A list of a few things we've done in the past year or so:
April 2011: I defended my thesis
June 2011: I started a postdoc at CHOP
August 2011: My bridal shower in the 'Nard and final wedding preparations
September 2011: My bridal shower in Philly; the ING Rock N Roll half marathon; job interview at Harvard
October 2011: We got married! And honeymooned in Yosemite!
November 2011: Both Alex and I had job interviews in CA; spent Thanksgiving and my birthday apart; Philly marathon
December 2011: Finally a quiet month at home...but a bit of a bummer because we couldn't visit family or friends for the holidays; Finalized our decisions to head out to Stanford for postdocs
January-February 2012: Work really ramped up - working at least 60 hours a week for both of us
March 2012: Alex applies for NRSA and begins the process of writing his thesis
April 2012: NRSA submitted, but thesis writing continues; bought a car
May 2012: Only one month left till we leave, work ramps up even more. Alex's defense and the whole family comes - lots of fun!
June 2012: begin final preparations to move, try to map out a lovely drive across the country, wrap up at work, say goodbye to friends
July 2012: Begin our trip, including stops in Baltimore, MD; the Berkshires, MA; Salem, MA; Boston, MA; Ausable Chasm, NY; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Alexandria Bay, NY, on the banks of the St. Lawrence; Scottsville, NY; Rochester, NY; Niagara Falls, NY and Canada; Erie, PA; Geneva on the Lake, OH; Dearborn, MI; Chicago, IL; Eagle, WI; Cross Plains, WI; Sioux Falls, SD; Devil's Tower, WY; Sheridan, WY; Yellowstone, WY; Salt Lake City, UT; Colorado Springs, CO; St. George, UT, Oxnard, CA and then FINALLY to the Bay, CA.
Sept 2012: Started work at Stanford as a postdoc. Found a ridiculously expensive apartment 9 miles from campus.
Phew! I'm tired just thinking about all that stuff. Here's to new beginnings....