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What I’m Loving Wednesday

And now, your weekly update on some random little happies I’ve uncovered this week:

I am loving that I was able to give blood today after a year of banishment. Much to my consternation, my Costa Rica trip last September resulted in 12 months of ineligibility, and now I’m ready to bet back into the blood donating routine: two pints every eight weeks, like clockwork.

I am loving my newly adopted habit of eating cereal for breakfast. It came about when I realized that I have cut milk almost entirely out of my diet, and that is just not ok. It’s not that I don’t like milk, because I really, really do, it’s just that I never think about it anymore. Over are my days of neglecting milk, I vowed earlier this week. And since then, I’ve spent my mornings enjoying a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and calcium with blueberries sprinkled on top. 

As a side note, I used to be unhealthily crazy about cereal. Borderline obsessed, like to the extent that I ate Frosted Flakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner an entire semester of my freshman year in college, purely because it was simple, inexpensive, and tasty. Never again.

I am loving this magazine I picked up at my dentist’s office yesterday: Outside. I actually find myself excited over the prospect of going to the dentist because I know copies of this bundle of literary goodness will keep me company in the waiting room. The magazine touts itself as, “America’s leading active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear, art, and politics of the world outside.” Right up my alley. Yes, please. Doesn’t hurt that my dentist gave me an A+ for yesterday’s visit, either. Guess you could say I love that, too.

Lastly, I am loving my early morning workouts. For the past couple days, I’ve mustered up the strength to drag myself out of bed at 5:30am to squeeze in a workout before heading to the office. Despite the sleep deprivation, I have to say, it feels good. I am all about a good night’s rest, so cutting my sleep short is a difficult task for me, but I really like accomplishing physical activity before the day dawns. Makes me feel productive and invigorated, and it really helps supplement my schedule on those many evenings when I’m busy after work. Bonus: running into a stunning sunrise on a cool, misty morning is one of the most beautiful ways to start your day. Second only to surfing on a beach in Costa Rica.

Lots to love! What are you loving today?

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give blood. give life.

Donating blood is one of my favorite ways to spend a lunch break, and much to my delight, that’s exactly what I did with mine today. Every eight weeks, I drop by Lifeblood to share my blood with people who need it more than me, and I always leave amazed that this simple gift can have such a grand impact.  Because Memphis is the second largest medical center per capita in the United States, the need for blood is pressing and constant. If blood donation is not something you currently participate in, you might consider it; if you do, then a round of applause to you, for you are helping save lives!

For those curious (or just needing a refresher course), here’s a tour of the giving process: Upon arrival at one of Lifeblood’s nine donation centers, a nurse will prick your finger to determine your iron count (mine is usually on the low side) and check your blood pressure, temperature, and other vital signs to ensure that you are healthy enough to donate. Today, the nurse was concerned over whether I weigh enough to give blood; I found this laughable and assured her I am plenty heavier than the required 110 pounds. After this initial screening, you will answer the obligatory electronic questionnaire regarding your medical and travel history, and assuming everything clears, you are ready to rock…er, pump. Once settled into a comfortable giving chair and prepped, the needle is inserted (it’s not so bad!), and all you have to do is relax and occasionally squeeze your hand as the blood flows. After you are two pints lighter, you will be offered a snack (today was cranberry juice and a chocolate chip cookie for me) and are free to go on your merry way.

And that’s all there is to it – with just an hour’s worth of sacrifice, you can save somebody’s life!