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.

Cover Image Credit: Brianna Jukes

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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To My Boyfriend, As He Prepares To Graduate College

Good luck in the "real world," you can do it!


Five weeks, excluding finals and that's it. No more classes, first-day icebreakers, Pub Wednesdays, or game days at the Pepsi Ice Skating Rink. You. Are. Done. Crazy right?

In just a blink of an eye, your four years here at Illinois State University have flown by. It's heartbreaking because I know how much you love being here with your friends, enjoying every minute of living your best life, and not worrying about "adult" responsibilities. I can see how hard it is for you to fully accept that these next couple of weeks are your last weeks here.

You look at me with those eyes every time I mention how close the graduation date is, but I can't help but express my excitement and how proud I am even though I know for a fact that my senior year won't be the same without you here. Questions like who would I grab Panda Express on a weekly basis with? What about Sunday grocery trips? Or simply calling you and having you right at my door in a matter of minutes.

It's sure going to be different not only for me but the guys too. Why? Well, there's going to be no one to make random noises or say random things. All I can say is, you have made strong friendships with people you consider your lifelong friends — ones you'll stay in contact with until the end of time. It's amazing how much of an impact you have made on your friends, peers, and me. Everyone has so many nice things to say about you. I know you're smiling and shaking your head right now, but I have videos to prove it! Thanks to your family for creating and influencing that amazing heart of yours. They really did raise such an amazing person.

I am truly lucky to witness the good times and bad times with you these past two years. Those experiences have made you who you are today. From partying every weekend to getting your grades up to becoming captain of the hockey team, then struggling to find internships, to finding one, and finally in a couple of weeks...stepping into that stadium and on that stage to receive your diploma. I have so much much faith that you'll be nothing but successful, however, YOU have to believe in yourself as well.

In just weeks, you'll be considered an alumnus. Don't be sad, be happy about all of the memories you hold in your heart — all the friendships you've made, all the games you've led and won. I'll be waving, cheering, and, most likely, crying from the stands as you walk and receive your diploma. Be proud and walk with pride.

Here's to a great four years — the end of chapter 16 and the start of a new one.

Congratulations, baby, you did it!

P.S. Don't forget to come back and visit me and the guys!

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