Friday, 2 October 2015

Diary of a Dyson kid

We had a special delivery here a few weeks ago. The timing was perfect. I was recovering from my hysterectomy surgery and milking the no housework thing to the max.

My minions inherited their love of vacuuming from their dad. The first thing that attracted me after his candylicious bod was that he did the vaccuming for his MUM every week.

Without fail.
I fell for the " Oh sorry I'll be late for our date I'm still doing the vacuuming for mum "
He probably was.

It felt like Christmas when I was invited to attend the Dyson event at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show. While decorating cupcakes and being invited to make a big mess - we had the opportunity to make a see how the clean up can be a breeze with a Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick vacuum. Best you pop over there and read the technical stuff.

So this arrives -

Dyson V6 Absolute 'Cordless' Vacuum -  a new toy for the boys though I secretly take it for a quick zip when no-one is watching.

like Lego it goes together easily. A nine year old did it.

 This was sped up but you get the gist.

Then the vacuuming wars began. I supervised closely so the wand didn't turn into a light sabre or weapon of mass destruction to beat the bro'.

I was 'floored' at the amount of red dirt and dust (the downside of a tree-change) - a fair bit of red dust gets traipsed inside every hour day , the dust it sucked up in the boys' room that had not long been vacuumed by Hubby with our other vac was astounding. Let's talk about the lego that was saved too - and how clean the car is now.

This was only a small handful of what we recovered over a few vacs.

 It’s probably the last vacuum I’ll probably ever buy ...though to be clear this was gifted. Hubby loved the Absolute V6 so much he bought Motorhead for his business. He loves that Dyson cleans from floor to ceiling and everywhere in between - cobwebs are history.

The V6 Absolute is rightfully at the top end of the V6 range as a “premium vacuum”. It covers the bases of the entire Dyson family - V6 Handstick; the V6 Animal (specialist for pet hair as well as hard/soft floors) ; the V6 Motorhead Handstick designed just for carpets , V6 Fluffy Handstick for hard floors.

Each model looks slightly different, comes with slightly different batteries and attachments but the wands/heads are interchangeable on our two.

Vacuuming is not meant to take all day - in less than 20 minutes this awesome vacuum’s super power zips through the dust , detritus and crumbs. Super 6 mins on max power on a single charge sucks up the cat hair on my outdoor lounge. the dust from around the fireplace was a big winter problem.


Between charges you can relax knowing you have time up your sleeve to relax instead of still lugging the plug in vacuum from room to room and searching for a free power point.

Maintenance instructions suggest rinsing of the filters, once per month or so and my friend tells me they send you a message to remind you.

It's comforting knowing that the dust and allergens aren’t being exhausted into the air largely to the HEPA filter attached to the back of the unit.

The GOOD - 

Every head you could possibly want .
V6 Absolute comes with
  • a soft-roller cleaner head for hard floors,
  • a direct-drive cleaner head for soft floors,
  • a mini-motorised tool for pet hair , car mats and seats, furniture, stairs - the anywhere, suck up anything vacuum.
  • a mini-soft dusting brush for compact tasks like keyboards and other such delicates. 
  • extension pole attached for floor use and detached for compact hand held suck ups.
  • 2 Tier Radial™ Cyclone Technology: Flings dust out of the air and into the bin, separating out even the most microscopic particles.
  • 2 year parts and labor warranty.
Lightweight at 2.31kg but with MAXIMUM power.
Should unexpected friends pop in you have just enough time to do a quick zip around the kitchen and entry.

Though we rarely change the heads - Dyson comes with a docking station/wall bracket too for storage of all the accessories - we haven't decided when to put ours yet.

The Ummm
  • You have to work quickly because apparently it takes 3.5 hours to fully recharge from empty (according to Dyson) .
  • So if you have a bigger house to clean, you’re going to do something else in between charges.
  • I think it is worth the price tag yet it's something a lot of average families might not see the value in investing in - unless they read a stunning review and are convinced.
  • The sizeable bagless bin needs emptying often , duh' that means it's doing it's job - especially with my dirt magnets and their boots off rule interpretation - "That's for muddy boots Mum! " and hubby "I'm just in for a minute" Why can't they just follow the rules.
  • ONLY 2 year parts and labor warranty.

  • Available from and select retailers.
  • Range: Dyson V6 RRP: $499, V6 Animal RRP: 699, V6 Fluffy RRP: $799, V6 Motorhead RRP:$799, V6 Absolute RRP:$899.

Now the kids are all revv'ed up by the intensely powerful Dyson's V6 motor. I'm still sitting back watching them vacuum and waiting for the V8's.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday : I didn't see this coming

Be ‪#‎sunsmart‬ this is what wide excision of a small ‪#‎melanoma‬ in situ - early detection - on upper cheek looks like.

In situ melanoma is the very earliest stage of melanoma. There are cancer cells in the top layer of skin (the epidermis) but they are all contained in the area in which they started to develop. So they have not started to spread or grow into deeper layers of the skin. In other words, it has not become invasive. 

Thank God my Sydney Breast Cancer / Sarcoma surgeon (also Melanoma specialist) at a follow up appointment in June was very observant, had a closer look and advised removal ... I didn't waste any time seeing a local surgeon. The suspect lesion was removed 8wks ago, yesterday I had more surgery to get clear margins.  

I am okay and it's not too painful.

#‎slipslopslapseekslide‬  ‪#‎skincancer‬  ‪#‎melanomaawareness‬ ‪#‎melanomaprevention‬  

I could not be word less today - It's so important to protect your skin from the sun. If anyone is looking for tips on being SunSmart, please visit Cancer Council for more information.



Sunday, 20 September 2015

Mangoes, Melanoma, Minted Old Gold and The Book of Life - I must confess

Morning , Noon or Midnight ?
The posting time should give this away immediately 11.23 pm.

The legacy of being a shiftworker and an avid reader as a child and teenager (ok always) ... I confess couldn't put the book down and would sneak a torch under the covers.

[Though wickedly now, it includes the checking of Facebook before bed and being lured into clicking on links]

Responsibilities, as a more experienced Registered Nurse or in charge of shift, meant I often finished my afternoon shift later than some of my colleagues (who nicked off by 10.45pm). So the 11pm shift finish was more like 11.30pm Then I had to drive home , arriving home after midnight and needing to wind down. I still preferred afternoon shift as opposed to getting up at 6am, especially after going to bed often at 1am at least once a week - the quick shift.

Even now I rouse at 6am only if it really suits me join the Vixen's running group , Personal training (though not in the last month) and dragon boat paddling (once a week).

I confess to loving the fact that none of my children were early risers as babies/toddlers. When I was breastfeeding they would happily doze back to sleep (albeit in our bed) after an early feed. I could not have kept up with them coped otherwise.

I've always been a night owl (like both my parents) , though I confess sometimes it catches up with me. Last night we digitally downloaded the  Book of Life on iTunes.

A very different movie to what I was expecting. The  ‪#‎dayofthedead‬ celebration was vibrant and the animation amazing. The Minions stayed awake all the way through , nudging me from my couch slumber as the end was nigh. I didn't realise I'd nodded off for a nana nap at nine.

Trying to recognise the well known voices of the animated characters and laughing out loud , it was quite funny and moving ... more than my running on empty tank could take. I fell under a sleeping spell. 

It's now available for digital download and I was gifted a code much to the delight of the minions.

THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. (c) Fox

Tonight, I'm mighty a anxious. I have to be up early and at the hospital by 8am for day surgery. The surgeon wants to get a better margin where the melanoma was removed 7 weeks ago. I'm worried how I'll look , being on my face and close to my eye. The only eye I have vision in. I'm very grateful I will be completely out like a light and feel nothing.

In prepartion for NBM - [fast from midnight] I've been inhaling a mango , Jersey caramels and Pepperminted Old Gold Dark chocolate. Consequently, I feel quite ill right at this moment.
Bad idea. Pass the antacids.

I'm still reovering from the Hysterectomy , so I haven't run or exercised much. My body is screaming out for action. Today was the first time I paddled or exerted myself in 4 weeks. I didn't pass out but I could feel the affects of inactivity.

I'm increasingly anxious about lots of things.

Sleep who needs it.
Are you a morning , noon or night person ?

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