Wednesday, May 31, 2006

She certainly can can-can

We're havin' a heat wave, baby. And since my husband is away, and has been away since he was home just long enough to take the air conditioning out of the window last winter, the air conditioning is not in the window now in time for the summer.

It topped 100 degrees (F, that's 37.7 C) inside my house this week.

Which means it looks like I have fur carpeting - not because of immense shedding, but because all the fur-coated gentlemen in my house have allowed their bones to melt so as to stretch out to proportions never before seen in vertibrates.

Actually, Trevor and Aslan are doing okay, if slightly less energetic than your average houseplant. They are also aided by feline limberness which means whereever there is a fan, there is a cat, and I simply sit there with a cool windblown cat (Aslan looks like a shampoo commercial for all the seductive looks and blowing hair he's got) and I just get bodyheat and hair blown on me.

Oscar is very much not enjoying the heat, and has gone to bed with frozen bottles of water and bowls of ice, and after three days of it, will now step into the bathtub to have water run over him with only the slightest bit of that doggie intense shame. He's decided that icecubes are his favorite invention ever, and I'm an excellent cook who knows how to make them just the way he likes (cold).

Myself, today is the first day I haven't had a migraine. It's also the first day I haven't risked having the police called on me by my all-too-nosy neighbors who I'm sure have seen way more skin then they (or I) would like since I've been walking around almost completely naked with strategically placed ice packs (and then taking those ice packs to bed at night). Today is much better (I'm even wearing a shirt) since the temps have dropped to a chilly 88F (31C) in here. (for the record, my flashing has been done completely within the interior of my own home, my neighbors are just very close and very nosy)

The good news is that the air conditioner guy my husband is supposed to be home tomorrow.

If you need me before then, I'll be over there in a tub of ice.


Blogger trek said...

I have shivers creeping up my spine just thinking about a tub full of ice.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I hear ya on the heat. Our house gets so hot in the spring and summer. If it's 75-80 outside it's 90-100 inside our house. Luckily my husband put in our air conditonars yesterday. Sending you cool thougts!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I feel for ya. I'm better with cold than heat. Send Oscar my love. Preferably in the form of icecubes.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

You poor thing. I'll repress my urge to sound like a 90-year-old woman by talking about back in the day during the big Chicago Heat Wave of '95, when I was working two jobs and commuting an hour and a half each way and all I had was a little 6" oscillating desk fan. Nope, not gonna tell that story. Nosireee. (Exceptin', of course, for the fact that I pretty much just did. Funny how that happens.) Seriously, though, heat sucks. It really freakin' sucks. I think someone needs to have a talk with that man of yours. He clearly doesn't have his priorities straight. Clearly.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

At least you have a lot of wool just in case the temp drops below 80! Is it supposed to break soon? Well, you won't really careonce you have the AC...

And Rachel, you are too much.

9:14 PM  
Blogger brandy said...

Last August, my a/c went out and didn't get fixed for 5 days. Here in Vegas, that was the longest the apartment complex could legally leave it. It was 120 outside. I don't know the inside temp. It was awful. My cat slept in the bathtub. I took a few showers a day and slept with ice packs. I hope to never go through that again.
I hope it is over for you soon.

9:21 PM  
Blogger erica said...

I hear ya, I'm melting in Illinois right along with you. We know it's hot when the cats aren't begging for food and we're spraying each other with a water bottle in bed and spraying the sheets just to try to get some sleep. Our A/C unit was finally replaced today just as the temp dropped, of course.

I hope your husband is home soon to get that A/C unit in the window for you and your gentlemanly furry friends. And tell your neighbors to get a life. :)

11:44 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Step 1... fill large dish tub with ice
Step 2... place fan on high, blowing across the ice onto you and fuzzy companions.

Instant A.C.

I envy you not. :)

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Shea said...

Our AC unit is not working in our bedroom... and the fan decided not to work too... it's like instant sauna in there with the heat and humidity... luckily tho' the AC in the rest of the house is working fine and so we've moved to the guest room till the heat breaks or the AC is fixed... if it weren't so humid I'd be ok...


12:00 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Without central A/C Florida would be unbearable. I am dreading my next electric bill!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hi I just wanted to say that your blog has really touched me as far as your sharing of your health issues. i am just back to blog land after having been away for quite a few months. Though it wasn't cancer for me i was diagnosed with Graves Disease back in Jan. My thyroid was destrpoyed by radioactive iodine treatments back in Feb and I am now starting the medication struggle to get regulated. I understand your form of tired. I too am tired of tired. Thanks for sharing part of me is sorry i just could not.

7:24 AM  
Blogger DianeS said...

You've just described our house (and the critters) very nicely. Flat cats, wet dog (she loves to play bite-water with the hose) and snoozy bunnies...welcome to summer!

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Sum Summertime...

Hope GB comes to your rescue :-)
(or maybe he'll bring on more heat and make you forget all about it! *wink* )

N, G & E in PA

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

My miniature schnauzer, Morgen, loves ice cubes as much as Oscar. Not just when it's hot--she'll gleefully chomp one down any time. Keep cool!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Bess said...

Whew - gotta have those A/C guys, that's for sure. I bet you're not knitting on your New Beginnings Project this week. Hurry Home K!!

5:08 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Ugh, sounds miserable! I'll be sending cool thoughts your way! (Seriously, only I can move to California and freeze!)

5:53 PM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

Um, I don't live all that far away, and the house is animal friendly, you could've called me and just brought everyone over here!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel for you! Over here (NZ) it has been rather cool, especially this morning with a good frost. I could do with a little of your heat right now and would gladly relieve you and your "friends" of some of it. Glad I've just finished another pair of lovely, warm socks to keep my DDs feet warm this winter.


9:24 PM  
Blogger CarolineF said...

Hi Amie I don't know if you're still counting socks but I finished one more on Wednesday night.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Katrina said...

Oh I feel for you! I suffer from migraines, too, and I really don't know how I'd make through the heat and humidity without my wonderful central air! I'm so spoiled!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Two more socks to report!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Nit One Perl Two said...

I am so happy I found your site. It appears we have more in common than knitting! I'll let you know when I complete the "world renound" triple lindee patern. It will be soon!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Zippianna said...

I sure hope it's cooled off and you really aren't just a little puddle on the rug by now. That is just too da*n hot!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Pauline said...

Just want to let you know that I finished another pair of socks today.
Pauline aka new2kntting

1:09 AM  
Blogger Robknits said...

Dear Amie,

The heat broke here a couple of days ago, and I am wishing some of this nice cool weather on you as well. I also got the 2000 Socks box today!!!!!! SO exciting and the yarns are gorgeous, and I love my new sheep. Here's hoping your husband will get to stay home for a while.

4:11 PM  

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