I'm very grateful to everyone who said sweet things to me regarding the death of my beloved kitty Pounce. I'm sorry I haven't managed to reply to everyone individually (I received many, many very sweet emails also.)
a memorial for Pounce and Jovino's sweet kitty Four, who passed earlier this year, will take place at Burning Man on the first day (Monday). we will create shrines for them, which will be immolated at the lighting of the Car-B-Que in Gigsville. the shrines will be briefly displayed prior to the lighting. this will take place at approximately dark-thirty on Monday at the beginning of the week. I know this will be a very emotional experience for me, and I would love to see some friendly faces there (especially folks who knew Pounce and/or 4, natch.)
Pouncer was a truly exceptional cat and I will miss him forever. I'm really grateful to Peter (my ex husband) and his wife Mare for bending over backwards to contact me to make sure I could say goodbye to him, and be with him at the end. words cannot express how much it means to me.
we took him to his usual vet, who I used to see frequently with our old kitty Sprite (Pounce was in excellent health back then) and it was good that *he* was there to take care of this, rather than it being another vet. one of the other folks at the clinic actually cried as she left the room, afterwards. I'm still feeling very very sad about this, though of course I am also beginning to accept it, and frankly I have been incredibly immersed in work, which has really been a good thing for me. I have started a Pounce Memorial Post which I intend to find photos for, and I'll tell some of my favorite stories of his life. some of the messages I've received have included personal memories of Pounce which I have very much appreciated. more than one person has said that they don't usually like cats (or are not a "cat person" but that Pounce won them over and crept into their heart.) it may be a while before it gets posted, since this is an incredibly busy time for us. but it will eventually pop up here.
we've been SUPER busy in the bunny factory - which has been great! (there's a reason I have not posted here in such a long time.)
lots of people are coming to us, looking for their outfits for burning man - so many that we have hardly had a moment to make stock for the sale next Sunday! with a little help from a couple of friends we've finally gotten on top (mostly) of the orders, so we should be able to make a lot more stuff for the sale next week.
we also managed to find the time to get a couple of new items online - both of these are ideas we had long ago, but somehow we never quite got around to drafting and refining the patterns until now. (this always takes significantly longer than it seems it should.)
our new creations are our playa boa (made of moop-free faux fur) and horny devil fleece hat. (I totally wanted to keep the fur boa shown in this icon, but wouldn't you know, someone ordered it almost as soon as we got it posted. it is currently on its way to DC!)
that's cool, we can make another one - or maybe I should make it in the hot pink fluffy fur... then again, that UV hot pink monster fur is pretty rad... temptation abounds here, I tell ya. %-)
Jovino has also been perfecting another design which has been in the works for a while, but I'll keep that one under wraps until he is ready to bust it out. and we still have SO many ideas - tons more than we have the time to realize them!
today, after working insane hours for the past few days and bringing a record number of packages to the PO, we celebrated by stuffing ourselves with sushi and taking a lovely early evening stroll along the Alameda beach. it was truly a pleasure to walk together, looking out over the bay, soft sand underfoot, dipping our toes into the water. I freakin' love California. And my wonderful JOVINO!
we then came home and "took the night off" (read: fixed a couple of bugs on the web site, checked on our newest ad, talked about work stuff, and looked into upgrading our shipping solution and finding a source for purchasing nicer hangers for the upcoming sale!)
being an entrepreneur is AWESOME!
seriously, though, it IS - we were just talking about this last night. Jovino said he'd been feeling bad that we hadn't been doing many "date activities" these days. my response: "I know, but how freakin' romantinc is THIS!?" we get to spend lots of time together, we are co-creating fun and fabulous things which people love: in short, we're bringing our dreams into reality! we're not perfect, but for a tiny startup that's not even two years old, we are rocking out in a big way!
one thing that is a continuing challenge for us is custom work. this includes even things like pattern alterations which seem (even to us!) like they should be minor or simple. every change necessitates drafting a whole new pattern, and sometimes making what seems like a small tweak totally changes the way a garment goes together. we always want to say "yes!" when folks ask us to do things differently just for them, but it eats up time like crazy - which is why custom work is always so expensive. we're always tempted to put an end to taking on custom work, but it's tough. we want to make people happy (it is one of the very best things about doing what we're doing) so I guess we just need to come up with a better way to estimate and charge for it.
we've also started running out of some of our specialty furs, and discovered that our suppliers can't necessarily find any more of a certain type! this has created a few minor panics, but so far we've always been able to bust things out for folks when needed.
ANYway! I don't want to talk shop all night long. I really just intended to pop up and say "hi" and let you all know I'm still here. life is not without its challenges, but overall it's GOOD - very, very good.