Thursday, January 08, 2009


Hello all you blood donin' fans! I'm very excited to bring you our first donors of the Manic Mommy Virtual Blog for Blood Annual Drive! Every Sunday through February I'll be sharing their photos and stories, and I'd love to see YOURS here SOON!

But first, in case you've missed it, this year we are giving away an INCREDIBLE trip to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida!

Destin was just named Southern Living magazine's Readers' Choice #1 BEST BEACH desination, and if you live ANYWHERE near where I live right now, you are probably SOOOO sick of all this snow and ready to get the heck outta dodge. It's been INSANE! It's time to start thinking about somewhere WARM.

So, that's the GRAND prize trip -- a six-night/five-day trip to sunny, warm, beachy, WONDERFUL Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, but that's NOT ALL!

We're also going to be giving away Visa and/or MasterCard gift cards worth hundreds of dollars.

Generous Melissa at Hope Floats is donating $100 gift card so THANK YOU SO MUCH MELISSA! YOU ROCK! She also donated to last year's cause and ROCKS for doing so!

My good pal, Carlos from high school has generously donated $50 towards the drive, which will go toward a gift card of some sort.

I'll be throwing in a chunk of change for the cause, and the amount will depend on how many of you step up to the PLATE and yank up the sleeve so the more of you who donate, the higher the amount will be.

Creative man Rick Green at Organized Doodles is offering one of his fun Doodles from his site for the drive as well!

I'll be accepting any fun or unique prizes you'd like to donate, but of course, the best donations you have are right there inside those veins, so if you get a chance, get to your local blood bank and donate a pint for the sake of someone who needs that life-saving gift, will ya?


And now, here are the first of what I KNOW will be MANY of you who will send me your beautiful mugs smiling away knowing you've taken the time to donate blood! AND SAVE LIVES! ...

I've got photos of myself & my coworker, Kristin who I dragged along with me to donate. :) The blood center was BUSY (YAY!), but then I felt bad bugging them to take a photo and my coworker was all the way on the other side of the room. I hope you'll settle for photos of us at the table where we enjoyed our apple juice & animal crackers afterwards! We've got on our stickers, you can see our bandaged arm, and we're holding our vitals card they gave us. :)

Inspired - I participated last year, which kicked off me becoming a Brighten Life member. I donated 3 times last year, and attempted a 4th, but was turned away because of low iron.


I talked her into going since she's been wanting to. She can't remember the last time she donated, but she thinks it was in the late '80s.

And there you have it! I've got a plug on my blog about it, too! :) Sarah's Blog

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Jennifer, Santa Maria, California:

I have been donating blood since I was in 18. I'm O Negative and have always felt "special" that I can help anyone, no matter what their blood type. I have three children and like to think that if they ever needed blood it would be available because someone took the time to donate.

Keep up the great work! and I love your blog!!

Thank you to Sarah, Kristin and Jennifer! And to my mom who has already donated, but who is ineligible for any of the prizes, plus I have no picture of her to share from this donation!

All right everyone else, get out there this week and get stuck! No excuses! There are lives to be saved and trips to be won! THANK YOU!


Michelle said...

I've got my appointment made, but I'm still within my 8 week window :) Soon, I promise!

So where have you been? We've missed hearing from you (or at least I have)!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, girls!
I love these pictures, Manic.

Hey, 2 other things - Sorry to your friend Travis. I read some of his blog and love his writing. Prayers to him and his family.

And... How's Tukey doing with the bus-bully? No news is good news? I was thinking about that the other day and wondered.

TTQ said...

I give in spirit. They won't take my blood for a myrid of medical problems and being out of the country in the past few months..

Thanks again to all of you that do give! It saved my life! Too many tranfusions than I care to remember.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me I'm due to give blood!

If I remember correctly, Manic, looking for bloggy blood-givers to share my experience with was how I found you!

Who's Your Writing Nemesis? Here's Why James Michener Is Mine. Also: Guess My Old Nemesis and Win a CD!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Michelle--thanks for making your appointment! Counting on you! on all of you who can donate!

Karla--thanks for your thoughts about Travis--what an amazing spirit he has, huh? I thank God his kids weren't home!

No worries on the bus bully. I think he said Damn the other day to no one in particular. We've been role-playing/practicing in the car for more EFF YOU moments though! : )

TTQ--It's people like YOU whom we are DOING THIS FOR! It's important that we hear the stories of the lives that are out there LIVING because of the blood we are GIVING!


Inky Baby! Yeah, DONATE!!! You owe me! Especially because I'm still mad at you for making me get on Facebook!!! Evil boy! : )

Andi said...

I am going on Saturday and I am taking my vitamins and iron pills and eating spinach and other good things to make my iron level above the denial stage as it was last week. Here's hoping! Pictures are great!

Billie Wages said...

I'm putting reminders constantly on twitter as I remember - ha - but at least give blood. A bit of insight for those who do not know. I'm in treatment right now for five days, and I'll try to send "my" picture of that, here in the hospital, but each day requires a minimum of 1000 donors. If I can add correctly, :) that is 5,000 donors required to whittle down the blood to get the plasma to make the medicine to go drip, drip, drip into my little veins.

About my veins. My portacath has failed me, and we are trying to get it to work with the line in my veins and that failed, too. Follow me on twitter, and you can keep up. Thanks to all you donors out there. Know you are helping someone specific.

Scott Mooney said...

My wife, morninglight mama from, told me about your contest and I am so in on this! I just sent you an email with my photo. I got to donate on a red cross bus that they bring to my work. It was uncomfortable laying on their little "beds" made for normal people (I'm 6'5") but the tech thought your contest was awesome and gladly took my picture.

You are awesome for doing this and I hope we save hundreds of lives this year!

Scott Mooney said...

I figured you wouldn't mind but I wanted to let you know I've tried to help you spread the word by posting about your contest on my blog.

Again, I am so happy to be part of this!!!!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Yay to Morning Light's Hubby! I LOVE YOUR WIFE by the way! How awesome! We have our first male donor of the contest, and last year it took WAY longer to have a man step up to the plate! Everyone go on over to say hello to the brave man who took the needle for the team! Thanks! I'll check out your site now and also will be posting your photo on Sunday! Thanks!!!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Ragdoll--Be well, you are one of the many reasons we are doing this!!!

Andi--keep taking those iron pills, and there's nothing wrong with a whopper or a big mac either! : )