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Why do I hear crickets?

<enter left> Clearing dust off the shelves and poofing up pillows…

Many things have changed since I last poked my head in to look around. First of all – SeamedUP is closed! We gave it a fair (2 years) shake and decided to know when was ‘when’. Building a site of that magnitude was a programming nightmare and every time we thought we had it right–we didn’t!

Brye and I fell out of love. It happens. (but not with each other – I love you Brye!)

But good things come from everything!

SeamedUP put me ‘in the action’ — I learned about all of the social media/marketing aspects of running an online company. Did I become an ‘expert’ – no, I didn’t– but I did get to be pretty darn good at coming up with ideas and (mostly?) seeing them through! I really loved the marketing part of the site, building contacts, talking with people (lots of people), and decided that that was what I wanted to ‘be when I grew up’.

Just around that time; the ‘work card’ from INS showed up–we have been in the process of applying for a green card for about 2.5 years and as part of that process, I could not work as a dependent on my husbands visa until the magical card came in the mail. (side note: TOMORROW morning at 7:30 is our green card interview – anything can happen, sh***ing bricks as the saying goes, wish us luck!)

So it was time to go back to work. The twins were starting Kindergarden (I know!?) and while sitting around eating bon bons all day is a good life (please read the sarcasm in there) another paycheck would definitely help!

But darn it all – I have a total accounting background, from post-graduate degrees to 10+ years of industry experience in pretty fancy schmancy positions. The thought of getting up early — getting the twins off to school – getting myself ‘readied’ – driving to work – juggling a high pressure career with my littles who really know me as ‘momma’ – and still being the one who takes care of everything household related because trust me, magical changes in that department were simply not going to be appear — made me weary.

So I started calling all of those nice folks I met through SeamedUP and put the word out that I was looking for a job! And wouldn’t you know, the lovely Karen Johnson (director of marketing for Martingale) pointed me towards a linked in job posting for C&T Publishing – they were looking for an ‘interactive marketing specialist’ read: if its online – its yours- and I typed up a cover letter as quickly as possible and sent off my accounting resume with SeamedUP right at the top and hoped for the best.

I have been working at C&T for just over 4 months now and I have the best job in the world. I work with creative, smart, kind, talented, and funny people who value what I have to offer. I work from home so I am not running around like a maniac in the morning. I am here after-school (although we did hire an after-school nanny because the thought of after-care sounded like a really long day for 6 year olds and especially for Max!) so I get to see them during the day and hear about who their best friends are today and see the projects they made before they are too tired to care to show them to me. I can put a load of laundry in — but let me dispel the myth right here and now — people who work from home are actually working. So just as you sit at your desk and think ‘as soon as I finish this I will pee’ and then 2 hours later you remember ‘oh yeah, I had to pee’ it happens to me at home! I cannot tell you how many dinners I have BURNT!

But it’s a good life.

Who would have thought that at 41 I would have a complete career change!

From the accounting to the marketing department. It is pretty handy that I have those skills because you gotta know that I am running the numbers a lot – but the numbers just represent different things. Instead of dollars they are site visits!

So that’s what is going on around here.

And no, my husband did not magically turn into a more contributory partner in the household department but we are considering hiring a housekeeper — anything to keep the peace! And the kids are still learning that even though I am home, I am working and the other end of the conference call doesn’t necessarily need to hear them saying ‘I want a snack’!

SO – here’s hoping that everything doesn’t go to shit tomorrow. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be approved but man it is really scary to think that we may have to move back to Canada! Not that Canada is scary but you know what I mean!

I will keep you posted.

Oh and on the quilting front – SO MUCH TO SHARE WITH YOU!! please come back:)



15 Responses

  1. Oh yea!!! So great to see a post from you. Good, good luck on the green card!

  2. Alison, so good to hear that you are doing well, and love your new job. Good luck with the hearing tomorrow. So sorry that Seamed UP had to close. I really miss your podcasts. You were my favorite podcaster. Maybe if you get a housekeeper, you could find the time to podcast again. Think about it. Donna in Macomb

  3. SO good to hear from you again! Best of luck tomorrow (I’m sending good vibes!) Hope to hear more from you in the future (any, maybe, maybe you’ll start podcasting again sometime ????? )

  4. Enjoy your new adventure!

  5. Nothing is out of the question…..

  6. Your too kind! Anything is possible Donna, anything is possible…

  7. Nice to see you too! Thanks for the good wishes!

  8. Yeah! you are back. Can’t wait to hear more.

  9. Oh, Allison, it is so good to have you back. And, boy-howdy (TX saying) did you “fall” into a dream job and all because you gave 2 years of your life to SeamedUp. How wonderful is that.
    Hope to hear lots more from you.

  10. Happy to hear about your new job and happy to hear from YOU! Hope yoou get into posting again from time to time.

    Chester, NY

  11. Yay! Welcome back!

  12. Good luck with your interview! We want to keep you here! Congrats on your new job. Chalk up another good thing about the quilting community.

  13. Good to hear from you. May your interview go well. Thanks for keeping your quilting readers and former listeners updated on whats going on in your life.

  14. I am SO SO SO happy that you have good news to share and that you’re back to sharing your life with us. Type away, Allison…we love it!

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