Monday, January 18, 2010

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod...aka a post about sleep

I'm trying to write more in this new year but I'm realizing some days I don't have a lot to say. It doesn't stop me from saying stuff but when I stop and think about what I'm writing sometimes even I roll my eyes.

We had a pretty low key weekend. The highlight for me was flipping our mattress around so that I am now sleeping on the correct side of the bed. We bought a new mattress for our bedroom when we moved into this house. And we got one of those mattresses where you lay down in the showroom and tell the salesman about all your aches and pains and they adjust accordingly. And your side of the mattress may be different than your husbands side of the mattress because apparently I have neck, shoulder, low back pain and he's got nothin'. Incidentally I got a new pillow too and voila, neck pain is gone. Don't you like that I can work a French word into a post about nothing?

Anyway, because we got this special mattress we each have a designated side to sleep on and as it happens when they delivered the mattress I had them set it up so that after 25 years of marriage I'm now sleeping on the 'wrong' side of the bed. And I didn't even notice. My husband commented on it the very first night. We got in bed and he said, 'Why am I on this side?' Hmmm. We have a set side? Yes, yes we do as it turns out and after 8 houses and 25 years of marriage I should know this. And it also turns out that my husband cannot sleep on the 'wrong' side of the bed. And it has taken me six months of having his knees in my back and clinging to the edge of the mattress to realize that he is never going to be able to sleep on the wrong side of the bed and consequently I will not be able to sleep. So on Saturday we flipped the mattress and all is right with the world once more.

So this weekend we slept. We saw a movie. We took down the outdoor lights since the bushes are no longer drowning in snow. And you know I don't mean 'we', I mean hubs took down the lights because that's his department. We made a big pot of white chili. We napped on the couch. And we watched a lot of football and tried to decide which team we actually support because we feel a certain amount of loyalty to a number of teams. This is part of the baggage that comes with a lot of clear cut 'home team'. On the bright side though, having a lot of 'home teams' means there's bound to be someone we like in the Superbowl. Which we can watch live as opposed to how we saw it in England which was- we didn't. It started around midnight so yeah...never saw it. Plus football is not something the Brits get excited about. Unless of course we're talking about 'football' and then they get crazy excited. And when I say they get excited about 'football' I'm actually saying they get excited about soccer. Oh and don't ever call it that should it come up in conversation with an Englishman.

And while the weekend may sound a little bit low key aka boring it was not. We've had so much going on for the past week/month/year that this was actually nice. In the words of that ancient Greek
bloggerpoet Homer, 'There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.'

Just make sure you're on the right side of the bed.


  1. I am kind of glad my husband does not care about football! I don't think I could handle it. We do, however, watch hunting shows. Have you experienced this yet? Oh, it is a treat. :)

  2. It's funny that we've been married for 12 years and each time we move the bedroom around our "sides" change. Basically, my side is always the closest to the bathroom! I don't like tripping over toys the kids have brought into our room or busting my toe on the bed.

  3. Sounds like my weekend...blissful!!


  4. I am so loving this post for a number of reasons, Joyce.

    #1 I totally get your hubby's need for his rightful side of the bed. We totally do that no matter where we live also. For the record, if you are looking at my headboard, not that you would, but if you did, I am on the left and my DH is on the right.

    #2 The whole "we" are taking down the lights is something I say when my hubby is doing a job that he is solely doing. He likes to clarify that I am, in fact, not taking part in the job. I have a further note that I will share with you via e-mail on this comical little topic. :-)

    #3 You know I get the whole football/soccer nomenclature AND the inability to have a true "home team" having moved around quite a bit ourselves, and

    #4 Oh I think that was it, except that I love how your write even when you think you are writing about nothing.

    Cheers! Carol

  5. By the way, "The Lumberjack's Wife" absolutely cracks me up. Thanks for introducing her blog to me. :-) Have you read her post for today? Hysterical.

  6. Your weekend sounded really nice to me. I spent my weekend taking down my Christmas stuff. I have just not had time up until this weekend. As far as the mattress goes, I like my side of the bed too, so I am with Tim. Hope you both have sweet dreams now that your mattress is set. Love & blessings from NC! PS I saw on the LPM blog that you are going to Tampa in April. I am jealous! Valerie is going to Houston this week, no fair!