Putting it simply, I am loving summer. I have taken the girls out on the bike two or three times a week to run errands and to give Melissa a chance to have some quiet time when Charlie takes his morning naps. Another bonus to me going out on the bike is that I have only used my car once in the month of July. The total amount of miles put on the car this summer is just over 200. The van has many more miles than that, but it is nice to not rely on both cars all the time. Plus, there's no air conditioning in the car. It's cooler riding a bike in 90 degree temps than it is sitting in a heat soaked car.
With all of my time on the bike this summer I think I'm going to try to do a lot more riding to work when school starts back up again. We shall see how long that really lasts.
I made it over to the blood bank yesterday. When I showed up to donate, I found out that they needed to email out to the hospital to let them know that my blood would be heading their way. Having rare blood (O+ with some added enzymes) makes me feel even more motivated to donate blood. Out of curiosity I asked how much I have donated to Heartland Blood Center over the years. The girl looked it up and said I was a little over 2 gallons. I'm proud of that. Hopefully there will be many more to come. It went well. Three times left to go. Next time I can go is September 21st. That means that I should be able to finish that goal early in February.