I feel your pain. I was pretty much without regular work from May 2001 until August 2003. I was doing some contract work on and off but nothing regular at all.
In some ways, of course, it was horrible and terrifying. In other ways, it really took hold of me and forced me to shake loose of some stuff I had been holding on to too tightly.
I also met my husband while I was unemployed. He didn't care that I was unemployed, although at that exact point in time I was feeling like a schlub about it.
tantrum, good luck. Maybe, if it isn't too personal to you, you could post what you're looking for and where. You never know who you might "meet" on this board.