@elizabeast I was on a one-woman mission to fight the school dress code. I once wore a bra instead of a belt because I didn't wear a belt and, during the SURPRISE BELT-INSPECTION ASSEMBLY, borrowed a bra from a friend to avoid the detention. Also, I got in trouble for carrying around a small stuffed animal because it was "offensive, too individual, and against the uniform code."
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@redheaded&crazy Headphones are too plebeian for a design student. Also, Laurie Partridge was doing this before it was trendy.
@Faintly Macabre It actually sounds like I am your mother. My mom will buy things for fun, which I have a very hard time with (@Katzen-party: I completely understand buying fruit or a coffee as a big treat). She'll buy new clothes or materials to try a hobby or some fancy seven-dollar box of crackers, which are all things that would make me feel way anxious.
@Quinn A@twitter I am exactly the same way with my mom. She talks about downsizing for retirement, but then she starts listing what she "needs" in a house. It always includes a full-out guest bedroom for me (even though I don't come for extensive overnight visits and would be more than happy on a couch), a big living room for guests (even though she's never thrown big parties), and a kitchen big enough to do serious cooking (she hates to cook). It's like she wants the house for who she wishes she was, rather than for who she actually is.
My mother is good with money (sits down to pay her bills twice a month, has a system of which bills come from which paycheck, keeps old statements well-organized, knows what she will retire on, etc.) and talks about it. As a kid, I knew that I couldn't have X toy because it was too expensive, I knew what things cost, and I knew that we had some things (private school tuition, for example) because we were frugal with other things. I am way more tightfisted than she is. I hate spending money on anything, and I will always buy the cheapest possible item (although in recent years, I have started thinking about long-term quality as well as the immediate cost). I think some of my childhood monetary awareness has contributed to my adult anxiety about money. Like, because I grew up hearing about which bills needed to be paid and being told that we couldn't have the yogurt with the sprinkles because it was too expensive, I am more thrifty than I necessarily need to be.
@bgprincipessa Cash registers can keep track of how fast the cashier is and will give the average per-transaction speed. Usually there is some sort of goal, and it can be tied to bonuses, salary, etc. So a customer who is slow can negatively affect the cashier's rating, which is one reason a cashier will give you the stank-eye if you write a check or pay in pennies.