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10 Years, 10 Friends, 10 Days: The Mothership

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Guest post #4 is by my mom. I’m glad she took a little while to elaborate on the series of brief posts I wrote about our cross-country drives back in 2004 because it was the perfect opportunity to post a few more photos from back in the day when blogging pictures was pretty much nonexistent. =) Also, “Blinded by the light.” That is all.

My guest post is about a series of blog posts that Lisa made during January 2004 and April 2004. As I looked over Lisa’s blog, it occurred to me that the posts I should share are those that involved our travels. I love to travel and I hope I passed a little of that gene on to Lisa.

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In January 2004, Lisa decided she would move to Vegas to live with my brother, Frank, his wife, Kim, and their four kids (the little cousins). Of course, she would need her car, so the only way to get there was to drive. One small problem…Lisa didn’t want to drive alone. This began our cross country adventure.

NJ to Las Vegas — Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 (February 2004)


We decided we would take Route 40, so we set off making our first stop Blacksburg, VA, to meet up with a few of Lisa’s sorority sisters. We spent five days together encountering rain, snow and fog; we discovered Graceland is closed on Tuesdays and hiked down a canyon in Arizona.


We shopped for western boots in Texas and travelled a bit of the famous Route 66, stopping at a car museum along the way. Watching the tumbleweeds occupied a lot of our day in New Mexico and Arizona, and finally, we drove over Hoover Dam – a sure sign that we were almost there.

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As it turned out, Lisa spent three months in Las Vegas and said it was time to come home. You know what that meant. Mommy had to drive Lisa and the Malibu back to Jersey.

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Las Vegas to NJ — Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 (April 2004)

Being one to take every advantage of a situation, I decided we would take a more northern route this time. It was spring so most of the snow in Colorado should be melted. We headed up to Utah and into Colorado. We made our first stop in Vail at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. The next day we set out for Pike’s Peak to ride the cog railroad, but the car was having a lot of trouble getting out of its own way at 9,000 feet. We were sure the Malibu was in need of repairs. We departed Vail and while we were doing 45 MPH down the highway, we watched the signs tick off the altitude telling us we were descending to a more oxygen rich atmosphere. We were so happy that the Malibu had enough oxygen to continue our journey.

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Driving along Route 70 in Kansas at night, we hit a piece of truck tire which prompted us to pull into the next gas station and check for leaks under the car. Back on the highway, a huge tumbleweed crossecd the highway and I was sure it was a cow! It was time to stop for the night. We made a short stop in St. Louis to ride the tram to the top of the Arch and took a boat ride on the Mississippi River.
I’m so glad Lisa took the time to document our travels every night. I just read each day’s account and it brought back all those memories.


Although I have spent more wonderful days with Lisa than I can count, I would have to say that these ten days were among some of my favorites. I’m glad were able to zigzag through some of this country’s beautiful states together!


Keep travelling, Lisa! It makes for wonderful blog posts! Congratulations on keeping us laughing for ten years! I love you!

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10 Years, 10 Friends, 10 Days: The Co-Worker

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My favorite co-worker Michelle, who I’ve known since June 17, 2009 — the day I started working at my current company. Since that day, we’ve each changed jobs, moved around the building, and been focused on lots of different projects, but she’s still my lunch buddy and always up for an afternoon walk to Starbucks where we catch up on work and life. From creating ridiculous forms to watching operas in the movie theater, we always find a way to make everything fun(ny). Also, I’m pretty sure she likes my cats more than I do.

There are few people in the world that truly impress me on every level; Lisa is one of those few. When I heard of her idea to allow guest bloggers to talk about their favorite posts through the years, I was pretty excited. Partly because I was crossing my fingers that I would be one of the chosen ones and also because over the years that I have known Lisa, I feel like I’ve participated in some of the posts when I take the photos of her outfits during our longer-than-average lunch breaks. Through the years that I have known Lisa, she’s been my style-sensei, my good-music-guru, my make-up-maven, and my all-around friend. Here are my notes from my favorite posts from the last ten years!

The Road Less Traveled – 7/22/13
It’s the post that sums up what I feel when I read what Lisa writes. It’s damn-near poetic. Her words are hypnotic, you can’t stop reading. She has a way of bringing you to the exact place where she is with her hyper-accurate descriptions and evocations of feeling. It was like being there.

12 Things I Secretly Love About Being Single (Legally) at 31 – 12/12/12
This one was hysterical. Again, her words will wrap you up in their meaning, and it’s the kind of reading that pulls you into her view. I especially love number 6 about having babies!

30 for 30 Flashback – 11/16/12
Who would have thought that someone could take ONLY 30 pieces from your closet and wear them and ONLY them for 30 days AND not repeat any combinations! I never would have thought that it would even be possible, but this is the proof. These kinds of posts that Lisa created always make me think about the possibilities that I have in my own closet. Under her tutelage, I have become a little more open to trying new ideas with clothes and I have officially thrown out my standard black Mary Janes!

Fisheye – 7/3/12
The photographs on this post are absolutely beautiful! She has an eye for finding the right light, the right view, and just the right end product!

The Menagerie – 11/14/11
I’ll end with this. I think over the past few years, I’ve grown to nearly love these two cats. Mele and Kona are the closest thing to “liking someone else’s kids” that I can get. As for Diesel, I’ve only met him a few times.

But he’s pretty cute. She meant to add that Diesel is ridiculously, incredibly, undeniably the cutest puppy ever.

10 Years, 10 Friends, 10 Days: The Blog BFF

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Guest post #1 comes from my former co-worker, loyal #1 fan, avid camel rider(?), and blogging BFF (who I swear I will someday meet in person), Nicole, who compiled a list of some of her favorite posts over the last few years. I love that I was at least a little of her inspiration to start her own blog, of which I am an avid reader and lazy commenter. 😉 But that’s okay because I always respond back to her e-mails immediately, and she knows she has an open invitation to stay @ the beach and ride my extra cruiser any day of the week. Enjoy!

When “Lisa DeNoia” is mentioned, I immediately think of blogging, beaches, bicycles, fashion, mimosas, Nikon photography, and random conversations. I’ve known Lisa since 2007 and in that time she has been my therapist, personal shopper, blog mentor, photography tutor, health consultant, and greatest, most humble bullshitter a person could ask for … needless to say, I’m quite smitten with her. It’s an honor to be a part of her 10-year blog anniversary series and share a few of my favorite posts!

Back Bay
This post I love not only for Lisa’s incredible photography, but it reminds me of family vacations along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My uncle owned a beach house between Duck and Kitty Hawk.

48 Hours in Nashville
Lisa embodied my country roots and cowboy boots in this post! I absolutely LOVE the photograph with the old microphone at the Ryman Auditorium. (Note to Lisa: this is postcard worthy, my dear!)

You’re Invited
Lisa is one of the most generous people I know. She has supported me during two mission trips to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and I consider her to be my go-to resource for all things fashion, photography, blogging, health (can you say shingles?!) and random life questions! One of these days, I’m going to attend the Hands to Angels Foundation benefit and party like a rock star with Lisa and her crew!

Besides inspiring and encouraging me to create my own blog, Lisa also got me hooked on annual resolution lists. Her lists are always incredible, and I’m pea green with envy every January when she shares her goals and ambitions for the new year. She never disappoints and I feel like a failure already because I haven’t even started on my 2014 list!

Year in Review
Beginning December 10 and continuing through December 31, I’m hosting a *YEAR IN REVIEW Link-Up* and it’s because of Lisa that I even had the material. Along with her monthly resolution updates, I look forward to December and reading Lisa’s “recap” of the year.

I’ve had some crazy ideas pop into my head (and escape my mouth), but Lisa is always willing to help, support, and participate! Did you know National Handwriting Day is observed on January 23? Neither did I, but that didn’t stop me from hosting a link-up and Lisa writing a post on the (lost) art of penning a note to someone.

Another quirky link-up occurred on December 12, 2012 (12.12.12) and Lisa shared 12 reasons she likes being ‘legally’ single.

P.S. Not a blog post, but this Instagram photo NEVER gets old …..

P.P.S (This is Lisa again.) One of my favorite posts of Nicole’s is this one…written by her horse. =)

10 Years, 10 Friends, 10 Days

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In order to celebrate this fascinating blog’s quickly approaching 10 year anniversary (December 19), 10 of my favorite readers (who happen to be friends and family members) have agreed to write some guest posts about some of their favorite posts of mine over the years. In true Lisa fashion, this is a poorly thought out scheme that came together via Facebook comment last night, and I’m just lucky that my friends and family like me enough to participate on short notice. At first I thought I was being lazy — I mean who can’t write their own 10 year anniversary post? — but after reading the first few guest posts I received last night, I feel extra inspired to keep writing for another 10 years. Even if just these 10 people keep reading, that’s enough for me because it turns out all of them have infinitely more nice things to say about my blog than I could have myself. =)

You can look forward to the first post later today. Cheers!

11 Reasons You Should Donate $$ To Gilbert’s Retirement Fund

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My friend Courtney Valentine has a mass named Gilbert in her head. He’s wreaking havoc on her well-being, and they need to part ways, but it sounds like her insurance company is being a loser. As a result, her friends and family have organized a place where we can help crowdsource Gilbert’s prompt exit from her brain. Perhaps you could spare a few bucks to help her get to CA and have surgery to have Gilbert removed? I know she’d appreciate it, and so would I. If not, perhaps you could share this with some more people instead. If people could raise more than $20K for Colonel Meow the cat, I think we can do at least that much for Courtney.

Read more about Gilbert’s Retirement Fund here.

In case you aren’t convinced yet, here are 11 more reasons to help Courtney out.

1. You’re cool.

2. She’s cool.

3. Brain tumors are annoying.

4. Insurance companies are annoying.

5. You’re probably going to waste at least $5-$10 on candy canes over the next month that no one is going to eat. Give that to Courtney instead.

6. You can skip one Starbucks grande holiday drink, give Courtney $5, and still be saving money (depending on the tax situation in your state).

7. Courtney is the type of person that rescues baby animals and nurses them back to health under her desk at work. She can’t do that if she’s home suffering from migraines all the time. If you care about baby animals at all, you should give Courtney a few dollars, for sure.

8. I’m sharing the link to this gem with you, which is worth I’d say…at least $10 since it’s going to make you laugh so hard.

9. Have you ever had a migraine? How much would you have paid to get rid of it the day you had it? Okay. Good. Pretend you have one now, and give that much to Gilbert’s Retirement Fund.

10. Courtney is a fun person, and I’m sure all of her friends and family miss getting to spend lots of quality time with her since she doesn’t feel well most of the time.

11. Because it’s just a nice thing to do and it’s a holiday.

Okay, go.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! =)