We bought a Roomba.
Note: This is not an advert. Hence the lack of asterixes and links. It's just my monthly waffle about things I haven't otherwised blogged but which felt significant at the time. Yep, I'm excited about a posh vacuum cleaner. 1970s adult once again.
We had been trying to justify a Roomba ever since watching that episode of Parks and Recreation; we finally talked ourselves into it because I'm currently banned from vacuuming (the bright side of pregnancy hip problems!) and Steve wasn't allowed to vacuum for six weeks after his operation. The layers of cat hairs and scattered litter pellets were becoming a bit of an issue.
And, frankly, if it's possible for both of us to be medically prohibited from vacuuming for a month and a half, it can't be very good for you, can it?
Let me tell you: the Roomba was worth every penny. Not only is it time and labour saving but it has removed the one real source of tension from our relationship ("no, it's your turn to do the crappiest household chore"). I know right before Christmas is probably the wrong time to tell you how amazing a very expensive gadget is but there you have it: it is.
My mum and her husband came to visit last weekend. Steve cooked lots of nice food and, as usual, my mum utterly thrashed us at Scrabble. She's in full on grandmother mode now so we have a sizeable mountain of baby items in the corner of the living room. At this rate, the baby's going to cost us nothing but
Continuing the theme of people giving me amazing homemade gifts, my mum had a wee bit of wool to use up so she knitted me these stripy wrist warmers.
One of my favourite colour combinations!
And I finally got around to hanging this painting which my friend, Simon Hepple, did for me as a housewarming gift six years ago (to clarify: I just got around to hanging it in this flat; it had pride of place in the old one!) (also, he tells me he has a competition running on his Facebook page):
Incidentally, those pom-poms turned up in an anonymous jiffy bag late last year but I know fine well they're from Elise! I hung them up for Christmas last year then loved them so much that I never took them down.
The "I Love You" photo is one of my own.
And speaking of love: it's Steve's birthday tomorrow. I'm so excited to spend this coming year with him!
Right now, in particular, I'm excited about spending this coming week with him. We have a tradition of taking the week between his and my birthday off work and this year is no exception - the plan is a mixture of DIY, cinema trips, meals out and lazing around and (other than perhaps the DIY bit) I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.