Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The second love of my life: Alvin the Roomba

The original intent of this blog was to feature all things domestic — gardening, home improvement, sock darning, etc. … I obviously like to cook more than participate in any of those other activities, though. So since nearly all of my posts have been centered in the kitchen, today I’m going to share with you the second love of my life, “Alvin” the Roomba, our iRobot 560 vacuuming robot. Alvin came to us as a Christmas gift from my parents. He makes us so happy. I can barely remember what life was like before he arrived. I seem to recall it being pretty similar, but with a greater volume of dust bunnies. I named our Roomba because to me, he’s not just a vacuum. We can’t have pets due to allergies, so he’s as close to a furry friend as our house will ever see.

Alvin vacuums our downstairs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. His close attention to detail and gentle temperament with our furniture have earned him a special place in our hearts. Dust allergies have already improved and we’re no longer embarrassed to show the bottoms of our socks.

A few weeks ago, while I was lying in bed with a cold that I believed had the potential to take my life, I heard Alvin play his start-up song — similar to the theme from the original Mario Brothers — and back out of his dock. He began whirring away, sweeping up the previous day’s grime, almost as if to say, “No, no. You rest. Let me take care of the house.” If only he could have delivered orange juice and Sudafed to my beside.

Since we have all hard floors downstairs (the only place we use Alvin), this machine works especially well in our house. Our friends who have Roombas circulating on carpeted areas, however, report mixed reviews. If you look into getting an Alvin of your own, check out the different models and make sure your floors are properly suited.

Next on my wishlist: The Scooba.

7 comments:

Emily said...

You're welcome to bring Alvin with you next time you come to our house. I'm sure we could keep him very busy and it would probably entertain Murray at the same time.

jenny said...

That is hilarious! I love it! You should definitely continue to feature topics outside of cooking. Look how much we can all learn from each other's domestic experiments. I don't think that it would work in our house because we have different levels of flooring due to our 100 year old home. Great post!

Katie said...

Ryan is still talking about your Roomba. :) I didn't realize that he had a name. I love it!

Barbie said...

So does that make Morgan the 3rd love of your life?!

Hillary said...

Did I accidentally call something else the love of my life? If there is any question, Morgan is definitely the first. :-)

Barbie said...

Oh, I thought that you were saying that cooking was your first love and Alvin was your second...making me wonder where Morgan fit in!

Jen said...

That is so cute! I want one!