Snow Tires & Thread Counts

Posted 2010.11.13 10.42 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Last month was about the toys, this month is about being all grown-up and doing responsible stuff. Well, mostly.

I’ve had a few slow-leaks in my car tires for the last couple months and it’s annoying (not to mention bad for fuel-efficiency) to be driving around on half-flat tires all the time, and having to keep refilling them. Plus, my local gas station started charging for air recently so you have to keep a bunch of quarters with you if you need to refill all your tires.

So I thought, it’s going to be winter soon. Rather than getting another set of all-seasons, I’ll get my first-ever set of winter tires. They’re all new and shiney and nubbly – big deep nubbly treads. Well ok they aren’t actually shiney. But they’re new and nubbly! Say it with me: nubbly.

Now I’m thinking, my mum has a set of winters and a set of regular tires, but only one set of rims. So twice a year she has to get them swapped out which takes time and money. And I’m no car expert person, but I have to think that it’s got to cause extra wear on the tyres and the rims to be swapped on and off every year, then they have to be rebalanced and all that mumbo-jumbo.

So my plan is to try and save up over the next 6 months or so, for a set of sexy attractive rims and tires. Then I can keep the winter ones on the original rims (which aren’t ugly but aren’t snazzy either) and in the summer, have some sexy sporty looking wheels on my car.

And finally, having a complete set of winter wheels (rims and tyres) means that swapping them out with winter/summer isn’t such a chore – just like changing a tire, quick and easy. I could even do it myself (in some bizzare alternative mirror-universe.)

So all pumped and jazzed with the feeling of awesome responsibility — “I have snow tires!” — I got inspired to visit one of those bedding places. See, I have terrible sleep problems. Sleep apnea. Insomnia. I have a heck of a time falling asleep, and when I finally succeed, I can’t stay asleep. I wake up after an hour or two then have to start all over again. And I thought – hey, I should buy some new comfy stuff for my bed!

Not that it helps me to sleep but I figure, if I’m gonna spend 2 or 3 hours tossing and turning, trying to sleep, I should at least do it in luxury. Right?

So you go in the store, and it’s like the further in you go, the better it gets. At the front? 180 thread-count. Cotton-poly blend. Meh.

A little further back, and you’re up to 200 thread-count. Hmm. Explore deeper and deeper… Aha!

400 thread-count, 100% fine Egyptian cotton. Mmmm it’s so soft… And I seem to have lucked out as well, they were having a sale, and I found exactly what I wanted, with a ‘minor imperfection’ so it was like more than half off! $120 worth of sheets, for $55. But you can’t get a top-notch sheet set without new luxury pillows. 18# white feather down-filled hypoallergenic luxury. Mmmmm. $90 pillows….

So yeah, I get that there’s budgets and sometimes stuff is extravagant. But really, you have to splurge once in a while, and considering that we’re supposed to spend an entire 1/3 of our lives in bed, I say go for it.

The first few nights are like sleeping in a five-star luxury hotel. Cos the sheets are new and have that new-sheet-smell – you know? They don’t smell like you, so you get the feeling you’re in a luxury hotel. Before long they smell like you and you get used to them and then it’s not like a classy hotel any more, it’s just good ole’ pure luxury at home.

While you’re at it, pick up a 100% pure fine Egyptian cotton super-thick terry bath sheet. Might be the most expensive towel you’ve ever bought, but you’ll thank yourself after every shower. They last, too. I’ve had mine about a decade and it’s still in perfect condition.

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