I can sleep tonight! Our new mattress is here, all the way from Tennessee!
Back in August, our soft-side waterbed sprung a leak. For the 10 years we had it, I could never sleep for more than about 5 hours without waking up with a backache. So I can't say that I was sorry to see it go.
Since August, DH and I have had nowhere to sleep. Our guest room bed feels like a slab of cement, so for the past 3 months, I've slept on the couch, on the recliner, and on a piece of foam that we pressed into the cavity left by the waterbed bladder. Over time, that foam has compressed into 2 troughs with a steep ridge in the middle. DH likens this to sleeping in a silverware divider. Get too close to the ridge and you roll down into a deep abyss. So for 3 months, I have not been able to get a full night's sleep in any one place. Just a couple of hours here, a couple of hours there. Factor in all the nocturnal cat antics around here and you'll surely feel my pain. I feel like I've been in a serious state of sleep deprivation.
DH and I shopped for mattresses but found that process very frustrating. I cannot just lie down on a mattress in a public place and determine if it is going to work for me. I had a fear of committing because nearly all mattresses hurt my back after a few hours of sleep.
The exception is the Marriott mattress, which I slept on at CKU-KC last year. DH had the opportunity last month to sleep on one, too, and after he confirmed that he liked it, we set out to find one. Marriott sells them, but at a steep price, so DH got the specs and we ordered one directly from the manufacturer.
Next task: Get it out of the entryway and upstairs. Right now, it actually looks pretty good right where it is.