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February Recap.

It’s time to do some catch-up!

February has been a momentous month so far because Dayne turned 27. If you rounded his age up to the nearest ten, he would be 30. We are so. stinking. old. Want to know what I got him?

First of all, this:

It's a Tempurpedic mattress protector. You can tell we're old because we consider items like these birthday gifts.

You might ask why I got Dayne a Tempurpedic mattress protector. Or you may think he pees the bed. Either way. Tempurpedic mattresses are expensive, and we invested in the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme queen-size mattress when we were almost married. They like, refuse to sell you a mattress of this exquisiteness without a mattress protector. Because if you ever spill anything on it, ever, it is ruined. And you can’t jump on the bed with a glass of red wine on it like the old commercials, although I guess we can now because we have a mattress protector. Anywhoo, when we bought this $X,XXX.00 mattress, Mattress Giant/Mattress King/Mattress Closeout/Mattress Extreme (I can’t remember where we got it) threw in their cheapest (read: $10) mattress protector. That thing ruined our lives. You couldn’t feel the Cloud anymore because it was covered by this cheap-o plastic sheet. We really couldn’t get any of the benefits of our Tempurpedic – we woke up with backaches, the thing totally generated and then retained heat, and Dayne claimed it shifted all over the place and that’s what was waking both of us up throughout the night.

Dayne made me wash the new Tempurpedic mattress protector as soon as he opened it, and we stripped the bed that night and put it on and then put on fresh sheets. Let me tell you, our bed is now a complete dream. It feels totally and completely different  – we can actually feel the Cloud underneath, we sleep cooler because it doesn’t trap heat, and it hardly shifts like the old one did. Totally worth the money. We’re happy campers.

Besides the mattress protector, I also got him these:

which are his favorites, and this:

Dayne is really into board games, and this board game (really more of a card game) was highly recommended by guys who love board games and want their wives to love them, too 😉 It turns out it is a great game! Fast-paced and lots of strategy involved, so I think it’s fun.

Dayne’s birthday was on the 6th, and we went out to dinner to celebrate it belatedly last night. Dayne’s choice was Pietro’s Prime, a delicious steak & seafood place in West Chester. Our steaks were awesome. Then we came home, Dayne chose a movie to watch (Real Steel) and I fell asleep on the couch by 9:30. See? We’re old.

We’ve been househunting, working, and getting our tax documents together. I just got through the book of Leviticus in the Daily Walk Bible, which I consider an accomplishment. Oh, and we booked our first weekend getaway for President’s Day weekend. I can’t wait to actually relax and get away from househunting, working, and getting our tax documents together 😉

Soon we’ll start planning our first anniversary trip, which we want to be a big one (since we are still without kids)… any suggestions?


A post at quarter past midnight.

Dayne and I started out with the best intentions: we would go to Target and set up our registry, then Men’s Wearhouse to figure out the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire, and then make it home early to get to church at 5.

We did our registry at Target, which was a pretty pleasant experience since we were just handed a scan gun and given free reign of the store. We spent a few hours in there, picking out stuff that we couldn’t/didn’t register for at Bed Bath & Beyond (like electronics) and random other Target-y stuff. By the time we left the store, we felt accomplished and not as totally exhausted as when we did our Bed Bath & Beyond registry a couple of weeks ago (that time, we literally went beyond).

There was a Mattress Factory store across the street from Target so we decided to go in there to price out Tempurpedic beds. Have any of you readers ever had any experience with a Tempurpedic bed? I mean, I laid down on the thing and the world suddenly shifted; I never knew I could lay on anything so comfy. Dayne and I were pretty much immediately sold on the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme. So we filled out the paperwork to place the order later (like when we know where we are going to be living).

Then we went to Men’s Wearhouse, and that was just an experience. I don’t get it. I kept saying I wanted a light green tie and they didn’t have any and the salesguy was just convinced that I was out of my mind on not only that but the shoe color and all these other little details… anyways, we found the perfect suit for Dayne, but it’s just that — a suit. So we’re gonna try to figure that one out because you can’t rent suits. And we don’t want to go the tuxedo route.

We made it to church on time (even though we ran a little late in the afternoon) and then ate dinner and then Dayne went home. After he left, I logged into our wedding registry at Target.


Only 34 items.


About HALF of the things we registered for (at least!) didn’t actually make it onto our registry. I immediately tried to recall everything we scanned, but of course we weren’t walking around taking notes so half of it is just missing. Then I tried looking up stuff I remember scanning and some of it just wasn’t on the website at all. There went our luggage, our beach chairs, our over-the-toilet shelving thingy (a space saver? Is that the most clever name they could come up with?), our Wheel of Fortune Wii game…

I am so disappointed.
And then I googled “Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme” and read some really great reviews and some really terrible reviews. I’m hoping we have a good return policy just in case. Some of the negative reviews say the bed is only comfortable when you first lay down on it, then it gets hot and uncomfy and unsupportive.

So, I ask you: Target registry – good or bad experiences? Tempurpedic mattresses – yay or nay? Suits or tuxes? Is it July yet?

And one more registry to go: Crate & Barrel.