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I am feeling a bit tired today, as I was out till four in the morning. Oh, the craziness. Once upon a time, that would have been the norm for a Friday night, but now I am old and boring and unused to such revelry. In fact, the older I get, the more insanely suburban I find myself becoming. A classmate of P was recently appalled when he learned that P and I spend our time drinking tea and going to look at country houses at the weekends rather than spending three days in a riot of partying. And we ourselves joke that we are turning into P's grandparents, who apparently would happily sit by the fire talking about what the dog was doing for hours on end (we do the same with Ju Ju, even though our discussion of our feline simpleton's antics is more of the "oh, bloody hell, she's scratching the cupboard doors again!" variety) The thing is, we actually like doing all these boring things. We like going on jaunts to the countryside and looking at castles. We even like having mammy-ish conversations with our neighbours. I almost wish we didn't, but we do. So, how about you? Are you as boring and suburban as we are? Please say you are, if only to make me feel better about being a 29 year old who is seemingly one step away from wearing quilted slippers and reading Ireland's Own. This one is really aimed at the over-25s, but of course younger fogies may join in.

Poll #449066 How suburban/boring/middle-aged-before-your-time are you?

Do you enjoy spending evenings at home?


Do you regularly:

Drink tea by the gallon
Talk with your partner about what your pets are doing
Visit castles and stately homes
Go on country jaunts
Go to farmers' markets
Choose any of the above activities over a more debauched outing

ETA: For partners, read partners or housemates. Why can't we edit polls, damnit? Also, I forgot to put in the following options, so you can answer yes or no in comments:



Get tired in the pub at about 11.00 and want to go home to bed even though everyone is in party mode.

This didn't actually happen last night, for once. I was actually in the mood for staying out late, which as my fellow fader barsine can confirm is quite a novelty...


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Mar. 5th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
What happened to KNITTING as the ultimate in tragic grandparently activities?

Alas, some of us have no partners or pets to be boring with. But I'm sure I would be if I did!
Mar. 5th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
I actually wanted to edit it to put in "housemates" instead of partner, but I can't edit a poll! And I forgot to put in knitting - bah!
Mar. 5th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
And some of us are such sad bastards that we still live with our parents. Or maybe I'm the only one who stayed in last night knitting and talking to her mother about what the cat was doing.

Tell me I'm not. Please.
Mar. 5th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'll officially be an over-25 in a couple of weeks, but I'm joining in anyway :)

I've ticked all of them, because I do like doing them, though not all are that regular. I just can't be bothered with going out and getting drunk, which seems to offend people I work with when I say no I don't want to go to the pub. And it's not rare for me to be up late, but I'm not very often out late.
Mar. 5th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Farmers' markets very rarely coincide with debached outings, though. There's not an awful lot of debachery around on a Saturday afternoon. I have missed Saturday afternoons farmers' markets because I was still recoverying from Friday night, however.

Mind you, I spent far too much time staying in in front of the TV/with a good book when I was an undergraduate, though. I postponed my Wild Years until my mid/late twenties, I think.
Mar. 5th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
I fall asleep in nightclubs. Even in circumstances where the uncomfortableness of my outfit and the chemical composition of my blood should dictate that it was absolutely impossible for me to curl up on a sofa five feet from the dancefloor and peacefully go to sleep.

Hell, I've even done it on the main dancefloor at Heaven when there were a *lot* of pretty boys to admire.
Mar. 7th, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
A friend of mine once managed to fall happily asleep in a very loud nightclub next to the speakers. He only woke up when the music stopped.
Mar. 5th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
I spent last night watching point pleasant and knitting while Alex was out until 4am. But then I've crossed over into my 30s a while ago.
Mar. 5th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I will sometimes come home early from an evening out just to get into bed and read. The man and I also like to read in bed together. Yes, we're party animals.
Mar. 5th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yes and Yes.

*hangs head in prematurely middle-aged shame*
Mar. 5th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
i am over-compensating for all of you.
Mar. 5th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Hee! You totally are! We can live vicariously through you...
Mar. 5th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
Have no pets, but we spend time talking about things that are on about the same level.
Mar. 5th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yes and yes. Oh dear.
And it doesn't make it any less sad that I am a forty something and therefore definitely looking at the other side of the hill.
Mar. 5th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, and yes. I finished my scarf last night while we watched season three of Buffy and had pizza. And we'd go look at castles and stately homes if there were any here, but there aren't.

Honestly, once we're home from work, we hardly ever get out of the house unless we have shopping to do. Hence the fencing, which at least gets us out and active.

I'm rapidly approaching 40 though, so I think I'm allowed to be settled and boring when I want.
Mar. 5th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Put me down for knitting.
And, yeah, also for wanting to leave bars early, usually so I can home and knit...
Mar. 6th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Last night, instead of going to the pub, we baked giant chocolate and peanut cookies and drank tea and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. And I will ALWAYS pass up on a night out of there is flat-pack furniture to be assembled. That's just how it is. My friends almost accept it as an excuse now!
Mar. 6th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Oh and I'm not 25 for another few months, but yes. I need to get myself knitting too, I enjoy it, I just haven't got anything fun to knit (but I adore your piratical wristbands and would knit MILLIONS if I could) nor can I do anything beyond the most basic knit/purl stitches.
Mar. 6th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
The pattern for the skull and crossbones design is the in the second SnB book and is VERY easy. You don't need anything but purl and plain to knit a wrist band anyway - just cast on enough stitches to go around your wrist and you're away!
Mar. 6th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
I swing wildly between extremes of 4am drunken and drug-fuelled debauchery and never wanting to go out ever again. I don't think that's a factor of my age, though - I'm pretty sure I've always been like that.
Mar. 6th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
No to the knitting but yes to the 11am thing. Sometimes I just get this craving for tea and toast and a hot water bottle, although to be honest that's more of a post-clubbing thing. Huh. Clubbing. If I don't go to Glasto this year I probably won't go dancing at *all*.

Oh, and I saw someone last week who had the exact same fingerless mittens as you! The knitting has obviously spread to here as well.
Mar. 7th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
If I don't go to Glasto this year I probably won't go dancing at *all*.

None of that defeatist talk, young lady! We will get tickets.

I haven't been out clubbing in yonks - I think the last time I went out to anything you could feasibly dance to was before Christmas. I also now have a horrible fear that The Young People will stare at me in a "check out grandma's funky moves" sort of way.

And ah, the post-clubbing tea. Regular accompaniment to the post-clubbing Talking Utter Shite For Hours.
Mar. 7th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
Well you already know how dull I am ... 'University Challenge' calls tonight, I spent the weekend relaxing in the country, and last week I just finished a long, stripey knitted scarf. BUT I was out head-nodding and chin stroking at Slint last night, and that was on a Sunday night when I am usually tucked up in bed, so I thought that was pretty rock'n'roll of me!

Thank you for GG by the way! They were great. I'm going to start watching 'Veronica Mars' soon too.
Mar. 7th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
Did you see Paul M at the gig last night? He texted me and asked me was I going, and I texted back to say no, but you were.

I am going out tonight, though - to see Brendan Benson, huzzah - so am not quite so boring as usual. Although I did actually say "oh, no, I'll miss Coronation Street and Scrubs..." If I turn into someone who doesn't want to go out in case they miss a soap opera, I shall be very alarmed....
Mar. 7th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
No, I know he was there somewhere, but i could not find him. he texted me oo, but I had my phone turned oof. i met Eamonn Sweeney though, and i think I saw Cesca in the distance. It was great, by the way. Enjoy BB.
Mar. 7th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
For "pets", read "baby" :-)

And yes knit, yes fade in the pub. If I ever went to the pub, that is...
Mar. 7th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
My usual "quiet night in" activities are reading, watching DVDs, knitting, and cooking in general rather than baking in particular. There has been a lot of soup manufacture in our house lately (all soup fans should get the Covent Garden Soup Company book, it has brought much soupy joy into my life). My aspirational quiet night in activity is to get out my books of clarinet exercises and start polishing up the wonkier bits of my technique, but dammit, that seems like work. Also, mending (anybody know how to darn?). Also, reorganizing the wardrobes.

I'm really appreciating my quiet nights in at the moment, because most of my evenings are Far Too Bleedin' Busy - admittedly with choir and band practice rather than booze-fuelled revelry. I don't think I've actually been out on a Friday night in weeks, as by then I just want to cook something nice, watch a film, and then blissfully contemplate the following morning's lie-in.
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