All the Random Things

More reads for you!!

There’s this and this.

And this, of which I want to read as many as possible!

And if you’re in the arts, this is gold! I love it!! Makes sense to me.

And if you like ice wine (and who doesn’t?) you need to check out this amazing ice wine food & drink festival in upstate NY that I desperately want to attend (if you’d like to sponsor my attendance for $55 I wouldn’t complain) and download these amazing ice wine infused recipes so you can make your own at home.

And then there’s these beauties, because the windchill has been between zero and -13 degrees for the past three days and, for the love, I just need something not cold and snowy in my life for 10 seconds.





Let’s compare, shall we? Backyard movie night with summery treats…or frozen nostrils.

And my hibernation thus begins.


If you don’t believe me, just read this:

Sestina d’Inverno

Here in this bleak city of Rochester,
Where there are twenty-seven words for “snow,”
Not all of them polite, the wayward mind
Basks in some Yucatan of its own making,
Some coppery, sleek lagoon, or cinnamon island
Alive with lemon tints and burnished natives,

And O that we were there. But here the natives
Of this grey, sunless city of Rochester
Have sown whole mines of salt about their land
(Bare ruined Carthage that it is) while snow
Comes down as if The Flood were in the making.
Yet on that ocean Marvell called the mind

An ark sets forth which is itself the mind,
Bound for some pungent green, some shore whose natives
Blend coriander, cayenne, mint in making
Roasts that would gladden the Earl of Rochester
With sinfulness, and melt a polar snow.
It might be well to remember that an island

Was a blessed haven once, more than an island,
The grand, utopian dream of a noble mind.
In that kind climate the mere thought of snow
Was but a wedding cake; the youthful natives,
Unable to conceive of Rochester,
Made love, and were acrobatic in the making.

Dream as we may, there is far more to making
Do than some wistful reverie of an island,
Especially now when hope lies with the Rochester
Gas and Electric Co., which doesn’t mind
Such profitable weather, while the natives
Sink, like Pompeians, under a world of snow.

The one thing indisputable here is snow,
The single verity of heaven’s making,
Deeply indifferent to the dreams of the natives,
And the torn hoarding-posters of some island.
Under our igloo skies the frozen mind
Holds to one truth: it is grey, and called Rochester.

No island fantasy survives Rochester,
Where to the natives destiny is snow
That is neither to our mind nor of our making.

Anthony E. Hecht, excerpt from “Sestina d’Inverno” from Collected Earlier Poems {via}

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Welcome to Newlyweds in New York!

I'm Lara, a native Texan in a newlywed state of mind enjoying wedded bliss and the adventurous life in Rochester, New York with my husband Ted. We are proud owners of the Green Bay Packers and both work in the professional theatre industry - me in the artistic realm and Ted on the production scene - where, rest assured, there is never a dull moment. We met in Lansing, Michigan, wed in Door County, Wisconsin, started our married life in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have now made our way to the Roc City. I love the arts, traveling, the great outdoors, cooking, eating, discovering all the awesome things to do in upstate New York, adventuring, animals, and schmoozin’ with our family and friends. Follow along with us as we navigate this crazy/beautiful life together!


Anticipating - Spring! I'm done with the snow and bitter cold!

Craving - Fresh flowers and fresh produce from the Farmer's Market

Creating - A well-balanced lifestyle (well, trying to at least!)

Loving - Friends, family, my home, my job, Rochester...

Planning - Summer fun!

Reading - Lolita and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Theatre - The Mountaintop and lots of Shakespeare!

Thinking - Of warm weather and longer days and lazy weekends

Watching - Orange is the New Black and Parenthood

Wishing - For happiness and health and togetherness

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