Nurture Her Nature

A New Face

As Lesley mentioned last week, there is a new face in our household and a new member of the NHN pack. Meet Charlie, a perfect little scrunched-faced Rottweiler mix puppy. She came to us, or rather we drove to her, after a search that lasted much longer than I had anticipated. I’ve learned that adopting a puppy from a shelter online is much more difficult than going in — likely because they go so quickly and my own ignorance of not knowing how to do it. Who knew you had to apply through their website and not the Petfinder app! Luckily for me, and I suppose Charlie, I have a good friend who isn’t afraid to role her eyes and correct my misthinking.   (more…)

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.

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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…)