Nesting Again [Newly Nested]

This is my last post until after the baby is born.  I can’t believe that in a few weeks (or maybe even days!) that I’ll have a little girl to look after for the rest of my life.  I honestly thought I was done being newly nested and that it was time to think of a new title for my blog. In the...

I Am A TV Addict [Newly Nested]

While summer is my favorite season (perhaps because I’m a summer baby), I always welcome the fall because it is the return of TV season.  Right now I am so happy because 80% of my DVR is loaded with shows that I probably won’t realistically have the time to catch up with.  That is heaven to...

29 Has Become the New 70 [Newly Nested]

I’m have eight weeks until my due date and one new thing that my pregnancy has taught me is what I’m going to be like when I’m an old lady.  Around 29 weeks I just woke up one day and turned into a crotchety version of myself. Here are the things that show me what I am going to be like when...

The Playboy Club– is Having The Key Really Something to Envy? (A...

I couldn’t wait to watch The Playboy Club, mostly because I have been dying for someone to take me back to the 1960s while I wait for Mad Men. While The Playboy Club does take us back to a time that is not our own, it still doesn’t have that smart and addictive immersion into the 1960s that...

I Went to Vegas and Ended Up With a New Car [Newly Nested]

Last time I told you all about taking my dogs to Vegas.  On the dog front it was a successful trip, but during the three days we were there we had a few small hiccups. The short of it is, I went to Vegas and I ended up with a new car. On the way up, my husband hit a piece of rubber on the...

Traveling With Dogs! [Newly Nested]

Even though I have officially started my third trimester, babies aren’t on my mind.  Instead, I have my doggies on my brain.  Currently my two terrier mixes, Tango and Cash, are my babies, at least for the next three months.  Since I’ve owned them, I have imagined taking them on a family...

Newly Nested: Are You For Parry with an “A”?

I have discovered how much of a TV junkie I am this summer.  Without my favorite network shows airing during the summer I have turned to watching MSNBC and CNN nightly.  Thursday night I even made sure to tune in to Lawrence O’Donnell Live after the Republican debate in Iowa.  That’s when I...

Pregger Brain [NewlyNested]

“Be careful not to gain the newlywed 15!” That was the piece of advice my mother gave me on my wedding day, just before we left for our honeymoon.  She has always been one to tell me the dark side of the truth.  While I focused on getting in the best shape for my wedding, the nasty truth is,...

My Newfound Desire for Bananas, Swimming, and Uggs [NewlyNested]

I have used this blog to discuss my anxiety towards having children several times.  I always knew that up until I was pregnant I would never really be certain about having kids.  However, I was also certain that when I had my first child falling into being a mother would come naturally and...

NewlyNested: STAYCATION!!! [BEST OF FaN]

It’s funny because last time we picked our favorite blogumn, I picked my first article and this time I picked the first article I wrote for FAN in 2011.  It was an easy choice for me, because I’m still obsessed with the idea of spending Christmas on Coronado Island and even...

Making Reading a Part of My Life Again: NewlyNested [BOOK WEEK]

I’ve always found that my writing is better when I am reading even more than I am writing.  I am ashamed to say that both have recently fallen through the cracks.  The truth is I wasn’t really raised with books.  I’m sure that my parents read to me, but reading and writing was something that...

Pittsburgh State of Mind [NewlyNested]

I just got back from our annual trip back east to visit our families.  This time we decided to make our trip a little shorter than usual so my husband could have some recovery time before he returned to work.  This was a brilliant idea, because unless we are hanging out on a beach, we always...

When You’re Sick of Your Own Cooking [NewlyNested]

Cooking is one chore that this nester loves.  But every couple of months I get sick of my cooking.  The internet is obviously a great resource to find new and easy recipes, but sometimes I just need a good-old-fashioned, glossy pictured, hard-covered cookbook to get my imagination flowing...

Budget-Friendly Hawaii? [NewlyNested]

I have a serious case of I NEED A SUMMER VACATION blues!  We usually don’t get one since we always visit our families for a week and half, which usually burns up our vacation time and stamina for our travels.  This year we are still doing that and I am going to Vegas, but still, even with...

Do I Secretly Want to Be a Real Housewife? [NewlyNested]

I’m obsessed with The Real Housewives and quickly that franchise and Andy Cohen have been ruining my life.  Okay, that’s a little over dramatic, but I follow the ladies of the franchise with a kind of interest that is embarrassing.  In fact, it’s something that my husband regularly makes fun...

Xoom vs. iPad 2 [NewlyNested]

For the last month I’ve been debating whether or not I should buy the Ipad 2 or the Xoom.  While all my friends are buying and telling me to get the iPad 2, I think I am going to go in a different direction.  That’s why this week I’m going to buy the Xoom, unless you want to talk me out of...

Oat Cakes: A Recipe for the Constantly Dieting [NewlyNested]

Sometimes I feel exhausted because it seems like I’ve been on some sort of diet all my life.  I dream of cookies, ice cream, and cake, sometimes just to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I often joke around (although I am mostly serious) and say that when I turn 70 I will “go out” in bed,...

NewlyNested: Joan Rivers Really Is a Piece of Work

Living on the West Coast, Oscar night is like a mini-holiday.  While everyone is planning their Oscar viewings I am thinking of the aftermath:  Joan Rivers.  Growing up Oscar night wasn’t about the award winners, but about the best and worst dressed.  Watching Joan and Melissa Rivers critique...

NewlyNested: One More Defense of Valentine’s Day

I realize that this is coming to you the day after Valentine’s Day, but after having so many people tell me that they don’t celebrate a “Hallmark” holiday, I feel like I must defend V-day and tell you why there is nothing wrong with some Hallmark-inspired romance. First, I should tell you...

NewlyNested: How Do You Know When It’s Time To Call It Quits?

For the last year whenever anyone asks me how my novel is coming along I always answer, “Like I’ve been saying for the last two years, it’s almost done!”  This running joke had always been my way of reassuring myself of the progress I’ve made, while providing an answer to a question that I...

NewlyNested: Back on the (Cable) Crack

This past summer I told you that I got rid of cable.  I even documented that I was being more productive , but also more obsessive over shows that I loved like Mad Men. I thought once I got rid of my cable networks that it would be easier to resist sitting in front of the tube. I was wrong....

Resolved: 2011 [The Very Best of FaN]

Ernessa says: Yay! Well, New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday and my favorite holiday activity is making my New Year’s Resolutions. But in order to do that, it’s good to review how you did the year before. So out of the 11 bulletpoint resolution list that I made last year,...

Worst of 2010: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: My big complaint of the year is that there were really too many bad TV shows to choose from in 2010. I seriously had a hard time narrowing down my choices. Note to TV Execs: Next year you’ve just got to do better. That said, I’m going to have to go with THE WALKING...

Best of 2010: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Well, guys for the first time in the entire history of me being moi, I find myself ending the year with no favorite new show. None of last winter’s mid-season replacements, the summer series, or the new fall series are deserving of high praise in my opin. As every...

Best of 2010: The Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: SO many great songs this year. Standouts for me included ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Adele, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON by Wave Machines, DIFFICULT by Uffie, BURIAL by Miike Snow, and XXXO by MIA — which was a surprising “grow on me,” since I claimed to meh it back in August...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times: 2010 [FaN Remembrances]

Ernessa Says: Least Favorite Moment(s) of the Year: I’m still trying to process our dog, Tulip’s unexpected death. Also, one of my heroes, my Aunt Almeda also passed. As for my favorite moment of the year, I’ve been thinking hard about this, and while I enjoyed every single...

Worst of 2010: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: This was a hard one. Part of me wants to say SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD b/c the females were so poorly rendered in this film and I had such high expectations. But I think I’ll have to go with MEGAMIND, because it was such a boys club, and pretty much everything...

Best of 2010: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I thought for a long time I would choose INCEPTION, because it’s truly a spectacular feat of writing and directing that audiences would come out of that movie saying, “It was so different and confusing” when in actuality we had been spoon-fed the plot and the...

Worst of 2010: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: The nice thing about being a published author is that it’s considered bad form to talk ish about other writers in a public forum. Because of this, if I found myself not enjoying a book during my 52 Books in 52 Weeks project, I put it down and went on to the next book on my...

Best of 2010: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Yay, we’ve come down to my favorite time of the year, when chins hit chests and we spend a week pr two firmly gazing at our navels. Over the course of the next two weeks on FaN, we’ll be weighing in on our favorite books, movies, music, TV shows, and moments of the soon-to-be...

NewlyNested: Don’t Forget To Be Selfish [Goodwill to YOU]

This time of year is supposed to be about giving.  The mad rush on Black Friday is usually about picking up all those great gifts for everyone but you.  At least that is what it’s supposed to be, but I know that I have made it a little about myself too.  This last weekend I gave myself an...

NewlyNested: Paying Myself to Write

Writing from home as an unpublished author can be a very lonely, but rewarding experience.  For the last year I have been “almost done” with my first novel and each month I keep telling myself it will be ready to be sent out next month.  I’ve come to realize that my biggest problem is finding...

NewlyNested: Bookshelves and Other Dilemmas

I always thought owning a house would mean I would have more space than I needed, but I guess like many things in life, it is human nature to want more.  I’ve only owned my townhouse 9 months and I already feel like it’s getting a little too crowded and that’s why I am examining what I really...

NewlyNested: Addicted to Lists

As soon as I joined the workforce after college I became addicted to lists.  At first it was the occasional bullet point on post-its all over my computer monitor and then it was a list of daily activities.  My affection for the list developed more when I would take phone calls from my boss...

NewlyNested: Cleaning Out the Ol’ Chakra

I have discussed before how I am constantly trying to do stuff to better my life, but where does bettering my body and soul come in?  For the last year I have been struggling with my post marriage weight gain (my mother warned me after my wedding to watch it because all brides gain 15lbs...

NewlyNested: Addictive Addictions

My last three posts have been about television or lack of cable, since I recently cut it out of my life.  Now my mind can’t stop thinking about it.  At first my husband was the one that had a problem giving up on his favorite shows, but now I have come face to face with something I never...

NewlyNested: Tango and Cash – The Dog Version [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Debra Goykhman Debra Says: I chose this piece because it still accurately describes what my nest really looks like.  I also think people need to become aware that adopting an animal is a wonderful and necessary mitzvah.  Many people (including my husband at the time of...

NewlyNested: Can MAD MEN Give You Writer’s Block?

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman I began my week’s blog with the intent of writing about gardening. But then even with a clear idea in my head I sat in front of a computer screen unable to write more than three sentences  on the subject.  I couldn’t figure out why.  I still want to write about...

NewlyNested: Yes, I Actually Got Rid of Cable

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman When I started graduate school four years ago I moved out into an apartment and lived by myself for the first time.  Without the pressure from others to have cable I was convinced I would try just to buy basic and become a more productive person.  Soon after I...

NewlyNested: Nespressos and Roombas [Product Reviews]

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman I remember learning how important Good Housekeeping was as an educational tool to some women in a Women Studies class.  I remember learning how women of the past would read about devices like the microwave, that would make their lives simpler.  I remember my...

NewlyNested: Love and Marriage (and Russian Food)

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman This weekend an old friend of mine from college came to visit.  She was a Russian major and spent a year over in Russia.  After her time spent in Eastern Europe, I have only seen her get excited about food from the other side of the world.  Since I married...

NewlyNested: Tango Without Cash

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman The first article I ever wrote for Fierce and Nerdy was about Tango & Cash, my doggies that I adopted from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) when we first moved to San Diego.  Now I have returned to the rambunctious duo after we had a little scare last...

NewlyNested: Baby or Not to Baby?

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman How do you know when to have a baby? With my husband turning 30 in just a few days the question has been on my mind.  My parents tell me you’re never ready and my in-laws say children are a blessing.   I know we are still young (I’m still in my twenties), but...

NewlyNested: Red Dead Redemption

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman I never pictured myself completely geeking out on video games for hours in a day.  I grew up with two brothers who always parked themselves in front of a TV for hours playing the next greatest game and I always shock my head thinking, “What a waste of...

NewlyNested: The New-New Housewife

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman When I got married I had never planned to be a housewife.   I’ve always been career driven, not domestically driven.  However, the short version of my married life is that due to the down turn of the economy, like many others, I am now working part-time from...

NewlyNested: Passover Cleaning

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Passover, my favorite holiday has just arrived.  Most people don’t favor Passover–  your diet changes, the holiday requires lots of cleaning, and an extremely long meal with a big story that usually gets dragged out even longer every year.  Traditionally...

NewlyNested: Palm Springs Vs. Santa Barbara

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman This spring my husband will be coming off of a project and will have some time to take a vacation.  Therefore, over the last month I have been spending several hours dreaming about where to go.  I’ve looked through my favorite sites like travelzoo.com and...

NewlyNested: Climbing Out of the Rut

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman I feel settled in my life in many ways.  I am married and comfortable with my partner, I have a home that is almost unpacked, and I have recipes that I repeat every week without even having to think about what I’m going to make.  It’s like I have fallen into a...

NewlyNested: Missing Out on the Blizzard of 2010

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman This week I have been a schizophrenic when it came to writing this blog.  My mind has bounced from discussing my doggies bad house manners (in our new home), my new Cole Haan addiction, and perhaps even daring to share some healthy cookies that I love.  Even...

NewlyNested: The Gift of Compromise for Valentine’s Day

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve been spending my days thinking about a way to make the day less girly and more fun for my husband.  Valentine’s was never anything my husband and I really celebrated elaborately, not because I didn’t want...

NewlyNested: Leaks and Moving Boxes

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman A few weeks ago I wrote about my home buying experience, mostly discussing how hard it was for me to accept the size difference in homes going from a cheap city to a bustling expensive city on the west coast.  I am happy to share that within weeks my husband,...

NewlyNested: Where is Your Holiday Taking You?

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman It’s my favorite time of the season.  For days I’ve been walking around the house singing Christmas carols and Chanukah songs while I’m alone.  My favorite repeated lines are always, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.  And since...

NewlyNested: The Greatest Marriage Compromise of All — TV

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman The other day I was out to dinner with some single friends and on the topic of marriage, one said, “I don’t know if I can live with someone because I’m not sure about sharing the TV.”  I honestly never thought of television being a hurdle, but in reflection upon...

NewlyNested: To Stuff Or Not To Stuff

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman With Thanksgiving around the corner I am feeling extremely domesticated.  I have had turkey on my mind for the last two weeks.  It all goes back to plane fare.  We usually always go to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving, so there are absolutely no turkey...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [November 9-12]

Wow, I’m not trying to say that I should flake more often, but this week’s numbers were WAY up. So big thanks for everybody who stopped by and chatted. Here are our Best ofs: PHILOSOPHICAL MONDAY re: Single White Nerd: A Nerd in Cougarland, in which Michael Kass near bout blinds...

NewlyNested: Girling Out On The New Droid

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman While all of my friends have been toting around iPhones I have been stuck with a normal LG phone. Just last week my husband, who is on Sprint’s plan, bought the most recent Sprint version of the Google phone.   Even though he was happy to be out of the Palm world...

NewlyNested: Mazel Plov!

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman My husband used to traditionally visit his hometown of Philadelphia to celebrate his birthday.  Before we got married (4 months before) my husband continued this tradition and flew from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, while I drove to there with my brother from...

NewlyNested: I Hate(d) L.A.

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman I am a girl from Pittsburgh living in San Diego who always thinks she wants to go back home.  Yes the weather is beautiful in San Diego, but home is filled with some many wonderful memories like long girls nights out, family dinners at our local Italian...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block Sept. 14 – Oct. 1

Well, you might have noticed a change in my mood (picture) and yes, that means that I’ve finally finished my big HarperCollins rewrite. I could not be happier about this, and I’m super-excited to get back to the second novel, even if I’m not sure it will sell, since...

NewlyNested: $300,000 for a Miniature House

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman As previously mentioned this Nester is looking for a new nest.  Like most people we are sick of paying rent that is higher than a mortgage for the same house, so we are now looking into buying a home.  I thought house hunting was going to be super fun—like shoe...

NewlyNested: Now Only Somewhat NewlyNested

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Alan and I are getting closer to ending our period of being newlyweds.  Come a month and we will have had a year under our belt as a married couple.  I hear the first year I am supposed to give the gift of paper, so together we are searching for a deed to a...

NewlyNested: Beans, Beans, Good for Your Waist!

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Beans.  They seem to be following me around in life.  I guess beans really can’t follow you around, but they have certainly been on my mind like caffeine in the morning.  As I have discussed in the blog before, I have been seeing a dietician with my husband so...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block August 13-20

Whatta week, and is it me or has this summer going by incredibly fast? How is it almost Fall already? Anywho, I’m a little too exhausted today to think up a good transition, so I’ll just say, here are the best comments of the week: HELLO FRIDAY re: FIERCE ANTICIPATION: August...

NewlyNested: The First Rule of Book Club…

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Photo Credit: infowidget Just a little over a year ago I was still in graduate school on the east coast and newly engaged.  I was also writing my final research paper on Oprah’s Book Club and women’s education, embarking on the question: does Oprah’s book club...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block July 31-August 6

Having written a book that somewhat revolves around the movie, Sixteen Candles, I’m still reeling from John Hughes death, but at least I have this week’s comments to give me comfort. HELLO FRIDAY re: FIERCE ANTICIPATION: July 31-August 2, in which Ryan Dixon confesses to cheating...

NewlyNested: The (Strange) Dog Days of Summer

. a blogumn by Debra Goykman Any one who knows me knows how obsessed I am with animals.  Seriously, I could go on for hours, maybe even days, talking about animals.  People should be warned before they meet me that if they come up and show any interest in my two newly adopted dogs, Tango and...

NewlyNested: I Wanna Live Forever — No, Seriously…

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman My husband believes human kind will achieve the ability to live forever within our lifetime.  I am curious about his belief.  I know when my husband says something that has to do with biology that he has done some extensive scientific reading to prove or theorize...

NewlyNested: Shoes and In-Laws

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Photo Credit: EraPhernalia Vintage I had my in-laws visiting and staying with us for the last two weeks for the first time.  Honestly, even if you like your in-laws I thought I would surely want to kill them. I come from a weird family that never stays with each...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block June 5-11

Warren Beatty, Clive Cussler, Darth Vader, and OKKKKKKKKKK-lahoma all showed up in this week’s comments. Check it out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce OR Nerdy: Bank Error in Your Favor, in which slpc presents us with the ethical dilemma of whether we would run off with millions of dollars that...

NewlyNested: Looking for a Father’s Day Gift?

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Father’s Day gifts have never been my strong suit, but on top of having to buy gifts this year for my father and father-in-law, I also have to come up with birthday gifts for my husband and father-in-law too.  To add pressure to the gift buying situation all of...

NewlyNested: Zumba! Zumba! Zumba!

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman When I was a child I saw Fame for the first time and instantly thought I could do some serious dance moves.  The music moved me, but the sad truth is that I might not have two left feet. I defiantly lack some serious coordination and rhythm.  So there was no...

NewlyNested: Breakfast Find of the Year: Acai Bowls

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman I am seriously obsessed with ice cream.  My ideal time to eat ice cream isn’t necessarily on a sunny day, or after a hard day, or even after a devastating break-up.  My preferred time for ice cream is for breakfast, after all what better way could a day begin? Of...

NewlyNested: When it Comes to Cable, It’s a Thin Line Between Lo...

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Cable is frustrating.  The prices are outrageous.  There’s barely customer service.  There are very few deals (I can get HBO for free –  if I spend $165 a month).  I would switch to satellite, but apparently I bought the wrong TiVo and I just can’t part...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block – April 9 – ...

I think this week’s FNotB comments can best be described as gross, metaphorical, hypothetical helpful and informative. HELLO FRIDAY re: Procrastinate on This!, in which we directed you to a post about two sisters not only eating placenta, but converting into a panini placenta sandwich...

NewlyNested: The Reluctant Yogi

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman After being injured in a car accident I began a long road to recovering from a very annoying case of whiplash.  I did physical therapy for several months.  Eventually I was told the time had come to heal on my own when I was brought to the state of just slight...

NewlyNested: Similiarly Sirniki

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman Marriage is more than the merging of two people, but also the merging all the baggage that comes with them — including food baggage. My husband and I rarely like the same foods, which has been the biggest adjustment in our marriage.  One thing that we do...

NewlyNested: Meetup.Com

. a blogumn by Debra Goykhman When my husband and I moved to San Diego four weeks ago we didn’t know one person.  Planting our roots has become a hard task.  We have tried many conventional approaches—taking our dogs to the park, going out to lunch with coworkers, introducing ourselves to...

NewlyNested: Tango and Cash – The Dog Version

. a new blogumn by Debra Goykhman Tango and Cash aka “Double Trouble” entered my life just a few weeks ago.  The handsome duo are two medium size white and tan terrier mixes that my husband and I adopted from our local Humane Society.  We were warned that it would take a few weeks for the two...