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


Goat cheese ice cream with fresh cherries


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

In which we welcome summer and new residents

Our new kids started this week of orientation (nerdily called “Prime and Bond”) and we’re getting ready to say goodbye to our old residents at graduation tomorrow night. It’s been a week of cleaning up and cleaning out; finishing up last minute notes and changing the white board:

Old white board with annotations made throughout the year.

Old white board with annotations made throughout the year.

New board ready for personal embellishments

New board ready for personal embellishments

We also welcomed summer today in typical Seattle fashion:

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Fifty-two and rainy on my favorite day of the year. I’m hopeful the sun won’t wait until 4th of July to make its appearance again!

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In which we took a trip to Mt. Rainier

Over Labor Day weekend we took a trip up to Mt. Rainier (pronounced Rah-neer, not “rainy-er” despite the weather situation up here). It was a gorgeous weekend, but unfortunately every other person and their brother thought it would also be a great idea to spend some time on what Seattleites affectionately call “The Mountain”.

I’ve had a slight obsession with this gorgeous volcano since I first came out to Seattle to interview. Before catching my red-eye back to Chapel Hill, Sandra Fisher and I took a walk down by Lake Washington and she pointed out what I thought were high clouds in the distance. Those clouds were really the snow capped slopes of Rainier and I was fascinated by a mountain that could be so high it had snow all year round. My beloved Appalachians in contrast only have snow in the deep of winter and the blanket is dirtied by the trees that cover their hills.

We visited probably the busiest part of the park – the Paradise area which is famous for its alpine wild flowers. Below are some pictures of our 5.4 mi loop hike.

This is my imitation of Maria in the Swiss Alps

Jeff is not as willing to reenact the opening scene of The Sound of Music

During our entire hike, the 14, 410 ft peak remained an elusive site behind clouds. The Mountain makes its own weather it’s so tall.聽Right as we were about to head out of the visitor’s center the clouds parted briefly for a look at her summit.

Despite the crowds it was nice to get out of the city for a little bit. Oh! And we saw a bear! I didn’t have a really nice picture of it, so nothing to post, but it was cool to see one. Don’t worry, we took a quick survey of the other people watching it and Jeff and I decided we could at least out run three of them.聽I was also really excited to walk on some glaciers after not getting to see any at Glacier National Park on our trip out here (that long delayed post will come soon!).

In which I offer an update, mostly in pictures.

Yeah, so residency has gotten busy. Between morning classes, roughly a bazillion journal articles to read each night, seeing patients and taking call there hasn’t been that much time to update. Also I’m lazy. So here’s to you Mom, thanks for shaming me back into blogging a bit.

Summer in Seattle is perfect. I complained and griped about the cold when we first got here, but that’s because June isn’t real summer – August and September are and they’re just lovely.

Perfect for outdoor concerts:

Did you know The Bare Naked Ladies and Blues Traveler still toured? Neither did we! Such a treat! My middle school self was so pysched.

Perfect for getting Paseo sandwiches to go (best sandwich I’ve ever eaten, ever) and eating them by Puget Sound:

Perfect for meeting up with my dental school classmate Tim and his lovely wife Tina who is out here doing a residency in family med for dinner in Capitol Hill.

We met them at the delicious Oddfellows Cafe a quirky bistro reminiscent of Watt’s Grocery in Durham, but bigger and better. Afterwards we had some delicious Molly Moon’s ice cream and watched bicycle polo in a nearby park (yeah, its as weird as it sounds).

Perfect for studying for PALS (pediatric advanced life support) certification (I passed – yay!) outside during a quick lunch break in the sunshine:

This photo is titled, “Do as I say, not as I do regarding a diet good for your teeth”.

This past weekend Jeff and I were lucky enough to sneak away to Allie and Gunther’s wedding in Duck, NC located in the Outer Banks. It was such a sweet and wonderful ceremony and a much needed catch up with old friends.

Next morning’s brunch on Gunther’s family’s farm.

Morning after brunch 馃榾

Between eating (seriously, this blog makes it look like that’s all we do) and jetting around everywhere I’ve been getting a lot of great experience during residency. Here we make our own space maintainers instead of sending them to the lab which is simultaneously great experience and sometimes frustrating. For those of you lucky enough never to need one, a space maintainer is an appliance that can be shaped a couple of difference ways but is put in the mouth when you lose a baby tooth prematurely either to trauma or decay. The space maintainer is aptly named because it fits in the mouth to hold the space and keep the other teeth from drifting into the area until the adult tooth can come in. I made and delivered my first one the other day:

A little too much solder on it, but it fit well and hopefully it will hold until the adult tooth gets here (in about two years)!


Okay, whew that was a lot of catching up, but I’ll try to keep more current (especially for you mom).