Monday, July 25, 2011

Scenes from a Heat Wave

It seems nearly the whole country, well maybe the whole country east of the Mississippi River, recently experienced a heat wave. We were definitely not immune. Some temperatures were:
1. Thursday evening at 9 p.m. = 90 degrees.
2. Friday morning 5:50 a.m. = 82 degrees (with wicked high humidity).
3. Friday morning 10:30 a.m. = 90 degrees + 70% humidity = a "feels like" temp of 105. At 10:30 a.m. Awesome.
4. And then this one from Friday afternoon:  (Note the "feels like" temperature.)

Sadly, even swimming doesn't sound good in this weather. Our poor air conditioner can't keep up with the rising temperatures, even with running non-stop for three days but only in the early mornings attaining our set temperature. Thankfully the basement provided some relief.

So what did we do? Well, of course I worked in a cooled, air conditioned building for two of the worst days. Chuck and Rhett ran some errands on Thursday, but then chose to stay home on Friday. Chuck even pulled off the wallpaper in the boys' room. And Rhett bowled on the Wii for the first time.  (It didn't last long.  He got bored.)  Rhett also had a total "melt"-down all day Saturday. Oh my. As parents, we tried to explain why he would be so terrible, but all we came up with was (1) too much sugar, (2) too little sleep, (3) he's three, or (4) he suffered from cabin fever. Whatever it was, the dude was intolerable. Thank goodness Sunday was better!

Side note: When I told my mom that Chuck removed the wallpaper, she was disappointed. It's her greatest joy in life to peel things. If I were a good daughter, I'd sacrifice my back to the sunburn gods just so it would peel and just so she could peel it. She's crazy!

And do you want to see what this kind of heat and a little bit of walking (a necessity to get from the metro to my car) does to very pregnant feet? Caution: The following has been approved for Mature Audiences Only.

And finally, how awesome would it be if this four-day forecast were correct? See if you can spot the problem.

Here's hoping for a cooler week for all!


  1. Hahaha! Just ONE day of snow would actually be awesome right in the middle of all this heat!

    We've been hibernating indoors as well with an occasional swim... but we've all felt kind of restless.

  2. did they really put snowflakes on the forecast? also, isn't their averages a little off???

    that just plain sucks for you. but good thing you get to work in an AC place. lucky blessing!

  3. oh man, that sounds so crazy, and your poor feet!!! Feel better. It's been HUMID here (for AZ anyway). Hope you survive! And soooo funny about your mom. I totally understand her, hahahaha. On my birthday all I want from Collin is to be able to pick his zits.

  4. Wow, I am so sorry! Yucky. That is too hot! Especially for you as a pregnant woman! I'm so sorry about your feet too. no fun

  5. Oh my gosh! Your poor feet!!! I have empathy for the nasty humidity and weather. We have had heat indexes of 120 here, but to be full on preggers and walking from the metro...too much.

  6. Oh dear, I really really FEEL for you. SO SO SORRY. I'm with Em---YEAH for working in a really nice AC office, at least some of the days.