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Walking on Eggshells

Typically when I wake up, I hit snooze several times. My phone alarm is set to the loudest possible beep.  I am fully aware my repeated snoozing of the alarm can be heard from the living room. Early on in my roommate relationship with Jenn, she had a friend visiting …

Three toothbrushes, photo taken in Sweden

May I Borrow Your ToothBrush

There comes a stage in every relationship when you begin to leave a toothbrush at your significant other’s. However, when there is a roommate and a shared bathroom involved, it can become a bit more complicated. One morning when my boyfriend had slept over, just as quickly as he walked …

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Separate But Not Equal

When I saw the following scene unfold in The Help, I could not help but think of my old roommate: Hilly, the Jackson, Mississippi head of the Junior League and  sponsor of the Home Health Sanitation Initiative counted the toilet paper squares to ensure her maid Minny did not use …

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Fired by my Part-Time Roommate

Nearly every day a Living Social deal lands in my inbox offering a part-time roommate for rent. I’m hesitant to click  purchase.  Many years ago, I had opened my apartment to this part-time roommate service. From 10am-2pm on Mondays and Thursdays, my part-time roommate arrived while I was at work …

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Ninja Mouse

“I have to go home and fight off Ninja Mouse!” my friend told me as he finished his drink at the party. I choked on air as I inquired about this new “pet” or video game. As I stared at him for an explanation, I learned Ninja Mouse is the …

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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Warning: while reading this story you may experience sudden onset of itching. After a ten day trip halfway across the world, I returned home tired and disheveled. All I wanted was a hot shower and my comfortable bed, not to mention fluffy pillows which had been a rarity on my …

Photo Copyright Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach

Goodbye Purse, Hello Incinerator

I am the Queen of multi-tasking. I pride myself on juggling too many activities at once and excelling at all of them. Until, one morning as I raced around my apartment getting ready to leave for a trip, I lost my crown.  I checked off my to do list virtually …

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Lost Keys? Reward $500

Finding your keys in a snow drift is a lot like searching for a needle in a hay stack: the odds of finding them are quite slim. So when I lost my keys during a blizzard, I did what any other New Yorker would do in my situation- I called …

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The Indoor Composter

At 2am, I opened the freezer to dig into the container of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia I had been craving. Next to the ice trays, tv dinners, and frozen chicken, there were giant ziploc bags I had not seen earlier in the day. I rubbed my eyes as I …