Many more hurdles to get through, escrow-wise, but (maybe) the worst is over. Tomorrow night we're going to see a performance of Mozart's Requiem. (No connection to the house sale--wife got the tickets weeks ago). I've been listening to it all day trying to get to know its contours before seeing it live.
Here's an article I'd recommend strongly: I've been thinking about it a lot since I read it last month. It's about the most effective ways to use money to buy happiness. It assumes, in other words, that money can, if used well, make you happier. What it wants to know is, what does it mean to "use it well?" What's worth spending money on? And what isn't?
...f you take nothing else from this post, take this tip: buy great soap. I think that people strongly undervalue the happiness to be had from excellent products in cheap categories. A Chanel bag costs $5,000 not because it’s 1oo times better at being a bag than a $50 bag, but because it’s a signaling-positional-keeping-up-with-Joneses-luxury good. On the flip side, in every category that’s not consumed conspicuously the highest quality things will not be overpriced. I drive a cheap car and wear $30 jeans but I buy the best soap, underwear, toilet paper, tea, socks, shaving cream and bbq sauce I can find.