Friday, July 3, 2009

Quick Takes Friday #9

It's been a busy week, what with three house guests (my brother and his two girls). As usual, I feel like I spend most of my time planning meals, cooking them, and cleaning them up.

Here's what we had today:

How'd I do for my first time to grill steak?

Dessert: "Mud-from-the-Crik," aka Ice Cream Sundae Cake.

Would you like a closer look at that?

(Pix courtesy of DrummerDude, who I think could have a future as as food photographer...)

Two days ago we did something I've been dreaming about for a year: we bought a new mattress.
Mattress Set
Last July, Hubby and I and Swede spent a night in Denver at a Comfort Inn, and that hotel mattress was the most comfortable I've ever slept on. You may remember that in the morning I tore the bedding off the bed to find out what kind of mattress that was.

Well, now we have some money, and we drove to the Denver Mattress store in BigCity and told the sales guy what we were looking for. He sold us a mattress and we brought it home, set it up, and slept on it.


My ribs hurt and my hips hurt and my back hurt. After I'd been tossing around on it for HOURS I looked at the clock and discovered I'd only been in bed for an hour and a half. This is going to be a LONG night I said to myself. And it was, and Hubby agreed, and now we are on a desperate search to find The Perfect Mattress.

You see, the label on the mattress did not say exactly which model of mattress it was; it only said "Denver Mattress Co, Hospitality Division." So we had to try to guess which model, which is complicated by the fact that the Hospitality Division is separate from the Retail Division. Hubby says if all else fails we are driving back to the Comfort Inn in Denver and offering to trade them our mattress for theirs! :)

On the bright side, I bought a pillow and it IS just like the one in the hotel. At least my pillow was comforting last night while my ribs were hurting!

We also ordered a new couch:
The website said they ship in one to three days. It's now been two weeks, and the only sign of life I can see is that our credit card has been charged with the order.

Let's hope all goes well, and that we like it as well as we anticipate. The couch we have now was a hand-me-down twenty-seven years ago, and it was probably ten to fifteen years old then!

Today for the first time I am wearing these:

Naturalizer Gersen Chrome Yellow Canvas

I'm wearing them with black capris, a yellow scoop-neck tee and a white camisole.

Technically, they should be all I was looking for in a pair of flats: cute, stylish, comfy... I'll let you know later how they live up.

Makeover Update:

New book! Just came today!

Flatter Your Figure

I paid one penny for it (at Amazon), plus shipping, of course, but still a good deal. It has all kinds of great diagrams, so it looks like fun. I'll let you know if it's good or not.

Okay. I'm done. Have a great 4th!

More Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.


Ornery's Wife said...

The food looks de-lickity! You did great for your first steak grilling. You are right about the pix, they are awesome.

BUMMER about the BED! Wow. That is sure a disappointment! Will they take it back? We have a sleep number bed, and love it, but they are generally more expensive than an innerspring style. You may get used to it, though. If they won't allow a return, have those boys of yours break it in for you by bouncing around on it for a while! :)

Let us know about the book, it does look like a good one. Right now I would be happy with something that FITS me! Everything is loose somewhere, or too short or ... yeah. I need a personal tailor! :)

Happy 4th of July!!

Deidra said...

Now that food looks wonderful.

Just a word about the friend has tried three different mattresses from that same store and each one has been a total disappointment. We have a tempur-pedic bed. It is heavenly. Each night when I lay down, I say (out loud) "This is the best bed ever." I just can't help it.