Well, I resigned. I've given them five weeks notice - enough time for them to hire a couple more people, and for one of the guys to get back from leave - thus not abruptly leaving them under-staffed. So, it's time to start looking for a new job, or at least considering where I want to go. Anybody out there want to hire me? I'm good, I promise!
As I see it, I have 2 main options.
1) I can find work in the office administration/secretarial/personal assistant area, and keep working full time for a good wage;
2) I can undergo a complete (but necessarily brief) lifestyle change: work part time, do courses in bartending/coffee making/body piercing/whatever else takes my fancy, before re-embarking on a career course or at least well-paying work. (That's the problem with getting old and having responsibilities - you need the dosh!)
Option 2 is appealing very strongly to me at this point... I've worked full-time for what seems like an awfully long time, and I could do with a change. But realistically, can we afford for me to work part-time, or not work?
Option 1 is probably where I'd want to be in the long term - ie, for buying a house and having children and all that stuff which is still a long way off.
So, as you can see, there's a lot to think about. I'm sure, one way or another, things will work out. I'm not too stressed or worried at this point. I'm just glad that I've finally bitten the bullet (ouch, more dentist work now required) and quit. It's the best thing for me, no matter what happens afterwards!