Monday, May 24, 2010

Go West

I don't think Sophie has any idea what a big day tomorrow is going to be for her. That she'll be taking the second plane ride of her life. And that her day is going to involve waking up in one timezone, and going to bed in another.

As some of you may already know, we're moving to the Bay Area for the summer. Jude scored an internship with Yahoo! and Sophie and I are tagging along for the ride :) It'll be an exciting three months- for Jude to test out if working in industry is his cup of tea and for the awesome experience and exposure, for us to finally live out West for a while, hang out with our friends we haven't seen in years, and just to see for ourselves if Northern California is really all that it's made out to be. We were fortunate enough to secure a rental apartment just for the summer (which comes baby-ready no less), day care for Sophie (three days a week while I work on my dissertation at Stanford), and long-term car rental for those three months.

Which also means that we've been crazy packing this whole weekend. Three months is a tricky period to be packing for- it's short enough that we don't feel like we have to pack up all our worldly possessions, but long enough that we have to pack almost everything we need for day to day living, especially for Sophie- her toys, books, feeding implements, etc. And on top of packing for ourselves, we've had to clear the house up for our subletter who'll be moving in for two months. So the last two days has been a frenzied tossing of clothes and items into one of three things: suitcase, storage box, or our wardrobe in the study room where we're keeping all the clothes we're not bringing with us. Oh, and the four most blessed words through this all: thank god for basements...

We're really looking forward to the next three months- to beaches, coastal drives, Napa, farmers markets, San Francisco, good food, old friends, and most importantly, Sophie's first birthday :) I'll update again soon on how our little punkin' took to the move- no doubt bewildered and curious (as is her default reaction to all new things these days). It's going to be a huge adventure for us all and we can't wait!

Westward Ho!

7 comments:

Jilly said...

Cool! You will be near LA!

e said...

FWIW, I would love to see you guys if you have the time!

~ Eva

serene said...

@Jill- I wish we were close to LA but it's actually a couple hours away by plane. We're a 45 min drive away from San Francisco though :)

@Eva- we'd love to meet you, Katie, Callum too!

Debra said...

Wow, summer is a great time to be at the West Coast - can't wait to read more about your adventures!

Syl said...

Where will you be staying? I have been thinking of visiting my family in Fremont before I get too big :) you'll love the Bay Area!

dot said...

What a great adventure! Have fun!

Are you done with school, Jude? What will you do at Yahoo? Seattle got many tech companies :) Bet you could move here next!

jude said...

@Syl - we are based in Santa Clara for the summer - drop us a line when you come to CA!

@dot - I am not done with school yet, but I am planning to graduate at the end of the year. So I am looking for jobs now - if Jay is looking for a user experience researcher ... ;)