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My birthday is coming up!

I’ve never been one of those silly folks who avoids them and says things like ‘I’m turning 21 AGAIN!’ or ‘Sshhhh! Don’t tell anyone you know that I age!’

I love birthdays.  They feel special.  I think it is a way to say that you love yourself to show happiness over the fact that you were born.  Birthdays mean colorful balloons and yummy cake with candles.  Candles make anything seem magical, so when they are on top of a cake or (gasp!) and ice cream cake, it is unreal.  Let alone the whole super cool fire and ice thing going on with the ice cream….What will happen? Who will win? The candles? The ice cream cake?  Oh! Bam! Out of left field comes Courtney to fight on the side of the ice cream cake! She blew out the candles!!!! What?!?!  Oh wait, what is happening now? She is EATING THE CAKE!  She has turned on the cake.  First the candles now the cake, the mania!!!!! (I think this is what it would sound like if cake and candles had commentators; I imagine myself as a Godzilla-like character in it).

So anyways, I am happy my birthday is coming up.  I am treating myself to a day with some friends filled with learning and friendship.  I also think I am going to eat some basque food.

And in case you, dust mites lingering on a long-forgotten keyboard, were thinking about getting me a gift, here are some thoughts:

a keurig.  (le sigh)

This one is called the Mini.  Which makes it not only a delicious and fast coffee maker, but also adorable.

It is a proven fact that things are more adorable when they are mini sized.

BEHOLD!

we’re so tiny we could drown in your coffee! we’re also super cute.
AAAH this giant hand is going to crush me!!! also, I’m adorable.
we’re so small we have to cuddle all the time or else we will probably die. apart from the frozen death, that’s pretty aw worthy.

So, point proven.

Moving on.

I would also love gift cards.  I, like most of us, am on a super tight budget. So when I have a gift card, I feel like the most ballinest baller around.  I’m like, “Yeah target, give me those ballet flats, put it on the card! And no, I DONT have to sell my plasma to afford them.”  Playa gotta play.

I would love them to Target /or/ Forever 21 /or/ Ulta /or/ Victoria’s Secret.  After a Winter (kinda) of layers and chilliness, I want to feel like a lady.  And not the crazy ‘I live in a cabin alone by myself and capture hikers in bear traps’ kind of lady I feel like with thick wool socks on.  Not that kind at all.

Or I would love to spend time with friends.  Doing fun, different things.  Like an aerial silks class or a new hike.  Or a kayak class or a glassblowing class.  Or basically anything else fun advertised on LivingSocial and/or Groupon and/or KGB Deals and/or all of those other deal hubs.

OR I would love to volunteer with someone.  I do not have a disposable income and I know they are hard to come by these days.  Also, if someone has then, why spend it on my birthday? Why don’t we just spend time together and do good?  That would be a pretty awesome gift.

Regardless of gifts or no gifts, I am excited for my birthday.  I may get myself colored balloons and buy a fancy chai for the day.  Then I might work to nurse a robotic life-sized doll back to health.  Well, I actually WILL be doing that.  Mainly because I have to.  (for school, not for some weird hobby).

On that note, I’m out.

14. donate blood

Check check, checkity check.

I am checking off my first item on my 30 before 30 list!  It is numero 14.  Donate Blood.

Now, I have always wanted to donate blood (well, not always.  I mean, I wasn’t like a 4 year old dreaming of blood donation, but still the desire to do it has been around a while).  I have also always been pretty skittish when thinking about it.  I knew it was a good thing to do, that it would be easy and that it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought.  Buuut, I also knew that each time I really thought about it I would get shaky, my hands would become uncomfortably moist (uncomfortable for me and anyone around me sharing pens/doorknobs/gloves/etc.) and all of the blood in my arms would shunt into my torso out of sheer terror.

Pretty ridiculous, right?  I thought about it and I have been under general anesthesia five times!  Then, three of those were also multiple night hospital stays.  So I have had IVs before.  I’ve had tons of blood drawn! (Not literally, that would be horrifying if a TON of blood was taken…..and impossible…i think?)  Anyways, my point is, needle sticks aren’t new, but still, I was nervous.

I kept hearing about this large, annual blood drive the local radio stations put on with United Blood Services.  It sounded pretty awesome.  There would be food, prizes, raffles, a photobooth…. Awesome.  And especially awesome if you are a lady on a tight budget like myself.  And of course, apart from all of the recreational reasons, I would be doing something good, something that would help not just one other person, but three.

So I did it.  I was still nervous, so I asked for help.  I put the call out to some friends and had so much support!  As silly as I felt telling people how nervous I was, it was true.  When I was honest about my feelings, friends told me about their experiences, both positive and negative.  Then two others joined me the day of to participate.  One friend has already donated over ten gallons of blood!!! Holy moly!  It was so comforting being with a pro.  My other friend was a newbie like me, but much less nervous.  She stayed by me, distracting me while I pretended that I didn’t have a left arm and didn’t want to look to my left and didn’t think that anything existed on the left side of me anyways so why would I even want to look over there?!?!?!

I may have been a little dramatic….or silly.

Anyways, the happy chat was great and in 9 minutes, my pint bag was a STUFFED with my happy, healing blood and I was free to enjoy some super kickass refreshments.  I’m not talking about just juice and cookies here.  There were sandwiches from local delis, bagels and schmear from Einstein’s and the tastiest mini buttermilk bars ever!  My friends and I snacked and then took a photo in the photobooth to commemorate the occasion.

So I have to say, not only were my friends great, but the pro’s at United Blood Services were awesome.  They were all cheerful and funny.  I ran into three friends who all work there.  They encouraged me some more and we got to joke around.  The guy that inserted my needle and tube was crazy good!  Seriously.  I barely felt the needle prick my skin and in like 12 seconds I was taped and donating away!

I will absolutely donate again.  It was such a positive experience, made better by good friends and skilled phlebotomists.

My actual reaction!!!

I am thrilled to kick off this 30 before 30 experience with this!  It was just something small, but was scary for me and it feels great to take that first step.  So that’s how I’ll do it, just one step at a time.

Courtney

My new list

I want my right now to be beautiful, adventurous, interesting and fun.  I want to give myself goals and achieve them.  Not just school goals or work goals or financial goals, but fun/silly/important/soulful goals that direct me in a way that I want to live my life.

I was inspired by a friend who made a list of 25 things to do before she turned 25.  As we sat and spoke about it, I couldn’t help thinking of what I would put on a list if I made one. I realized I had some lofty things in mind and some limited free time (nursing school dominates).  So I decided to give myself five years.  I would write a list, 30 before 30, and work over the next five years to accomplish the tasks.

I am excited.  I have already begun!  I have added a new ‘page’ to my blog to showcase my pretty little list.  Some things may sound vague just because they aren’t suitable for the entire internet to view (nothing embarrassing, just personal).

a bit-o-inspiration:

As I accomplish things, I will talk about them here!  Here’s to new challenges and adventures.

Courtney

Nurse Bridgid

So I just found the greatest health blog:  Nurse Bridgid.

[found here: http://www.nursebridgid.blogspot.com/ ]

She is an advanced practice RN (which means she’s a super smarty nurse) working on the East coast.  Each entry, she addresses a health topic; it may be a seasonally relevant malady or the newest haute supplement.  She explains the basics about the topic with a cheerful tone and there are only mildly discomforting photos involved (so far, there could be some real gross ones coming).

Want to hear something weird?

(yes, I’m talking to you empty room with the abandoned computer in it…)

I am kinda hoping to see more gross photos! EEEWWwwwwww, what is HAPPENING to me?!?!  I used to cringe if a fast food commercial had too many oozing condiments in it and now I’m getting anxious for some photos of open sores?  Gross self, gross.

Alrighty, I’m off to continue searching for good vibe blogs.  I like to keep a folder on my browser filled with links to blogs I enjoy.  They make for a great study break and I check some right when I wake up in the morning!  If they have a warm and positive tone, it is a great addition to my day.  Anyways, I realized that I need more blogs about healthy living.  I have a lot about crafting and cooking, but while I am toiling away at my ginourmous textbooks during the semester, I need some health-filled inspiration for my breaks.  I’ll post any good ones I find!

Courtney