I love my hand blender and it is so much easier to use for pureeing soups than the hassle of putting it into a blender container.
The only things that I use a regular blender for is grinding spices and vegetables for my spice mixtures and an occasional margarita. My regular blender (harvest gold, circa 1970's) finally kicked the bucket last week. I will be getting a new one soon because after trying minifood processors, etc. it does the best at grinding spices, etc.
Life is all about a$$; you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving like one, or you live with one.