7:00~10/2/11~Barnes & Noble

There used to be a Barnes & Noble on Route 18 in what is now the Pearle Vision shopping center in East Brunswick, and when I was young, my parents occasionally brought me there to pick out a book.  I can remember, probably around the time when I was in fourth grade or so, rushing there to pick up the newest release in Ann M. Martin’s Babysitter Club series.  I just had to find out what was going to happen next in the lives of Kristi, Mary Anne, and the other girls I had been reading and reading so much about.  (Ann M. Martin is a Jersey girl, by the way.  She grew up in Princeton.)

It was hard to put into words back then, but I just loved being in the store, being surrounded by so many books – bright, shiny, new books.  At the time, most of the books in the store were well beyond my reading level, but I didn’t care.  I soaked it all in each time we visited the store.

That location has long since been closed, and since then, many more have actually popped up in the area (including another one in East Brunswick at the Brunswick Square Mall).  This one in North Brunswick, however, is probably one of my favorites.  I like the layout of the store; I usually find what I’m looking for and quiet a place to sit; the employees are friendly.  I go there sometimes, just to think and to try to recapture that same feeling that I remembered from when I was young – that feeling of being in awe and amazement when surrounded by so many bright, shiny, new books.  Today, with many more books within my level of understanding, and many more to choose from all the time, it’s certainly a great place to go for inspiration and idea generating.

Oh, and those treats in the Starbucks cafe, they aren’t bad either.  🙂

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

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January 22, 2011

Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan.  It’s not easy, but being patient, and understanding that the plan is just a guide, does help.  These words from the highly successful, New Jersey resident, Thomas Edison – “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits” – have also recently helped me to put things into perspective.

The weather has made this week in New Jersey a lot less productive than I had planned for it to be – and full of a lot more waiting than I like!  The ice and snow and low temperatures have dictated (and by that, I mean completely cancelled) much of my schedule, further pushing back things that I would like to see completed already.

But with a little reordering, creative thinking, (and some Edison-style “hustling while I wait”) I’m pretty sure that things are working out even better than originally planned.

Oh, the impromptu (and super relaxing) facial at Boca Salon in North Brunswick, and unexpectedly getting to catch up with an old friend at Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack, also helped quite a bit!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl