first child, I tend to spend very little on myself and save up for baby gear.

Yes! All the other stuff you mentioned I felt, too. But this one is the one that I feel most strongly about. I have read so many threads where someone was offended that the gifts for Christmas, birthday and anniversary to her were really for the baby, not her. The gifts for my unborn were for me. I didn't have to buy that stuff, and my focus was on my child. (I am 66 but I remember the feelings.)

Best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy and delivery, and joy and fullfillment forever. (Yes, it can be that way.)

Thank you very much Lucinda. :)

A few more: 

When going for an evening out, I started wanting to go to the places with smaller crowds, softer music, and was not a hangout for college students.

Realizing just how right my parents were about many things.  Also realizing I'll pass the same wisdom down to my child one day and knowing they probably won't appreciate it until they are an adult themselves.

Waking up before 7 and going to bed before 11, even on most Friday and Saturday nights.

When hanging out with the old group of friends no longer means road trips and late night outings.  Instead it means getting together with friends, their spouses or SO, and their children, usually a get together at somebody's home, a birthday party for one of the children, or an outing at a child friendly restaurant.  It's still a great time.

When I was in my very early 20's, a friend and I swore we would never 'get old'.  We would still love loud music, late nights out, even as we got older.  Of course in our mid-30's now, that all changed and it doesn't bother us a bit.  Being more comfortable in your own skin is a plus of being an adult.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Vall on February 18, 2011, 05:08:29 PM
This is going to sound a bit silly but I really felt like an adult when I was allowed to vote for the first time.  By the time that I could vote, I had already been self-supporting and married for two years.  As an emancipated minor, I had the all of the responsibilities and most of the same freedoms as adults.  Except for voting.  I was so proud of having the ability to cast a vote.  It meant a lot to me (and it still does) and I was eager to research and make the best decision that I could.  I'll never forget walking out of the polls with my head held high and a smile on my face.  I felt that I was finally accepted into the adult world because my voice now mattered.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Dazi on February 18, 2011, 05:12:18 PM
When you get excited about doing your taxes (well lets say you get excited when you get money back...or just don't owe anything).
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: supernova on February 18, 2011, 05:19:23 PM
This is going to sound a bit silly but I really felt like an adult when I was allowed to vote for the first time.  By the time that I could vote, I had already been self-supporting and married for two years.  As an emancipated minor, I had the all of the responsibilities and most of the same freedoms as adults.  Except for voting.  I was so proud of having the ability to cast a vote.  It meant a lot to me (and it still does) and I was eager to research and make the best decision that I could.  I'll never forget walking out of the polls with my head held high and a smile on my face.  I felt that I was finally accepted into the adult world because my voice now mattered.

I love this!  I feel the exact same way about voting.  What an incredible feeling!  :)

(Although, I confess, I have a terrible habit of whistling that song from Mary Poppins while I'm standing in line...  "Well done, Sister Suffragettes..." **blush**)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 18, 2011, 05:36:38 PM
I enjoy hanging out with college friends and noting the things that have and haven't changed since we hung out back then.   For one, we were all pretty much homebodies so we were far more content to just chill at someone's house to watch movies, play games (board or RPG), drink, or just chat.  So that hasn't changed much, as we still do that.

Though what has changed is that these days we're more likely to get together and cook, instead of going out to eat.  Or the host makes the meal and the guests bring a dessert.   And while our friends haven't had kids yet, we do and we've talked about getting Pirateboy 1 into gaming.   

Another thing, as college kids with more disposable income, we thought nothing of going to see the same movie over and over (Phantom Menace) in theaters and now we look back and wonder why we wasted all that money on it.  Especially since one of us (Me) slept through the pod race every single time.   Now we barely go to any movies together because we're all poor adults.

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hobish on February 18, 2011, 05:55:58 PM

I am happy to say my adult skin still likes loud music and staying out late, and i definitely have more disposable income to spend on fun things like video games, and sushi dinners, and aforementioned loud music. I just made plans today to go to NYC for a concert with a friend ... and she is flying in from the West coast just because she wants to see this band and it's their only US stop.

That's the kind of thing i really like about being an adult. :)

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on February 18, 2011, 08:02:03 PM
I can't remember if anyone's posted this yet (or if I've posted it already :P)

but, when you have to find petcare for your dog so you can go somewhere. I think that was when I truly discovered that having a pet can be pretty darned inconvenient, and I was just going to have be an adult and deal with it because it's part of the privilege of being an adult and choosing to own a pet.

Just like when I discovered that having a well-trained dog is WORK. Mom did all that, just like Mom always found a pet-sitter. Now I have to make sure Mudkips has a place to stay, and make sure his information sheet is up to date, and that we pack his food and toys and sweaters and leash and and and and.....

It's especially difficult when we're trying to go to an SCA event and our usual sitter is also a member :P Then we have to call my in-laws and that's always a pain because they have a doggie door and 'why can't Mudkips just use the doggie door like Lucy?' Because Mudkips lives in an apartment and is used to barking at me and then going out on leash, that's why! And he has lovely leash manners; he's trained to sit and stay to take the leash off, and he's great with that. But he just can't get the hang of the doggie door.

And yet I swear they were offended when we had a friend watch him instead (her dog goes out on leash and she's used to crating. It just made more sense). Who knew I'd have to deal with offending my in-laws just because I got a dog??
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Thipu1 on February 21, 2011, 04:22:06 PM
My own moment when I realised I was Adult, was the first time a parent said to their toddler who was about to toddle into me; "Mind the lady". Not the girl. The Lady. Oh Gourd I'm a lady now.  ::)

Yeah, or when the teenage cashier calls you ma'am. I could have sworn I wasn't that old...

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I got "Ma'amed" last year when I worked at Target as a cashier. I was 18 and I was hearing it from kids who had never seen the 90's.
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May I offer a slightly different view that's equally disturbing.

I'm 63 and look it.  I don't know how many times young shop assistants, both male and female, have called me 'Miss' lately. 

What's up with that?
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on February 26, 2011, 01:05:58 PM
One of your favorite bands is coming into town- and you are not going to see them because you have seen them before and you would rather spend the money in other things, such as a vacation to a place you have never been to.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Elfmama on February 26, 2011, 03:58:07 PM
When the RV that you've wanted (but couldn't afford when you were 20) is finally financially doable -- and you look at the price for a new one and think "We could stay in a lot of motels and eat a lot of restaurant meals for that kind of price, and not have to cook and clean at all!" so you don't get it.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Gabrielle on February 26, 2011, 05:07:27 PM
A serious one...

When a devastating earthquake hits your city and you realise Mum & Dad aren't here to organise food or get things going again. Having to worry about whether your student loan payment will come through after the earthquake because otherwise there isn't going to be food in the house.

Disasters make me want to let Mum and Dad take charge because clearly they are the adults and they have a magic wand to make things better.
Except not really and now I'm the adult!

(things are not too bad for me though, BF and I left town after a couple days anyway)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on February 28, 2011, 12:39:02 PM
When the RV that you've wanted (but couldn't afford when you were 20) is finally financially doable -- and you look at the price for a new one and think "We could stay in a lot of motels and eat a lot of restaurant meals for that kind of price, and not have to cook and clean at all!" so you don't get it.

And by not getting it, you don't have to worry about where to park it when you're not using it!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Poirot on February 28, 2011, 01:02:33 PM
Weh you realize that in a very short time, you will have a totally empty nest.  :'(
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hobish on February 28, 2011, 02:15:50 PM
Weh you realize that in a very short time, you will have a totally empty nest.  :'(

Awwww!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Poirot on February 28, 2011, 02:19:32 PM
It's just starting to hit me that my baby is turning 18 and will be leaving for college. I feel older than Methuselah. (sp?)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: January Girl on March 01, 2011, 11:28:03 AM
...when you buy shoes based on comfort, not style. Don't get me wrong I still have the sky high heels and boots...but those are for occasions when I'm not doing alot of standing!

...when it's 10:00 on a work night and you can barely keep your eyes open...bed is calling.

...when you go to the grocery store with a list, a plan and coupons in a jogging suit instead of in a going out outfit to buy beer, wine and snacks for the pre-party.

...when you actually STOP texting and get off the phone in line for the bank/pharmacy/bakery, etc.

...when you buy meat in bulk because it's cheaper and you have a meal plan for the week.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on March 01, 2011, 01:35:45 PM
...when you buy shoes based on comfort, not style. Don't get me wrong I still have the sky high heels and boots...but those are for occasions when I'm not doing alot of standing!

...when it's 10:00 on a work night and you can barely keep your eyes open...bed is calling.

...when you go to the grocery store with a list, a plan and coupons in a jogging suit instead of in a going out outfit to buy beer, wine and snacks for the pre-party.

...when you actually STOP texting and get off the phone in line for the bank/pharmacy/bakery, etc.

...when you buy meat in bulk because it's cheaper and you have a meal plan for the week.

I've been cloned!  Or maybe I'm your clone? 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on May 13, 2011, 08:05:48 AM
A friend posts a pic of assorted donuts on Facebook and your first thought is "ewwww".

Someone brings cupcakes at work and you easily ignore them.

You are told you need a medical treatment, and your first reaction is "how much does it cost?" instead of crying.

First thing you do when you get paid is pay off as many bills as possible.

The last time you ate too much and gained weight, it involved hummus and not something sweet.

The Chai gelato is much more appealing than the triple chocolate ice cream.

Almost all the foods in the fried pickle threads are things you cannot have and do not want anyway.

A friend mentions having a candy bar and milkshake for breakfast...and you remember when you were 12 and not only liked them but were able to have one at a time per day.



OK, so I do not have a sweet tooth. It is hereditary. But things that I found delicious as a child or teen are now unappealing at best.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: purplemuse on May 15, 2011, 06:50:53 AM
Your idea of a fun Saturday is going to a cooking demonstration.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: StarDrifter on May 15, 2011, 07:12:58 AM
in the same vein as purplemuse -

when your idea of a 'fun Sunday' is a 2-hour drive to Costco (during which you manage to get 12 pages of a technical manual proofread and edited on your lovely little netbook), followed by spending $350 at said Costco and then driving home.

and the thought of going to an engagement party at a local nightclub isn't exhilarating, it's downright exhausting.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Venus193 on May 17, 2011, 06:39:23 AM
How about when your idea of a fun Saturday is cooking?   ;D
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: atirial on May 17, 2011, 07:12:03 AM
You actually end up yelling "get off my lawn" at the neighbourhood kids.  :(
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: purplemuse on May 17, 2011, 09:38:12 AM
How about when your idea of a fun Saturday is cooking?   ;D

That could be fun, as long as I don't have to clean up...
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on May 17, 2011, 04:36:04 PM
I'm sure this has been mentioned already, but when you find yourself grumbling about what kids are wearing or listening to these days, and what is considered music, and how it all sounds alike, and in my day the lyrics had MEANING!    ;)

Heck I didn't even like some of the music that was out when I was a pre-teen *cough*NKOTB*cough*  Or rather I shouldn't say I didn't like them, I just didn't care about them as much as the other girls did.  When they had a reunion tour or whatever it was back in 2008 I think it was, the girls I worked with were all aflutter and I remember thinking "eh..."

My preteen and teen years were mostly spent listening to everything from the 40s to the 70's. :) I'm surprised I didn't wear out my parent's Beatles and Janis Joplin albums.

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: #1aunt on May 18, 2011, 03:09:30 PM
Also, when you realize that it's been: 9 years since elementery school, 6 years since middle school and only a year before you can purchace adult drinks.

Or how about when you read the above statement and realize that you were in that situation well over a decade ago?    :P

Another one for me is seeing the kids I taught in Jr. Sunday School graduate from high school.
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Post by: Poirot on May 18, 2011, 03:31:20 PM
Last night was my birthday and 3 of my 4 children are now legal to drink alcohol.  :-\
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Post by: hobish on May 18, 2011, 05:59:20 PM
Last night was my birthday and 3 of my 4 children are now legal to drink alcohol.  :-\

Well, Happy Birthday, anyway! :)

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Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on May 18, 2011, 11:45:04 PM
When you wake up early on a public holiday, but instead of going back to sleep, you get up, perform all your "maintenance", grab a magazine and sit reading it. And you can't think of a better way to start the day!
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on May 23, 2011, 11:44:33 AM
Friends younger than you start making "Man, I felt so old the other day when...." on Facebook.
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Post by: Cutenoob on May 24, 2011, 02:19:49 AM
When you get a 12 pack of double roll toilet paper for under 5 dollars.  And tell your friends about it.
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Post by: Hollanda on May 24, 2011, 06:51:14 AM
...the time you get up on a Saturday is the time you used to go to bed...

...you find yourself looking at young girls out on the town and ask your partner, "Aren't they FREEZING like that? Where are their coats?" and then realise you sound like your mother...

...you cannot just eat a chocolate bar.  You think about it, consider the negative impact it will have on your diet and wonder whether the guilt you will feel afterwards will be worth it...

...ditto, you cannot just drink a glass of wine without feelings of guilt afterwards...

...a night in spent reading a book, watching TV or reading EHell is a better prospect than going to a crowded bar for drinks...

....you realise ATMs are not bottomless pits and you have to earn the money prior to spending it.
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on May 24, 2011, 09:46:50 AM
...you find yourself looking at young girls out on the town and ask your partner, "Aren't they FREEZING like that? Where are their coats?" and then realise you sound like your mother...

LOL.  Or if you live in a warm climate, you see your 16 and 14 year old sisters' friends and think "Crivins!  That's WAAAAAAAY too much leg to be showing.  Doesn't she realize that less is more?  And I don't mean less clothes." 

I was at the 16yo's end of school year drill team performance.  I was floored at how much skin I kept seeing on the students.  And then I noticed some of the Moms weren't much better.   ::)
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Post by: BuffaloFang on May 24, 2011, 10:44:04 AM
When you finally have the freedom to eat as much ice cream as you want, but now you choose not to because it's "bad for you".

When you go to an Offspring concert, enjoy all of your favorite songs, then hear a newer song and have the teen next to you says, "Finally, a song I know!"

When all of your friends start having babies ON PURPOSE. (I'm still a little disconcerted by this one)
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Post by: StarDrifter on May 24, 2011, 09:25:17 PM

When you go to an Offspring/Green Day/Foo Fighters concert, enjoy all of your favorite songs, then hear a newer song and have the teen next to you says, "Finally, a song I know!"


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Post by: Hollanda on May 25, 2011, 06:01:40 AM
When you finally have the freedom to eat as much ice cream as you want, but now you choose not to because it's "bad for you".

When you go to an Offspring concert, enjoy all of your favorite songs, then hear a newer song and have the teen next to you says, "Finally, a song I know!"

When all of your friends start having babies ON PURPOSE. (I'm still a little disconcerted by this one)

Me too. :(

Although that said I get married next year and still feel too young at heart to do that LOL. Sorta feels like I am a kid pretending to be an adult...very odd when I have a clear moment and think "Hell yeah, we're getting MARRIED!!!!!!!!"  ::)
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Post by: Information_queen on May 25, 2011, 09:07:05 AM
When you finally have the freedom to eat as much ice cream as you want, but now you choose not to because it's "bad for you".

When you go to an Offspring concert, enjoy all of your favorite songs, then hear a newer song and have the teen next to you says, "Finally, a song I know!"

When all of your friends start having babies ON PURPOSE. (I'm still a little disconcerted by this one)

Me too. :(

Although that said I get married next year and still feel too young at heart to do that LOL. Sorta feels like I am a kid pretending to be an adult...very odd when I have a clear moment and think "Hell yeah, we're getting MARRIED!!!!!!!!"  ::)

I'm still not sure I'm old enough to be married. I've been married for two years now. And EVERY SINGLE ONE of my friends has kids, except one, and they're trying.

Then I realize that next year and/or as soon as we have insurance, *we* are going to be trying. That's when I go hide in the closet with chocolate.

On the couponing thing - when you talk couponing with your mom, you brought it up, and you're both excited about the possibilities.

Instead of lunch out and a movie for girls' day, you have a potluck lunch (what we call 'collaborative lunches' which are frankly more fun anyway!) and use the free movie passes you earned volunteering because it's the financially responsible way to do it.
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on May 25, 2011, 11:40:37 AM
I know I'm adult.  I've signed up for Basic Life, A&D, and Short-Term disability (to cover a potential need for maternity leave someday) at work.  And I carefully ready all the info on the PPO and HMO offered at work. 
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Post by: Sanity Lost on June 13, 2011, 07:44:32 PM
You look at your dirty house and realize the only way it's going to get done is for you to get off EHell and do it.

You yell at your kidlets to stop trying to read at night using the hall light because they'll hurt their eyes.

You talk to your kidlets and your mothers' voice comes out tonation and all.
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Post by: Hollanda on June 14, 2011, 04:30:10 AM
When you realise after 3 glasses of wine on an evening that you had better stop right now as you know the hangover you will have in the morning. :(
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Post by: Elfmama on June 14, 2011, 10:51:11 AM
You look at your dirty house and realize the only way it's going to get done is for you to get off EHell and do it.

You yell at your kidlets to stop trying to read at night using the hall light because they'll hurt their eyes.

You talk to your kidlets and your mothers' voice comes out tonation and all.
And worse, you're saying the things that you hated to hear from mom as a kid, and swore that you'd never say those things to your kids when you got them. 

Note, I'm not talking about abusive terms, but "Momisms", like:

Kid: But Mom, everybody does/has X!
Mom: If everybody jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?

Kid: Mom, I really, really need X!
Mom: Is it really really a need, or just a want?
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Post by: Hollanda on June 15, 2011, 05:20:05 AM
When the idea of giving up alcohol and bad things would once have bothered you, but now you just take it all in your stride and choose to do things differently instead.
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Post by: M-theory on June 15, 2011, 05:33:50 AM
When the idea of giving up alcohol and bad things would once have bothered you, but now you just take it all in your stride and choose to do things differently instead.

Or you've had so much alcoholic debauchery that you actually feel somewhat relieved to give it up.
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Post by: Hollanda on June 15, 2011, 05:42:38 AM
When the idea of giving up alcohol and bad things would once have bothered you, but now you just take it all in your stride and choose to do things differently instead.

Or you've had so much alcoholic debauchery that you actually feel somewhat relieved to give it up.

Yes...i'm sick of the hangovers the following day.  Also, I want to get my singing voice back to what it could be.  :) The more I drink, the worse I can sing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: LadyClaire on June 15, 2011, 09:54:29 AM
You actually end up yelling "get off my lawn" at the neighbourhood kids.  :(

DH and I have done that more than once. It must have finally stuck, because DH overheard this the other day when watering the lawn:

Kid #1: "that guy's sprinkler is awesome!"
Kid #2: "you want to run through it?"
Kid #1: "No way, we're not allowed on his lawn"
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Post by: Ms_Shell on June 16, 2011, 01:06:36 PM
When you spend entire get-togethers discussing mortgages/property taxes/insurance, and worse, you thoroughly enjoy it because the information is useful. 
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Post by: Daffydilly on June 16, 2011, 01:39:43 PM
You look at your daughter and briefly think, "I'm not old enough, when did I grow up?"

People quit claiming you look like you're in your teens, treat you like an adult and you've been waiting ten years for that to happen.
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Post by: Carnation on June 24, 2011, 06:17:01 AM
You become distressed that it's hailing out. :(
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Post by: lilfox on June 24, 2011, 05:40:24 PM
You realize that you were sooooo self-conscious when you were younger, because you just knew people were looking at you and judging you.

And now that you're older, you're a lot less self-conscious because you realize that people aren't really looking at you at all... because they're too busy looking at and judging younger women!  And if if means you finally feel okay about relaxing your overly rigid, self-conscious standards of appearing in public, that's really a good thing.
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Post by: Carnation on June 26, 2011, 12:31:56 PM
You realize that you were sooooo self-conscious when you were younger, because you just knew people were looking at you and judging you.

And now that you're older, you're a lot less self-conscious because you realize that people aren't really looking at you at all... because they're too busy looking at and judging younger women!  And if if means you finally feel okay about relaxing your overly rigid, self-conscious standards of appearing in public, that's really a good thing.

And you look at younger photos of yourself and think "Hey!  I was, indeed, cute!"
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Post by: Carnation on June 26, 2011, 12:32:34 PM
You get bored watching fireworks.
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Post by: hermanne on June 27, 2011, 10:09:32 AM
You eat the cake part of a cupcake after your child licked off the frosting because you don't want it to go to waste.
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Post by: MrTango on June 27, 2011, 11:37:24 AM
On the evening before LadyTango and I married, my father pulled his bottle of Booker's Bourbon down and asked me if I would join him for a drink.
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Post by: asb8 on June 29, 2011, 09:55:46 PM
You are the one having the contractions.  ;D
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Post by: Hollanda on June 30, 2011, 02:33:16 AM
Telling your parents "I'm going to have a baby" results in "Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!" rather than "Oh, no!"

Yes, we told the families last night...my mother is "concerned" about us, but seems...well, upbeat and happy enough about it once she'd stopped asking me about The Wedding.

TBH I think we WILL go ahead with wedding as planned, MiniHollanda can sit on the front pew with Grandma and Grandad and watch the proceedings ringside!!! Oh, I love this baby already!!!!!!! His/her every movement makes me smile and feel proud!!!!!!!! I am brimming with energy this morning but being cautious...no way will I do anything to risk this one. After 3 miscarriages, this seems to be sticking finally!! We've wanted this for so long...maybe the timing is a bit out but hey. :) I mean WOW. A baby!!!!!!!!!!!

My confidence is increasing by the day as I realise my body's new likes and dislikes. I'm riding out the hormones...when I feel good, I hold on to it. When I feel not so good? I remind myself we are lucky and we get through it. Together. Sure, I get worried, will baby be OK? But that I now know is perfectly natural. :) Yes, today is a good day.
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Post by: M-theory on June 30, 2011, 03:04:46 AM
Oh, I hadn't heard you were pregnant! Congratulations!
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Post by: Clara Bow on June 30, 2011, 03:14:49 AM
You watch your favorite music videos from back in the day and you say over and over "Look how young they were!"
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Post by: Hollanda on June 30, 2011, 03:28:27 AM
Oh, I hadn't heard you were pregnant! Congratulations!

Thank you!!! :) :) :)
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Post by: Shores on June 30, 2011, 04:13:02 AM
You get bored watching fireworks.
That doesn't mean you're an adult! That means your inner child is painfully dying! SAVE the inner child, Carnation! Learn to love pretty bursts of color and loud noises again! I shall be sending good vibes towards the fireworks fairies for you this fourth of July so that they may once again enrich your life with their joy!
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on June 30, 2011, 07:40:12 AM
When you find out one of your favorite cartoons as a child is on one of those channels that always play older, syndicated shows.  Yesterday I found out that "Jem" is being played on the Hub channel and watched a show.

Then when Pirateboy2 asked me "What are the other character's names?" I totally blanked.  I mean I remembered Jem and the Holograms, but I couldn't remember the Holograms names, nor the names of the misfits!
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Post by: bookworm317 on June 30, 2011, 12:02:05 PM
When you find out one of your favorite cartoons as a child is on one of those channels that always play older, syndicated shows.  Yesterday I found out that "Jem" is being played on the Hub channel and watched a show.

Then when Pirateboy2 asked me "What are the other character's names?" I totally blanked.  I mean I remembered Jem and the Holograms, but I couldn't remember the Holograms names, nor the names of the misfits!

THE HOLOGRAMS: Jem, Kimber, Aja, Shana, Raya
THE MISFITS: Pizzazz, Roxy, Stormer, Jetta

Is it sad that I know this?
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Post by: Hushabye on July 01, 2011, 11:54:31 AM
You have to explain to a customer who Arsenio Hall is and why the joke the other customer just told was funny.  Because said other customer is wincing in emotional pain over the fact that there are now adults young enough to need it explained.
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Post by: LilacGirl1983 on July 01, 2011, 12:31:18 PM
When I was 20 I was in a daycare and told a little girl if you don't stop throwing a tantrum you will turn blue like a smurf...little girl asked me what a smurf was...cue silence

when I realize I have been out of high school for almost 10 years...

when I look at teens and wonder if I ever looked so young

when I turn to the "oldies" station for good music ie Rod Steward, Tina Turner

when teens now ask who the backstreet boys and nsync were

when I have to give my birth date for check in for medical appointments and teens give me that look

when I look at clothes and realize that they show to much skin

when I am at the mall and look at prices and realize mom was right Walmart clothes work just fine

when I talk to younger people that brand names aren't everything

when I have to pay for my own house over my head and plan out weekly menus

when the car breaks down or something needs replacing I can't tell just mom

when I wake up at 6:00 every morning regardless of work

when I realized there is no sleeping in with a kid

when I realize playing video games is ok but can't spend the whole day playing them like I used to

when the weather affects me more then it used..quicker to turn on the heat/ac

when I realized I can make do without the newest gadget

when I think texting/new confangled phones are confusing

when going out to eat consists of sit down family restaurants vs food court at the mall

when I have to budget for the above mentioned

when I get more excited over a gift card or new appliances then the newest video game/movie

when I wake up and get ready for the day instead of relaxing

when my idea of relaxing is reading a good book uninterrupted for the umpteenth time by my 3 year old instead of cruising the mall and video game/book store
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Post by: hermanne on July 01, 2011, 02:45:46 PM
I just realized my 20th high school class reunion is next year! :o
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Post by: Information_queen on July 02, 2011, 09:01:27 PM
When you have to skip the party to wait for maintenance because there's nobody else to do it.
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Post by: KimberlyRose on July 02, 2011, 09:10:00 PM
I just realized my 20th high school class reunion is next year! :o

If it helps, mine would have been this year.  (Never bothered to actually check if anyone was doing anything.)
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Post by: Ms_Shell on July 02, 2011, 09:15:37 PM
You have to explain to a customer who Arsenio Hall is and why the joke the other customer just told was funny.  Because said other customer is wincing in emotional pain over the fact that there are now adults young enough to need it explained.

Hee hee!  Just today I was reading a blog in which the blogger was talking about three unethical businesses that George Costanza wold have loved.  Someone in the comments section posted, "Maybe it's an age thing but I don't get the joke...who was George Costanza?" *headdesk* Is Seinfeld really that old already?
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Post by: Witty Username Goes Here on July 02, 2011, 09:19:36 PM
I know I'm an adult every time I listen to the Retro Lunch on a local radio station.  Really...Alanis Morrisette is retro?!?  No way!!
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Post by: Hollanda on July 03, 2011, 03:22:37 AM
I know I'm an adult every time I listen to the Retro Lunch on a local radio station.  Really...Alanis Morrisette is retro?!?  No way!!

I listen to a radio station based in my hometown. There is a show called "Something Old, Something New." They class "Old" as anything 1990 or prior. :( I feel old sometimes. This is one of those times.
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Post by: Alida on July 03, 2011, 08:40:46 AM
You have to explain to a customer who Arsenio Hall is and why the joke the other customer just told was funny.  Because said other customer is wincing in emotional pain over the fact that there are now adults young enough to need it explained.

Hee hee!  Just today I was reading a blog in which the blogger was talking about three unethical businesses that George Costanza wold have loved.  Someone in the comments section posted, "Maybe it's an age thing but I don't get the joke...who was George Costanza?" *headdesk* Is Seinfeld really that old already?

Not at all. My 18 year old knows who George Costanza is. Some people, though, are just pop-culture clueless.
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Post by: whiterose on July 03, 2011, 02:48:41 PM
- When your doctor tells you "you are not 20 years old anymore".
- When it has been over 16 years since you finished high school, and thus over 20 years since you finished middle school.
- When you describe old school anime as being made before 1990, even though someone else wants to say 1995.
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Post by: Fluffy Cat on July 03, 2011, 03:14:35 PM
...You realise that not everyone cares nearly as much about the special events in your life as you (and possibly your nearest and dearest) do, nor should they be expected to.  Birthdays, Marriage, Pregnancy, etc.

Took a long time for me to get that message, some people never do.   ::)
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Post by: lady_disdain on July 03, 2011, 03:48:05 PM
When I remembered things that had happened 10 years before... (I was about 15 for clear, sentimental memories, not vague scraps)
When I started saying "This-and-that happened 15 years ago...." (Late college years)
When you count back and realize that you are talking about something that happened 20 years ago (not too long ago)
When you first realize that something important in your life happened a quarter of a century ago (yesterday)

Corrolary: when you realize how bad your mother must have felt when, during the 90s, 70s style flower power clothing came back and her teenage daughter thought that Woodstock had been so looooong ago.
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Post by: Ms_Shell on July 03, 2011, 04:52:46 PM
You have to explain to a customer who Arsenio Hall is and why the joke the other customer just told was funny.  Because said other customer is wincing in emotional pain over the fact that there are now adults young enough to need it explained.

Hee hee!  Just today I was reading a blog in which the blogger was talking about three unethical businesses that George Costanza wold have loved.  Someone in the comments section posted, "Maybe it's an age thing but I don't get the joke...who was George Costanza?" *headdesk* Is Seinfeld really that old already?

Not at all. My 18 year old knows who George Costanza is. Some people, though, are just pop-culture clueless.

Good point.  Yay!  I'm young again!  ;)
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Post by: Eisa on July 03, 2011, 04:57:29 PM
...You realise that not everyone cares nearly as much about the special events in your life as you (and possibly your nearest and dearest) do, nor should they be expected to.  Birthdays, Marriage, Pregnancy, etc.

Took a long time for me to get that message, some people never do.   ::)


Ooooh. POD! We'd all love to know...we don't want to know every second of every day. ;) Especially with FB posts--I know people who do that a lot.

Let's see. You know you're an adult when you realize your 10-year high school reunion is coming up in a couple of years and you could have sworn you just graduated. JUST graduated. What happened? :P
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Post by: Ms_Shell on July 03, 2011, 05:04:32 PM
...You realise that not everyone cares nearly as much about the special events in your life as you (and possibly your nearest and dearest) do, nor should they be expected to.  Birthdays, Marriage, Pregnancy, etc.

Took a long time for me to get that message, some people never do.   ::)

This.  It's like my mom friends that used to be super fun and cool before they had kids, now it's literally the only thing they ever talk about.  Though to be fair I should have seen it coming, what with the daily FB updates and whatnot. 
 
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Post by: A.P. Wulfric on July 03, 2011, 05:27:13 PM
...You realise that not everyone cares nearly as much about the special events in your life as you (and possibly your nearest and dearest) do, nor should they be expected to.  Birthdays, Marriage, Pregnancy, etc.

Took a long time for me to get that message, some people never do.   ::)


Ooooh. POD! We'd all love to know...we don't want to know every second of every day. ;) Especially with FB posts--I know people who do that a lot.

Oh my Lord. I know someone on facebook who has posted 3-4 times a day for the past 6+ months about her pregnancy. Luckily, she's only 12 days away. I'd block her newsfeed, but I sometimes check just to see how many times she posted that day. It's constant. I wonder if she realizes that the number of comments she gets has dwindled each passing week?

Let's see. You know you're an adult when you realize your 10-year high school reunion is coming up in a couple of years and you could have sworn you just graduated. JUST graduated. What happened? :P
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Post by: Fluffy Cat on July 03, 2011, 05:46:11 PM
...You realise that not everyone cares nearly as much about the special events in your life as you (and possibly your nearest and dearest) do, nor should they be expected to.  Birthdays, Marriage, Pregnancy, etc.

Took a long time for me to get that message, some people never do.   ::)


Ooooh. POD! We'd all love to know...we don't want to know every second of every day. ;) Especially with FB posts--I know people who do that a lot.

Let's see. You know you're an adult when you realize your 10-year high school reunion is coming up in a couple of years and you could have sworn you just graduated. JUST graduated. What happened? :P

Wow, you are young :)!  Mine was three years ago.  You would not believe all the pregnancy/childbirth talk!  Close friends, yay (to a degree)! Random people I went to HS with?  Not so much when its repetitive.  Most were either already married or not engaged so there was very little about that.
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Post by: ladymaureen on July 03, 2011, 05:58:44 PM
When you get excited about the idea of paying off your mortgage and all other debt.
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Post by: TaylorMade on July 03, 2011, 06:05:16 PM
I was telling a story about something that happened when I was about 17.    It hit me I was talking about something that happened OVER 20 years ago (I'm 39, ftr)  That freaked me out.

I got over it... I'm good now :)
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Post by: Eisa on July 03, 2011, 06:07:39 PM
...You realise that not everyone cares nearly as much about the special events in your life as you (and possibly your nearest and dearest) do, nor should they be expected to.  Birthdays, Marriage, Pregnancy, etc.

Took a long time for me to get that message, some people never do.   ::)


Ooooh. POD! We'd all love to know...we don't want to know every second of every day. ;) Especially with FB posts--I know people who do that a lot.

Let's see. You know you're an adult when you realize your 10-year high school reunion is coming up in a couple of years and you could have sworn you just graduated. JUST graduated. What happened? :P

Wow, you are young :)!  Mine was three years ago.  You would not believe all the pregnancy/childbirth talk!  Close friends, yay (to a degree)! Random people I went to HS with?  Not so much when its repetitive.  Most were either already married or not engaged so there was very little about that.

I graduated in 2006. So yeah, it's coming up sooner than I thought! :o

...and if mine's anything like that, I see I certainly won't be going. :P
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Post by: saddened on July 03, 2011, 06:33:50 PM

I graduated in 2006. So yeah, it's coming up sooner than I thought! :o

...and if mine's anything like that, I see I certainly won't be going. :P

When someone says they graduated in 2006 and you realised you graduated in 1983....

 ;) ;) ;)
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Post by: kitty-cat on July 03, 2011, 06:43:28 PM

I graduated in 2006. So yeah, it's coming up sooner than I thought! :o

...and if mine's anything like that, I see I certainly won't be going. :P

When someone says they graduated in 2006 and you realised you graduated in 1983....

 ;) ;) ;)

Wanna feel even older?

I graduated HS in 2009.
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Post by: Eisa on July 03, 2011, 06:59:12 PM

I graduated in 2006. So yeah, it's coming up sooner than I thought! :o

...and if mine's anything like that, I see I certainly won't be going. :P

When someone says they graduated in 2006 and you realised you graduated in 1983....

 ;) ;) ;)


My pleasure. >:D
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 03, 2011, 06:59:39 PM
You are a cruel woman, kitty-cat!

 :D

I graduated high school in 1986, university in 1990 and I've been working for over 20 years now and can retire in less than 15 years.
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Post by: saddened on July 03, 2011, 10:15:29 PM

When someone says they graduated in 2006 and you realised you graduated in 1983....

 ;) ;) ;)

Wanna feel even older?

I graduated HS in 2009.

/facepalm

hehehe

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on July 03, 2011, 10:47:23 PM
It doesn't irritate me, but I can't help but roll my eyes at people who post every little thing they do on FBook.   One of them is around my age (32), as we went to the same school from 2nd-8th grade. 

Every post is "Going to the pool" "Drinking a beer on the patio!" "Got a haircut and paid a bill!" "Had dinner with the folks!"

That's nice, dude, but you really don't need to keep the world updated on your every move.

Speaking of FBook, when one of my cousins recently became old enough to have her own FBook page, I found myself thinking "No WAY is she old enough to have a FBook page!   Wasn't it just yesterday I was in a diner listening to Aunt K and Uncle S talk about waiting anxiously for the adoption referral, and then later hearing they were flying to Vietnam to pick her up?" I was a freshman in college, then. 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sirius on July 07, 2011, 01:28:00 AM

I graduated in 2006. So yeah, it's coming up sooner than I thought! :o

...and if mine's anything like that, I see I certainly won't be going. :P

When someone says they graduated in 2006 and you realised you graduated in 1983....

 ;) ;) ;)

Wanna feel even older?

I graduated HS in 2009.


I've got shoes older than you.  I graduated in (drum roll) 1976! 
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on July 07, 2011, 01:32:54 AM
I've got shoes older than you.  I graduated in (drum roll) 1976!

I've got old diaries I use for scrap paper that are older than the kids I teach! At one point (until a kid stole it) I had a pair of scissors that I had bought when I was in Grade 8... in 1982. I matriculated in 1986!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: whiterose on July 07, 2011, 10:04:38 AM
When saving money for necessary expenses wins over taking a trip to an anime convention/seeing friends.

Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hollanda on July 08, 2011, 07:08:51 AM
A night out means getting back before 8.30pm because you know how exhausted you will feel tomorrow (if not by the time you get home)

A night out consists of going round to friends' houses for a civilised meal and not caring about politely refusing a glass of wine

You have no idea what on Earth is number 1 in the charts or who sings it, and care even less.

You prefer a local radio station that plays "oldies", to a commercial station that plays current hits

You don't know what is going on in any of the soap operas as all your favourite characters have left.

You dress for comfort, not style.

You no longer see Fridays as something to look forward to because you want to go out and get drunk, but because it's the end of the week and you can catch up with the housework at the weekend.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: The Opinionator on July 08, 2011, 07:57:58 AM
When a friend visits, you get the guest room ready instead of the couch/air mattress.  :-\
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hollanda on July 08, 2011, 07:59:48 AM
Your reaction to feeling sleepy is to want sleep, rather than reach for the energy drink or pro plus. :(
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hobish on July 12, 2011, 06:00:43 PM
I was telling a story about something that happened when I was about 17.    It hit me I was talking about something that happened OVER 20 years ago (I'm 39, ftr)  That freaked me out.

I got over it... I'm good now :)

I'm 37 and have had a few of those moments. It's so weird.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Ferrets on July 12, 2011, 06:09:01 PM
You make yourself spend an entire Sunday pruning back overhanging branches and clearing your tiny concrete back yard of several mini-ecosystems' worth of ivy/nettles/ivy/Triffids/ivy/general foliage/ivy/unidentifiable green things/ivy/the slender, whippy, NINE FEET TALL tree that somehow grew when my back was turned/THRICE-CURSED IVY.

And you do a couple of hours after work each night bagging the lot up.

And always take the tiny stereo out just so you can listen to Radio 4 whilst doing so. Gardeners' Question Time at that.

Just pass me my cocoa and slippers now. ::)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hollanda on July 13, 2011, 05:55:17 AM
You start uttering "Motherisms". Such as:

"Have you got your key with you?"
"It looks like rain."
"It's getting late, it's nearly 10 o'clock (at night)."

You also start thinking like your mother, which is worse.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: alegria on July 14, 2011, 04:28:14 PM
When the RV that you've wanted (but couldn't afford when you were 20) is finally financially doable -- and you look at the price for a new one and think "We could stay in a lot of motels and eat a lot of restaurant meals for that kind of price, and not have to cook and clean at all!" so you don't get it.

Or from the other side of the fence:  when you realize that for the cost of the hotels and the eating out every month for dog tournaments, you can afford that RV that you want!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bobsyouruncle on July 14, 2011, 05:14:29 PM
You make yourself spend an entire Sunday pruning back overhanging branches and clearing your tiny concrete back yard of several mini-ecosystems' worth of ivy/nettles/ivy/Triffids/ivy/general foliage/ivy/unidentifiable green things/ivy/the slender, whippy, NINE FEET TALL tree that somehow grew when my back was turned/THRICE-CURSED IVY.

And you do a couple of hours after work each night bagging the lot up.

And always take the tiny stereo out just so you can listen to Radio 4 whilst doing so. Gardeners' Question Time at that.

Just pass me my cocoa and slippers now. ::)

I have a total black thumb, but I've got to tell you this sounds like a really nice way to spend a Sunday!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: StarDrifter on July 15, 2011, 09:04:25 AM
When you get your own eTag account.

I'm 25, Ace is 34! and we only just got our own eTag account for the toll roads in Melbourne - up until now we've just been mooching off our parents' accounts... the other day we put our own credit card down and got our own tag! Yay!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Carnation on July 16, 2011, 09:48:17 PM
When the network interrupts the regularly scheduled program for a news bulletin and instead of being annoyed at the disruption of your show you think "OH MY GOD!  WHAT IS IT???" :o :o :o
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Venus193 on July 17, 2011, 05:05:32 AM
When the network interrupts the regularly scheduled program for a news bulletin and instead of being annoyed at the disruption of your show you think "OH MY GOD!  WHAT IS IT???" :o :o :o

I still get annoyed.  More than half the time they're interrupting for something that could wait until the next regular newscast.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: bookworm317 on July 17, 2011, 07:41:07 PM
When the network interrupts the regularly scheduled program for a news bulletin and instead of being annoyed at the disruption of your show you think "OH MY GOD!  WHAT IS IT???" :o :o :o

Ever since Sept. 11, that always gives me heart attacks.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on July 27, 2011, 10:22:06 PM
When you get excited about the idea of paying off your mortgage and all other debt.

This! We've been going over our budget with DH's new job, and we got all excited about being able to start paying off credit cards and putting more down on his car to pay it off sooner, and saving up for a house!

Ok, so we were also excited about having spending money again and having the money for a pet deposit so we can get another dog (stupid apartment rules), but mostly we want to get rid of those darn credit cards!

Also: you know you're an adult when your first act, upon hearing of said job offer, is to turn down the A/C because you can afford it now, darn it! And that's what you're *really* excited about.

When you have to take your husband shopping for proper work clothes because he actually has a dress code now :P

Oh, when you get a sewing machine to make SCA garb, and start wondering how you can apply that to every day attire, and wonder if you could learn to make your own clothing, and if it would actually save money (on the plus side, you can get exactly what you want, not just what the stores are selling. I am now the proud owner of a sarong-style swimsuit cover up in the loudest pattern imaginable that I made myself. Ok, so it was 4 seams total, but I made it, darn it!).
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Ruelz on July 28, 2011, 04:07:42 PM
...you wish someone would send YOU to your room (for the peace and quiet), or even better, ground you for the weekend...
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on July 28, 2011, 09:18:49 PM
...you wish someone would send YOU to your room (for the peace and quiet), or even better, ground you for the weekend...

Heaven...
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Daffydilly on July 29, 2011, 06:51:59 AM
You scratch together several dollars in change and think "Yes! I can buy a few veggies!"
VS
You used to scratch together a few bucks in change and go "Yes! Candy money!"
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: hermanne on July 29, 2011, 12:20:32 PM
As many of you here know, I used to be a nanny. The kids I took care of were (still are!) very involved in a sport and did very well, being nationally ranked for their age groups. (I used to tell the oldest, "I expect to see you in the Olympics some day!") Today I googled them with respect to the sport.

I found several videos of one of them. The videos were professionally made, and the kid is GOOD. (Maybe I'll see him in the Olympics, too!) But the background music in one vid... the singer dropped the f-bomb every other line.  >:(

I felt like joining the website just so I can post the comment, "Does your mom know about that song?" Yeah, his nanny is an old coot. ::)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hollanda on September 09, 2011, 04:24:04 AM
...you hear a song in the charts and start singing it aloud, only to hear the teenage radio presenter say "That was a cover of XYZ which was before my time..." 16 years ago?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!? Ouch, that smarts.

...it takes you nearly 2 hours to figure out how to use your new phone, and find yourself asking "What was wrong with the old fashioned phone that makes and receives calls?"  :-[
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: twiggy on September 10, 2011, 11:57:22 PM
When you brag that by combining your coupon and the store sale, you got powerades for 9 cents a piece........and your friends are jealous.

When you ask your husband for a trash compactor for your birthday.

When you get rid of your awesome boots with the 5 inch heel, and replace them with sensible shoes with a 1.5inch heel and wonder if you should have just gotten flats.

I know it's been said before, but I'm PODing PPS who have said that hearing the music you listened to in HS referred to as "old"
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: twiggy on September 11, 2011, 12:07:46 AM
oh, or how about this: When you don't realize it's your birthday until late afternoon when you finally see the date written down somewhere.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: StarDrifter on September 11, 2011, 12:16:25 AM
bah a oh Twiggy that happened to me last year - the only reason I realised it was my birthday was the influx of mail for me - six cards in the mailbox and a package, it wasn't until I opened the second card that I realised it was my birthday that day and not the following week.

But I had another 'dang, I'm a grown up! Arrgh!' moment the other day - I had to book my car in for it 45,000km service myself, instead of Dad doing it for me! (the car is still under warranty and the first 30,000kms were covered at the dealership, but for the next year or so I'll have to pay someone to service it instead of doing it myself or with dad!) *sob!*
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sanity Lost on September 12, 2011, 11:05:55 AM
...you wish someone would send YOU to your room (for the peace and quiet), or even better, ground you for the weekend...

Need a like button
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sunbeem on September 13, 2011, 11:51:14 AM
Fitted sheets go on the bed silly.   If they are in the closet you are doing something horribly wrong.

Don't tell me you are supposed to have more than 1 sheet set for the bed, that is just silly talk.

Or you can do what a guy friend of mine used to do...he just put all his fitted sheets on the bed and he peeled them off as needed  ;D.  (I think he had 3 sets....maybe 4)

That is absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sunbeem on September 13, 2011, 12:09:42 PM
-When you spend your "fun" money on things like blenders, new shower curtains, and high-quality baking supplies.

-When each birthday is just a birthday and not a milestone (14=get a summer job, 15=driver's permit, 16=drive; 17=movies, 18=smoke, gamble, sign your own consent forms, 19=last year of teenhood, 20=not a teen!, 21=drink etc & fully legal adult; 22+ = ?)

-you can buy ANYTHING YOU WANT at garage sales because a) you have more than $5 to your name, and b) Mom's not there to say "your room is too messy, you don't need any more stuff!"

-you are so used to waking up at the same time every day during any season that you wake up without your alarm clock.

-you realize you are now allowed to get a pet monkey if you wanted to!

-"kids these days" don't remember what it was like before cell phones, mp3 players, free email accounts, gps navigation systems, etc.  You remember using portable tape players and thought a portable CD player was so cool except that it skipped if you jogged; had to get out of a broken-down car and walk to the nearest landline phone, had only 1 email account because it cost an annual fee, and you know how to read a roadmap.  (do I sound old? I'm only 23...)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sunbeem on September 13, 2011, 12:11:32 PM
(Heaven help us when Hammer Pants and giant shoulder pads come back in fashion)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!  Anything but that!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Sunbeem on September 13, 2011, 12:17:11 PM
This is going to sound a bit silly but I really felt like an adult when I was allowed to vote for the first time.  By the time that I could vote, I had already been self-supporting and married for two years.  As an emancipated minor, I had the all of the responsibilities and most of the same freedoms as adults.  Except for voting.  I was so proud of having the ability to cast a vote.  It meant a lot to me (and it still does) and I was eager to research and make the best decision that I could.  I'll never forget walking out of the polls with my head held high and a smile on my face.  I felt that I was finally accepted into the adult world because my voice now mattered.

I love this!  I feel the exact same way about voting.  What an incredible feeling!  :)

Me too!  Except for me, it was not quite the first time I voted, but rather the first time I drove myself to the polling place and voted (as opposed to getting a ride with Dad or doing absentee ballot while at college).
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: kitty-cat on September 13, 2011, 11:09:00 PM
-"kids these days" don't remember what it was like before cell phones, mp3 players, free email accounts, gps navigation systems, etc.  You remember using portable tape players and thought a portable CD player was so cool except that it skipped if you jogged; had to get out of a broken-down car and walk to the nearest landline phone, had only 1 email account because it cost an annual fee, and you know how to read a roadmap.  (do I sound old? I'm only 23...)

I vaguely remember a time before cell phones, laptops, ect. I had a tape player walkman when I was younger and just loved it. I looked at my old cd player a while back and thought "I used to obsess over this?" (8gig ipod in my purse now)

I didn't really have/use email until I was in 5th grade and that was just because we had AOL at the time, and the only way to get online was by having an email addy.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on September 14, 2011, 12:10:33 AM
....when you get excited for winter because you can save on electricity again by turning the heat down (posted about that last year and I'm still excited :P)

...when you have to stop and ask yourself "Am I too old for this?" when you see something sparkly or rainbow-y. Answer: Never!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: rhirhi on September 14, 2011, 12:43:39 AM
-When you spend your "fun" money on things like blenders, new shower curtains, and high-quality baking supplies.

-When each birthday is just a birthday and not a milestone (14=get a summer job, 15=driver's permit, 16=drive; 17=movies, 18=smoke, gamble, sign your own consent forms, 19=last year of teenhood, 20=not a teen!, 21=drink etc & fully legal adult; 22+ = ?)


You can't rent a car until you are 25, that's something...but i'm 26, so yeah.
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Hushabye on September 14, 2011, 09:37:51 AM
-When you spend your "fun" money on things like blenders, new shower curtains, and high-quality baking supplies.

-When each birthday is just a birthday and not a milestone (14=get a summer job, 15=driver's permit, 16=drive; 17=movies, 18=smoke, gamble, sign your own consent forms, 19=last year of teenhood, 20=not a teen!, 21=drink etc & fully legal adult; 22+ = ?)


You can't rent a car until you are 25, that's something...but i'm 26, so yeah.

Some places you can (Enterprise), but they tack on extra charges and insurance, making it really, really expensive.

That's also the age at which most cruise lines stop requiring you to stay in a cabin with someone older or your spouse.  (Yes, Carnival, I'm looking at you and the fact that we weren't informed of this before we booked our cruise and almost got left in port.  >:()
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Elfmama on September 14, 2011, 10:25:22 AM
....when you get excited for winter because you can save on electricity again by turning the heat down (posted about that last year and I'm still excited :P)
I wish...  we have electric baseboard heaters, and our heating bill goes UP. :(
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Kaypeep on September 14, 2011, 02:28:57 PM
You get emails from Ticketmaster for upcoming concert tickets, and you don't recognize any of the bands/artists listed on the calendar!
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: afbluebelle on September 14, 2011, 03:21:42 PM
You try to plan a road trip based on a song by an uberfamous awesome band, and no one under 30 knows what you are talking about. Even some of the guys in their mid-30s were stumped :facepalm:

Why yes, I am referring to my mecca trip to Winslow, Arizona  ;D I <3 The Eagles, and I'm only 25 (today, anyway)
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: twiggy on September 14, 2011, 07:43:55 PM
You try to plan a road trip based on a song by an uberfamous awesome band, and no one under 30 knows what you are talking about. Even some of the guys in their mid-30s were stumped :facepalm:

Why yes, I am referring to my mecca trip to Winslow, Arizona  ;D I <3 The Eagles, and I'm only 25 (today, anyway)

Wai.....what?? Off to research (oh, and I'm only 26 so......) thought there was an upcoming concert and I got all excited  :-[ :-[


Also, you KNOW you're an adult when: your friend posts on Facebook that she's excited her new washer/dryer were delivered and you 'like' the comment and get super excited for her :)


ETA bolded: I am a fool. Though thinking on it, I can't think of anywhere bigger than the high school in Winslow and I doubt the Eagles would play there. I'm a fool  :-[ An excited, then embarrassed, then disappointed fool
Title: Re: You KNOW You're an Adult When...
Post by: Information_queen on September 15, 2011, 01:08:28 PM
....when you get excited for winter because you can save on electricity again by turning the heat down (posted about that last year and I'm still excited :P)
I wish...  we have electric baseboard heaters, and our heating bill goes UP. :(

To be fair, if I set it low enough, our heater doesn't really have to do anything. I'm in Memphis so it doesn't usually get that cold (but then, before this summer, I didn't think it would get that hot....so who knows what will happen!?!), and our apartment has *amazing* insulation - we'll be at 65 inside for a week after the outside temperature sinks below 50, with no heat going.

Or maybe it just retains heat well, because it doesn't do the reverse in the summer :P And its not because of any effort on my part, either - I take the dog out 4-5 times a day and I'll leave the door wide open behind me. We will won't lose heat in the winter.