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post May 11 2011, 12:45 PM
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Yesterday I was approved for a mortgage. The terms for professionals brought to the Netherlands are so ridiculously good that I would be insane not to buy over here, but nonetheless this is still a very Big Life Choice thingy that grown ups do.

I've been running this site for a decade (I really should commemorate this somehow when I get the time), and so naturally I've changed a fair bit. I've got my PhD, nearly learned to drive, I'm in a position of authority, I've moved to a different country, I've written a novel (though not got it published)... It's been a busy ten years and I could have sworn I was supposed to be a little childish, but looking at that list it seems I've done quite a lot of grown up things.

What have you done in the last decade, specifically what things are supposed to suggest you're now a grown up?


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post May 19 2011, 06:29 AM
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Ten years ago I was wandering around with both eyes closed, bumping into walls!

I tend to have grown-up situations which, thankfully, pass and let me have my grasse-matinée and general antickery. One was the night before I left for uni. I was hosting a dinner party for all the board members in the community group I led, packing in between grilling tilapia and serving white wine. I distinctly remember coming out to the table with a salad bowl thinking WHAT THE EFF HAPPENED. I lost my passport that night and had to replace it at the border, thumping immigration forms on the counter and producing something akin to French as I desperately pled admittance to this chilly, beautiful city. That 24-hour period was the most terrible period of adultness I've ever had.

The main things:
I moved to Canada for school and figured out a lot of stuff about immigration and visas, phone bills and taxes and border control. I learned the cheapest way to get to NY (rideshare...or bicycle) and the best dumpster in Montreal and the easiest way to earn money with no work permit (medical research).
I managed to get approval for the study program I'd dreamed of, and finally work in fields I really like, like making tasty food and reading stuff in Arabic and learning about drugs. I learned, with the help of some books and some wonderful/absurd people, 3 languages.
I've had some really improbable and terrific relationships. I've run around the world more than I deserve. I've been to my first and tenth protest. Some people put words I wrote in their magazines.
I lost a lot of fear and gained a lot of love and got reminded when I needed to that I don't actually know much of anything (ka-pow! love time! heartbreak! shave your head and go to Spain!) and holy christ but I can't wait for the next ten.


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- Mata   Growing up and the last ten years   May 11 2011, 12:45 PM
- - Dread Pirate Cath   Not a damn thing.....   May 11 2011, 04:10 PM
- - Daria   Everything has changed. March 2001 was when my dad...   May 12 2011, 07:49 PM
- - Mata   In other words: http://www.xkcd.com/150/ Cath - ...   May 14 2011, 11:40 AM
|- - Spiderhobbes   QUOTE (Mata @ May 14 2011, 12:40 PM) In o...   May 14 2011, 02:41 PM
- - Pikasyuu   what didn't happen? i met and lost one of the ...   May 14 2011, 05:48 PM
- - Faerieryn   Since 2001 I have done the following 1) Finished m...   May 15 2011, 09:44 AM
|- - Spiderhobbes   QUOTE (Faerieryn @ May 15 2011, 10:44 AM)...   May 15 2011, 10:58 AM
- - Lurker in the Park   Erm, last ten years... Finished my A levels, Went...   May 16 2011, 08:08 PM
- - Daria   Oh man, listing stuff. My dad left I finished hig...   May 17 2011, 11:56 AM
- - Phyllis   Ten years ago at this time, I was planning my firs...   May 17 2011, 01:22 PM
|- - Spiderhobbes   QUOTE (Phyllis @ May 17 2011, 02:22 PM) I...   May 17 2011, 05:03 PM
- - Dread Pirate Cath   Cand convert the guest room any how just leave the...   May 17 2011, 04:02 PM
- - Phantom   good question, well here it goes: lol I started w...   May 17 2011, 04:19 PM
- - Ashbless   Can I make the argument that I'm less grown up...   May 18 2011, 06:07 AM
- - elphaba2   Ten years ago I was wandering around with both eye...   May 19 2011, 06:29 AM
- - LoLo   I've been finding this topic really fun and tr...   May 19 2011, 08:24 PM
|- - Spiderhobbes   QUOTE (LoLo @ May 19 2011, 09:24 PM) I...   May 20 2011, 12:27 PM
- - Sir Psycho Sexy   Not a whole helluva lot of merit. I don't thin...   May 20 2011, 10:34 AM
- - I_am_the_best   Well 10 years ago I was 9. So, i went through pub...   May 20 2011, 04:16 PM
- - CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane   I bought an umbrella. Some other stuff happened I...   May 20 2011, 05:39 PM
|- - Tarantio   QUOTE (CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane @ May 20 ...   May 20 2011, 09:56 PM
- - Mata   Well, I actually went ahead and bought a house. ...   May 20 2011, 10:18 PM
- - CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane   Hey, guess what I bought today? An IRON! I...   May 21 2011, 03:00 PM
- - Mata   It's okay to iron as long as you don't act...   May 21 2011, 05:37 PM


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