What a year

As this year winds down, I think we are all exhausted. Overwhelmed, tired, stressed, you name it. I think I’m tired of keeping up with a “typical” blog style. I haven’t checked in a long time. Life is busy. I don’t feel like I need to make excuses for that. What I can say is I am grateful for anyone still here and reading. I’ve appreciated your support as we’ve chatted about all things zookeeping and running. I’m still doing both of those things. Not as much running as I used to and a lot more yoga and meditating was what this year told me I needed. Not zookeeping with the same animals anymore either. My area has closed and I am challenged with beautiful new animals and a great new team. That doesn’t mean the challenge isn’t hard. These last few months have been some of toughest of my life. I’m proud of myself for being here, pushing forward as best I can. I wish I had more cheerful words for you, but if you are getting through each day, that’s perfectly enough to be proud of.

I’m crying happy tears in this picture. This is one of my new little loves, Karl. He makes each day better. I am taking care of a menagerie of new animals like hornbills, zebra, meerkats, red river hogs, and the sweetest porcupine named Waffles. I am going through a lot of loss and missing all my animals so much. I just keep reminding myself that these feelings will fade with time as everything does and I have so much to be grateful for. We bought a house this year with a great backyard for all our monsters to run around in.

E built the most amazing dining/gaming table from scratch that we are going to make so many wonderful memories at with friends and family.

It converts to a gaming table with an inlaid with a tv so E and his friends can use digital maps when they play D&D. It’s such an amazing piece and I am so proud of him for accomplishing it.

We have been so blessed with our health and the health of our families this year. I hope you all have been safe and healthy as well. Let me know what I can do to support you. This time of year can be hard for so many people. With the added chaos of 2020 I’m sure it’s even harder for many. I’ve been reading a lot about focusing on what you can control and when in doubt, just be kind. Let’s be as kind as we can to one another as we go into this holiday season. Thanks for being here, friends. It means so much.

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