Thursday, June 21, 2007

My New Toy!

I take my bagless vac canister out on the deck to empty it. Even though it's way better than a bag it's still a little messy. It's just easier to do it outside. Well, a couple of months ago I dropped the damn thing. Apparently I dropped it just the right way to blow a gaping hole in the side of it. But I wasn't done vacuuming yet. So what to do? As any resourceful single independent woman would, I came up with a solution....
That's right. Look closer. The redneck problem solver. Duct tape!!
It worked in the short term but I knew it was time to buy a new vacuum. As much as I hated to shell out the money. Being the frugal chick that I am and all. So I reluctantly started the search.
I've been coveting the Dyson for awhile. They're supposed to be amazing vacuum cleaners. I found one that claims to be the best for sucking up mounds of pet hair. That sounded great to me considering that this little dog loses enough fur on a daily basis to knit sweaters for all the penguins in the Arctic.
But these buggers cost $600 retail. So what's a thrifty gal to do? Well, E-bay of course! So for weeks I stalked the auctions. It took a lot of patience and diligence because even there, these were hard to come by. Many other people were also hunting for a good Dyson deal. But I prevailed. I was able to snipe this one for $440... and that includes shipping!! Woo Hoo! Yes, it's an expensive vacuum. But it also has a 5 year warranty. And they say it's worth every penny when you see how great your carpet looks. I saved sooooo much money. I'm so freakin' proud of myself! I can't wait to get it out of the box and try it out this weekend.

What?! Wait! OMG! What did I just say? What's happened to me? I used to be the wild and crazy, fun party girl. Now I'm excited about spending the weekend with my new vacuum?! Is this what happens when you turn 35 and decide to become a mom? Someone please help me. I've completely lost it now.
Dude, this is pathetic.......

* No offense meant by the use of the word redneck... cuz I am's one. Or to anyone out there who may truly feel that duct tape is a national treasure.

32 comments:

Liene said...

Isn't it funny what you get excited over when you're in your 30's??? In April I bought the Rachael Ray Furi orange handled knives at Kohl's and when I tried them for the first time I was like a kid in a candy store! "Ooohh...look what I can cut and how great it is!" BTW, they are some of the best knives out there for anyone who wants to know.

Kristen said...

So VERY jealous... I too covet the Dyson, but have yet to get one...

And duck tape.. well thats just a girls best friend!!!

C.J. said...

Interesting that us girlies get ourselves all excited about things that suck! (At least the Dyson doesn't try to hide that fact ;0)

I had to do the HEPA thing when my house about killed me off last year. It's going great. I couldn't spring for the Dyson so my Bissell is hanging in. All I have to do is reach for it and it's like cat exodus around here.

Vroom, vroom.

Lisa and Doug said...

Sweeeeet! It is amazing how we get excited over things we never thought we would in our teens and 20's? Doug bought me a number of kitchen appliances this past Christmas - you would have thought I won the lotto.

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Wow I am very jealous! :)

Catherine said...

Ooo...great snipe! You go girl! Guess I have the same problem you do 'cuz I'm so excited for you and wish I could buy a new vacuum. Great deal! Happy cleaning!

Janet said...

I'm a red-neck too girl- say it proud! And trust me, you will NOT regret the purchase of a good vacuum. 'Cause one day soon you will need to vacuum up all sorts of things you never thought would be ground into your carpet.....:-)

Mamacita said...

Mmmmm, you party animal! I love my Dyson. Hey! At least its purple. My husband had fun experimenting. He'd vacuum a room with the old Kirby (she was a good old bag----but her time had come) and then go over the same area with the Dyson and see how much dirt and doghair he could get. Sadly, he got over it.

OziMum said...

Yep, that's right sweetie... you're mid 30s, and a Mum to be. Vacuum's (and my personal fav. the washing machine) become your best friends!!!

There's no shame in it. It's called progression (as opposed to "getting old").

I hope you and Dyson, will spend many happy years together. May Dyson suck.

Yes, Minister... said...

Good gawd ~ I am totally there with you. Although I am partial to my new Roomba that we hae affectionatly named SAM, I have to laugh when DH and I get "excitied" over watching the vac do its thang!

Enjoy your new toy :D

Noemi said...

Yeah we really do get excited with new home toys dont we! LOL

Oh and about Mickey we have convinced him he is a "Pirate" and he loves it, But I am going to have to get him a fleece patch. The plastic is irritating his face. Sigh

Thanks for stopping by!

Robin said...

Krista, you are so freaking hilarious! Let me know how that Dyson works out. I'm looking for a new vacuum myself. I have a kirby which I paid a HUGE amount for but alas, I really don't like it. It's heavy and a royal pain in the butt. Of course, it could also just be that I hate vacuuming.. LOL

Sandra said...

Ooooh, I've been wanting one of those!!! And yes, I get excited about cleaning at times, too :-)

Melissa said...

I am having serious convulsions!!! I have wanted a Dyson for some time now....but I am too cheap when it comes to stuff like that. Now if it were for my kids, I'd drop money like it was hot. Anything else, I'm cheap.
And the photo of Griffin - too sweet!!!!

tracy said...

Great suckin' machine ya sniped! My dad had a shirt that said 'DUCT TAPE' and he lived in WV! Can you say 'ultimate redneck?'

I got a huge deal on my Kirby, priced at $660...I got it when when newly divorced couple decided to get back together right after their son bought them both a Kirby for Christmas. I bought it brand new for $350....however, when it dies, I'm going with something else. I'm not terribly impressed with the Kirby G6. I'm thinking about that 8 lb Oreck.

Melissa said...

Oh, forgot - my hubs is a redneck. If you ask my sons what they are, they will answer, "Puerto Rican rednecks" with pride! Our old neighbor was one as well. He walked around in cowboy boots that had ducktape all around them. And he wore them with shorts. His mailbox was also ducktaped to the post....swear.

Melissa said...

me again...I must have DUCKS on the mind. I guess 'cause I couldn't find ANY OF THEM last night when I went down to the lake :0(
(fornication and all)
I meant to say DUCT TAPE!!!!!!!

Stacy said...

Wow! What a great deal! You just amaze me with what you find on E-bay. I really need to go over there more often.

Can't wait to hear how it works on dog hair.

Johnny said...

Love our Dyson. It's got some flaws, but if I had to get another vacuum, I'd probably get another one.

And yeah, it's a bit freaky the first time it pulls up all that hidden dander. Blech!

Doris & Dan said...

I hear ya! I get excited over paint colours, vaccums, tree cutting, etc...things that I NEVER thought I would care about.

I am GREEN! I too covet the Dyson but with hardwood everywhere, not really a justifiable purchase. The little put-put we have does the trick to pick up the fur rhinos.

Griffin is too cute for words (or barks!

Keep smilin!

Elise said...

I get sooo excited about those kind of things too...hope a sucky time;) Sucky as in vacuum sucking...but I am sure you got that, just didn't want to offend:)

Mom said...

Just a note on the redneck thing...I saw a billboard outside a Columbus church that said "Duct Tape...Hillbilly Chrome"!!!!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Best vacuum out there.. We have 3 dogs and LOTS of hair ... but that will get it anywhere... I had a party to when I got mine.. but the price about killed me.. My husband is a huge.. CONSUMER REPORTS man.. looks up everything.
Have fun.. GET THAT DOG HAIR
Kim

Headmeister said...

Have we become a nation so intent on being PC that we can't use the word Redneck without a disclaimer? lol! I think it's one of the best redneck patch jobs I've seen yet!

BTW, I have been a proud and obsessed owner of a Dyson Animal for over a year now. You will be worshiping this thin by the time you get half way through the first room. Yes, they're that good. OH - and just WAIT til you use the ATTACHMENT for ANIMAL HAIR!!! That thing could get a fleece blanket hairless I tell ya...

Oh wait - I'm starting to sound like you now. I think I have to down a few Jaeger shots tonight just to be sure I'm still "me"...lol!!!

Shannon S said...

I gave my mom The Animal for Mother's Day. Still can't figure out how it also came with my agreeing to vacuum their house on a weekly basis! Enjoy your new toy!

kris said...

Oh yeah baby.... welcome to Dyson Paradise! I've had mine for about 4 years and it's the best damn vacuum ever (and much like you, I was appalled at my sheer excitement over a vacuum).

Jill and Jaap said...

I HAVE gotten excited about a vacuum before...I can relate..

Colleen said...

I looooves my purple Dyson!

Kim said...

I love your duct tape job. Now if you were in the south like me, you'd be able to put that duct taped baby in a yard sale and recoup some of your money! lol

K said...

I'm just waiting for my Kirby to die so I can get a Dyson, but I think it will out-live me.

Duct tape? Can't live without it. It's holding my fencing equipment cart together!

As for a weekend date with the vacume? What's so strange about that? Hehe! The vacume is sacred in this home.

Did I mention I have 9 indoor cats?

Kimi

Donna said...

Man, you are one lucky gal! I would love to own a Dyson too...anything to make vacuuming easier.

Funny story...my parents came to visit a couple months ago and while I was at work, my mom asked Emma where the vacuum cleaner was. Emma told her "I don't know...she never uses it!" I almost died of embarrassment, even though it's NOT TRUE!!!

crazylady said...

sucks to be the only gal in blogistan without one :(

I spent all those years telling hubby never to give me gifts that plug in.