Thursday, December 17, 2009

Two new toys

I have two new toys in my life, and I feel like a little kid with them.

The first is a vacuum cleaner. I know it sounds odd to be excited by a new appliance, but given how much I vacuum, having one that makes the job easier is a big deal. I first fell in love with this vacuum at my parents' house this summer, when I had to use it multiple times a day to clean up the crumbs that my children scattered far and wide.

When my mother was here last month, she bought me the vacuum as a gift, and I was thrilled. It's a Hoover stick-vac deal, and the best part is that it's cordless. Plus, it switches from floor to carpet mode with just the push of a button. I'm able to vacuum from one end of the house to the other without have to stop for anything. It's also light enough that the big girls are able to use it, which means they've been given the task of vacuuming the kitchen each night after dinner.

My second toy arrived yesterday, and it's also a gift from my wonderful, wonderful, kind, generous parents. It's a new camera - an Olympus SP590. The camera is halfway between a point-and-shoot and an SLR. It has both automatic and manual shooting modes, so I'm able to take great pictures right out of the box, but I will also be able to learn more about aperture and ISO and such as I get better.

This picture alone makes me love the camera. Normally Campbell is a blur in my pictures because my little point-and-shoot wasn't fast enough to catch him as he zipped by. But now, I can capture him even when he's at full speed.

8 comments:

Becca said...

yay mom and dad!!!

Suna said...

As someone who is sorta in love with her latest vacuum, I do understand. And I look forward to photos with the camera. What a nice mother you have, but I knew that already!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Great picture. Have fun with that camera. The vaccum? Well, if you consider that fun, then. . .

Runner Dude said...

The beauty of a decent camera, you were able to capture his face in focus, but the blur of the hands provides the sense of movement.

Cookie said...

That is a great picture. I have a lot of pictures of blurs too :)
I want one of those roombas so I don't have to vacuum!

Baino said...

I love my Dyson so know exactly how you feel about the new vac. And the camera? Sounds fantastic. I have a Canon 400D and find that candid shots are a little difficult because it has to be 'set up' properly. I could do with a point and shoot! Great shot of the speed king!

Mary B. said...

The vaccum? I have a Canon 400D and find that candid shots are a little difficult because it has to be 'set up' properly.

fraught said...

LOVE that photo. NEED me a new camera...

And understand Vacuum Lurve... WANT a Dyson desperately!