Weather, updates, and My Little Pony
Posted on August 6th, 2012
One branch of my family landed in Massachusetts and kept moving west. The other branch of my family landed in Virginia and kept moving south. I…take after the northwest group.
It was 103 here Saturday.
We have one a/c unit that we keep downstairs in the living/dining room. We are in the minority of people who have any a/c, so there’s that very tiny consolation. I guess. I’m not very grateful when I have a headache and am nauseous from the heat.
We hung curtains across the two doorways during the last heat wave, so we keep the cool air confined to these two rooms. I say “cool,” but really, we kept it between 75-79 on Saturday and Sunday, which is about ten degrees higher than I like it and fifteen degrees higher than M likes it.
My office was 94 degrees when I went in to grab a book. The floor was so hot it was uncomfortable to walk on; my office is over a breezeway and it gets full afternoon sun. The bathroom is upstairs and also gets full afternoon sun. It was miserable.
I worked at the table. The poor novelist who was edited Saturday will have to endure extra-snarky comments, because I was in a mood.
Fortunately, we have a sofa bed and an ottoman that converts to a twin bed. Saturday and Sunday night we all slept downstairs, which was OK. You’d think that after living in a loft we’d have this down, but I sleep lightly and M and Pea are not quiet sleepers. The sofa bed has an air mattress that inflates over the nominal mattress, which, while comfortable, meant that whenever M rolled over, I risked being bounced off. Pea grinds her teeth. And there was the noise of the a/c unit and the fan we had circulating air.
We’ll be downstairs tonight, too, but hopefully it’ll cool enough by Wednesday for us to move back upstairs.
Last week, Pea was in day camp every afternoon, which she loved (yay!) and which gave me work time. It was amazing: I wrote like a mad woman, or at least, a productive one.
This week, we’re back to our routine; M is going back to work after being off for several weeks. I have more novels to edit (others people’s) and to submit (mine).
Pea has started reading things (like the BBQ sauce bottle) but not when I ask her to. She also figured out how to turn M’s tablet on, open a browser, and navigate to Netflix. As a result, she watched I don’t even know how many hours of TV this weekend, some of which may have included “My Little Pony.”
So much for getting the mother of the year award.