Monday, October 08, 2007

columbus day

What do you associate with October? Here are some things on my list:

pumpkins
sweaters
chilly football games
midterms
layering
corn mazes
leaves falling
scarves

Notice how sweating, sunglasses, and air conditioning are not on, nor might be associated with anything on that list? And yet, this October, they are unavoidable. Texas has left me stunned with 90 degree temperatures for the last 9 weeks. I really thought with the few cool breezes that have lazed through the air on a few choice afternoons that maybe the heat would break. I got so excited a few weeks ago when the weatherman said, "This is it, folks! We've got a bona fide cold front coming through!" My heart soared and I turned up the radio. "That's right, expect temperatures around 89 degrees, and scattered clouds."

Devastation.

But, I'm learning to live with it. Sam and I go running either in the early morning or late in the evening when the sun has gone down. I'm an expert at finding the minutest bit of shade to park my car in. And I know to carry a sweater with me everywhere to guard against the arctic blast that will greet me upon entering any building but my own home (we keep a very comfortable 75 degrees.)

So, in the spirit of taking advantage of what Texas has to offer, this is how I spent my Columbus Day off work:


I guess there are some perks.

4 comments:

laska said...

ahh...chilly football games, the leaves turning colors (although I think I missed a part of that somewhere between sleeping and my classes), no longer using air conditioning....and midterms...ahh the wonderful things that fall brings. :) (and your hair looks great)

lizzie said...

I hear you on this heat thing . . . it's actually cooler today but it was killer yesterday.

Steve said...

Hey, even in the city of Columbus on Columbus day it was 88 degrees, breaking the 1963 record by 5 degrees. And not only that, but OSU doesn't observe Columbus Day until -- get this -- the day after Thanksgiving. That's right! They gyp us out of two days off by substituting one for the other. How can you have Columbus Day (observed) a month and a half after the real thing? Ridiculous. Ruh-diculous.

gremhog said...

we have also had huge heat lately. Hopefully it's cooling down. But it's so nice that you get a day off....