Super exciting news on Mike’s front! The Amazon Go store that he has been working on for the past several years is now officially open to the public! Today was the first day it was open, and there was quite a line of people waiting to get into the line-less store. 🙂 I have been there multiple times since Amazon employees and some family members have been able to go for the past year. But now it is officially open to all of the public… very exciting times for Mike and his hard-working team!
Mike has been talking to me about creating a new header for my blog. Mine is *slightly* outdated. And by *slightly*, I mean that it’s been my blog header for over five years. Definitely time for a new look and feel! The tricky part is that winter is not the best time for photos in Seattle, so we have to find a time when the weather is nice-ish for outdoor photos.
Now it is time to talk pillowcases.
Mike and I bought queen-sized sheets for our bed several years ago, and Mike said that beds always get too warm when you’ve been under the blankets for awhile, so he suggested getting these special sheets that stay cool. I don’t get hot at night, but sure, why not? That was my first mistake, because every night when I put my head on my pillow, I get an instant shock of cold which kind of wakes me up. Those sheets work entirely too well. I’m thinking they have liquid nitrogen flowing in the fibers.
Anyway, when we were picking out sheets at the store, I then reached for the king-size pillowcases, and Mike stopped me. “Those are king-size. Our bed and pillows are queen-sized.” He picked up a set of queen-sized pillowcases instead.
Alarm bells started going off in my head. I am someone who believes in changing sheets like some people believe in changing their underwear; as often as possible. I wash our sheets at least once a week and love the feeling of getting under clean sheets at night. I also time it so that I have showered shortly before getting into the newly-sheeted bed so that I am not immediately dirtying the bed by my mere presence. (Slight dramatization, but unfortunately only slight). This basically means that I spend a great percentage of my life putting clean sheets back on beds, and I want to streamline that process and make it as easy as possible. Having pillowcases one size bigger than the pillows literally saves minutes on every bed linen change.
I let the man who has never washed sheets in his life (to my knowledge) choose the size of my pillowcases. I let the man who has only made the bed once (to my knowledge) choose the size of the pillowcases. And by the way, the one time he did make the bed, the sheets started coming off in the middle of the second night, because I’m not convinced he knows the difference between the fitted and flat sheets. Anyway, I let him put back the king-sized pillowcases and pick up the queen-sized pillowcases. And every weekend since then for the past three years, I get to do the whole ‘shake the life out of the pillow to get it into the pillowcase’ dance. Every. Weekend. You know who doesn’t have to do that dance? People who buy pillow-cases one size bigger than their pillows. Those are lucky people. Mike’s pillow is technically ‘queen-sized’, but I’m not buying it. That pillow barely fits into the queen pillowcase. And by barely, I mean that when the pillow is fully in its case, the edge of the pillow is exactly at the edge of the pillowcase… there is no overlap of the pillowcase. This has the interesting and undesirable consequence that, depending on how Mike’s head is aligned when he sleeps, it’s possible for him to get an imprint of the pillow zipper on his skull because the pillowcase doesn’t fully cover the pillow. If I buy king-sized pillowcases now, they won’t match the rest of the sheets, since we didn’t go with the norm and buy white sheets. And they won’t be freezing cold, which Mike loves. But I’m biding my time. The next pillowcases on my horizon are definitely king-sized, even if they are of an arctic temperature. Too bad Mike can’t pick pillowcases as easily and flawlessly as he picks out nails and decking materials.
By the way, we got a new deck put on the roof, overseen by Mike. Mike spent a lot of time researching decking materials and deck screws and finding a great contracting company to work with, and the result looks great. We won’t be able to enjoy it up there until spring, but that’s ok. The deck will be up there waiting for us until then. 🙂
In other news, we finished the Why We Fight series on Netflix that was produced by Ronda Rousey. We both loved it. Super informative and particularly interesting to anyone who follows MMA, boxing, Muay Thai, etc. Now that we are finished with that, it looks like it’s back to the Nero Wolfe episodes which we have been enjoying immensely. Last week we debated whether or not the show actually gave us the info to figure out the murder beforehand (i.e. if we just had the clues that Nero Wolfe had in the show, could we figure out the mystery?). So to test it out, we watched an episode closely right up until Nero Wolfe was ready to reveal the killer, and then we stopped it, talked through our theories, and then restarted it again from the beginning. We arrived at the end for the second time pretty confident of the killer, but it was an anticlimatic ending. Nero Wolfe was able to get the killer to give themselves away, but actually had no proof. That’s an extreme aberration for Nero Wolfe. Usually he’s armed with proof. We thought about trying the experiment again with another episode, but we kind of lost momentum after that episode, and honestly it takes some of the fun out of enjoying Nero and Archie’s antics if we’re trying to catch every clue.
In other news, my best running buddy was unfortunately out of town over the weekend, and my other running buddy friend was running a shorter distance and faster than I wanted to run, so I did my 16 mile run solo. Honestly, the time went by fast. I ran through the Magnolia Bluff area, way above the Puget Sound, and it was beautiful! Sixteen miles down… marathon here I come (well, here I come in late April… technically I still have several months of training left).
I ran from there down to the waterfront, and the wind was strong so there were even some whitecaps as the water hit the rocky coast. So gorgeous!
But quite honestly, it was pretty cold and windy, so I was just as glad to turn back east towards downtown and back up around Lake Union towards home.
I also did quite a bit of cooking over the weekend.
Piper is still doing really well and not enjoying the cold weather… she’s definitely a fan of sitting on laps and warm blankets these days.
I’m off to Boston next week, and the weather so far is looking like high 30’s/low 40’s. I’m really hoping it stays in that vicinity and they don’t get hit with a nor’easter (is that spelled correctly??) while I’m there. I’m definitely learning about a lot about New England from my Boston coworkers. For instance, TB stands for Tom Brady, who is the best quarterback (and most amazing person?) in the history of the universe. ‘Wicked’ means ‘exceptionally cool and of rare quality’ (example: Taza chocolate from Boston (which is amazing by the way!! It’s stone ground, and I can’t get enough!). Also fluffernutter is a very popular treat/snack. Dunkies (otherwise known as Dunkin Donuts) has the best coffee around. Coming from Seattle, I can’t quite agree on this one as our coffee selection is extensive, but Bostonians are serious about their Dunkies. They are also serious about their craft beer, particularly TreeHouse. I have also heard that ‘if you live west of I-95, you basically need a covered wagon to get there’. I thought about pointing out exactly how many miles eastern Massachusetts is from the actual Oregon trail, but thought better of it.
Interesting regional differences! 🙂 I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!