It's been a good couple of weeks for this mustachian. My wife and I have been in purge mode this spring. Just had our annual yard sale and really cleared out a bunch of crap, and even got a little spending cash. Listed my mountain board on CraigsList. The buyer was super happy and enjoying it on the beach (with his kiteboarding kite). Win win.
A week ago, I finally mustered up enough motivation to tear into my car's dashboard to fix my car stereo. I knew it was an easy fix, but to get to the stereo that I installed a few years ago, you have to remove a bunch of interior trim. But a couple of hours spent on a nice Sunday was worth it: I was hating my daily commute even more than usual without music or radio. Score.
That same Sunday, I was daydreaming aloud to my wife about my favorite distraction: retirement. I mentioned my plan to ride my bike a lot, and she called me out: "Why do you need to wait until retirement?" Dammit, she's always right. So last Monday after work I got back on and rode 10 miles. I followed that up and repeated it Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Friday the weather didn't cooperate). Must make it part of my routine once again. And I think I'm there.
Tuesday evening, I finally listed our 1994 ski boat on Craigslist. I really lowballed it, which had the consequence of generating a LOT of interest fast. Once I had about 8 people who wanted it, I took the ad down. Anyway, I sold it Saturday!! Yes! What a total fucking relief. I'm more excited about ending the damned monthly storage facepunch fee ($100/mo) than I am about collecting on the sale. Still, its $1,000 towards our taxes. (Actually $900--we went out to celebrate Saturday night). Now I need to list my older sailboat and my old windsurfing equipment. I'm on a roll!
And yesterday I was pretty productive: made yet another delicious batch of breakfast burritos. I make about 60 of them at a time. Wrap in foil and freeze. When I wake up, toss one in the toaster oven while I go for my morning walk. By the time I get back, shower and make my lunch for the day, the burrito is ready to eat. I probably spend 90 minutes or so every 2 months. And I'm guessing they cost about a buck each to make.
Oh, I also cleaned our storage room yesterday. Wife was super impressed.
Plus, last Friday was bonus day! I'll probably use some of it for a car repair and let the rest of it sit in savings as CYA cash. We have a bigger emergency fund, but the savings is quicker to access if I'm about to be overdrawn (I don't keep much cash in my checking account).
So that's it. Today's Monday and I'm feeling pretty good about myself.