Here is the object of my affection:
The Eureka Quick-Up. Keep it clean, people.
It's the most amazing little vacuum cleaner ever. It picks up DUST, cat fur, pine needles, and things I didn't even know were on my floors & carpets (2 settings). It's super light-weight and has a dust cup and filter that I can empty as often as I like. It's cordless! YIPPEE! I'm free! I can vacuum as often as necessary, without getting out the huge in-wall vacuum thing with the 20-foot long hose (I love my NuTone, but seriously, it's too big for quick clean-up). This is pine, fir and cedar country, folks! I need this, and I love it! It was under $40.00 at Target.