I'm not sure how Mariko does it, but somehow she's still been getting posts into her blog the past few days. We've been thrilled with the overwhelming response to our latest superbuzzy update, and it's been all each of us can do to keep up with the many issues bound to arise with so many people visiting and shopping at the site. We are truly thankful to all of our blog friends who have supported us in so many ways, and thanks also to our new friends who have found the shop and our blogs. Mariko mentioned it today, and I totally agree - we think of everyone who comes to superbuzzy as a friend. We are definitely experiencing a few growing pains - boring ol' technical difficulties and such - so I'm planning on working to fix as much as I can this weekend. You may see the site down for a bit as I try to tinker...
In my other life, I'm currently obsessed with small appliances. Our microwave just died, and I'm excited about the prospects of buying a new one this weekend. Of course, with me it's all about the looks, but I supposed I should pay some attention to function as well, right? Does anyone have a stunning microwave that actually works? I'd love any suggestions!
But, there is more I need to share about small appliances... My dearest hubby treated me with exactly what I wanted for Christmas - a tea maker! I had been eyeing the Zarafina tea maker since I first saw it in the Sur La Table catalog, and it showed up for Christmas. Since receiving it, we've been using it at least twice a day, and it's really great. The really nice thing about it is that it has specific settings for brewing different teas (black, oolong, green, herbal, loose, bagged, etc.) at different strengths. I love that I can just select the tea, and then don't have to worry about temperature, brewing time, etc. - it does it for me! My only complaint is that it brews just 2 cups at a time, but then I realized that I seldom drink more than that in one sitting anyway. Plus, it's really a pretty cute little contraption!
And, there's yet another bit of small appliance love going on over here (weird, I know!). With some much appreciated Christmas gift money, I purchased a Scooba for myself. The Scooba is the robot mop that has changed my life. We don't have a bit of carpet in our house - most of it is tile, and then we have hardwood in the bedrooms. So, mopping and floor upkeep is a huge chore - especially given that we now have one little girl, two cats, and a dog to contend with! I've used the Roomba for quite some time to try to manage the dust bunnies, but mopping has still been a nightmare - until now! I can personally vouch that the Scooba is incredible - it does a better job than I did with my old system, and it can do it while I'm sleeping or out of the house. I'm quickly becoming a fan of gadgets that are timesavers, because goodness knows there are dozens of things I'd rather be doing than mopping!
Sorry if this post seems like a sales pitch, but I just had to share these little wonders that are making my life a bit more manageable amidst all this other insanity! At this point in my life, it's the simple pleasures (like an occasionally clean floor!) that are really making a difference!