I almost didn't realize I hadn't blogged yet today; I'm so used to writing these posts in the morning now that I didn't think of it at all when I got home this afternoon. So now it's nearly 10 pm and I am sitting in my swelteringly hot bedroom, windows open, basking in the (uncomfortably hot) glow of my brand new reading light.
I am so, so excited about this new reading light. It was only $5.99 at Target, it's a clip on, and it fits right on the window ledge above my bed. So now, when I am reading late at night, I don't have to get out of bed to turn the light off. I cannot even begin to explain the joy this brings me.
The heat here in Seattle has been outrageous. This city is usually pretty mild when it comes to weather - contrary to popular belief, it doesn't rain all the time. I would explain our weather more like this: We have approximately 2 months of summer, 1 month of winter, and 9 months of perpetual fall/spring. And it's likely it could rain for a small amount of time on any given day (during the spring/fall parts), but usually it will clear up soon or just sprinkle.
The point is, "hot" here in Seattle is generally somewhere in the 70's. But this last week it's been slowly creeping up past the 80's, into the 90's, and today the thermometer in the car was sitting on 99 degrees fahrenheit for a while there. My phone's temperature gauge was boasting highs of 97 all afternoon. And sitting here in my room feels like I am voluntarily slow roasting myself, broiling in an oven of stuffy bedroom-ness.
Last night I couldn't fall asleep no matter what I did. There are three bedrooms upstairs in our house, and unfortunately mine is the one sandwiched between the two outside ones, with naught but a small window for ventilation and no ceiling fan like the one I enjoyed in my bedroom at my parents' house. I tossed and turned for hours, trying to fall asleep, wishing covers had never been invented, and cursing the fleece throw I have at the foot of my bed every time my foot accidentally touched it.
The worst part is, it's about 10 degrees hotter in my bedroom than it even is outside. If it were safe to sleep on my lawn in Seattle, I would honestly consider it.
After about 4 hours of fitful sleep, my alarm went off dutifully at 7:45, and if I hadn't set it knowing it meant I was going sailing today, I probably would have smashed it. Because it was just as hot when I woke up as when I fell asleep.
This weekend has been nice, though, despite the temperature. Yesterday I stopped by the YouTube gathering, saw a lot of friends I haven't seen in awhile, got a lovely present from my Canadian YouTube friend Shannon (a pirate shot glass and this adorable robot-y etsy necklace!) and then almost fainted in the heat because I couldn't find anyone selling water. That last part was the non-lovely part of the day.
Today, as I mentioned, I went sailing with Eia and her dad. Both our dads have boats, but in all our years of friendship we've never gotten to take each other out on the water. So this afternoon I experienced the Waltzer family sailboat, and in a few days she will get to partake in some good old fashioned Horner motor boating. I can't wait to go inner-tubing.
We had such a nice, relaxing day out on the water. Sailing is a lot of fun, but so different from the type of boating my family does. We used to take crab pots out and go crabbing when I was younger, but now we tend to only use the boat for recreational tubing and eating and puttering around and swimming type things. Sailing is so much more work than that, but I can definitely see the appeal and why so many people love it. Sailboats are so... elegant. You have to be so in tune with nature and with the boat itself and know how work with the wind - it was really interesting to watch. I love the water. Being out on the water just calms me, makes me feel so free and alive and happy to live on such a beautiful planet.
Okay. I feel like I have complained enough today to sufficiently get the point across as to how hot it is in my house right now. That means my work here is done. See you tomorrow, blog.
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