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Boxers or Briefs

Boxers or Briefs

I gathered my pounds of laundry and piled the socks, t-shirts, and towels that had been accumulating over the past several weeks into my “shopping” cart, which had actually been purchased for the sole purpose of transporting clothes to the basement. As I rolled the rubber wheeled cart into the living …

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1957

The Cat in the Hat Visits Our Apartment

In the classic “The Cat in the Hat” series, a pink ring develops around the bath tub in one of the books. I always recalled the origin of that mess to be the cat’s aversion to cleaning. Years later, I rediscovered the source  - the cat’s frivolous snacking on a …

Tea Kettle reflection

Polly Put The Kettle On

I have never considered myself at ease in the kitchen, but apparently everything is relative when you take into account the diverse culinary backgrounds of my previous roommates. Some were whizzes who owned every gadget ever advertised on the Food Network, and whipped up delicious dishes to correspond. While others opted …

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Let’s Roll With It

From the toiletries aisle at Target, our roommate called the apartment to ask: “Hey, do you guys still need toilet paper?” With the phone on speaker, my roommate and I listened, half in amusement, half in frustration as our third roommate offered to make his first communal purchase. While his …

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Afraid of the Oven

Growing up, my house was wired with electric. When I moved out on my own, the apartment came with a gas stove and oven. My mother reassured me I had just received an upgrade in the world of cooking. I was hesitant about the gas. I preferred the quiet electric …

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Goggles and Bleach

To this day, every time I clean the bathroom, I have flashbacks. Don’t be alarmed, they are not repressed traumatic Cinderella memories of scrubbing the floor. Rather, more entertaining experiences of the first summer I had to clean my cabin (with my bunk mates) at sleep away camp. The idea of  12 …

Laundry room

Keep the Change, You Filthy Animal

Today, for the first time in five weeks,  I did laundry. I have not waited that long to do laundry since college. As I rolled my cart to the elevator, I sheepishly kept my head down and pressed  the close door button on my descent, hoping not to stop at …