Friday, November 29, 2013

Death To Appliances

This morning I killed the vacuum. I like to kill appliances. I'm good at it. (My iPhone also died this morning. Isn't that wonderful?) You know I burned the dishwasher last week. Well, today I burned the vacuum. I'm not sure what happened, exactly. In a fit of inspiration, I cleaned the living room this morning. That involved a lot of garbage collecting, and dispersing a wide variety of toys to their various homes. When I was done, I connected the vacuum. (We have central vac.) It occurred to me that I couldn't remember the last time I had used it. Hm. Anyway, I vacuumed the whole living room floor, and even pulled out the couch and vacuumed under and behind it. Oh what treasures I found there. And then the vacuum made a strange sound. It kept running, but something sounded wrong. So I did what anyone would do: I shrugged and continued vacuuming. It soon became apparent that it was not functioning properly, so I figured I would quit while I was ahead. I took it apart and hung it back in our broom closet.

That's when I noticed the smell. I am very familiar with the smell of burning rubber. No, I am not a wild driver, nor am I in the habit of lighting tires on fire. But burning rubber with a vacuum? That I am very experienced in. Back in the day, I would have gotten out the tools and taken the beater bar apart and fixed the issue, no doubt with the belt. But today I decided to just close the closet door and ignore the problem. The next person who needs the vacuum will be stuck dealing with my disaster. (Oh wait, nobody vacuums except for me. Dang.) Besides that, the last time I did that, I ended up hurting myself and passing out on top of the vacuum, right in front of my terrified three year old. Nope. Not gonna do that again. 

So now I have a clean living room but a very messy kitchen. Seeing our house is very open concept, I like to alternate between having a clean kitchen and a clean living room. It adds a nice contrast with the rooms so visible to each other. 

Anyway, I guess it's time to go continue with my laundry. At least I can pretend to be keeping up there. Bye for now.

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