Tuesday, May 25, 2010

be the match.

Not too long ago I stumbled upon a post by someone else, regarding a little boy suffering from leukemia. Apparently, they were having a hard time finding a bone marrow match for him, and were desperately looking for donors.

This, of course, got me thinking. How come I have never thought about being a bone marrow donor before? Possibly because I didn't know much about it, other than remembering that scene from 7 Pounds where Will Smith's character donates bone marrow, and is then bed ridden for the next week. But, I decided to research it anyway, and less than 30 minutes later, I was registered through The National Marrow Donor Program.

A few days ago, I received my testing kit. It's quite simple, and consists of swabbing your inner cheek a few times, and sending those suckers off to be tested. Testing takes five or more weeks, and sometimes, they won't always find a match right away. But, needless to say, its out there and if someone comes calling, I'm ready to answer!

I figure, if I can give someone else a chance at life, while causing myself minor pain, its definitely worth it to me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sorry its been so long from my last blog! I think my biggest problem is all of the other "outlets" we have through the internet. Unfortunately, I've been sucked in to Twitter and probably use that the most out of anything. The problem with that is, its just so much easier to punch in a quick one liner of what I'm thinking at that moment, instead of waiting to get to a computer and type out a whole blog post. Plus, with the convenience of my Blackberry (crackberry?? yes.) -- it takes Twitter to a whole new level, having the application literally at my fingertips. Plus, I admit I'm a bit of a creep and like to know what celebrities (and my twitter friends) are doing at any given moment. sigh. Seriously, what will they come up with next?

And that brings me to my next topic -- Chatroulette. I'm sure you've heard of it by now, and if you haven't, I highly suggest you google it. Yesterday, my sister and I were chatting via Skype, which by the way, was also my first time using that. I know I'm way late to the party there, but I never got around to installing the program, nor did I really have a reason to. When Ryan was in Iraq and then when we were long distance for a year, I had a crappy webcam, so it was pointless. However, now, I have a reason to use Skype -- my nephew! They live an hour and a half away, so it will be nice to see the little guy more often, even if its just over a computer screen.

But I digress. So, my sister and I were chatting on Skype, as I mentioned, and she brought up Chatroulette, asking if I had ever tried it before. I hadn't. But of course, curiosity got the best of me, and I clicked on the website. Immediately, a random shirtless dude popped up. I freaked out, and clicked out of it. But then, as they say, curiosity killed the cat, and I tried it again. For the most part, I saw "normal" people on there. Most looked as confused as I was, especially when I got an Asian man, sitting on the phone speaking mandarin. I didn't try talking to anyone, of course. I would just give a quick wave, and see what came up next.It's definitely strange, yet strangely intriguing, that at any given moment, you could come face to face with a complete stranger, halfway across the world. I have to warn you though, if you do plan to venture into the world of chatroulette, please be prepared to see some, um, male genitalia, for lack of better terms. Of course, you can always click "next" to make it go away :)