It's this stupid recession.
To save money, Charles' company made some rule that restricted his travel schedule.
So my husband, usually on the road 16-20 days a month, is now home every single night.
Which sounds like it would be exactly what I want. And in theory it would be. But there's one problem.
We only own one pillow.
That might be a slight exaggeration. We really own 32 gazillion pillows. (1) But we only own one good pillow.
Back in the olden days, I'd use the pillow Monday thru Friday and then Charles would use it on the weekends when he was home. And I would have been so well rested from my 5 nights with the good pillow that I could sleep on an inferior pillow just fine. And sometimes on Sundays I'd manage to fall asleep, or at least play possum, before he got into bed and hope he wouldn't wake me just to get the good pillow.
Those days are over. Charles is home 7 nights a week and asserts that it's his pillow, just cause I bought it for him for our anniversary.
I was telling my friend Wendy (2) this story the other day and she offered to buy me a new pillow. As if it's that easy.
The pillow in question is a Tempur-pedic neck pillow. And according to their website buying the wrong size could be hazardous to your health:
It is important that you choose the proper pillow thickness based on your shoulder dimensions and sleeping position preference to promote an anatomically correct posture. A pillow that forces your head too high or allows it to fall too far back not only places stress on your neck, but could inhibit breathing.
I just can't take that chance.
There's a chart (3) to help you buy the right pillow. But it asks all these personal questions like my height. Do I use the height I tell the weight watchers people so my goal weight can be 10 pounds higher? (4) Or should I use the height that allows my husband to perpetuate the myth that he's really 5'9" (5) ?
Tempur-pedic also needs to know if I sleep on my side or my back and I sleep on my stomach. I'm afraid if I go into the Healthy Back store and tell them that, not only will they not sell me a new pillow, they might take away the one I already have.
Keep your fingers crossed. With any luck, this recession will end, my husband will resume his busy travel schedule and I will regain full custody of the pillow.
1) Does 'integrity in blogging' require me to really go upstairs and count all the pillows?
2) Wendy is totally awesome but was eliminated from BFF contention because she's training for a marathon. I have a strict "no-runners" clause.
3) A chart. To buy a pillow. This is why the terrorists hate us.