Friday, 8 June 2012

How to tell you are all grown up...

The national newspapers have today published an article about a survey of 2,000 people revealing the 50 things that show you are a fully-fledged adult. As most of the of the time I don't feel anywhere near being grown-up, despite being 32, I thought I'd have a look at the list and see which ones I can tick off.

1. Having a mortgage - yes, done and paid 
2. Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions - yes, haven't done since I was 16
3. Paying into a pension - yes, but minimal
4.Conducting a weekly food shop - yes, of course
5. Written a Will - yes
6. Having children - my stretch-marks confirm, yes
7.Budgeting every month - big fat NO, never have done
8. Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch yes (just the one?!)
9. Getting married yes 
10. Having life insurance erm, I'm not entirely sure, I think through work
11. Recycling yes
12.Having a savings account yes
13.Knowing what terms like 'ISA' and 'tracker' mean yes
14.Watching the news yes
15. Owning a lawn mower yes, several, including a sit-on
16. Doing your own washing unfortunately, yes
17. Taking trips to the local tip - yes, but not if I can help it
18. Planting flowers  - yes
19. Being able to bleed a radiator no, that's why I did number 9
20. Having a joint bank account yes
21. Having a view on politics - yes, doesn't everyone?
22. Keeping track of interest rates yes, when I remember
23. Finding a messy house annoying yes, but I'm fighting a losing battle
24. Being able to change a light bulb please refer to answer number 19
25. Owning a vacuum cleaner yes, and upstairs one AND a downstairs one
26.Holding dinner parties - only for 5 year olds
27. Listening to Radio 2 - guilty as charged
28. Enjoying gardening yes, well it's a love/hate kind of thing
29. Spending weekend just 'pottering' yes, yes and again YES
30. Mum starts asking you for advice erm yes
31. Carrying spare shopping bags just in case I may do, so what of it?
32 .Like going round garden centres - yes (crap I really am old!)
33. Wearing coats on a night out - yes, see answer above
34. Going to bed before 11pm - rarely
35. Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week does a text message count
36. Classing work as a career rather than a job not since having children
37. Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away - never!
38. You iron - not if it can be avoided, but generally, yes
39. You wash up immediately after eating - yes, well the dishwasher does
40. Enjoy cooking that goes without saying
41.Buying a Sunday paper - I used to, but now have a little thing called the internet
42. Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes - I may have started to
43. You like receiving gift vouchers always!
44. Work keeps you awake at night occasionally
45.Filing post yes, once a year when tax season comes around
46.Having a 'best' crockery set yes, the wedding china, naturally
47.Being able to change a car tyre no, I have RAC cover
48.Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime no, I don't think I ever have
49.Being able to follow a receipt yes, is that meant to be tricky?
50.Owning 'best towels' as well as 'everyday towels' yes, just slap me on the arse and call me Monica.
Do we deduce from this that I am actually *whispers* grown-up?
How grown-up are you?


  1. The receipt thing threw me a little bit when I posted.. It seems almost too simple to be on the list- maybe we've missed something?
    I'm trying to find any way to get out of being 'grown up' lol xx

    1. I didn't understand that one at all. Perhaps we're not grown up enough?

  2. Oh dear, looks like I'm grown up too :-(
    I do try to avoid ironing and I don't file my post though! Not sure about the receipt one if they asked about being able to FIND a receipt when I need to return something, I might not seem quite so grown up!

    1. Now I can always lay my hands on receipt, due to my love of filing!

  3. Good grief, I'm becoming rather grown up and I haven't even graduated yet! By the way, I believe "receipt" is an old-fashioned word for "recipe". That might be what they mean.

    1. Well that would make a lot more sense!

  4. Ahha...receipt is also a spell-check alternative for recipe (for journalists who can't spell)!

    1. Well I can definitely follow one of them!

  5. This is great, and hasn't reached the Irish papers, so I will have to pop off and do it too :) How many yes's do you need to be a proper grown up I wonder?

    1. Hmmm, at least 30 I would say. Let me know how you get on.

  6. See, your list would imply you are a grown up but your love of teenage vampire films and baby faced actors with the abs no man over 30 can have without significant effort, says otherwise. ;)

    1. That is, unfortunately, extremely true.

  7. Um I've done it on the blog but I don't think I am!



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