Monday, May 19, 2008

Your mission, should you choose to accept it

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In my house, we have lots of collections. Some are reasonable: books, stationery, ticket stubs, and DVDs. Some are a bit odder: khaki pants, nametags, and hotel toiletries. And some are just out of this world: old cell phones and pillows.

This weekend we went on an adventure to add to our pillow collection. The rule with pillows has been [since about a year into our relationship]: “Rob, you can not buy more pillows until you get rid of some that we already have.” Otherwise, pillows would take over our whole apartment.

Rob went through our pillow collection and picked four that were not as worthy of the others, and presented them to me in order to make his case for more pillows. Now I must not have quite the same quality control abilities that Rob does because I couldn’t find anything wrong with these pillows. But the rule’s the rule… he’s willing to give up pillows, so I have to be willing to buy more.

On our oh-so-exciting Friday night, we stopped by Target, and saw that their pillows were on sale. We had been talking about how it would be nice to have king-sized pillows in our bedroom, instead of always falling into the valley between the two standard pillows we have. Rob, however, was not convinced that we should spend thirty dollars on king-sized pillowcases. So we carried the pillows around the store, but ended up putting them back.

Fast forward to Saturday, we stopped at a different Target to pick up snacks before a movie. We talked about getting the pillows, but decided to wait—maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond would have some, too (and we have coupons for BBB!). At BBB, we found new pillowcases that will match our new color scheme, and Rob finally wised up to the fact that we might have to invest a little bit into these new pillows. However, the pillow selection there just wasn’t that great. So we were headed back to Target!

Target #3 of the weekend: sold out of the pillows we wanted!
Target #4 of the weekend: sold out of the pillows we wanted!

There was one more Target on the way home—the one we stopped at on Friday evening. Rob and I ran through the store; we were on a mission. I was laughing so hard by the time we reached the pillow aisle. But, luckily, there were pillows a’plenty. After all that work, I could hardly put up a fight when Rob asked if we could buy two new standard size pillows as well. So needless to say, we slept well last night!!


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