Friday Five: The facts of life

Things I have learned about adulthood:

Arriving two hours ahead of your flight at the airport is usually overkill.

That said, I’m too chicken to risk it, because I know the one time I cut it close will be the one time it all goes wrong. (ETA: Since I first started writing this post, I’ve cut it close. And sure enough, luggage mishaps meant we nearly missed our flight. Those people whose names get read out loud over the sound system as a last call? That was us, just as we hurried through the carry-on bag scan.)

Mail is never a good thing.

Getting letters was fun when you were a kid. It was a novelty, because really, when did you ever get mail apart from when your penpals wrote to you or family from overseas sent cards? (Do people still do that kind of thing, by the way?) Nowadays, when you see items in the letterbox, it’s always bills, bills, bills. Everyone wants your money, be it the IRD, the transport authorities, your insurance company, the gym, whatever. Or, in one case, a debt collector chasing up T for driving off from a petrol station without paying. A genuine mistake, but one that came with a stupid tax – though at least it isn’t one going on his record.

Occasionally you will eat cake for lunch and ice cream for dinner.

Or is it just me? Tell me it isn’t just me.

It’s true, heels can make your legs look better.

I did not believe this until recently. When I bought my first pair of heels, I was, to say the least, unimpressed. I’d like to think that while my legs are not particularly muscular, they are pretty shapely. And the way heels crunched my calf muscles higher up on the leg was not pretty. I’m strictly a flats girl on a daily basis (I have insanely flat feet, so I’ve never had trouble in terms of arch support) but even the very sporadic busting out of heels for awards ceremonies, fancy dinners and other such occasions seems to have made my legs more accustomed to the stress of walking around on tiptoe. Now, they look just as good as anyone else’s.

Finally, and on a more serious note: People will disappoint you.

I was always a bit emo, a bit pessimistic, a bit sceptical. However, no matter how jaded you are when you start out, the capacity for other human beings to piss you off and let you down … well, you haven’t even scratched the surface.

13 thoughts on “Friday Five: The facts of life

  • Reply tabzfrench November 9, 2012 at 23:16

    Hehe…I enjoyed this post, and I concur.

  • Reply Cassie November 10, 2012 at 01:01

    It’s not just you. I wish I had eaten ice cream for dinner!

  • Reply Life [Comma] Etc November 10, 2012 at 01:36

    What a downer! It’s all true though…. πŸ™‚

  • Reply makingsenseofcents November 10, 2012 at 02:35

    Haha I always get to the airport WAYYY too early!

  • Reply Amanda Osborn (@aosborn08) November 10, 2012 at 02:58

    TRUTH on all counts. I don’t mind getting to the airport too much though, because I’d much rather wait at the airport than sit around at home and wind up being late. Most of my mail nowadays is junk, though. I have all my bills set up to be paperless, so more often than not my mail consists of credit card offers (my credit card company of choosing STILL sends me “pre-approved” offers, ugh) or flyers, etc. I do snail mail with my boyfriend and best friend (both of whom are overseas) but those letters don’t come on a regular basis, as international mail takes so long!

    P.S. Love the site’s new look!

  • Reply plantingourpennies November 10, 2012 at 07:01

    Ice cream for dinner. It’s one of the perks of being an adult and making your own decisions. =)

    • Reply plantingourpennies November 10, 2012 at 07:01

      PS – any time anyone writes “The Facts of Life” the theme song to the show starts going through my head…

  • Reply Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 11:26

    I don’t care if I sit around the airport reading, but I hate being rushed if I’m running late. I almost missed a flight to Hawaii once. Never again. lol!

  • Reply Budget & the Beach November 10, 2012 at 11:27

    I don’t care if I sit around the airport reading, but I hate being rushed if I’m running late. I almost missed a flight to Hawaii once. Never again. lol!

  • Reply mochiandmacarons November 10, 2012 at 12:45

    I am perpetually at the airport too early. It makes me so nervous, that darn security clearance and people not knowing how to go through a process like that. “Oh? What? My belt?… My shoes too??”

    OMG!!!! πŸ™‚

    I also find that most mail for me, are paper statements I have to then scan. Yuck. Work. Otherwise, it is never loads of cheques, or anything fun.

    Heels are amazing. I can’t wear them 100% of the time (only at work) but they do make me feel more professional and in control. At least taller.

    P.S. I love your blog theme, by the way. The fish MOVE when I scroll down. How awesome is that!?

  • Reply cantaloupe November 10, 2012 at 21:11

    My mom used to send me cards through snail mail for random holidays, usually with a crisp 20 in it. It was cute. And I was penpals with one of my friends from high school for about two years. (Abu Dhabi mail is the worst, so all such correspondences have ended.)

  • Reply The Asian Pear November 11, 2012 at 06:57

    You still get mail? O__O; All bills are now emailed to me. I don’t get any mail at all unless I bought something online which is not very often even.

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie November 13, 2012 at 13:35

    Silly, ice cream is for breakfast! (And dinner…)

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