5 Baby Myths Busted [Stay at Home Nerd]

There are lies, regular goddamn lies, and then the things people tell you about having a baby. Whether it’s a relative, a cashier, somebody else’s grandma, a stranger on the street or a fellow parent at the park, it doesn’t matter; they will tell you something about...

My New Brave World [Stay at Home Nerd]

I’m not a film critic. I’m not even an overly cruel film reviewer posing as a film critic, but last week I watched Brave with my wife and three-year-old son and it got me thinking. Having just returned to being a full-time stay-at-home dad after the birth of my daughter, now three months old,...

Love and the Nursing Strike [Stay at Home Nerd]

Love is full of shit. That was the original title of this post. A rough draft sat on my computer while my computer waited at Melrose Mac to be brought up to date. Seems like the whole world got connected via iCloud, twitter, and Mountain Lion while I was still using Leopard, MySpace, and a...

L.A.’s Shortest Commute is… [Stay-at-Home Nerd][Best of Fa...

Did I really write a piece about wanting, needing, liking a morning commute? Six steps.  That’s how long it takes to walk from my side of the bed to the baby monitor.  No alarm clocks, roosters, or cell phone ringers – just the sounds of a baby boy waking up to a brand new day.  It takes less...

Field Trip’n Part Deuce [Stay at Home Nerd]

*names, dates, and locations have been changed to protect the guilty Click here to catch up on the first part of this field trip adventure. “Don’t run,” I hear everyone over the age of 5 saying as the kids sprint, or toddle like a drunken duck in my son’s case, once inside.  I don’t know what...

Field Trippin’ — Part I [Stay at Home Nerd]

*names, dates, and locations have been changed to protect the guilty The field trip starts at 9:15 Monday morning. That’s 45 minutes later than I usually drop off my son, which means I have 45 minutes to fill. The hard thing to do is a high yield activity (Doctor’s words) like going to the...

The Optimist at the End of the Tunnel [Stay at Home Nerd]

I sat in a brown, pleather medical chair staring at a poster for chronic sinusitis when the doctor came in. He was nearing seventy with white hair and a build and complexion that suggested regular exercise on the golf course. He tipped my head back, had a peek up my nose and before I knew it...

Kids Aren’t Worth It, or Are They? [Stay at Home Nerd]

Kids are not cost effective. In fact, they are a financial liability. It would be much cheaper for my son to die now then it would be to feed him, clothe him, school him, care for his health, teeth, overall well-being, put him through college, and send him on his way. That’s why we don’t have...

Back to School [Stay at Home Nerd]

My son made a break for it. He cried when I pulled up in front of his new preschool and as I carried him inside he cried, “home, home, home,” while pointing in the general direction of our house. He tried to wiggle free of my grasp and I had to set him down to sign him in. That’s when he...

You can get with this or you can get with that. [Stay at Home Nerd]

Instead of posting my 3,000 word FINAL TAKE manifesto on sports talk that spiraled into a full blown analysis of all things Tebow, I’ve decided to share my “instead of” list. This list is posted on my wall and on my computer and is meant to keep me on track for the new year....

The One that Got Away? [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

My wife lost her pregnancy on a Monday. I held out hope ‘til Tuesday, but by then it was over. The disappointment I felt was real, although for me, the pregnancy hadn’t quite felt real yet. We’d just begun telling family and close friends. My wife wasn’t showing. We didn’t know the sex of the...

Resolved: 2011 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: It feels so weird to not be making any resolutions this year. Some people love this time of the year because of the gift exchanges, time spent with family, goodwill toward man, blah, blah, blah — but I’ve always been a resolution girl myself. I love making the list...

Worst of 2011: TV… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: To continue my streak of disliking the stuff everybody else likes (ie. I didn’t care for A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, which so many others loved…maybe I should be the “On the Contrary” guy next year. I swear to g*d I’m not doing this on purpose.) In my...

Best of 2011: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Amy says: Can a remake of a BBC show be considered new? If so, then PRIME SUSPECT is my pick for the best new TV of the year. Maria Bello is awesome in everything I’ve ever seen her in. Detective procedurals aren’t normally my thing, but I love the complexity of the characters...

Worst of 2011: Songs …. [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: What’s funny is that I’ve always liked Maroon 5. I mean, I’ve never downloaded a Maroon 5 song or anything, but I’ve never minded them. And when they came on the radio, I didn’t change the channel on the automatic like I do with say, LMFAO or Ke$ha...

Worst of 2011: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: I was so excited about a movie mash-up of western and sci-fi. It would have cowboys AND aliens! My expectations were super high. Sadly, COWBOYS & ALIENS is my pick of the worst movie of 2011. While it was moderately entertaining, the dialogue was clunky and I just felt sorry for...

Best of 2011: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Amy says : My favorite movie of the year should have been RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, but I was in the Colorado wilderness the entire time it was in theaters. The original, with Chuck Heston, is my favorite movie of all time. The first time I saw it, I knew I wanted to be an actor. It was...

Worst of 2011: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: I’m going to make the caveat again that if I manage to get through a book, it must have something to recommend it. Life is short, and I’ve become rather good at putting down books I’m not enjoying. That claimed, this category was a bit difficult for me this...

Best of 2011: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Yay! It’s finally here. Our yearly round-up of the stuff we just loved and the dreck we absolutely hated. The big surprise of this year was just how much our Fierce and Nerdy bloggers agreed … except when it came to our Worst Book picks (more on that tomorrow). As always, we also...

On Wisconsin!!! [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

When asked where I’m from I usually say “Wisconsin” with full accent intact.  If pressed about my home state I often say, “It’s a great place to be from.”  The implication is that I loved growing up there, but wouldn’t want to live there now.  I’m not sure either of those sentiments is true....

Cash Money Yo! [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

Part of being a stay-at-home parent is answering the phone and the doorbell when it rings.  It’s very hard (some say impossible) to do those things from an office somewhere, but as someone who is fortunate enough to “work” from home, I’m here when the carpet guys, and the painters, and the...

One Minute is Worth a Thousand Pictures [Stay@Home Nerd]

This was supposed to be part II of my rant against the current state of customer service in California.  I wanted to share with you some sweet tips for saving money and getting the service you deserve.  Part of my rise to guru status was the new and FREE wireless router I got from AT&T. ...

Customer Dissatisfaction [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

“A guy don’t walk on the lot lest he wants to buy.” Glengarry Glen Ross That quote is from one of my favorite plays written by one of my favorite writers. It concerns the lack of production a certain sales force is facing and is a poke to motivate them. I’ve always appreciated the quote from...

Born into Condos [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

I almost bought a house today — I shit you not. I was born into a duplex, lived in rentals most of life, and have inhabited just over thirty places in just over thirty-five years.  But, if you live in LA, read the real estate section of the LA Times (online, of course), DVR HGTV shows...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Weighs in on Skinny Jeans [BEST OF FaN]

Co-Ed. Note: We obviously chose this one because it was super-controversial. Also, because every time I go to put on my skinny jeans, I now think of this post. Ugh! Originally published 01/20/11 It should be noted that I’m not a fashion expert.  I don’t have a degree in fashion from one of...

Daddy Goes Berserk: Stay-at-Home Nerd [BOOK WEEK]

Don’t get me wrong, I love books – have all my life, but if you took my quiz last time (and by the way you really should) then you would know with some degree of certainty that the last book I had read at the time of the posting was HIPPOS GO BESERK by Sandra Boynton. I’d like to say that the...

Are you ready to rumble? [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

A lot of people I know are wrestling with the decision whether to have kids or not.  Based on the responses to my last blogumn it seems there are many good reasons for each path.  However, the question I’m most asked is how did I know I was ready to have kids.  Every time someone asks me this...

DINKs [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

Once is an aberration.  Twice is a coincidence.  The third time it happens, it’s a pattern.  When I was a kid my mom had friends who were DINKs – that’s Dual Income No Kids for the uninitiated.  I thought that was strange.  Who doesn’t want kids, I thought, kids are awesome. Back then I did...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Gets Lost

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens have an address, I’m sure of it.  If I googled it, went to their website, or even looked at my membership card I’d probably find it.  I could even get the exact location and directions from my front door to their front door...

Decision 2011 [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

People make decisions for one of two reasons: economics or aesthetics.  Aesthetics, broadly defined, is anything that creates a feeling.  You drive a convertible because you like the wind in your hair even though it sucks gas and comes with an inflated insurance premium.  Economics, narrowly...

Baby Steps [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

I had a very, very, very long piece written about how I became a stay-at-home dad and after I gave it to my wife to read she said: “Yeah, but what’s the point?”  She also asked if it was necessary for me to chronicle every job I ever had from mowing lawns, delivering papers, making subs and...

The Latchkey Kid [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

I was a latchkey kid before they were called latchkey kids.  At 5 years old I would walk home from kindergarten and stay with my great aunt for a few hours before my mom came home from work.  My great aunt was great because she was really old, not because she was anything special.  Her...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: The Bully at the Mall

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a bully in person.  I guess there were some in my grade school, middle school and maybe even high school, but I can only vaguely remember getting bullied once.  It was my first or second day at a new school and some kid (he’s a facebook friend of mine)...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: It’s Not in the Bag

I’m going to get straight to the point and let you know that I rarely use a diaper bag.  I see them everywhere and every time I see one I wonder what the hell could possibly be inside.  Don’t get me wrong, I use one occasionally.  If I take my son to the zoo, I’ll pack a bag.  If I’m out...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: If my life depended on it I would choose…

Michael Wilbon of Pardon the Interruption fame has often said since Big Ben won his second Super Bowl that if his life depended on it and he needed one quarterback to win one game he would take Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  I have no idea why his life would ever depend on such a...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: New Year, Same Job

My son was born the week between Christmas and New Years in 2009.  That made him an excellent tax break then and makes him a year old now.  That also means that I have been a stay at home dad for an entire year.  Here’s what I remember. Labor and Delivery: My wife went into labor some time...

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...

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...

Stay-At-Home Nerd: Suck on This

Babies suck.  A lot.  Anything they can get their grubby little hands on will end up in their mouths.  Left your old tennies out?  Consider them sucked.  Shoelaces?  Sucked.  Old bag of potato chips?  The same. It really doesn’t matter what it is they will suck on it.  Someone told me that...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: When Babies Attack!!

How scary are babies?  Very scary.  Very, very scary. My baby has the nasty habit of waking up just as I fall asleep.  It doesn’t matter if I’m going down for the night or stealing a nap it’s always the same.  My head hits the pillow I close my eyes, pull the blanket tight, turn to my side,...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Did I do that? [An Affair of the Stomach]

Raising an infant changes your life in many ways.  Here are three I didn’t expect. Running Away From Home: I have no idea how many children imagine running away from home.  I just know I did.  Sometimes it was because of my father, whom I loathed.  Other times it was because I found a picture...

Stay At Home Nerd: In Case of Emergency…

Whether I call my doctor, my son’s doctor, or my therapist the message is always the same: “If this is an emergency, please hang up the phone and dial 911 immediately.” I’d like to think I know the difference between a real emergency and say confirming an appointment. There is a gray area,...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: The Weight Loss Issue OR This is Heavy

My favorite comedians are the fat ones.  Give me Belushi in Animal House, Farley in Tommy Boy, and John Candy in anything, over anybody.  They eat a lot, drink a lot, sweat a lot and boy oh boy do they make me laugh.  For the longest time I wanted to be them, but I couldn’t.  I wasn’t a fat...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Baby Names and Me [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Joshua Pullin Josh Says: I like the below piece because it’s the one I get asked about the most. And the longer I live with taking my wife’s last name, the more it feels real. From January 21, 2010 Some day around the age of four or five my son will ask why...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Mistakes, I’ve Made a Few [Top 5]

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin For some new parents it’s tempting to try and be perfect.  Don’t.  I believe that when it comes to being a stay at home dad, good enough is good enough.  No matter how hard I try, I find myself doing something wrong at least once a week, if not once a day.  My inner...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Smarter than Monkeys

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin A long time ago in a galaxy close, close by (this one) I traveled to Costa Rica.  It was there I discovered a universal truth.  After a couple weeks in Montezuma and a couple days in Quepos I headed to the national park in Manuel Antonio.  For those of you who...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: SaHN Packs It In

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin All successful relationships require a clear division of labor.  One of the more interesting questions surrounding this NBA off-season is where King James will land.  Will the bright lights of New York lure him, will he cash in his rubles and suit up for the New...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: SaHN Endorses This Sleep-Aid

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin Since the most valuable commodity to any new parent is sleep, it should come as no surprise that the first item I endorse is a sleep aid.  Even though ten hours of uninterrupted shut-eye is the dream, you might still be getting up twice a night as a new parent. ...

Stay-At-Home Nerd:”What’s New?”

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin Stop me if you heard this one, but “My son did the funniest thing today.” If you haven’t heard me say it, I’m sure you’ve heard a new parent somewhere say it.  I catch myself saying that or something like it all the time. Just yesterday I texted my wife, while she...

Stay At Home Nerd: Ready to Face the World

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin Before my son was born, my sister (who frequently comments on my posts) gave me some advice that I will never forget.  She said, “Enjoy each moment because they grow up so fast.”  Even a self-proclaimed skeptic like I could feel the truth of those words, as cliché...

Stay At Home Nerd: Top Ten Tips for Stay At Home Dads

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin Here are 10 things I discovered about being a stay at home dad now that my wife has gone back to work and I’m home alone with the baby.  May they one day help you as much as they’ve helped me. 1. Shower before your wife leaves for work in the morning. If you don’t,...

Stay At Home Nerd: Chasing Down That Bus

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin It depresses me to see someone in Los Angeles run to catch a bus. I’ve seen the moment their faces change as they realize the ride they need is going to leave before they get there. Often times, they carry the evidence of their tardiness in plain view. Maybe it’s...

Stay-At-Home Nerd: My New Favorite Sexy Magazine

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin Along with being a new dad I’m a new homeowner, and by home, I mean condo.  The condo has three bedrooms, two baths, an open floor plan, underground parking, count them two patios and a gym room I haven’t used, although I will, I promise.  I’m telling you this...

Stay-At-Home Nerd: Labor and Delivery

. a blogumn by Josh Pullin If I told you it took 72 hours, incredible patience, nearly intolerable pain that resulted in blood, sweat and tears for everyone involved, you might think I was talking about my wife giving birth.  I’m not.  While she has her own labor and delivery story that we’ve...

Stay-At-Home Nerd: Always Be Swaddling

. a blogumn by Joshua Pullin For those of you who have seen the film adaptation of David Mamet’s Glenngary Glen Ross, you are familiar with Alec Baldwin’s ABCs of selling. Namely, always be closing. Well the ABCs of newborns are actually ABSs and much like their acronym-sharing...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Baby Names and Me

. a blogumn by Joshua Pullin Some day around the age of four or five my son will ask why we named him what we did.  This is what I will tell him. Your mom and I knew you were a boy before you were born.  We could’ve given you a family name.  Only with one grandfather and zero brothers or...

Stay-At-Home Nerd: One Man and a Baby

. a new blogumn by Josh Pullin 2008 was limbo.  Home prices were high.  So was unemployment.  Newspapers were dying.  The market was down, as were my prospects.  I’d left the warm embrace of a good job with excellent benefits at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program to pursue the high wire act...