As many of my friends are aware, Chris and I moved to Seattle for the month of August while he recuperates from his kidney transplant. Having twice weekly labs and twice weekly clinic appointments meant it would be easier to live closer to the hospital than island life allowed.
Today is the day which will live in very much the opposite of infamy for me and my family. Today, my husband got a new kidney.
“It’s the highlight of my summer.” I’m stealing that quote from my teammate, Phil because I agree one hundred percent.
Seventeen years ago today, I married the most perfect man in the universe. No, for real. He looks like Thor, he is kind and compassionate, and he does the dishes.
In my career as a zookeeper, I consider myself very blessed. I’ve worked with the largest land mammal, elephants, and the largest land predator, polar bears. I’ve swam with dolphins, snorkeled with sharks, and rescued manatees, given otters high-fives and snuggled owls.
I finished The Nature Principle and was going to type up notes from the book, but I’ve been a little pre-occupied by other projects. I’ll be sure to get the notes out before the end of my Experience Nature project. Some of the information in the book is too important not to share.
I felt I had a lot in common with Drew Manning. Well, I wasn’t a personal trainer who couldn’t figure out why my clients didn’t get it. But I was a zookeeper who couldn’t figure out why it was so hard to convey conservation messages to zoo visitors.
Working on my books has been a great experience. I set my own hours, which is great in theory, but in practice I need improvement. I’ve gotten lazier and lazier about waking up, getting started, and staying motivated. My writing has gotten a little better, and I’ve really developed ZooFit, but I am feeling a…
I’ve often wondered how it would feel for someone to love me so much, they peed whenever they saw me. This was how Bamboo, a fifty-year old Asian elephant, greeted her best friend, retired zookeeper Chuck, whenever he visited. She would squeal with excitement, and when she couldn’t contain herself anymore, Bamboo would relieve herself….
I’m having a little issue taking my own advice today. Stay positive. The difficulties getting into the published world of writing is becoming more and more clear. I know I have what it takes to stay the course, but I’m wondering if it’s worth it.