I didn't think about the timing when I set the appointment, but today when I give blood, I am going to officially think of it as a Halloween celebration. So it's strategic bleeding.
As much as I love Halloween, I don't do much. I have never been the type of person to wear costumes and I'm kind of over the Halloween party where everyone gets drunk. Since I moved into my house, I've just sat on the couch and waited for the trick or treaters to ring my doorbell. I couldn't even muster the energy for Halloween decorations this year. I know, I am bad. So you can see why I'm trying to make the blood donation have to do with Halloween.
I think I have mentioned before that I give every 2 months or so. A couple donations back, I got my gallon pin (whee!); don't try to think about a gallon of blood. It might make you hurl. I first started to think about giving blood when I kept seeing the "Bloodmobile" parked around campus regularly. I'd walk by and think "I wonder how bad it is to do that" and then figured that a little needle prick isn't really a good enough excuse for me not to do it. The first time I did it, I was a walk-in. And I've been hooked (or poked) every since. We all have ways we like to give back and this is my "thing". I know it's not everyone's thing.
Anyway, if you are in the Puget sound region and are interested in celebrating Halloween by bleeding (come on, it's fun!), here's the web site. And it's super-easy to set an appointment.