I'm Melting…

I’m pretty sure that you didn’t read that title correctly. Please go back and read it again, being sure to add in at least as much drama, anguish and despair as the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz did.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

It’s true, I really am melting.  You should see the clear fluid drip off every inch of me.  (funny, I always thought that I would drip in flesh color.  Hmmm…) Seattle is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave.  I’m pretty sure that this is a direct result of the Weather Trolls. 

If you live pretty much anywhere else, temperatures soaring into the 90’s might not be that big of a deal.  Just stay inside with the air-conditioner and all will be well.  The only problem with that strategy is that very few people in this area have air conditioning.  In fact, I can’t think of anyone that has it.  There simply isn’t a need for it. 

There have been only eighteen days in the last ten years that the temperature has hit ninety degrees.  I don’t know how hot it really is, it depends on who you listen to.  All I know is that it is 88 degrees inside my house and significantly hotter outside. 

I hate being hot,  I always have, even as a kid.  It makes me so irritable and grumpy that I’m really not pleasant to be around.  (I’m sure Shaun and the girls would willingly vouch for that.)  I’ve done all I can to keep cool.  All of the shades are drawn, I have the blankets (that I definitely don’t want our beds) draped over all the windows on the hottest side of the house.  I have a huge fan  (that I wrestled away from a little old lady at the hardware store…it’s true…I have no shame) pointed directly at me. 

Yet still, I suffer. 

Shaun, in his thoughtful way, calls home from his air-conditioned office every once in a while to make fun of me  make sure I’m still alive.  The heat has sapped my energy so much that I can’t even get mad at him.  I just listlessly remind him that I am never going to move with him to the deserts of New Mexico where he grew up. 

Not that I’ll survive another day of this.  If you never hear from me again, rest assured that I simply melted away.  Then my puddle will have evaporated…


Bit O Life

A limp and grumpy Mimi assembling the fan.

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28 Responses to I'm Melting…

  1. Keshi says:

    Susan Susan Susan I read the title as IM MATING lol! Im glad it’s MELTING.

    Well its that HOT ha…Sydney is COOOOOLDD 🙁 send me sun this way…I need to warm my butt.


  2. photowannabe says:

    Heat makes me limp as a wet noodle. I’m worth nothing and don’t want to do anything.
    Keep telling yourself…This to shall pass…..

  3. photowannabe says:

    Yes i have met my neighbor. She is a lovely single Korean woman that does all her own gardening. Her name is Hye (pronounced hay) It gets a bit comical when saying hi to her. Hi hye, hye hi.

  4. kirsten says:

    We are in the same way down here in Portland Town. So. Effing. Hot.

  5. Jeff says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with hot weather. I love to hate it.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I hear ya. I am totally melting away..and we have 2 window AC units we bought last year at Costco when we got hit with the heat last summer. As long as you sit still…it doesn’t seem so bad. But as soon as you do anything (like..oh…breathe) you drip with sweat. It’s gross. And MUGGY! ICK!

    I feel really grody because of my shingles. My face is swolled up like a balloon. It’s oh so attractive. I hope it cools down soon. I’ve had enough of this.

  7. Tylor says:

    I”m meeeeeeeelllting MEEELTING!

  8. Michelle says:

    Despite record-breaking temps in our neck of the woods, I seem to be coping okay. This is for two reasons: A/C in the car (our first car with it and now I’ll never go without) and an A/C unit for the bedroom window. It may be hot in the hobby room here, but I’ll be sleeping in an igloo. w00t!

  9. Dorky Dad says:

    Heat sucks. I’d rather be cold than too hot, because you can only get so naked. If you’re cold, you can bundle up.

  10. J-Funk says:

    I kind of like it. I don’t like heat after a few days but the first day it’s kind of novel and exciting and makes you want to sit outside late into the evening drinking iced tea and moving as little as possible… plus there are infinite yoga possibilities (I’m terribly inflexible except for when it’s hot).

  11. mrs darling says:

    Love that pic!

    Yeah we’re melting her too. Thank God for pools and air conditioning.

  12. Patsy says:

    Are you still whining! Haven’t I taught you anything! You go to Wal-Mart! Go to the furniture section and pick a chair, take a book! Pertend that you are hard of hearing when they try to get you to get up!. Did I tell you that it is cool here in Montana, where we are presently resting from our travels? Love ya kid, don’t melt to much!

  13. Lynne says:

    If you are melting are not quite 90 degrees, imagine our weather here in NJ the day before yesterday. The heat index was up to 101 here at my house!!!! The air was thick and murky and a bit like breathing in soup. Too miserable to be in the pool during the day. At least you don’t have the humidity to go along with it, or do you?

    Now with a cooler day in the 80s yesterday and fnally some rain to break the humidity, this morning is clear and cool. aaahhh ….

    Hang in there!

  14. What was Mimi doing? =)

    I can feel your pain. I hope you are feeling better now.

  15. Jay says:

    I love air conditioning. Central air is probably the greatest invention of all time. Maybe a window unit that you guys could put in just for the summer in one room to keep it cool? I know a lot of people who don’t turn on their air for the whole house, but have a window unit in the bedroom.

  16. Susan says:

    Keshi~It’s all yours. Now just to figure out how to get it to you!

    Sue~That’s pretty much all I did…chant the mantra…

    Kirsten~at least the worst of it is over.

    Hi Jeff~me too!

    Stephanie~did you get pics of your face??? 😀

    Tylor~you win the prize for best voice!!!

    Michelle~I keep wondering about getting a little AC unit. It’s only a problem a couple days a year though…

    Dorky Dad~I agree. You get funny looks when you start to peel your skin off in an effort to get naked-er.

    J-Funk~Exciting? You’re a nut!

    Mrs. D~We only put our pool up one year. The water just doesn’t get warm enough to dip your toe in! Although yesterday would’ve been a different story.

    Mother~ Sigh…

    Lynne~I guess I won’t be visiting you any time soon!!

    Pretty~She’s supposed to be putting the fan together!

    Jay~I’m just thinking of moving to a glacier in antartica.

  17. Carol Snider says:

    Hi Susan,

    OK, that would be kinda creepy that you know where I live, except that I’ve randomly been to YOUR blog too — most recently last night when I was looking for other Seattle bloggers’ comments about the (yukky!) heat wave we’re having.

    Yeah, the entertainment center on the street IS a little tacky; guess I’ll take it in today if no one takes it. Damn — we paid a grand for it… back in 1987! So did you come by our garage sale over the weekend?

    Now that you know where I live, come by and say HI sometime. If I’m pounding away on my laptop, still in my jams, you’ll understand, right?!


  18. MikeM says:

    Susan, I feel bad for you, but I get to join you. I am headed south and west next week. Hot!!!!

  19. Tink says:

    LMAO. That picture completely makes this post!

    I hear you about hating the heat. I decided to drive out for lunch today. By the time I got back, my dress shirt was stuck to me. When I peeled it off, it actually HURT. Ugh. Here’s to hoping for a cool wave.

  20. elyouseewhy says:

    Oh, dear, I feel for you!
    A few years ago, our AC gave out during the hottest part of summer. One thing we did that kept the house livable was we turned off every electrical appliance that wasn’t a fan. Lights, computers, TVs… all off. For entertainment, we read. If we were to uncomfortable to read, we would sit in the kitchen or dining room (the rooms that naturally stay coolest in our house) and listen to an audio book while doing some sort of craft project or drawing (this only works if the room is light enough to see with the lights out, obviously). We took naps in the afternoon (temperatures peak at around three PM). When it was truly unbearable, we would go to an air-conditioned bookstore or coffeeshop, order an iced coffee and sit there for hours reading.
    I hope things cool off soon!

  21. Mojokat says:

    Ugh! I have been there done that in the heat, and most likely will have to do it again sometime in my life, but Thand the Lord we have A/C! I hope it cools down quickly for you guys!

    Oh, and on a non-related note…I figured out the mystery of the Collin vs Vince Fruit of the Loom singer…its both…there are actually 4 seperate commercials, Collin sings on one, Vince on another and I don’t know who sings the other two…didn’t delve any deeper than that! Just thought I’d update ya!

    Thanks for stopping bye!!!

  22. Cheryl says:

    I’m sitting outside with a fan on me in nice weather! It gets into the 90’s here a lot so we’re used to it. I’d rather be hot than cold. Mimi looks miserable!

  23. Keshi says:

    hmm email me some rays…

    btw Susan u mite like to check out my latest holiday destination. 🙂


  24. Jocelyn says:

    Oh, honey, INDEED. I am wid you.

    No one in Duluth has air conditioning, either. We usually have one-two weeks per year around 90 degrees. But that is, of course, changing.

    We sleep in the basement. I am a bitch. I can empathize.

  25. Susan says:

    Carol~Now that’s too funny! And of course I’ll totally understand why you were too busy to get dressed! LOL

    Mike~bring ice!

    Tink~I’ve got my fingers crossed!

    Elyouseewhy~we ended up going to see Harry. It was almost (not quite) cold when we came out. It’s much cooler today…although still hot!

    MoJoKa~Now I know! I haven’t seen it on TV at all, just in the theater…

    Cheryl~I don’t think I can ever get used to that!

    Keshi~how do you find those things?

    Jocelyn~Down with global warming!

  26. J-Funk says:

    oh, oh, I want that award! I’ve never gotten a blog award before!

  27. J-Funk says:

    Oh dang I just commented on the wrong post, let me try that again. I’m obviously confused about your blog layout – maybe I don’t deserve a blog award after all…

  28. Kell says:

    Luckily, or unluckily, we have to have a/c because we always hit the 90s. We’re scheduled to be near 100 next week, so I’m trying to get all my running around done now!

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