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Ready for Some Ups

Melissa has had enough fighting and is hoping for some good times.

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying this amazing fall weather! This is my favorite time of the year, I love the fall. The air is so perfect, don't you think? It's funny, I've always said that October is my month. I don't know why, but anything good that has ever happened for me happens in October. It has been that way my whole life. I met Joe in the month of October too, and he is the best thing that ever happened to me! It's only a couple of weeks away, and I'm excited to see what this October will bring!

Do you love Punta Cana or what? It's so beautiful there! I love it because it's only a four hour plane ride from New Jersey and the weather is always amazing. That was my fifth time there with Joe. We go every year. When I first met Joe, we went twice with Teresa and Joe and Kathy and Richie. We had a blast. I loved every minute of it and spending time with his family. I was new to the crowd so I enjoyed getting to know everyone. What a great time we always had there together! The six of us! I know it's hard to believe now, but trust me, we all used to enjoy each other's company very much. I will say I do still enjoy everyone's company when we are on vacation. That's why I came up with the idea to have everyone go back to Punta Cana together, it can't hurt right? Maybe we just all need to get out of Jersey and remember how much fun we all used to have together. We really have a great time together when we don't discuss ridiculous things that don't really matter anyway! Families go through ups and downs all the time, and I think we have had enough downs lately. I'm ready for some ups.

I really had a great time bonding with the Manzos and Lauritas, they are both great families! They are very down to earth, easy going, straight forward people. That's what I look for in friends and in couples that Joe and I like to spend time with. It just makes life so much easier when you are with people who are like that. Poor Caroline had a booming migraine. I felt so bad for her, she missed a beautiful boat ride with her family. The kids kept mentioning how they felt bad that she missed it. It was sweet to see them thinking of their mother the whole day. 

How can you not love Greg? He is so funny, the things he comes out with are not planned, they just roll right off his tongue. He is harmless and he makes me laugh. We enjoy a lot of the same things, we just get along really well. He might be the only person I know who loves music more than I do! He's hilarious and he's a great friend to the Manzo family. Everyone loves when Greg is around! I enjoy people that love life and just want to have a good time.

Speaking of a good time, is my husband nuts or what? He does some of the most crazy things, but to tell you the truth, that's the reason I fell in love with him! We have so many laughs together, and I think the initial perception of us was wrong. We truly are very happy and love when people are together and having a good time. Honestly, I just don't see a reason to fight anymore. I think we all need to forget about the past and just move on. 

I'm excited for you all to see next week's episode. It's the launch party for BLK Water and my very first performance of On Display! I was extremely nervous about this, I haven't seen it yet either, so I can't wait to watch it!

Here's the link to On Display on iTunes: My favorite version is still the Arkatone radio remix! 

I also posted a new blog on my website ( with all the fashions I was wearing in this episode. I got so many tweets about it last night I couldn't answer everyone, so here you go! 

I hope everyone has a magnifico giornata and happy shopping!



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I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt. 

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