Like GB, I use mine infrequently but am happy to have it when I need it. I love it for pureeing cream soups and that I can put it right in my cooking pot. Mine's easy to clean because, like Andy M., mine comes apart for cleaning in the dishwasher.
Congratulations on a wonderful birthday gift. Have fun with it.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!