12 August 2007

whether the weather is hot

Every class I've taught has loved this poem:

Whether the weather is cold
Or whether the weather is hot
Whether the weather is fine
Or whether the weather is not
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not

Right now, it. is. hot.

Highs are hovering around 86 F-88 F. I can hear you laughing and sniggering and calling into account my definition of hot. While I freely admit to being a wimp when it comes to heat, I will say, in my own defense, that it feels much hotter. Even my beach-loving, sun-seeking friend Kat agrees that it's horribly hot right now. It's not humid (I lived in the South. I know humid.) here, but the heat gets trapped by the buildings...and there's no a/c anywhere. The US consulate is stifling. I've got three fans on, lights off, curtains drawn and am showering over and over. Sometimes it's a little cooler out on the bridges (the breeze!) but not always.

My poor cat is not weathering the weather very well. She's been sprawled out on her back, paws hovering, immobile for the last few days. She's a kind, affectionate, beautiful cat...but not the smartest cat I've ever had. She won't go and retreat to the cooler rooms (the bathroom tile is fairly cool) and leave me. (Maybe she's just incredibly loyal.)

Yesterday I took her into the bedroom, which is on the cooler side of the house, and we read the latest "Harry Potter" book. As long as I was there, she was content to stay put. We ventured out to use the computer, but are about to retreat to cooler climes (well, the bedroom feels like it's a different climate right now). I've got the two newest Jasper Fforde books to keep us occupied. I'll see you when the heat breaks. Of course, if news breaks first we'll venture out and let you know.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes we joke that time in Ukraine is like dog years - one year equals 7. I think the heat here is like that as well. Without A/C, high 80s is just about unbearable!

votemom said...

i will vouch for you: russian heat is hotter than american heat. and you are right - it has nothing to do with the humidity.

i'm thinking of you with great empathy and compassion..... may you feel a cool breeze very soon!

Maggie said...

I was going to pick on you for your 'definition of hot' but without air conditioning -- YES! That's hot.

Rachael said...

Cute poem.

Glad you ventured out from the cool respite of your bedroom to say hi.

We're melting here too, but we're gluttons for punishment...about to head out the the pool and relax in the sun!

Jenni said...

Ugh. 88 degrees with no a/c is not fun! Especially if it is humid. I feel for you and your poor cat.

6blessings said...

Hope it cools down for you. Anyplace is hot w/o a.c. in the summer. The 8 of us will be sweating along with you in a year. We won't have a.c. either. ;-)

Tami said...

Yuck! You know how I feel about summer...I couldn't survive it without A/C. I don't know how you do it.

Holly said...

I melt in humid hot weather so I don't envy you (even if it's not humid). So, do tell: how did you like the last Harry Potter book? I read it too :-)

Lisa said...

Hot here in TX too... 102F on my patio yesterday afternoon and then we had the wonderful fortune of a pop-up thunderstorm that lowered the temperature by 15 degrees! Not to mention the lovely rain that I'm sure my flowers very much appreciated!

Debi said...

I H.A.T.E. hot and heat...put a big bowl of ice in front of your fan...lay in your undies with a damp towel on you and low the fan right at you...

I was a poor college student at one time...these really work...

did I tell you