This time, however, since I am feeling so much better, and since my mother in law was also coming, I felt the need to be a bit more prepared. So I cleaned and cleaned, but thought to myself that I would be pretty smart, and leave the vacuuming and mopping until the day before their arrival so that everything looked as nice as possible, and so that there was less dog hair than their might otherwise have been.
Fast forward to the day before...I came rushing home from work, and immediately gathered up the vacuum cleaner and went right to work. I vacuumed half of the living room and then heard a strange sort of noise come from the vacuum...and then all the power seemed to just sort of fade out of it. I thought it had to be my imagination, so I kept going in my pattern around the room....I noticed that the vacuum didn't seem to be making the sort of picking stuff up kind of noises that it usually does, and then all the sudden my nose was hit with that terrible smell of hot burning metal. Yes, I actually managed to BLOW UP the vacuum cleaner!!!! I tried tearing the whole thing to pieces to see if I could find the problem...but I couldn't. So-off to the store I went. I just picked up a cheap vacuum from WalMart and it worked like a charm. So for $45, I'll see how long it lasts...I wonder if it is time to invest in a more heavy duty vacuum? I am pretty diligent about good vacuum care, and I do carefully pick out my long hair from around the roller before each use, but yet somehow I still manage to break the vacuum on a fairly regular basis.
Lesson learned: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE COMPANY ARRIVES TO VACUUM THE HOUSE! DO A TOUCH UP IF NEEDED, BUT AT LEAST DO IT THREE DAYS BEFORE!!!!