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Rebooting, maybe

Leaf says I need to post to my abandonblog so here I am! Actually I have been thinking about posting … for two years. I think about it and sometimes I get as far as composing something in my head but when I get a moment I’ve forgotten! Then it feels like well a bunch of time has passed and what’s the point. Death spiral of negativity ensues, blog post does not get written. But whatever, this is the point of a personal blog. Also I installed the WordPress app on my phone so let’s see if that helps.

Lunar New Year is coming up on Tuesday. I got a hair cut. My understanding is that you’re supposed to trim away bad luck, so a small trim at least. And it has to be done by New Year. If I don’t manage to get a haircut by New Year, then I avoid haircuts for at least a month. (This is easy to do.) But often it’s the impetus that I need to get to a salon, so I go. This year I wasn’t in dire need of a hair cut so I thought I’d just get a trim but then I got a bunch of hair lopped off and now I have what my sister and cousins are telling me is a lob (long bob). I forgot to take a before and after though so this is a fail of a blog entry.

Speaking of pictures, I used to use Flickr for pictures. Is this still a good place or should I try something else? What are my choices???

Breastpumped while listening to The Talk Show and checking email.

By the way, I think Mandarin is left to right when written horizontally, but right to left when vertical, right?

Speaking of Pencils

As promised, here are my pencil comparisons:

Hardness

These are samples for three different Dixon Ticonderogas, a 3 (Hard), 2 5/10 (medium), and #2 (soft, HB) in my Field Notes notebook. I tried to write my regular style with each pencil, but of course I am not an automaton and this is imperfect. But you can see how much darker the soft is versus the hard. The thing is though, I kind of think the hard is too light and sort of scratchy. I’ve had to sharpen the #2 more though, and it breaks more easily. I started them both about the same time, but the 2 pencil is definitely shorter already. 2.5 seems like the Goldilocks choice — just right. Not that I would turn down a nice HB/2 pencil, and they are the easiest to find, usually.

AND! The Well-Appointed Desk just did a whole post about this, with way more information! I didn’t even know F was #2.5, even though I just got done saying that it was my fave. Pencil noob.

Also, this is like a crazy theme this week, where I post a few words about something, but then someone more knowledgeable and internet-famous posts way more in depth words about the topic.

It’s a Sign

I haven’t had much luck donating blood to the American Red Cross.

I think the first time I tried to donate blood, I managed to donate, but despite orange juice drinking and cookie eating, I went home and got really dizzy and weak and sick feeling and went to bed early.

Another time, I made an appointment, then I thought I was late so I jogged uphill to make my appointment on time. Needles make me nervous so I was not able to bring my heart rate down in 15 minutes or whatever their standard is. No donation.

The last time, I went with Yut to a Red Cross RV thing. My veins are shitty so it takes me a long time! I lie there and lie there and I think one person comes in and leaves in the time it takes me to fill up my bag of blood! But it’s ok, I donated! Woot! Then they send me a letter telling me they rejected my blood because they detected hepatitis antibodies or something but it might be a false positive so please go see my doctor. What?! I freak out and go see my doctor, who sends me to the lab (different location, thank you insurance!!!), and I am tested. Negative, no hepatitis. Whew. Then the Red Cross sends me a post card asking me to donate! OMG NO! I swear I am not dealing with these people ever again. The phlebotomist usually has to use a child sized needle anyway and I clearly suck at blood giving!

Then the Red Cross calls me this summer. Twice! They say they are having shortages. Or were having shortages? Well, gosh, a shortage! Blood saves lives! I better make an exception. So I make an appointment. For this morning. Take time off work. But then this week I seem to be having a mild cold. Like I have a small tickle in my throat — not quite a sore throat — and a slightly running nose — I’ve blown it three times this morning. But just in case, I call 1800RedCross and ask, hey if I have a slight cold with a runny nose and whatnot, can I still donate? Heather who answers the phone tells me that if I feel well and I don’t have a fever and am not taking antibiotics, then it’s fine. So I walk over 1.5 miles to the donation center. And when I’m checking in, they ask how I’m feeling. So I explain about the mildly runny nose and the throat tickle. AND THEY TELL ME NOT TO DONATE!!! OMG!!! Look I don’t mind them telling me for my own good not to donate. And I don’t mind them wanting to protect the blood supply. Lovely sentiments, both. But maybe tell me ahead of time so I don’t walk over a mile to see you first!!! I told them to not contact me anymore. If I pass by a blood drive, I’ll try and stop in. Then if they reject me, at least it’s not quite so frustrating. Then I walked a mile to my office. Sheesh.

The Red Cross and I are not a match! I wanted to say bloody star crossed even though I’m not British but it was pfunny in my head. But then I thought that might be too dorky. But whatever, I am dorky. Anyway, if you don’t have problems donating, go donate, I guess. They might be having a shortage, although maybe everyone else already addressed it I don’t know. Yut donated. So we got to walk the 1.7 miles together, which was nice. He has no troubles. Ever. They love him.

Emoji FTW

This is my new fave music video!

It’s the lyric video for Katy Perry’s Roar.

You know how I feel about emoji; how could I not like this?!
They enhanced them though, right? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure the emoji on my phone aren’t as cool. :)

Gross?

You know what I’ve noticed? In the building where I work, a lot of the guys in the second floor use the bathroom on the first floor, instead of their own floor.

It makes you wonder about the conditions of the bathrooms, doesn’t it?

Possibly relevant details: first floor is houses the Controller’s Office, second floor houses IT.

Those Spartan Warriors Have Really Let Themselves Go

I had an eye exam today. They dilated my eyes — I don’t know why they have to dilate your eyes every damn time. ANYWAY, so just before noon I walk out and wow is it sunny! It hasn’t been sunny the past few weeks actually, but today it was sunny. So I’m walking around squinting like mad, super uncomfortable.

Then I pass by a theater and glance at the posters in passing, and what do I see?

300 Rise of an Empire PosterThe 300: Rise of an Empire poster.

Only I’m so blind, my first thought is, “WTF! What is up with that belly!” Then I look and see it’s a 300 poster. Wow those Spartans really let themselves go after losing. That’s a weird idea for a sequel.

I actually had to step closer to figure out that it was a shield and not some slouchy dude with a big pot belly.

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