I’ve decided today to officially declare that I hate my vacuum. I have one of the Bissell upright canister vacs. It’s supposed to be super powerful, easy to clean, yadda yadda yadda – don’t believe a word of it.

In reality, it doesn’t pick up anything really. So many times I vacuum the entire house only to realize an hour later some of the crumbs that made me decide I needed to vacuum in the first place were still there.

Part of the problem with this vacuum is that there are three million filters to clean out each single time you want to use it, assuming you are using it to actually pick stuff up from the floor. I am just too lazy for that.

Thinking back to the old days where vacuum salesmen used to come back to the house with their slicked back hair, shiny shoes, and suits and would dump a pot of dirt on a carpet sample, I wondered how my vacuum would hold up to the test. I didn’t want to use dirt though, so I thought I would try baby powder, because at least it smells nice if I couldn’t get it out.

Sure enough, it didn’t pick up any of it. Thank goodness for my shop vac! Cleaning an entire house with a shop vac though is a bit back-breaking, and not something I’d want to do on a regular basis.

I could probably replace all the filters and belts in the vacuum I have now, but I’m sure that would cost a good $50 – money that could go towards a new, better, sucking vacuum that won’t have me swearing at it again in 3 months.

I saw this entire blog about the Miele canister vacuum, and it looks pretty sweet – cheaper than a Dyson and slightly better than the Kenmore I’ve heard good things about…but then again I see it has all those stupid filters…

I need your help everybody, I need a vacuum that sucks! Any suggestions? What kind of vacuum do you have? Do you like it?


Sniff…Sniff…Fantasy Football Comes to an End

One of the drawbacks of December is the end of the Fantasy Football season. Our league’s superbowl is this weekend, but since I’m not a contender, it’s really just kind of annoying as my hubby who made it all the way to the superbowl asks me 3000 times to double check his line-up. (Not that I’m not happy for him and supportive, its just depressing to think I did such a horrible job this season I didn’t even play the playoff games the past 2 weeks!)

It’s hard to say what caused my team to suck so bad this year. Maybe it was Tom Brady getting hurt the first week, and making Randy Moss as a wide receiver pretty much useless, getting a whole 4 points for many games. Unfortunately since Moss was supposed to be a key player, he couldn’t be dropped – only traded. And even though it was the Best of Stupid football fantasy league, nobody in my league was stupid enough to trade anyone for him.

I felt a little bit better when I saw the guys over at Brag Fantasy Football post their playoff stats. A guy named Nick was actually crowned the “Worst Fantasy Football Player” having 2 wins and 11 losses. I had 7 wins and 6 losses, so nothing wonderful, but not fame worthy of the crappiest Fantasy Football owner title either. If you head over there, you can even see the lovely picture of what the worst fantasy football player looks like, as they have it posted right up on the homepage.

Oh well, it was fun, and that’s what matters – next season I’ll be trying a different strategy though, that’s for sure! Did you play fantasy football? How’d it go for you?

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