Do you remember all those magazine quizzes? About whether or not you're a good friend, or a bad cook or a disorganised worker? Well I haven't bought a magazine in years as almost everything I need is right here in my computer. But I miss the quizzes, so when I spotted this one on At Home with Mrs M, I just couldn't resist. Albeit a bit late. Feel free to join in...
The signs of being a grown-up:
1. Having a mortgage - Yes.
2. Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions - Sadly, they can't anymore.
3. Paying into a pension - A few euro here and there.
4. Conducting a weekly food shop - For too many years.
5. Written a Will - Not yet, am still hopeful they might find a cure for death before I need one...
6. Having children - Rarely seen without them.
7. Budgeting every month - Never, I just don't spend what I don't have.
8. Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch - Sometimes I wish I couldn't!
9. Getting married - I did...
10. Having life insurance - Nope, how much would they charge for a decrepit 50 year old?
11. Recycling - Yes.
12. Having a savings account - Yes.
13. Knowing what terms like 'ISA' and 'tracker' mean - Not really. I did put money into property *ouch*
14. Watching the news - Just try keeping me away!
15. Owning a lawn mower - Does a Flymo count?
16. Doing your own washing - I have a washing machine for that :)
17. Taking trips to the local tip - Where is it again?
18. Planting flowers - I am able to do this, does that count?
19. Being able to bleed a radiator - I have been given instructions but not had the nerve to try them yet..
20. Having a joint bank account - Had, now the lack of money is all mine :)
21. Having a view on politics - Too many views I suspect.
22. Keeping track of interest rates - See no 14 above.
23. Finding a messy house annoying - Only if I step away from the laptop.
24. Being able to change a light bulb - Can anyone over 18 seriously not change a light bulb?
25. Owning a vacuum cleaner - Yes.
26. Holding dinner parties - *runs a mile*
27. Listening to Radio 2 - Not in Ireland so I can pass on this one #phew
28. Enjoying gardening - A bit more than housework anyway. Flowers last longer than clean floors..
29. Spending weekend just 'pottering' - Remind me what that involves again?
30. Mum starts asking you for advice - It never happened sadly.
31. Carrying spare shopping bags just in case - Always.
32. Like going round garden centres - Sometimes, but I still end up buying the 6 pack of pansies in Lidl.
33. Wearing coats on a night out - Yes.
34. Going to bed before 11pm - Rarely. That dishwasher has to be loaded!
35. Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week - I wasn't great at this until they got old.
36. Classing work as a career rather than a job - It's my sanity :)
37. Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away - Yes, and I enjoy it, especially as I use my Mum's old sewing basket, the main thing I wanted after she died.
38. You iron - I never understood ironing so it only gets done just before wearing. And that still doesn't stop my son from crumpling it all up again!
39. You wash up immediately after eating - Never, there's always playing and toiletting that needs to be done. Much more important.
40. Enjoy cooking - Only baking. Is it possible to enjoy cooking chicken burgers?
41. Buying a Sunday paper - I always buy one, and it's become a little Sunday tradition that I head out with my son and the two girls stay at home.
42. Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes - Are three inch heels sensible?
43. You like receiving gift vouchers - Absolutely :)
44. Work keeps you awake at night - Not any more :)
45. Filing post - Regularly in my set of tabbed lever arch folders, hope this doesn't scare you...
46. Having a 'best' crockery set - No I believe in using everything. That occasion may never happen.
47. Being able to change a car tyre - I can change a wheel, but I'd rather not. Thank Goodness for Protex.
48. Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime - Usually.
49. Being able to follow a receipt - Er yes.
50. Owning 'best towels' as well as 'everyday towels' - I have never heard of this concept before!
Apparently if you check more than 30 of these, you are definitely a grown up.
Personally I always thought that the definition of a grown up was someone who owned a strimmer...
So are you a grown up?