Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's the little things that bring such joy to my life

Back in late 2009, when TV commercials were all about Christmas, there were frequent commercials for that new-fangled reading dee-vice called the Kindle.  And TheManTheMyth asked me if it was something I would want/need/use since I spend a small fortune on books every year.

And like an idiot, I replied along the lines of "It's nice but I don't really NEED one" and he looked at me like I had just said, "Pooloo see bagoomba!" (5 points for anyone who gets that).

As soon as Christmas had come and gone and I started hearing from friends how the Kindle is the greatest invention since pockets and they'd marry it if they could, I realized that perhaps I had been a little too hasty in declining one as my Christmas gift.  And I've wanted one ever since but haven't had the disposable cash to get one.

Well guess what?  I finally got one without shelling out any cash.  I had sold back some books to Amazon, had a $25 Amazon gift card and then sold my 3 year old BlackBerry and some DVD's and lo and behold!  I had enough for a Kindle.  It arrived on Thursday and promptly loaded it with a dozen of the free books and am now happily plowing through "Count of Monte Cristo" which is quite the endeavour because it's pretty obvious that Alexandre Dumas was paid by the word when he wrote that book.

Anyway, I love my Kindle, it has brought extreme joy to my life.

But that's not the only thing that has brought joy to my life.

I may have mentioned a time or two how much I hate, despise and loathe my ridiculously overpriced vacuum cleaner.  I've wanted a new vacuum, preferably a Dyson Ball Animal, that would actually suck up the pounds of Gracie Lou hair that covers the single rug in my house, which is in the living room.

Of course, the Dyson does cost more shekels than I have laying around but I figured that it is the ONLY vacuum that could do the job.

Or maybe not.

I happened to be at the 'Zhay today because I wanted a cover for my Kindle (they were out of them.  Bastards).  As I headed to the exit I had to pass by the vacuum display.

Well, let's just say that one of those vacuums followed me home and yes, I'm keeping it.  I assembled it, plugged it in and put it to the ultimate test:  the living room rug.

And Oh. My. God.  That rug hasn't looked that clean in I don't know how long.  It really IS a multi-colored Persian rug and NOT a dingy white-ish, green-ish furry rug.

Oh!  I was so THRILLED that I ran and dragged Thing 2 out of her cave to demonstrate the wonders of this vacuum and show her the evidence.  She was all, "Really?  This excites you?" and headed back to the Cave, unimpressed.

It totally kicked the stupid Kirby's butt AND because it's bagless I don't have to deal with overpriced vacuum bags that fill up in 3 uses.

And no, I didn't get the Dyson.  Instead of spending $500.00 on the Dyson, I spent a whopping $50.00 on a Dirt Devil Lightweight.  That totally kicks ass.  And is easy to operate and empty, unlike the Kirby.

I'm just so ding-danged happy I could just plotz.

Because it's the little things that bring such joy to my life.


  1. I am in the middle of quilting a cover for my daughter's kindle. Hopefully I'll be done by tomorrow.

    PS I totally get being thrilled over a working vacuum.

  2. I have a Sony Reader and need to start using it again.

    I want a new vacumn so bad!

  3. Last year I became disgusted with our expensive vacuum, which kept having ISSUES and needing to be repaired, and bought myself a little cheap-o $39.99 vacuum at WalMart one day...and it rocks! It gets up the tons of pet hair wonderfully. I've decided that cheap vacuums are the way to go. If this one breaks tomorrow, I'll just go buy another one!

    My mom gave me her kindle when she got an ipad - it's great, especially when I travel or just for throwing in my purse for long waits in the carpool line, etc.

  4. Love, love, love my Kindle. I have a black leather case for it AND I bought a Borsa Bella bag for my Kindle. Go to Borsa and scope out their bags. Any size bag for any electronic thing made in any fabric you want. I got the larger one to hold my Kindle in the back and the little reading light, earbuds, charging cord, etc. in the front pocket.

    Borsa Bella. They are da bomb-diggity!

  5. p.s. but that's only because QuandleQueen up there didn't quilt me a bag too!

  6. Gilligan's Island, duh. I am so glad that you didn't get the Dyson. I knew a regular one would suit you just fine. Does the Kindle purchase mean there won't be books to pass on? Sadz.