Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mattress Shopping

Buying a mattress is a tricky thing. . . To the naked eye they are all white, and rectangular. Some may feel better than other for the 5 min you try them out, but how do you know it will feel good, or give you support you need for a whole nights sleep.

Troy bought our first mattress 5+ years ago, right before we got married. He said one of the cheapest ones felt the nicest. We had it delivered, and after we got married started putting it to use. It wasn't too long until it started to have divots where we would sleep, and it caved into the middle. Troy and I have a combined weight of 255lbs so we are not big people. The problem is we just bought a cheap mattress, and didn't know anything when we went shopping.

Recently TROY decided we needed a new mattress (I could care less, and could sleep on the floor all the same). This time Troy did some research. He found that 3 things matter when buying a mattress:
  1. Spring count
  2. Spring gauge
  3. Spring thickness
PROBLEM: Try asking someone at a furniture retail store about this, and you'll get an honest answer. . . I don't know????

SOLUTION: Shop around until you find someone who will answer these questions for you. We found a mattress company that was able to answer these questions.

We as consumers have responsibilities, if we don't demand info about products we are buying we won't get it, but if many people start demanding undisclosed information it will start becoming more available.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Criminals 'skimming' account information at gas pumps - Criminals 'skimming' account information at gas pumps

SCARY - consumer warning

  • Today on the news they reported a story about two gas pumps in Sandy that were tampered with, in such a way, that people were able to steal your credit card info without you knowing. SOLUTION: Go inside and pay either with cash or credit, or just risk it and make sure you keep an eye on your statements.

  • On another note credit card companies are changing some of their benefits so make sure you understand and pay attention to any changes your credit cards may be doing. I recently canceled a credit card because I found out they decreased the grace period for new purchases to ZERO days. MEANING if I don't pay my bill on the date the billing cycle ends I will have to start paying interest, and I REFUSE to pay interest on anything besides my house.

The Life of an Optimist!!

I like to think of myself as an optimistic person. When things don't seem to be going good I'm usually able to find even the littlest bit of hope or I look at the situation in a light situation. This is my coping strategy.

This may sound like a good think? Or not? depending on your look in life. My problem with this is when people that have SERIOUS things happening in their life, and all I do is make jokes or try to make it sound like it isn't that big of a deal they don't appreciate it. I recognize my fault, but now for the next step of changing my strategy when dealing with others.

Monday, February 15, 2010

1 Year ago today

1 Year ago today I was doing something although I wouldn't recommend it, I'm still proud I actually did it.

For the record my back hurt for the next week, and I don't think it brought Parker here any quicker. . . Maybe it even scared him and is the reason he came 6 days after his due date.

Here's a copy of the post. . .

I got this idea at a friend's baby shower. It was mentioned as a joke, but I've tested it and it is possible. Although I don't know what long term consequences come from this activity. Remember I'm the girl who did push-ups a day after breaking my collar bone.

People at work have told me I do too much as a pregnant women. I have tried to continue to do things as long as I feel up to it. Honestly I feel the best when I'm doing something active. It is when I'm trying to relax that I feel the most PAIN. Last night Troy and I went swing dancing. I'm sure it was quite the sight seeing a 8 month pregnant women dancing. I can only imagine what my co-workers would say if they saw me do these stunts???

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Parker's Funny Quarks

Being a parent is a wonderful blessing. Parker has some things he does that may be normal, or they may be unique. To me they are just part of the complete Parker package.
  • He loves to toss balls back and forth
  • He loves to play peek-a-boo
  • He loves to take baths
  • He loves to be surprised
  • He loves to take dishes out of the cupboards
  • He loves paper, remotes, pens and bathrooms :(
  • He loves bananas
  • He laughs just because we laugh
  • He greets everything with his mouth
  • He is happiest when we are in public, but usually happy
  • He is patient unless it involves being fed in which case he wants it NOW!!!
  • He plays by himself really well
  • He is really good at turning the pages of his board books
  • He gets excited when he sees things in order, and know he's NEEDed to spread it all around until not order can be detected
  • He never sneezes just once
  • He is definitely a morning person
  • He makes his parents SUPER HAPPY
There are days I can't wait for this little guy to wake-up. Other days I wonder why he's waking up at 5am and is ready to play, but he's happy just playing with his toys on the floor.

He's growing up so fast, and I feel like I can't hold on to the moments tight enough, but am so excited with every new development he makes.

Today Parker has seemed sick. In the past when Parker has been sick he has refused to take naps, and is CRANKY, but today he has slept more than normal, and has been really cuddly. I've really loved just sitting down with him and him putting his head against my chest.