Once upon a time, there was this:
And then, along came this:
Leading (this morning) to this!
Yes, that’s right. After almost two decades of being laid off every eighteen months from dying startups, I have finally won the Silicon Valley Lottery! Google just bought Skybox Imaging, the startup I work for – and at a price that makes my stock options worth actual money!
(Well, almost. “Subject to regulatory approval” means that nothing’s final until the respective agencies grind their way through the paperwork, so it will be two to four months before the deal is actually final.)
Alas, this does not mean that I can quit my job and go sailing around the world on a yacht (with husband, loom, two cats, and two hundred pounds of yarn, of course 😉 ). It does, however, mean that I’ll get a nicer-than-usual salary for the next couple of years, as my stock options vest. It also means that, in a year or so, I can probably afford a jacquard loom. So I am starting serious research into my options, and may go to Convergence to check out the TC-2 jacquard loom. (The other brand, the AVL Jacq3G, is manufactured only about 200 miles from me, so I can check it out any time.) Super excited about that!
Meanwhile, in an attempt to keep some sort of creative discipline, I have finished winding both warps for the shadow-weave fabric. 2800 threads, in only about 5-6 hours – but then, I was winding from ten cones at once! Now I have to tie off the warps to separate the color changes, figure out the color mixes, and paint them with dye. Hopefully I can do that this week, and then start getting it onto the loom! I should have free time this week, as Mike will be away visiting family.
Before he can fly to Chicago to visit family, though, Mike needs to finish packing his luggage. And isn’t it handy that there are cats around to help? Tigress in particular is very good about guarding luggage:
It is a trifle difficult when you actually want to put something into the luggage she’s guarding, but it’s a small price for knowing your socks and underwear are safe. Especially when you’re heading into the wilds of Chicago. Who knows what could happen?