November 27th, 2010

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New-bed verdict, in short: comfortable, doesn't make noise when I move around in it. Great.

I don't think I've ever been a fan of big ol' squishy beds that you sink way into. Eight and a half years of sleeping on a dense futon mattress served only to reinforce this preference by dint of habit. The relatively firm foam mattress that I got, which felt okay during the brief lie-down at Ikea, did in fact stand up (so to speak) to a full-night's sleep.

And the other thing that I do genuinely like about sleeping close to the ground --- though I am giving up on it in no small part for the sake of keeping up appearances :P --- is that you've got a guarantee that tossing and turning around doesn't make a huge racket of bed-frame (or for that matter, mattress-spring) squeaks. Once upon a time at 5330 Beeler (which puts the date at somewhere around 2003 most likely) I bought a used futon frame off of misc.market just to put the existing mattress on. I put it together and it complained squeakily every time I made the slightest movement. I had night full of dreams of falling, mechanical failures, and injury, and put the damn mattress back on the floor the next night and considered it a noble failed experiment.

Anyway, this bed is good. I like it. It might have been nice in some ways to have gotten a larger one, but the bedroom wouldn't really take a queen very comfortably. I know I'm not in as much pressure to be frugal as I was during grad student days, but it is also a nice feature that it was pretty dang cheap, as beds go. FJELLSE $30 frame + SULTAN FLORVÅG $99 mattress + SULTAN LURÖY $30 set of curved slats.
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Food discoveries today:

- Frank's french toast is as bad as their pancakes.
- "Village Pizza" just south of 14th on 8th ave in manhattan, is a really solid instantiation of the ubiquitous nyc hole-in-the-wall pizza-by-the-slice place. Crispy crust, tasty sausage.
- If you put oatmeal directly into hot water that comes from a hot water dispenser intended for tea and stir for a few seconds, you get instantaneous cooked oatmeal. Fuck that microwaving for a minute and a half shit. I did this (since the nearest microwave was way over on the 9th ave side of the building) out of desperation, not expecting it to work, but it totally did.