Some Things I’m Loving Lately

Happy Friday everyone!  We have a long weekend here in Canada, which will include fire works for Canada Day.  My kids are so excited to see them and I’m looking forward to watching them enjoy it.  Unfortunately the weather looks iffy for most of this weekend, so here’s to hoping it will cooperate.
Anyway, back this post, here are some things I’m loving lately: 
1)My Kate Spade sunglasses.  I bought them at the Saks Fifth Avenue outlet and I absolutely love them.  For a long time I wore black sunglasses, but I was starting to find that black was too harsh for my skin tone.  So I decided to go with a tortoise shell color this time.  And would you believe they only cost me $40.  Never would you find such a deal in Canada!
2)I buy this kale and brussel sprout salad at Costco.  They sell smaller bags in the grocery store, but they are usually $4.99 for a little bag and at Costo it’s $5.99 for a bag 3 times the size.  I don’t know why anyone would buy this salad at a regular grocery store if they have a Costco membership.  It comes with cranberries and sunflower seeds to add as well as a poppyseed dressing.  I always throw away the dressing it comes with because salad dressing that comes packed in a bag of salad grosses me out for some reason.  Instead I use my home made lightened up cream poppy seed dressing.  This salad is so good as side to your meal or with some chicken thrown in for lunch.
3)Eating ice cream from the ice cream truck in the park with my kids.  I had already devoured mine by time this picture was taken.  H and I always get the same thing…a vanilla kiddie cone with sprinkles on top.  I can’t eat ice cream or froyo without sprinkles and I think I may have passed that habit on to my kids.  E always gets a rocket “lollipop” (that’s what he calls anything on a stick).  I never correct him because it’s so cute to hear him say it and I’m pretty sure he’ll eventually learn on his own what it’s really called.
4)This OPI Cajun Shrimp color on my toes.  Every pedicure I’ve gotten since April, I’ve asked for this color.  It’s so summery and goes with everything.

5)I love this dress!!!  I’m not sure I can pull off the amount of color in this dress.  I would love it in either a solid color or maybe a lesser amount of colors.  I have a few weddings coming up over the next year and a half, and this is the style dress so I will be looking for the best garment steamer.

Reverse Prejudice….and blood

I suffered a horrendous wrong the other day……it’s almost too painful to talk about, but I feel in sharing with you all maybe, just maybe this prejudice can be brought to light.

It all started as I was going through the routine screening process before donating blood:

….finger pricked to check iron level: Check
….self- read questions and answers: Check
….read through very boring blood pamphlet: Check
….go to screening nurse for more ahemmmm personal questioning: Check

it was at that final step, before the actual drawing of blood, that I experienced a case of reverse beauty prejudice. We had made it through the preliminary questions and were now checking my blood pressure and body temp. Then in the middle of the process, the nurse said (to my horror)…”I’m sorry but you are too hot to give blood today”!!!!

To hot? TO HOT!!!!

What kind of messed up world do we live in when people can be so cruel to those who happen to be blessed with more visually pleasing proportions than most?? I was so stunned that I couldn’t even speak in my defense! It wasn’t my fault I looked this way…I had nothing whatsoever to do with creating my specific combination of features. And what right does she have to say my blood is no good because of them???

I slowly made my way to the sitting area…..still trying to absorb what had just happened…. I called a close personal friend and described what I had just been through. She advised me to wait it out….”if you’re hot, you’re hot!” she said “the nurse will soon get over her prejudice and let u donate.

And so I waited……5 min……10 min…..15 min……. finally the nurse called me back and resumed the screening process. Neither one of us mentioned what had happened earlier, I can only assume that as she sent me away the first time she was consumed with a strong sense of guilt and that guilt is what forced her to bring me back in.

After the screening, I quickly went to donate (I’d had enough of the cruelty….the judging). But unfortunately, my body and blood were more sensitive to the harshness of the criticism than I expected and refused to behave. Both arms received cruel jabs with needles and when it was finally time to drain the blood…..nothing came out 🙁

Hanging my head I left the clinic….unable to look back…unable to offer even the smallest encouraging smile to the lady waiting by the screening nurse…I knew with her features she too would feel the stinging blade of this cold reality.

. . . . . . . . .but . . . .I guess. .. when you’re hot you just hot…nothing to do about it.

Disclaimer: The above story is based on reality, however, facts may have been altered, and dare I say stretched as is the authors write. Also, it may just so happen that the nurse was speaking about the internal temperature of my body not the external……but that doesn’t make a good story 🙂