Beauty Sleep

November 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Scott and I broke down over the weekend and made a purchase we’ve discussed before but never actually gone through with.  It started with talks of getting a new mattress, as mine is more than a few years old and leaves a little to be desired.  However, after pursuing prices and even prices including sales, we decided that an entirely new mattress will need to wait until, say, retirement.  What we did agree on is one of those fancy, 3 inch memory foam mattress pad deals.  And let me tell you, it was the right choice to make.

Worth. It.

We actually went so far as to visit a mattress store and I asked the guy there if they sold mattress pads.  He said they didn’t anymore and then let us know that they’re only good for about a month before they start to lose their shape and that anyone who wants a quality night’s sleep would choose one of his $3,000 mattresses instead.  Oh, and if we bought it in the next 15 minutes we could get an early bird discount and save $100.  Well that didn’t work on us and so we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond with one of those handy 20% coupons that never expires instead.  We found a great mattress pad (and it had a 15 year warranty, so take that Mr. Salesman) and went home happy.  It’s my guess that the reason the mattress store quit selling these pads is because they were putting them out of business but Scott wouldn’t let me go back to the store to share my opinion with the guy who worked there.  Instead, we went home and opened the vacuumed sealed bag, then watched in amazement as the whole thing inflated and turned our bed into a magical new sleeping spot.

I slept more soundly than I have in…well, a long time, and I almost called into work today to continue to test the whole thing out.  I guess we’ll see if we’re still happy in six months, a year or 5 years but as of right now, we’re both thrilled.  So if you’re looking for a cheaper solution to a bed of problems, consider giving this a whirl.  So far, my back and my wallet are both thanking me!



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Case of the Mondays

July 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

I had a great weekend but today sure does suck so here’s a picture of a calf that I took on my friend’s farm Saturday:

What are you looking at?

Perhaps I’ll get to update on my trip and more later this week.  If I’m lucky.

Can I retire yet?

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Better Than the Alternative

April 14, 2011 at 11:01 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t know why but this week seems to be a week where my age is catching up with me.  I know I’m not quite geriatric yet and most of the time I still feel roughly 17 but a few nights ago I caught myself laying in bed, unable to sleep.  I usually have absolutely no problem catching those ZZZ’s but this particular evening my thoughts were racing a mile a minute.  What was I thinking about?  IRA’s and 401(k)’s.  I don’t even really understand what those things mean.  As I was trying to wrap my head around the idea of saving and investing for retirement, it hit me.  This is what grown-ups do and I am so not ready to be a real grown-up.  So I forced myself to think about The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and ice cream and I finally fell asleep.

Where is a Cub Scout when you need one?

Then last night, as I was walking home from helping out at the food pantry, I had some random thoughts streaming through my head and I started thinking about how I have four years before I turn 30.  Then I realized that that’s not entirely true and I’m actually already close to halfway through 27.  Whoops.  I thought that forgetting your age was something that happened to actual old people?  Guess I need to start practicing my “Get off my lawn!” yell.

The one other thing that’s been causing me to think about my age is the ever-increasing number of straight up white hairs on my head.  It started with just a few wisps in my bangs but the wonderfully flattering fluorescent lighting in our work restroom causes me to find new strands throughout the rest of my hair each and every day.  I know I could dye it but at this point I’m a little curious as to how white it will go.  Sort of like an anthropological experiment on my head.

I know these things aren’t really that big of a deal and I also understand that I’m not truly that old.  But I’m older now than when I began this blog post and it’s just going to keep getting worse.  Though, as the title says, it’s better than the alternative.  Now if I could just remember where I put my bifocals…

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