Join me for Canada Day fun times?

Hi to everyone!

So Friday's Canada day. I'm not working. I'm not even out of the country. Instead… I think I'll take in a day of fun and frolic (aka. good times). Here's my plan… feel free to join me (as I'd love to see you!)

Free Canada Day Breakfast at South Legislature Grounds (I think I'll head over around 8am or so… if you want to meet me at my place and go over together… feel free… breakfast is between 7am-9am)

I'll probably take in some of the festivities at hte Legislature and/or City Hall. I doubt I'll make it to Whyte for the Silly Summer Parade… but that's an option. If anyone wants to join me, feel free. I know that there's three people who need to meet up with me to get their BNL (etc.) concert tix before the concert also.

I want to do lunch somewheres… with some people. This is the day the bars all go non-smoking… so I was thinking of hiting up a good quality pub (any ideas? I'm prefering something on Jasper Ave… or MAYBE Whyte… but Jasper preferably).

3pm is the doors to the Celebrate Canada Jam at Commonwealth… so I'll probably try to be there around 3pm (negotiating crowds is much easier that way)… those of you who need tix from me should plan to catch up with me on Canada day or tomorrow (my day off also!)… those of you who need tix = Gerard, Brad and Dianna).

Following the concert… I plan on hitting the Legislature grounds to catch the waterfall and the fireworks… which should be awesome given that it's the first ever fireworks festival for Canada Day in Edmonton.

At some point I wanna grab food. *shrugs*

PLEASE join me for some of these great times!! It's always less fun alone.

A farewell to smoking bars

So last night I went out to Michael's Pub & Grill for noteably the first time… but unless some plans spring up miraculously in the next few days it'll be the last time I'll be in a bar in Edmonton where smoking is allowed… and thus hypothetically it will be the last time where I'll be caught up in stupid coughing fits. I rather enjoy not having to be doubled up coughing and I rather enjoy breathing clean air.

That said… I had a wonderful time enjoying all the great karaoke music… and the bad songs. Unfortunately (or fortunately given that I don't have the bestest singing voice) my song didn't get played… so I didn't have to sing afterall… but it was much more fun singing along with the crowd… and watching my co-workers and others table dance… dance in general… and get up to all sorts of crazy-like things…

Really… I can't wait until the bars actually let me breathe (well asides from the few that have already gone non-smoking since those are already awesome). And really… the intense showering to get the scent off of me is rather more work than I would prefer to have necessary.

But regardless… I need more karaoke fun times… especially since there'll be karaoke at ICON.

And hey… as much as my singing stinks…. I love to sing.

Stupid Hand!

So…. apparently cashiering at my grocery store with like 1.5 hands/arms fully functional is pretty annoying. Typing on this computer is worse. I'm still working… but no express shifts (I'm not fast right now anyhow)… and I'm not liking the pain. I've been instead focusing on arts and crafts most of which mostly involve the use of my right hand, and watching a lot of tv. I even caught a bit of that show with Beauty and the Geek… very interesting actually. I was rather surprised. And Outer Limits was on! As was poker (I know… I never watch poker on tv… but the reception was okay… and it's always interesting to watch imho). As you can likely tell I'm not enjoying the hand thing… *shrugs* It's hard not being online as often as usual… and I wish I was being more productive with CKI things, but it HURTS.

In other news: I STILL have ONE Ticket left for the concert on Canada Day. Any takers?????

I feel so unproductive

Yet… it hurts to type for very long. So, I guess I ought not to… but I really don't think I can really wait forever to get stuff done. Sure it's a great excuse to get stuff done around the house… but still: it's hard to stay away from the computer for long. There's simply so much that I want to be doing!! *sighs*

In other news: Soccer was fun last night. I'm darn glad it's a sport that doesn't involve the use of my hand!!

Realizing that having sensation in my left hand would make it easier to type…

So…

I finally donated blood again. It had been 3 years (TOO LONG!) but this time, my iron was pleasantly high enough… they didn't even have to test it twice as they often had to do in the past. I was in such an incredibly great mood following that (and of course following drinking some extra water and finding out that my blood pressure, pulse and temperature were also superly awesomely perfect for donating blood!).

Then I go sit on the chair. They prepare to poke my left arm, just as they always have before. They've NEVER had a problem finding my veins before. In fact the two (or was it three? meh.) times that I got nurses whose FIRST EVER needle pokes on shift at the blood donor clinic were better than this. This hurt surprisingly radiating to my hand a bit. But… having not remembered quite what donating blood normally felt like for me, I didn't worry. I probably should have, but I didn't. Donating blood makes me feel happy-go-lucky usually. I'm in such an incredible mood… happy to see the wonderful blood leaving my body and filling the bag… when I donate blood. Sure it's bizarre, but I love to do it. But damn am I ever pleased that I chose to use my left arm this time. 'cause it took FAR FAR longer than normal to fill the bag.

Usually it goes quickly, donating blood. Usually I've been unusually quick (especially the time when they never really reduced the pressure in the blood pressure cuff for the entire donation). Once I've felt faint ('cause it left my body very quickly). This time, I was all happy-like…. although my hand had greater difficulty than ever before to squeeze the little lightbulb squeezy toy thing. But it was fun just the same (call me strange… but I've always liked donating blood… I'd even call it invigorating). The people in the chairs around me left before I did. The men who sat around me were replaced by women. And then finally… it was done.

They gave me ice to keep from developing a big bruise (something I've never been given before. But, no bruising at all… even after they said that it looked like I'd be getting one. I've never bruised from giving blood. It's always worked out so awesomely well!). And I went to refreshments for some mediocre soup, a Dad's Oatmeal cookie and more water (gotta keep hydrated… something I tend to forget far too often for my own good).

I left the clinic… to walk to campus and meet up with Shauna.

A few steps later… I noticed it. My hand below my thumb was numb.

Now I'm pretty good at having parts of my limbs fall asleep for no particularly good reason on a semi-regular basis as is… but this struck me as really really odd, partly 'cause it had never happened before, but also because it was the arm I'd donated with.

A little worried… I thought I'd go meet up with Shauna and if it was still oddly numb… (and it did sort of have sensation… if I rubbed it there were pins & needles sensations) I'd come back to the blood donor clinic. I was trying to be rational about it. I really couldn't think of anything that could be done to help me if I really did have nerve damage anyway… but I kept wanting to rub my hand… to make sure I could at least get the pins & needles sensation.

I returned to the clinic around an hour after leaving. It was still numb… not having improved, and I was still in the area. They asked questions and filled out a report. They'll call me and check up with me about it. They said to go to my doctor if it worsens or continues tomorrow.

It hasn't improved. It hurts to type this right now. Maybe I'll get some ice and put that on it like they sort of suggested. I wanna talk to someone on the telephone about it. I don't wanna be overreacting about it but damn it… it's annoying! And honestly… I kind of like having full use of my left hand.

I like donating blood. Why do stupid things like this keep happening to me?

(in other news… my computer's not liking me this evening either. Talk about causing headaches)

Beautiful sunshine-y day!

Gosh, was it ever a glorious walk to campus this morning to meet Aileen for a fantabulous Kiwanis meeting. The Honorable Dave Hancock made a wonderful speach to the club members present…. and really, why not? He is a South Edmonton Kiwanian afterall! Surrounded by so many excellent Kiwanians and otherwise grand people, I had an enjoyable lunch, and partook in the stellar Kiwanis fellowship… not to mention heard from the minister of Advanced Education about his take on the matter.

Now to relax to some good tunes and see what the afternoon brings before a nice relaxing shift at work tonight. It's been a really beautiful day today! 🙂

Google pictures meme (from mostlycrazy)

1. The age you will be on your next birthday.
it'll

2. The place you live.

I

3. Your favorite color.

mmmm...

4. The place you want to get married.

home

5. Your first love.

hmmm…? that's a good one how about:
living!

6. Your favorite fruit or vegetable.

So many good ones but I like:

pineapple

7. Your favorite animal.

turtle

8. The last name of your favorite actor or actress.

Grace
Topher rocks my socks! 🙂

9. The name of a pet.
N/A

10. Your favorite song.
Bonfire
Bonfire by Lamb is such a motivating song for me!

11. A bad habit of yours.
Guess??!

12. Your middle name.
easy