Saturday, August 29, 2015

Guide To Life: Blood Donation

Today I donated blood for the first time ever and it was so much easier (and way less painful) than I ever imagined.
If you have ever considered donating blood I highly recommend that you book yourself an appointment pronto! I know for me personally, donating blood has been on my 'bucket list' for as long as I can remember but my dislike for needles put me off for way longer than I now know it should have.
So what's it like to donate blood for the first time?
Step 1 - Make an appointment.
You can do this quickly and easily online. The Red Cross have mobile blood donation units, as well as blood donation centres. I choose to book into a centre as they were open on the weekends when I was available to donate.
Step 2 - Show up and fill out your details.
On arrival you will be given a questionnaire to fill out with your health and medical details. Obviously everyone wants the best quality blood possible for future recipients and the safety of the donor also needs to be considered, thus it's important to be honest when filling out your forms.
Step 3 - Interview.
I was taken to a small room where a really lovely lady checked over my details and double checked any areas of concern. Then I was weighed, had my blood pressure taken and was given a pin prick test to check my Haemoglobin levels.
Step 4 - Donate.
I was then taken to a large room with a few people already in it donating blood. I was sat in a big comfy chair and a technician explained how they would be taking the blood. The needle was bigger than the ones used for blood tests but I choose not to look at it until it was in my arm and it honestly did not hurt as much as I was expecting (and much less than a normal blood test). Also, unlike a blood test I couldn't feel the blood being drained at all. The whole donation process took about 10 minutes.

Step 5 - Rest and Revive.
I was then lead out to the café section of the centre where another lovely lady made me up a caramel milkshake and I was provided with a selection of delicious treats. I choose a choc chip cookie and lollipop (felt like a kid leaving the doctors office). I sat in the café for 10 minutes consuming my goodies and making sure I felt totally fine before I was off on my way.
Step 6 - Feel Awesome!
Enjoy the rest of your day, knowing that you have made an awesome contribution to society and saved 3 lives from just one donation!
So, what are you waiting for!?
Donate today!!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ice, Ice, Hockey.

I've mentioned before that I would make a pretty awesome Professional Sports Spectator after having spent a large majority of my lifetime watching various sports.
Well, I've got a new sport to add to my resume this year...
I think I've found the perfect spectator sport in ice hockey. I made it to 5 games this season and did not get bored of watching the game once. I'm super impressed by the amount of skating talent these men have, then add the hockey skills and throw in some serious boxing moves and you have one awesome game!
So hard to get a decent ice hockey shot on a smart phone!
Canberra Brave vs. Sydney Ice Dogs.
While I'm still working on understanding all the elements and rules of the game (I really need someone who knows what the hell is happening to sit and talk me though a game one day!) I love that it's fast paced, always changing, energetic and rough. Plus, the venue in Canberra (despite needing a MAJOR overhaul) serves super cheap, delicious hot chips that you just can't watch a game without. The only downside (in Canberra at least) is the wait to get inside, with the line usually beginning at around 4pm for a 5pm entry and 530pm game start. But, really it's all part of the experience and I personally prefer to arrive early to get a seat to watch from.
Never been to a game?
Chuck on some warm clothes, buy your ticket online (Canberra Brave tickets sold HERE), get there early and enjoy the action!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Night Museum Mystery

Ever wanted to experience a real-life Night at the Museum?
Well, last night I got to do just that!
While there were no alive dinosaur skeletons or Robin Williams on horse back... The National Museum of Australia - Night at the Museum: Mystery was as close as you can get!

The adult only event allows people to enter the Museum after dark to enjoy a night of masks, music, and mystery.
On first arriving, we quickly found our way to the mask making table and etched ourselves some fancy facewear for the night.
Then we made our way to the 'sniffing' table. A booth set up with mystery scents that you sniffed and tried to identify.
We grabbed a glass of bubbly from the bar (at $10 a pop, a tad pricey considering the ticket to enter the whole event was only $10!) then made our way to the ball pit.
The challenge at the ball pit was to sift your way through all the balls to find the 4 balls with pictures of planes on them - harder than you'd think, but so much fun for my inner child!
Then we set off the explore the galleries where, to be honest, I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting more surprises, more hands on, more mystery in general really.
After exploring, we made our way back to the main area and had a go on the surfing machine. I was terrible and only lasted about 10 seconds.
Next, we played with the giant shadow puppet booth.
Before finally, heading into the karaoke room which was hilarious! As the theme of the night was mystery, the theme of karaoke was also mystery and you couldn't pick a specific song. You had to choose a theme and the host then picked out a song, needless to say when we put down a theme of "The Little Mermaid" and ended up singing "Mmmbop" we were put on the spot a little!
Overall, it was a fun night and great to try something new and totally different!

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Milk Milk Lemonade

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Amy Schumer's new movie 'Trainwreck' hit cinemas this week. And it is, funnnnnn-y!
Amy, I have recently discovered, is totally hilarious!
I can't believe I hadn't heard more about her before she started promoting this film. Turns out she has  her own show 'Inside Amy Schumer' which has just aired its third season in the US.
The comedy show is an odd mash up of skits, real-life interviews and Amy's stand up comedy.
While I'm still working my way through watching Season 1, I came across this skit from her third season and haven't been able to get the song out of my head ever since.

It's a tad catchy, a tad vulgar, and veryyyyy ridiculous - pretty much just like Amy is!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

You know you're heading into your late 20's when...

I am a real life, living, breathing, grown up adult.
 When did this happen?
How did I jump from Lizzie McGuire episodes and dancing to Mmmmbop, to paying bills and watching the 6pm news!?
I'm not sure how it happened, but I'm sure that it has happened.
10 signs that I'm a grown up now...
1. I know what's going on in the world. I watch the morning news while I eat breakfast and actually tune in to listen to the news updates.
2. I look forward to going to bed. I like sleep. I choose sleep over staying up all night.
3. I'm getting my first eye test this week.
4. I buy my own socks and underwear. No more counting on mother dearest to provide the necessities.
5. I need coffee. Some mornings I just don't function without it.
6.  I set up a savings account and it actually has money in it!
7. I've seriously considered getting a puppy because I'm an adult and I can do what I want.
8. I haven't got a puppy because I'm an adult and I know how much work and commitment a puppy really takes.
9.  I offer to pay for things when I go out with my parents. Coffee, lunch, dinner, it all used to come out of the parentals pocket but now I have a half decent income I can chip in too.
10. I start sentences with the phrase " Remember back in the day when..."

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