I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that I made a major purchase. Gigantic smile, face radiant.
“OmiGod,” they’ll respond. “You bought a new car!”
No. My car will be with me until it putters to its death. I drive with a big dent on the side with absolutely no plans to fix it unless someone voluntarily fixes it for free.
“No,” I’m too eager to wait for other responses, “I bought a new mattress!!!” People, this is news. This is great news. I’ve had my same mattress for seven years. My ex-boyfriend bought it for me because he was sick of sleeping over on my twin bed. He purchased it from his roommate who was moving to NYC and needed to get rid of it, and his roommate had had it for a couple years. That made my mattress almost a decade old. How disgusting! It has traversed all my domiciles including travelling to Chicago and back. Who knows where it’ll go now. They took it away when they brought my new mattress. I wonder what happens to old mattresses.
I’ve been an insomniac zombie for the past week or so. I woke up one day determined to do something about it. I called Kaiser, “I need a new prescription of Ambien stat! I don’t care if I have zero refills. Send a note to my doctor. Call it in. Let me know when it’s ready.”
Waiting in line at the pharmacy to pickup the meds, I studied Macy’s sales brochure, concentrating on the pillowtop beds. I’d always heard about pillowtops and how plush they were. Maybe I would get a pillowtop. I did some research on the web and located the Mattress Discounters down the street I live on. I drove there determined to buy something. Cost was no concern. I’d gone from a twin bed my mother bought me to a queen-sized bed my boyfriend had gotten from his roommate. I could afford to splurge this once. Besides, I spend at least 6-7 hours in my bed every single night. I should splurge!
At Mattress Discounters on Geary, I encountered the friendly and surprisingly smart sales rep Jessica. I know it’s her job, but I was still really impressed with her knowledge of mattresses, comfort, sleep, rest, back support. Plus, while I tried out the different mattresses, she talked politics, current events, and books she was reading to her colleague. I’d steer anyone in her direction if you’re looking to buy a new mattress in San Francisco.
Jessica first asked me what I liked and disliked about my current bed. Then she got me to try out different styles to determine firmness. Turns out, I tend to like firm beds and hated the pillowtops. Once we decided on a bed that I liked, she had me try out different brands. I ended up getting a Tempurpedic. Tempurpedic uses technology developed by NASA. It’s coil-free, using foam materials instead to conform to your body.
The mattress came with a pillow that uses the same technology. I got the pillow to bring home; the mattress would be delivered the next day. Let me tell you, even if you’re not looking to buy a new mattress, go and buy one of these Tempurpedic pillows. With the pillow alone, I slept better than I ever had in a while. The mattress arrived yesterday and I am in sleeping heaven. I don’t remember the last time I slept that well. What a great way to start the new year. I will be a well-rested Catherine from now on.