I knew quite a few people who got laid off during the last recession (roughly in 2002-04, the dot-com meltdown). Among my family members alone it included me, my dad, my father-in-law, my uncle and my brother-in-law. We were living in San Francisco at the time and just about everyone had a lay-off or two under their belt.

When I keep hearing about how this current recession is worse than the last one, I'm expecting to know as many victims of downsizing as before. It's true, my husband is laid off, and I know at least half a dozen other friends who are looking for work, but overall people I know seem to be hanging on to the jobs that they have. Who knows what the rest of this year will bring - but I'm hoping that we've seen the worst of it.

In any case, during times like these you've got to know when to celebrate the good stuff. Last night my husband discovered that all his paperwork had been filed and his check had cleared with the powers that be, and he's now a fully registered architect in the state of Texas.


And we've found tenants for our rental property without having to lower the rent price.

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO again!!!!!!!!

All in all, we've had a very lucky week. To celebrate my husband's architecthood, we went to El Arroyo last night. El Arroyo doesn't have the best Mexican food in town, but it had the vibe we wanted.

We're happy, we're healthy. We're about to meet our new daughter and fall madly in love with her. My son is insanely awesome and 95% potty trained. We live in a fabulous city and have some fun friends.

Life is good.