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Blood Drive

First things first, HAPPY OCTOBER! I love all things October. It is my birthday month after all. :)  This is going to be a quick little update about my life here at Fontbonne.

Cooking Class: Stir Fry! We made a veggie stir fry with Ramen noodles. We had the option of boiling the noodles to make them soft, like pad thai or sautéing the noodles in a dry skillet to make them crunchy. My group boiled half of the package of noodles and crisped the other half of the package. I loved the crunch the toasted noodles gave the dish along with the broccoli, cauliflower, water chestnuts, onion, carrots, peppers, baby corn and bamboo shoots. I can’t remember the spices we used, but it worked out nicely.

Half eaten,,, I almost forgot to take the picture!

Blood Drive: Yesterday I gave blood for the first time!!!!! In previous years, I could never donate because my sport was always in season and this semester I am not participating in a sport soooo I finally got to participate!!! I was so excited when my Iron was high enough to give because I have a history of low Iron. The whole process took 30 minutes tops. The actual blood giving process took about 10 minutes, if that, and was relatively painless. I have always been good with needles and blood work and this was the same way! It is such a great thing to do and I felt great afterwards, physically and mentally, which was not what I expected. I will definitely be donating again! If you have never donated before, consider it!! It is not that bad, I promise!

Awesome shirt! Thank you Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center!

Art: I have about 6 weeks to complete all of the artwork I want to put in the Undergrad art show held for the graduating undergrads. I am working on 5 paintings and multiple digital works. . . Wish me luck. I am so excited and so nervous at the same time! I literally smell like oil paint and turpenoid alllll the time. Cute, I know.  I will do an artwork post eventually!

This Weekend: I AM GOING TO LIVE ON A FARM(for a few days)! My best friend Ariel is whisking me away to a farm in Indiana where we will be taking care of horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, birds and fish all by ourselves!!! Good thing she is experienced. I am so so so so excited for this!!! I LOVE animals and if you never hear from me again, its because I am staying at the farm for the rest of my life just hangin’ with the animals. I am going to gain about 50 new best friends. I do live in Kentucky, but I do not live on a farm. It is a dream of mine to have animals, and I get to live that dream for about 4 days. Not complaining. Expect animal picture overload!

Thats it for now! Again, happy October! Have a great weekend!!

-Kelia

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The blood drive was yesterday, and I can remember last year like it was just yesterday. So weird that it’s been a year already. But anyways, it was a very busy day for me. I first visited my family at the hospital because my uncle was getting brain surgery (sounds scary I know, but he is doing well and is resting at home). Then I came to school and helped out with the blood drive, then donated myself. Even though I had already done this last year, I was still nervous. But of course everything was over before I knew it. Although I guess I felt a little more effected from it this time than I did last year. After you’re finished, they tell you not to do anything extraneous for the next day. But of course, stupid me was like ‘oh yeah I can walk up the stairs to fourth floor of Ryan just fine!’. I don’t know why I decided to take the stairs because every other day I take the elevator, but by the third floor I needed to stop and sit down for a bit because I felt light headed.  Maybe that’s why it said in the pamphlet not to go up stairs alone…. oops?

Anyways, later that day I took the trip to the botanical gardens to the Coffee Class. Let me just say it was awesome! Workers from Kaldi’s coffee explained to us how coffee is made and sold, where is comes from and how to brew. Did you know there is even a Barista competitions? Like, that’s so awesome! I bet the things they do and make puts my pumpkin spice latte making skills to shame. Anyways it was so informational and the room smelled awesome the whole time. I can’t wait to go again to learn about chocolate and I think I’m going to sign up for the Tea one too!!

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Wow! What a crazy busy week it has been so far. I haven’t had a lot of free time this week, but with how much I have done I am reminded how convenient and easy it is to get things done here at Fontbonne. It is definitely a perk to be a Fontbonne Student in St. Louis!

I attended a job panel this week for the first time. The event was on campus and very beneficial. A panel of professionals from various fields answered common questions asked about applying for a job or an internship. As a sophomore, I have begun to think about these things and found their answers extremely helpful. The perk? It was just a two minute walk from my dorm in the library and I now have the “inside knowledge” for what companies look for in potential employees. Thank you Fontbonne.

Last night I attended what I think is another perk of being a Fontbonne Student; being so close to Busch Stadium. The Cardinals had another college night for yesterdays game, so tickets were available for $10. My roommate and I went to see Carpenter and the rest of the Redbirds play the Reds. Sadly, we lost, and could not celebrate right away, but the Dodgers did lose late last night. The Cardinals are now in the postseason! I cannot wait for October baseball! I am a huge Cardinals fan and last year was so much fun. 12 in ’12!

I saved three lives today by giving blood, and the perk about that was that the blood drive was right here on campus. I did not have to go far to do something that helps the lives of others. Although it did take me close to 40 minutes to give, I am glad I did. Donating blood makes me feel as if I have done something good that day and made a difference. A free t-shirt and matching arm wraps for when its over is a pretty good perk too! Oh, and the DSAC offered me free cake today for donating!

All in all, life is good for the Fontbonne Student. I am happy to be one!

Thanks for reading. Until next week…

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