captpackrat: (Weather - Dr. George)
There were tornado warnings in just about every county surrounding us, but nothing in this county.  There were 3 tornadoes spotted near Nebraska City and 1 near Glenwood, IA, and a confirmed EF1 that destroyed some houses and outbuildings in Jefferson County.  We were briefly under a severe thunderstorm warning and there were some pretty strong winds, but I didn't see or hear any hail.  Power came back on about 11 pm.

The worst part about thunderstorms around here is they usually happen at night.  Towards the end of the storm, visibility was down to under one mile so if there had been anything coming at us, it would have been invisible until it was too late.

Had a job interview early this morning.  Not sure if I really want it, as it doesn't pay all that well, it's at night and it will require working 12 hour shifts, but it's only for 3 weeks, it's relatively nearby and it is money.

Did some light shopping, got home, undressed, laid down in bed and almost immediately fell asleep for about 4 hours.  I was short on sleep the night before and I only got about 5-6 hours last night, so I really needed it.


Oct. 9th, 2007 02:50 pm
captpackrat: (Thumper)
I pulled a muscle in my back a couple weeks ago and it's healed to the point where I can walk around without a cane, but my back still hurts.  I felt like my bed wasn't helping; every morning my back would feel worse than it had when I went to sleep.  I can't afford to buy a new bed and this one is only 5 or 6 month old, so there's not much I could do about it.

But I recalled seeing a full-size Tempur-pedic style "space foam" mattress topper at Sam's Club for fairly cheap, so I made a special trip into town to buy one.  Naturally, they no longer carry that size in store.  Fortunately, they did still carry them on the web site.  $170 and a week later, it's finally arrived.

Ooooh, this is gonna be nice.  It's only 3 inches deep, so I won't sink down into it as much as a full foam mattress, but  it's still a big step up from just a plain Sealy Posturepedic.  I can't wait to try it out tonight.
captpackrat: (Thumper)
Ended up spending a hefty portion of my tax refund today.

My AeroBed was just about gone, so I had to buy a new bed.   I found a nice Sealy Posturepedic mattress and box springs on sale for $330 at Nebraska Furniture Mart.    Since I didn't have any sheets or anything to fit it, I also picked up a "bed in a bag" set at Wal*Mart: sheets, pillow cases, pillow shams, comforter and bed skirt for a mere $30.  I think I should buy some new pillows too, the ones I have are kinda nasty.  And where the heck do you buy those funky flat pillows that go into pillow shams, anyway?

We also picked up a new stove, a Magic Chef with a glass cooktop.   It's not the model I'd have liked to have gotten (that would be the $2000 Jenn-Air with the grill), but for $370, it was practically a steal.  Besides, I still have a really great gas stove in my PODS container which will go into my home, whenever I get around to buying one.  (There's no gas here so it wouldn't work here anyway.)  So far it's proven to be MUCH better than the old stove (how old was it?  It was avacado!); I nearly burned tonight's dinner because I didn't realize the stove could heat up that fast.

My SO also took me to a local sporting goods/military surplus store.  I was tempted to splurge $400 for a leather bomber jacket, but they didn't have one in my size.  I've always wanted a leather flight jacket, but never got around to buying one since it was too warm in California to ever really need a jacket.  But with the current temperature of 9.7ºF, I could use something a wee bit warmer than the windbreaker my last job gave me.  I may end up ordering one from Sporty's Pilot Shop.

But while looking around for something to keep his head warm, I found some fur-lined aviator caps, in my size even (7-6/8, i.e., freaking huge).  I was tempted to buy the $40 leather version, since it's the more traditional look (and would go great with a leather jacket), but I went with the much cheaper synthetic.  I'd bought a balaclava a couple weeks ago, and it kept my head crazy warm, but it was really inconvenient to put on and take off and it tended to fog up my glasses, especially if I tried to wear it while driving.  And of course, the thing made me look like a terrorist or something; I always got funny looks walking into a store.  This aviator cap has fur-lined ear flaps that keep me nice and warm, but when I get inside I can tie them up to the top of the cap.

My right eye is beginning to bother me again.  It keeps happening the first week or so of every month.  At first I was wondering if it had something to do with the farmers next door spraying something on their crops, but the fields have been fallow since harvest time in October.  I'm still taking the Doxycycline, which I think has been helping to moderate the events.  This one doesn't seem to be as bad as some past events.  At least, I don't feel like clawing my eyes out yet.  I just wish I knew what the hell could be occurring on a monthly cycle to cause this.  (Don't say the moon.  Yes, it seems to occur just after the full moon, but there's no reasonable explanation how the moon could affect my eye)
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
Why am I still up at 12:45 a.m. listening to disco music?
captpackrat: (Plush)
The last couple days I've been doing a lot of work loading up the PODS container.  It's about 1/3 full now.  I've worked myself to exhaustion packing and loading, so I figured I'd have no problem getting to sleep.

Nope, I was up until about 3 am the night before last, then got up about 7 am yesterday, and last night again I didn't get to sleep until about 3 and kept waking up every half hour or so until 6 am.

I am sooooo tired, I'm just going to be a zombie at work today.
captpackrat: (Thumper)
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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