Happy New Year…and welcome to my new blog!

Lisa NYE 2014My New Year’s Eve 

I always think New Year’s Eve is a little bit of a sad time, especially when you don’t have someone to share it with.  But I’ve always found a way around feeling sad by planning time with friends or family – one year I spent it “with” the Jersey Shore folks (idiots) on MTV.  This year I felt very content planning nothing at all, in fact, I was feeling great about continuing my purging of old files and paperwork, a task I had begun after Christmas.

But, I believe in looking out for opportunities and switching gears if something else presents itself.  So when my best friend down the street invited me over for dinner I headed over there for an hour or so.  Upon returning home, my daughter had a full house of friends (many of my La Strada employees) getting ready to head out to the celebration on Pine Ave. in downtown Long Beach.  I love the energy of young people, and loved seeing how wonderful and enthusiastic they all were….and how beautiful they all looked!  But I stayed upstairs and out of their way :)

Kids on bus

Around 10 PM they headed off to 2nd St. to catch a free bus to the festivities.  They sent me this picture of themselves on the bus ——->


Meanwhile, via Facebook, I saw my friends Cookie and Greg were at 555 so I asked them how it was going and they invited me to come.  I decided to hop in a cab and head on over.  It was nice to share a glass of wine with them.

Cookie and Greg 2014

I decided to navigate the Pine Ave. scene rather than head home right away.  Near an alley I saw one girl holding her (sick) girlfriend up and I let her know I thought she was a good friend. 

I headed over to Hamburger Mary’s where my friend Emilio was celebrating with friends.  I got there just as they were leaving, which was fine with me because I was ready to head home anyway.  We walked down to Ocean Blvd. to try and get a cab, and while waiting we took these fun pictures.


I had only been home 30 minutes when my daughter called and said a group of 8 of them were freezing and could I pick them up – of course!  I jumped in her little Scion and yes, we fit all 8 into the car and dropped everyone off where they needed to be.


And now, I’m cozy under my electric blanket….so I would say that 2014 is off to a very good start.  I’m going to approach all of 2014 like that – looking for new opportunities and celebrating interesting experiences.  Love to all.

xo Lisa


  1. Mick Victor January 2, 2014 5:10 am  Reply

    Best of luck with the new blog, Lisa. Always entertaining to read your adventurous thoughts and experiences.

  2. Emilio Rangel January 2, 2014 7:18 pm  Reply

    This is a great post to kick off 2014! Best of luck with the blog and I’m eager to see the adventures we’ll read about here throughout the year!

  3. Beverly February 1, 2014 4:28 pm  Reply

    What a great way to start the new year, it will be a fantastic year for you, because your the Best!

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