This makes me want to cry. I'm glad your parents are OK.
I don't care if it's Southwest or if it's an airline that has your seat chosen in advance: once I'm in a seat I'm not moving, I don't care who you are. Either plan ahead and make sure your kid is sitting next to you or pay more to get the aisle/window/whatever. Plan better.
@seakelps nunlord is literally the first thing I thought too and I thought it was leading to that, a lost opportunity here!!
On Living Alone
The paper towel thing is so true. I used to cringe watching my roommates take huge swaths of paper towels for minor things. And same with toilet paper. I can make both of those things last so much longer on my own. Also I love not having to share a refrigerator, I used to get a lot of stress from packed fridges and freezers (and watching food spoil). Now that I'm not annoyed by little things roommates do, some of that has spilled over to work, which is weird. Like one day I noticed this one woman who isn't in my department STOMPS no matter what she's wearing on her feet, and she types equally as loud. Never noticed it before and now I can't ignore it!
I needed this today, thank you, though I feel like this most of the time.
Dang, I would just walk to the bank then.
I'm very lucky to know that I can leave at the same time every day and not check email or work when I get home because we don't have access and my association does not have a telecommuting policy in place. But most of my friends leave work at a different time every night. I would stay late if needed but I am thankful to have a job right now where I can go home and not worry about it.
Good luck. Are you collecting unemployment? Because if you aren't, you should get on that now. I had to laugh when I realized I was saving more money with my severance and unemployment than when I was working (granted, unemployment was something like $400/month? So I put it in savings). You'll get through it. Exercise.
omg this stresses me out so bad. Please just make the calls/get a wallet :( What if you were locked out because someone had stolen your information/cleared out your accounts or maxed out your credit card?
just make the phone call please!!!