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Getting in on the “red” phenomenon today…with blood.

Today, Facebook, Twitter, and social media in general went red in support of marriage equality.

Today also happened to be the day of a blood drive I somehow became in charge of at the residence hall I work at.

It’s reeeeally odd that I would organize a blood drive, as a) I get very, VERY squeamish with blood and b) I haven’t donated blood in 6 years, as the first time I donated blood I became very VERY faint and almost passed out. I also have since been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, which means I don’t always have extra blood to hand out!

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The blood drive was from 5-11pm, and the NY Blood Center arrived at 2:30 to set up. It’s been a longggg day of work. I ordered some delivery for dinner, ate a hearty meal, and decided to be guilted into trying to donate, even though I was very apprehensive about it.

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I filled out the paperwork, checked my boxes, and had my various levels of everything tested.

Much to my surprise, I was the ideal candidate for blood donation.

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I anxiously sat and waited to donate, feeling both happy and anxious that I was eligible to donate.

Then the needle came.

That thing was HUGE.

Yet, it didn’t bother me.

However, as soon as the machine turned on and it started sucking the blood out of me à la robotic Edward Cullen, I got dizzy, light-headed, apparently even paler than I normally am, and the room started to feel very, very hot.

Three nurses came running to me, telling me they were going to lay me flat and elevate my legs. Then I said, “WAIT. I’m in a skirt. This isn’t going to work.” An awkward man gave me a blanket so I could be more comfy… to which I started to make a joke about the fact that a paper blanket couldn’t be comfy, until I realized he was giving it to me so my lady parts and legs could fly into the air.

Oy.

I was also given an icepack for under my neck. It helped, a lot.

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It takes real talent to be the organizer of a blood drive AND be That Girl who gets faint, dizzy, and almost passes out when her donation begins.

All in all, the blood drive went really well. While we didn’t meet our goal of 40 units, we had a pretty big turn out for a blood drive on the same night as a huge exam for most of the building!

It felt really good to give back (once I got past the dizzy, overheated feelings) through blood donation. While it upsets me that my gay guy friends cannot donate, it makes me really happy that so many residents came out to donate their “red.”

I definitely encourage all of you to donate and make a difference. You never know whose life you’re going to save.

For more information, please visit NYBloodCenter.org.

 

Life is beautiful… especially when the prospect of sleeping is involved.

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Today was the last day of Winter Res Life training….and the end of all trainings for Res Life for me. I was more emotional and depressed about my last training last year at this time when I didn’t think that I would still be working in Residence Life, but the only thing I feel right now is exhaustion. I took a few pictures of myself being exhausted to draw today, but I’m even too exhausted to draw them. Instead, I had my phone draw it for me. (I’m totally turning into a lazy iphone user.)

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This is me, laying on my bed, exhausted with my “pet” unicorn Chaaaarlie.

Oh, and I took some time to enjoy the sunset earlier this evening as I was driving from my apartment/ walking from a parking lot to a meeting. Campus really is beautiful when students aren’t around.

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I really am lucky to live and work at such a beautiful institution.

 

(Here’s a recap of the #23til23 posts thus far.)

On January 4th I introduced you to #23til23. I also released a GingerSass app.

On January 5th I received my first #23til23 challenge from Lenore Reigel, the mother of Eden Riegel, aka my favorite Bianca from All My Children.

On January 6th I ruminated on what it’s like to have a pastor that actually does his job.

On January 7th I changed the look and feel of my site.

On January 8th I drank coffee while watching the sun set and found out I need my wisdom teeth removed.

On January 9th I introduced you all to V.

On January 10th I realized that Shonda Rhimes is my mortal enemy.

On January 11th I talked about the movie Brave, and being brave. I also got my tarot cards read.

On January 12th I bought my first pair of sneakers in 5 years and worked out. Hilarity ensued.

On January 13th I went mini-golfing with monsters.

On January 14th Michelle challenged me to draw myself every day for the rest of my #23til23 adventure.

On January 15th I had a hilarious moment at a Kosher Indian place I went to for lunch and drew myself in the shower with soap in my eyes.

On January 16th I bitched and moaned about my consultation with the oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth removed. I also drew myself from the perspective of the oral surgeon.

On January 17th I barely typed because I was exhausted from Res Life training. I also drew myself as a unicorn.

On January 18th my brother graduated from UTI, his teacher played a “torquestra,” and I had my phone draw me because I was too tired to function when I got home.

There’s one week left of #23til23! As I said in my introduction post, join me in this journey! Check back every day for a #23til23 post. Follow the #23til23 hashtag. Retweet me and share my posts like there’s no tomorrow. Tweet meEmail me. Leave a comment on my blogFacebook, or Google+Tell me what you want to see me try to do, and, if I can manage it, I’ll try to accomplish it.

One week left of #23til23!

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On January 4th I introduced you to #23til23. I also released a GingerSass app.

On January 5th I received my first #23til23 challenge from Lenore Reigel, the mother of Eden Riegel, aka my favorite Bianca from All My Children.

On January 6th I ruminated on what it’s like to have a pastor that actually does his job.

On January 7th I changed the look and feel of my site.

On January 8th I drank coffee while watching the sun set and found out I need my wisdom teeth removed.

On January 9th I introduced you all to V.

On January 10th I realized that Shonda Rhimes is my mortal enemy.

On January 11th I talked about the movie Brave, and being brave. I also got my tarot cards read.

On January 12th I bought my first pair of sneakers in 5 years and worked out. Hilarity ensued.

On January 13th I went mini-golfing with monsters.

On January 14th Michelle challenged me to draw myself every day for the rest of my #23til23 adventure.

On January 15th I had a hilarious moment at a Kosher Indian place I went to for lunch and drew myself in the shower with soap in my eyes.

On January 16th I bitched and moaned about my consultation with the oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth removed. I also drew myself from the perspective of the oral surgeon.

On January 17th I barely typed because I was exhausted from Res Life training. I also drew myself as a unicorn.

On January 18th my brother graduated from UTI, his teacher played a “torquestra,” and I had my phone draw me because I was too tired to function when I got home.

There’s one week left of #23til23! As I said in my introduction post, join me in this journey! Check back every day for a #23til23 post. Follow the #23til23 hashtag. Retweet me and share my posts like there’s no tomorrow. Tweet meEmail me. Leave a comment on my blogFacebook, or Google+Tell me what you want to see me try to do, and, if I can manage it, I’ll try to accomplish it.

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Even though he’s pooped, my dog wants you to send me challenges. Who can say no to a face like that?!