I never thought I'd say this, but I can't wait to be able to vacuum normally again.
We own two vacuum cleaners--one we bought, and one was a hand-me-down--both of which are great. I should say, they were great. The idea was to not have to lug one up and down the stairs. Well, several months ago, as Murphy's Law would have it, they BOTH broke down within days of each other. I investigated into repairs...one would cost a small fortune to repair, and the other just needed a new belt. So I opted for the belt replacement. I placed the small order, and was informed that it was backordered. Then, a month later, I was informed that it was still backordered. Recently, as I pleaded with the foreigners on the other end of the phone line about how I needed a working vacuum cleaner and 3 months is a ridiculously long time to wait for a belt, I was informed that they had let the warehouse know about my situation. Yes, it's a situation, all right. Crazy obsessive/compulsive woman with two children age 3 and under, and no easy way to clean her floors.
At the beginning, I joked with Garfield that I guessed I was just going to have to use the little tiny attachment part to vacuum the entire house. That was meant to be a joke. We laughed. I confess, over the past few months as I do just that, with the vacuum continually falling onto my head when I try to reach a spot more than 2 1/2 feet away, I do not laugh. In fact, I mutter less-than-kind things to my vacuum cleaner. It then proceeds to continue to whack me on the head. Crawling all over the house on my hands and knees, sweating, in a two-story house, using that little tiny part that I thought was merely for decoration, is not fun.
But I'll tell you what is fun...the fact that I'm now going to be ever-so-grateful to actually stand up, and walk around, pushing a normal vacuum cleaner around my house. I will do so with joy and thankfulness, grateful that I have carpet to clean, and babies to dirty that carpet, and no one whacking me on the head while I perform this "chore"...(well, that last part is yet to be determined, I suppose).
And in the meantime, if you come over, please just don't look down. I promise, it's a scary view.