My Convertible Life

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday's Five: Loose Ends

Today's Friday's Five is a little random -- but there are a lot of loose ends I need to tie up this week and I don't have time for a post for each one. Consider this the grab bag of Friday posts -- you just don't know what you might get.

So, in no particular order and with no real unifying theme, here are five completely unrelated things I learned online this week:
  1. Y'all love some minivans: I got one "like" and 13 comments on my post about considering a new, larger vehicle, plus another 10 comments on Facebook when I linked to the post. Nearly everyone said the minivan is the way to go. The problem for me is not so much the cool factor (or lack thereof), it's that I still feel like the Accord is kind of a big car after driving the Celica -- just not sure I can navigate a vehicle that large. Will keep you posted.
  2. Ten words for things you didn't know have names: I've already confessed that I'm a super geek (particularly about things language and journalism related), so you won't be surprised to know that I love learning funky new words. This list from Merriam-Webster online includes philtrum (see photo), tittle, glabella and a couple of words I'd actually heard before. Because yes, I really am that much of a geek. And if you need more proof about my geekiness, check out my love note to the em dash in the comments on this post about punctuation.
  3. People are speaking up about their experiences with Wake County's diversity policy: These two posts, from a former WCPSS student (who works in NY) and a former WCPSS teacher, were prompted by Tuesday's protest march in Raleigh regarding the Wake Board of Education's elimination of the former diversity policy. I hope you'll take a moment to click the links and read what they have to say -- both posts reminded me of the sentiments I tried to share about my experiences in Charlotte.
  4. Religion is never easy: After my post about struggling with my church, I got some encouraging comments and nice emails. One friend (who is a Presbyterian minister, so she has extra credibility on these matters) called religious practice "comfort food for the soul" and suggested that many people (understandably) overlook concerns about their Church in order to enjoy the services at their church. I was just starting to feel better about my Catholic church, when I see this article about a new document from the Vatican suggesting that ordaining women as priests is as grave an offense as pedophilia. Really? Seriously? Oy vey.
  5. Readers like being asked for advice: See item #1 above. In fact, I think the only thing you people like more than your minivans is sharing your opinions about them. So here's another opportunity -- now I need advice on a firm-but-still-comfortable-not-outrageously-pricey mattress set. Discuss amongst yourselves, then share in the comments. Please. I'm tired (literally) of sleeping on a mushy bed.


  1. I have bought two mattress sets from The Original Mattress Factory. One for me and my husband and recently one for my son. I have had my mattress for about 4 years and am very happy with my purchase. They have a nice amount of firmness options and I felt their prices were very reasonable after shopping around. Give them a look.

  2. Ok, so not on the not-pricey side, but if it is for ya'll, give the Sleep Number a look. They are *awesome*...I seriously would be on their commercials. J & I both love it. And they last for twice as long as a regular mattress, or so they say. :) We also bought the girls' at Original Mattress Company and they are also very comfy.

  3. I'm not a big spender by any means. But you are going to be sleeping on that mattress for a very long time, so worries about price are misplaced. A middling mattress will be okay for a couple of years, and then you'll be struggling for a few more years wondering if it's really time to ditch it for something more comfortable. If you like a firm mattress, get a Tempur-pedic and don't look back. It will last for much longer than an average mattress (so cost will average out), and it's so darn comfortable that your little kids will look for excuses to snuggle into it with you! How can you put a price on that!

  4. Mattresses are shady business. I think they are made specifically store-to-store, so what I bought at Alan's isn't available at Jordan's or even online. I discovered this when trying to price-compare our first 'grown up' bed. I have heard sleeping in Tempurpedic compared to 'lying in hot caramel' and I'll add that the layer of memory foam on my otherwise firm-ass-firm bed is the only part of that bed with body dents.


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