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The Unexpected House Guest: Chubby The Squirrel

Nubby Twiglet | Meet Chubby The Squirrel

It all started on Tuesday night while I was waiting in the customs line at JFK, fresh off a flight from London. My phone began buzzing at a rapid-fire pace with a series of frantic text messages.

Joey was at our home in Portland in his basement studio when he heard some faint squealing and rustling at the base of our furnace. We live in an old home with two chimneys — one is for the fireplace while the other is for the furnace and rarely gets used and the noise was coming from there.

“I have to pull off the metal duct and save it,” he said, still not knowing exactly what kind of animal was actually lurking in there. I responded with, “Sure, do whatever you have to do. I don’t want it to die.”

Nubby Twiglet | Meet Chubby The Squirrel

Ten minutes later, another text message popped up. He’d found a baby squirrel, covered in soot and barely clinging to life. It was still so young that its eyes hadn’t even opened yet. It fit into the palm of his hand and had a noticeably bulging belly. We decided to name it Chubby.

Poor little Chubby must have been living in a nest on our rooftop when he fell a solid 20 feet down the chimney. Joey washed him off in the sink, did a quick post to Facebook asking what he should do and after some Googling, he picked up some goat’s milk and Pedialyte (little Chubby was very dehydrated).

I was in New York for the next few days as more photos of Chubby came through. My friends couldn’t stop laughing. I had no idea that when I left home for a few weeks, I’d be returning to help raise a baby squirrel.

We haven’t been able to find Chubby’s mother so we’re raising him until we figure out what to do next. He’s moved onto drinking puppy milk replacement formula out of a syringe and is getting stronger by the day. Both of his eyes have since opened. Interestingly enough, Rocky, who once took great joy in chasing squirrels up trees now watches out for Chubby and licks his face as we’re feeding him.

Nubby Twiglet | Meet Chubby The Squirrel

During the day, Chubby hangs out on my desk in an oversized plastic bin while I’m working and nestles into a pile of old t-shirts. He’s still only a few weeks old but he’s getting more active and climbing up our arms as we feed him.

I keep saying to Joey, “Chubby chose the right chimney to fall down.” If Joey’s studio hadn’t been in the basement, his little squeals would have never been heard. More than anything, I am so thankful he’s okay.

So, there you have it. Chubby is the newest, though slightly unexpected member of our family. As he gets older, we’ll have to figure out what to do next.

Have you ever cared for a baby squirrel? Were you able to release it back into the wild? Any tips are very welcomed.

Tiki: The Squirrel Saga

Nubby Twiglet | Tiki: The Squirrel Saga

You may remember Tiki from a few months back. Quite suddenly, after a text message, I found out that I was the proud mom of a baby squirrel who was very, very sick. Read the full story here.

After Tiki made it and began to get stronger, we weren’t sure he would bond with Chubs but I held out hope. Usually, squirrels are pretty territorial and after doing some reading, we knew the prospects weren’t great.

Nubby Twiglet | Tiki: The Squirrel Saga

Chubs is our pet squirrel (yeah, my family is weird) who literally fell down our chimney 3 years ago. The funny part is, our dog Rocky and Tiki bonded right away and spent many afternoons cuddling. There’s nothing cuter than coming home to see a little white dog and a baby squirrel waiting for you at the top of the stairs!

Anyway, as Tiki grew, bonding with Chubs seemed less and less likely but I didn’t want to deal with the thought of parting with him. After you have a baby animal nearly die in your hands and then miraculously pull through, giving them up is not something to take lightly and I was already super attached.

Nubby Twiglet | Tiki: The Squirrel Saga

Then, while I was in Italy a few weeks ago, Joey called and said the situation was getting much worse — Chubs was being territorial and super mean to little Tiki, who is only about a third of his size. I knew it wasn’t going to get better (we’d been fighting the situation for a few weeks by this point) so Joey found a new home for Tiki with some friends of friends who agreed that we could squirrel-sit on holidays (haha).

It’s been a hard adjustment not having Tiki around but then, this week he came for a visit and looked so happy and healthy. Tiki is absolutely thriving with his new mom and dad so that makes everything much easier.

BUT! As these things often go, there’s a serious plot twist I wasn’t expecting AT ALL. HE is actually a SHE! We just found out that Tiki is actually a girl! Luckily, Tiki is a pretty cute girl’s name, too. At least we think so. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Tiki: The Squirrel Saga

Giving up Tiki was so hard but knowing she is so happy and thriving with her new family is what matters most. Even though Tiki doesn’t live with us anymore, I will always love her. And hey, is that a semi-smile I’m seeing?!

The Week + Links: 8.5.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


Yay, it’s Friday!

I’m excited because Joey has an art show tonight featuring his paintings and also, it’s Chubs’ birthday!

In case you don’t know who Chubs is, he’s a squirrel that fell down our chimney 2 years ago when he was a newborn. Near-death at the time, he’s now thriving and doing extremely well. If you’re curious to learn more about Chubs, here’s everything you need to know.

Besides that, the construction madness that’s been happening at home is nearly wrapped up. I’ll have a before and after post for you soon but the short story is that when my brother and I bought our house 7 years ago, the upstairs bathroom next to my bedroom was covered in yellow and brown floral linoleum on the floor AND walls. It was ugly…but not causing any issues so we focused on a bunch of other more urgent projects first.

Over the last month, Joey has been remodeling that bathroom which has meant no sink or toilet. You don’t realize how much you take for granted in your daily life until the basics are gone! Good news is that the tile is now done, the finishing touches are being put on the space as I speak and best of all, we have one blank wall that is getting covered in this wallpaper. YES!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

This week, I’ve been pretty out of sorts work-wise after spending 7 days in Vegas so I have a lot to catch up on and with that, I’m going to sign off. Have a great weekend!

Photos: 1. I love these Steve Madden heels I picked up in Vegas (and are very dusty from the desert). They’re super comfy for the height and I’ve been wearing them with skinny black cigarette pants, a few chokers and fitted t-shirts. 2. Happy Birthday, Chubs! 3. With a bunch of recording for courses and guest podcast spots in my near future, I picked up the Rode Podcaster microphone and it’s been worth every penny. Highly recommended!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


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The Week + Links: 4.15.16



Happy Friday! How did your week go?

Truth: mine was quite topsy-turvy (do people even say that?!)

I’ve been back in the office for over a week now and am only now just coming up for air. We have at least 5 branding jobs going at the moment and a ton of print work, not to mention a few websites in progress. Things are very full but good and a few days ago, I agreed to sign on for another year lease at our current space so it feels awesome to have some stability.

The downside of this week is that my grandpa has been going between the hospital and a bunch of doctors’ appointments. He’s still not 100% so I’ve been on the phone a lot with my grandma. There’s never a “too busy” excuse when grandma calls. Just last night, we were on the phone an hour as I sat here in the office, laughing at ridiculous old family stories, talking about her class ring she can’t seem to find (my response: “Grandma, you graduated 67 years ago – of course you can’t find it!) and I’m hoping everything balances back out.

There are cherry blossoms falling everywhere (see above!) and Portland is looking extra beautiful these days. Spring days are so nice and I’m feeling so much positive energy as I work on new collaborations, new projects and book adventures with friends (next up: VEGAS!!!)

Things are not perfect but good. And…good is good enough.

I hope you have some fun weekend plans lined up. Blogging had to take a backseat this week with my grandpa’s health issues (family first, always!) but check back next week for the long-awaited Palm Springs travel guide.




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The Week + Links: 2.5.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


How was your week?

I’m sitting in my office wearing my beloved green faux fur coat with a fresh bouquet of bright orange tulips I picked up at Trader Joe’s this morning on the desk, wrapping up issue 7 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and listening to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify. If you’re new to Spotify, they curate a brand new mix for you every week based on what you’re starring. It’s pretty spot-on and I’m obsessed. Just click on the Browse option and then Discover and you’re in!

Joey has been in LA over the last week for meetings for his new art show so I’ve been home squirrel-sitting. When Chubs was a baby, he was the most hyperactive creature ever and we deemed it as a case of the “terrible twos.” Over the summer, his personality shifted and he completely mellowed out. Chubs now the sweetest, calmest little guy and is perfectly content to let me hold him for 15 minutes straight, petting him and scratching his belly. Awww.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Work-wise, I’ve been moving between more projects than ever and have a massive backlog to share with you. So many new things! I’m going to start digging into the recent archives next week.

Anyway, I hope you have a fun weekend ahead. I’m looking forward to heading to the nursery to finally track down a meyer lemon tree and also fitting in some family time. I’ll see you back here on Monday where I’ll share more about the Project Prescription launch. I’ve never been so excited about a launch in my life because this is exactly what I wish had existed when I launched my business. And really, you should only release products that light you up.

Chubs and I are sending lots of love your way — have a good one!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


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