Making Friends

Making friends is a necessary part of any human’s life; we’re social creatures and need that interaction. But it isn’t always the easiest thing to do. As adults, we often have to contrive ways to find friends: join some group activity, come up with a good but short list of interview questions, and put forth the effort to show our best self. And then there’s always the fear of rejection. Much like dating, making friends can be a daunting experience, especially for those of us who are socially awkward and never say the right thing. Luckily, I have blundered my way into some amazing friendships, but when Story recently said she was lonely and needed a friend, I was terrified she was going to ask me for advice.


Thyme Pasta with Champagne and Truffle Lobster Cream Sauce

Last night was our first NHN dinner of the new year. If you’ve been reading these, you might have noticed that we haven’t yet written about our Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. I assure you, those are coming, but before I could focus on writing about Thanksgiving, I had to get this dinner published and recorded. It was every bit as good as the name sounds, and even though its Sunday and there are no alcohol sales, I am trying to figure out how to get another bottle of champagne so I can make another round tonight! (more…)

Winter Weather and Calamity

As with any new year, this one started off with a lot of hope for a peaceful year full of great experiences, family, and friends. Unfortunately, as a newbie to this thing they call school, I didn’t realize that what the year was actually going to start off with was a lack of routine. And not being a fortuneteller, I didn’t know that we wouldn’t be able to recover from it. (more…)

Life Lessons from The Sims

This past week, Story has discovered The Sims, specifically The Sims Pets. As you may know, my daughter loves video games and has even tried her hand at making her own (it’s a work in progress), but when she asked for the Sims, I wondered why. She doesn’t care for video games, TV shows, or movies with people. She’s all about the animals. But when she told me she could create and train pets, I got it. And I approved it. What I didn’t expect was how addicted she became to the people and their lives . . . and how much she would learn from them. (more…)