Senior Citizen Discount

After speaking with my real life friends I have come to realize that I am indeed a 90 year woman trapped in a 23 year olds body.  With the exception of running, I am highly certain most of my habits resemble that of older people.  I see nothing wrong with my lifestyle (except I don’t get the senior citizen discount) and I guess neither did my later college roommates.  In several living situations I was nicknamed the grandma of the house or grandma of swim practice.

Thank you college roommates!

It never really bothers me though and I do what makes me happy and healthy.  I guess it just goes with my off and awkward style.

I’ve just compiled a list of my “grandma quirks”.

I normally fall asleep by 9-10pm.  In my defense, I try and log off the computer over 30 minutes beforehand.  (so no I really don’t go to sleep most of the time at 8:30).  I’ve always found I sleep better if I log off far before I actually go to bed.

Going along with my sleeping habits I normally wake up at 6am…and gasp I really enjoy it.  I enjoy my personal time in the morning to relax.  Sometimes Tim is up, sometimes he is not.  Either way my natural alarm goes off around 6 or so.  Sometimes it’s 6:01 and sometimes it’s 5:58…but we all can’t be perfect.

My meals normally reflect earlier hours too.  I normally eat when I wake up, I’m starving for lunch around 11, starving for dinner around 4-5.  This just means I get all the “early bird” specials.

I think older people like to gather and flock to diners to get coffee.  What a coincidence…me too.  Yes I like coffee but you won’t catch me often with those new age folks getting fancy lattes at starbucks or hip coffee shops.  Nothing beats the taste of a burnt cup of joe, being a regular and ordering the same thing multiple times in the same booth at your local diner.

Ah yes diner joe.  Nice and burnt and with whip cream.

Ah yes diner joe. Nice and burnt and with whip cream.

I take a plethora of vitamins.  I take a multivitamin, “joint lubricant pills” and calcium/vitamin D.  I keep them all in their respectable MTWTFSS compartments in my pill box.  I know I’m 23 and have a “pill box”.   It keeps me organized and I know whether or not I have taken them.

I would rather lay on my couch and watch TV and relax versus going out to the bar on weekends.  Throughout later college it was what I did.  Maybe that’s a runner thing but I like to relax versus going out.  Don’t get me wrong, I did go out in college and we do go out now but nine times out of ten we are still back by ten on weekends.

I sit really close to the computer and really close to the TV.  I wear glasses (fun fact) but my vision isn’t terrible (-2.25) I just like to be close to everything.  I also like to have the volume up really high…

I also like to wear 100 layers.  I don’t really mind when the temperature drops a little bit because no one can judge me in my patterned cable knit sweaters.  I have been known to tell people dressed up for “ugly sweater parties” they look really nice.

So many layers, so little time.  Actually it was -40 in Lake Placid that day and I can truly say that is the coldest I've ever been.

So many layers, so little time. Actually it was -40 in Lake Placid that day and I can truly say that is the coldest I’ve ever been…but at least I was photobombed by some dog sledders.

I drive a Pontiac firebird and after getting 2 speeding tickets in upstate NY, I drive slow (not dangerously slow but not fast).  People expect I’ll go whirling down the road at 90 miles an hour in NJ.  They have a rude awakening….I fear tickets more then I fear getting injured so I’ll stay in the right hand lane and let those youngins get pulled over and pass me.

Due to the weather conditions, here is an appropriate photo of my car from college...same car different snow...

Due to the weather conditions, here is an appropriate photo of my car from college…same car different snow…

Question for you: What is one of your quirks? 


26 responses

  1. I am totally with you! I go to bed around 9 or 10 every night too and always wake up before 7!

  2. So I always attributed all of those qualities to being a runner… But I have them too. Except for the eating early, because I just eat all the time!

  3. I am also an early riser who loves diners and tons of layers. I am always cold too! But, I think a lot of these qualities aren’t really grandma-ish, just we feel that way after college because we grow up a little :). I have my share of weird quirks too like slightly burnt coffee, mixing my coffee with hot chocolate at the gas station, and putting my frozen yogurt bowl in the freezer 30 minutes before I get my froyo/ice cream so it stays cold longer and doesn’t melt as fast… haha.

  4. You guys have a Silver Diner near you!? I’m so jealous. We had one and it closed years ago and I miss it. (I used to cut school and drink coffee with my friends at Silver Diner. I was such a badass.)

    I guess my quirk would be that I often look like I got dressed in the dark and no one seems to have a problem with it. I’ve been told a lot of times that I’m the only one someone or other knows that could pull off a certain outfit without looking like a total weirdo. I’m pretty proud of this.

    • I know right! When I lived in VA beach, they slowly started closing them all down. The Cherry Hill Silver Diner is the only one in NJ so I cannot complain too much. It’s so good!

  5. Oh my!!! … Hollie you are my long lost twinie haha lol 😛 I’m the youngest in a family of 4 kids and I’ve been called an “old man” since like the age of 9. And all of my friends call me “old man” to this day. Though I’m not in bed as early as you are I’m known to zonk out on the couch by 10:00pm, I love oatmeal, I’m an early riser, and I like my share of oldies tunes.

  6. Yeeeep, we are meant to be friends. I wake up @ 4:30-5, prefer weeknights and weekends in with a good movie or book. Love my coffee strong and dark. Like to eat dinner at 5 and dessert @ 7, like clockwork. In bed by 9 pm at the latest, haha I might give you a run for your money on being an “older” grandma than you 😉 Were 23 and thriving right?! 😀

  7. Lol…..All these things. Well; almost all. I still enjoy getting up early (not *right* when I get up, but after 10 minutes or so, & I feel gross when I get up late) but I am also incapable of going to bed before 11. 11 is an early night for me. 😛

  8. I can so relate to this post! My husband and I are already known as the old married couple – and we’re only 23 & 24! But being an old person has it’s perks – We never have to wait for a table when we go out for dinner because we like to eat between 5:30 and 6!

  9. In bed by around 10- 10:30 and typically up around 5:00- 5:30. Although I consider myself to be a 5-year-old trapped in the body of a 44-year-old, who is in better shape than his 20-year-old self (too much beer/pizza/partying in college).

  10. you don’t need the vitamins/supplements if you eat a normal, healthy diet. they’re a total waste of money. just sayin.

    • Thank you for your advice! I honestly believe that it is hard to get every nutrient every day. I take them daily to ensure I do. I know this is a topic that a lot of people have different opinions on 🙂

  11. Pfft my pill box is my best friend. I’ve been on meds for years. Plus I take vitamins and iron supplements. No shame! I also go to bed early on the weekdays. ALWAYS. I love it. I constantly get shit for it but I don’t even care anymore. I don’t enjoy wasting my day away sleeping until noon. Unless it’s the weekend and I’m hungover. Plus I work an 8-5 job everyday. That’s just how it is. If I don’t get my sleep I’m a very unpleasant person.

  12. We are one in the same–I am such a grandma. I am up early on weekends regardless. I go to bed early. I cook nice meals and I rarely go out and ‘rage’ (that’s what they’re calling it these days right?) I get hungover like I’m 40 after 2 lousy drinks.

    Looking at it this way I see why it’s so difficult for me to find a man…. apparently I’m a 90 year old in a 23 year old body =)

  13. I have a “head to bed time” of 8:30pm and wake up of 4:45am and LOVE it. Mornings are my favorite part of the day because they include: my run, my first coffee of the day and cuddles on the floor with Loki. I am also called the “grandma” of a group wherever I go, and really I don’t mind. I am such a creature of habit throughout my day too – I have tons of little “rituals” and I feel all out of sorts if I miss one.

  14. Haha I am definitely an old person in some ways too. I stay up too late, but I am definitely a homebody. It’s Friday night and I’m sitting here reading blogs when I had the option to go to a bar, so that’s that!

  15. Hahahahaha This is amazing.
    I don’t want to even admit what time I enjoy getting into bed to read if I can (ahem 8:30) and oh heck yes about wearing 100 layers. Yester to work (note I work in a corporate office) I wore leggings under my wool pants and never took off my winter coat or scarf. I’ll suffer pain to wear stilettoes but warmth, that’s for darn sure lol.

  16. This is my favorite post of yours!! I always say I am an 80 year old in a 35 year old body.

    I knit, do jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, prefer to stay IN, and am such a creature of habit. One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday (AFTER doing a long run with my young friends) is go to the local knitting shop which is owned by two of my favorite people who are in their late 70’s. My eyes start closing at 8:50 p.m. while on the couch watching tv (while knitting). I also LOVE watching the Golden Girls. Oh my goodness. Just writing it makes it hilarious.

    But I’m also an avid runner and gym lover and am super active – the hours are just from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. 🙂

    I LOVE hearing young people who are senior citizens at heart. Even people younger than me! Yay. Makes me feel validated and “okay”. Thanks Hollie!

    • I should say that I’ve always been this way – high school, college. I was never the partier out until 2 a.m. – except for a brief stint in my 20’s. But even then I was the first out of the bar. So it shouldn’t surprise me that there are younger people like me because when I was younger I was the same!

      Have you read Canadian Girl Runs? She is like us too 🙂

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