Well to put it bluntly, I lost my position at work. Yup, after so many years of doing HR my company decided to cut the department altogether and fold it into the front end's responsibilities. The theory is that outside of Christmas season, HR doesn't have a very heavy work load and this saves the company 40 plus hours each week in controllable expense. Lots of my colleagues in and around the area got severance packages and sent home, since if you are in HR you cannot be demoted (ie you can't just step down, you've seen and heard too much).
In my case, I was INCREDIBLY lucky. Our store was down a full time manager since Christmas so I was moved laterally into that position. It is a lot more physical, has different hours and isn't at all what I would have liked truth be told.
What I do like are my hours, my pay, being employed and having insurance. I like eating and drinking, commissions and having internet and so on.
So my apologies if I haven't responded or posted anything new in a few days/weeks. I have been learning the ropes and coming home with tired feet and legs (lots of ladder work). More cool stuff is coming and I hope I can get something substantive written soon.