2010 was a bad year at my house. My fella was out of work for the entire year. Things started breaking down and we couldn't repair or replace them. Important things like our second car, the microwave, the vacuum cleaner. Unnecessary things like our hot tub, my daughter's DVD player, our living room TV. Luckily I make decent money and could pay all the bills. But "extras" like meals out, coffee drinks, books, movies, birthday parties, vacation, health insurance were pretty-much out unless they could be done on the cheap.
He got a very part-time job at a farm in December, but they didn't really have work for him until March. In January he got another very part-time job as a parking lot attendant during events at the Matthew Knight Arena. Last week he started a third very part-time job at another farm. So basically he has three part-time jobs. We aren't behind on any bills or anything (in fact I paid off two debts in December and January) so now we're starting to save money to fix the second car.
We really need two cars! I work full-time and both my daughters are in school and do sports. Neither of Matthew's two farm jobs are in Eugene so when he's working, he needs the car. So I ride my bike. I normally commute by bicycle twice a week (my job requires a fair bit of running around so I can't bike-commute every day), but last week I also rode my bike to my satellite office on Friday (about 6 miles round trip) and then Saturday morning my youngest daughter and I rode our bikes to pick my oldest daughter up at her dance lock-in and then all three of us rode home (another 6 miles). And you know what? It was fun to get so much extra bike time in! I really like riding my bike and even though it is definitely more convenient to drive, it is nice to be outside. I also like how it simplifies my life. After all, I can't go running all around town so easily by bike.
But do you know what I can't figure out about bike riding? When I was a kid, I loved it when my dad took me for a bike ride. He probably only went with me a hand full of times during my entire childhood, but I coveted those opportunities! I used to pass my days riding up and down the street, around the block, around the neighborhood. Then and now, I couldn't get enough cycling! But my kids COMPLAIN about riding bikes. They haven't always, but lately it is like pulling teeth. Maybe it is because the weather is crappy, but it is driving me crazy!