I try to keep the comic timely, but usually as it pertains to movies. I think this might be one of a handful of times that I've made reference to any other surrounding circumstance.

I know this comic is a bit odd, but it's truthful. Things have been stressful lately and both Cami and I are worn down. We work for the same company and we experienced several hundred layoffs this week. Fortunately, we both still have our jobs, but it weighs on our minds. Morale at work is low and we keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I've been let go from jobs before and it's never a good feeling - especially right before the holidays. But since we had Henry, there is so much more at stake. It really stops to give you pause. What would you do if you were in that situation.

This is a particularly... adult concern and I know you guys aren't coming to this site to be reminded of how ugly things are out there. For that, I apologize. But at the same time, I gotta be truthful and if there's a joke I can attempt to mine from the situation, I'm going to take that opportunity.

Incidentally, the conversation played out in this strip pretty much happened verbatim in our house the day after our company announced layoffs. Everything right down to Snugglebug II: The Snuggling. It got a big laugh out of Cami, so I thought it would probably work in the strip. That's the long and short of it. I hope you enjoyed it.

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but nothing looks good to me in the theater this weekend. Advertisements keep trying to shove the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still down our throats - even going so far as to remind us it will be the ONLY place to see the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer (until the internet gets a hold of it about 15 minutes later) - and I just can't muster the enthusiasm to see it.

I'm curious to see Gort. That's about it. Keanu Reeves looks like he's acting more wooden than ever - which I suppose is in-character for an alien emmissary. But as Owen Gleiberman pointed out in his review over at Entertainment Weekly, "Reeves seems to be trying to wriggle out of the charge that he's a flat actor by acting flat on purpose."

Cami's reasons for not wanting to see the film are much more sussinct. "It has Jennifer Connoelly in it."

I'm kind of with Cami on that one. Don't get me wrong, Jennifer Connoelly is fine to look at. But every time she shows up in a movie, my shoulders drop. She acts like the kind of person who NEVER smiles. She seems so serious all the time. She seems like someone who would be a real drag to be around.

I think this weekend Cami and I are going to take Henry to see Santa at the mall - a bizzarre ritual if there ever was one. We took him last year, but obviously he was too young to understand the significance. This year, he totally knows who Santa is by sight (even if he doesn't totally understand what Santa does). It should be a good time.
That's it for me. Have a great weekend, everyone and I'll see you here on Monday!

↓ Transcript
Wanna watch a movie?

*sigh* Nothing sounds good.

You sound depressed.

I'm just worn down.

Between the layoffs at work, the crappy economy and the stress of the holidays, nothing sounds good.

Sounds like you need a movie that's a little more comforting.

Like what?

SNUGGLEBUG II: THE SNUGGLING!