Happy Heart Day!

No matter to who or how you plan to say I Love You this Valentine’s, I’ve got some suggestions to hopefully make it your best yet.

For the tea/tea party lover, pick up a set of these beautiful ‘inside out heart’ cups from nordstrom.com.

For a dapper fella who’s always in a suit, gift these ‘suggestive’ collar stays which will keep him grinning throughout those long meetings.

For the book lover, a copy of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Locally, take your special someone on a Valentine’s Night Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve.

For the person who’s all business, this great Lifestyle File Tote is practical and with every purchase 25% will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Uncommongoods provides a fantastic Love Meter so that you are able to gauge your own “commitment level” and shop accordingly.

Last, but not least, consider the give of life and contact your local Red Cross to make a blood donation or head to organdonor.gov and register to be an organ donor.

Be nice to me, I gave blood today

Now let’s begin with the fact that I am the biggest wuss when it comes to anything medical or dental. I get woozy when someone describes a cut, passed out when I was training to be a lifeguard because they talked about tourniquet use to stop limb bleeding and still request nitrous oxide to get my teeth cleaned. However, I do donate blood to the Red Cross every 56 days.

It all goes back to a bet I lost with a college student that I was working with a few years ago. She was organizing a Blood Drive and was trying to get volunteers. I went through my list of issues that I have with blood but she was not easily dissuaded.  She and I made a bet regarding some frivolous campus issue and if I won, she had to assist me with a huge project I had been putting off and if she won, I had to donate blood … and so I did. Read the rest of this entry