Princess and the Pea

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It’s interesting that as you get older different types of gifts make you happy.  As a kid, toys were probably all I ever wanted.  This year I liked quite a few gifts and none of them were toys.

One gift in particular were flannel bed sheets.  Nice warm, cozy flannel sheets.  I guess I have to admit I have developed a thing for accessorizing my bed.

It all starts back when I was in high school and thought it would be a good idea to trade in my single bed for a hideaway bed.  It was not.  I of course didn’t realize this until much later.  A hideaway is basically sleeping on a couch.  There is no mattress to pull out, no real room to move, and it creases right down the middle where the fold is.  I guess age must play a part because as a teen I didn’t notice how uncomfortable it was.

Then I moved away from home and slept on the mattress provided by the dorms, the ones provided in Mexico and Guatemala which let’s be honest, were not much more than a thin piece of foam.  And then since I couldn’t afford to move out my furniture across country, the mattresses that came with my apartments.  I could feel every single coil and spring in those.  Those felt so rotten that when I did move my hideaway/couch across country it felt like sleeping on a cloud.  A cloud that went from cumulus to stratus in record time.

Then came the time when I lost my job in Utah and decided to move to Arizona.  I received my severance check and went right down to a furniture store and bought a nice, semi-expensive queen sized bed.  Ahh, the relief.

But like most things we get, I felt like I had to tweak it and make it even better.  First there was the duvet cover that had me sinking into the bed like I was being swaddled in a cocoon.  I then acquired a thin mattress protector pad thing that added just the slightest cushion.  And then a few months ago I bought another mattress pad (I don’t really know what these are called) that you put underneath the bottom sheet.  To top off the whole bed ensemble, I bought a tempurpedic pillow on black Friday that was marked down from $100 (insanely ridiculous) to $25 (still ridiculous for a pillow but compared to $100 it was worth it).

At the fluffiest points my bed comes up to my waist and I have to lift onto my toes to actually get on it.  Is it the prettiest bed?  Nope.  Does it still need a headboard?  I guess.  Should I put one of those skirt things around the bottom so it covers the mattress?  Probably.  But I don’t care.  No more waking up multiple times during the night b/c my back is sore or because I don’t have enough room to roll over on the other side.  Or because my shoulder and arm fell asleep because they were stuck in the crease of that wretched couch.

And now I have flannel sheets to make it extra soft, warm, and perfect.  It’s a wonder I’m able to get up at all in the mornings.  It may not be as high as in the Princess and the Pea, but man I love my bed.  Rather than upward, I may have to start expanding outward.  Grand King anyone?  Yes please.

*the pic looks a little funny but I was testing out how to directly upload from my phone.  Try to do that you preschool pipsqueaks (see post below)

Little Surprises

I’ve been wanting to write something for a while now but I’ve been in a rut…again.  I’m STILL unemployed which on one hand is kind of nice because I can do whatever during the day but sucks obviously, because I have no money.  So while my day consists of watching TV, reading, and not much else I’ve tried to see what I can make of that for a post.  So here are my little surprises.  Mostly good with a couple that are deserving of an annoyed sigh and eye roll.

I mention that I watch a lot of TV.  Most of it I actually do online which I’ll get to in a second.  Because I’m trying to save a little money where I can, I don’t have cable.  Which means I get about 4 channels.  The other night I accidentally hit the reset button on my remote and bingo, I magically had 7 new channels.  More than double what I had – WHOO HOO!!  That was a nice little surprise.  Especially when I realized one of the channels was ABC and two others play reruns of Friends, The Simpsons, and King of the Hill so score!  Three of them are Spanish stations with plenty of telenovelas and Sabado Gigante.  This would be an eye roll surprise.

Bless the networks or whoever decided that streaming shows online would be a good idea.  And not just current shows either.  I’ve spent the past week watching old episodes of Judging Amy and Family Ties.  I noticed 21 Jumpstreet is streaming and may have to check that out next.

Wednesday night I’m going to a friend’s wedding reception.  I know there have been posts debating the whole registry idea and while I’m not going to get into it I will say I’m against the registry.  I looked at the stuff they selected and thought oh please.  No one is going to buy you the $800 TV or the Ipod Nano you selected.  But the only things I can really afford on their list are the washclothes and soap dispenser.  I’d rather not get them either.  So I fell back on my favorite (and pretty much only) gift I give which is the gift card.  I thought it would be better to put the gift card in an actual wedding card rather than slipping it to them in line.  Who knew wedding cards are almost as expensive as the gifts themselves??  And they all have these lame, sappy poems in them.  Can’t one just say Happy Wedding and be done with it?  Grrr.  While I resisted going home and pulling out my crayons and making them a card, I did settle by buying the plainest (and let’s face it the ugliest) card I found.

Right now I’m reading Lincoln by Gore Vidal.  Honestly I wasn’t sure I was really going to like this book but the more I read the more I like it.  I can’t believe how ignorant I am when it comes to the Civil War and this presidency.  I mean, hello, I am an American for crying out loud.  You would think I would know more about my nation’s history.  So this has definitely been a good surprise.  The reading and liking part, not my ignorance.

Another good surprise?  Re-discovering naps.  I’ve always been one to say “I wish I could just take a nap” but would never actually do it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep at night and then I wouldn’t be able to get up the next day, blah blah and the cycle would go on and on.  Well, now it doesn’t matter since I don’t have to get up if I don’t want to.  I’ve been taking 1-2 hour naps a few times a week and am loving it.

And the biggest suprise of the past couple of weeks?  My sister called, invited and payed for me to come out for a visit this Memorial weekend.  Yeah!  A good surprise and definitely one to look forward to.