April 15, 2014

Donating Blood on the Bus

When I received an email from the school I knew right away I wanted to donate blood since I've done it before and even wore an outfit very similar to the outfit I made for my  What to Wear When Donating Blood blog post. I had to sign up online and pick my time which didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. Leading up to my donation I received a reminder email. I wouldn't have forgotten though because at school today there was a whole health fair going on with all kinds of stuff, free massages, yoga class, lunch, women's health where I heard they were giving mammogram, as well as a whole lot of vendors that were related to health and fitness in some way or another. Unfortunately I didn't end up getting to visit any though because of my class schedule and blood donation time.

questionnaire for donating blood

I have to say I was a little confused when I found out that I had to go to the Blood Mobile Bus to donate blood because last time I in one of the rooms at school. Well, I was a little afraid that I'd go to the wrong door or "have the bus drive off with me" after my friend said it, but I walked up to front door of the bus (where you'd go if you were getting on it for a ride) and that was the right place to be. When I walked in they had me sit my stuff down, and asked for my identification and after the woman spent a few minutes typing stuff in, she handed back my license and gave me papers to fill out. 

First I had to read this booklet, which I thought was going to be terribly long but it was only a few pages. After that I signed this paper saying they could take an extra vial of blood for some new testing they're trying out, and then it was off to work on on the questions. There were so many but it wasn't too bad just fill in the bubbles yes or no. I have to say though that some of the questions asking about your partner, seem super unnecessary and things that someone wouldn't necessary know. I took a picture of them and posted them below so you can decide for yourself.
sexual contact questions before giving blood

When I handed the woman back the question sheet I must have answered everything right because she told me to go into this little booth where she sat across from me. The first thing she did was prick my finger checking for iron levels I believe, which is the most painful part of the of the whole donating blood process, after that she checked my blood pressure and then I went to the back of the bus to lay on this half upright chair that reminds me of the ones at dentist. After tying one of those rubber things around my arm and doing that whole make a fist and squeeze tightly, the blood taker rubbed my arm for thirty seconds with some sort of alcohol solution and then inserted the needle

 WARNING: Contained Blood Pictures Below

April 14, 2014

My First Weekend Recap

Chinese shipping
 Well, since I'm now doing, or at least trying out school week recaps I decided I could also do weekend recaps. Since I don't have school on Fridays I consider that whole day the start of my weekend so here it goes. I woke up around 10:30 took a shower and then did a little blogging to clear photos from my phone, after lunch I headed to the post office, walking since it was a nice day and got a package that I wasn't home earlier in the week to sign for. It ended up being a dress that I never though was going to come, not a sponsored one but I like it a lot, so you might be seeing it in a later outfit post. Speaking of which after doing a few more posts I went outside to take pictures for my summer outfit look, and if I say so myself, I think they turned out quite fantastically. So that was basically my day. Nothing really going on, which is how I like to spend my Fridays.
chickens and flowers picture
 On Saturday I had to wake up at about seven in the morning to head to my grandparents for an early easter celebration, and since no one told me about it until I was woken up, I was fairly grumpy about going. Coming in I saw that the tree by their house was just starting to bloom pretty pink flowers. After saying hello to everyone I went out and visited the chickens and gave them vegetable scraps, before heading back inside. Everyone sat around and talked for a long time, and I had to hear the security system continually beeping as my cousin's children ran around the whole house, and no one stopped them. After eating a late lunch, we went easter egg hunting. Almost no one got anything because they were instructed to save the eggs for the little ones (the two kids my cousin has) but I didn't care and picked up some anyway. Maybe in the future I'll have a huge rant about them, because everything was annoying.  They ended up with roughly $20 each and I had $6 and another cousin of mine (my age) had $2 Afterwards one of the young cousins opened a late birthday gift which was a flower soil and kid's shovel, actually a nice gift. Then we did this game where you read a story and pass around a wrapped gift. I ended up with some door hanger, but my grandmother was nice and traded with me so I had two pairs of socks and lotion.
pictures of Save A Lot
 Afterwards we went to the only store nearby since the area is very rural, Save-a-Lot. I've never been in a Save-a-Lot but it kind of reminds me of a run down Walmart. I do have to say though that the prices were fantastic, and I kind of liked the self baggage area, especially since it had reused boxes. The whole rest of the way home I slept, and even continued sleeping after we arrived at my house when my parents tried to wake me up. Later I managed to get my Caturday Post up, before watching a show and then going back to sleep.
Hanna Marie Lei
I only have this one picture of me from Sunday because I literally didn't do a thing other than study Calculus. The worst part is that I didn't get that far because I was way too distracted and for whatever reason this section is absolutely terrible. I have a test Thursday, so pray for me! I did well on the first two tests for this class but I'm really worried about this one.

April 13, 2014

My Summer Look, With Fashion and Happy Things

Fashion Collaboration Blogger Hanna
I know we're only in the beginning of spring, but I'm so ready for the summer. An end to all the rain and the wind, and of course most importantly an end to all of my school work. I've been doing so much studying right now, and as the calculus (and physics too!) goes in, I feel like I'm loosing normal brain functions. Because of all this looking forward to summer time, I decided it would be fun to do an outfit collaboration with Amanda from Fashion and Happy Things featuring our summer looks. I have to admit seeing her normal outfit posts motivated me to do a better job on my photos and I'm very happy with how they turned out. 

Blue Patterned Tank - Made for me
Cuffed Denim Shorts - Abercrombie 
White Sneakers - Coach
Fossil Owl Necklace - Christmas present

About my outfit, it is a very simple warm weather look, not something for late July or August but perfect for a June evening. I went for a fairly modest look although I am wearing a tank top, and something that I think is very comfortable. Actually the tank top I'm wearing was made by my mother, and  I only wish that it were easier to put on, I swear it takes me a good five minutes to figure out which side is which and if its inside out. I decided to pair the tank with a simple pair of cuffed short from Abercrombie because they're fuss free. I love how white or kaki colored shorts look, but I have a lot of trouble keeping the grass stains away. Another thing great about these shorts is the longer length. My shoes are just a low profile comfortable pair that I've had for awhile, and since this outfit was a little on the tomboy side, I decided to add on an owl necklace from Fossil. 
Blogger Fashion Collaboration Hanna

OOTD Tank and shorts

Fashion and Happy Things Outfit
Be sure to check out Fashion and Happy Things for Amanda's Summer Look

April 12, 2014

Caturday: Cricket Likes Vegetables

Its been awhile since I've done a Caturday blog post, the last one begin when Cricket wouldn't let go of the string. I know I said then that I'd be trying to do one every other week, but I guess I didn't stay up on that. Its really hard to get a cat to do anything you want them to for a video so I just have to wait around for something to happen. Last night while getting vegetables ready to take to a family easter thing, I noticed that she was very interested in what I was doing so I decided to let her try out a few vegetables. Mostly because of her teeth she wasn't able to actually eat them and then my dog checkers got the vegetables, but Cricket was at least trying to be healthy.
Oh! and here are some pictures of my used cat cricket , that were just hanging around my iPhone. Actually she's my phone background as well. And a funny story. A few nights ago I was laying on my back in bed with the covers on and cricket was laying at the end of my bed. It was about 1 am, and I was half asleep when I saw here run over to me, but it was too late to stop her and she jumped directly on my stomach, I guess because she saw me move. As I was trying to get her off she pounced again that time on my upper chest. 

April 11, 2014

Using Photoshop on my Blog

Blogger Hanna
Not really a yes or no answer for me, but really a story. When I first started blogging I didn't have any real editing software but I did the best I could with online things, drastically changing the lighting to "make myself look better" and adding a whole bunch of weird filters, after awhile of doing this I found out about GIMP free software that although not great would do what I wanted it to. Well… I had a whole lot of weirdly distorted pictures for a long time, and every time I go back and look at them I cringe. They were so terrible, some so bad in fact that I removed them from my blog posts and just left the words there (as you may no I'm a digital hoarder so doing this was a huge deal).

Luck for me, even though I didn't know it at the time, when I was given a macbook for christmas last year I could no longer use GIMP. For whatever reason the files wouldn't upload to Google Plus properly when I used GIMP for editing. I thought about buying adobe photoshop but saw the price and changed my mind.  I ended up finding a new editing software to use, one that would give me filters and change lighting as well as add makeup. On some of my posts I over did the makeup, making it look super fake, but for the most part it was a big improvement from my GIMP days. 

At the start of the new year I used this online editor less and less partially because I'm a little lazy, but mostly because I started having more confidence in my looks. So when I found out I could download Photoshop for free, thanks to my school not stealing int, I did but I don't use it much. Today is actually one of the rare days that I have used it and I wish I had the before picture to show you the difference, but being dumb I deleted it. I think I've improved a lot since my beginning though. 
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