Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Don't Know What to Do, My Head's in a Haze

Here is some burl on a tree. It's a little unseemly.

Well, kids. You know how much I hate to talk about the weather, but I live in Iowa and a lot of times, that's all we've got going on. Today was 111 degrees with the heat index. Ouch!

I figured I'd be smart and donate plasma after work. It's air conditioned there and it wasn't like I was going to try and run in this shit. Donating was just fine. I started my new book, The Corrections and so far it is a little depressing and makes me uncomfortable to read...But that's the sign of a good book, right?

Anyway, everything was just fine, until I got home and hung out in my un-airconditioned house. Holy shite! I was dehydrated anyway, and sitting around sweating all night (pretty) didn't help that at all. At one point, my sister called me and I was so spaced out, I couldn't really figure out what she was talking about. I decided to just start drinking whatever I had in the fridge. I made some wild raspberry sun tea on Sunday and I downed almost the whole gallon of that. Which helped, but I'm still a little out of it.

Last night, I was smart and decided to sort through the 6 or so window air conditioners the old owner had wrapped in garbage bags all over my house and garage. Luckily, I found one that didn't weigh 700 lbs and wasn't from the 70's and set that up in Stinky's upstairs, not very well insulated dormer room, that gets uncomfortably warm when it's about 75 degrees out. I set it all up for her by myself while she was at work. I wanted her to come home to a pleasant surprise. I always love coming home from work to something unexpected and nice. So, her lair is pretty much perfect right now. If this heat doesn't go away tomorrow, like they say it's supposed to, I might set up camp in Stinky's room.

Now, though? Now, I'm going to bed and hope the storms don't wake me up tonight and bring more pleasant temperatures in their wake tomorrow. Then I will have one last day before my 4 day birthday weekend when I'm sure everything will be all dolphins and rainbows and stuff...


rel said...

Hot! Too damned hot; sucks the energy right outta me. It's been a few years, but I used to put one of those 1 room window airconditioners in my book room. It was nice to be able to escape the swelter if only to enable sleep.
Love the tree. Trees are my favorite people and this one is now a particular fav.

Tara said...

Good job setting up that air conditioner! It takes two maintenance guys to hoist up the ones at the apartment building.

It's supposed to be in the low 90s today, so I made sure my cat had fresh water in each room and then I turned on the A/C. When I come home I hope to find a happy cat and a cool apartment.

.j.william. said...

I hear ya. I'm in D.C. for two weeks and I've never been more thankful to be in a basement apartment. Even in the mornings it's almost too steamy to run.

I hope you're getting good use out of the screened porch :)

Ananda girl said...

Oh god... the heat can really zap you.

I love doing unexpected things for the people I care about too. Feels good. Feels great when it happens back too.

With temps like that, I'd sure camp out in Stinky's room! Yikes!

laura b. said...

It's been really hot here the past few days too, after a pretty mild start to summer.
It is nice if you can cool at least one room down. For us it is the livingroom.
Have a great loooong birthday weekend! Yay!