Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Welcome to the family, Roomba.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when my dad came to visit and made me fix my phone and internet because, "Normal people do not handle all of their miscellaneous business on their iphone while sitting at stoplights."

Whatever.

He also made me solemnly swear to never try to groom my dog again.  I promise, if he could have found the clippers, he would have fixed her awful haircut himself.

I hid them.

And being Mr. Gadgety McGadgetson, he told me about his favorite household item and in his description, he said three words that will forever change my life.

"It vaccuums for you."

I know that's actually four but it's Spring Break and I'm living a little.

Through some serious investigation, I found that Trey and I had some unused points to an online store that carries all kinds of gadgets, and whizbangs, and such.

So, after some research, believing my dad's testimony, and finding a way to pay for the thing without actually spending any cash money, I ordered a Roomba.



It arrived on Friday and I'm going to admit, I was a little skeptical.  Our house gets really, really dirty.  I mean with the kids, and the dog, and the kids, and the sidewalk chalk, and the indoor skateboarding, I'm almost constantly sweeping my floors and they never really get totally clean.

People, it goes under my couches.  I don't even want to go under my couches.

It goes under the chairs, up over the rugs, and all around the dog kennel. It picks up everything and then, when it's done, it parks itself to recharge. IT PARKS ITSELF!!!

It completes me.

If it were a good kisser, Trey might have reason to feel threatened.

The first time I turned it on, I called Trey giggling like a schoolgirl.  After having used it for several days, I can't say it's saving me a ton of time because all I do is follow it around holding my coffee watching it clean for me.

Darius thinks I've totally lost it and Dea wants one to do his laundry.  I think Graham has thought about trying to ride it but has seen how much I love it and has thought twice.

Smart kid.

The little ones and I are headed to Austin with some friends for a couple of days and I'm having some seperation anxiety.  Would it be too much to ask that Trey read the entire owner's manual before he touches it?

I guess I'd better let him use it.  After all, if he ever finds out how many cool, fishing gadgets he could have gotten instead of a robotic vaccuum, I might be in trouble.

24 comments:

happygeek said...

If I had an iphone I'd do my banking at stoplights too.
However, only people who do not know me would classify me as normal so maybe your dad has a point.
LOVE your roomba.

emily said...

Need to see it in action, have always been a sceptic myself but you might make a believer out of me......and you have seen my floors.

Have fun in Austin.

Stephanie said...

De Lurking to say I HEART Roomba!!! It changed my life!!! How did I live without one? Our's is programmed to go off every morning after I take the kids to school. EVERY morning...my house...Ok just the floors have never been so clean. It has gotten us into the habit of picking up our stuff off the ground, and with kids, that is a BIG deal.
Enjoy your CLEAN floors.

PS every now and then I send it into the bedrooms to clean under the beds.

The Summers said...

that thing is too cool!

Kim said...

Sounds like those apples don't far fall from the tree! Guessing this post made your Gadget Daddy proud!

Will be adding this to my list of must have items when we repatriate.

Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

The B Family said...

WOW! I'm sold!
We received a gadget store gift card for Christmas, and I now know just what I'm going to use it for!

Henley on the Horn said...

Does it really work? I am going to have to research this thing! To have clean floors with no effort!

missy said...

very convincing. my husband isn't going to be happy that i read this post. first i HAD to have an oreck. then i HAD to have a dyson. now i HAVE to have a roomba. too bad i don't also have a gift card.

Becca said...

I love my roomba. But i'm pretty sure Adam only bought it because vacuuming is "his" job and now when I ask him to vacuum, all he has to do is push a stinkin' button. I wonder if he'll trade me for laundry? I'll ask while he's playing Wii and maybe he'll accidentally say "yes" . . .

oh and do you watch Parks and Rec? Remember DJ Roomba? Love him.

Deidra said...

Just this past weekend, I stood in Target staring at the Roomba, wishing I could talk to a real honest person who owned one so that I could decide whether or not to buy one. Stay tuned...

Holli said...

does it do stairs?
toilets?
and if you ever find something that does laundry LET US KNOW!!
:)
Have fun in Austin!

These Three Kings said...

LOL!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!! you lucky joka!
Enjoy your trip and ya Roomba!!!

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

Roombas always make me laugh. When Katherine was about 19 months we were living in Norway. We were at a dinner at Sam's boss' house and they had a Roomba. Katherine went over and punched the button and it started chasing her. She freaked out and the entire office thought it was hilarious.

little miss can't be wrong said...

our roomba was the best gift we ever received, thank you SANTA!!

Kim said...

Does it do ceramic tile floors? If it does, I TOTALLY WANT ONE! :-)

Amy said...

It's so good to see someone else feels about their Rommba like I do. Ours is like a family pet. The kids named it Mr. Floppy. (I don't know why). The baby chases it. I get immense pleasure from watching him go. Fun for the whole family!!! :)

allthingsjuice said...

Now I am lusting in my heart after a Roomba. I know it would make my life complete...

allthingsjuice said...

Now I am lusting in my heart after a Roomba. I know it would make my life complete...

Candy said...

Would it pass the "Bud" test? (As in very large yellow Lab??) If so, I'm going for it.

Want to come watch it work!

Love,

Candy

sevenalstons said...

I totally want a Roomba now! Five kids, one dog, three cats = I need a Roomba!

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Lea said...

You will never believe what I just came across online tonight! Or maybe I'm the last person to discover it (or NEED it, for that matter)...whatever. They make a Roomba that MOPS!!!!!!! All week after reading your Roomba post I have determined that that will be my 2010 Mother's Day gift. I've been planting the thought in all of my children's heads. But now...oh my. I will either have to have BOTH or decide which chore is more important. If you, too, happen to have the luxury of white tile floors in your kitchen and try this out anytime soon, please do write a post on it. I'm leaning towards the mopping one....for us, white tile + high traffic zone = not white tile. Have a great week! :)

AmyRLugo said...

Does it only do carpet or will it work on tile or hardwood as well?

Karin Katherine said...

I'm glad you are enjoying it. I had one about 8 years ago but I think they've significantly improved by then.

Now I use my children as my little robotic cleaners. That is another great plus of homeschooling!

I kid...