Lauren Lists: Things I Hate About Living On My Own

A good friend of mine (for the sake of this post, we'll call her Katy Kat) knows that I'm a writer and in a discussion about the formatting for a company-run blog for work, she came up with the brilliant idea for me to start creating lists. Naturally, alliteration drove her to suggest "Lauren Lists" as a weekly contribution to my ever-entertaining writing.

And so I give you the very first Lauren List.

Living on your own is a great thing. You can literally do whatever you want whenever you want, barring it's within the limits of the law. While the freedom is amazing, the responsibility aspect of it is trash. Here's why:

  1. I have to pay bills. I have no idea where my money goes anymore, aside from funding my cable, water, and electricity usage. I can think of a million other things I would rather be spending it on, like books or wine, but alas, adulthood is calling. 
  2. I have to clean. For me, cleaning is a major stress reliever, but that doesn't mean it's fun or something that I look forward to.
  3. I have to shop for food. Shopping used to be a delight for me, but there's a major difference between shopping for a cold shoulder top and shopping for romaine lettuce. 
  4. I have to face a lot of fears I didn't know I had. When you find a bug or things go bump in the night, I have to deal with it. I have to slay the spider or go downstairs, iPhone flashlight in hand, waiting for an ax murderer to slay me. Being alone in the dark has never scared me so much. 
  5. I have to plan meals. At the risk of sounding like a privileged millennial, meal planning is like, a lot of annoying work. Not only do you have to think about what you're going to want to eat during the week, but you have to remember to thaw that food in time to prepare that specific meal. 
  6. I have to stress about stupid things. Okay, so this one is more of a choice, but I never actually lent any brain power to worrying about things like home invasions or kitchen fires until I poured most of my life's savings into a property. 
  7. I have to learn how to garden. Because when your grass looks like shit, your house looks like shit. Recently, I've spent evenings watering my lawn in the hopes that the seeds take to the special soil I bought and grows into luscious grass. 
This is being an adult.
Obviously, I'm exaggerating quite a bit. I love living on my own and the life I've started to create for myself. These are the everyday occurrences that sometimes cause me the smallest lil' bit of annoyance. 

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