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 was some guerrilla dentistry

I’ve been some cool places to do dentistry, and occasionally it wasn’t always in the most ideal conditions. Sometimes I use the term guerrilla dentistry to describe the incidences when you’ve got to work with what you’ve got to get the job done. You might not have enough gauze, electricity, clean water or light, but with a clear and smart head you can still do a lot of good.

I’ve been in orphanages with the US Army in Moldova:

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Where I first learned to love pediatric dentistry. Click on this picture to go to our blog about it (http://moldova10.blogspot.com)

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Occasionally our power would go out and I’d attached my loupes headlight to the overhead light and we’d keep on working with hand instruments.

To all over rural North Carolina with the Mission of Mercy (MoM) clinics:

Typical set up - our temporary dental stations would be deployed in a gym , church or other community center

Typical set up – our temporary dental stations would be deployed in a gym , church or other community center. Patients often slept outside for days for a chance at free dental care.

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I did a rotation in Asheville in the summer between 3rd and 4th year and one of my dental assistants from the rotation, Karen, came down later that fall to help me out in Sylva, NC. In all I helped in clinics in Dare County, Durham, Hillsborough, New Bern, New London, Sparta, Sylva and Wilmington, NC

To most exotically, Kenya:

Taking out infected teeth for a Maasai woman while her brother-in-law and his wife look on

Taking out infected teeth for a Maasai woman while her brother-in-law and his wife look on. Click on the picture for a link to our blog for this trip (http://siteofrandomness.com/kenya/)

Our clinic here is perfectly equipped to handle most anything that walks through its doors and is one of the most well staffed, well supplied and modern places I’ve ever had the dream of working. Today though I got to break out some of my rotation skills in the resident room:

The bright light is my desk lap that the attending is holding so I can see down his dark mouth hole.

The bright light is my desk lap that the attending is holding so I can see down his dark mouth hole.

One of our attendings bit his tongue badly enough this morning to require sutures. Poor guy! I numbed him up and stitched him back up in one of our nice operatories upstairs, but he was so numb afterwards we tried a reversal agent to get it to wear off faster. I was between patients so we ran down to the resident room to do it just as Bri walked in with a “Do I even want to know?”. She shot this picture for me.

I’m itching to go back out into the bush (definition: wherever there is some pediatric dental care needed) and help out again soon.

In which I get crafty

First, thanks to all the veterans for keeping our country safe and for the many sacrifices you and your families make. Special shout outs to Granddaddy (Army, WWII-Pacific), my Papaw (Navy, WWII-Europe), my father in law (Air Force, Vietnam) and my little brother (Marine, Afghanistan) and cousin (Marine). Love you all so much.

Since apparently Veteran’s Day is a three day weekend up here I decided to get a little crafty to cover one of the walls of our apartment. We signed the lease for this place sight unseen when we moved here last June and while it’s clean and in a great location, the interior layout leaves some room for desirability. Lots of weird angles, not my favorite color paint and lots of awkward large wall spaces.

To try and add some color to one of the largest walls in the living area I decided to make some “art” that paid homage to the increasingly hard question, “Where are you from?”. I grew up in Tennessee but spent the last nine years in North Carolina in school. Jeff grew up in Pittsburgh, but then spend seven years in North Carolina and the last two working up in New Jersey. Now we are here on the complete opposite coast. By the time we explain all this, the poor asker of the question has a glazed over look and way more information than he or she was looking for.

So here’s what I made:

1. Start with large plywood boards (Lowe’s will cut them to size for you), acrylic paint (bought the cheapest that Michael’s sold), some yarn in contrasting colors and lots of nails (I used 1 1/4″).

2. Paint the boards. (Step 2b. Beg your husband to run out for newspaper because you’re tired of running around all day looking for the rest of the supplies and now remember why you don’t craft on a regular basis).

3. Find the shape of what you want to have on your board and print it out. I used this website to find the state outlines and this website to blow them up. Tape it to your board.

4. Start hammering (and try not to annoy your neighbors). You can nail directly into the board like I did, but that leaves some small paper tags at the end. You can also try and impress your outline with a dull blade if you want to be all fancy. Keep the nails fairly tight together, but don’t get lost in the details of recreating a coastline or river border.

5. Rip off the paper (if it’s still there) and start stringing your yarn around all the nails. The more random you can be the better the outcome. Be sure to tie it off a few times so one slip off the nail won’t cause the entire piece to fall apart.

6. And repeat as many times as your neighbors will let you.

I secured them to the wall with some heavy duty 3M stickies (rated up to hold 9lbs! Love those engineers!). It’s not perfect (and Washington bothers me because it looks a little stubby – but I guess that’s just what the eastern edge looks like), but it’s a nice color pop on an otherwise bare and highly visible wall.

Last weekend in North Carolina

After our long crazy drive on Thursday we spent Friday and Saturday tying up loose ends in North Carolina.

We shipped most of our boxes on Friday – we think the total was around 25. Since at that exact moment we didn’t know if we had gotten our apartment in Seattle yet or not we shipped them to post restate or “General Delivery”. This is a handy feature of the Post Office if you need to ship something somewhere where you don’t have a particular address. They will hold the pieces for you up to 30 days and all you need is a picture ID to pick them up. Somewhere in Seattle around next Friday is a post office that is going to hate us…

We took all those boxes, plus a few more – and it only took us two trips in the Jeep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is聽something very freeing about knowing that all your worldly possessions can fit in three carloads (two trips to the post office + what we packed to bring with us on the road). We sold or gave away all our furniture (thank you craigslist!) and only brought with us or shipped clothes that we still wore regularly and fit well. Other items were kept either because of sentimental value (all our scrapbooks, Christmas ornaments, my hand sewn baby blanket) or it was something we needed to keep and shipping it was cheaper than buying a new one (Jeff’s golf clubs, my electric drill). Needless to say, when we get to Seattle there will be some much needed shopping sprees to nest our new home! Its actually really great to have this opportunity to start our new life together with new things – most of the larger items we had really weren’t worth keeping and this is the perfect excuse to replace them.

Since this was our last time in NC for a while it was a good excuse to put off some of the goodbyes til now instead of squeezing them in at graduation. I had a wonderful visit over Sugarland cupcakes with Jaime – mm, so good! I’ll miss our stadium runs and spin classes (okay, maybe not miss those, but definitely miss doing them with you!). Molly and I had a great morning walk around Duke’s East Campus one last time. The weather was perfect and we even got to visit our old haunt – Bassett!

聽Josiah and I tried to go to Sakura Express on Franklin street for one last meal of hibachi – but it was closed! This place was our staple for late nights studying in the HSL and for mental health breaks between memorizing hundreds of drugs for pharm. In a pinch we went to a similar place in Meadowmont, but although it wasn’t quite the same, the sentiment was there. Josiah and I got each other through dental school and because of him I was able to travel to Kenya last summer on rotation. It will be so different studying without him, but I’m glad that the end of dental school doesn’t mean the end of our friendship, but rather starts our lifetime as colleagues.

After the long weekend of goodbyes it was great to take time to celebrate Jillian and Andrew’s wedding at Duke Chapel! Jeff and I kept joking that going to this wedding was so much easier this time since all we had to do was show up!

Reception at the Nasher Museum of Art

So happy for the new Fitzpatricks!


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Congrats Jillian and Andrew!!!