So, a little over year ago, while getting hooked into Downton Abbey on PBS, I saw one of those ridiculously enticing commercials for Viking River Cruises. "Oh my, this is what I want to do, for our next adventure" came up over my head in a thought bubble and I was doomed. I started investigating the company and asked for information to be sent so that I could dream from afar. I then had the nerve to put the pamphlets out on the kitchen table for Rod to flip through and we were on our way to planning a trip.
The big high school reunion that became Rod's big project (three classes) has been a part of our history for a year and a half now and in that time, we have lost several friends. Most of them had been on the long runway to the Other Side but their loss helped to remind us that life is short and that we need to keep fit and doing what we dream of, while we still can. (of course, what do I do? I buy a business...)
We are now in the countdown in "sleeps", as my Kiwi friend Rebecca likes to say. In 16 days we will be up early and heading to Sacramento, to catch a plane to LA, where we will catch a BIG plane to Paris and then a smaller plane to Marseilles. Yes, we are taking that dreamed of River Cruise vacation through the south of France up to Paris and from Paris, along the Seine to Normandy with many stops, to and fro. I have always dreamed of going to France, being the great grandaughter of French Immigrants, on my maternal grandmother's side. Although they came from somewhere that we will not visit (Basque country), I will finally see the places that so many ancestors lived and died. (Don't get me started on Ancestry...)
Of course, we put our money down on this trip over a year ago and put the paperwork away for safe keeping. On the 20th of March, we received a package from VIking, with name tags, strong scented leather luggage tags, itinerary booklets and books about the regions that we will be visiting and this just ramped up the excitement that had been kept at bay for a year.
Now then, what did I do, this past February? That's right, I Bought A Business. Yeah, perfect time-ing...wait a minute...I bought a business. Oh emm gee, as they say. What was I thinking, sinking all of my hard earned Dyeworks earnings into this, a couple of months before we were to leave on our dream vacation! I guess that I am just kind of crazy-like-that these days and remarkably it feels right.
The second shipment of beautiful balls of Top arrived yesterday, in a MUCH smaller FedEx van than the moving van sized vehicle that arrived last Friday. In it were the three beautiful natural colored yak tops and one bump of brilliant white Angora top. These boxes had been completely wrapped in packing tape and I think that all of the FedEx people were in love with the shipper, for having made these 5 boxes into tear-proof projectiles for the "muscle men" (as our tiny delivery woman likes to call the guys at the distribution center) to hurl, without worry of breakage. After cutting the bonds on a couple of these balls, we were able to finish off the packages of fiber samples and get them ready to go out to our retailers!
Oh yes, and I went into a conversation with the mill that produces my baby alpaca yarns, about getting that top into the line-up but had to tell him that if he couldn't get it to me before we left, it would have to wait to be shipped and get here by the time we arrived home. Timing timing timing. (Of course, my Merino guy has timing indicative of his culture...he will do it, when he gets to it.) Yes, and there is the timing of getting Mill #1 to bill me for and ship order number two to get here before we go. Feel my heart...thumpthumpthumpthump. It's only money, right?
16 Sleeps until I Let Go and take a VACATION, handing the keys to the house/pet sitter. We can travel to "our" mills and talk to them about this or that, next time, but this trip is for me to let it all go, for almost three weeks. In the meantime, I will do all that I can to get product out to retailers and dyers before I go but I know that it will all be here for me, when I get home and the heart thumping will continue.
Today I will continue putting the fiber through a dyer's paces and then into the spinning cave and on to that process, so that Holly can get some more color up on those neutral web pages. (white, white, cream, beige, brown...) There is never a dull moment around here and you know, I like it that way. It all keeps me on my toes.