The City of Fountains

Kansas City has been such a pleasant surprise! My husband and I attended a conference here hosted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). As many of you know, my husband is a 4th year med student and attending the conference is a way to meet with potential residency programs. In addition, the AAFP provides breakout sessions each day for students to learn about different topics.

I was able to come along on the trip and decided to check out Kansas City while my husband was busy in his sessions. Since we were only in town for a few days, it did not make sense to get a car. I found that walking the city was very easy and I made frequent use of the KC Street Car—which was wonderful. The city is very young with lots to do.

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Kansas City Skyline From the Liberty Memorial

My favorite adventures of the trip were the Liberty Memorial, the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, the Kansas City Public Library, and seeing the lovely fountains all over the city. Below are some of my favorite shots from the trip:

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Liberty Memorial Fountain

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Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts

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The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

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The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

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Kansas City Public Library Rooftop

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 50mm
Editing: Lightroom

Before and After: Lightroom

Ever wondered how photographers always seem to capture the most perfect moment? This can be due to luck, skill, careful planning, and perhaps a little post-production magic. Below is a shot from my recent day trip to Beaufort, SC and the outer islands. You will see two pictures, one before editing and one after. Let me know what you think?

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Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 50mm Prime
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Editing: Lightroom

A Day in Beaufort County

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Old Sheldon Church Ruins: Yemassee, SC

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Old Sheldon Church Well: Yemassee, SC

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Old Sheldon Church Ruins: Yemassee, SC

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Spanish Moss: Beaufort, SC

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Pelicans Overhead: Hunting Island State Park, SC

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Hurricane Matthew Aftermath: Hunting Island State Park, SC

Camera: 5D Mark III
Lens: 50mm
Editing: Lightroom

Planning a Trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

My husband has a rotation in WY this summer, so I decided to see some of the beautiful West and make it a trip. Who knows, we could end up there for residency!

Since my hubby will be working, I invited my brother to come along; he loves to hike and has never been out West. We will spend 5 days in Yellowstone and 2-3 days in Grand Teton/Jackson Hole. I purchased an annual park pass and have our lodging all set up.  This is my first time to these park/area and I welcome any advice or tips—also any recommendations for must-see areas.

On the agenda:

  • Sight-seeing
  • Hiking
  • Photographing nature/landscapes
  • Rafting (possibly)

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I welcome any and all advice/tips!

Thank you! ❤

The Magic of Disney, Surviving Stats, and Getting Promoted

A lot has happened in the last few months! As many of you know I am working full-time and also pursuing my Master of Arts full-time, which leaves very little time for blogging. Thanks to the holiday this week and light coursework, I am able to share a life update.

On April 3rd my husband and I, along with another couple, headed south to Florida. My husband rarely gets time off in between rotations, but this time he had almost a week. We decided a Disney vacation was in order. My husband’s family grew up going to Disney World every year (lucky). I went once and vaguely remember it. This meant, I could experience the magic like new! We had such a fun time, a few highlights:

  • Maimed for life at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. I was pulled on stage and made my appearance as the “CanCan Girl”… I made sure to give a pseudonym so I could deny it ever happened.
  • Riding Mission Space at Epcot and realizing the ride has a holder for vomit bags… which were empty.
  • Eating dinner at Raglan Road in Disney Springs, the fish and chips were amazing!
  • Going backwards on the Expedition Everest roller coaster and seeing our priceless expressions at the photo stations.
  • Being singled out at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor… they made Matt and me pretend to have head antennas and nuzzle each other.
  • Riding the Rockin’ Roller Coaster TWICE.
  • Walking 7-10 miles a day and begging for mercy by 10pm.

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What an awesome trip. I needed a vacation from my vacation! As soon as we returned Matt headed off to his next rotation. He is nearing the end of his schooling, which is super exciting!

In my graduate program we have to take MBA535, also known as Analytical Tools. This is a glorified name for statistical analysis… which is very challenging. I took stats in my undergrad and this is basically the same thing. Coming from an online program in my past, I knew there would be very little teaching and I would need a tutor (math like this is NOT my strong suit). We are in week four which is the half way point… with my tutor in tow, I have managed to survive!

Lastly, and the icing on the cake, is my promotion. I had been working so hard at my job and waited patiently for a bump to the next level. I have worked on the team for four years; I watched others get promoted and waited for my turn. I worked hard and kept my head down, praying for the day. In early April, that day came! My boss got me on the phone and let me know the great news: I was promoted to Vice President, Marketing Manager! I was elated and could not hold back my excitement. Four long years of hard work had paid off.

Do you have exciting news? Let me know in the comments section!

Gibbs Gardens & 20 Million Daffodils

There are no words! Gibbs Gardens is located 1 hour north of Atlanta and about 3 hours from Evans. The drive was well worth it, a hundred times over! Gibbs Gardens boasts 20 million (yes, million) daffodil blooms each year. The grounds were nothing like I have ever seen. Get this on your bucket list now! Below are my favorite snaps from the garden:

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Equipment: Canon 5d Mark III, 50MM prime lens, tri-pod, and shutter release.