Friday, November 19, 2010

Toys for Grown-Ups

As I sit here typing this, it is all I can do to maintain a straight face.

There is a Dyson commercial on TV and the mother is completely taken with it. “Oh, man,” I hear her say longingly. As I look up, I am delighted to see a particular canister model. Delighted because I know something that she does not: one is on its way to This D*mn House!

Yes, earlier this week, I took the Dyson plunge. (Sorry, Kenmore. You just don’t make the vacuums you once did.) I bought a DC23 canister for the mother. She doesn’t like uprights, so it had to be a canister. She’s been grumbling a lot lately about the compact Kenmore canister we’ve had for three or four years. And, I have to admit, it’s grumbling that’s completely justified.

So, it just happened that made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I had a 12 percent off coupon on top off a Dyson sale they were having. Bagless and with a washable filter, and for a price about $100 more than a high-end Kenmore, Eureka or Bissell, it was just too hard to refuse.

Yeah, it’s really hard to keep a straight face. Expect a review one of these days as I definitely plan to put this bad boy through the paces. I want to know I’m getting my money’s worth, that’s for sure.

This isn’t the only piece of modern technology to make its way to This D*mn House in recent weeks.

I recently marked my 10th anniversary with my employer. For this milestone, I got to choose an appreciation gift. I was torn between two things: a Kindle and a Garmin GPS system.

Some of my real world companions can attest to my lack of direction. It’s a frustration I can’t begin to describe. I’m not stupid and yet I am made to feel so on a regular basis when I try to navigate.

It was a hard choice to make but I ultimately opted for the Garmin. I didn’t expect it to arrive for a few weeks. And I thought it would come by mail. Instead, it appeared last week, on my desk! It didn’t come with a case – which is important to keep it from getting scratched up – nor with an AC adapter. I remedied that this week. In fact, the case arrived yesterday and the adapter is en route.

So, expect reviews in the not so distant reviews. Of course, where the Dyson is concerned, the most important opinion, belongs to the mother.


Ty'sMommy said...

Congratulations, NV! I bought a Dyson this year also. Mine is the "Blueprint" model. A compact upright that is perfect for my small spaces. I LOVE it.

Also, I bought my first GPS last year on Black Friday (yes, I have a lousy sense of direction) and it has proven invaluable as well. I hope you have equally good experiences!

cd said...

I love my DC28. It's one of the best purchases I have made. Although it still scares me when I see how much dirt it picks up weekly Looking forward to the release of the Dyson Groom tool. Attaches to the handle and as you brush your pup and it sucks up the fur. Not sure my goodledoodle will share my enthusiasm! The Mother will be most excited as she creates assorted things to clean you never thought possible.

jOoLz said...

i have the old-school, pre-ball yellow dyson. it's about 6 years old now, and we now live in an apartment with wood floors. it gets hauled out about once a week to vacuum the area rugs and the upholstered furniture (the attachments rock, btw!). but it has a lot of miles on it from our old place... and it still works like a champ. i feel about canisters the way your mother feels about uprights, but i have a feeling you will both love your new vacuum.

we also have one of dyson's air multipliers. best fan ever.

Jayne said...

Wow, you get some great appreciation gifts from your employer! I went a year without sick leave and got a $35 gift card from Home Depot. lol I inherited a Google smart phone from my bestie when she upgraded, and it came with Navigation. Since I have no sense of direction, either, I LOVE it. Modern technology is great!

Kristin said...

Oooh, I would have gone for the kindle, taken it with me in the car so that when I got lost, I could chill out and read...
Knowing me, I would probably get lost on purpose :-D