On top of the mattress shortage, the lack of dressers has made it difficult to keep our clothes organized. There was about an eight-inch layer of clean clothes on our bedroom floor for most of the week. It was folded (thanks to our laundry fairies) but we just hadn't had time to put it away. So tonight, Christi had the kids help her put all the clothes away. She worked hard (while I took the kids to the dollar theater) and got our bedroom much cleaner. We planned on filling up the air mattress and watching a Star Trek episode before going to bed. I ran to the store to get some cheesecake for Graci's birthday tomorrow. While I was there, Christi called me and said, "I have one of those things for blowing up air mattresses, but it doesn't have any batteries. Do you want to buy some batteries, or should we just use the air compressor my dad got us?"
"The air compressor should work. Let's just go with that."
Ah, the futility of the uneducated. In case you don't know, an air compressor produces high pressure, low volume air. A pump for an air mattress produces low pressure, high volume air. We've now had this insanely loud compressor on in our bedroom for over half an hour. The bed is probably 90% full. Why didn't I pay more attention in physics class?!?