Work has been picking up lately, which gives me more confidence I won't be laid off again anytime soon. I've been trying to do some small programming projects on the side to try learning some new things. And it's going slowly, but I seem to be recovering financially from the layoff this summer as well.
Things are looking up! Earlier this year I wasn't sure I'd be able to do this, but it looks like I'll be able to meet up with friends in New York City for the Wii U launch. They haven't announced such an event yet, but we were all there for the launch of the Wii back in 2006, and they even did a similar thing for the 3DS. Plus it'll just be fun to visit NYC again, even if just for a short while.