I’m really into adulthood.
I say that like it’s a choice. I’m pretty stuck in this phase until elderlyhood, which today seems like a long way off. But the more I think about it, the less I buy into the ‘glory days’ thing. I don’t think college or high school were my days of glory. Those are times of warmish beer and finals week. No ones hormones were acting quite right. And let’s not even talk about middle school.
But adulthood? No one makes you do homework. No one makes you go to sleep. You can literally eat the entire sleeve of cookies and not a soul will stop you. These are the things WE DREAMED OF as kids.
The price of adulthood is rent + insurance + groceries + time management skills + reasonable amounts of responsibility. The payoff is freedom to do anything you want, within your means. That is where cheap thrills come in.
Cheap thrills are always within your means. They are for when you don’t make a lot of money, and maybe you’ve gotten a traffic ticket, and maybe you’ve purchased an expensive couch. They are more fun than packing your lunch or selling blood. They make money-saving a good time.
Put some art on your walls. If you can’t paint or draw, just write some words. If you can’t write words, print pretty stuff for free.
Peruse an ethnic grocery store. $5 will get you some crazy cool ingredients. Asian and Indian markets are my favorite for meal fixins. Mexican groceries gots the pastries down.
Visit a library. All things free, all things quiet. It’s like a secret hideout full of gifts.
Brew your own iced coffee. This is strong and summery and simple (especially if you’ve got a French press). I like this tutorial.
Stand on a rooftop. It feels dangerous without actually being very dangerous. (this is an iPhone photo snapped from my fire escape) (thank you new neighbor, Alex)
Buy magazines at the thrift store. Having a stack of magazines on your coffee table seems like you’ve really got it together.
Write a letter. When done properly, this should result in receiving a letter. Getting mail that isn’t bills? Huge thrill!
Instagram. Our lives look cooler with filters. That’s just real.
Honey + baking soda scrub. On your face. You’ll shine brighter.
Get your makeup done for free. Go to the Sephora and ask them how to do some makeup-y stuff. I went in looking for some new foundation for a wedding and left with a complete makeover. I also learned the cateye while the associate sang Beyonce. Awesome.
Put fresh flowers in your home. A huge perk to living in a studio apartment is that I can afford to put flowers in every single room.
Wear a nightgown. Having specific clothing for sleeping just feels really fancy. It’s like wearing a dress to bed.
Selfies. Betsy and I send each other shameless selfies on the daily. It has gotten out of hand (but like it).