Well, the unpleasant selection process is over, and I survived. That's "selection" as in "selection for redundancy". I survived in the sense that I wasn't selected. My boss officially confirmed that I'd been "successful" in the process, which I think both of us considered an odd word to have to choose.
In other words, good news for me, but not for my five friends and colleagues who were unsuccessful.
I'm reminded of the old line about getting a tax rebate: the happiness lasts as long as it takes you to remember that it was your money in the first place.
Hopefully I'll be blogging a bit more often from now on. Let's hope.