Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Amending That Christmas List

I realized recently that I already have to make some major changes to that list of things I'd like for Christmas. Since putting that list together, I was given a couple of bags of clothes from a fellow newbie runner who has been losing weight and has shrunk out of her size 12's- and passed them along to me. Along with the pants and a couple of skirts, plenty of fantastic sweaters for this winter!! Nutella is scratched. Christy got me a nice big jar of it and I've realized I have a problem. A chocolate and hazelnut problem. I'm out of control and I must be stopped. A little treat is fine... but I can't be trusted to have it around regularly. Music from Amazon isn't a necessity- especially as I realize that I seem to prefer listening to podcasts while running. Workout clothes would always be a nice addition- I do need to build my winter workout wardrobe. But I can't wait until Christmas for that so will probably be taking care of it myself within the next week or so. Anything else on the list no longer matters. I have the best husband in the entire world and he has taken care of Christmas in a big way. This past Friday, I had that lovely day off. Jeff and his friend, Brian, went out to do a little shopping Friday morning- guy stuff like HH Gregg (electronics type place) and a comic shop. While I was at my movie Friday afternoon, Jeff and Brian were cleaning house. Brian cleaned up the kitchen and vaccuumed the living room. Jeff was working on a major overhaul of the bedroom. I usually get in and give it a good cleaning once a year and it's generaly a pig sty the rest of the year. He was clothes, cleaning out drawers, cleaning out from under the bed and more. I've never seen anything like it. I was gone Saturday to get the kids... and he stayed home and continued to clean. Monday. We pick up the kids from school and go to grab a bite to eat. Jeff mentions he'd like to go look at mattresses after dinner- fine by me! Our mattress is the queen size my parents bought me when I was in high school. It's more than 20 years old. It's been topped and covered and foamed a handful of times and simply needs to be replaced. We've talked about it several times and almost done it several times but never taken the plunge. We head to HH Gregg- they sell mattresses and appliances and lots more than just electronics. I start laying on mattresses, checking to see what's comfy, what's too soft, what's to springy, and so on. Sidenote on Tempurpedic. I have laid on them before in stores and again last night and I just don't find them all that comfortable. Maybe because the price tag stays floating in my head- I just can't see spending $5,000 on a mattress. Jeff and I found a Serta we both like- it was soft enough but also firm enough that when one of us turns over, the other isn't getting jostled about. I assume we're going to buy it when... The saleguy apologizes for ruining the surprise. Now I'm confused. Surprise? Turns out... when Jeff and Brian were there on Friday, Jeff picked out that very mattress and bought it and it was supposed to have been delivered yesterday but there was a warehouse issue and it wasn't in stock so it won't be delivered for another week. My husband took the initiative, went out and made a bold choice, made an awesomely great choice, and was planning to surprise me with a new bed. That's why he's been insanely cleaning the bedroom. He made a decision and kept a secret and I am so impressed and amazed! So I've got everything I could want for Christmas. I've got a husband that saw our need and took action to solve the problem that we've been putting off for far too long. I've got a husband that took the initiative to not only order the mattress but to also clean the bedroom. I've got a husband who kept it a secret for 4 days before he just had to share the surprise with me. I've got a husband who loves me and takes care of me. Nothing feels so good as when he takes care of me. I've got everything I want for Christmas. Photobucket

8 comments:

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Awesome! I hate mattress prices too and to me they never last as long as they say without getting swails.

mimbles said...

Way to go Jeff! He's a keeper that one, that's for sure ;-)

You won't know yourself going from a 20 year old mattress to a lovely new one, sweet dreams!

Flartus said...

I love your new priorities. All Miss Chef and I really want for Christmas is a full day together without chores or errands to do! A super-clean house and a new mattress--really, what more could a girl ask for? (besides chocolate and hazelnuts, I mean)

Good call on the Tempurpedic; we got one and have regretted it. The memory foam develops swales in it just like any other mattress. And you can't flip it four ways, only two. May your Serta carry you cheaply to happy dreamland for many years to come.

Call Me Cate said...

Blessed indeed, Liz. I just had a talk with my husband last night about Christmas. My laptop is about to die and we already planned to replace it. I asked him to just make it my Christmas gift rather than also buy me a bunch of things I don't need. Knowing he supports me is enough.

Shell said...

What a thoughtful husband!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a great man! I LOVE THAT he did that for you. Seriously LOVE it! I can't even imagine it. My husband would never do that. He lets me make all the bedding decisions.

I agree about the tempurpedics. What is the thrill? When I lay on them I am never impressed.

I love your attitude and this post. You made my night!

Nancy said...

Awwww, way to go Jeff!!

Amy said...

What a wonderful gift!