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Return to Martha’s Vineyard

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We traveled to Martha’s Vineyard in August for a dear friend’s wedding and it was incredible to show Leo around one of our favorite places. Jake and I made many memorable trips to MV when we lived in Boston. I have vivid, wonderful memories of this place. Memories of the wind in my face riding on the ferry – with Bear in tow; of slight terror and amazement at the descent into the airport on the island in a small 10 seater plane; of the smell of the sea walking along the rocky aquinnah cliffs; of many special moments with friends we consider family. And of course, I can still taste and constantly crave the oysters – Wellfleet, Island Creek to name a few. Brilliantly briny, salty, delicious atlantic cape oysters. The best oysters, in my opinion, in the country. This trip in August, in fact, wasn’t the first wedding we have been to on the island! This magical place conjures up so many images of love and friendship in my mind. We had a glorious time getting to spend a few days with our best friends and watching two incredible souls unite. Keep the air salty, keep the waves rolling, keep the oysters fresh; Martha’s Vineyard, you will see us again.DSC_1518

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Filling my days with…

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Reading… The Dinner – psychological thriller – yes please! I was reading The Emperor of All Maladies – but needed a break with something lighthearted and fun. I’ll go back to Maladies eventually; it’s an interesting look at the history of cancer. But sometimes you just need some mindless fiction. Also starting to peruse Bringing Up Bebe and trying to understand if the French really do know how to do it. I want this kiddo to be a little adult – eating what we eat, behaving in public. Apparently, French kids do this already… Can’t say I knew that before, because let’s face it, you (I) don’t really pay attention to how people raise their kids before you have them yourself. I was never super interested in others parenting styles. At the least, Bebe seems to be an easy, funny, entertaining read so far. Much better than the dry “what to expect” and “your baby’s first year” type of books that are still sitting on our counter.  Do we really need to read these?! I feel like we will figure it out… Probably famous last words.

Feeling… This baby kick! What a crazy, surreal feeling. And seriously, how does something the size of an eggplant have that much strength?! To imagine it only getting bigger and stronger inside my belly is exciting and ominous at the same time. It always seems to want to move around when I want to close my eyes. Also feeling slightly more energetic. While I’ve managed to avoid the nausea, vomiting, and other GI ailments of pregnancy, the fatigue has intermittently hit me hard. It was mostly in the first trimester, but this past week was tough as well. How do pregnant women with children already at home do it?! I could not get off my couch and out of my bed last week…

Watching… The off beat, darkish new tv show You’re The Worst on FX. Have you seen it? It’s hilarious in a very wrong way. Also anxiously awaiting the return of Homeland – not until October – ahhhhhh.

Eating… Everything. Except alcohol and sushi and deli meat. Yes, still drinking (limited) caffeine and eating soft (pasteurized) cheese, and poached eggs. Did a bit of research with the help of some obgyn friends – turns out, there’s not a ton of data/medical literature backing all of these things up that you aren’t supposed to eat. So I’m doing everything in moderation. Otherwise, I haven’t had any weird cravings, and I seem to just eat the same way I was eating pre-preggers. I was really hoping I’d have a strange food fetish. Nope. I still want cheese, milk, pizza and chocolate gelato. Yeah, I’m super healthy… Although I have been forcing myself to eat more fruit – almost 1 serving daily! Massive improvement for me.

Celebrating…And Studying… 1 full year of being post-residency work. Can’t believe I’ve been an attending physician for over 365 days. I’m a little less terrified driving to work everyday, and feel a ton more secure in my practice. But there are still difficult days. And hopefully in a little more than a month, I’ll be fully board certified. One. More. Test. (It never ends)! Oral boards late September, then (as long as I pass) I’m done test-taking for 10 years!

Reminiscing… About our fun trip to Nashville a few months ago. I was going through old photos on my camera and came across these. I can’t believe I haven’t posted photos since before April! We explored the little shops of Leipers Fork. Went to the eclectic hangout that is Pinewood Social ~ a bar, restaurant and bowling alley – with amazing non-alcoholic drinks!!! Went for a hike – Nashville is beautiful! And of course, played with our doggies – they became best buds.  We also ate like royalty, had the best ramen of my life, and went on a brewery tour (obviously). Missing our Nashville friends terribly.

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A long overdue wedding post.

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This is about 4 months overdue – but better late than never.

Wanted to share just a few photos from the beautiful and incredibly fun wedding of Theresa and Will that we attended in October of 2013. The entire event took place at the Antrim 1844 – which is a wonderful old country mansion in the hillsides of Maryland. As the wedding party, we got to stay in the main house and it was so beautiful; like being in a movie. The beds were 4 poster with thick, soft mattresses, the ceilings were over 10 feet, the walls were covered with floral wallpaper, and all of the furniture was antique. The grounds were filled with flowers, beautiful fountains, and the greenest grass I’ve ever seen! It was a wonderful wedding, so much fun, and we were so glad to be a part of it.

 

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St Barthelemy.

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Honeymoon was everything it should have been.  Private, hot, sunny, delicious, relaxing, and filled with love.

If you’ve never been to St. Barths – plan your honeymoon there.  It is incredible.  Albiet, a bit pricey – thereby necessitating a big reason to go.  But when you find that reason; you. should. go.  Pristine beaches, luxurious small hotels, great food on a small, quiet, private island.  The only thing that was missing was good beer.  So we filled our bellies with lots and lots of champagne.  🙂

If you need recs, please email me.  I would completely recommend our boutique hotel (Hotel Christopher) – as well as its spa (Sisley).  I would also recommend that you not be afraid of flying in small planes, and landing on airstrips that require a steep descent – wow.  It’s labelled as one of the most dangerous runways in the world.  And I’m a TERRIBLE flyer.  Every bump or shake and I think we are going down (ask Jake – I make him explain to me why planes aren’t going to crash from a big gust of wind every time we fly together).  Every once in a while at SBH, the planes don’t make the stop at the end of the runway in time, and go right onto the beach where thin beautiful French people are sunbathing topless.  Really, google it, it’s true.  But our flight was fine.  And the trip was incredible.  And so, here are some of my favs.  Enjoy.

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corona  north shore  saline beach

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exploring  saline beach   soaking up rayshappy

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plant  beautiful cemetery  nikki beach

greenery  my model  caffeine with a view

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