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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shark Attacked!

Remember how I used to mop once a year? I now mop weekly. WEEKLY, PEOPLE!
That is once a week! And sometimes, I mop TWICE a week!

When I saw this baby in a Black Friday ad for $39, I knew that Christmas would not come unless the lavender beauty was under our tree. My husband had to get the thing or fail abysmally. The poor guy though had no personal experience with Black Friday, so I suggested he simply get up at midnight and trudge over to the computer and order my Shark. (Yes, it was already "my" Shark.)

My husband got up at 6am. Yes, six in the morning. Yes, when Black Friday shoppers are GOING HOME to SLEEP after a long night of eating customers and picking their teeth clean using store shelving.

"It's sold out, honey," he said as he crawled back into bed.

"What time is it?" I mumbled.


My eyes popped open. "Six? SIX??" and then I laughed a maniacal laugh.

"I didn't know..." he offered.

I hopped onto the computer and sure enough my Shark was missing. After a couple hours of panic and disbelief, the website was replenished with a tankful of new Sharks, and I placed an order myself. All was again well in the world. 

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever, I bought my own dang Christmas gift. I feigned all sorts of surprise when the package arrived at the door, when my husband was in another room wrapping the mystery box, and when I finally opened my gift.

Now... why I (heart) my Shark.

The first time I used it, there was proof a-plenty on the cloth that I had previously mopped infrequently, but my floor ended up looking and FEELING clean for days!

  • After three uses, all the grease and dirt build-up around my kitchen appliances was gone.
  • The floor is cleaned with steam, so it dries quicker than when mopping with a bucket of water.
  • No chemicals! Disinfecting occurs with steam.
  • Speaking of water, it only uses 1 cup of water.
  • Quick to use. I only wait 20-30 seconds for the water in the tank to heat up, and off I go.
  • Slim. Takes up no room in my coat closet.
  • Easy to port. No carrying buckets of water, so I actually mop the laundry room, all the bathrooms, and the front door entrance, which was previously unheard of.

CONs, though pretty much inconsequential to me:
  • A longer cord would be cool; in the kitchen, I have to change the plug location once. (waah.)
  • Must use distilled water; not a con for me since I have reverse osmosis at the kitchen sink, but this could be a "con" to someone else.
  • The Shark has more drag than a regular mop, but for me, it's easier than scrubbing the floor by hand, which is what I used to do.
  • Uses electricity. But the trade-off is that I use lots less water and definitely less time.
  • The kids think the Shark is cool so they want to "help".

I had been waiting to write this post until I had a couple months with my shark and see if I still loved it. I DO!

Excuse me now, I have a hot, steamy date in the kitchen.

Friday, December 9, 2011

When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best

... you probably don't do what we do.

One of these will be the photo in our Christmas card this year.

You pick.
Comment below with which photo (#1, #2, #3, or #4) we should use in our Christmas card.






Thursday, December 1, 2011

What's round, orange, and splattered all over?

What were we doing in this beautiful field picking pumpkins several days after Thanksgiving? They were too big to hang on the Christmas tree for ornaments. They didn't fit in any of the stockings. The only use left was...

That's right, baby!

When David and I were dating, one of our dates took place at an indoor shooting range. David had a couple of .22 rifles and thought it would be fun to take his special girl shooting. Little did he know that I had some marksmanship experience in high school on the Army JROTC Rifle Team. I was outshooting him when he realized that the sights on the rifle I was using weren't even set up. I'M THAT FREAKIN' AWESOME! That should have been his first sign to run the other way, alas, he thought that was kinda hot.

Anyhoo... back to last week... One of David's co-workers mentioned a fundraising shooting event and David was all over that like stink on poop. (Woah- where'd that come from? See what happens when I get around firearms?? I channel 3rd grade bathroom humor.)

Left to right:
A friend's AR-15, David's 9mm pistol, and Dave's co-worker's "sniper" rifle with scope.
My favorite to use was the rifle with scope. It was SO NICE to be able to see the pumpkins I was killing the next state over. (My apologies, Colorado.)

The first pumpkin I hunted down with the scope above is on the board, 4th one from the right. What? You can't see it? Possibly, it is because I BLEW IT TO SMITHEREENS!!

My second most enjoyable moment was when it was time to leave and I decided to quickly empty out the rest of the rounds from the AR-15 into an unsuspecting pumpkin and served up some Pumpkin Pie a'la Rat-a-tat-tat. That was so freakin' cool and totally made me look like a hot gun chick with all the adoring male fans at the range. (Back off, boys, this one is armed with a wedding band!)

This tough chick will admit... it took me about 10 minutes to get used to all the weapons at the range. Everyone was firing from pump air rifles to shotguns to small cannons. It was crazy ridiculous and every fiber in my body wanted to run away from the loud booms. After that, I had a great time!

And I'm not saying I outshot David (again). That's between me and the pumpkins.