Tuesday, October 6

Just cruel

I almost cried when I got this email today.

Because much to my dismay it is definitely NOT sweater season here.
Think 91 sounds balmy? It's not. Add 60% humidity and it "Feels like 103 degrees." And as you can see, it's not going to get any better later today.

If you are fortunate enough to be living near my homeland, you may be lamenting that it's hovering around freezing (I know this because I also have a Utah weather widget on my dashboard, which I covet daily). I will trade you. Think of all the benefits you have that I don't (and that I won't have until I move from here):

  • Sweaters
  • Socks
  • Pants (although this is a small blessing since if I had to wear pants right now I'd be up a creek)
  • Hats, scarves, & gloves
  • Hot chocolate
  • Warm baths
  • Candles
  • Leaves changing colors
  • Using your oven without turning the A/C down to 70 degrees and then sweating anyway
  • Actually sleeping under your comforter
You may say, ah, but Dani, YOU can go outside. No no, my friends. I can only go outside if I submit myself to be devoured by mosquitoes. I kid you not, I cannot walk from my front door to the mailbox without at least one bite.

I will concede one plus: no goosebumps when I get out of the shower in the morning. But I would gladly trade it for the benefits mentioned above. Besides, we are getting to the point where shaving my legs requires acrobatic contortions not safe in a slippery shower.

I don't know how people live here, especially those who moved from northern climes. When I say this to long-time residents, they just laugh and say, "Well, we just stay inside!" Then they mention how great it is to be able to go the beach at Christmas, as if this were consolation for 9 months of roasting. At which point I just whimper, because Christmas is about fuzzy slippers and cozy PJs and fabulous toasty aromas in the kitchen and playing in the snow (if we're lucky). Beach-going, for me at least, is a strictly summer activity.

Maybe you have to have Latin blood to survive here, because my quarter-Mexican husband doesn't complain, and HE has to wear a shirt and tie every day. I, however, being bred of 100% northern European stock, do not have the constitution for this.

Being a walking human incubator may have something to do with it too.... though I am a born and bred four-seasons girl, pregnant or not.

So there you go. Think of me next time you're complaining about how cold it is, and be grateful that you can always put more and warmer layers on, while there are only so many layers you can take off.

15 comments:

Nicole said...

Well said Dani. I can't wait to get back to my seasons!!

heather said...

WOW! It's been a while since you've posted! I LOVE the picture! I've been complaining a little that the winter here in Ohio is coming way earlier than it should ... but after reading your post, I'm kind of excited about it. I love wrapping up with a blanket on the couch drinking hot cocoa. Mmmmm ... Popsicles in December just don't cut it.

Wishing you luck ... and a cool breeze!!

Katie said...

While I hate to disagree with you, I must. Not that I would much care for your weather, but I don't much care for our weather either.

I don't like that the weather is lying to me. I look out the window and the sun is bright and happy, with a soft breeze blowing, but then you walk outside only to discover that you have been deceived. And I don't like not being able to get comfortable in the car, the air is cold, but the sun coming in the window is hot. Do you turn on the AC or heat?

Then again, my mom told me I just need to grow some fat and stop complaining.

On a different note, I'm glad you posted that picture. In my next email to you I was going to request a picture so I could see what pregnant Dani looked like. :) You're looking great!

Mariley Johnson said...

I can't convince Mark, my Mark, to move to cold weather for anything. Something about Minnesota winters has ruined him forever and he his blissfully happy while sweating.
Good to hear from you again.

Tiffany said...

I hear ya! I don't know how people do it out there! But, I wish you the best, and, remember, it's only temporary.

P.S. Congratulations cute pregnant lady! When are you due?

Melanie said...

Oh, you poor thing. Really--I hate heat. And humidity. And mosquitos (don't even remind me of the 30-some bites I had a couple of summers ago...all around my ankles!). I don't know how you do it--especially pregnant. Bless you, child, bless you.

I, too, LOVE autumn and cold, cold, cuddly winters. I'll enjoy some for you, and wish it your way. :)

PS You are adorable pregnant! I hope the end comes soon (but not too soon). I can't wait to hear about it and see photos of you and your cute little one.

Charly said...

Hey! Good to "see" you! Sorry you're roasting. =P

Cottam Family said...

Dani! Congrats on be pregnant. You may not feel it but you look way cute. Sorry it's so hot and I know that being pregnant doesn't help at ALL! Hang in there the reward at the end is well worth it.
Miss ya.

Jessica Gonzalez said...

Bummer, it's even cooler in Arizona right now. I've been getting goosebumps after my shower and everything. :-) I hope it cools off soon...

Ann-Marie said...

love it. Totally love it. Oh, and sweating while I love it too.

Kev and Ash said...

I totally agree with you. Kevin and I look forward to only having one more summer here in San Antonio. I love how on the news they say that we are getting a cold front, which means 80 degrees. You look super cute pregnant! I can't wait to see what you are having!

Amy said...

Did I even know you were pregnant? I don't think I did, so CONGRATULATIONS! You're adorable. :)

And I'm sorry about the heat. I feel bad for you, but I'm thoroughly enjoying my "highs in the low 60's." Ahhh....Utah, I love you.

BJS said...

Hi Dani! Brian J. Spencer here. Long time indeedy. Firstly, congrats on the pregnancy. That is really cool! I had no idea! Wow! Secondly, I'm pretty sure that I would die in Texas...murderous weather! I'm enjoying fall here in good old Utah. Have yourself a great day, Danosaur.

Janssen said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

And I would trade you Boston weather for Texas weather in a heartbeat.

Jillian said...

Love the stork crossing sign! You look adorable.