10 Ordinary Things That Adults Get Excited About

10 Ordinary Things That Adults Get Excited About

Fresh sheets to me are like birthday parties to a kid
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Things that adults get excited about

After the age of like, 18, everything (besides your 21st birthday) becomes stagnant. Here’s a list of things that make adults excited about life again.

1. Nice pens

Listen, I used to work in a pharmacy, and now I work in a car dealership, and nothing is as coveted as a nice writing pen. If I find one that makes my handwriting look nice, I’m willing to barter with the owner for whatever it takes (or just steal it when they’re not looking.)

2. Weekday holidays

Nothing is more exciting than a mid-week break or a long weekend, so all weekday holidays are welcome. In fact, who do I talk to about getting more of those?

3. Samples

I don’t care what you’re giving away samples of, I’m taking it. Nine times out of ten, I will not buy the sampled product, but I’ll take all the free things that I can get. Hot dog samples at Sam’s Club? Gimme. Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee samples? Gimme. Foundation, eyeliner, mascara sample? Gimme gimme gimme. And sometimes, these marketing tactics work. MAC sent me samples of their mascara, and now I live by it. Win, win.


4. Clean sheets

Why are clean sheets that smell like the wind so addicting? I’ll sleep anywhere, any time, but I never sleep as well as I do on clean sheets.


5. Getting your favorite donut/brownie piece/cupcake

We all eye up what piece of dessert we want when it’s first presented, and there’s almost nothing as disappointing as not getting that piece. So when we get to pick first, before anyone else gets to, it’s the most exciting thing in the world.

6. Coffee

Coffee is life. My day doesn’t start until that first sip of coffee touches my lips. Well, it technically starts, but I’m dead to the world before the first sip.

7. Free shots

Have you ever been in a bar and the bartender puts a drink chip or an upside down shot glass in front of you and says, “Someone’s got you covered”? Is there any feeling quite as exciting as that? It’s like the most instant way to make friends, but sometimes those friends end up being alcoholics. Which is fine, but is also a slippery slope. Decline the tenth shot they try to buy you; you’ll regret it in the morning.

8. The deep breath you're finally able to take when your get to your car after work

I don’t care how slow work is or how great of a day I have, the sigh that I get to let out when I get into my car is one of the most cleansing things that happens to me regularly.

9. Coupons

I get way too excited when I get coupons in the mail for “free gifts” from Victoria’s Secret or Bath & Body Works, or general coupons for 40% off to other stores. Nothing makes me spend money like saving money.

10. Good hair/good makeup day

My life could be in shambles, but a good hair day and good makeup can completely turn my mood around. I don’t know how superficial that makes me, but I feel like I can take on the world when my hair and makeup look good.

Sometimes, it really is the little things. And as long as you're happy, that's all that matters.

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10 Things I Learned When My Best Friend Got Pregnant In High School

In this world where you can be anything: be a friend (and be a good one).

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Life: full of amazing, unforeseen circumstances. How you roll with the punches only reveals your strength.
True friends are like diamonds: bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." -Nicole Richie

I remember when I first heard the big news. I didn't want to believe it. My heart dropped. I was worried for you. What would happen? How would you get through this? Nothing we knew would ever be the same. Our world was about to change forever. I recalled the verse Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." I knew God was with you and would always be. I knew God needed me to be here for you, no matter what.

Turns out, you had this all in the bag. You handled everything with grace and dignity. You were strong even on your hardest days. You were overwhelmed with faith and you inspired me with your perseverance through the hardest times. I could not be more proud of who you became because of the cards you were dealt.

To Meaghan: I love you. I'm always here, no matter where. Hudson is so lucky to have you.

Here's what I learned from you and your sweet baby boy:

1. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the end of the world

Start making plans for the future. Pick out clothes, decorations, and toys. Help with all the madness and preparation. She would do the same for you. Plus, 9 p.m. runs to Toys-R-Us just to buy the baby some socks (because you do not know the gender yet) is always a good idea. You have to focus on the big picture. Life doesn't stop even when you want to.

2. No matter how much you want to freak out, remain calm

Getting unexpected news is never easy to hear. If needed, cry. Cry until you cannot anymore. Then, get up and be strong, she needs you. Be flexible (You want to come over to hang out? Right now? No, I'm not in the middle of ten thousand things, come on over). Be available (yes, even for her 3 a.m. insomnia calls just to see "what's up?") "Meaghan, why are you even awake right now?"

3. Radiate positivity. Always. 

This is an emotional time. The LAST thing she needs is someone bringing her down. "No, honey, you're glowing!" "You do not look fat in that bikini!!" "You are rocking that baby bump!" "Oh, that's your the third day in a row you're eating a Sonic burger for lunch? You go girl!"

4. Be ready for all the times: happy, confusing, stressful, sad, (but mostly) exciting

Mixed emotions are so hard, but look for the silver lining. With your support, she will be strong.

"Who knew picking out the brand of diapers to buy was so stressful?"

5. This world is a scary place. You never want to be all alone, so don't be. 

Like the song says, we, really do, all need someone to lean on. Just being there for someone goes a long way. "Meaghan what the heck are you doing in MY bed? How long have you been here?"

6. Lean on God. His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. 

When you don't know where to go, or who to turn to, pray! Pray for the burdens you feel. Pray for the future. Pray for patience. Pray for the ability to not grow weary. Pray for a heart of compassion. Pray. Pray. Pray.

7. Something we never knew we needed. 

Some of the best things in life are things we never knew we needed. Who knows where we would be without this sweet face?

"Hudson say Lib. Libby. L-- Come ON!" "CAT!" "Okay, that works too."

8. "Mother knows best"...is accurate, whether you believe it or not

Turns out, seventeen-year-olds don't know how to plan baby showers. Our moms have been there, done that. They want to be involved just as much as we do, so let them! Listen to their guidance. After all, they're professionals.

9. There will *almost always* be a "better way" of doing something...but, be a cheerleader, not a critic 

This is something many people struggle with in general, but it is not your DNA, it is not your place to be a critic. Let her raise her own baby. You are there to be a friend, not a mentor. ****Unless she's about to name the baby something absolutely terrible -- for the love of that baby, don't let her name that kid something everyone hates.

10.  At the end of the day, it's not what you have or what you know; rather, it is all about who you love and those who love you

Life has adapted, but for the better. We grew up, learned, and became stronger. All the while, we stayed friends every step of the way. We still have the same fun and most definitely, the same laughs.

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6 Times I've Felt Old And Irrelevant This Semester, My Senior Year Of College

Don't say the "S" word... but also don't talk to the kids you used to babysit because they'll tell you you're old too.

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Being a senior in college is terrifying. You feel old, you don't know any of the new members in your sorority, and you have to start helping your younger brother with college application questions (even though he is forever going to be 12 in your mind).

So, in honor of almost being done with my last-first semester of college, here are six times I've felt old and irrelevant.

1. The girls I used to babysit are now about to get their licenses. 

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Like, are you kidding? I used to read you books and make sure you were in bed by 8:30 and now you're going to formal and driving around the neighborhood. I'm seriously starting to mentally prepare myself to see all of you speeding through the streets of downtown.

2. My younger brother is APPLYING TO COLLEGE!

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In the minds of myself and my best friends, my brother will forever be 12-years-old. We still get weirded out that he can drive. So the fact that he texted me asking what he should put down as an answer for a COLLEGE APPLICATION absolutely sent us over the edge and made us panic.

3. My dog is going to be three. 

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This may seem very minor and insignificant but we got my dog when he was 5-weeks-old, and I've yet to throw him a birthday party because I've been at school. He is now turning three and I feel like I've just missed a lot of my child's life.

4. The question is no longer "what's your plan for the summer," it's what are you going to do for a living?" 

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OK, OK, OK, so, like, I can't just have random summer jobs anymore. I get it. THANK YOU, FAMILY, I KNOW I NEED A CAREER. Anyway, the fact that I have to even THINK about sending in resumes and cover letters and putting together portfolios makes me feel ancient, and I'm just not ready to adult yet.

5. After this year, I will barely know anyone left at my high school.

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I used to pride myself on being able to know kids back at my high school so I could go and help people out for different graduation ceremonies that my high school does. After the class of 2019 graduates (my brother's class) I will know basically NO ONE and will *officially* be irrelevant.

6. People applying to USC are now 2000s babies!

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Literally everyone that just joined my sorority was born in 2000. I know most of us were born in the late '90s and can barely refer to ourselves as "'90s kids," but like there are no more 'youngins' that are from the '90s and it just freaks me out.


Basically, I'm old. And it's really starting to hit me and freak me out.

SO, to all of the kids I used to babysit: stop growing up.

To my brother: stay 12.

And to everyone that's younger than me and is complaining about being young: STOP IT. Appreciate it. Love it. Stay young forever.

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