In which there was a bonfire

This will be a quick post, mostly because I want the pictures up because I love them so. A few weeks ago, Jeff and I went camping and it was horrible and rained, so we didn’t use the firewood we brought along. Since then it’s been rolling around the back of the Jeep and tonight we were able to finally burn it.

We headed out to Golden Gardens in Ballard to snag a fire ring right after work so we could get together with the Junior League girls in my small group and their menfolk. Can I just say how much I love these women? They are one of my favorite things about Seattle, hands down. I’m so fortunate we were brought together and given our little group name, The Bumblebees:

The Bumblebees #buzzbuzz

Six out of the nine Bumblebees #buzzbuzz

It was a good thing Jeff and I got there when we did because there were only two fire spots left, and we were able to get the one closer to the water. Someone even tried to come and latch on to ours before they knew we had a group coming (sorry Gus!). Since we were close by to the restaurant when we drove in, we had Paseo sandwiches for dinner before setting completely up. There would be pictures of those, but I ate mine too fast.

The weather started out cloudy, but started to clear around sunset.

The weather started out cloudy, but started to clear around sunset.

I love this beach

Kayaks and Sailboats. I love this beach.

We made s'mores and hotdogs and drank wine and beer.

We made s’mores and hotdogs and drank wine and beer…

Laughed

…laughed,

Talked and watched the sunset over the Sound

and talked and watched the sunset beyond the Sound and far distant Olympics: 

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Going…

...going...

…going…

..going...

..going…

..gone.

..gone.

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So thankful of the friendship of these wonderful women.

So thankful of the friendship and kindness of these wonderful women.

And sunsets and bonfires.

And sunsets and beaches and bonfires.

And good company.

And good love.

We lasted until 10:00pm, even though there was still some faint light peaking from behind the Olympics. Love Seattle summers.

We lasted until 10:00pm, even though there was still some faint light peaking from behind the Olympics. It’s only Tuesday after all.

Fun note: Jeff went to the car to get a lighter after I had forgotten it. Before he got back I actually had the fire going pretty well after finding an old ember in the coals of our pit, much to his surprise. To his credit, he adamantly acknowledges that I am the Boy Scout in our relationship.

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

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