When I was in college, the gift of an appliance was strictly verboten. My best friend once wept for days after her boyfriend gave her a chef’s knife for Christmas. But now I love appliances and utilitarian gifts. As you can probably guess, I’m especially fond of my new Kenmore canister vacuum. It’s sleek and quiet and has multiple attachments. It’s not that I like doing housework–it’s that old thing about having the right tool for the job.
Next major chore: insulate the basement. With temperatures dipping below 0, it’s time to make some changes around here. Until then, you can find me on my sofa wrapped in a blanket holding a mug of tea.