@wrappedupinbooks yes yes yes. Both of my younger brothers had a lot more freedom than me! I had to start working at 14, while they'll both coasted for a few extra years.
@WayDownSouth I haven't worked at Disneyland, but I did work at Disney World! You probably suspected this, but it is not very magical to work there (I worked in the parking lot, the least magical of all places). People are rude, and treat you poorly. Despite all that, I loved being so close to the parks all of the time, and I still love visiting!
I haaaaate commuting, because I drive. Even if I'm listening to podcasts, it still makes me nuts. Unfortunately, there isn't really a public transportation option for me (I live in Metro Detroit), so I'm stuck driving. I would gladly take a (slightly) longer commute if it meant I didn't have to drive.
Right now, I do jeans and cardigans, working for a publisher. I just got a new job where I've got to do business casual (not looking forward to it), so there it will slacks and cardigans! Basically, the easiest, most comfortable thing I can get away with.
All of these, forever.
As the kids would say, I know those feels. Often times, I need to tell people about the wedding date for factual, practical purposes, but it always feels like I'm fishing for a congratulations. And, when I get a 'Congrats' I do appreciate it, but at the same time, I definitely don't deserve it, since I am the least bridely bride that ever brided. It's a weird place to be in.
@Derbel McDillet I'm a contracted (through a temp agency) employee, so I get zero vacation days, and zero sick days. I do get a few national holidays paid for, though. I need a new job, but I've been sticking this one out hoping they'll bring me on as a regular employee.
The last couple of sentences are funny to me personally: I hate cooking, but bring my lunch nearly every day (however, I never ever look forward to it), and my fiance, who likes to cook, and does all of the cooking in our house, never brings his lunch. We do tend to eat leftovers every other day, so at least we aren't wasting a lot.
Definitely feel this way. Sometimes, if I just need a day off, I end up just calling in sick, which is so stupid, but I hate asking for it. The only time I've been remotely comfortable asking for time off is for my upcoming honeymooon (in November), and I think it's only because my boss has known about the wedding for a long time. Plus, it's expected that people will take time off then. Still, I need to ask for the day before the wedding off, and I've been dragging my feet on that. Sigh.
@Allison What?! That is nuts. I really can't understand why anyone wouldn't call someone by their preferred name. I'm getting married in a couple of months, and I'm not changing my name. I told my fiance that if we wanted to come up with a new name, and both change to it, I'd be up for that, but I wouldn't be the only one changing names. I'm kinda glad he didn't go for that, because changing everything would be a giant pain.