Thanks to the good folks at Woot, the hubby and I got ourselves a Roomba. It's a seriously cute robotic vacuum. When we first set it off, we followed it around the house watching it bump into stuff and change direction, and get temporarily stuck under tables. I love it! Now instead of infrequently vacuuming the house , I prepare the house for Roomba, and empty the Roomba when it's done.
Did you ever read the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or see that awful movie with Johnny Depp? Well, now I'm like Charlie's dad. Instead of vacuuming, I maintain the robot that vacuums. It's way better this way.