In which Molly gets married!

This weekend I’m stuck inside writing papers and taking call… but last weekend we got to go to North Carolina to celebrate Molly and Colin’s wedding and it was fantastic! It was the first time we’d been back since moving out here and while it’s nice to be reminded you can always go home again, it’s equally nice to know that new people are enjoying the things that make it so special in the first place.

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We got in late Thursday (slash early on Friday? it was 2:30am EST, but we were doing okay with the time change) and spent the night with my Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Chris. Then we hit the ground running – trying to see as much of the Triangle and as many of our friends as possible.

First stop - Bassett dorm on Duke's East Campus where Jeff and I met :)

First stop – Bassett dorm on Duke’s East Campus where Jeff and I met 馃檪

Five couples out of the 120-some odd people in our freshman dorm, Bassett, got married. I mean, I know a TON of Duke couples, but to have so many people from the same freshman dorm has to be a little weird. Thanks Resident Housing and Life?

Joe and Felicia, Jeff and Meredith, Jeff and I, Advait and Mili, and Matt and Megan.

Pictures stolen from facebook: Joe and Felicia, Jeff and Meredith, Jeff and I, Advait and Mili, and Matt and Megan.

After visiting our old stomping grounds we started our food tour of the South. Seattle food is AMAZING, and I’m pumped for Restaurant Week coming up, but sometimes you just crave some familiar eats and some amazing friends:

Up the creaky stairs to a Duke institution (Aw, it's cute y'all painted them, but they still feel like some place you'd go to get an illegal abortion).

Up the creaky stairs to a Duke institution (Aw, it’s cute y’all painted them, but they still feel like some place you’d go to get an illegal abortion).
Side note: Many a rainy Seattle morning I find myself reciting in my head, “Have known the evenings, mornings and afternoons/I have measured my life out in coffee spoons..”.

Mm.. Cosmic burritos..

Mm.. Cosmic burritos..

Cookout milkshakes are the best! It was hard to choose just one, but I went with the peach cobbler.

Cookout milkshakes are the best! It was hard to choose just one, but I went with the peach cobbler.

Hibachi at Sakura with Josiah and then meeting up with him and Kevin at Milltown

Hibachi at Sakura with Josiah and then meeting up with him and Kevin at Milltown.

We compared pager sadness.

We compared pager sadness.

I don't even care that they're bigotted people, they make a delicious chicken sandwich.

I don’t even care that they’re bigotted people, they make a delicious chicken sandwich.

Brixx Pizza with Nina!

Brixx Pizza with Nina!

And delicious wedding brunch at Mad Hatters with Lauren, Sailaja, the lovely bride and her sister Ellie.

And delicious wedding brunch at Mad Hatters with Lauren, Sailaja, the lovely bride and her sister Ellie.

We also got to walk around and see how things have changed:

My old apartment in Chapel Hill for dental school (top left section) - looks like the put in air conditioning.

My old apartment in Chapel Hill for dental school (top left section) – looks like they put in air conditioning.

Dumpsters now have my initials..

Dumpsters in the newly developed Carrboro now have my initials..

Duke's Beta section got kicked off campus to make room for a formerly off campus fraternity. (also there was an extreme explosion of selective housing.. and sections on the main quad).

and Duke’s Beta section got kicked off campus to make room for a formerly off campus fraternity. (also there was an extreme explosion of selective housing.. and sections on the main quad).

To cap off an amazing two days, Molly and Colin were married in one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve ever been to. It was beautiful and thoroughly them. Welcome to married life you two! It’s pretty great 馃檪

Love you!!

Love you!!

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I blame my crazy hair on the amazing music they picked out – we never wanted to sit out a song!

Too soon it was time to come back. Thanks to everyone who carved out some time to get together – it’s wonderful that even time and distance don’t change us and we can pick things up right where they left off. Let us know if you’re ever in Seattle! We’d love to show you around!

Good weddings often end with this scenario in the airport waiting lounge.

Good weddings often end with this scenario in the airport waiting lounge.

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In which there is a Sunday

Sundays are for…

Homework

Coffee and homework

Football (starts at breakfast over here in the PST)

Football (starts at breakfast over here in the PST)

And Spaghetti Squash casserole dinner

And Spaghetti Squash casserole dinner

Spaghetti squash is our new favorite over here, especially since the return of the cold and rain. It’s all the squash/pumpkin-ness of Fall with all the deliciousness of melted cheese. We roast ours, combine it with a jar of Trader Joe’s Spaghetti Sauce and diced onions, top with mozzarella slices and stick it back in the over for 10-15 minutes to heat up. Yum!

Excited about the first full week of classes and then going to North Carolina to see my dear friend Molly and Colin tie the knot this weekend! So pumped!

In which I took the month of August off

Whoops. I meant to update this thing. Summer is here is so wonderful and short that after work I want to go relish it instead of writing. Our days are so long – 18 hours of sunlight! and I know that the rains are acomin’, it’s been great. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Enjoying time with my Aunt Teresa and Uncle Larry who came to visit once on their way to a fabulous Alaskan cruise and once on their way back to Nashville. Loved seeing y'all!

Enjoying time with my Aunt Teresa and Uncle Larry who came to visit once on their way to a fabulous Alaskan cruise and once on their way back to Nashville. Loved seeing y’all!

We took them to Golden Gardens for a picnic with Paseo sandwiches on the Sound.

We took them to Golden Gardens for a picnic with Paseo sandwiches on the Sound.

And to all the touristy things downtown, like the gross Gum Wall in Post Ally. Yuck! Come back to Hotel Sarvas anytime!!

And to all the touristy things downtown, like the gross Gum Wall in Post Ally. Yuck! Come back to Hotel Sarvas anytime!!

Enjoying runs around Greenlake in the evenings (and not getting my phone stolen again)!

Enjoying runs around Greenlake in the evenings (and not getting my phone stolen again)!

And beautiful sunsets on Tom's boat on Lake Washington. This is the UW Huskies' stadium from the water.

And beautiful sunsets on Tom’s boat on Lake Washington. This is the UW Huskies’ stadium from the water.

Pretending I have a boat and a dog, because I not so secretly want both.

Pretending I have a boat and a dog, because I not so secretly want both.

Checking out cool Seattle landmarks like the Elliot Bay bookstore in Capitol Hill.

Checking out cool Seattle landmarks like the Elliot Bay bookstore in Capitol Hill.

Eating Molly Moon's ice cream. Strawberry balsamic is my new favorite flavor.

Eating Molly Moon’s ice cream. Strawberry balsamic is my new favorite flavor.

Finally getting the hang of being Seattleites and bringing our reusable grocery bags to the store five times in a row!

Finally getting the hang of being Seattleites and bringing our reusable grocery bags to the store five times in a row!

Spending more time at Seattle Children's Hospital in the OR for long and rewarding days.

Spending more time at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the OR for long and rewarding days

Celebrating co-resident's children's birthdays with cupcakes and sunshine.

Celebrating co-resident’s children’s birthdays with cupcakes, new books and sunshine.

Branching out of our usual neighborhood restaurants to indulge in duck burger sliders at Tilth.

Branching out of our usual neighborhood restaurants to indulge in duck burger sliders at Tilth.

Meeting up with old friends from North Carolina and showing them Gas Works Park. Thanks for visiting Melanie and Jeremy!

Meeting up with old friends from North Carolina and showing them Gas Works Park. Thanks for visiting Melanie and Jeremy!

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Melanie and I worked on a dust mite study in North Carolina from 2007-2008. We probably logged over 5000 miles driving around the Triangle getting lost and collecting dust from people’s homes. At the time we both wanted to go on to dental and physician assistant school and shared in each other’s stress of applying and then triumphs of getting interviews and acceptances. Later we shared our engagements and then weddings. It’s been so great living this dream with you, even from afar! Come back to Seattle soon!

Jeff and I just returned from our camping trip in Nevada and as soon as I’m able to shake the dust off of everything and collect myself from that amazing experience, I’ll get some pictures of that up too.

In which we go to Glacier (Part I)

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park in June 2012.

The view from our hotel room of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park in June 2012. Doesn’t it make you want more?

Last year聽on our trip out West, we tried to hit a lot of the highlights on a drive across the northern US. We got to see a lot of cool things:聽Yellowstone,聽Mount Rushmore, the聽World’s Largest Ball of Twine, etc, but we when we got to聽Glacier National Park聽in June the highlight of the park, the聽Going-To-The-Sun Road was closed for snow. To be fair, it was gorgeous all the same and the folks at the National Park Service would like to let you know there are other things to do, but it just seemed we were missing the whole main experience.

This picture, from the same place as the picture above, is the image on my work computer desktop and iPad  background

This picture, from the same place as the picture above only the next morning, I love so much. It is the image on my work computer desktop and iPad background

Jeff and I were hiking around a cool little urban pocket wilderness, Tiger Mountain State Park outside Issaquah, last week when we started talking about our move last year that had us chasing the ever lapping sun:

Me: You know the only thing I regret about that trip is that we didn’t get to drive the Going-To-The-Sun Road.
Jeff: Well, let’s do it next weekend.
Me: What?
Jeff: Yeah. I mean, we can do it. You’re not on call. It’s possible to get there in a day. We can do it, so we should do it if you want.聽

And that’s one of the many reasons I married him. I’m thankful for his spirit of adventure and his insistence that we seize the opportunities we have control of. It’s a nice lesson to be reminded to do things if you can in fact, do them.

So that’s how on Thursday night we found ourselves in the insanely cool REI headquarters downtown, dodging mountain bikers on a tree lined test path and climbing out of the parking garage with its very own waterfall, to buy some sleeping bags:

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Inside REI Headquarters

And then on Friday after work, heading out on yet another Team Sarvas road trip. Just East this time:

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Just a 2 day, 1200 mile road trip. No big deal.

The original plan was to make it to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, just across the Washington state line to spend the night. When we got there though all hotels there and in nearby Spokane were booked. All. Of. Them. A helpful hotel clerk told us that our only real option was to continue driving 40 miles east and hopefully Kellogg, ID would have something. It was approaching midnight, but what could we do? So we kept trucking on, the whole time trying to call ahead, but failing due to losing signal in the mountains. The desk clerk at the almost full聽Silver Mountain Resort seemed sad that all he had to offer was a studio room, but perked up when I told him that he was my new favorite person and we’d take it! Yay for a bed and a shower after a long day of clinic and an even longer day of driving.

After a goodnight’s sleep and hearty breakfast we set out again and reached Glacier around 1pm. And then we started to climb. I’ll just let the pictures tell the story from here (though they do not begin to do it justice):

Stopping for lunch on the way up.

Stopping for lunch on the way up.

Adult lunchables!

Salami, cheeses, fancy crackers = Adult lunchables!

It's not being in the woods without some good ol' raisins and peanuts (and M&Ms, granola and banana chips..).

It’s not being in the woods without some good ol’ raisins and peanuts (and M&Ms, granola and banana chips..).

The road is carved into the sides of the mountains. Obviously Jeff drove and I tried to keep my fear of heights down to a dull roar.

The road is carved into the sides of the mountains. Obviously Jeff drove and I tried to keep my fear of heights down to a dull roar.

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Rim Rock

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You can see why the road is sometimes closed - they have to clear thousands of pounds of snow each year.

You can see why the road is sometimes closed – they have to clear thousands of cubic feet of snow each year.

It’s crazy the amount of snow they clear each year. The park even employs professional avalanche experts to test things out. Pictures from this year’s clearing can be found here. Check them out – they are indescribable!

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So excited we got to do this!

Logan's Pass Visitor Center

Logan’s Pass Visitor Center

Bighorn sheep just chilling in the sunshine

Bighorn sheep just chilling in the sunshine

Continental Divide - 6646 ft

Continental Divide – 6646 ft

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DSC_0557The entire road is about 50 miles long and once we reached the end of it and therefore the east side of Glacier, we decided to camp for the night and snagged one of 4 camping spots left. We certainly cut the obtaining of nightly lodging thin on this trip, but both nights we were fortunately okay! (But seriously, with two tents AND the Jeep, which we’ve definitely slept in before, are you really ever out of nightly shelter?).

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Perk: The Rising Sun campground was right next to the Rising Sun Motor Inn which meant hot coffee in the morning!

We set up our new (to us) tent to test it out for a camping trip we’re planning later in the summer and started dinner. Just in case the blue one didn’t work we had my favorite small yellow Marmot I’ve had forever in the car as backup.

Not too shabby lodgings

Not too shabby

I feel I've inundated this post with too many pictures already, so more in the next post.

I feel I’ve inundated this post with too many pictures already, so more later.

In which we get croissants and a story

My present-self is very thankful for past-self for scheduling a random vacation today this morning. Jim and I spent the early morning hours putting a trauma victim’s mouth back together and I didn’t return home until 4:30a – a very long day when you consider I got up at 4:30a yesterday to get to my anesthesia rotation on time. I fortunately was able to sleep in; I hope he’s doing okay in clinic. Jeff and I walked down to 45th to try the French bakery we’re always passing and saying we should go in and we were beyond rewarded.

The coffee was dark to perfection; the croissants were flakey and delicate and had real ham and cheese, not the lunch meat variety. The real treat came after a small question, “Is that you in the picture?” to the elderly Vietnamese baker who handed us long baguette.

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His name is Xon Loung and he grew up in a French bakery in Vietnam. He told us a 15 minute long story of how he commandeered a boat and steered it for seven days in open ocean with 700 people on board to escape Vietnam to Indonesia. While he was relating his history in broken English, it came to me that stories told likes this won’t be here for very much longer – the first hand accounts of old war terrors and life before the internets. I’m thankful we had a few moments to chat and for the flakey pastries to accompany it.

In which there’s thankful, humble pie

Yesterday’s post had me thinking: I do write about things that make me happy.

Store bought pie crusts in two bowls

Store bought pie crusts in two bowls

Clear skies, being with friends, cooking, listening to good music and experiencing new things. These make me joyful.

Mix flour and sugar together, sprinkle some on the crust.

Mix flour and sugar together, sprinkle some on the crust.

Shopping at the farmer’s market, runs in the sunshine, my co-ressies, traveling and of course my dear Jeff. All these things make me glow.

Heap your rhubarb on and cover with remaining sugar and flour.

Heap your rhubarb on and cover with remaining sugar and flour.

I am reminded: “A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are.”

Place on baking sheet. Remember that you forgot to add butter. Take off the top crust pieces one by one. Add butter. Put the crust pieces back on one by one.

Place on baking sheet. Remember that you forgot to add butter. Take off the top crust pieces one by one. Add butter. Put the crust pieces back on one by one. Bake at 450 for 15 mins, then down to 350 for 45.

So very blessed and humbled to know so many good and cherishable things to write about.

Enjoy with whipped or ice cream.

Enjoy with whipped or ice cream.

Yum

Yum

I didn’t have enough rhubarb for this easy recipe, but made do with cutting down the recipe and throwing it into our casual soup bowls. One mini-pie for tonight, one for tomorrow!

In which we have a weekend of music and fresh food

Sometimes living in a big city is fun because you get to do things like this:

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Go to a concert in a cathedral put on the Fremont Abbey Arts Center:

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We saw聽Shenandoah Davis, Mirah and the acoustic version of the Moondoggies. Do yourself a favor and add them to your Pandora station on a lazy afternoon; it’s good lolling music. The sound reverberating through the cathedral made them sound just that much better.

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On Sunday we continued our yuppie trend and checked out the Ballard Farmer’s Market since we had so much fun at the Fremont one a few months back:

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Picked up some rhubarb and asparagus.

Picked up some rhubarb and asparagus.

And some fresh bread, homemade sausage and goat cheese.

And some fresh bread, homemade sausage and goat cheese.

Shopping made us hungry and we had a delicious brunch at the cute little French Bastille:

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We finished up our fun day with mac and cheese and sausages and asparagus from the farmer’s market. Yum!

Now to get through three days of work before heading to Nashville for the family reunion to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday!

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Pumped to see my siblings and 11 cousins again!

The whole clan

The whole clan 2 years ago at my granddaddy’s 90th birthday

Jeff and I had just gotten engaged right before the last big family get together.

Jeff and I had just gotten engaged right before the last big family get together in Gatlinburg, TN