In which there’s ice cream

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 馃檪

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Goat cheese ice cream with fresh cherries

 

Recipe from Jeni’s Splended Ice Cream at Home. Reprinted here on epicurious.

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In which I catch up on random things I took pictures of

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:

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I did some mentoring for the women of the Beta chapter of Delta Gamma at UW one evening. Basically I spoke about being a dentist and a scientist and the steps that got me to where I am.

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I don’t think of myself as old enough or experienced enough to be a mentor.. so I felt a little weird when they asked me to come speak. Turns out that 29 is a good enough age for someone who is trying to figure things out at 21; it’s a long 8 years of difference. I have felt kind of bad not being as an involved alumna as I could be. DG was an amazing part of my college experience and I still keep in touch with a lot of the Beta Thetas from Duke. One of whom I was chatting with the other day about feeling guilty for not helping out with the local chapter a lot because between two masters degree programs, a residency, Junior League, and trying to maintain some sanity there just wasn’t room. She graciously reminded me that DG would always be there, when I was ready. And that’s a really comforting thing to know. I hope that this is the beginning of my re-involvement with these dear sisters.

Peace Park - I saw this statue while walking to a rotation with Pediatrics the other day. It is a sculpture of Sadako Sasaki who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima. She later died of leukemia caused by the radiation and is a symbol of the innocent victims of war.

Peace Park – I saw this statue while walking to a rotation with Pediatrics the other day. It is a sculpture of Sadako Sasaki who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima. She later died of leukemia caused by the radiation and is a symbol of the innocent victims of war.

My lab experiments are going well! After taken a hiatus in June in collecting data, I'm back and hoping to make a large dent in the number of patients I enroll by the end of summer.

My lab experiments are going well! After taken a hiatus in June in collecting data, I’m back and hoping to make a large dent in the number of patients I enroll by the end of summer.

Getting ready to collect some data.

Getting ready to collect some data. Please note the camping head lamp I use in place of an actual dental lamp to see inside the mouth. We’re not fancy here.

I even presented my thesis data at the Society for Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research conference in Seattle in June.

I even presented my thesis data at the Society for Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research conference in Seattle in June.

The Junior League girls and I went on the Cycle Saloon - a large group bicycle you peddle as a group to visit different breweries in the Ballard area. http://thecyclesaloon.com

The Junior League girls and I went on the Cycle Saloon – a large group bicycle you peddle as a group to visit different breweries in the Ballard area. http://thecyclesaloon.com

One of my favorites was Stoup

One of my favorites was Stoup

It has a great indoor/outdoor space to taste their different brews

It has a great indoor/outdoor space to taste their different brews

Also, their glasses looked like small graduated cylinders which the nerd in me loved.

Also, their glasses looked like small graduated cylinders which the nerd in me loved.

Annie and I finished up the third and final class of biostats and with that our first year of the MPH program! Whoo! Here we are studying at Forza in Greenlake with the setting sun.

Annie and I finished up the third and final class of biostats and with that our first year of the MPH program! Whoo! Here we are studying at Forza in Greenlake with the setting sun.

I took a quiz the other day that was "How Seattle are you?" Answer: Very much. One of the questions was "Do you love your neighborhood and think it's better than all the other neighborhoods and defend it as such?" Yep, I love the Greenlake/Wallingford area a lot. How can you not with little cool libraries like this in neighbor's yards?

I took a quiz the other day that was “How Seattle are you?” Answer: Very much. One of the questions was “Do you love your neighborhood and think it’s better than all the other neighborhoods and defend it as such?” Yep, I love the Greenlake/Wallingford area a lot. How can you not with little cool libraries like this in neighbor’s yards?

And clever graffiti in the roundabouts?

And clever graffiti in the roundabouts?

And bars who take your picture for the wall because your little brother really wants to be a part of it? The Moon Temple even printed out an extra photo for me to send to Graham.

And bars who take your picture for the wall because your little brother really wants to be a part of it? The Moon Temple even printed out an extra photo for me to send to Graham.

We've been enjoying long sunsets. This was taken at 9:30pm. No filter.

We’ve been enjoying long sunsets. This was taken at 10:07pm. No filter.

I've also been enjoying great rotations down at Odessa Brown Children's Clinic near the International District. Not only is it great feeling like a pediatric dentist, but it's close to Saigon Deli, who has what the New York Times calls one of the best Bahn Mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches in the country.

I’ve also been enjoying great rotations down at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic near the International District. Not only is it great feeling like a pediatric dentist, but it’s close to Saigon Deli, who has what the New York Times calls one of the best Bahn Mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches in the country.

I'm no expert, but the flaky baguette and delicious fillings make me want to concur.

I’m no expert, but the flaky baguette and delicious fillings make me want to concur.

We've also been cook more: especially delicious lamb

We’ve also been cooking more: 聽delicious lamb form the farmer’s market

And making our own charcuterie plates (or "Adult Lunchables" as we refer to them as)

And making our own charcuterie plates (or “Adult Lunchables” as we refer to them as)

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.

In which I go to the AAPD in Boston (Part I)

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.

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We’ve been viewed by 81 different countries – 9,660 views total! This is completely insane. Also, if you know one of the 56,370 people in Greenland, please send this blog to them.. it’s such a large blank space on the map.

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.

I miss a good set of public transportation (though DC remains my favorite). Seattle is building a light rail, but 2016 is too long to wait for it!

I miss a good set of public transportation (though DC remains my favorite). Seattle is building a light rail, but 2016 is too long to wait for it!

Obligatory Boston Public Gardens shot

Obligatory Boston Public Gardens shot

We did not ride the popular duck boats in the Garden, but they were fun to watch

We did not ride the popular duck boats in the Garden, but they were fun to watch

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:

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Sometimes it's a little hard to trace.. but you just have to spot a group of tourists looking down to find your way back.

Sometimes it’s a little hard to trace.. but you just have to spot a group of tourists looking down to find your way back.

Quincey Market is Boston's version of Pike Place.

Quincy Market is Boston’s version of Pike Place.

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Walking by the harbor on the North End.

Walking by the harbor on the North End.

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I swear the Atlantic smells different than the Pacific, though Bri and Kat said I was crazy. It smells richer, muddier, and more well-worn than the bright Pacific, but there is something so homey in its salty breeze.

I wish I had had more time for refreshing my Revolutionary War knowledge prior to the trip. I had to settle for watching AMC's new series TURN about George Washington's spies.

I wish I had had more time for refreshing my Revolutionary War knowledge prior to the trip. I had to settle for watching AMC’s new series TURN about George Washington’s spies.

The Old North Church - of One if by Land, Two if By Sea fame.

The Old North Church – of One if by Land, Two if By Sea fame.

Inside the church. I could actual remember the first couple of lines from Longfellow's poem, "Listen my children and you shall hear..."

Inside the church. I could actual remember the first couple of lines from Longfellow’s poem, “Listen my children and you shall hear…”

Always a Delta Gamma.. I can't resist a good anchor.

Always a Delta Gamma.. I can’t resist a good anchor.

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US Constitution - the oldest ship still commissioned. It was used in the War of 1812.

USS Constitution – the oldest commissioned navel vessel still afloat. It was used in the War of 1812.

My mom immediately guessed where I was when I sent her this. I think her love of Boston infected me as well.

My mom immediately guessed where I was when I sent her this. I think her love of Boston infected me as well.

Atop Bunker Hill

Atop Bunker Hill

After walking the entire Trail from the Back Bay neighborhood where we were staying, we decided to take the T back.

After walking the entire Trail from the Back Bay neighborhood where we were staying, we decided to take the T back.

Lobster rolls were in order for lunch - we were in Boston after all! And for all the delicious seafood out in Seattle, we don't have lobsters.

Lobster rolls were in order for lunch – we were in Boston after all! And for all the delicious seafood out in Seattle, we don’t have lobsters.

Eating a lobster roll in my lobster dress!

Eating a lobster roll in my lobster dress!

I found this at a clothing exchange a few weeks ago that some girls from the MPH school hosted, and I was so lucky it fit! It was the perfect  dress to play Boston tourist in.

I found this at a “Naked Lady” party a few weeks ago hosted by聽some girls from the MPH school, and I was so lucky it fit! It was the perfect dress to play Boston tourist in. These parties sound a lot dirtier than they are: it’s really just a bring your clothes that you’re tired of and exchange them for new ones event. They’ve promised to do another one before school starts and I can’t wait.

In which it was Junior-League-apalooza week

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:

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We had the entire place to ourselves and it was packed with planes and exhibits. I do love a non-crowded museum.

This was the first time many of our small group's significant others got to meet.

This was the first time many of our small group’s significant others got to meet.

Six out of the nine members of my dear Bumblebees. Each JLS Provisional is part of a neighborhood based small group for the year which serves to help introduce you to the activities and processes of Junior League. This year's provisional groups were all named after cities, mostly the large ones like Paris, Milan, NYC, etc. Our group was named for Bumblebee, AZ, a tiny town where horses outnumber people. Having such a unique name totally fit our special little group.

Six out of the nine members of my dear Bumblebees. Each JLS Provisional is part of a neighborhood based small group for the year which serves to help introduce you to the activities and processes of Junior League. This year’s Provisional groups were all named after cities, mostly the large ones like Paris, Milan, NYC, etc. Our group was named for Bumblebee, AZ, a tiny town where horses outnumber people. Having such a unique name totally fit our special little group which is made up of women who work on developing apps and in tech start ups, a former teacher, a medical examiner, a (fancy) hotel manager, a dental resident, a YMCA manager/non-profit consultant, an international volunteer coordinator and a law firm event planner.

The museum was really cool and reminded me of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space one.

The museum was really cool and reminded me of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space one.

You could even go into several of the planes.

You could even go into several of the planes.

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It was the perfect occasion to wear my paper airplane earrings from ohhellofriend.com that I found at Seattle's Urban Craft Uprising in December!

It was the perfect occasion to wear my paper airplane earrings from ohhellofriend.com that I found at Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising in December! For the longest time Jeff thought these were mouse icon (the image for the computer mouse clicker) earrings.. oh hun.

And since JLS was founded in 1924, I thought a Great Gatsby-esque headband was called for.

And since JLS was founded in 1924, I thought a Great Gatsby-esque headband was called for.

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:

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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:

Well earned, delicious Bloody Mary

Well earned, delicious Bloody Mary

Love these women!

Love these women!

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.

We had plenty of fruits and veggies for the kids!

We had plenty of fruits and veggies for the kids!

Our main course was chicken, tortellini and veggie skewers.

Our main course was chicken, tortellini and veggie skewers.

All in all the kids seemed to learn something about making healthy food choices, tried a few new veggies and left full and happy.

All in all the kids seemed to learn something about making healthy food choices, tried a few new veggies and left full and happy.

Thanks to such an awesome team for helping this event come together!

Thanks to such an awesome team for helping this event come together!

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.聽They’re truly something special, and I love them, even when they coerce me into 5:30am runs around Greenlake:

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In which March has been busy

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:

Kindergarten Class Visit

Kindergarten Class Visit

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聽oral health. Along with the requisite toothbrushes and toothpaste I packed up some healthy kid snacks and some animal models to practice brushing.

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This picture of my animal models is either adorable or terrifying depending on who you ask.

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聽smudgy ink).

I handed out carrots, popcorn, grapes and cheese to demonstrate healthy snacks for teeth

I handed out carrots, popcorn, grapes and cheese to demonstrate healthy snacks for teeth

I got the sweetest thank you note from the class - definitely going to go on the fridge at home.

I got the sweetest thank you note from the class – definitely going to go on the fridge at home.

My visit made me very thankful that there are kindergarten teachers in the world - I can handle one child for a few minutes, but they are seriously miraculous on teaching 25 kids for a whole day!

My visit made me very thankful that there are kindergarten teachers in the world – I can handle one child for a few minutes, but they are seriously miraculous on teaching 25 kids for a whole day!

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:

A rare sunny afternoon between classes.

A rare sunny afternoon between classes.

The key to surviving the winter here is to soak up any sun where you can find it. This is me shedding my heavy coat for some vitamin D.

The key to surviving the winter here is to soak up any sun where you can find it. This is me shedding my heavy coat and cardigan for some vitamin D.

Anytime there is some sun I try to stand for a little bit outside in it. This day found me near the Montlake Cut between Lake Union and Lake Washington

Anytime there is some sun I try to stand for a little bit outside in it. This day found me near the Montlake Cut between Lake Union and Lake Washington

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聽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 &聽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:

My greatest challenge each time is not the actual cooking, it's setting boundaries so we can all take turns helping prep.

My greatest challenge each time is not the actual cooking, it’s setting boundaries so we can all take turns helping prep.

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 know having a themed anniversary is probably some commercialized gimmick, but it sure makes giving gifts easier. Fancy wrapped paper and sparkler from Flourish in Greenwood.

I know having a themed anniversary is probably some commercialized gimmick, but it sure makes giving gifts easier. Fancy wrapped paper and #2 sparkler from Flourish in Greenwood.

In keeping with theme I got Jeff (and I) a hammock and I made him some pocket squares. He gave me a luxurious set of cardigans.

In keeping with theme I got Jeff (and I) a hammock and I made him some cotton pocket squares. He gave me a luxurious set of cardigans.

We had the traditional celebratory cupcakes from Trophy: Red velvet, PB&J, Salted caramel and Guinness stout chocolate.

We had the traditional celebratory cupcakes from Trophy: Red velvet, PB&J, Salted caramel and Guinness stout chocolate.

For my birthday Jeff gave me truffles as we had already had too much sugar from the cupcakes. Also, we forgot to put the sparkler in the cupcakes, so it only looks like I'm celebrating my second birthday.

For my birthday Jeff gave me truffles as we had already had too much sugar from the cupcakes. Also, we forgot to put the sparkler in the cupcakes, so it only looks like I’m celebrating my second birthday.

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.

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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):

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In which I’m overdue for an update

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.

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These past two years have been sweeter than late night Cookout milkshakes. Happy anniversary love: here’s to many more (years and milkshakes).