Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blogger's Block

It may appear that I have Blogger's Block.  I don't really.  I just have lack of motivation to get my thoughts onto media.  My husband's parents were in town most of the week and I have noted a correlation to having company and lack of blogging.  I'm not sure why.  It's just the way it is.  It's a blogging phenomenon.

Today was rather uneventful.  I tried to vacuum the kids' room and my vacuum cleaner finally broke the camel's back.  It's basically come to where vacuuming is pretty much me running the cleaner over the floor and spending 5 minutes picking up everything by hand that the cleaner didn't suck up.  That's just not going to work.  So I got on my computer and spent probably about 3 hours researching and trying to decide which new one to get. I know Dysons are all the craze, but I have a hard time spending that much money on a cleaning appliance.  So I debated what to buy.

In my opinion vacuum cleaners are just ugly and I have a difficult time getting excited about any of them.  I believe there is a market for vacuum cleaners with bling.  I think I might have to create a prototype with my old vacuum.  That will be fun.

Finally I made the executive decision to get a Dyson DC14.  We don't have pets so we don't need a fancy pet friendly vacuum, although I'm sure seven kids might equal the mess of one pet.  However, my kids don't shed much.  They mostly bleed, bruise, spit up, and spill popcorn.  I flipped from website to website.  I checked Overstock, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Kohl's.  I ended up going with a refurbished model at Overstock and got a white Dyson (versus the typical yellow) for $259.99 with $13 cash back from Ebates and only $2.95 shipping.   My budget was originally $100, so I only spent about $160 more than I planned.  (One thing I learned from my mom is that if you put the word "only" in front of any dollar amount, it has this magical way of not seeming to be that much.)

I am SO excited to receive it and vacuum my whole house!  I just hope the "refurbished" thing doesn't bite me in the butt.  According to the reviews, refurbished models were just fine, the warranty is just shorter.  I decided to take a gamble and go for the shorter warranty because in my experience warranties always have loopholes.  I'm so excited I spent only $250!  Next on my list is to return my purple iPod that my husband gave me for my birthday.  I think now that means I just got a vacuum cleaner for my birthday.  Hmmm.  I remember when I was little my mom never liked receiving appliances for her birthday or Christmas.  I think I am understanding why now.  I'm still excited though!!  I'm sure my mom would've even loved to have received a Dyson for only $250!!!


  1. In my experience, any vacuum I buy only lasts about a year. I loved the Roomba that I got for Christmas a few years back. I hope you have good luck with your new one.

  2. I LOVE my Dyson! I have the beautiful yellow one. I have had it for 2 years and the thing I like best about it is that I can break it down completely, take it all apart and put it back together...easily! Today Winni sucked up a crayon that couldn't pass the hose part and I was able to take off a part and there it was. Same thing happened with a chopstick. AWESOME!

  3. Appliance gifts are now appreciated, but I remember a time when my family got me a weed whacker for mother's day...they never forgot and now ask what appliances I want...(if any)