Nickname: Custard Apple, Bull's Heart
Admittedly, this recession has been tough. (Not helped by the fact that I left the US just as it was coming out of the worst of the recession and came to England just as it was entering the worst of the recession.) Mostly everyone has had to deal with cutbacks and exercise their frugality skills--it's been tedious and it's been demanding and like all of you, I'll be ecstatic when it's all over.
However, I would be remiss if I did not mention one of the benefits of the recession: it has opened up a whole new world for me in terms of fresh produce.