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The Good, The Bad, and The Hot

on July 20, 2011

So the worst day in like…ever, was this last Sunday. We had over 85% humidity. The only other place in the western hemisphere to suffer through that, was the Amazon Jungle. Blech. Actually, the day itself was not the worst day ever. While the morning (it was 90 degrees by 9 am. And 100 degrees by noon.) was a hot, sticky, whine-inducing one, we escaped the heat by going to the Science Museum (and finally putting our membership to work!) with friends, followed by burger grilling and enjoying the cool of their air conditioned home (along with their sweet little baby girl- you know me, I’m always down for some baby time. Especially newborn babies!). The days since then have been hot, hot, hot. The kids are all running around sans clothing (and I can’t say I blame them, so I’ve given up -for this week- trying to convince them to do otherwise), they’re all red-faced, and hot, and whiny… so basically they’re just smaller versions of myself. I’ve thought about, and even sat down to, write a post…but I was just so whiny, I was sure nothing good would come out of it. That’s basically been my attitude towards these last 5ish days of extreme heat- that nothing good will come out of it.

Most days I’m a glass is half full kinda girl, but these last days… I’m pretty sure my glass is empty, because everything evaporated in this heat. That’s how I’m feeling. That said, I feel like I should make a small disclaimer: I do not dislike heat. I love summer (like love summer), love the sun, enjoy being out in the sun. What I do not like is the fact that I don’t have a place to go to escape the heat, or cool down! We have no air conditioning. There I said it. (*insert pity here, I know, it’s awful*) If the house were somewhere I could go to cool down, enjoy a cold glass of water, or sleep without waking up in a pool of my own sweat, I would totally feel differently about this weeks’ weather. In fact, I might even go out enjoy more of it. But when you just get miserably hot, only to come home to the same amount of heat without relief… can you see how one would start to feel like nothing good can come out of this weather? Especially because littlest E does NOT like to be hot. At all. Not even a little. He gets really cranky, and refuses to take naps (even in the coolest places you can find, if it’s a little hot, he just gets mad!). And the biggest E is not a whole lot better. So they’re whiny and every time we return to the house (after a cool-off outing), Biggest E cries, “I don’t want to go back to this hot house!” And I don’t blame him. Not in the least. .The only one not really complaining is Miss E. She’s such a peach. But she’s the only one, hubbyman and I wake up all hot and cranky, so our interactions are not the highlights of each other’s days either. That said, all that gross, sweaty, miserably hotness…some good has come out of it.

The kids and I enjoyed a festival that I enjoyed as a kid, with my dad and brother. We spent the afternoon with my parents; Biggest E spent the afternoon with his arms wrapped around his grandma’s neck. We spent a day (even hubbyman! He attempted to work on a project, but it was just too hot to continue!) with friends. We ran errands as a family. I know it sounds mundane, and I know it won’t have been the highlight of hubbyman’s week, but as the person who ends up usually having to do those things all by myself (missing out on precious family time) or as the only adult with all three of the children. Neither option is really my preference, so for me, I loved going as a family and enjoying our time together as we escaped the heat. The kids and I also got to enjoy yesterday going on rides and escaping the heat at the mall, with my dad and my brother! I’d had a ticket for rides that I got almost a year ago, and it turns out they don’t expire! So if I don’t count the fact that I’d previously purchased it, it was like it was free! And then last night, we all hunkered down, downstairs (where it’s possibly ten degrees cooler), with about ten fans. The kids played together famously, and hubby, baby, and I laid in bed and watched a movie. We don’t get much quiet time together like that! So all in all, there were good things to be had. And for that, I am grateful. I will also be grateful when we install the cooling unit (not this summer, but before next)!

*I’ll post pictures of some of the fun, as soon as I find my charger. I know, I can never find anything!

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One response to “The Good, The Bad, and The Hot

  1. mirjoyce says:

    I can 100% relate to family errands!! Jeff is always busy during the day- it was school before summer, grad school some weekends, and working on the deck now during the week. So I sometimes save the errands for when he is home/done working for the day so that we can go together. MUCH easier and more fun to have him along with me!

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