Last year (as in a couple of months ago), as Thanksgiving approached and my family members started asking me for Christmas wish lists, I had no idea what to ask for. I really couldn’t think of anything I needed. Other than the things that I always love to receive (like sweaters, books, and fun jewelry), I really couldn’t think of anything I wanted. I was totally at a loss as to what to put on my list. I’ve tried things like, “I’ll love anything you get me” in the past, but my loved ones, bless their hearts, aren’t really satisfied with that. So my plan was to mention a few things, like the ones in the parentheses above (I had already mentioned a purse to Emerald) and leave them to their own devices, because I truly do love anything the people I love pick out for me.
And then my friend Donna from graduate school posted on her Facebook page that she was thinking she might want a Roomba for Christmas and asked if anyone had one and if so, if it really worked.
A Roomba? What’s a Roomba? Of course I had to Google it that instant.
I soon discovered this is a Roomba:
Now I do not like housework. Not one bit. I do it because, well, I like a clean house. While there are some chores I don’t mind a whole lot, like dusting and yes, even cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, I strongly dislike vacuuming. I don’t really know why, but it is one of my least favorite housecleaning chores. Jim actually likes to vacuum, so I try to leave it to him, but with children and pets, we often have crumbs under the kitchen peninsula and table, and cardboard from scratch couches (for cats) all over the floor in several rooms. So vacuuming is often required more than the once-a-week whole-house cleaning covers, which means I find myself lugging the vacuum around much more than I would like (which to be honest, would be never).
As you would imagine, a robot vacuum piqued my interest more than a little bit, so I turned my attention back to Donna’s FB post and eagerly read the comments. To my surprise (this was too good to be true, right?) they were all good. Friends of hers either had one and loved it or knew someone who had one and loved it.
So this miracle robot which would take over my most dreaded household job became my Christmas list (at least as far as gifts from Jim went). I mentioned it to him, and although he was skeptical, he researched it with enthusiasm. I think he was happy to have an idea of something I was really excited about.
Of course, robot vacuums don’t come cheap, so this was an item he needed my input on. Together we selected the model. I think he may have hoped that the rest of the gift-giving process could be more in secret, but my prize gift arrived at our front door with big letters across the box: ROOMBA. So much for any sort of pretence. We both knew I knew what my present from my hubby was, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
The other fun part of this story is that Jim dislikes wrapping presents as much as I dislike vacuuming. And like vacuuming for Jim, gift wrapping happens to be one of my favorite things, especially at Christmastime. So a couple of days before Christmas, I gave Jim a gift. I offered to remove a holiday burden from his plate. If he would make sure all of my gifts (except for the Roomba — the girls each got me something, too) were in plain boxes that didn’t give away their contents, I would be happy to wrap my own gifts, including the Roomba. He very gratefully took me up on my offer.
So I wrapped my Roomba and propped it up against the wall by the tree and awaited Christmas morning as eagerly as the girls did. We all even complimented Jim on how beautifully my big present was wrapped. 🙂
I would love to tell you how well it works and how it has totally erased the need for normal vacuuming, but the truth is, I don’t know about that yet. I have been so excited to try it, but one thing the reviews (although positive) did say was that the robot gets hung up on obstacles on the floor, like electrical cords and most likely, a Christmas tree. Because of that, I have held my horses and waited until we undecorated for Christmas — and then of course the work and school week hit, so I’ll have to wait a few more days to see my miracle gift in action. I’ll most certainly keep you posted.
Did you have a gift this year that you couldn’t wait to put into use? If so, what was it and are you still as excited about it now one week later?