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Greetings From New Jersey!

I have been waiting for this day for what seems like forever (amazing how three and a half months can feel like forever!): I’m back in the same state–the same room, even!–as my sistuh-from-anuthuh-mutha. I’m so excited to be here I might possibly cry at some point.

It’s been interesting, telling people before today that I was going to New Jersey. I got questions like, “Why would you go there?” and funny looks ranging anywhere from scowling to nose crinkling to head shaking.

New Jersey has a bad rap.

In fact, I was going to embed a video of Fred Armisen portraying former New York governor David Paterson on SNL to show you how Jim says “New Jerrrrrrsey” because it’s pretty much just like that, but the whole bit is based on Paterson slamming the Garden State, so I changed my mind about that. (That said, Jim’s impression is HYSTERICAL and makes me giggle every single time. Ask him to do it the next time you see him.)

Liz is–as I imagine most New Jersey-ans (New Jersey-ites? New Jersey-ers?? I’ll ask her.) are–very aware of New Jersey’s reputation. She is very, very proud of her state and is excited to show me how awesome it truly is. I’m just as excited to see it through her eyes, but not at all because I need convincing: I’m just happy to be here, checking it out by her side!

Today, after enjoying a fantastic lunch spread that Garth (NHRN) prepared while she was picking me up at the airport, we went for a walk on Liz’s favorite path. The gorgeous fall colors blew me away.

Did I mention how excited I am to be here???

Holmdel Park 2 Holmdel Park Liz and Melisa

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  • TheNextMartha November 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

    SO HAPPY for both of you. Enjoy your time.

  • Liz November 11, 2013, 8:00 pm

    I love this post and that you are actually sitting to the left of me, here in our living room, while writing this post!!!

    • Melisa Wells November 11, 2013, 8:01 pm


      *blowing kisses!*

  • Leann Pignone November 11, 2013, 8:02 pm


  • Patty November 11, 2013, 8:35 pm

    Gorgeous photos…especially the last pic! 🙂

  • Sylvia Joy November 11, 2013, 8:48 pm

    It looks beautiful there. I like NJ glad you got a chance to go.
    Grandma W

  • Sally November 11, 2013, 9:11 pm

    I’m exhausted just thinking of the two of you together! Hope you are able to get some sleep at some time. Have a great adventure!

  • Shannon November 11, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Love, love, love this. And both of you.

  • Kari November 12, 2013, 7:40 am

    New Jersey is amazing because Liz lives there.
    Oh and my dad is from New Jersey so I am a New Jerseyian. Jerseyite by proxy.

  • Ascapecodturns November 12, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Liz found out you were coming when she was at my house this summer which feels like a really really long time ago!!! Glad you are getting to enjoy some NJ foliage and not just the turnpikes 🙂 Give yourselves a hug for me!!

  • Tara R. November 13, 2013, 7:08 am

    I’ve enjoyed reading your and Liz’s updates. It’s like watching the best kind of On The Road Buddy Movie.

    New Jersey is gorgeous, love all the wonderful fall colors.

  • Momo December 1, 2013, 3:22 pm

    That’s WAY prettier than my walking path. Lower the bar, Liz!