So how are you? I mean really?
We, I mean Hayden and I, we're fine. We really are. But I won't lie to you: we're not completely fine.
Until recently, the world's financial troubles were merely theory to us. Due to, well, due mainly to apathy and procrastination, we didn't have much invested and we didn't lose much when the stock market went down. We always said we'd invest ... later. I actually felt pretty smug and safe cos we'd just chucked all our money in the bank. And it was fine.
But we watched the news. We had a feeling that things were going to change, and there were rumours going around at Hayden's work. We thought they might announce some big changes on January 21 - the day of Obama's inauguration. The company could prepare itself, knowing there would be a lot of attention on the goings on in Washington. They could be pretty sure they would be the second story on the news that night.
So, last Wednesday, January 21, Hayden was called to a meeting. The company announced their changes, and Hayden lost his job along with 102 of his colleagues. In the same cut, our friends in Perth lost their jobs too when a whole mine was closed.
But we'll be fine. We'll be fine. I keep saying it like a mantra, to myself mostly. We'll have four or five months (longer if we're thrifty) in which to re-settle ourselves ... But we can't imagine where that might be. In the meantime, Hayden's settling into a new routine and he's taken over my sewing table for his temporary home office. And it is nice having him home with me during the day.