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Oy, last night was the toughest yet since Adam left.  I don't know if the girls were just tired or it was a full moon, but I don't think there were 5 minutes that didn't involve screaming and crying over I don't know what.  I needed several time outs.

I am kind of happy and sad that it's Friday.  I'm happy simply because it's another day closer to Adam coming home (next Wednesday if his flight is on time!), but sad, or perhaps weary is a better term, because the weekends are toughest when he's away as I have the girls all day long.  Hopefully this weekend will be a bit easier, and we'll get out to do more stuff, assuming we're not hit by another massive snow storm!

Big A and I discussed what Random Acts of Kindness we could do this week.  We decided to surprise the custodial staff at her school - who I am assuming are not the recipients of gifts as often as are the teachers - with a big box of good chocolate on Valentine's day.  We left it in their office in the morning, so I don't know what their reaction was, but hopefully they liked it.

Despite Adam being away, it was a busy Valentine's Day this year.  We had to do cards for both girls' daycare classes, as well as Big A's grade 1 class.  The girls also bought gifts for their boyfriends.  Yes, even Little A has a boyfriend - our neighbour's son who is in her daycare class.  Big A and I also made a music video and sent it to Adam.  It's really cute, if I do say so myself!

I also had an appointment yesterday to donate blood.  This is a way of giving back that I have tried to make a regular part of my life.  Unfortunately, last time I was refused because of low hemoglobin.  So I was a bit nervous that my iron would still be too low, however, this time I passed with flying colours.  Looks like the supplements are doing their thing!  But then I flunked the blood pressure test.  Sigh!  This is frustrating because my blood pressure is always low (usually I just squeak by the cut-off) and it's also pretty normal for a fit person.  However, at 89/56 it was even on the low side for me.  The nurse recommended that next time I eat a bag of chips and a Gatorade before coming in.  Right, like that's going to happen!  I'm sure I can think of healthier ways to boost my blood pressure. 

Anyways, lately I've been seeing pleas on Facebook and the media for potential bone marrow donors for individuals with life threatening illnesses.  So, I decided that if I can't donate blood, I'm going to do this!  There are a few steps to get on the registry, but it's not really a lot of effort considering you can save someone's life!

If you are interested, follow this link to One Match and follow the directions to register.  If you do not live in Canada, I am sure other countries have similar services.  I'm going to find some way to help others, darn it!


  1. Good for you for donating blood and for signing up for the bone marrow registry! That's awesome!


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