Oh, my aunt also said, "Why don't you just get a job in a store? Everybody's hiring now for the holidays!"

--I probably will end-up doing that (because I'm going crazy with boredom) and I've ALREADY worked a retail job since being laid-off

--Even if I DID have a job in a store, I'd STILL be annoyed/frustrated/feeling bad about not having something in my field where I wanted to be.

Never ever EVER start a suggestion with, "Why don't you just..." to somebody who has been unemployed for a long time. Odds are quite good they have already THOUGHT of it.