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22 August 2010 @ 09:36 am
'How Sleeping Beauty Got Her Groove Back' or 'The Princess and the Pea'  
So. The saga of The Bed. As promised.

First, let me preface that I am a hardcore sleeper. I'm a champion. I could enter an Olympic event in Sleeping and sweep all three medals, because I am just THAT good at it. I, like my youngest son, can sleep anywhere, at any time, no matter what is happening around me.

But the older I get, I've realized that there's a direct correlation in Where I Sleep vs. How I Feel When I Get Up.

As in: *Nap on the couch = crick in neck

*Crappy ass hotel mattress = sore all over

*Drifting off in a chair at elementary school assembly = just embarrassed, yet refreshed

Anyway. The point is, the WHERE has somehow, in the last fifteen years, become very, very important.

And that's where our story begins.

When Nolan and I were first married, we slept on his bed. I moved into his house the day after we got married, and his bed was a Queen size, where as mine, although a much prettier antique wrought iron, was only a Full size. THAT was a no brainer. My husband is a big guy, and he sleeps big, too. We did replace the mattress on my bed the first year we were married because I'd been sleeping on it so long (10 years? And it wasn't new when I got it) that it sunk in in the middle. Even to our untrained eyes, we knew that our guests wouldn't want to sleep on that. But our bed? The one he'd been sleeping on, a hand-me-down from his parents, we continued sleeping on unfazed until I finally got my way six years later and he bought us a new bedroom suite. With a King sized bed.

*chorus of angels sing*

Once you go King, baby, you NEVER go back. Nolan, ever the thrifty shopper, had looked at the prices of mattresses and balked. (No kidding. have you PRICED mattresses? It's like they hold a gun to your head. Highway robbery.) So my sweet and handsome husband found "The Mattress Man," a guy who has a dataforms business and sells mattresses out of the back room on the side.

The whole time we were in that place (I don't use the word 'store' because honestly, a room with a bunch of mattresses stacked in it isn't quite that) the first time, I wondered if these had somehow fallen off a truck or something. The place is even in a sketchy neighborhood. I mean, swing a rope and you hit a crack house. But Nolan loves a deal, so we bought our first King mattress from this guy.

I am SO glad we did. It was, hands down, the best bed we'd ever slept on. I mean, we'd go to fancy-schmancy hotels and be thrilled to come home to our bed, because it was THAT good. EVERY time I laid down on it I made a little noise of contentment. I can't count how many times we said, "I love our bed." It was perfect.

Until it wasn't anymore. A couple of years ago, Nolan had back surgery to repair a bulging disc in his lower back, and about that same time, he noticed a Nolan-sized groove in his side of the bed. We rotated it, and a few months later, there was another Nolan-sized groove on the other side. We knew it was time to replace it. There were deep, regretful sighs all around. Tears were shed. Taps was played. And we went back to the sketchy mattress place to order another mattress JUST LIKE THE ONE WE HAD.

Only because this guy deals in non-name brand bedding, which may or may not be mob related, they didn't make our mattress model anymore. Nolan and I were stunned. We didn't know what to do. I might have sobbed. The guy assured up that he could get us a "comparable model." He brought it over to the house in the back of his pickup and everything.

It was not comparable. It was not even close. It did NOT make me go 'Ahhhhh," when I sat down on it. In fact, the noise was something like a disappointed, "Ohhhh."

We slept on it for five moths until we'd both had it. Waking up cranky and sore with me devising plans for how I could torch the mother and not burn down the house in the process did not a happy Carrie make. So, in an effort to make the Sleep Queen happy, Nolan goes back to the Mattress Man and negotiates a deal. We'd been going to Furniture stores looking at Temperpedic mattresses, (It got pretty bad; eventually, the salespeople just waved because we were the crazy people that just lay down on the beds and never bought anything) but the price tag made Nolan wince. It was astronomical. I mean, you can buy a great used car for what one of those costs. So my husband goes down to the crack houses while I'm out of town, and gets us the knockoff model of a Temperpedic. He ordered and had it delivered while I was out of town.

It was like laying on a brick. There was NO give. NO mercy. Instead of "Ahhh" or even "Ohhh," there was "Ewwww." EVERY TIME. I would make a face before it was time to go to bed, so badly did I hate that thing. I was sleeping poorly and I was waking up sore. My back hurt, my neck hurt, and my strategy for a backyard bonfire was redrawn and solidified into a workable plan.

Finally, Nolan, after a month and a half of sleepless nights, feeling like we were sleeping on a mattress made of concrete and waking up with creaking and groaning muscles, broke down and bought the CLOUD SUPREME from Temperpedic. From an actual store. Imagine my shock. But the result?

*angels sing again*

It is every bit as good as its name. We got it on Friday, and it's like being cuddled all night. Everything is aligned properly when I get up, and I don't hurt anymore. And I SLEEP THOUGH THE NIGHT. Just as a champion sleeper should. This baby has a 20 year warranty, so even though we shelled out the big bucks for it, it's going to be at least two decades before I have to deal with the mattress saga again.

*I sing the hallelujah chorus*

If you made it this far, you really deserve a cookie as a reward.

Or maybe a nap on my mattress. :D
I am:: at the bar
I feel:: cheerfulcheerful
Comic Book Goddess: General - Wicked Witch of the Eastrainpuddle13 on August 22nd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)

When I finally bought a big girl bed (I decided that as an adult I needed something more than a mattress and box spring sitting on a frame, I wanted a real bed) I upgraded to a queen. The prices of mattresses shocked me - I'd slept on hand-me-downs. My brother found an ad in the classified and called to setup an appointment. I used a similar guy to your guy, only it was a rented storage unit in BFE. Literally had to drive 50 miles to get there.

Best pillow top mattress ever. He even let me buy just the mattress since I bought an IKEA bed thusly didn't need the box spring. I had no idea what it was like to sleep on a mattress that wasn't sagging or have coils poking me!

Glad you got your mattress situation sorted! Sleep, while it may be underrated, it's important!
Jazsekuh: 30 Rock: Jennajazsekuh on August 22nd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
My mom has an amazing bed. I'm not sure what kind of mattress it is but I swear you could have 16 cups of coffee, go lay on it and STILL fall asleep. I kind of wish we still lived together because whenever she'd go out of town, I'd sleep in her room because I loved it so much.
Katebutterfly_kate on August 22nd, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
I feel all sleepy now :)

There's nothing like a good bed, is there? That moment when you lie down and you know that whatever has happened, everything will feel better in the morning.

Congrats on finally getting it sorted - sleep well!
Mala13oct on August 22nd, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
*smiles* I'm glad that your mattress issues are sorted out. We bought our American King beds in the US when we lived there, and we bought our mattresses from Costco. I still love them to bits. Although, I did cry when we had to buy two king size mattresses at the same time.

I have to say that while having a US king bed is fine while living stateside, in any part of the world, they usually don't make bedrooms really large. While living in London, we had to first check out the bedrooms to see if our beds would fit before checking the rest of the house out. LOL!
Sharlenemynuet on August 22nd, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know, between Milo and me I think we could seriously challenge you for the gold. Little dude has been known to sleep, no lie, tangled in a blanket with his butt in a chair and his legs dangling off one side and everything from the ribs up dangling off the other.

I'm glad you got it sorted out. I'm looking forward to the day my mattress shopping isn't "Okay, what's cheapest?"
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
The mattress saga continues...
What she, and as a result the rest of you, do not understand is that the hubby has not had two wonderful nights of bliss like the Sleep Queen has. The hubby has had two restless nights of not being able to get comfortable. The Queen enjoys sleeping on her stomach. The hubby sleeps on his back. The hubby has not been able to sleep on his back for two nights. Side only which sucks.

The hubby has begun a prayer vigil in the hopes that God in His infinite knowledge and power will allow the hubby to rest well. Yes, that is right. The hubby is looking for a miracle from GAWD to remedy the mattress situation. I would ask for all of you to join him due to the potential ramifications that could occur very soon. Those of you who love the Queen should definitely join the vigil as there could be some DAMN BIG PROBLEMS if things don't get better. Whereas the Queen talks about burning things the hubby doesn't talk. You just come home from rehearsal with a giant bonfire in the back yard with three naked boys dancing around like "Lord of the Flies".

The hubby
Sharlenemynuet on August 22nd, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: The mattress saga continues...
Oh dearie me. Is it too soft? Sometimes it helps to put a board underneath the mattress to provide a firmer surface.

... If there is the described bonfire, though, maybe there could be at least loincloths involved for the pictures?
Carrie Leigh: Stupid Boycarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: The mattress saga continues...
You wish there'd be loincloths. I'll be lucky if they wait 'til dark. :P
seegrim: crankyseegrim on August 22nd, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: The mattress saga continues...
Oh dear... Good luck. I'll keep my fingers crossed you get some good sleep.
Carrie Leigh: He was handsome with heartburncarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: The mattress saga continues...
Hm. I had no idea. The snoring continued uninterrupted, so I figured YOU WERE FINE.

The hubby better stop talking about himself in the third person. It's weird.

And you better not burn my mattress! When I get home from dance rehearsal, I expect it to be JUST as I left it. I'm placing AJ at the foot of the bed as a sentry.

The Wife
Jessica K Malfoyjessicakmalfoy on August 22nd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Haha! I know lots of people at work who buy their mattresses from the roommate of a manager here. This roommate apparently works at some mattress store & just shoves his inventory out the back door. If I had the $800 cash & a truck, I'd be there too.
seegrim: pansiesseegrim on August 22nd, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're comfy, Carrie! Concerned about Nolan's lack of good sleep, however. Paul sleeps on his back too and gets horrid sleep. Maybe they should just give in and learn how to belly sleep. :D

p.s. I thought you knew I was going to Scotland again, sorry!
Carrie Leigh: character shoescarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
No worries! Glad you're home safe.
Sister Roserose_in_texas on August 22nd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
This is apropos at the moment because I am considering a new mattress. Thanks for the rec.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's AWESOME. And The Mattress Man (He's in the phone book) really does have good mattresses, just not the ones we wanted. I don't want to knock the guy.

Sister Roserose_in_texas on August 23rd, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
OK, thanks. Mattress Man is delivering a cheap cheap cheap mattress to my home tomorrow for my sister and BIL to sleep on. Hooray!
Hyacinth Girl: Alice and Hatter lighteustacia_vye28 on August 23rd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, the prices of beds are AWFUL, but oh so worth it when you get a good one. And if you think about it, you sleep on it for years, so you kinda do get your money's worth.

We just upgraded to a King size here in the new house. OMG it's huge! We can both sprawl!