There's never a shortage of food pictures on this blog, but this time it's a little different. I donated blood as part of the KCRA Blood Drive for Life event. To prepare I had a happy hour meal at Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill on Thursday night with some friends and ate lunch with another friend at Jack's Urban Eats this afternoon (advanced meals are not needed to give blood, but they can't hurt, right?).
On my way home from work I decided to stop by the blood drive (the Roseville location was on my way home) and give blood for the first time. It was a relatively quick and painless process. I was welcomed in, filled out some paperwork and had a nurse ask me a few questions (especially about my Europe cruise) to make sure my blood was safe. Next I went to the blood donation chair, met a nice nurse who got me all set and about 5-7 minutes later I had a little less blood in me, but got to go hangout at the snack table. I gorged on Nutter Butters, Chips Ahoy and goldfish. They also had Blue Diamond Almonds for the more health conscious. If you've given blood before or if it's your first time, I say go and do it. You could be saving a life and it's easy. From the time I walked in to the time I walked out was about 45 minutes.