Friday, March 31, 2006


I wanted to do something festive to celebrate my 41st birthday, which is today. Hence, I am posting a photograph of my utility sink.

In order to catch the lint that spins from my incredibly beautiful washing machine, I use a knee-hi stocking that I purchase for 33 cents a pair in the hosiery section at Walmart. As you can see, my washer has just finished a cycle. The bar of soap at the top of the picture is Lava.

I have a name for the knee-hi in the sink, I call it the pluffer.


Bill Fitzgerald said...

Very pleased to be the first to leave a Happy Birthday comment. You and Rene Descartes! (he's got you by a few centuries) No doubt that 400 years from now, college students everywhere will be studying the works of Erin O'Brien.

Toby said...

Happy Birthday!

When I was a kid we peed in our utilty sink, except it was a sanitary tub and we called it an unsanitary tub.

Kate R said...

Happy birthday and, my, what a nice big grey slug you gave yourself.

Kate R said...

holy comet! you weren't kidding--you truly are the cleaning goddess housewife. There is no shit around the utility sink, no piles of dark goo.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

I'm so glad you explained the slug (as someone else said, great description). That's ingenuity.

Ours has a set of six ginormous washers at the end of it because it kept coming to life during the spin cycle and spraying water all over the place.

PDD said...


Erin, for your birthday I'd like to take you out of your house.

You belong on a stage in Vegas!

Carol said...

Happy Birthday, Erin. You inspire me.

Vince said...

Happy Birthday!
I wonder if they could use old lint for recycled tee-shirts or something?

Denny Shane said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthhhhh-day dear Erin,
Happy Birthday to YOU!

nadina said...

ah a visual now I know what you ment by 'use a knee-high to catch the lint' as part of your domestic advice.
Happy Birthday!!

jamwall said...

happy birthday erin!

cowbell loves ya!

zanytwo said...

Hey's your birthday and I'm in charge of the stars and I'm here to say, Hey ERIN it's your birthday today!!! (Make up your own tune)

There's more but this efftard :- ) will spare you!!!


Hal said...

I have climbed into Marty McFly's Delorean and traveled back to March 31, 1984, Athens, OH. I have gone to the Groin Injury, ordered a 75 cent draft, toasted it to your happiness and succcess on your 19th birthday, thrown back said beer, and have now returned to 21st century Los Angeles.

Happy Birthday Erin!

PDD said...

Hmm... I think there is interesting history between you two...

nicole said...

I just DON'T know what to make of that, Eric. I don't!

Megan said...

Happy Birthday!

So how does this slug thing work?

Toby said...

I've had Faith, Hope and Charity. Megan is next on the list of things to do.

Paul said...

I use the knee highs, too. I don't like buying them, though. Happy birthday...I remember 41.

Erin O'Brien said...

Bill Fitz: I think therefore I am not.

Toby: I don't know what's worse, pee in the sink or that scary pluffer.

Kate: It is not a big slug! It is a pluffer! And baby, believe me, the camera is kind. this place needs serious attention.

Sue: An attack washer hose ... hm ... me likey

PDD: You and I should team up. A topless gig, with those great big head-dress thingies.

Carol: Glad someone out there's getting the word.

Vince: I shall be the first in line to purchase this new product.

Denny: Marilyn Monroe couldn't have done better.

Jamwall: Erin love Cowbell!

zany: eff the efftards!

Hal: You are my darling. Was I ever that young?

PDD: There is. You will have to get it out of him.

nicole: Can you imagine being that poor guy?

Megan: Welcome to this scary, scary place.

Toby: How quickly a girl falls from the number one spot around here.

Paul: I think you look pretty in knee highs.

Erin O'Brien said...

Thanks everyone for the kind wishes. I've had a damn tough row to hoe and things are finally looking up, due in no small part to all of you.

I love you guys.


Grant Bailie said...

I find this picture very disturbing. It actually frightens me.

But how was your birthday? What did you get? Huh?

Hal said...

Erin & PDD,

Don't worry about the headress thingy. Your thingies should be plenty.

Erin O'Brien said...

Grant-I got to have coffee with you.

Hal-Nevermind our thingies. Go to your room.

Stephanie Powers said...

You could probably sell that on ebay as a vital organ.

Stephanie Powers said...

OH...My best belated wishes for your 41st. Who loves ya baby? I do.

Remember - "We weren't and then we were born."


FLAMINGO1 said...

I feel awful about missing your birthday. I was on a self-imposed hiatus. Too much to do, too little time to do it. Something had to give and it was either this or my mind - I think I made the wrong choice.

Happy belated birthday.



kc said...

Welcome to 41, Erin. I beat you.