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a lazy, linky christmas card

23 Dec

merry christmas from my side of the screen to yours!

the barnhart family does new york

if i did get around to writing a christmas letter this week it would include such well-expressed highlights as:

  • hey, we moved! yep, to bethlehem (pennsylvania, not palestine)
  • we now live in a crow’s nest.
  • luke just checked off one semester down in his masters-degree-getting. he’s studying english literature at lehigh university, teaching freshmen a thing or two about composition, and loving life in the lehigh valley!
  • abby worked the freelance life for a while and now has settled into a job as the (self-titled) digital marketing strategist for a kid’s music company. more to come in 2011 on that excitement. her favorite things about life right now include trips to NYC with visiting friends, exercising with jillian michaels, walking the streets of our little town, fixing up our new place, cooking a lot, and writing here on this little blog.
  • in the new year i’m looking forward to reading through the bible in 90 days with some bloggers and friends, working on my creative writing a bit more, seeing a few freinds tie the knot, and getting our many wonderful closets organized.

it’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to love it!

merry christmas friends!

dear monday me / november 22, 2010

22 Nov

monday cheers to a new engagement.

a friend who’s found a forever mate.

let the excitement begin – for flowers and lace and beautiful paper products.

you should start practicing your dance moves now.

on work

17 Nov

i take a break from the work of this day to share, well, the work of this day.

it’s true.

i’ve weaseled my way into full-time employment once again.

three months on my own and i was starting to feel like it was right. the flexible freedom seduced me, but i was getting bored. missing meetings of all things. and people who need you day-to-day, really need you to come through. the challenge.

so when one of my freelance clients threw out a line, i took a bite, and here I am. filling out insurance paperwork and trying to remember, again, which numbers to fill in on the W2.

ahhh. this is the life.

and the best part? they let me name myself. true self-definition! i flirted with princess consuela banana-hammock, but decided instead on Digital Marketing Strategist (as bugles announce my arrival).

pretty snazzy, ay?

the real best part is as follows:

  • i get to work with a small team of passionate people putting every ounce of their effort and heart into a new endeavor.
  • my office is just around the corner and 13 hours up the highway from the company’s homebase in nashville (that’s right. i’m workin’ at home in little bethlehem!).
  • i will not go un-challenged.

there is a lot to be done as this wonderful team toils towards a big deadline in the new year and i couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the toilage . . . toiling . . . toilerama? the details are many and some wrapped in confidentiality, but i can say this.

i’m at the helm of the digital marketing/social media ship of a new music education experience for kids. there is an exciting, interactive web component that i can’t wait to share with you when it’s ready next year. let’s just say – if i had this awesomeness when i was a kid, you would all be grateful, and someone might have invited me to accompany my dear sister in performances at church/weddings/karaoke/etc.

maybe, maybe not.

either way – i’m whistling whilst i work!