From Silicon Valley to Silicon Hills

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Well, it’s official. I am an Austinite. For those of you who you did not hear the news from me, I am so sorry. The whole thing happened quickly and quietly for many reasons. Quickly: we wanted to be somewhat settled before The Kid started Kindergarten in late August. Quietly: the entire process has been extremely emotional and stressful, and I really didn’t want/need the added attention. Plus, I hate goodbyes, and these goodbyes were just too hard.

Jon and I lived in California for 16 years, and they have been some of the happiest years of my life. We finally found where we belonged, built great careers, discovered new hobbies, bought a home, brought our daughter into the world, and met amazing friends… no, built a family… in California.

Since I left with unanswered questions, here is a quick Q&A:

Q: What? You moved?! A: Yes. We moved to Austin, Texas this week.

Q: Um, why? A: Job opportunities and closer to family.

Q: Are you leaving Voce? A: Thankfully, I will continue to work for Voce and service my clients from Austin. My colleagues at Voce have been very supportive of this change, and I am so appreciative. I am also beyond thankful that my clients are so supportive, which is a relief and a joy.

Q: Will you be visiting California? A: I will be in the Bay Area once a month for work. This actually is pretty cool because I will return sans family responsibilities, so I will have time for happy hours in Santana Row, dinners out in Palo Alto, and maybe even karaoke with Glennia.

Q: Was it hard to say good-bye? A: Oh yes. Beyond words. The hardest person to hug good-bye was my beautiful goddaughter. Well, I didn’t actually tell her goodbye, I told her good night. I am a chicken.

Q: How have people responded to the news? A: It’s been a mixed bag but mostly positive. Those who have been to Austin are excited or even jealous. Of course the Silicon Valley loyalists think we are crazy.

Q: Do you know anyone in Austin? A: Thankfully, yes. We have friends there; in fact, our first friends in California are now in Austin. Also, my cousin (and possibly my daughter’s favorite person on Earth) lives not too far away in Dallas.

Q: Who had the most surprising reaction? A: My mom-blogger friends. I was touched and humbled by their support, surprise, sadness and (in one case) tears. You have no idea how much you touched my heart. [Note: second runner-up goes to four-year-old Olivia who cried for 30 minutes when she heard the news. I love that kid!]

Q: Can we come visit you? A: Absolutely! Please! We will have a small apartment at first, but hope to be in a house by the time SXSW hits (because apparently we will have a houseful, so make your reservations soon!) Just make sure you give me enough warning so I don’t have to cancel playdates with Sandra Bullock’s kid or postpone my regular bike rides with Lance Armstrong.

Q: Are you going to buy a pickup truck? A: No.

Q: Are you going to wear cowboy boots? A: No.

Q: Are you going to start yelling “Hook ‘em Horns?” A: Hell no.

Q: Will you fly your Iowa State flag on game day? A: Hell yes. Even on Oct. 23 when the Cyclones roll into town for their annual slaughter.

Q: Do you blame UT for ruining the Big 12 conference? Q: Well, I would like to actually make friends here in Austin, so I will quickly move to the next question.

Q: When can we see you? A: You can see me every day on Facebook on Twitter or here on Laptop TV Mom. I will post updates and photos as long as you do the same!

Q: Are you excited? A: Actually, we are excited. Change is good. This much change at one time is stressful, but it can be good. But I will only accept change – and be excited – as long as we can continue friendship with the people we love.

- LTV Mom

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14 Responses to “From Silicon Valley to Silicon Hills”


  1. 1 Jess Worley

    If this were Facebook I would like this a thousand times. Glad to hear you are excited about your new journey. I know someone else that’s most likely exicted you’re closer…Heath! :)

  2. 2 kimberly/tippytoes

    I heard last weekend and it’s probably for the best that you didn’t tell me directly or else you would have had to witness my seven stages of grief. Actually, only six stages because I’m not at acceptance yet. Regardless, I hope the move is good for you and you your family. Sigh…

  3. 3 Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama

    Congratulations on this huge decision and for this change. Does this mean I might get to see you when I am in Austin next weekend? Hope so!

  4. 4 Marketing Mommy

    Congratulations on the big move–and on doing it in time for kindergarten to start.

    It was nice meeting you at BlogHer (twice).

  5. 5 Heather

    I am so happy for you and your family Stacy. I can’t wait to visit Austin for the first time. Maybe this will herald a new era with the Zeldas, that we see each other more often??? I hope we get the chance to do it soon. I want updates about Kindergarten, the house hunt, and what your new life is like there. Love you and think you, Jon, and Alexa have started an exciting new chapter. Much love and blessings to you.
    Athe

  6. 6 Jessica (@ It's my life...)

    For the record I cried again when I told my sister and again when reading this. What can I say, I have issues with people I adore leaving for Austin. (You’re the third. What is UP with that?)

    And uh, I have cowgirl boots. From Austin. I love them. They’re the boots I wear when I feel like I need that extra confidence boost.

    Oh, and HOOOOK EM! And no, I can’t guarantee that I won’t yell that when you come visit. You know, so you’ll still feel at home.

    Miss you already.

  7. 7 Nicole

    Well, isn’t this a surprise (although I did see it on facebook, not to mention your restaurant post :) I’m very excited for you. Except for the weather, Austin is awesome, 6th street baby. And as my BIL (in Dallas) would say - it’s got the lowest “Bubba” per capita in all of Texas. I used to go there for work but not so much now, so hope we can have a night out here in Silicon Valley.

  8. 8 Michelle Hanson Daniels

    I am so excited to see you and catch up — welcome to Austin! I am here to help and support you however you need with the transition. Congratulations!

  9. 9 Bobbi -aka Strawberry of the Neoploitan Gilrs

    Holy Cow!!! I hope that Austin is a wonderful move for the Libby family and I’m sure it will be. It’s hard to say that I’ll miss you more now that you are in TX, but when you were up north, it was just a drive … now it’s a flight, but not to worry, we’ll pack up the clan and visit and maybe turn it into a Cowboys game gig. I am very happy for all of you and I give you about 3 months before you are in cowboy boots — maybe sooner. Lots and lots of love to my chocolate sister (you know what I mean). Love - Bobbi

  10. 10 Gina von

    Dang, and I thought you were a shoe in for the pick-up truck. Well, then, life is full of surprises. Going to miss knowing you are here but thankfully w/your blog, tweets and FB I will remain close at heart. And I consider myself spoiled to have spent such quality time w/you in NY. Yes, I am bragging and proud of it. Let me know when it is time for the ‘ole chili cook-off and we’ll show them how it is done! xoxo,
    -gina

  11. 11 Anna

    Hi, I met you at BlogHer10 on the 26th floor waiting for the elevator. I am just now getting around to checking out all the websites from the business cards I collected there.
    I remembered that you are from IA - I am in MN, but lived in IA for 3 yrs prior to moving here. But I am from TX, born in Austin, raised all over the great state for 22 yrs. I hope you will find the people warm and friendly. I am a little biased, but I truly think that Texans are some of the most friendly people on earth. Good luck to you in your new home. Love your site.
    Anna from Motherly Law

  12. 12 kim/hormone-colored days

    Hook ‘Em Horns!!!

    I’m a UT grad back from the day people whispered about the kid Michael Dell, who quit school because he was moving beyond selling computers form his dorm room. I am that old.

    OMG! I saw the mention of a new city on your back-to-school post. Thank goodness for the Motherboard, right?

    Wow. Good luck as you settle in and move ahead!

  13. 13 Lisa/Mommy Mo

    Hi Stacy!

    I’m just now visiting and making my way around- welcome to Austin! I’m a born and bred Texan and yet, I still do not own one pair of cowboy boots.

    I love living in Austin- went to school here, lived in Houston for a number of years and then moved back in 2005. If you have ANY questions about this wonderful city, I am sure that I can help you….even with cool neighborhoods to live in. I hope you are happy with your decision- Texans are a friendly bunch (and we have the best Tex Mex food around).

  14. 14 YvonneinLA

    I’m one of the jealous ones. I always wanted to live in Austin so I could regularly pop in at Austin City Limits (they give away tickets on the website http://www.austincitylimits.org/). Congratulations on your new adventure. Best of luck!

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