1. hahahahaha I have to google the food poisoning thing like, all the time. Why is our generation so not good at adulting?

  2. Nicole says...

    So spot on. I’d also add ‘knowing how to respond to a salesperson who asks if you need anything in a not totally akward way’. (I just earned that merit badge this week ;))

  3. Alyssa says...

    Haha September doesn’t have 31 days…

    In the “not-an-adult” category, I didn’t realize my inspection was up on my car. Unless someone is going to like come to my house and tell you, you better believe I don’t look at that little sticker. So tomorrow, one day after expiration, it’ll be getting inspected. And an oil change because I never remember those either.

  4. Rosie says...

    Wait, how do you clean cast iron properly??

  5. 33 and still using the rhyme 😀

  6. Erin says...

    1/6. getting close! ha.

    the bathroom one is tough. I usually say “someone’s in here!” but that sounds like I’m talking about myself in third person. Or talking about someone else. hmmm.

  7. Shoot! At 34 still not an adult….

  8. Ugghhh we just visited my husband’s family and there wasn’t a lock on the bathroom door… my sister-in-law walked in on me twice(!), and my mother-in-law’s boyfriend walked in on me, too.

    Each time, they knocked but didn’t wait for a response before opening the door. Whyyyyyy

    Respectively, I was in the middle of saying “someone’s in here!” ” yep just a minute! ” and “no stop!!!”

  9. Kyla says...

    By this metric, I am TRULY not an adult, despite having 3 kids haha! I always knew that though. One of my greatest epiphanies was discovering that I am just one of those people who always feels young and not quite ready.

  10. I love this list and will add one I said out loud to my mom the other day: I keep postage stamps in TWO convenient places.

  11. Sooo cute! So I’m NOT YET an adult… I knew it ahahah xx

  12. maia says...

    Great illustration! Mines are : meeting my banker, having bought a dishwasher, and melting all the almost finished honey jars to make a big one!!! (I was so proud of this one! :) )

  13. Yay, still not an adult!

  14. Oh…… sometimes it’s hard being an adult.
    Still forgetting groceries and using a trick to know when the month ends. Let’s say everyone needs to keep at least two things he doesn’t master to stay young!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!

  15. india says...

    Looks like I’m not going to be classed as a legit person any time soon hahaha

  16. I had to laugh at the having a go-to response for the bathroom door knock. I was the running joke in my family growing up, because when I was on the loo and someone would knock, I’d panic that they were about to walk in, and just scream “TOILET!!!”
    Every. Single. Time. 😂

  17. Nadine says...

    Those are all great! And so are the comments (as usual..)

    In italian the answer at the knock at the bathroom’s door is: occupato, translation of “busy”. It turns out there’s no regular way of saying it in english? mindblowing! haha

  18. Alesha says...

    Anyone else have to double check their calendar for 31 days in September? No? Just me okay….

  19. Jen says...

    I am now a mother, a partner and own my own home. However I will never be legit. Yay!!!!! :)

  20. I will always need to recite the month rhyme, no matter how old I get.

    Thank you for the reminder on not dishwashing cast iron.

    And some of us don’t have the pantry space for stocking food :( Oh, I want a house…

    • Gen says...

      Same I need the rhyme!!

  21. So cute! I keep my dark chocolate stocked more than anything else- it’s all about priorities. Have a fabulous weekend.

    XOXO, Amy

    • Amy says...

      YES! I’ve sent this article to too many people.

  22. Jenny says...

    Ok but what IS the perfect response to the dreaded bathroom knock? I’ve been wearing a lot of jumpsuits lately and find myself especially frantic (“SOMEONE’S IN HERE!!!!!!”) since I’m basically naked.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahahaha, i know the feeling!

    • Laura says...

      Never commented, but I feel compelled to help out anyone reading this so this is going to be my very exciting inaugural comment.

      The best response is, “Just a minute!” There you go!

    • E says...

      Bathroom knock: I always say “hi!” They get it.

  23. Carrie says...

    Balancing 50 hours a week and house keeping makes me feel like an adult :) I pride myself on always having a spotless home. It’s my fox den. My cozy spot. It has to be *just so*, and I love it!

  24. shannon says...

    3.5/6 … pretty happy with that at 26 😊

  25. Amber Olney says...

    100% real.

  26. J. Elizabeth says...

    Oof. I will be a kid forever! 30 days has September, April, June….

    • Alex says...

      Ha me too! And I noticed she’s got 31 drawn up for September in the illustration.

    • MM says...

      In Austria we don’t have a rhyme afaik but are taught at primary school to count it on our knuckles. Knuckle = 31 days, the den between the knuckles = less. You put your hands together with the knuckles of your pointer fingers in the middle side by side, starting with the knuckle of your left hand’s pinky as January =31, the den equals February =less = 28/29, the knuckle of the left ring finger= March = 31… and so on. Where the knuckles of the pointer fingers meet it is July and August and both have 31 days :-)
      Do you know this trick?
      It took me years NOT to take a quick look on my hands for the number of days a month has, haha.

    • Cait says...

      I never even learned the rhyme….I’m hopeless!!

    • Emily S. says...

      To commenter MM: here in the Midwest US, I learned the knuckle trick as a small child at school. Used it thereafter, if ever I’m not sure.

      It’s very handy – no pun intended! ;)

    • Gen says...

      Also midwestern, also using knuckles. 42. At this point I don’t expect to not use this trick ever in my life. Thank goodness I know left from right but that was a hand trick for years as well.

  27. Jess. says...

    We had some leftovers I couldn’t even identify a couple of weeks ago. My husband started to eat them, and when he had almost finished, I remembered that it was the chicken coconut curry from Father’s Day. I freaked, but he didn’t get sick. :)

  28. Kellyn says...

    Reciting the days in a month sans rhyme one is amazing!

  29. Annie says...

    I always look forward to Mari’s illustration on Friday. She nails it every time.
    4.5/6 here!

  30. Scarlett says...

    I’m 27 next month and I still have to use the knuckle trick for the months! But I have the cast iron, bathroom response, leftovers, and stocking up (well my husband does, really) mastered. :)

    • Laura C. says...

      The knuckle trick has been overcome. But the leftovers =food poison, it’s totally me!

  31. Rachel says...

    Love this! The bathroom one made me laugh. I find myself saying “someone’s in here” which now that I think about it sounds really weird. I may have to rethink ;)

  32. Sharon in Scotland says...

    What is the “hand knuckle” thing?, I use the rhyme “30 days hath November………..” etc, but never heard of the other thing.
    53, not doing too badly on the rest of them

    • Celia says...

      Make a fist with both of your hands and hold your hands next to each other, palms down. The pinky-finger knuckle on your left hand represents January with 31 days. The “valley” in between your left-hand pinky and ring finger knuckles represents February. All “valley” months have 30 days (except for Feb., which is an anomaly). The second knuckle is March.
      All knuckles have 31 days, so March has 31 days. Continue counting months down the line of your knuckles/valleys! Where your two hands touch you have two knuckles touching, representing July (31) and August (31). Your ring finger knuckle on your right hand represents Dec. (31).

  33. Sasha says...

    The bathroom! At home no one asks, because if I’m in the bathroom, there are three dogs sitting patiently just outside the door. And if my husband is in, the door is open :)
    Last time I had to answer was at an out house at a camp spot. Someone knocked loudly and I yelled “GO AWAY!” Because if the door is closed and locked, then someone is in there. You just wait politely.

    I love these Friday bits of wisdom, Mari always nails it.

    • Jess. says...

      This is my favorite comment ever. xox

    • Laura C. says...

      Yes, I thought so, since that evening that my bladder was about to explode and I was standing and waiting in front of the closed bathroom door at a bar, and five (eternal) minutes later I found out there were nobody in.
      Since that day I’d rather knock and get a Go away! :D

  34. jeannie says...

    I will never have to stop repeating the months of the year rhyme! LOL.

  35. Crap, apparently I’m not an adult at 33 (except for remembering to buy multiples)!

  36. Jana says...

    Love this! How do I clean a cast iron pan!?

  37. Jess says...

    So… ‘Remembering how to clean cast iron’ varies by culture. We almost only use cast iron in India, and when I told my mom that it’s not supposed to be scrubbed with soap, etc. she flipped out. In places like rural India, one can’t afford to be precious about these things – they need to be CLEANED.

  38. MrsD says...

    Mari- You are so clever! My favorite one so far!

  39. I still use the knuckles trick for the days in each month. Looks like my adulting needs some work (and a cast iron pan).

  40. Jane says...

    Exclamations points are lovely! I’m a naturally optimistic and ebullient person, so I definitely use lots of exclamation points — and I’m in mid-30s.

  41. Em says...

    I don’t clean my cast iron pan– I thought that was the point! If I’m wrong, then I’m 0/6.

    • Jess says...

      I don’t understand this… you must not use it for hardcore cooking. Food burns and sticks to it, how do you deal with that?

  42. I’m 26 and still have to recite, “30 days hath September, April, June, and November….” hahaha

  43. This may be the best one yet. That bathroom one though…LOL! I was just having this discussion with friends, because really, there’s nothing you can say in answer to a bathroom door knock that doesn’t sound awkward.

  44. Sarah says...

    I just had the thought yesterday that I feel like a grownup because I did so much adulting in a row, and without my fiance there to help split up the tasks since he had a commitment after work:
    I took a bunch of clothes to the dry cleaner (let’s not discus how long they were in a pile on my bedroom floor before this happened); I made myself an actual dinner and then did not have to drag myself off the couch to clean the kitchen – I wanted to get everything put away; I took out the recycling, and started packing for my trip home tomorrow.

  45. Alex says...

    HAHAHA! Thirty days hath September, April, June… Still recite it every time. Mari nailed this one.

    • Andrea says...

      I can’t nail that rhyme. I just ask my husband.

  46. Meg says...

    I have mastered (over-mastered?) the art of stocking up, and my cast iron pan is wonderfully seasoned. I still have to count the number of days per month on my knuckles though…

  47. Tenley says...

    3/6… Oh, man, that bathroom response! Why is it so easy to overthink that? I rotate between “I’m in here!” and “occupied!”

  48. Nicole says...

    My go-to bathroom door-knock response is ‘just a second!’ Other than that and buying the large package of toilet paper from time to time, I’ve got nothing…

  49. Lucy says...

    This is brilliant. 2.5/6. The exclamation point thing is a work in progress.

  50. Oh dear…I am 50 (51??) and I am still working on most of those! The only ones I have down are the bathroom response and the stocking of items. But then again I live in a house full of boys…

  51. Fiona says...

    Mari’s illustrations are one of my very favorite things about Fridays in general – thank you for supporting independent artists and giving them such a wonderful platform.

  52. Lauren E. says...

    I am cracking up. Pretty sure I’ll be 95 years old still awkwardly yelping, “Someone’s in here!”

  53. Mary says...

    Still have to recite the months’ song! Ha!

  54. Julia Belsante says...

    This makes my heart so happy! Thank you Mari!

  55. Denise says...

    Yup, I am only 3/6.

  56. Jill says...

    haha. This is so on point. Looks like I’m 50% there.

  57. Amanda G says...

    These illustrations are normally so fun, but today’s is especially spot on! I just started the last year of my twenties, so I’ve really been thinking a lot about the fact that I’m still learning every day how to be an adult. And I must say, I don’t think I’ll EVER have a good response to someone knocking on the bathroom door…

  58. will never not recite the months rhyme!!

  59. The truest truth. I’m a step below this – the day I consistently have milk in my fridge is the day I become a real grown up.

    The next goal will be having fresh lemons and heirloom tomatoes and skipping the snooze button. A distant dream!

  60. Bonnie says...

    3/6
    Still love the rhyme and exclamation points!!

  61. Hahaha! Nice!

    Alina

  62. Louisa says...

    5/6!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Meg says...

      This is the most perfect comment. All the laugh emojis. (PS I’m glad overuse of emojis is not on the list, haha!)

  63. Katherine says...

    Now I’m wondering how do you clean cast iron??

    • Mary says...

      Ditto! I used mine for the first time the other day, and was so confused by all the instructions online about whether you can or cant use soap

    • Deb says...

      Yes! Why are the instructions I found online so hard to follow? Is it me? Or even the instructions on how to season it in the first place. Arg!

    • Char says...

      I don’t use soap in mine (ditto with my wok). I was always taught that it breaks down the patina. Instead, I clean it within a few hours of using it with hot running water and a stiff bristled scrub brush, basically just scrubbing and rinsing until the water runs clear. Anything that doesn’t come off that way gets scrubbed with an old cloth and coarse salt. After cleaning, I dry it thouroughly and rub it down with a small amount of oil.

    • annemarie says...

      all i do is wipe the pan out when we’re done. if there’s too much grease, i pour the excess into a grease jar that we keep in the freezer, and then wipe out the pan. simple as pie. :)

    • annemarie says...

      P.S. the idea is to keep the pan seasoned, so the reason you don’t use soap to clean out cast iron is because it will strip the seasoning off (and ruin/oxidize your pan–the seasoning is like a nonstick coating, and if that coating is removed, the pan will rust, i think.)

  64. Anaïs says...

    Looks like I may be failing at adulting… :|

    • brianna says...

      Me too. I don’t even own cast iron, let alone know how to clean it. And my fridge is bare, except for condiments.

  65. Meg says...

    Haha. So good. And for all those about to do the rhyme, there are 30 days in September. :p

    • Jennifer O. says...

      I do the hand knuckle bump thing still sometimes.

  66. Andrea says...

    2/6

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha