The trouble with this is my phobia of needles. I’ve been working on it for a whileand I’m fine with injections, but the thought of a needle in my vein still makes me pause. On a whim one day I decided to go to MGH on my lunch break to donate blood – I figured, I have the momentum, why not see if I can go through with it? Well, I went through the whole procedure at the beginning and good news, my blood looks fine for donation. So then the doctor gets me ready for the IV and trying to keep my breathing and my panic under control. She puts the needle in my arm, a few seconds go by and I hear her say, “Uh oh”. Uh oh, what? Almost immediately after putting the needle in my arm a massive bruise started to spread. Turns out either my skin or my veins are too delicate and the blood vessels started to collapse. The doctor had to take the needle out after about 30 seconds – not long enought to collect enough blood for donation. She told me that I should never try it again. Though I did manage to overcome my phobia enough to go through with the procedure. So even though I wasn’t able to give enough blood for a donation, I still consider the event a success.
devinne's Life List
2. live in a foreign country
3. travel to every continent
5. improve my wardrobe
6. Learn to play the piano
7. Adopt a pet
8. visit the 7 wonders of the world
9. learn to sail
10. go whale watching
11. Learn to surf
12. do more yoga
13. learn to sew
14. floss more
15. Learn to juggle
16. Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
17. Go shark cage diving
18. Drive across the USA
19. learn french
20. learn how to drive stick-shift
21. learn to ride a motorcycle
22. get into law school
23. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
24. go bungee jumping
25. go hang gliding
26. Spend an entire day at a spa
27. Read the ALA 100 Most Freqently Challenged Books of 1990-2000
28. Read The Observer's Top 100 Novels of All Time
29. read all 100 of The Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
30. learn to relax
31. be more healthy
32. organize my personal finances
I saw the northern lights when I was in Iceland on vacation this past September. I wasn’t expecting to see them because it was so early in the year – I think December is the best time to see them there – but I was heading back to Reykjavik late at night after a visit to the Vatnajokull glacier and the driver pointed up at the sky for me to look. There was a green light snaking across the sky. I hope to go back and see them at a better time of year, but at least I can say that I have seen the northern lights!
1. Coliseum – done!
2. Great Wall of China – done!
3. Taj Mahal
4. Chitchen Itza – I hope to go in 2014
5. Macchu Pichu – I’ll be going later this year
6. Petra – done!
7. Christ the Redeemer
Plus the only remaining original, the Pyramids of Egypt – done!
And the runner up, Angkor Wat – done!