Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Nov. 30 - Dec. 3]

Wow, I’m not trying to say that people don’t get much work done between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you guys came back from vacay, roaring — which was awesome. PHILOSOPHICAL MONDAY re: Tall Drink of Nerd: Bye Bye Wheat, in which Amy Robinson decides to give up wheat...

Notes from a Nester: One Step Closer to a New Nest

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow So far, summer 2009 has been a positive one in our household.  The baby chick continues to grow and appears to be healthy.  I’m plagued by growing pains as my belly continues to expand, but moms keep telling me it’s all worth it once she’s born.  I just hope she’s...

Notes from a Nester: Can I Have Your Nest?

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow Pedro Moura Pinheiro The house hunt is still on and as my belly gets larger and the pile of baby stuff continues to grow, I get really nervous that we will not make it into a larger space in time for the arrival of our little one. There is a prospect – one that I’m...

Notes from a Nester: Something’s Growing in my Nest!

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow Photo Credit: Heartlover1717 “Notes from a Nester” has been on a brief hiatus for many reasons, not the least of which is…our nest is getting a little bit bigger.  In a little over five months, we’ll be welcoming the newest addition into our family and...

Notes For a Nester: Eat Your Veggies!

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow It’s hard enough to eat healthy when you work all day and drag yourself home in the evenings with just enough energy to throw together dinner. It’s even harder when money starts to get tight and the fast food drive through starts to look more budget friendly than...

Notes from a Nester: A Most Unusual Nester…

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow I was at a bit of a loss this week as I sat down at the computer.  Nothing is really going on to inspire a column.  I baked some more bread and it turned out better, but still not perfect.  I’ve started using a new organic laundry detergent, but I haven’t been...

Notes From A Nester: The Slow Rise

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about slowness.  Maybe it’s brought on by the hectic pace of my life, the years rolling by faster and faster, work and goals that pile up but never seem to get fulfilled or the economy causing every increasing anxiety, my mind has...

Notes From A Nester: Not So Fierce, Mostly Nerdy Birthday

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow This past weekend was my birthday.  Since I didn’t feel like going out on the town, I had a few close friends over to help me celebrate.  One of my guests was shocked that I had spent my entire birthday cooking and cleaning in preparation for my guests’ arrival.  I...

Notes From A Nester: Make the Pasta!

. a blogumn by Debra Barlow Santa smiled on me this holiday season and I did receive my much drooled over pasta maker.  Once the holiday craziness was over, my husband and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I always thought pasta making would be a labor-intensive ordeal.   In my mind, it’s up...

Notes from a Nester: The Nestiest Christmas List of All

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow I love buying gifts and I like to think I’m pretty good at it.  Anytime someone casually mentions something that interests them, a hobby they’d like to take up, a favorite director or band, I file it away for future use.  And, despite the crowds, I really enjoy...

Notes from a Nester: COOKIES!!!

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow It’s December, folks, and that can mean only one thing: the holiday season has begun!  My husband and I were in Napa for Thanksgiving and sure enough, by Friday night all the little towns had their holiday lights up.  I felt so festive driving around.  But after...

Notes From a Nester: The Texas Embassy

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow I love Thanksgiving.  Unlike a lot of families, this holiday was always fairly stress free in our house.  It existed more as a trial run for the Christmas feast that loomed large on the horizon.  It was always the same exact meal for both holidays, so I think it...

Notes From A Nester: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow Something about the prolonged Los Angeles summer this year has me feeling in a not very nesty mood lately.  My house is actually quite disgusting, if I’m being honest.  Sunday, I spent most of my morning weeding through three weeks of newspapers that had...

Notes from a Nester: Do You Own Your Nest?

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow Like any good nester, I am also a planner.  I grew up in a military household and I thrive on order.  I like to know where I am and where I will be within a certain time frame.  I do not do well with spontaneity and uncertainty.  So this particular time in our...

Notes from a Nester: Falling for Fall

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow Last weekend, my husband and I attended a wedding in Solvang, CA in the Santa Ynez valley.  It’s beautiful this time of year and the cool, crisp autumn air was a nice break from still-stifling Los Angeles.  Solvang is a cute little town settled by Danish immigrants...

Notes From The Nest: Green Edition

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow Growing up, my mother was obsessed with cleanliness.  Not in a germophobic sort of way. She just wanted her house to sparkle like a Mr. Clean ad. And it did. I distinctly remember her cleaning the house every single day, only taking a break on weekends.  And I also...

Notes from a Nester: Autumn Ice Cream

. A blogumn by Debra Barlow My Kitchen Obsession I don’t know when it happened.  Maybe it was the day the dial switched from 29 to 30 or maybe it was the moment when my dear husband slipped that band on my finger.  But I suspect it’s been longer than that.  Really, I suspect it’s been buried...

Throwing the Perfect Bridal Shower for Your 30 Something Friend

A blogumn by Debra Barlow Notes from a Nest Two weeks ago I co-hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend.  The matron of honor organized the guest list, the food and decorations.  I offered my home. So maybe co-host is too strong a word, but I did help! And, as before any party, my house was...