Adult Behavior

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I woke up feeling sore, thirsty, and hungry.  Guess that’s what 73.0 miles on the bike will do to a girl!


So, breakfast tasted especially delicious:


Sweet Potato Pancake




  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato, mashed (to mash sweet potato quickly, wash the potato, stab it with a fork, wrap in paper towel, and microwave for 6 minutes)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, crushed
  • Cinnamon
  • Topping:  strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup



  • Heat and grease griddle.
  • Mix first six ingredients.
  • Pour onto griddle and form pancake shape.
  • On Medium Low, cook slowly and then flip (use a plate if necessary) when golden brown.
  • Cook other side slowly.
  • Plate, top with fruit and syrup, and enjoy!


A little vegetables in the morning never hurt anyone!  :)  I’ve made this same recipe with canned pumpkin before and it tastes just as good!


Adult Behavior


Now that I am mature and 26 years old…


Or not.


I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘adult behavior.’  You know, the stuff I do now because I’m older, wiser, and more responsible.  Heather and I were having a funny G-Chat conversation about this topic last night, and we decided we’re only a little bit adult.


Things that I am “adult” about:


  • Paying rent and bills on time
  • Sending out Thank You cards
  • Walking, feeding, and bathing the dogs
  • Cleaning the house
  • I almost never whine
  • Washing my sheets
  • Going to the gynecologist (and not just because she holds my birth control script hostage)


Things that I am “non-adult” about:


  • Getting my oil changed/car maintenance
  • Stalking people on Facebook
  • Spending money responsibly
  • Listening to voicemails
  • Taking out the trash
  • Planning for our financial future (IRAs, etc)
  • Drinking beers with one purpose in mind
  • Going to the dentist/eye doctor (I don’t have insurance)


What are you “adult” and “non-adult” about?



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 28, 2010, 9:05 am

    I bet you were sore!!
    Hmm..I’m technically still a teenager so I can get away with anything (til my bday on May 27th – 20yrs old….)…but I’m quite adult about cooking and washing up after, doing laundry, getting work done on time etc 🙂 BUT I spend ££ on ridiculous trivial things, I collect old useless magazines and then NEVER read them…uhh…There are so many, I just can’t think!
    Have a good day 🙂

  • Gracie (complicated day) April 28, 2010, 9:05 am

    I’m adult about everything. I’ve been that way since I was about 4. I think there’s a clinical term for my behavior.

    • Caitlin April 28, 2010, 9:09 am


      • Hedda April 28, 2010, 9:41 am

        Haha, yes, my father was born this way! He has always been an adult. Born with a moustache, haha!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 28, 2010, 9:07 am

    Haha I love this post! I’m adult about paying my bills on time, taking out the trash, washing towels and sheets, going to my job, and cooking meals. I’m not adult about cleaning my house, car maintenance (stole that one from you!), and saving money. Need to work on those!

  • Tami April 28, 2010, 9:07 am

    sometimes I look at my two kids, ages 6.5 and 4.5 and think OH MY GOD, I am responsible for you both! Some things never go away, I step over their toys and think, if don’t pick them up, etc then who will.

    • Heather April 28, 2010, 4:17 pm

      that’s one of the reasons I really can’t imagine myself as a mother. I don’t think I can be responsible for a HUMAN. You deserve MUCHO credit for being responsible for TWO OF THEM! (go you!)

      seriously. This year I am starting with a garden. If i can keep plants alive, i may move on to some sort of mammal. I am working my way up 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 28, 2010, 9:11 am

    this is hilarious…i’m 26 and pretty much the same as you in my adult behavior. except sometimes i do whine 😉

    i am an adult about cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, taking care of my fur babies, paying bills, doing the budget, and cooking. i am DEFINITELY not an adult with anything car related, filing said paid bills, and dusting. blech!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet April 28, 2010, 9:17 am

    Hahah I am just about every ‘non-adult’ thing you mentioned. I am bad with money, cleaning, and car stuff. Good thing I married a finance guy.

    I also never take out the trash. Its my rule. Its the one thing he does ALWAYS.

    • Colleen April 28, 2010, 2:57 pm

      That’s my husband too – I figure if I cave and take the trash then he’ll never do it again!

      I am not adult about doing my homework! I thought homework was for kids anyway? Oh yeah, if I hadn’t been such a slacker in my early 20s I wouldn’t be attending school in my late 20s, haha. So usually I cram in my homework really quickly before class or at work.

      I am very adult about taking care of my critters and cooking healthy dinners…but I’m pretty good at procrastinating all my other house chores, except the sheets…LOVE clean sheets!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 28, 2010, 9:17 am

    Your list could pretty much be mine 😉
    I’m adult with paying some bills…not so much others; grocery shopping; getting regular physicals….umm that might be it 😉
    I’m not adult about my consumption of alcoholic beverages, cleaning, car maintenance, shopping…umm most things?! 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 28, 2010, 9:17 am

    Adult about:

    -saving money
    -saving energy
    -preparing meals
    -being entirely incapable of sending a text message

    • Heather April 28, 2010, 4:19 pm

      Saving Energy is SUCH A GOOD POINT! i am NOT very adult about that. I am adding “become better at saving energy” to my 27th year to-do list 🙂 thank you for the reminder

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 28, 2010, 9:17 am

    I have said it before and I will say it again, taking out trash is a boy job and I will never do it, not at 36, not at 46 not at 106.

    So there :p

    I do still whine I have to admit.

  • Amanda April 28, 2010, 9:17 am

    I’m pretty much adult about just about everything. However, my language sucks and I drink to get drunk.

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired April 28, 2010, 9:19 am

    Haha…I’m pretty much the same way. I’m awful at saving money, and I’m an accountant. It’s pretty sad! I also still blast music and dance and sing around my house like I’m 13.

  • Claire April 28, 2010, 9:19 am

    Love this! I am so adult (domestic?) about some things like cooking, dishes, laundry, and some others…but definitely not car maintenance, bills and taxes (my bf is two years older, 26, and so much better than me!), checking my voicemail and email (so annoying sometimes!), and I am sure lots more…

  • Therese April 28, 2010, 9:21 am

    Oh man. I’m adult about paying bills, eating nutritious food, making sure the floors are swept and dishes are done and the garbage being taken out. Also getting to work on time, all the time and washing my sheets!

    Not-so-adult about tidying in a “timely” manner (although our place is definitely not a disaster), I procrastinate on more things than I’d like to admit. I don’t even have my license (although that’ll hopefully change on Friday).

  • Sarah April 28, 2010, 9:21 am

    I suppose I am adult about working (which I must place emphasis on the getting up EARLY and time management more so than the actual work) taking care of the apartment, paying bills, and eating balanced meals.
    Spending too much time on Facebook, still going home once and a while so my mom can cook for me, and not saving money definitely put me in the non-adult category!

  • Errign April 28, 2010, 9:22 am

    I’m not adult about going to the dentist either, since I don’t have insurance. No choice but to go to the eye doctor, since I’m practically blind.

    I’m adult about the gyno (but the state pays for that- woo), paying bills, grocery shopping, keeping my house relatively clean, etc.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 28, 2010, 9:23 am

    I feel like the older I get, the LESS I feel like an adult! I try to be adult about stuff like cooking nice meals, cleaning the house, paying bills, etc. But even when I do those things (which I do), I feel like I’m playing house or something!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 28, 2010, 9:24 am

    I know what you mean, I’m 22 and I actually feel like I’m about 16. I’m adult about doing school work, my job, cleaning, paying bills,… but I’m not adult about going to the doctor, anything involving with talking to someone on the phone (I HATE talking on the phone for some reason), spending money, saving money,…

  • Heather ( April 28, 2010, 9:26 am

    I dont have dental or vision insurance either. I havent been in probably 2-3 years. oops.

    I am pretty adult about most things though, I have always been responsible, but I also love to be silly, too and don’t feel like a “grown up” at all!

  • Lindsay @ April 28, 2010, 9:27 am

    I am adult about:
    – pay rent on time
    – paying credit card bills/insurance/car payment bills on time
    – putting money into long term savings
    – not cashing out my 401K when I left my last job
    – visiting the gyno/dentist/doctor
    – being overly conservative with my money (sometimes TOO adult about)

    I’m not adult about:
    – keeping my house in order
    – stalking people on facebook
    probably other things I can’t think of right now

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story April 28, 2010, 9:27 am

    I would say our lists are fairly similar, although I am 30. :/

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness April 28, 2010, 9:29 am

    People I work with say they often forget I’m only 24 because I seem so mature for my age.

    Clearly, they have not seen me when I get together with friends from college…

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 28, 2010, 9:31 am

    amazing looking breakfast!
    I’m 27 and I’ll never be fully adult- I refuse LOL

  • Michele April 28, 2010, 9:31 am

    Adult: never missing work; doing dishes; paying bills on time; never being late; thinking before I speak.

    Very un-adult: not saving money; too many Starbucks visits; not vacuuming; texting while driving.

  • Evan Thomas April 28, 2010, 9:31 am

    Does looking forward to sleep at 9:30 with a bowl of oatmeal make me an adult or a grandpa?

    • Liz April 28, 2010, 10:13 am

      Haha that’s awesome!

  • Lisa of Lisa at Home April 28, 2010, 9:33 am

    I love this! I have always been more ‘mature’ to an extent than others…
    I’m definitely adult about- paying bills, saving money, cooking, visiting doctors (specialists),cleaning, letting go of grudges..
    Not adult about: Facebook/twitter stalking, dusting under the couch, car maintenance,keeping in touch with people, watching reality shows… lol

  • Megan April 28, 2010, 9:34 am

    I’m so glad you listed sending thank-you’s as adult behavior. I think this is a lost art, but so important!

    I would say I’m very adult about planning my long-term financial future and in making career choices. I’m not as adult like as I would like to be in handling disagreements with very close friends or in taking out the trash (it’s my least favorite chore!).

  • shannon (the daily balance) April 28, 2010, 9:35 am

    hahaha this is great!

    i definitely HATE being an adult (most of the time anyway) –it’s way more fun to be irresponsible 😉

    but, i conform and try and do what i’m supposed to!

  • Wei-Wei April 28, 2010, 9:35 am

    Technically I’m not an adult yet, but I’m an adult about making sure I don’t hurt anyone else’s feelings and I’m especially sensitive to when other people might be making insensitive comments, saying or doing insensitive things… For example I knew that a group a girls in our large group had gone out together and they hadn’t invited me even though I lived in that area… I didn’t mind it, but if I were them I wouldn’t exactly talk overtly about the outing if some people weren’t invited. (Okay, I was a little ticked off but at least I didn’t lecture them about insensitivity?)

    I’m not adult about taking care of myself, sometimes. I used to think that being adult meant being completely responsible for everything and being selfless, but I guess sometimes being mature also involves knowing when to stand up for yourself and indulge a little. I never learned how to indulge 🙁

    Have a great day! Those pancakes look amazingly delicious… It just so happens I have a few sweet potatoes, I might make this over the weekend! Holy yum!! 😀


  • Natalie @ Scarlett Notions April 28, 2010, 9:37 am

    Love this post! I’m 24, and am “adult” about paying my bills and being financially independent. However, I’m “not adult” about housework (vacumming!) or saving for my financial future. I’m working on it, though!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 28, 2010, 9:37 am

    Gosh I just turned 25, but I feel like I have a lot of growing up to do still.
    Adult: I know how to deal with a crazy busy schedule, I have persued my passions the smart way, I am very responsible about my dog and cat (feeding, litter changing, loving, bathing, etc,) I clean a lot, Either me or my husband makes the bed right after awakening (whoever gets up last makes the bed,) I run my own business, including taxes, quickbooks, expenses, etc., and I have 3 jobs currently (not including blogging)

    Not so adult: my husband takes care of ALL of our finances. House, cars, bills. You name it. If something were to happen to him, I’d be clueless. Very bad, Paige. I do whine still and when my stress threshold is breached, watch out.

  • Natalie @ Scarlett Notions April 28, 2010, 9:38 am

    Or *vacuuming* – apparently I’m also not adult about spelling – haha!

  • Hedda April 28, 2010, 9:40 am

    You’re cute!
    My adult behaviour :
    – Taking care of my dog, myself and my family.
    – Cleaning the house.
    – Reading the newspaper.
    – Paying my bills and loan.
    – Doing my work on time.

    Some of my more childish sides :
    – Dance around in public.
    – Sometimes find the cartoons the most enjoyable in the newspaper.
    – Being idealistic ( if you ask my father, that counts as non-adult).
    – Laugh of very immature jokes. And do it for a long time.

  • Danielle April 28, 2010, 9:41 am

    Good morning! I love these questions 🙂 I am just on the brink of adulthood (I like to think) so I’ve only got: cleaning the house, doing laundry, meeting deadlines, always taking responsibility for my actions, traveling independently, saving money, and making conscious healthy efforts. As for the rest of that “stuff” like confusing car maintenance, bills, and taxes… I’m pretty much clueless. You bring the beer, I’ll bring the wine! 😉

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 28, 2010, 9:43 am

    I’m adult about a lot of the same things: paying bills, wearing “appropriate” clothing, driving the speed limit, reading the newspaper, going out to drink without having to get trashed…

    But always put off scheduling doctor or car appointments, still eat PB&J sometimes, love movies like Finding Nemo…

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) April 28, 2010, 9:49 am

    I am about to turn 24, and I am “adult” about certain things which make my life pretty boring:
    –Seeing the clock hit 9PM and thinking “Jeez, why am I not in bed?”
    –Not being able to go to sleep without all the dishes washed
    –Clothes shopping (always thinking if I will be able to wear it for years and years… because I am poor)
    –Starting to say things like “Wow, the last time I saw you you were so tiny!” like relatives used to say when WE were kids… every time I say or even think something like that I feel like my mother.

    Things I am completely non-adult about:
    –Constantly thinking about “What I want to do when I grow up” even though I am about to turn 24
    –Being healthy as can be in most respects but not giving a crap about sodium intake because I feel like I “have time”
    –Facebook stalking and secretly being really really happy when I see that I guy I used to have a crush on is now single
    –My insatiable love for Kraft Mac & Cheese (it really is the neon color that makes it so good), chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly. The first two aren´t the best options, but I still have PB&J all of the time. I cannot imagine life without them.

  • Kelly April 28, 2010, 9:49 am

    I like this post! Because I feel like an adult sometimes and but not other times.

    Live on my own with my bf
    pay my own rent
    pay for most of my living expenses
    responsible for Oliver

    Non Adult
    parents still pay for some expenses
    hate dealing with car issues
    i dont have a full time job and thus can’t save or buy things I need/want
    dislike taking out the trash, emptying the dish washer and other necessary cleaning evils

    I don’t think I’ll feel like a “real” adult until I have a full time job and completely 100% support myself.

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun) April 28, 2010, 9:57 am

    I still can’t believe you rode 73 miles yesterday!!! crazy!!

  • Jes (Self Motivation) April 28, 2010, 9:58 am

    I have listened to many audiobooks in my car. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was good (difficult to get into at first).

  • Lauren (Health on the Run) April 28, 2010, 10:06 am

    haha — I love all your “non-adult” things!! I can pretty much relate to all of them…including not going to the dentist. And I HAVE insurance so there’s no excuse (or at least will for the next 2 weeks).

    Also, I still whine (sometimes, and only to my Dad). But I won’t be 26 for another month. So this means I still don’t have to be completely adult yet, right?? 😉

  • Lauren April 28, 2010, 10:08 am

    I am adult about planning for our future (as best I can), doing the dishes (if you can consider that being adult, which I do!), cooking dinner for my hard working husband and I, writing thank you notes, not sharing my personal/relational business with everyone I know, spending money. Things I am NOT adult about would include being an active participant in budget making, all other chores, whining until I get my way, having stamps on hand to actually send out the thank you notes I write….I’m sure there are plenty more

  • Susan April 28, 2010, 10:12 am

    I am really good at saving money. I’ve always had some investments or a plush savings account to rely on. But at the same time, I make choices with reckless abandon and no consideration for my future stability. (ahem, like quitting my job and moving to a city to do godknowswhat). I’m also very messy and still live like a college student. Everything I own is triple-hand and my clothes are basically rags. BUT I’m really good at the car stuff! It evens out 🙂

  • Hilary April 28, 2010, 10:15 am

    I’m adult about the bills and financial planning for the future and all things medical. I’m not-adult about my food touching on a plate (CAN’T), the oil changes, and I have been known to still say “I don’t wanna” with a bit of a pouty face 🙂

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) April 28, 2010, 10:21 am

    The Sweet P. pancake looks really good! I like my pancakes a little more rustic 🙂

    I’m not an adult because I’m still financially dependent on my parents haha, end. of. story.

  • Matt April 28, 2010, 10:23 am

    Mmm that sweet potato pancake looks good 🙂

    I need to be more adult about going to class and doing my work on time…

  • Camille April 28, 2010, 10:29 am

    I am an adult because I take care of my apartment, boyfriend and 2 pets.
    But I think a real adult would put a little more effort in to school
    Oh well, you can’t win them all! I’m only 20 for goodness sake!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 28, 2010, 10:29 am

    I’ve always had to write thank you letters. My mom never let me get away with out writing them.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 28, 2010, 10:33 am

    I am so NOT ADULT about cleaning. In fact it was a condition of my bf moving in with me. He told me that I had to prove to him I could be cleaner. Although right now it looks like monkeys got loose in our house. I do pay my bills and rent on time though, so I’ve got that going for me.

    I totally wanted one of those pancakes today but don’t have any pumpkin. Sweet potato it is, and thank you for the ideas as always 🙂

  • Nicole, RD April 28, 2010, 10:37 am

    I bet you were sore!

    I am not adult about cleaning and communicating with my hubby. I am stubborn!!

  • Carrie H April 28, 2010, 10:42 am

    yeah, not gonna lie, I fall into the “drinking beers with one purpose in mind” non-adult category too … does it make me any more adult that it takes less beers now to meet that purpose than it did when I was younger?

    • Caitlin April 28, 2010, 10:48 am

      haha most definitely.

  • Mary April 28, 2010, 10:45 am

    I love this post. I try so hard to be adult about a lot of things, but being a new college grad at a baby age of 22… I’m still learning…

  • Angharad April 28, 2010, 10:51 am

    Woah! I can’t believe you biked that far yesterday! I didn’t comment then but I saw you were looking for recommendations – I listen to podcasts when I run. The best part about them is they’re FREE! You can download some great ones from itunes. I listen to This American Life and The Story with Dick Gordon – all from NPR. They’re only about an hour each but there are new ones every week so you can “stock up”! Such great real life stories!

  • emptynutjar April 28, 2010, 10:54 am

    I’m hoping to get a job with health benefits …my eyes and teeth need it…badly! Don’t know how great those benefits are until you lose them!

    Nice breakfast.

    Wish I had your confidence. Not sure how to dig deep and be trustful of myself. I think its cause I don’t know “me”, if that makes any sense.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 28, 2010, 10:54 am

    I’m adult about paying my rent and bills and holding a steady job. I’m not an adult about saving money…I spend way too much on entertaining myself!!

  • Krista April 28, 2010, 10:56 am

    This is funny! I’m in my early 30’s and am very much adult about anything and everything money related. I’m an enginerd so it’s just how I’m programmed. 😉 I am very anal about our spending and LOVE saving. (Wasn’t this way in my early 20s though). I’m adult when it comes to providing for my toddler both physically and emotionally.
    I’m not adult when it comes to cleaning (I pay someone to do this), washing my car (her name isn’t Dirty White Hoe for nothing!), or my love of whiskey. =)

  • Ryane April 28, 2010, 11:04 am

    Yesssss, I hate listening to my voicemail!

  • Tina April 28, 2010, 11:19 am

    LOL! I definitely drink beers with one purpose in mind!

    P.S. I MISS YOU!

  • Nichole April 28, 2010, 11:19 am

    First, I’m really hungry. Second.. your questions:)
    I’m a total adult about keeping our house immaculate and getting the dog to the vet regularly.

    I am a total child about driving aggressively and only texting people, not calling them.

  • MelissaNibbles April 28, 2010, 11:20 am

    Fun post!
    I’m adult about most things and always have been really. I’ve been living on my own since 17 so you kind of grow up fast when you’re forced to. I think I’m “not an adult” when it comes to my use of foul language and driving skills. Most teenagers are better drivers than me.

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight) April 28, 2010, 11:21 am

    Hahhaha I feel like I am getting to be “more adult” about the drinking thing: I don’t drink beer, but I drink wine 😉 (I’ve never really cared for beer though I guess…)

    but seriously it’s funny because now every so often I will just drink one or maaaaybe two glassses of wine, just for the taste/accompanying dinner. Like, that’s an adult move for sure.

    This was a cute post =)

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 28, 2010, 11:21 am

    I’m adult about most things, but I’m not the neatest person on earth so that’s probably a “non-adult” one. 😉

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight) April 28, 2010, 11:22 am

    one more reason I’m not an adult:
    I saw the title “adult behavior” and only one particular thing came to mind…

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun April 28, 2010, 11:24 am

    I’m a mama so I’m adult about a lot of things like my boys, driving,correct grammar (most of the time ;)cleaning & cooking – especially when I don’t want to. Not so adult about cussing around my friends & Lover, dirty jokes & stories . . . I could go on!

  • Juli D. April 28, 2010, 11:25 am

    One of my favorite quotes (that inspried the name of my blog) is “People never really grow up, they just learn how to act in public.” That’s pretty much me. In public, I am responsible (for myself, others, financially), polite, mature, etc. But privately I’m still decidedly immature in that I laugh at fart jokes, wrestle on the floor with the dogs and get otherwise randomly silly with the husband. I don’t think anyone should ever fully “grow up.” 😉

  • anne April 28, 2010, 11:40 am

    Girl, you gotta get your IRA set up!! Check out this company:

    Really easy to understand and great to work with…

    • Caitlin April 28, 2010, 11:50 am

      hahah i know ive been talking about an IRA on the blog for about a year.

  • anne April 28, 2010, 11:52 am

    Perhaps it would help to give yourself a deadline? That always help me accomplish something. You’ll feel so great after it’s set up too!

  • Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful April 28, 2010, 11:55 am

    I’m pretty much exactly the same as you! Except I do take out the trash because I’m a neat freak. But I hate going to the doctors, eye doctors, and dentist. However I make sure to go to the lady doctor for some reason. And I’m horrible about my car and never check my voicemails for some reason. I’m the worst at that!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) April 28, 2010, 11:58 am

    I’m not an adult either. Sometimes if I get bored during a run, I pretend I’m in a music video to pass the time. Seriously.

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker April 28, 2010, 12:01 pm

    OMG. Caitlin. I agree with every single item on your lists! WoW! So glad someone else out there is as bad at car maintenance and planning for retirement as I am. It’s a comfort I can’t even explain in words 🙂 hahah

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 28, 2010, 12:10 pm

    I’m definitely not an adult about seeing a doctor/dentist either, but I would be if I had health insurance!

    And luckily I have my husband who will gladly take out the trash for me and take care of my car. =)

  • Heather C April 28, 2010, 12:11 pm

    well, with 24 quickly approaching I suppose I should into some of that money stuff! I’m fine with bills and rent, but anything other than that? I say – whaaa? Dangit.

    Drinking with a mission is on my list too, ha. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Although a glass of wine with dinner (while cooking?) is acceptable, no? Nom. Oh, AND the oil in my car was supposed to be changed 2 months ago. Fail.

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 28, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I’m still 15 so I don’t know what you’re talking about! 🙂 (rebelling 30 yr old here)

    – bills
    – trash
    – laundry
    – job

    NON adult
    – cleaning
    – folding laundry
    – sending birthday cards (I hate forgetting this one!)

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 28, 2010, 12:16 pm

    haha, funny list. Happy Birthday!:)

    I’m not an adult about alot of things, like I can’t sit still for very long and I’m bad at taking advice.

    I am adult about alot of things though like working a full time job, being responsible with money, cleaning the house and cooking!

  • Lisa April 28, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Yard work. I suck at keeping up with yardwork. Which is part of being an adult and homeowner. But dang is it a pain in the butt!

  • Erica April 28, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Adult Behaviors: taking care of myself, my husband and my dog; healthy eating, taking care of my car; doctor, dentist and gyno appts;going to work every day (no hookie!); saving for the future (I put money into 3 different savings accounts and an IRA); responsible spending habits

    Non-adult: putting away my laundry; being punctual with bills, birthday cards and phone calls; i’m really messy!

  • KatieTX April 28, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I am very adult with my money. I pay bills on time in full. I have a wedding fund and a house down payment fund and I am only 23. I am not adult in my drinking of alcohol and making poor decisions when I am intoxicated… that is all 🙂 I also never, ever make my bed.

  • Abby April 28, 2010, 12:57 pm

    That looks yummy!

    I’m also non-adult about checking my voice mail. It bugs me when people leave messages. Seriously. Call back if it’s important. If it’s not important, well, I’ll see that you called and give you a call back!

  • Ellen Collis April 28, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I’m three (and a half!) years older than you are, and it really scares me how much more mature you are than I am! But, you certainly don’t have EVERYTHING figured out, which I have to admit makes me feel a little better 🙂 Living in NYC makes me feel like such a child compared to all my stable, married friends who live in other states. I just hope it’s all worth it some day! So to answer your Q:

    Adult Behaviors: Thank You notes, Spending time by myself and ENJOYING it, staying in on a Friday night, waking up early on the weekends, drinking coffee (I always associated this with being grown up 🙂

    Non-Adult Behaviors: Not paying bills/rent on time (getting much better though!), Drinking for ONE and only reason (having a casual glass of wine does not appeal to me), umm, I haven’t been to the dentist in a year and a half…oh gosh, there are so many more, but it’s too painful to recall them all!

    Ohh and I love your pic. One ver non-adult behavior I used to do alll the time was stick my middle finger up when someone took my pic. Classy, I know. I FINALLY stopped doing it!

  • liane April 28, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Oh dear, clearly I have lots of growing up to do! 🙂
    I’m adult & responsible about paying rent and insurance, doing my laundry, full time job (and always showing up!), cooking, and keeping up with my doctor/dentist appointments. Also, grocery shopping. That seems like a really “adult” thing to do 😉

    Non Adult: bad money saver, always 5 minutes late, returning or checking voicemails, wine consumption (although would wine be considered more “adult” than beer?! maybe I should drink beer?!), hate folding the laundry, car maintenance, being able to sing all Disney songs (loudly and often)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 28, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I’m very adult about going to the doctor, paying bills on time, keeping a clean house, and being smart about our money. But I’m not adult because: I still want dessert after every meal, hate to talk to people on the phone and often take forever to return calls, and constantly forget birthdays.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 28, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I’m fairly adult and responsible about jobs and bills and family.

    But I’m not too responsible about saving and returning emails.

  • Kacy April 28, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I could probably stand to wash my sheets more often and limit my wine intake a bit. But I’m very adult about house cleaning, laundry, money, buying gifts for people. Sometimes I wish I was a little less adult. I’ve gotten too serious lately I think.

    • Heather May 2, 2010, 11:19 am

      oh my word. i am horrible at changing/washing my sheets. i MUST start to work on this.

  • Jenn ( April 28, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Those strawberries look so ripe and juicy!

    I’m adult about a lot of things, like being financially responsible with an excellent work ethic, cooking and exercising. I’m totally un-adult with things like watching cartoons, listening to teenage music, loving Twilight, video games, and Hello Kitty! 😀


  • Kate April 28, 2010, 1:13 pm

    I’m adult about:
    working full time job with benefits (although I might not be adult about advancing in my career at this moment)
    Paying all bills on time and not having any credit card debt.
    Getting regular checkups (including dentist though I hate it)
    Kinda planning for the future (I can do better)
    Car maintenance

    I’m not adult about:
    Thank you cards (I’m horrible at remembering to do them)
    cleaning the house
    spending too much time online

  • Chandra H April 28, 2010, 1:23 pm

    hehe you need to add that you are adult about eating your veggies 😉

    i’m adult about being on time, not calling out of work unless it’s a really good reason, my bed time…? hmm, i can think of a lot more things i’m not adult about: laundry, organization, cooking, complaining, my playlists…

  • Sarah April 28, 2010, 1:24 pm

    i am so bad with car issues! i really need to bring my car in but it is such a pain i keep putting it off! i also watch tv shows made for teenagers:) i am good at always paying my bills/rent/credit cards on time, being organized and keeping up with doctors appoitments!

  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) April 28, 2010, 1:36 pm

    HAHA Pretty much everything you listed on both sides are true for me!
    Ugh! That reminds me…I need to get my oil changed!

  • Kait April 28, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Haha, I think I have the exact same adult/non-adult behavior as you do…especially with the dentist. I just finally made an appointment yesterday!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! April 28, 2010, 1:59 pm

    At the ripe old age of “33” I am pretty much an ADULT about everything these days mainly because I have a 9 year old daughter (who I had at 23), am married now for 3+ years and have a serious job a/k/a career so I have no choice but also because my Mom who is very independent helped me grow up quickly and I am so very glad she did as I would be lost if I didn’t…………=)

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 28, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I am adult about:
    paying bills and managing my money
    getting enough sleep
    cleaning the house
    taking my vitamins
    responding to calls/emails
    always exercising and cooking healthy

    I am NOT adult about:
    doing dishes
    doing laundry
    going to the doctor!
    and I have no idea how to change the oil in the car! :/

  • Sarah April 28, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Things I’m adult about:
    – cleaning.
    – eating sensibly (most of the time!)
    – ignoring pointless debates, ignorant comments, insecure people. They still bug me, but I don’t get involved.
    – saving money.

    Things I’m not adult about:
    – playing games with kids. I love playing kids’ games.
    – wasting time, but I am improving. I hope.
    – exercising regularly.

  • Sara April 28, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Wow, I am so glad you wrote this post (not only for the sweet potato pancake which I want to make RIGHT NOW) cos it really opened up my eyes! I’m graduating from college in a few weeks and suddenly I have lots of pressure to “be an adult.” I always thought it was a black-and-white thing: either you’re an adult, or you’re not. Thinking about it from the perspective of “being an adult about X and not adult about Y” is much more revealing (and less stressful, I think)!

    I’m an adult about:
    Cleaning my apartment
    Washing the dishes
    Doing my laundry
    Getting enough sleep/ nutrition/ etc.
    Doing my work
    Making time for family and friends and boyfriend

    Not an adult about:
    Responding to emails/ voicemails (yeesh I’ve been working on this!)
    Managing my time online
    Going to the doctor (no insurance!)
    Managing my money
    Being comfortable in “networking” situations (i.e. work events)- I’m so awkward because I feel too young!

    And Caitlin, I don’t think you give yourself enough credit for eating well and taking care of yourself! 🙂

    • caitlin April 28, 2010, 3:22 pm

      aww thanks. try not to be too stressed about graduating… its a big moment!

  • Amanda (Amanda "runs") April 28, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I’m adult about:
    Doing my work (I even go ahead!)
    Eating semihealthy

    I’m non-Adult about:
    cars and things
    Older, bossier, intimidating future co workers who were your teachers!

    • Amanda (Amanda "runs") April 28, 2010, 4:06 pm

      Then again, I’m not an adult.. I’m still a minor! Yay minors! (But I am very mature!)

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble April 28, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I am an adult when I need to be and a lot of fun when I don’t have to be! 🙂 I always pay my bills, I clean my house when I want or when company is coming (I live by myself), I show up to work meetings/meeting when it’s important, but will sleep in when I need to if I know nothing going on. It’s a give take and I think I will never be a full on adult.

    As for the dentist and eye doctor, do it girl! I didn’t have dental insurance for a long time and it’s only like $90 for a cleaning. I always hate spending money on stuff like medical bills or new contacts. But they’re your teeth, honey, and you’ll look funny without them! If you don’t have vision problems you can skip the eye doctor, but if you have an rx you need updated, go to Costco. It’s cheap!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara April 28, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I had to laugh when you said that the gyno keeps birth control scripts hostage 🙂 I used to go for just that reason! haha

  • Jolene ( April 29, 2010, 12:32 am

    I am non-adult about my stalking of people on facebook, my drinking of beers/ wine etc!, my crushes on movie stars/ musicians, my not making my bed, etc. etc. etc.

    I am adult in that I am very responsible with money, appointments, work, sending thank you cards, throwing dinner parties, etc..

  • Emily April 29, 2010, 1:56 am

    I love the things you think to discuss!
    I’m probably one of your older readers (31) and I’m pretty adult about most things, having had to take care of myself for a long time (not from a close family). I guess where I am not adult is that I tend to hide from the world when things get tough, rather than take them in my stride. I do eventually, but it takes a few days hibernation before I believe enough in myself again.

  • Heather April 29, 2010, 10:51 am

    this topic has been sprinkled throughout my IRL conversations ever since our Gchat.

    my boss pointed out that now that she is older she is probably only “not-adultlike” about the “bad things”. Such as not wanting to apologize first, or sticking her tongue out at people. She needs more wimsy 🙂 She also would like me to add that “stalking people’s facebook” may be a new adult-behavior. over time, responsibility has changed/grown/decreased in several areas- perhaps we know just have a responsibility to know what is going on with others 😉

    I realized this morning that I am MORE like an adult the last few months now that I drink coffee without sweetener. I don’t know how it happened, but I suddely LOVE the actual taste of black coffee or coffee with a splash of almond milk. I am an adult.

    I’m also adult like in paying my rent. I’m pretty good at paying it early, as well. As for the rest of my bills – I’m pretty good at paying the, just not necessarily early. (and occasionally not really on time. ahem.)

    I’m an adult in the fact that large groups of high schoolers are starting to annoy me. Ok. that’s not true. Obnoxious loud teenagers while I’m trying to work in a library or coffee shop annoy me. (this is something i need to work on. I should be taking in joy from them!)

    I’m also an adult because I vote. I think that voting is one of the most adult things I do.

    I am not-so-good at being a responsible adult in:
    -I hate taking care of any kind of issue or problem that arises and would rather just some one else take care of it for me.

    -I like to be tucked in at night. That’s one thing I definitley miss about a relationship – no one to tuck me in and give me a forehead kiss before bed.

    -I still occasionally through temper tantrums when things don’t go my way. Although, now the tantrums are called “venting” and they happen via gchat or at the bar over a glass of wine.

    -I still want to do/become a billion different things. I have a “career” but I want 100 more. I want to go back to school and get a billion degrees. I want to own a business. I want to write. I want to teach people. I want to change the world. I want to plan events. I want to be a race organizer. I want to find my niche and break a mold. I want to do it all 😉

    -I don’t always like watching the news. I like watching CSPAN. I like NPR. But I really don’t enjoy watching the local news. I prefer Etv. Or the internet.

    -I like to fly kites. and play hopscotch. and build snowmen. I like to play board games. and use colored markers. I like to play dress up and go out to eat wearing fancy clothes for no reason other than because it is fun. I like to talk in fake accents and leave sing-songy voicemails. I think any drink tastes better through a straw. And even BETTER with a bright colored umbrella. I laugh at laffy taffy jokes and squeal when i get excited.

    – When I flirt, I feel like a 13 year old. blush. heart racing. stuttering. 13 year old.

    -My brother is about to be 18. My sister is 23. I am now 27. Santa still comes to our house. and i dont mean “santa” – i mean, full blown, 3:00 in the morning, fills our stockings, eats the cookies, feeds carrots to the reindeer, leaves MOUNDS of gifts (completely spoils us), and sneaks out

    can not decide if long rambly comments are adultlike or not. But its a trademark of myself that I just adore, and I think adoring yourself is kind of adultlike. 🙂

    • Heather April 29, 2010, 10:53 am

      also, i spelled throw as through. oops.

      • caitlin April 29, 2010, 11:16 am

        I like to get tucked in, burrito style. Do you know what I mean? I think this makes me 3 years old.

        • Heather April 29, 2010, 11:18 am

          oh my word – YES. burrito style is the BEST WAY. wrap it up. (twss)

  • Courtney aka ThatRunnerChick April 30, 2010, 2:03 pm

    our nonadult qualities are creepily similar! i also never listen to my voicemail, stalk people on facebook, delay oil changes for a long time, and sometimes (!) drink like I am still 21 (Im 27!)

  • Heather May 2, 2010, 10:54 am

    i just need to be clear here.

    i have now visited this post at least a dozen times. I can’t stop thinking about “being an adult” and what my 27th year has in store.

    I’ve been working on a list of 27th-year goals. I’m aiming for 27, because that’s how I roll.

    I realize i probably should have had this done BEFORE I turned 27, but because I am a procrastinator I am still working on it. Even though I am now 27 years and 4 days old. ahem.

    as im working on finishing up my list today, i find myself coming back to this post – YET AGAIN to gain inspiration and perspective of how to grow this year – in the big things and the little things.

    this list is going to be #epic.

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