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

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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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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The 13 Stages Of Writing Your Senior Thesis, As Told By 'Drake And Josh'

Well, I never thought it would be so simple… it wasn't


This semester, I decided to write my thesis. With it being my senior year and being a requirement for my major, I had to do it sometime. It was without a doubt the longest paper I've ever written as well as one of the most challenging things I've done for a class. I spent so many hours researching ideas, reading scholarly articles, and writing, editing, and writing again. Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. For those who haven't yet – or never have to – write a thesis, here's what that process was like, as told by our favorite boobs: Drake and Josh.

1. Finding out that you’d have to write a thesis was devastating


Since I'm a transfer student, I was unaware that this was even a thing. But I learned soon enough after I heard my professors talking about it.

2. Trying to come up with an original idea is super difficult


The idea behind the thesis is that you're writing about something new, unlike a regular research paper where you can write about something that's been written about before. Trying to find a unique topic is half the battle.

3. Reading long analytical articles that use way too many words that you don’t know


I adopted a policy when reading through my sources that if I read a sentence three times and *still* had no idea what it meant, I'd just skip it and read on.

4. Trying to convince yourself that the process won’t be *that* bad

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5. When the other thesis students are talking about their papers and they’ve made more progress than you

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Them: "I wrote my introduction plus three pages last night!"

You, thinking: "I literally haven't started yet. Am I behind?!"

6. When you don’t want to work on it, it’s all too easy to find another activity to distract you


7. My friends when I’d complain about my thesis


Shout out to my friends for accepting the excuse "I need to work on my thesis tonight." You're the real MVPs here.

8. You write away for half an hour and only end up with a couple pages of material


9. When you’re done with a paragraph and try to convince yourself that it sounds smart, or even the cooliest if you will


Throw in some of those big words you don't understand from the source material and you're set!

10. After so many pages, it sounds like you’re saying the same things over and over


11. As the deadline gets closer and closer, the stress only goes up


12. Putting off editing until tomorrow probably won’t help


13. When you finally submit your thesis and you’re so happy to be done


Only now can I finally enjoy Christmas.

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