"In the Garden" (Sonnenberg)

For those who are keeping track, today (August 7th, 2012) is Josh’s and my second anniversary!

Of course, when I decided to visit Josh down here at his workplace in Pennsylvania, I selflessly opted to leave my laptop at home to limit any distractions. I’m now left with no way to get the pictures of us from my camera to the blog! Josh, however, assured me that he wouldn’t be terribly hurt if Travel Tuesday went off as planned and I posted about our blissful two years tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’ll be posting about a little adventure I took with my family not thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, but right in my home state of New York. Expect a whole post about living like a tourist in your homeland soon!
These pictures were taken in the lovely Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY–barely an hour from our Rochester apartment.
Title is from the hymn of the same name by Charles Austin Miles.
The first garden we happened upon in Sonnenberg was styled after a traditional Japanese garden. The oriental accents seemed very accurate and transported me on what felt like my first trip to Asia. There was a pond full of water lilies and koi, stone pagodas, and even a bridge leading to a Japanese “temple.”

A koi, of course

And a pagoda. What else? ๐Ÿ™‚

The Buddha himself

The other beautiful garden at Sonnenberg was a traditional Italian garden with ivory columns, tile roofs, Renaissance sculptures, and countless other Roman accents.

More pics of the Italian Garden after the jump!

An out of commission Roman bathhouse

My mom wanted to get married here, but was too paranoid about rain ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

You know how I feel about fountains ๐Ÿ˜‰

These collapsed pillars used to support a temple to the goddess Diana

But the statue of the goddess herself has been moved to a safe place

These stairs lead into the mansion at the Sonnenberg estate, but that’s another post

Happy Anniversary, baby ๐Ÿ™‚


Re-Blog: How to Take Your Relationship to New Extremes

I’m acutely aware of just how lame it is of me to continue reposting blog entries by other writers here on Nine to Phive, but something about the past few weeks has led to me feeling almost overwhelmed by how capable other people are of perfectly articulating thoughts I claim as my own. 
While I am somewhat stunned by what little original content I have to offer, I am delighted by two facts:
1) I am not alone. Out there is a community of men and women who share my beliefs, interests, passions, and questions. I’ve never felt such a sense of fellowship unity, and the fulfilling peace that is being understood by the world around you. Feels good, man ๐Ÿ™‚
2) I can learn to be humble. I don’t need to be the first, only, or best person to express a specific thought. You have no idea how much more likeable I find myself as a person knowing that I have the capability to give credit where credit is doing, honoring the ingenuity of other people out here in the blogosphere.
That being said, I now have no problem linking over to my good friend Carrie Starr over at at Cheap Love.
Her family is in Australia right now, so her life is much more interesting at the moment than mine! She has put together a neat little article about the exact same truths that Josh and I experienced about the effect of studying abroad on our relationship.
So here she is!
Travel works as a magnifying glass on your relationships.
The good becomes great.
The tough becomes terrible.
In many ways, this is exactly why you should travel.
The extended time together makes for incredible memories and defining moments. Youโ€™ll experience unique moments together you never would have otherwise.
For our 19th anniversary yesterday, Erv and I went for a run through the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney Australia where we saw the famous Three Sisters.
In the afternoon, we toured the Sydney Olympic Park where we saw the cauldron burning- which only happens every four years during the summer Olympics.
Next we played in Victoria Park with our kids and meandered through beautiful University of Sydney.
In the evening, we went out to dinner at the fantastic Cafรฉ Otto with our good friends Russell and Sarah, who now live in Sydney.
It was an amazing anniversary weโ€™ll never forget.
There are other parts of the day I donโ€™t want to remember . . .

Awkward and Awesome Thursday: Are Women Human?

  • The above work of literature Stryker happened upon while vacuuming. I didn’t realize we weren’t sure . . .
  • Me. I’m an emotional wreck without my husband around. I literally feel like I don’t know what to do with my life when he’s gone for long periods of time. This is so not like me. It’s like a hormonal alien she-beast.
  • Cable being down the week of the Olympics. US women’s gymnastics took home gold for the first time since 1996 and I had to find out via Yahoo! news.
  • The sad state of my bed right now. It is not only unmade, but also piled high with seven pillows in and effort for me to feel less lonely in a queen-size on my own.
  • I just ate a bowl of cereal at my desk at work. With cereal brought from home. Slightly awesome, I suppose.
  • Poor Rachel’s going through a tough time. It’ll be so much easier when Mom and Dad finally move up and she has her own room!
  • My tragically hit-or-miss internet connection at the apartment. I’m so technologically challenged right now! This is why posting has been getting more and more sparse as this week goes on.

  • Criminal Minds and Flashpoint. If I’m going to be limited to four channels, I’m infinitely grateful that Ion Television is among them! 
  • My Josh. He listened to me complain about my depression for only a couple minutes before ordering me to just get over it and go out for coffee with Rach. The guy knows just what I need.Miss him heaps ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Three high-fashion shoots coming up this month–one with a 1950’s beach vibe! Oh, the glamor.
  • Perfectly fitting skinny jeans for just $12! Why hello, Plato’s Closet.
  • Yoga X. I made it through all 1.5 hours of vinyasas and balance postures without fast-forwarding once, and I feel awesome!
  • Post-workout protein drink. Stuff’s practically a milkshake.
  • Late-night walks and heart-to-hearts with the sissy. Never get tired of it โค
  • Reading about the Starrs‘ adventures in Australia.
  • Iced green tea. Everybody should have a pitcher of this superfood in the house at all times.
  • My God is always there.