It's 2 am on Saturday morning. My old friend insomnia has decided to visit and on Friday night I don't find it disturbing nor am I overwhelmed with thoughts of possible slept deprivation at work the following day. If necessary, I can take a nap tomorrow. So I got up and began playing with a layout I was working on earlier.
I'm having a cup of Sleepy Time Tea, listening to the calming sounds of a gentle rain falling. I find that sound so very relaxing.
Today, our company announced furloughs for all "non-revenue producing" employees. That would be me. I'm support staff so I get to take 2 weeks off without pay. However, one week will be in Q2 and the other week in the last 6 months of the year. And we get to pick the week. I think in lieu of a permanent pay cut or layoffs, this is far less devastating for all the employees. I'm strangely not upset or overly concerned. We've been living quite frugally for a year and saving quite a bit, so I think we can weather this just fine. However, I will find more stuff to sell on Craig's List or Ebay - and bank that additional cash as well.
My overall view - I'm blessed to still have a job in today's economy.