In which we go to a wedding: Bri & Ian edition

You know it’s been a long time since you’ve blogged when wordpress changes it’s format.. obviously I have a lot of catching up to do, so let’s start with our first August wedding. Bri and Ian were married on Decatur Island up in the San Juans – it’s a special place to their family and it was so sweet to watch the ceremony in his grandparents’ back yard. I’ve been stalking their wonderful photographer’s website for pictures to include in this post, but ultimately decided that 1) it’s taking a long time since summer is prime wedding season and I’m sure she’s still editing and 2) those are really her photos and it’s unfair to put them on this blog. So here are mine from that EXTREMELY fun and gorgeous weekend:

We arrived on Decatur from Anacortes by private very boat. The Washington State ferries don't run to this particular island like they do to the larger San Juans.

We arrived on Decatur from Anacortes by private very boat. The Washington State ferries don’t run to this particular island like they do to the larger San Juans.

Happy to have escaped only mildly sea-sick!

Happy to have escaped only mildly sea-sick!

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The view from our cabin was gorgeous - we watched otters play in the bay below.

The view from our cabin was gorgeous – we watched otters play in the bay below with high def binoculars.

At the rehearsal we ad a preview of the gorgeous view from the ceremony site as well. You could see all the way across the straight to Mount Baker

At the rehearsal we had a preview of the breath taking view from the ceremony site as well. You could see all the way across the straight to Mount Baker.

Walking back to the cabin after the rehearsal dinner took a little extra time - there are no road signs on the island, so we got a bit lost.

Walking back to the cabin after the rehearsal dinner took a little extra time – there are no road signs on the island, so we got a bit lost.

But the views of the bay at sunset were worth it.

But the views of the bay at sunset were worth it.

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Boats in the bay

The next morning the bridesmaids were picked up in a pickup truck to go get our hair done.

The next morning the bridesmaids were picked up in a pickup truck to go get our hair done.

It was a little windy!

It was a little windy!

Obligatory bridesmaid dresses shot

Obligatory bridesmaids’ dresses shot

The day had robin-egg blue skies and great views of Mount Baker across the water.

The day could not have been more perfect: robin-egg blue skies and great views of Mount Baker across the water.

Hydrangea bouquets

Hydrangea bouquets – These had to be carefully guarded as the deer on the island were clamoring to get them all weekend. One unfortunate guy got his head caught in the garden gate that was containing them and almost had to be “taken care of”, but escaped at the last minute. 

Hair done

Hair done!

Hair all done!

Make-up done!

At this point I put down the camera for a while, so there are no current pictures from the amazingly gorgeous ceremony, but trust me, it was amazing.

Jeff and I at the reception

Jeff and I at the reception

Dental residents: Ian, Karen and I!

Dental residents: Ian, Karen and I!

At the end of the night we all headed down to the beach to light paper lanterns:

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Lighting it up...

Lighting it up…

...getting hot..

…getting hot..

... and LIFT OFF!

… and LIFT OFF!

Someone commented that Jeff's eyes looked crazy in this picture. Really this moment is capturing his thoughts that his dear wife has had several glasses of prosecco and is innately clumsy, we're holding a lot of fire and if something happens we will need to be (expensively) airlifted off this island. I think he's being rather calm given the situation.

Someone commented that Jeff’s eyes looked crazy in this picture. Really this moment is capturing the thoughts that his dear wife has had several glasses of prosecco and is at baseline rather clumsy, we’re holding a large, highly flammable object and if something happens we will need to be (expensively) airlifted off this island. I think he’s being rather calm given the situation.

The next morning we had to wait until the tides came in to head out on the ferry – Kat and I used this time to wander around the beach, look in tide pools and poke at seastars.

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It was so much fun seeing all my co-ressies one more time. It's going to be a long year without them.

It was so much fun seeing all my co-ressies one more time. It’s going to be a long year without them.

On our walk we ran into Bri!

On our walk we ran into Bri!

Soon it was time to get back on the boat and leave.

Soon it was time to get back on the boat and leave.

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I’m smiling in this picture, but I’m actually really sad this is the last time for a while that I’ll be near these lovely ladies.

I was sad to leave the island, but the ferry ride back had some spectacular views of Mount Baker and friendly porpoise sightings to smooth the way.

It was sad to leave the island, but the ferry ride back had some spectacular views of Mount Baker and friendly porpoise sightings to smooth the way.

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In which we MATCHed new residents!

MATCH day was Monday and I’m so excited to welcome a new class of excellent residents to UW! They’re the last class I’ll get to be co-residents with, so they hold a special place in my heart (though who are we kidding, I love all my co-ressies so much and they all have special places). Between the residency interview process and the Duke Alumni interviews I’ve been conducting over the past few weeks, I’m very thankful that I’m not on that end of either application cycle. So excited to meet our new co-ressies in June!

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From us: Kari, Ian, Matt, Jane, Karin, Tiara, myself, Kat, Gloria, Karen and Bri – WELCOME! We’ll try to find some sunshine before you get up here.

In which there were some resident pictures

We had to take a couple of pictures for the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry newsletter last week, so here are some gratuitous shots. I’m in love with each and everyone of my co-ressies – they’re such wonderful people! Here we are in our natural (non-HIPAA violating) habitat:

Lower level conference room - where we take our lectures and have meetings.

Lower level conference room – where we take our lectures and have meetings. From the left: Drs. Tiara Brown, Melanie Perry, T. Matt Griffith, Elise Sarvas, Brianne Butler, Gloria Guan, Ian Marion and Karen Mak

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More of us: From left – Drs. Christina Wang, Janice Duong, Karen Mak, T. Matt Griffth, Tiara Brown, Gloria Guan, Karin Herzog, Melanie Perry, Kat Lane, Elise Sarvas, Ian Marion and Jim Heidenreich

In one of our clinics

In one of our clinics
Back row from left: Drs. Tiara Brown, Melanie Perry, T. Matt Griffth and Ian Marion
Front row from left: Drs. Gloria Guan, Brianne Butler, Elise Sarvasand Karen Mak

In which there’s lots of co-ressie love

The best part about my program is hands down the other residents! This weekend Kat and I decided to show some co-resident love by making scrub caps for everyone. She’s a genius with a sewing machine and made our patterns from an old ugly scrub cap she ordered off line. We cut out most of the pieces last weekend and finished up sewing them today.

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Our sewing machines and Kat in an unfortunately blurry photo.

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Boys’ hats. They’re of super fancy fabric that kind of reminds me of ties. I think they’d be something a hot shot plastic surgeon would wear – business formal, but scrubing in usable.

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Girls’ caps in fun, bright fabrics. Plenty of room to scrunch our hair underneath.

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My finished scrub cap in light green polka dot.

More finished hats

More finished hats

 

A shout out to our co-resident Janice who is right now on her way to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to get some pointers because it’s definitely on my bucket list. Josiah and I even have a pinkie promise on it!

Good luck Janice! We’re cheering you on!

Laminated page I made with all our encouraging messages to keep her going up that big ol' mountian!

Laminated page I made with all our encouraging messages to keep her going up that big ol’ mountian!

 

Last First Day!

Started my first day of work/school here at Seattle’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry! I’m so fortunate to work with some amazing faculty, staff and co-residents!

Our day started off with a 200 question exam – not what I was anticipating. Seeing however that we compare the results of today’s test with one we take at the end of residency I’m chalking my probable poor results up to leaving me a lot of room for improvement. A lot of the exam was syndromes which made me think back to a book I read sometime in high school, Genome by Matt Ridley. My sister recently began re-reading it as a way to procrastinate studying for the Bar, so maybe that’s why it was at the fore front of my mind – but I’m pretty sure I got one or two questions right by remembering parts of that book I read (ohgoodlordhasitbeenthatlong?) 11 years ago. I downloaded it again to listen to while running (pretty sure school’s going to give me enough reading to do in my spare time) and I forgot how much I loved it. That book is one of the major reasons I went into science and not political science a la Rory Gilmore. Once you get past the first chapter or two that pares down the whole of genetic research into codons are like words and are made up of bases that are like letters analogies that either want to make your head spin if you need a refresher or skin crawl if its too dumbed down, the book begins to describe genes and their effects in 23 chapters (one chapter per chromosome, hehe, clever). It’s brilliant and a good read even if you’re not a sciencey person.

After a full day of orienteering we met up at the other end of Magnuson Park and had a lovely cook out with the residents, some attendings and their families.

Sculpture project in Magnuson Park – “From Swords to Plowshares”

My co-residents and I have all met once before. Oddly enough we were all part of the first interview group at UW (and clearly the best one), so it was wonderful to see everyone again on this side of the application process!

Best Class Ever 😀

From left to right: Janice from Vancouver, BC; Christine from UW; Bri from UW;  myself; Kat from Oregon and Jim from Michigan. Bri and I are in the 3 year MSD/MPH program and the rest are in various two year programs. I’m so excited to start the next few years with them!

I complain about the cold a lot here to Jeff. When I started school this morning the weather was 54, by far the coldest first day of school I’ve ever had. Especially when that first day happens to be in June! The great thing though about Seattle is that it stays light for a very long time here in the evenings – so much so that at 8:30 I went for a run around Greenlake and not only were there hoards of people out, it was almost complete daylight out. I know I’m going to pay for this quirk of the earth’s axis tilt in the winter, but I love it right now!

Evening run on Greenlake