Same here...except for the "work" and "went back to work" part. Coming up on four years of unemployment in 2013. Said goodbye to the last vestiges of my retirement fund and my career in early 2012.
My new "job" for now? Grad school for the financial aid. It doesn't pay well and the hours are brutal. The worst part being that I'll have to pay back my "salary" some day.
Oh, well, this time last year, we were all
unemployed and staring down the barrel of homelessness, so things really have improved dramatically, even if still tenuous and below expectations.