May 2nd, 2006


Making the bed, literally...

When my grandmother moved from the assisted living facility (her room was basically a small apartment) to the skilled nursing facility (which was basically a hospital ward), most of her furniture was moved here, including her queen-size Nautilus air bed. I left all the pieces in the garage because I was hoping that eventually she would move out of the nursing home back into a more home-like environment.

When I finished cleaning out and painting the master bedroom, I left my old twin bed in my old bedroom and started sleeping on my grandfather's old full bed.

Now I have a bunch of relatives flying in, and they need places to stay. There's space in my old bedroom for the twin and full beds, so I moved my grandfather's bed in there and started work on reassembling the Nautilus in the master bedroom.

This thing requires a PhD in Structural Engineering to assemble. It literally has like 22 different components, some of which fit together with near Swiss precision. I've built computers with fewer parts.

After making the bed, it was time to make the bed. Earlier in the day I'd stopped by Baal*Mart to buy some new sheets, and I saw this black satin sheet set. "Oooh, Sezzay!" Making the bed with these sheets was a bit tricky, because the sheets were so slick the flat sheet kept sliding off the fitted sheet. I also bought some fluffy new pillows, which slid very easily into the satin pillowcases. This should have been an omen of things to come.

I finally get things finished up and I headed off to bed. The first thing I note is how different the air bed is from a traditional spring bed. There's no "bounce"; if you jump on the bed, you just go *thud*. Well, this should be good for my back, and I don't normally bounce in my sleep, so all's well so far. I'll need to sleep on it a few nights to find the right air pressure setting.

Now, I have a really weird habit when I sleep, I bunch the pillow up under my neck for more support. This is where I discovered the first problem with the satin sheets, the pillow kept trying to shoot out from under my head. I tried my old, worn out flat pillows, and that didn't help much. It'd be hard to get comfortable if the pillow keeps scooting around.

And then I noticed the second problem, satin sheets may be sezzay, but they're not good to sleep on when it's warm. I was sweating a bit, and I was starting to get sticky (and not in a good way). Bleah, this won't do at all. I'll keep the sheets for those occasions when I need something special, but I guess I'll stick to cotton (or beech*) for day to day use.

So I started hunting around in the cupboards for a set of queen sheets, something just to tide me over for the night, when I discovered my old exotic cat sheets! I had them when I was in junior high! (I had a queen bed back then.) They're a bit faded, but they're clean and perfectly serviceable!

*(I had a set of sheets made from beech once, they were soooooooooo soft. It was like sleeping on butter. Unfortunately, it was like $50 for a twin set. And they were rather fragile, my rough heels tore the fitted sheets to shreds in under a year.)
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