Juice Boxes and Goldfish

– The school I work for had a blood drive last Thursday. If 35 units of blood were donated that day, we could grant a $500 scholarship to a student! Well, we reached the goal! In fact, there was a total of 36 units of blood that day! I was planning on donating at the end of my shift, but my friend reminded me that I could give during work hours.

The last time I gave blood was about 10 years ago, and I got really woozy. This time and about a half hour after I returned from lunch, I went back and started to fill out the forms and get the whole thing started. Aside from my blood pressure being a little high, I was all set. Guess what? I didn’t get weak this time! I warned them that I might, so they kept an eye on me. Once they had enough O-negative, I felt strong enough to head to the snack station and drink some juice and eat some crackers and cookies. Thinking that it all might sneak up on me once I returned to my desk, I made sure I had plenty of water and club soda stocked up. I was fine. If I donate in October, I get a giftcard! That’s not the reason I do it, but a giftcard is always a plus.

– I was jealous of one of my coworkers who donated right across from me. He was set up after me but left before I did! Surprised, I said, “Are you done? That was fast!” He grinned, shrugged and said, “I’ve got stuff to do.” My blood wasn’t that fast. In fact, it stopped when I was over halfway done, but then started back up again. Tricky.

– On Sunday morning, I woke up with a resolve. There was a huge, bulky piece of exercise equipment taking up space in my closet, and I wanted it out and gone. I use it, but it’s always a chore to dig it out of the closet, and lately I found some better exercises that would work the same muscles. I rounded up everything that came with the machine, put everything in a sandwich bag and taped it to the thing. Then I loaded it in the car and gave it to someone at the nearby thrift store. I hoped they would take it. I thought of going to Walmart to buy some weights and a yoga mat, but decided I didn’t need to spend money on that stuff. I can adapt, and I did.

“It vexes me. I am terribly vexed.”

The word this past Saturday was “vexed”. Before I post my belated photos, I want to tag Silly Rabbit to chose the next word! You up for it, Silly Rabbit? :)

Anyway, here are my photos:

This is an old Halloween photo. I was vexed; annoyed that not many people dressed up for the holiday at work. Their lack of enthusiasm brought me down a bit. Phooey.

If cats can get vexed, then I guess this is the look of a vexed cat. I don’t think Joshua liked me taking a photo of him that day. Oh well. He needs to stop being so cute.

Your Bank and You!

– Hey, guess what? My car is mine now! No more leasing! Well, technically it’s mine and the bank’s, because I’m financing it. The thrill hasn’t quite hit me yet, but the main thing I was happy about when I was first getting approved was that my credit is “awesome” and I didn’t need a co-signer!! Holy crap! I hugged myself, I was so happy and I felt like such an adult. The rep sent me my credit report and my number is so good. I should really put it up on my fridge. It’s not like I have ever had bad credit, just not enough.

– Yesterday I fought back and forth with myself about whether I wanted to join choir again. I hadn’t gotten much sleep yesterday and I really didn’t want practice to last until 9pm. I was curious about the songs we would sing, though, so I forced myself to go. It was good to see some familiar faces and some new ones too. The Cackler was there, but she wasn’t too obnoxious. We only have two pieces of music at the moment, but will be getting more in the upcoming weeks. Our director announced that, since we were especially frugal this year, we could afford new music! Great news. I don’t mind a few of the reruns, they can be fun and I like knowing what I’m singing. The new music will be great, though, and it’s already coming together.

– Oh and did I tell you I saw a cat on a leash recently? She was rather enjoying herself, checking out nature and stuff. She was a pretty tabby with a pink harnass and leash.

“I could no sooner pick a favorite star from the heavens.”

Hey there! AlienCG picked the word, “star” for this week’s edition of Saturday Scavenger Shots! Let’s play, shall we?

This is a photo of me all super-psyched and star struck because I was having my picture taken with one of my favorite horror movie stars, Linda Blair. She was at a horror movie convention years ago to promote her animal rights cause, and was very nice and signed her autograph for lots and lots of enthusiastic “Exorcist” fans like me.

This is me all giddy and star struck next to one of my favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan when he was on his “Beyond the Pale” tour. He’s also super nice, has a great handshake and is incredibly funny.

***UPDATE! NEW WORD FOR NEXT WEEK!**** The word for next Saturday will be “VEXED”. Thank you and adieu.

“…..here’s metal more attractive”

Wow, I’m actually on time for Saturday Scavenger Shots! Are the planets aligned or somethin’? Ms. Laura B. chose the word “metal” for this week’s game, so let’s do this!

I used to live in back of a park while I was growing up. It was a very cool park; I was there almost everyday on the swings. A few changes have taken place since then, like they built more things to play on, but the equipment is plastic. The old-school equipment that we used to play on is made of metal. This is the slide that still stands strong and proud.

Speaking of metal, strong and proud, here are the monkey bars we used to conquer back in the day. Back when I was more flexible, I could swing upside down on those things, swing all the way across and back and sit on top of them. Good times.

There ye have it! Thanks for playing along!