The Vine: October 12, 2012
I am in desperate need of a good pillow. I've always been picky, but in the last few years, I wake up with a stiff neck almost every day. I've tried all kinds of different ones and the best solution I've come up with is to buy cheap pillows at Target and replace them every few months when they start to get uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it seems that I'm starting to replace them more and more often.
I need something that is supportive, but soft. I like my head to sink down into the pillow. Medium-thick. I need it to hold its shape not get flat or lumpy or hard. I am both a side and back sleeper — I start off on my side but tend to roll over on my back halfway through the night. Fillings that make noise are bad because I'm a very light sleeper. Also, if something that meets these criteria exists and also will hold up to occasionally being slept on by a cat or 40-pound dog, it would be great.
Pillows I've tried that did not work:
- Memory foam: Was awesome for about six weeks, but then it was like it stopped having any give. It just felt hard.
- Feathers: They get too lumpy.
- This thing from Amazon: The way it's sewn together made it hard to be comfortable and when my cat tore it, the stupid beads went everywhere.
- Those neck pillows with the weird bump on one side that looks like it should shape to your neck but really just makes it so you have to lie in only one position to be comfortable. I move around a LOT.
There has to be something in existence that is both soft and squishy but also will support my neck. I'm hoping one of the readers is a neck-pain expert and has a good suggestion. I would prefer to spend less than $100, but if something comes really recommended and will work, I'll give it a shot.
Thanks in advance!
I have a problem that seems perfect for the Red Cloudsource: help with my Red Riding Hood Halloween costume.
I love Halloween, but I rarely love wearing traditional costumes because the ones I can afford are usually itchy and ill-fitting. I solve this by updating/remixing the traditional elements into something that is more quirky homage than typical costume. Think Slacker Red Riding Hood or Butt-Kicking Ninja Assassin Red Riding Hood, something like that. (Thus I'm not looking for this.)
I chose Red Riding Hood mostly because I love capes and want to wear my new shiny red Docs. Beyond that, I'm leaning toward a mid-thigh to knee-length hooded cape*, pants/jeans, and either a relevant graphic tee or a cool shirt and corset belt. But I'm open to other suggestions. I'm also looking for wolf-/grandma-/red-related jewelry and other fun accessories. Google has not inspired me much so far, especially for tees/tops, so I hope the Red Nation can help me out. I'm willing to stray pretty far from the Riding Hood theme so long as it sticks somewhat with the red or wolf themes. The cape will tie everything together.
Requisite info: I wear a size 14 and my total budget for purchases, including the cape, is $100 max. (Though cheaper is always better.) Before you ask, no I don't sew and neither does anyone close to me. I also live in a small town two hours away from Seattle, so Internet shopping is preferred.
What I really need for this costume is a Better Red Than Dead tee
*something like this
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