Space Center Houston And Galveston Island

We packed up the car and headed down to Space Center Houston so that Reese could get his space fix. I think he enjoyed himself and hopefully it’ll encourage him to stay interested in the sciences.

After that we made our way down to Galveston Island so that he could play in the ocean for a while. We just about had to drag him out of the water, but after we got him dried off we went over to Gaido’s for dinner. Yummy seafood, nom nom nom.

Down To Houston To See Reese

I hit the road this morning to get down to Houston to spend the week with Reese, Joi, and Darleen. It was the first decent distance ride using the new Zumo as well as running all of the audio through the MixIt.

The Zumo rocks. The voice nav prompts were really helpful, keeping me on track through my tour of Texas Farm-to-Market roads and the Sam Houston National Forest. I’m really pleased with the unit and think it’s going to be really helpful on the long trip this summer.

I got in around 3:30 in the afternoon and was really glad to see Reese. I definitely missed the little guy…

The Hot Zone

Also known as the book you shouldn’t start reading while you’re hooked up to an apheresis machine while donating platelets. It’s a pretty interesting narrative of outbreaks of the various hemorrhagic fever viruses like Ebola and Marburg. It was definitely a page turner, and I read through it as quickly as I could. I’ll probably be picking up a few more of his books after this. If you’ve got an interest in this subject, it’s worth your time.

Platelet Donation Number 1

I went down to Carter Blood Care today to do my first platelet donation. It turns out that I’ve got enough for a double donation, but I just couldn’t do it. I got most of the way done, over 3/4 complete, and started feeling pretty funky so we stopped. I’ll definitely be going back to do it again, but it’ll be a single instead of a double.

Read up on platelet donation, and if you’re able, please think about doing it.