How To Get In A Really Bad Mood At The End Of A Really Good Church Service

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…long title.

My buddy Mark Duvick got to preach at Salt tonight. He taught about oaths based on Matthew 5 (it was really good), and today is my day off. So, I was having a really good night. Toward the end of the message an unknown number called me multiple times and finally left a voice message. Here is the transcript:

“Hello Steven, this is mandy from the coralville biolife. I’m just calling to let you know that it looks like in the past few times that you’ve had some difficulty donating. You’ve either had some no takes where you didn’t donate or you did not donate fully. So it looks like you’ve had too many of those in a timespan. And so the computer has deferred you for 6 months. You won’t be able to come back to donate until december 22nd of this year. Just to be able to get your veins, you know. You’ll have to get your veins checked out again when you come back. Sorry about that.If you have any questions you can give us a call back at …..”

I didn’t even go to the plasma place this week… Needless to say, I was not a happy camper when I listened to it.

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8 Weeks Gone — Back to the Plasma Center

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You may remember my last post about The Plasma Center. Well, it’s been 8 weeks since the last time I went, and yes, I already have stories:

Monday: First visit. My donation was going great. The first stick didn’t need to be adjusted and everything worked great. I got 700 mL in and suddenly my arm started puffing up — quick. I alerted the master plasma technician and she switched the needle to the other arm. Apparently, it never happens like that. If you’re going to start bruising on a return cycle, you always do it in the first cycle, not the 2nd to the last. Funny thing is, with as much as my arm puffed up, 48 hours later there was still no bruise. Don’t know what the deal is, but I’m not complaining. I also made a blood splatter. When they heat sealed the tube to remove it, it splattered on the guy and on the chair next to me. I did complete the donation though! NOTE: to the people on facebook, I told you it wasn’t an exciting story.

Wednesday: 2nd visit. Once again, everything looked great. It was going a little slow, even for me, but I’m not afraid of a slow donation. I was a little more than halfway done and the machine started acting up. The red blood cell reserve tank filled as high as it does, but then it didn’t pump the blood back in my arm. It started freaking out, so a new guy adjusted it — several times. FYI, new guy touching the needle was my sign that I wasn’t going to finish the donation. He decided it was bruising (so far no bruise) so they switched arms. Of course it didn’t take, and I still have a full tank of red blood cells. 2 different techs tried getting the vein and they both said it looked and felt like the needle was in there, but no blood was coming out, so it wasn’t. Finally they moved to last resort: a 3rd stick. The find a different vein in your arm and try to return the cells to you through that vein. Once again, it looked like they were in the vein, but they never got a ‘flash’ of blood, so they knew they weren’t. Eventually they gave up and I got yet another red blood cell loss (having 2 of those in an 8 week period is why I was kicked out last time).

I’ve got a feeling that this isn’t going to work out so well for me.

Tough Words to Chew

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You are to be holy to Me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be Mine.

Leviticus 20:26

This is my favorite verse in the Bible — like a guiding verse. It seems to be pretty important, because here’s a list of other places it is quoted directly or near directly.

  1. Leviticus 11:14
  2. Leviticus 11:44
  3. Leviticus 11:45
  4. Leviticus 19:2
  5. Leviticus 20:7
  6. Deuteronomy 7:6
  7. Deuteronomy 14:2
  8. 1 Thessalonians 4:7
  9. Hebrews 12:14
  10. 1 Peter 1:15
  11. 1 Peter 1:16
Cool, huh? But talk about setting a high standard!

The Worst Enthusiast Ever

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First off, let me apologize for my terrible blogging habits lately. I can’t believe a let more than half a month go by between updates. I have still not been adjusting to an overnight schedule, so pretty much all I do during the day is try to get sleep, keeping me from doing pretty much anything else. Sorry.

It occurred to me a few moments ago that I have never talked about garden gnomes in my blog! This is crazy, because I titled my blog after them and I share my home with close to 20 of the guys. So today, you will read my most recent garden gnome experience… PS: this is kinda short and doesn’t finish well, but it’s true.

I got my first garden gnome from my now former roommate (he just got married 2.5 weeks ago) as a house warming present when we moved in together sophomore year. Since then we amassed quite the collection (5 within the past 6 months!). When Tim moved out, my apartment was missing something important: an entertainment system — all of it belonged to Tim. So, while we waited to decide the specifics of how we would reorganize the living room, my other roommate Dan and I set out my tiny book case and covered it with garden gnomes and turned the futon so the gnomes became the focal point of the room.

Dan and I were leaving one afternoon to run some errands. Just as we were leaving, our landlord brought a couple people in to see our apartment. I wish I could have seen the looks on their faces. It looked like we had built a shrine to the garden gnomes. I’m fairly confident they won’t want to move into a place with people who worship lawn ornaments 🙂