This Roomba. The iRobot Roomba has not changed my life, but my floors have definitely been cleaner than they were before I received it as a Mother’s Day gift. Two kids, two humans, and two dogs (weighing a total of approximately 190 pounds) mean that my floors are pretty much always covered in crumbs, dog hair, and now that we live on a little land, leaves and beggars lice. It’s not great, I’ll say that much. I’ve found that the Roomba cleans about 2.5 to 3 large rooms well on one battery charge, and then it’s (eventually) sent back to the charger. Other things to know: our dogs mostly leave it alone, our toddler enjoys attempting to get as close as possible to it without letting it touch him, our baby likes chasing it, and I get a sweet thrill every time I empty the canister.
This music. So I guess I’m really into ballads now? I’ve always had a soft spot for the genre (90s Celine Dion, I’m looking at you), but I’ve been particularly excited about recent and upcoming releases. Have you seen this performance from A Star is Born? Or heard this song from Kelly Clarkson? And Christmas is quite some time away—I get that, and I respect it—but I saw an advertisement for this John Legend album, and I’m adding it to my cart right now because life is short and love is forever and can you put a price on happiness, Daniel? Can you?
These mums. Continuing this very adult “Things I’m Loving” post: these mums always feel like fall to me, and I love how luscious the ones from Costco are. I’ve been trying to make our entryway less sterile, and these were a good step forward.
This game. We are somewhat on the verge of being able to play like three board games with our 3-year-old, Sam, and this is one of them. It’s actually a fun game, and it was going so well--until Daniel said that Sam tried eating some of the acorns. But let me start at the beginning: this is a game in which the objective is to feed a cute little squirrel lots of acorns. My favorite part: the squirrel tongs in the box. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a gift for 3 or 4 year olds (thank you, Stephanie!).
Other things I’m loving: sending my toddler Sam to preschool; fresh tomatoes from the garden (Daniel planted ours late so they’re still coming in); Sam saying “it’s my favorite!” a million times a day and also, “mom, you’re the best!”; watching Raymond stand on his own.