Hi Friends! It’s been a while. I have to report that not much in the way of projects has gone on around here.
We have had one very major life event though……
We invested in a Roomba! Are you underwhelmed? Don’t be.
This sort of happened on a whim although I guess not really because we had been in discussions about hiring someone to help keep the house clean anyway.
Sometimes just the smallest amount of dust can overwhelm me. It’s not the dust I can see that does it… it’s knowing that the dust I do see is the tip of a big invisible iceberg and thinking about dusting the iceberg really just makes me want to run outside screaming. Our last place did not make me feel this way. I guess it was smaller but it was also complete. When everything was put away it was done and I felt very satisfied. Living in a fixer upper has definitely impacted the cleaning realm because there is no feeling of complete satisfaction. In fact, if you clean something that is “under construction” (the term I like to use for something that is not entirely the way I want it to be… aka 85% of the house) you are left feeling blah about it because then you get reminded about what you meant to be doing to that particular area and if you are just ADD enough you will start that and then forget to ever finish cleaning.
I realized how first world problems this post is seeming right now. Sometimes you just have to be dramatic.
So anyways, back to the purchase. My friend Kelly told me one day she was working from home while her dog played in the back yard and her Roomba vacuumed the house for her. WHATTTTT. I immediately had to get on board. I did a little research (10 minutes worth) and decided I wanted the model made for pet hair then I told Blake that the Easter Bunny was SO thoughtful because he was bringing me a Roomba.
If you read this blog long enough you’ll start to notice that I like to pin a lot of purchases on holiday characters. If I ever do have the unfortunate mishap of losing a tooth you better believe the tooth fairy is coming to town!
(Also, if you google Roomba and are astounded at the price of them I realize it may seem conflicting as I am otherwise a ridiculously frugal person but it should be noted there is a busy season policy. We do not have time to spend money January-April and therefore the Easter Bunny likes to be generous each Spring) ….also I thought about how many times I’ve said to myself “I would pay someone $50 to suck up all the dust and dog hair in this house” and it was more than 8 times (in the past week) so therefore my valuation of said Roomba was deemed reasonable and appropriate.
WE LOVE IT. I mean we LOVE it. I think it works remarkably well and even if I do nothing all day and the Roomba runs I feel a sense of accomplishment. I also like that it goes under the furniture unlike a vacuum. It also makes me feel good that if we have someone coming over last minute we can start it to run and do other tasks while it’s getting that part done. We had some people ask us how it did on carpet and we think it did well but we also weren’t using a Dyson or anything before. The Roomba is a huge improvement over what was happening before….which was nothing. It motivates you to keep clutter off the floor so that it can get around which means more shoes back in the closet and less of me keeping two pairs in every room of the house just in case I need to go somewhere. (Really it just motivates your husband to remind you to put your shoes back in that sweet shoe china cabinet he built for you)
I think I might be the only one who laughs at this type of thing but I just crack up every time I see a video about a cat riding a Roomba. Hilarious.
This is the link to a funny one. I can see Lola sitting on the Roomba doing this to Finley while we are at work all day.
Anywayyyyssss, we are sort of getting back into the groove of things and I’ve been itching to make a giant to do list. I read Young House Love…if you don’t you should because they are cute. They keep a giant running to do list for each section of their house which they fondly call Listy McListerson (or some variation thereof). It has everything from tiny to dos to big renovations but it’s just a place they can go to check stuff off and remember their original goals. I hope to have that be my next post for here.
Lastly, if you watch The Voice, Delvin Choice is from Greenville and goes to our church so if you want to be cool and vote for him that would be great! 🙂 It’s on tonight so click here if you want to!