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I did that yesterday by giving blood for the first time ever.

I have always hated needles like most folks. In life, if you have a baby, get sick, have dental work done...you have to endure the stick. But I could never understand why someone would voluntarily get stuck...the thought made me shudder more than once and I swore I'd never give blood.

Then I watched this week's episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The Bell Family has a daughter with a condition called Diamond Blackfan Anemia. Diamond Blackfan Anemia (“DBA”) is a rare blood disorder, characterized by a failure of the bone marrow (the center of the bone where blood cells are made) to produce red blood cells. This failure causes DBA patients to become severely anemic.

Anyway, the little girl (I can't remember her name and the website doesn't have it) is an advocate for the Red Cross, and has helped raise awareness about donating blood. So, I watched the show and enjoyed it very much as I usually do.

Monday SF had the Bloodmobile there. My hubby always gives blood because his is O Negative (Premium Unleaded as he calls it) which anyone can receive. So, at around 2 in the afternoon, I passed by his desk and noticed he was not there. I went back to my desk and then just decided I would get up and go.

And I did.

I was VERY nervous. But they were all very gentle and really great cheerleaders. My hubby about fell off the table when he saw me...hee.

So, pretty soon, I'll get my very own blood donor card. And I'll finally know what my blood type is. And I won't have any excuses not to give again.

I'm so proud of myself!
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I adore "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" without reservation. Without apology. ADORE IT.

Oh, sure, it's basically the same every week--deserving family gets a fabulous house and lots of other things...

I don't care. LOVE IT.

This show makes me cry every time I watch it. Tonight's episode got to me more than once. (I missed the first twenty minutes, so I missed the family's backstory at the beginning or it would have been even more times, I'm sure.)

The first time was when Ty revealed his "secret project" which was to redo the White family's old manufactured home. He had asked Mrs. White if she had any wishes for the old house and she told him about a friend who was a single mother of three children who had recently left (what was implied) was an abusive situation. So, Ty (with lots of help, I'm sure) repaired, replaced and basically redid the entire place. Then he went and picked up the family--they really had no idea what was happening--and brought them over. They got the limo treatment, the crowd and they got to say "Move that bus!" just like any other family. The "new" manufactured home was gorgeous. There was a huge deck added on the front, and the inside had what looked like hardwood floors and all new furniture and was tricked out really wonderfully. They were gobsmacked because they just never expected it. I got all teary eyed and sniffly.

Then, when the family came home and they saw the quilts which were made from the deceased father's clothes...the tears came again. See, I start thinking about the people I cannot lose...and then I just cry. I was a goner for the rest of the program. I can't wait to see what they do in the hurricane ravaged communities...I hope it's more than one house...that would be awesome.

I didn't start the veil this weekend. But talked to my mom who has made a few and she gave me some pointers, so it's a good thing I didn't or I would have probably been frustrated beyond my capacity. heh. Next weekend for sure.

Hubby is going out of town for work this week. I'm looking for a dinner date for Wednesday night. Any takers?


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