It occurred to me that today is about halfway between the date I was officially laid off from my job (March 1) and my 40th birthday (July 24).
Luckily, I feel I'm close to the end of the job hunt. There are two organizations that I've had second interviews with that seem very positive. I believe that one of them is up to the reference check point.
If I don't get a job soon, I hate to think how depressing my birthday entry here would be. My 39th birthday was bad enough. Of course, I'm concerned for you, the reading public, more than for my own sanity.