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First the good news.

My husband and I went to New Orleans for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. Ate far too much incredible food, but as much as we walked and explored, I kept all but one pound of it off. We hadn’t been for many years — since before Katrina — and we were well overdue for a visit.

As indicated by my previous post, the other news concerns my job. Or actually, as the case is currently, my lack thereof. For the first time in my life I’ve been laid off. It’s not totally unexpected, but it’s still a bit of a shock to the system (and to the pocketbook). So for at least the time being, I’m back to consulting, which I did for about 15 years before joining my last company as a full-time employee. (See my new website here.) I’m in the midst of getting my new office set up and everything working again. My husband’s firm had an empty space in their offices which has turned into quite comfortable quarters for me.

This has been a heck of year (and it’s not over yet). I lost my stepmother in January. I had knee surgery in March. I lost a good friend and co-worker in June (and took on her job duties and department temporarily). I had extensive shoulder surgery in October and lost my job in November. Good thing the world is going to end in December — I’m not sure I could take much more of this.

The good news throughout all this is that RA has remained relatively quiet through all the rest of the chaos in my life. Perhaps Orencia is working or perhaps my body is so busy fighting the other effects of stress on my body that it doesn’t have time to give me grief with RA. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful.

So that’s my news for the day. I hope yours is much better. Thanks for checking in.