I had a lovely weekend and birthday in Atlanta. So lovely, and with so much cake (THREE cake situations! I was there for five days.) that I had to ask Kevin to POSTPONE my birthday cake.

The man is wise.

No seriously, I had cheesecake and various baked confections for a baby shower, and then a DINOSAUR CAKE OMG for my totally unexpected surprise birthday lunch (which was at a proper southern mexican joint, with QUESO!), and then my momma got me my traditional Publix birthday cake the next day. I didn’t know about each of the subsequent cakes, so unwittingly had cake for breakfast each morning. SO MUCH CAKE. I also got to revel in my friends and family, and oh, it was just a delicious, perfect weekend.

Is there a more Susie thing in the world than a green dino cake?
According to this cake, I am 16.

For my birthday, I also officially got a new job. And so did Kevin. We are moving to the Bay Area sometime next month. We are just now jumping into the relocation madness and I don’t even know how this will all unfold yet, but I have big eyes. We are really excited – this has been unfolding slowly since February, and now it’s HAPPENING. It was pretty wacky, I spent all of Friday (i.e., the last day of 29) on the phone with Kevin and various colleagues and once and future bosses and HR people and and and. I kept handing off my baby to go talk to people and then finally at like 10:30 pm eastern, it was done. So late! So crazy! That means the new job is baaaasically a birthday present.

New job is in industry, whereas I currently work for the government (sort of…. it’s complicated), and new job is focused on an entirely different genre of compounds than current job, but it’s still my bread and butter: toxicology and pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, dose, response, etc. etc. I am really excited. Like I said, my interview day was just so FUN – I have high hopes that the job will be as well.

We are bummed to be leaving our little town and our current jobs – this move isn’t happening because things are bad, here. This has been the perfect place to start out our grown up lives, and our family. But it’s an odd place – very transient, so many of our friends have moved away over the years, and quite small, so certain leisure pursuits (like frisbee, if I could even still play) are more challenging. It’s hard to get to and from our friends and families, and direct flights will be a game changer. (Though, as my mother pointed out, we will NOT be any closer to Georgia. Sorry!) Our jobs have occasionally felt unstable, here, largely because if something were to happen, there isn’t another option. It’s the only show in town. It’s just a small fish bowl.

So, we are heading to the one of the biggest (and most expensive) fishbowls in the country. This should be quite a lark. Stay tuned.

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7 Responses to Cheers

  1. regan says:

    I am full of bay area info! Especially the south and east bay. Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions about areas!

  2. mona says:

    Wow, what a big change! Congratulations!

  3. Miranda says:


  4. Swistle says:

    Congratulations on the new jobs AND on all the CAKE!

  5. Purdy Bird says:

    Happy Birthday AND Happy New Job! We are moving and its crazy, fun, sad and overwhelming all at once. I keep telling the kids (and myself) that its an adventure and what would life be without adventures. Can’t wait to hear about all the good stuff coming your way!

  6. Erin says:

    Congratulations, how exciting! And that cake is amaaaaazing. It’s like a dinosaur taco.

  7. Lisa S. says:

    Congratulations on the big changes. I’m in the East Bay, so do not hesitate to hit me up for information if you need it. I can and do send out long, verbose recs for the area on the regular.

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