From the Foreword by Patrick Snow:
Laid Off and Crazy Happy, Andy provides you with a practical road map of the lifestyle and the freedom you can experience as a result of becoming a "Houseband." He will share (with lots of humor), how his life has changed: the simple joys of babysitting his cat, sitting on the roof of his home with his daughter and having amazing conversations, even how to co-exist with hornets as they try to take over your "kingdom".
But the heart of this little gem is Andy's ability to have fun - all the time and with everything he does. His ideas on work and play are worth the price of the book alone, and if you make any effort to do the exercises and follow his example you will find that everything you experience will be better, more alive and more enjoyable. This is the key to effectively managing the changes and surprises in your life, and living your life as an art.
When you learn to let go, accept the curveballs that life throws at you and embrace your life working from home as a "Houseband," you'll be amazed at yourself, how much better things can be than your old lifestyle, and not be distraught or worried. You will learn not to see the negatives, but to live in the moment, embrace the now, and find humor every step along the way, whether it's painting your home or finding the most efficient way to load the dishwasher. This book is full of great stories and you will find yourself turning the pages with anticipation as you learn why mowing your lawn can be a near-spiritual experience, and how to limit your YouTube viewing to only a few hours per day.
Seriously though, Andy will lead you on a journey proving that you can make it after a layoff, discover yourself, and become a better father (or mother!). Most importantly, he'll help you take an inventory of your passions, soul search for your most marketable skills, and then discover how you can not only become a content "Houseband" but also start a business working from home. You can enjoy your newfound freedom, replace your old paycheck, and at the same time learn how to "fish" for yourself. Andy will help you succeed and thrive as an entrepreneur, working in your pajamas if you want to, from your home. This is a good life, and I believe it is the new "American Dream."
So take a deep breath, relax, and know that it is not the end of the world. Let Andy show you how you can be at peace, enjoy life, better care for your home, become a better spouse, and most importantly, a better parent! Besides, your boss was an egotistical, power-hungry asshole anyways!