Paw-ternity Leave

It has been nearly six months since I’ve written on Bird’s Nest and let’s just say I took a few months of “paw-ternity” leave to raise a (then) 7lb fluff-ball-terrorist-puppy to a now 50lb six-month (mostly) sweet buddy! Work has been particularly busy with back-to-school events, leading a retreat, and teaching at the studio 3-4x a week, there’s hardly any downtime.


I’ve missed saying hello and sharing my latest favorite recipe (I’ve made this turkey chili at least 6x already) and linking you to a great read, like Ranking Trader Joe’s Cheeses, and how cool Google Express is for shopping.

Since the last post, I went on a week-long cruise with my momma, to Charlottesville for a family reunion, and traveled to Asheville, NC with Michael and my parents.




I was a cat for Halloween, Rigby went as a super-dog, and for kicks, I bought him a winter sweater! No shame in my dog-mom game.



Food wise, I’m having a moment with baked onions, kombucha (always), roasted garlic, Suzie’s Rice Cakes and THIS PARMESAN SPREAD! (Talk about a combo!) Find that parm spread at Whole Foods!


Also, I had TCBY for the first time in nearly two years. Who cares if it was 11:00am?


On beautiful weather days, we’ve enjoyed a few happy-hours, a D.C. Cider Fest, and a couple of Washington Redskin’s games.



In early November, we got all dressed up to celebrate Jordon and Heather getting hitched!


Sweet Rigby got his chestnuts roasted over Thanksgiving…cough cough…and has been wearing the cone of shame for the last week. He’s already back to his hyper self…yay…


Looking ahead at important things, I’ve asked Santa for stacking rings because, diamonds, and Michael has insisted that they’d count for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, my birthday, and our anniversary. Woof.

That just about brings you up to speed, minus a few details. Overall, the second half of 2017 has been good…not easy, but good. I am really looking forward to a few weeks off this Christmas with our family. It’s going to be such a sweet celebration with everyone together!

What have you been up to the past 6 months?! What’s on tap for the Holidays?