Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Public Service Announcement for the State of NJ plus an award

New Jersey gets a bad rap. When you think about NJ (which I kind of doubt you do because it's just one of those small sort of inconsequential states) you probably think traffic, chemical plants, toll roads and the highest property taxes in the US of A. You would be partially correct in your thinking and in the case of the property tax you would in fact be entirely correct. But there is another side to this place...a softer gentler side if you will...hence its nickname, The Garden State.

I think if the politicians used my part of the state as their backdrop when giving interviews as opposed to, oh say a rest stop on the NJ Turnpike, they'd have people begging to live here. I mean as long as they didn't find out about the property taxes. New Jersey really is a lovely little corner of the earth and I'm just doing my bit here to spread the word...NJ Department of Tourism you are most welcome.

We took these pictures on our hike stroll this past weekend. I guess I need to also add here that the NJ Dept. of Tourism does not read my blog nor are they paying me to promote the state although perhaps they should consider it.

While NJ may not be giving me any recognition Lisa, at Odom Party of 5, did present me with my very first blog award yesterday (thanks Lisa!)

Lisa and I both have two daughters in college and love great shoes...seriously, how much more of a connection can two people need? I'm supposed to answer these questions and then pass the award on to six Over the Top bloggers that I don't think have participated in this yet. If you'd like to play along too then feel free..if not, NO pressure. Just cut and paste these questions to your post (or facebook page if you read my blog there) and let me know you joined the fun...

1. Where is your cell phone? in my purse...which is in the other room which slightly annoys my hubs...he thinks I should be like the Secret Service and always have it on me so I'm never out of radio contact.

2. Your hair? not the color it was in my twenties...not naturally anyway
3. Your mother?
4. Your father?

5. Your favorite food?
thai green curry

6. Your dream last night?

7.Your favorite drink?

8. Your dream/goal?
to make a difference somewhere in this world

9. What room are you in?

10. Your hobby?

11. Your fear?
not managing #8

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?
savoring the water view from my back patio somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line

13. Where were you last night?
a lovely Italian restaurant in town

14. Something that you aren't?
a good singer

15. Muffins?
cranberry orange

16. Wish list item?
a beach/lake house

17. Where did you grow up?
mostly southern NJ

18. Last thing you did?
took the dog to the vet for a shot aka my aerobic workout for today

19. What are you wearing?
jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt

20. Your TV?

21. Your pet?

22. Friends?

23. Your life?
in transition

24. Your mood?

25. Missing someone?
26. Vehicle?

27. Something you're not wearing?
28. Your favorite store?
Ann Taylor

29. Your favorite color?

30. When was the last time you laughed?

31. Last time you cried?
32. Your best friend?
my sisters

33. One place that I go to over and over?

34. One person who emails me regularly?

35. Favorite place to eat?
Italy : )

There you have it. I'm passing this on to some lovely ladies I've 'met' thru blogging plus one special blogger who just happens to take amazing photos and who just also happens to be my sister in law. You all are awesome...have fun with this.

Courtney at Tempo and Speed


  1. Great post and beautiful pictures. I am thankful I dropped by, today.
    Blessings, andrea

  2. The NJ Department of Tourism should be paying you! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  3. I definitely agree that you should be rewarded for making folks seriously consider living in NJ! What a beautiful place! My relatives live in Trenton and I love visiting when we can.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  4. What beautiful pictures of New Jersey splendor! Looks like you had a really lovely day for your "stroll" ;-)

    Congrats on your first award! Very exciting :-D

  5. Good post, and you might be surprised at who's reading your blog. I once made a post berating the state of Alabama for banning Cycles Gladiator wine, and I got a nice comment from the marketing company for the winery and a mention on their website.

  6. I love these pictures! I hope you don't mind, but I borrowed the first one to use in a plug for this post. Who knew New Jersey was such a gorgeous place?

    Congratulations on the award! Maybe the New Jersey Department of Tourism will sit up and take notice. :)

  7. I agree with the others...beautiful pictures!

    Thanks for tagging me. I am about to start packing for my trip tomorrow and I'll not be back for a few days, but will definitely get after this when I get back.

    Talk to you soon!

  8. Your pictures are amazing! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your award! God bless.

  9. Hi Joyce - Love your pictures today! Can't wait to see that side of NJ for myself. Thank you for the award and the challenge. I am in. Come see my answers!


  10. You don't have to sell me on NJ...I've been there...in the Fall...beautiful! But yes, you're right, depends on the part of NJ you're visiting! From pictures, the area you live in looks incredible...I'm jealous, although not about the high taxes. Believe me, CA taxes probably aren't much cheaper!

    Tags are fun. It's such a good way to learn fun things about blogging friends. I'll participate as soon as I get some free time, promise!

  11. I spent the first 44 years of my life in NJ -- and while I don't miss the traffic or the property taxes, I still miss the scenery in the Fall. Thanks for the pictures!

  12. Can't wait to come up there and see all this prettyness. Only 28 days till break!!!