Summer Bummer

The Northeast is in the middle of a heat wave. It’s been in the high nineties the last couple of days, it’ll be a hundred or higher tomorrow, and it won’t drop to below ninety until Friday. We get the humidity with the heat, so it’s basically insufferable unless you:

  • Have or live near a swimmable body of water
  • Have no sweat glands and are always cold
  • Are a glutton for punishment.

None of these three apply to us so I’m not too thrilled about these temps;  therefore, we’ve sequestered ourselves in the house, allowing our struggling Central Air to keep us in the temperatures to which we’ve become accustomed. To make matters worse, I seem to be in one of my periodical funks. I woke up feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I haven’t been able to shake it all day. In an attempt to change my disposition, we took a brief drive in the sunshine earlier, safely protected from the heat and humidity in my air-conditioned Forester, but it didn’t help much (OK, there were those two hot shirtless guys lounging by their pool, but it only lifted my…(ahem) spirits…for a moment.).  Even a day spent chilling out with the puppies couldn’t turn this frown upside down.

I’ve yet to find a successful countermeasure to these moods so, usually, I just have to wait it out until it passes.  Because I’m a huge buzz kill until it does pass, I try to lay low and avoid interacting with anyone – I don’t want to drag them down with me. I hate these moods.  When I’m in them, I am completely unproductive (no motivation,) I eat compulsively, and I start to worry that everything good in my life is about to turn to crap. I’m hoping it passes by tomorrow. Work is hard enough when I’m in a normal state of mind.

(Postscript: An episode of 30 Rock just mad me laugh. Maybe I’m not completely dead inside after all.)




12 thoughts on “Summer Bummer

  1. it’s 97F down here with high humidity and pollen. I’ve been strictly indoors since 8a yesterday, save a 7a trip to the grocery store. I ain’t going out til 8a tomorrow morning to go to work. holiday on wednesday! the central air is set on 76F and it is nice and cool inside. have a cosmo and pet the puppies.


  2. I know the feeling. And this weather doesn’t help. I can handle the heat, it’s the humidity that’s the killer. Literally. I almost fainted the other day when I stayed out too long. Finding something that gives you pleasure almost always works for me. I’ve watched an old W.C. Fields lunchroom skit hundreds of times when I’m down. Stay cool!


  3. My spouse and I are probably two of the rare species who are able to survive in the summer temperatures. We just slow down and drink plenty of water. Our siberian husky even does well in the heat. I console myself knowing that in January and February I am in one, extended semi-permanent scowl. Naked hugs!


  4. Have I mentioned I’m estivating? (that sounds really inappropriate if you don’t know that estivate means to “spend a hot or dry period in a prolonged state of torpor or dormancy.”) Because the weather you are experiencing is our typical summer and lasts for 4 months or more. Not always in the high 90s, but somewhere at or above 89F and always humid. I’ve eliminated all unnecessary appointments and scheduled the necessary ones for first thing in the morning. Any shopping I need to do is done online or after sunset. Walmart delivers dry goods by mail. Fresh or perishable stuff requires a trip to the store. Superman will stop by the store on his way home from work sometimes.

    I hope your weather and your mood break for the better very soon.
    Much love!


  5. I don’t know the feeling yet, but I will soon. My phone says it’s going to be 106 on Friday, and just over 100 on Saturday. I’m not looking forward to that.

    I’m making sure I have ice cream on hand. Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll find Wonder Woman ice cream?


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