The long and short of it is, I can stop job hunting!
I don't have to leave the university. I will stay in my current position, and said position is going to be fleshed out with new responsibilities. I will have a defined role in the department. I WILL ACTUALLY SERVE A PURPOSE AGAIN.
The timing of it all is enough to make my head spin, I tell ya. I go for months wasting away in no-man's land with only a feeble reason to justify my continued employment, and just when I'm at my wits end with my unsuccessful attempts at finding a different job, BAM! I'm told that Oh Yes, we do have a need for you after all.
I'm relieved that I don't have to take a cut in pay and benefits by working somewhere else, or worse, go on unemployment.....but I also want to go up to my boss and slap him silly and scream, "Do you understand what I've been through these last five months!?!" GAAAHHHHH!
Deep breath, moving on.
I guess now that I know I'm staying, I'll have a reason to decorate my office. It's as bare and sterile as the day I moved in on July 13th. I never felt a need to stamp my personality on it, for if I was just going to be leaving soon, what was the point? Hmm, must think about this....