Price of Sleep

down pillow

I’ve been looking really hard all this time for a really good pillow. I’m one of those sleepers who start out in the side sleeping position and proceed to sleep on my back for the rest of the night. As a result, a pillow that is good for a side sleeper will only be comfortable for me, for about 2 hours into the night. Depending on how I roll over on my back, I may or may not have a good night’s sleep. Don’t get me wrong, I do sleep. It’s how much my neck or shoulders hurt the next day truly define how I slept.

Our recent trip to Richmond and a serendipitous upgrade to better bed/bedding/pillows led me to find “the one”. After one night of sleeping on that pillow, I awoke to considerably less aches. It could be the fact that I was on vacation but I think it was the goose down pouf of happiness.

So, I bit the bullet and ordered one of these pillows. I think that a good night’s sleep is truly priceless.


tub trug
We spent most of the day cleaning out the garage and reorganizing the space to make some room for a workshop space for Mike. We’ve been in our house for 2 years now and we’ve accumulated quite a bit of stuff. Part of our cleaning up meant that we had to make a run to the dump, the second hand building materials store and Goodwill.

After dropping off our donations at Goodwill, we stopped in to look for a old popcorn maker like this. No luck. But instead, we found a tubtrug in primrose color for $2.99 – what a score! I had bought an orange one from AT:Store earlier this year and really find them useful so imagine how happy I was to find this.

Tubtrugs comes in several sizes and colors, depending on what you want to use them for. The large size is useful for hauling dirt, holding clippings and weeds as I go about the garden. I think they would make good drink coolers for an outdoor party too.



My purse always contains random pieces of paper: receipts, envelopes, coupons and what-nots, so I set out looking for an organizer of a good size.

I think this one here at See Jane Work is the perfect size for my needs.

Lacquered Candy Tray

We went shopping with the folks today. For some reason, the mall was packed with people. I couldn’t figure out why. The women should have done their shopping last weekend when the boys were glued to the game and the next big sale should be next week (President’s Day). It might just be due to the last minute gift buying for Valentines Day then.

I’m also preparing for Chinese New Year in my small way. It’s become a small way since I moved to the States. Back home in SG, it’s a huge thing. Folks start to prepare right after the Christmas/New Year festivities.

I bought a new candy tray from the Asian market because the ceramic one that my friends K and C bought me broke on my move up to Seattle. I haven’t filled it with the traditional candy yet, it’s now filled with some V-day chocolates.

Chocolate Dipped

Mike and I were Wal*green’s last night to pick up some stuff when we saw these at the counter. We had to get a box. We haven’t tried them yet but they sure sounded tempting. It’s a brilliant idea to me because I love Altoids and the only way I could love them more would be for them to be dipped in dark chocolate.

Totally off-topic, Mike always does his husbandly duty (as he calls it) of calling me during the day. He calls my office and 9 times out of 10, I’m not there. He then leaves me a quick, logorrheic message but he always ends by saying something to the effect of “I hope your day is going well”. Almost immediately after I check that message, my day, no matter how challenging, actually gets better. Thank you, MM!

Water Saving Tip

I got my latest issue of ReadyMade and found a really good water saving tip in it. I thought I might share it with you.

You know how you turn on the water in the shower in the morning (or whenever you do take a shower) and wait for the temperature to get warmer before you step in? Instead of letting the initial run of cold water to run off into the drain, save it in a bucket that you can use to water your houseplants or to mop hardwood floors.

Shower Rack

Eyes barely opened, I shampoo and rinse my hair. Then I bend down to reach for my glycerin soap bar and inhale the lovely spicy mango scent. I pry open my eyes and wonder what it would be like to find the perfect shower rack.

Someone was obviously thinking along those same lines because I checked my email and found this cool new shower rack from simplehuman. I love their innovative, well-designed products. From the dishrack to step cans to papertowel dispenser.

I like the rubber grip, the pivoting suction cup and how you can store your bottles upside down.

The company has not paid me to write about it. I just thought it was a most curious coincidence that my thoughts strayed to a shower rack this morning (I’ve never wanted one before).