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To ask what you feel a Real Grown Up should have under control, but you just....don't (lighthearted)

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ocelot41 Fri 09-May-14 22:19:59

The whereabouts of the feather duster. Parking (of any sort). An accurate record of the dates of the birthdays of every member of my gloriously massive and sprawling extended family. Knowledge of my blood type.

The state of my loft, filing cabinets, sex life, toe nails. The ability to fix a leaky overflow pipe or bake a cake (either would do).

Does anyone else have this kind of internal ticker tape of things they think they should have cracked by now but just...don’t? Please come be a bit useless with me...

cromwell44 Fri 09-May-14 22:28:43

Yes, yes. The state of our family bathroom, The plant pots in the garden, my eyebrows! Meal planning for the week instead of buying a random selection of food that I hope will last the week. I should probably take off my makeup every night too. The list is endless and I've celebrated the big 5 decade birthday. The passage of time doesn't help.

x2boys Fri 09-May-14 22:32:30

Ooh this does sound reassuring Cromwell I always by a random selection of food rather than meal planning and my eyebrows need some serious attention PS I am only 40!

Raskova Fri 09-May-14 22:34:21

Thanks Cromwell, that's my hope all gone shock

I'm approaching my third decade.

I'd have thought by now...

I'd have come up with some sort of cleaning rota that meant my house was presentable more than one or two days in seven.

I'd have worked out the month:money ratio and would be 'comfortable' by now.

I'd have an idea of what is a healthy sensible meal and worked a type of weekly plan out.

I wouldn't still eat Ice cream for breakfast and would be well over the novelty that came with moving out of my mums ten years ago.

Can't think of more

x2boys Fri 09-May-14 22:35:02

Although ocelot I am proud to announce I do knowmy blood group b negative ( only found out during first pregnancy aged 31!)

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 09-May-14 22:35:09

Yup - some vague idea of what's i. The fridge/ what needs eating/what needs buying.

Five cartons of apple juice but no bread, anyone?

Raskova Fri 09-May-14 22:37:36

Apple juice is fairly grown up... Congrats thanks

I have beer, milk and coke wine

gilmoregirl Fri 09-May-14 22:40:42

housework in general, conversations with people who are older than me without feeling they think I am a silly young thing with no knowledge of current affairs, finance etc, feeling like an actual grown up in koat situations in.fact but especially at work. I am a 40 year old woman with an eight yeat old, a mortgage, a degree and various other pretty serious qualifications and a reasonable job that requires good judgement and knowledge yet I still feel clueless! Why when I have been fairly self sufficient for many years and can wire a plug, sewn on a button, pay a bill etc not feel like an.actual grown.up?!

x2boys Fri 09-May-14 22:40:45

Ooh that sounds normal thedoctrine dh is currently on a health kick sowe are buying shit loads of fruit but no bread or cereal for the kids breakfast kiwi anyone?

BlackeyedSusan Fri 09-May-14 22:42:02

I was more or less ok til you mentioned filing.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 09-May-14 22:42:27

Oh, my fridge is too normal sad

<buys kumquats and bratwurst>

magimedi Fri 09-May-14 22:49:54

I am approaching the start of my 7th decade * DS still tells me to act my age & not my shoe size!

Just have fun & enjoy life - 'groan' (sic) up or not!

ocelot41 Fri 09-May-14 22:51:19

Cromwell I can do your plants!(Oi loikes plants, me). But meal planning? Oh God, no. That's another thing on the list thankfully DC really like boiled eggs and dippy fingers.

How about 'ability to book and actually get to hair appointment before I resemble an elderly English Sheepdog'?

ocelot41 Fri 09-May-14 22:57:49

Gilmoregirl you could always try saying 'And what do YOU think about the EU's fishing policy/the price of rice in Saskatchewan/endangered aardvarks?' whilst looking Very Concerned and nodding gravely. Works for me anyway and I bloody teach politics risks outing self.

ScarletFedora Fri 09-May-14 22:59:08

OP, are you me?

<worries mind has MN account of its own>

NormHonal Fri 09-May-14 23:00:36


ocelot41 Fri 09-May-14 23:02:30

Perhaps Scarletfedora. Because I think your screen name is splendid.

ocelot41 Fri 09-May-14 23:05:37

Yes, yes, yes Norm! Although I have recently discovered Harpic Power Plus tablets and no longer have the Toilet of Shame (smug)

RhondaJean Fri 09-May-14 23:07:07

Oh gosh

Housework in general

Meal planning

Not panic ironing work clothes every morning

My big fat mouth...

I'm pretty useless as an adult tbh.

SummerRain Fri 09-May-14 23:07:13

Keeping my house clean. I mean I can clean, I just can't seem to maintain a state of cleanliness like other grown ups do confused

And meal planning, when I try I invariably end up not having the time or energy to cook the planned meal and it all gets messed up anyway.

SummerRain Fri 09-May-14 23:08:03

Oh, and laundry... I never seem to have the items I actually need clean and dry when I need them.

notso Fri 09-May-14 23:09:34

I thought I would be able to encounter and remove insects that enter my home without flapping, shuddering and screeching.

I also live in hope that one day I will get the gift of tidiness. Perhaps in the form of a cloak like the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter. My Mum is tidy and it seems effortless, I can be tidy but it is at the expense of everything else.

DrFunkesFamilyBandSolution Fri 09-May-14 23:09:45

Liking grown up desserts ; no chocolate cake for me thanks, I'll have the fruit salad, Said no one ever.

Being able to go round in a revolving door without having the urge to push it (knowing it will stick), surely I should've bored of that now, see also not thinking about the Jedi mind trick when opening automatic doors with my MIND!

Stripytop Fri 09-May-14 23:10:45

I have to be told to go to bed. If dh isn't around I find myself yawning and squinting at the telly at three in the morning.

NormHonal Fri 09-May-14 23:12:30

Not the toilet - the bastard showerheads! DH says he noticed them ages ago, they have probably been like it for a year maybe blush but for some reason I noticed them today and cleaned them.

The kettle was awful too. blush blush

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