This list could also be called, “Things I didn’t have or do when I was twenty but do now that I am almost thirty.”
I’m not too freaked out about turning thirty in a few days (post to follow), especially since I already found a gray hair on J’s 28-year-old head (I abstained from telling him what it was as I removed it delicately with tweezers before showing it to him and beaming—the man cannot stop reminding me that I’m older than he is). In fact, I’m not stressed about it at all since I’m very happy with my life and don’t feel like the things I want are going too slow or too fast.
But this post isn’t about big adult things like houses and babies. It’s about the little things that I could not stand not doing now, but that I didn’t care or know about ten years ago.
- Having clean sheets and clean towels for guests
- Having a bed-like surface for guests to sleep on
- Mopping the kitchen floor and wiping down the sink regularly
- Vacuuming the couch
- Changing my oil and otherwise taking car of my car
- Typing up my monthly expenses with the help of my foursquare check-ins (it does serve a real purpose!)
- Not going to parties where I can’t leave and go to bed when I want (okay, this is actually a new resolution)
- Going to bed on time in order to not be a zombie at work in the morning
- Having multiple bank accounts for different practical reasons (joint account for joint expenses, a savings account…) and not living paycheck to paycheck
- Carefully organizing all the French and American paperasse into clearly designated files
I guess a lot of them have to do with my home and cleanliness and hospitality. I feel like guests should feel welcome and comfortable and happy to come back. I also feel like I should be able to take care of myself and in fact feel like I take care of J too since he is less skilled with paperwork and so unfamiliar with things falling through because one important piece of paper is missing (see this post about him messing up his tax address).
Anything that makes you feel like a grown-up, or almost?