Excellent news that Non-Working Monkey is now to be properly non-working again, as she was when I first came across her lovely blog. She then got a proper job and although she argued persuasively that non-workingness was really a state of mind, I was never convinced. To be truly non-working you need time to bumble about and get into the zen of it. It seems to me that seriously doing the non-working is as much of an activity as any job worth doing and some people have a talent for it. I don't think I do, but perhaps there is still time to learn.
I've been thinking about the idle life versus the useful one (Zhoen's post was timely), and have decided that mine is neither one nor the other but now is probably the least useful I have ever been. It isn't that my life is not fully occupied - the stuff of daily life takes all the strength I have - but it's not the same as when I was working or looking after my children. The activities of my daily life don't make much of a scratch on the world one way or another. I don't know if I mind about this or not.
I am wearing the purples again. If nothing else, one can strive to be decorative.