December 19, 2008

Outside Christmas Lights

Posted in House tagged , at 9:47 pm by smilinshell11

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Dear Neighbors,

I honestly did a double take.  I’m no Martha Stewart of outside light decorating but wow.  I really do feel bad taking a picture and posting it on the Internet.  I’m a little confused how you came to the conclusion that 5 different strands of lights would look good.  I don’t mean to sound rude, but I think it would look better with no lights than what you currently have hanging. 

Thanks,

Your Next Door Neighbor

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December 14, 2008

The Results Are In

Posted in House tagged , , , , at 10:11 pm by smilinshell11

I took the “Dyson Challenge”.  I first vacuumed the front room with my old vacuum and then went over the same area with my new Dyson.  It is not a big area as I was feeling lazy and didn’t feel like vacuuming twice!  Here are the contenders:

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On the right, we have my old Bissell vacuum. On the left, we have the challenger: A Dyson DC18 Slim.

Without further ado, here are the results: P1020845

The left is what I vacuumed up with my old Bissell. The right is the additional “stuff” the Dyson picked up. It doesn’t seem like that much but the area I was vacuuming wasn’t that big.

Needless to say, I have vacuumed the whole house (some parts twice). 🙂 If you are to ever get a Dyson, I would recommend one with the ball.  It works really well on the stairs with the attachment and the cord is apparently short for a Dyson, but longer than my Bissell. It is very easy to maneuver and carry up the stairs without killing yourself.

I love my Dyson DC18 Slim and the Dyson Airblade that I was able to use the other day in a restroom.  Mr. Dyson, you have made me a believer.

December 12, 2008

It’s HERE! :)

Posted in House, Stores tagged , , at 9:50 pm by smilinshell11

To the one person who voted it would ship early, you were right! 🙂 My Dyson arrived this afternoon and I think I’m in love.  In its blog debut, my new Dyson DC18 Slim:

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Tomorrow I will post the results of my “Dyson Challenge”.  In other words, I will vacuum with my old vacuum and then vacuum with the Dyson to see how much extra stuff it picks up.  Happy early Christmas to me! 🙂

December 8, 2008

Simmons does the Christmas Tree Farm

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind, Stores tagged , , , , at 9:11 pm by smilinshell11

On Saturday we had Simmons so we decided to take him the Christmas Tree Farm:

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Honestly, he wasn’t as helpful as we were hoping he would be in finding a tree. 🙂  He seemed more interested in trying to figure out why the horses in the pasture next to the tree farm didn’t look like him.

Once we were back home, I pulled out the rope toy that I got at Petco the other day.  He was really confused by it which was pretty funny.

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Once he was done playing, he was one tired boy: n10707299_40935953_7589

On Friday, the Puppy Truck came and we got a new puppy to our group, Topeka.  I haven’t seen her yet so I don’t have any pictures.  When I do, I’ll be sure to post them.  She is female black lab with some brindle coloring on her back and feet.

December 2, 2008

I bought it

Posted in Poll tagged , , , at 4:45 pm by smilinshell11

I decided to buy the Dyson after a huge 3 to 1 landslide on the voting. 🙂  The vacuum isn’t scheduled to ship until 1/15/2009 which leads me to this poll:

December 1, 2008

Want Versus Need

Posted in House, Money, Mr. Charming, Poll tagged , , , , , at 3:44 pm by smilinshell11

I’m having that major dilemma right now.  I feel like I need this: Dyson DC18 Slim Vacuum  Now you might think, “$250 for a VACUUM!!!” but anyone who has ever had one tells me that it the BEST vacuum they have ever owned.  My current vacuum is something like this: Bissell Upright Bagless  Granted I could sell my old vacuum on Craigslist and get something for it.  The Dyson I want is 1/2 off plus if I order before midnight, Mr. Charming found a code for free shipping.  Right now we have mostly carpet throughout the house but plan on soon putting in some sort of wood flooring and in that case, do I really need a nice vacuum? We don’t have a dog that lives with us (though we might puppy-sit once a month for a weekend) or really bad allergies.

To buy or not to buy, that is the question.