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Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year, people of the western world! I hope New Year's Eve lived up to all your expectations.

I stayed home and read an excellent historical novel while eating a highly delicious cheese dip that I made myself, with celery sticks and slices of baguette on the side. Oh, and red wine, followed by 2 cups of orange-tinged hot chocolate, followed by actual chocolate, because dammit, the occasion called for a chocolate feast. I ate part of a Hershey Symphony bar, half of a Rummy bar, a single Ferrerro Rocher, and seven wedges of candied orange peel covered with dark chocolate that I expressly forbade my sister to give me for Christmas, but she did anyway.

Two days ago, I rode my bike across town to give blood (I'm a B positive, if anyone cares), and since then I've been very thirsty. I probably should have foregone this evening's chocolate and red wine, but I exercised today and took care to drink three litres of water before anything bad and dehydrating ever crossed the threshold of my lips.

Here's to 2011! I hope it brings all of you good health, happiness, and success in all your endeavors. And chocolate.

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Happy New Year to you also. My New Year was not as nice, but enjoyable with ingesting way too much grease and salt.

Yay for grease and salt! As long as we don't do it every day... WHY does it have to be so delicious?

I wish you a Happy New Year as well!! =3
Mine wasn's that nice either but okay...well.
Anyway, it will be a goos year!!

Thanks! Sorry to hear that your New Year's wasn't that nice. There will be other, better New Year's Eves in your future. The best one of my life happened when I was about twenty, and after that all other New Year's Eves paled in comparison. Since I've been married, I think my husband has worked every New Year's Eve. Now I like to stay home and enjoy being by myself.

And, yes, 2011 will be a great year! I feel very positive about it.

Happy New Year to you, too! My New Year's coincided with a friend's 21st birthday party, so it was...let's say, less health-conscious than yours. Those chocolate-covered candied orange peels sound delicious, though!

Also, congrats on giving blood! I try to donate at least twice a year, since I don't have much money to donate to charity, and this is one thing that's free and replenishes itself. Don't overdo it with the exercising so soon after donating.

Hope you have a great 2011!

Oh believe me, apart from the parsley and the celery, it wasn't all that health conscious. The pot of cheese dip I made was party sized, and I ate the whole thing myself. It was very, very tasty, however, and I cannot bring myself to regret it, even though I'm still really full!

Those chocolate orange peels were beyond yummy. I'm secretly glad that my sister didn't listen to me when I ordered her not to give me chocolate this year!

The people at Canadian Blood Services were absolutely horrified when they learned that I was planning to get on my bike and ride home through heavy traffic, and moreover, that I planned to go to the gym later that evening and work out. A nurse was quickly dispatched to talk to me about how I had to take it easy because I had lost a certain amount of my body's oxygen, and could expect to be dizzy, and must therefore not push myself physically. I explained that I had always ridden to and from my blood donation appointments before without ill effect, and I was quite confident that I would be fine. I compromised by agreeing to skip the gym that night and to eat one of their cookies before I left the building. Last time I was there, I declined their cookies and juice. The cookies weren't good enough for me to consider the excess calories worthwhile. I don't idly eat mass-produced factory style cookies. Yes, I'm a cookie snob! Next time I should just take a couple of pieces of chocolate with me.

followed by 2 cups of orange-tinged hot chocolate, followed by actual chocolate, because dammit, the occasion called for a chocolate feast. I ate part of a Hershey Symphony bar, half of a Rummy bar, a single Ferrerro Rocher, and seven wedges of candied orange peel covered with dark chocolate

LOLOLOL! Brit, you are so funny. But all that chocolate sounds so yummy to my tummy. I'd like to try the dark choco candied orange peel - my mouth is watering.

I also stayed home to read. I'm half way through a mystery called 'High Chicago' by Howard Shrier. It takes place in Toronto & Chicago and the protagonist is a PI involved in a case involving a crooked commerical real estate tycoon. It is very good, imho. I'm pleasantly surprised - it took me a while to find this title for a good price, even on amazon!

Hooray for giving blood. Yes, it is very important to replenish your body after donating. I nearly fainted once - a very unpleasant side effect!

Happy New Year to you and yours. Here's hoping that 2011 will bring new and exciting opportunities to all of us, and the realization of our heartfelt dreams.

*big hugs*

hey-ho, another year we go.
I barely managed to stay up to watch the ball drop. Not like I cared really, but eh, why not watch loads of random crazy NYC strangers snogging enthusiastically at midnight.
Yes, that was sarcasm.

I've been working my new ipod nano like whoah. Have ~600 songs, and I'm still only a third at most of my entire musical collection. Lets go goal, three days of music!

There's a pedometer on there too, and i told it to have a daily goal of 5k steps a day, but unless I'm working, I'm such a lazy layabout, and don't even bother to turn it on for the few hundred steps I'd get on my day off, going from my room to the kitchen to maybe across the creek to feed animals and back at most.
Otherwise I could get as many as 7-8 thousand or as few as a thousand on my workdays- depends on if i'm going to the computers to fix them, or fixing them as they come to me.

As for blood donating, I can't. I have a hard enough time going in for blood tests, when they only take a few tablespoons. I always have to warn them that I need to lie down, and might need juice or water or even a trashcan handy. First time it happened, the nurses swore I must have been anemic, but the test came back normal, so who knows. I just get really nauseous and faint, no matter the real amount. Though I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm trypanophobic. (fear of shots/needles)

Anyway, sounds like you had fun, so don't strangle any nuisances just because they're ruining your good year so far. ;D

Oh believe me, I am so knee-deep in nuisances (and always have been) that if I haven't strangled anyone already, I'm probably not going to! Actually, I once semi-strangled my brother when we were kids, but fortunately, I stopped. That would have been some bad karma.

When I give blood, or even let technicians take blood for bloodwork at a lab, I always warn them not to let me see my blood. I turn my head right away and won't look. The sight of my blood outside my body, instead of inside where it belongs, is somehow really upsetting for me. But not eh sight of blood in general. I can handle looking at other people's blood. Just not my own!

I wonder what it is in your case that makes you go all nauseous and faint when a small amount of blood is removed. I wonder if you're dehydrated?

I blame the needle phobia. I'm fine when it's sewing, or pins, or whatever, but hypodermics? AHGODGETTHEMAWAYGETTHISIVOUTOFMYARMAARAWASGASDKFLAS*freakout*!

So yeah. Hospital for dauphkantus == not fun.
I avoid that place like the PLAGUE.

I don't even get flu shots, because really, I end up catching some sort of cold anyway, and have to nurse myself back to health, so why invite trouble, via hypodermic needle?

Who knows what the real cause is. Could be the doctors office itself for all I know (that's why I need a personal blood pressure checker for @ home. Otherwise it's all "Just try to relax... Is it always that high?.........you're not relaxed are you? Well, the doctor will try again when he comes in...... You know, perhaps you should do this yourself when you're relaxed, and just bring the recordings in" xDD)

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