Monday, June 27, 2016

Michael's Wallet

My wedding scrapbook was still a project I felt too overwhelmed to tackle up until a few years ago when I set a simple goal: 1 scrapbook page for every year of marriage.
It was sentimental and it got me started. Today I finished my 17th page since we celebrated another anniversary yesterday.

I used this sketch from Sketches in Thyme:

And I also used the B&W + Color Challenge from rukristin Scrapbook Sleepover Challenges for inspiration.

It took 17 years but I got another favorite story from that special day documented!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Running with Rhinos by Ed Warner

When I requested Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist by Ed Warner through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program I imagined I would be reading stories about rhinos: rescues, births, and poachers. When I started reading, I learned right away that the most important rule of rhino tracking is that you must always have a tree nearby. Oh boy. Foreshadowing! Instead, the stories were written by someone working behind the scenes. Although Mr. Warner's role in Sand County Foundation was equally important as that of a vet tech, it just wasn't as interesting. He goes to fundraisers and orders supplies. One of the stories was about how he accidentally overpaid $8 at the grocery store. A more appropriate title would be, "Running through Customs."

I bet the author is a good campfire story teller. I really wanted to like this book just based on the fact that the black rhino rescue in Zimbabwe is named after Aldo Leopold's land ethic. I just don't feel confident recommending this book to people based on the cover and title, and the lack of scrambling-for-a-nearby-tree moments.