Monday, October 29, 2012

133: a Happy number

We spent a heck of a lot of money this week, but not on groceries.  On groceries, we spent only $64:  $8 for eggs and yogurt from market (it's easier to carry eggs and yogurt on a run than a giant stalk of brussels sprouts, in case you were wondering), plus $56 for cereal, coffee, and ice-cream (courtesy of my husband).

This brings our 32-week grocery average to $133/week.  And that's a happy number.

At least, it's a happy number in base 10.  That means, if you square all the digits and add them together, and if you do this over and over again, eventually you get down to "1".  For some reason nobody knows, someone decided to name this property "happy".  Here's how it goes:

133.  Square the digits and add them:  1 + 9 + 9 = 19.
19.  Square the digits and add them:  1 + 81 = 82.
82.  Square the digits and add them:  64 + 4 = 68.
68.  Square the digits and add them:  36 + 64 = 100.
100.  Square the digits and add them:  1 + 0 + 0 = 1.

For us, there's a bit of happiness in knowing the larder is stocked so well that we don't have to go out and get more, even as Hurricane Sandy and the Frankenstorm threaten.  Even when we pre-plan for the upcoming Halloween dinner.  We're set.  We've got what we need.  We have enough, and we don't really need more.  And that's one small part of happiness.

To all my fellow East Coasters, I wish you safe, warm, well-stocked homes that you can hunker down in today.

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