@Stina Oh god that explains so much.
@ThatJenn This is exactly what I came down here to say! I think mine was $6.99, it's comfy, what more do I need?
@garli I HAVE found that looser, casual, cotton button downs are cute and fine but I own exactly one of the stiff starched collar type, and that is only because it's my only professional red/maroon shirt, which I need about three times a year for Important Alma Mater days.
@ThatJenn I get a raise on my anniversary, and then I get a raise, if it's in the contract, at the start of the fiscal year. I do like spreading them out (it helps with my financial goals too, I can start contributing to something sooner, even if it's not the full amount I want), but my anniversary and July are so close together it makes the rest of the year seem like a drought of no-raises!
@PicNic I was just wondering the same thing! I also get union-related raises, but I THINK I am eligible for performance raises? I'm honestly not even sure. My other problem is, though, that any non-standard raise or promotion ultimately has to be approved by personnel - a department in a different building who has never met me, my boss, has no idea what I do, etc. It's completely arbitrary and I know a couple people have gotten screwed by it, but it also works for some people. It's also a time consuming process and in a small workgroup like I have, eventually everyone knows what you're trying to do and what you're asking for. I love my job and I love working for the government but ugh, this process is horrible.
@garli Oh god I am so uncomfortable in pants and a button down shirt, just uggggh no.
@rhinoceranita I once tried to wear an item of clothing from my college every day, without repeating, and I got so sick of it I had to stop I think like halfway through(this was IN college, so sweatpants, etc, were fine). God bless my mother and her staff bookstore discount.
@dotcommie Yes, me too! Even if it's just slightly nicer than what I wear in my not-work life, I like that delineation. And it also makes me take slightly better care of some clothes, so I know I have at least 5 days worth of not-stained, not totally pilled clothing.
@andnowlights Oh I'll make mine take care of all my childless friends while we play bunco all day, don't worry.
@andnowlights Yeah I assume I'm never going to see any of the money I'm putting away for retirement, either because of another crash or because SS goes upside down. I should be squirreling away gold in my backyard or something, but, eh, that's what kids are for, right?