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Never a Dull Moment… especially when sleeping? April 27, 2014

We currently reside in a lovely two-bedroom, fully furnished, corporate apartment in MD while we await the sale of our home in VA.  The company set things up and thought of every possible “basic necessity” that we could need while we’re here, but we have had a little trouble adjusting to the sleeping arrangements that are available.  We have a queen-size bed but, even with all the padding included, it’s just sooo hard.  We’ve tried to adjust and adapt, but after sleeping on a hotel bed this past weekend, we decided that enough was enough and asked for suggestions from our Facebook community.BedDiscussion

The responses ranged from the off-the-cuff-quip “sleep on the floor” or “try drugs and alcohol” to some extremely detailed ideas on specific types of foam pads, thickness preferences, product combinations, and the like that just boggled the mind.  I was so grateful for the response… hearing from so many people really helped us as we left for the store.

Keep in mind, we already have an amazing Sleep Number Bed (currently in storage) that we just love, so we weren’t looking for a long-term solution.  We simply needed to add something to this specific bed that will allow us to sleep more comfortably until we can get our things out of storage and have our own bed back.

We also had some criterion that needed to be met:

  • Whatever we purchased would not end up being used on our personal bed, so we didn’t want to spend a great deal of money.
  • We also needed to be able to purchase a product immediately… waiting for something to be delivered just wasn’t going to cut it at this point.
  • M didn’t like the idea of sleeping on foam, so that cut out a large number of options.
  • I wanted something that would fit under the current mattress pad, so it would have a chance at staying in place.

We could have gone to a number of stores, but we decided that Bed, Bath and Beyond was going to be our best bet at finding a workable solution.  After wandering through the store for awhile to understand the layout of the store, we started looking at our options.  With a goal of “a reasonable price” in mind, we got things down to two possible solutions.  The first was a full four inches shorter than the width of the bed itself, which concerned me, and made of foam, which concerned M.  NOTE: When looking for bedding options, measure the exact size of the bed in question so you have a true number with which to work.  When the second was exactly the correct width and length and a good $100 cheaper than its closest competitor,  number two became our obvious choice.

We then had a minor discussion on the merits of FiberFill vs Feather Bed… I honestly didn’t care enough at this point, so we went with the FiberFill.  I’m not a fan of random things poking at me in the middle of the night (ok, get your minds out of the gutter, folks) so when M preferred the FiberFill, I was absolutely on board.   Using the 20% discount card that I had randomly remembered to pack two weeks ago made this item totally within our budget (click the link on “number two” above to see more info) and we went home with our new acquisition.

After stripping the bed down to the bare mattress, we laid the topper on and covered it with the “original” mattress pad… it was feeling softer already!  We finished making the bed and had our first night’s sleep on it last night.  I think it’s going to take a little time to get used to the softer bed, but I am definitely a fan.  Even if it only lasts a few months, this purchase is already worth it to me.  My back isn’t quite as sore this morning and I actually feel a bit more relaxed.  My FitBit feedback tells me that I had a more restful night, which means that I wasn’t flopping back and forth all night.  Anything that can do that, on the first night, gets high marks in my book.

For those of you who are wondering about our Sleep Number Bed… let me say first that we love it.  We bought ours almost 10 years ago and we wouldn’t trade it (as evidenced by the need for a post such as this) for any other bed.  NOTE: We purchased the middle cost option of the queen sleep number bed and got two wired remotes, one for each side.  The remotes have begun to fail, so we’ll replace them when we move, but the bed itself is awesome.  M likes to sleep on a more firm mattress, so his sleep number is somewhere around 50-65, depending on his nightly preference.  I like to sleep in a “valley”, so my sleep number typically ranges between 35 and 45.  I can adapt to sleeping on a more firm mattress, and probably should be sleeping on something closer to M’s number, but the surface of the apartment’s bed was just way too firm for either of us.

That’s the end of our sleeping saga.  Our move has been accented with bursts of challenge here and there, but hopefully we’ll go back to having more dull moments… as long as our cats don’t get into the act anymore!

 

 

 

My Little Red Wagon April 16, 2014

Filed under: Blessings,Family,Life Balance,Moving — beatitudesofmylife @ 8:24 am
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On my husband’s first official day of work, I began my own “day of work”.  After a weekend of trying to traverse the space between where we could park our car and the apartment in which we would be living for the coming weeks, I quickly realized that I needed some help of my own.

The reason?  Our new apartment *does* have an elevator, however there is no way to access it from a “fifth floor parking spot”.  This means that we have to park on the fourth (or any lower) floor, go into the building, take the elevator up a level, and then walk the 1/8 mile corridor (about 100 yards) to our individual apartment.  I watched M as we moved in, carrying items back and forth over the two+ hours it took to bring everything inside.  The weather was gorgeous and the apartment is spacious, but we had packed our cars to the gills (including 11 cases of wine) and we couldn’t figure out an easier or simpler way to move everything without something akin to a bellman’s cart.  NOTE: I found out on Monday that the leasing office has *one* cart for the building, but since we arrived after they had closed for the day, this wasn’t an option.

I also had a bit of a challenge to hurdle when we realized that the apartment had only given us one key fob (the electronic “key” used to enter the building or any of its amenities) and one gate remote (used to re-enter the building, if I drove off the property at any point in our stay).  This was going to have to be handled before I could take care of my “shopping challenge”.

The leasing office was helpful when they opened at 10AM – a key fob was given when asked and they “called to authorize” the gate remote (which took an hour) so I would be able to come and go as needed.  Now all I needed to do was come up with a way to carry things from the car to the apartment since any purchase that might require more than a single trip or anything that is relatively heavy (think a gallon of milk plus a bag of kitty litter) would require multiple trips between the apartment and my car.  I couldn’t go shopping during the day and then expect M to bring in my items on his way home, so I needed to be creative… I needed some sort of portable shopping cart.

My first thought was to use Google.  The items that first came up reminded me of an “old lady shopping cart” – the one wireshoppingcartpictured here is apparently available at Staples.  Wal-Mart had something similar, as did Crate and Barrel, so I gamely headed off to the local store to make my purchases and pick up my “old lady cart”.  I wasn’t happy with it, but the cost was reasonable so I headed out and started picking up all the items I needed (previously mentioned milk and kitty litter included).  All was going well until they told me that the wire cart wasn’t available… they had all been sold.  Color me crushed.  I had no idea where to look now.  I hadn’t actually seen that they carried them at Staples until today, so I asked the cashier for some guidance.  Her suggestion of checking at Target proved fruitless, but the idea of checking with the local Kmart was a winner.  After calling Kmart (and remaining on hold for 15 minutes while the guy in electronics waited on a customer in front of him), they located a “shopping cart” and offered to hold it for me until I got there.

I was thrilled.  I had been given a way to get my purchases from my car to my apartment without relying on anyone else.  This may seem like a little thing to others, but when you have difficulty walking, this is a monumental game-changer.  While the cart I found was almost triple the cost of the one I’d been eyeing earlier, the freedom it was going to afford me was worth every penny.   It heavier and bulkier than I’d wanted but it’s sturdy, with big/wide tires, and can carry up to 150 lbs.  It’s my very own Little Red Wagon and I love it.  LIttleRedWagon

As you can see, I was able to carry all my groceries and move-in staples (kitty litter, milk, cleaning supplies, chicken and meats, as well as veggies) in one trip from car to apartment.  What a gift!  It could have been a disastrous day of hauling bags after bags from one place to another, but this simple cart made my day so much brighter.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

NOTE: The relocation company with whom we’re working have been extremely responsive and helpful with regards to any and all concerns and frustrations throughout this move.  While the leasing office personnel are kind, they have been much more reactive than proactive, resulting in most of the challenges we’ve faced, IMHO.  It’s a journey… and I’ll continue to do my best to focus on the positive… this really *is* where we’re supposed to be… so I’ll focus on our blessings.  Hope you’ll do the same!

 

 

 

 
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