The Daily Grace
The Daily Grace

nag nag nag nag nag

Jan 29, 2013 | making & doing | 7 comments

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

Seriously. Have you?

The corner of this bed—more specifically, the slipping of the clearly inadequate mattress pad that was previously on the corner of this bed—has been the bain of my existence for years. I’m not kidding. Years.

Night after night I’ve had merely to slip between the sheets to feel the clearly inadequate mattress pad pull from its tucked corner, causing the bottom sheet to slip, as well. Within 10 minutes the entire bed was nothing more than crumpled, uncomfortable mess.

(Don’t even get me started on the upper body strength required to make the bed the next morning.)

Whelp, no more. After reading The Happiness Project last January, it only took 13 months for me to enact one of Gretchen Rubin’s January resolutions: Tackle a nagging task.

Unfinished tasks were draining my energy and making me feel guilty.

Gretchen sat down and made a five page list of all those annoyances she just couldn’t seem to deal with, realizing their unfinished state exhausted her. Then she set about tackling the list.

Buy that wedding present. Mail that package. Fix the hall light.

GET A NEW MATTRESS PAD.

It took 10 minutes and $35 (yes, I splurged and went base model+ at Target), and for the past three nights, Tim and I have had the most peaceful nights’ sleep in a long time.

Partly due to the bedding, of course. But also due to the fact that I no longer fall asleep thinking:

One of these days, I’m going to need to do something about this #@%! mattress pad.

I’m so inspired I’m now going to work on the next item on the Nag Nag Nag List:

DEVELOP A SYSTEM FOR KNOWING WHAT SIZE KNITTING NEEDLES I ALREADY OWN WHEN I AM ABOUT TO SHELL OUT $19.95 FOR YET ANOTHER PAIR OF SIZE 10.5 CIRCULARS.

Oh, January. I do love you.

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    You are the bomb. Come clean out my laundry cabinet. Two days left in January.

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      Laundry cabinet. So glad you mentioned it. I must add that to my list 🙂

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    About the knitting needles: all that’s necessary is an attitude adjustment! Ask yourself “can I really have too many 10.5 needles?” My answer is always no! I have also splurged on a set of interchangeable needles. I now have whatever I want, whenever I want at my fingertips!
    Susan

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      ooohhh! I’ve always wondered about interchangeable needles. Are they equally as good as the regular ones? Somehow, I never believed they would be!

      And of course you are right about the 10.5s!

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        I think interchangeables are as good as regular circulars. I got a set from Knit Picks. They have acrylic, aluminum and wood. I got some longer cords, because I’m now into Magic Loop instead of double points. I’ve used them a lot. Of course, the Cadillac of interchangeables is supposed to be the Addi. But they are a wee bit pricey!
        Susan

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    January is such a SATISFYING month.

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      Yes!

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This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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