Big News! We’re moving to…

Drumroll please…

We’re trading the mountains for the ocean and we’re moving to Berkeley!

View of Berkeley, courtesy of Kaplan via the web

FAQs:

What?! Why?! When?

The short version is that I married up, and my very talented husband was offered a job we couldn’t refuse. We leave at the end of March.

Aren’t you going to miss Colorado?

I am going to miss Colorado tremendously. Colorado is the first place that I have felt like I make sense. I love the people, the access to the outdoors, the beer, and the values (e.g. being dog-friendly and health focused). A contingency on moving was that we come back twice a year (once in the summer, and once in the winter) to do Colorado things with our Colorado friends.

I thought your job in Colorado was your dream job?

It is, which made the decision very difficult. I have tremendous colleagues and supportive mentors that are some of the best in the business. I am very thankful that I’ll continue to collaborate with them.

What about Ironman?

I’m back to training after pneumonia took me out of the game for a while. Regrettably, I’m ambivalent about Ironman. On one hand, I think that training would be a great organizing principle during a chaotic transition. On the other hand, I feel as though I have so much on my plate, and since I’m not sure what my new work culture will be like, I’m not sure how far down the rabbit hole I want to go. Plus, I lose my home-town and altitude advantages. Basically, no decision yet, but I’m going to keep up the training until I decide.

If you move to California, what will happen to your blog full of beer, ski adventures, and playing in the mountains?

While Berkeley is not Denver, I am determined to continue to have adventures. We’ve decided we’re keeping our season ski pass which serves mountains in Colorado, Utah, and Tahoe, and if I’m unemployed, I might see if I can live in Tahoe for the month of April to ski. I’ve found some gorgeous campsites for the summer (some are boat access only), and I hear that the Berkeley Hills offer some great terrain for hiking and biking. Adventure is a bit further in California than it is in Colorado, but I’ve been to Antarctica, so this girl is willing to travel. As I told my friend, I’m looking at this move though a lens of curious adventure- let’s see what there is to find.

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