Doing statistics in the summer and wondering why your data is acting weird calls for ice cream while watching code run. Best part? It’s homemade 🙂
When finally getting back to posting on the blog I realized that I had taken a lot of random photos of how crazy life has been over the past few months. In between going to Boston, my brother visiting, a quick trip to San Francisco and finishing up the academic year, I managed to sneak a lot of other things in! Here is an update, mostly in pictures:
That about wraps up all the things I’ve been holding on to on the iPhone. Maybe this is a lesson to just publish small things instead of picture-vomitting them all up at once.
Whew! It has been a busy two months! Every time I feel like I sit down to write, I’ve either felt a) overwhelmed at the amount I need to catch up on or b) like there were much more important things I needed to do (like a data analysis projects for biostats). Now that a lot of traveling, finals, graduation and a major conference are finally wrapping up I feel like I can catch up and start to enjoy our 18-hour summer days.
First things first: I’m a horrible blog parent again. I missed the blog-oversary on May 21st.
To be fair the reason I didn’t write about it was that I was on a red-eye to Boston for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists’s annual meeting. It was my first large dental conference (besides the North Carolina and Washington state ones) and I had so much fun catching up with old friends from across the country. Dentistry itself is a small community, and pediatric dentistry is even smaller and I’m so privileged to be colleagues with all these wonderful people.
Since we braved the red-eye, it meant we had a whole day to explore Boston before everyone else descended. I hadn’t been in such a long time (road trip to Canada in 2005 with Jeff and a church choir tour sometime circa 1997), but I remembered enough to get my west coast friends around.
After several cups of coffee (when did I become so dependent on the stuff? Oh wait.. living in Seattle will do that to you, plus, the red-eye), Bri, Kat and I conquered the Freedom Trail:
These past two weeks have begun rounding out my Provisional year in the Junior League of Seattle. It’s been so much fun connecting with new friends, volunteering in the community and learning more about the area’s needs; I’m excited to continue on as an Active member next year. To make it extra special, this year was the Seattle League’s 90th anniversary and we celebrated at the Museum of Flight:
We had the entire place to ourselves and it was packed with planes and exhibits. I do love a non-crowded museum.
The party was so much fun, but we didn’t go all night because the next day Tavia, one of our small group members taught a Barre class at the Y. If you’ve never done Barre it’s like an evil mix between Pilates and ballet that leaves you feeling pretty sore at the end:
But it was well worth the calorie burning because we met up with the rest of the Bumblebees (and some extra guests) at Coastal Kitchen in Capital Hill:
Part of the Provisional year requires you complete a project with another committee to learn more about different aspects of the League. I was lucky enough to be on the Kids in the Kitchen committee which focuses on preventing childhood obesity by teaching kids how to cook healthy foods. I’d been to several of the events in the past where we taught 30-35 first through fifth graders at the Boys & Girls Club and now it was our turn as a Provisional Group to plan and execute the night.
I ended last week with my last official small group meeting. We’ve already decided that we’re going to keep getting together at least once (but probably more like twice) a month, even though it’s not required. These women have become a dear part of my Seattle family and I’m so lucky to call them friends, and soon, fellow Actives when we’re voted in next week. They’re truly something special, and I love them, even when they coerce me into 5:30am runs around Greenlake:
The quarter system, in addition to being an arduous sprint, also means that finals happen the week in March of our anniversary/my birthday. No fun! That week used to be called Spring Break and it was an awesome oasis in the middle of a long, rambling semester. Now it’s a week where I have finals and then take a break in which I do residency and not just classes-plus-residency. This all is just really an excuse for why I haven’t updated in any substantial amount lately. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
February was National Children’s Dental Health Month and I got to go speak to our dear friend Andrea’s Kindergarten class on choosing healthy snacks for teeth and the important of oral health. Along with the requisite toothbrushes and toothpaste I packed up some healthy kid snacks and some animal models to practice brushing.
The kids were amazingly sweet and knew a lot of answers to my questions from having completed the Weekly Reader in the morning (I was so excited that they still have those!! but they don’t smell funny like like I remember. They’re also not on the old recycled paper with the smudgy ink).
This is shaping up to be one of the wettest Marches on record in Seattle. As of today we’ve have 8.02″, almost at the 8.40″ record set in 1950. Every now and then we get some sun breaks:
March has also been the month of finishing up my provisional year requirements with the Junior League of Seattle. I can’t say enough good things about the women in my small group and I’ve enjoyed getting to know more about the community. My main project with the League this year has been with the Kids in the Kitchen committee where we teach elementary school kids at the Boys & Girls Club about cooking healthy meals. Our March event was a success and I’m excited to tackle the April one with the rest of the provisionals on the committee:
March in the Sarvas household is full of celebrations: We celebrated the Cotton Anniversary on the 10th and my 29th birthday on the 14th.
I’m not sure why I have such an obsession with maps or with National Parks, but Jeff found the perfect present to meld these two: a map where we can check off the National Parks as we visit them! It speaks to my love of geography, of traveling and of checking things off lists – it’s perfect.
I’ve already started planning how we’re going to fill it it: Next time we’re in Nashville, Mammoth Caves is only 2 hours away and we could check off Cuyahoga when we’re in Pittsburgh. Else wise I think a major road trip should be in the works!
That about rounds out where I’ve been instead of writing on this blog. Hopefully this next quarter will allow for some more time to explore and report back. Especially now that I’m officially done with call and won’t have to park here anymore (though I always kind of felt like a badass when I pulled in):
I know, it’s been a a long time since I’ve updated this thing. Midterms and now finals have gotten in the way. Also, my research is getting off the ground, which is both exciting and time consuming, but mostly exciting. Until I can get a proper update on normal life, I should update you that Jeff and I have been now married for TWO WHOLE YEARS. Good job by us.
These past two years have been sweeter than late night Cookout milkshakes. Happy anniversary love: here’s to many more (years and milkshakes).