Friday, August 1, 2008

I'm Mr. Heat Miser, I'm Mr. Hundred and One.

Finally, REAL summer has arrived in Wisconsin. Highs are up in the 80s (almost 90s!) and the humidity is sweltering. I love it. I should really be living in the tropics. Everyone else is complaining, but I'm secretly overjoyed.

The problem, however, is air conditioning. I hate air conditioning. Normally, I can keep it off - citing cost savings, energy conservation, etc. But when the high temp is 89 with 80% humidity, and the rest of the city has had their A/C on for weeks, I must compromise and allow my dear husband to turn it on.

So, I walk around the house with my winter fleece on. It's criminal.

And don't get me started on my office. I'm convinced that Mr. Snow Miser is in charge of the corporate thermostat. I leave the house with my parka in hand so I don't get stuck shivering through a meeting.

So far, the kids seem to be immune to any extreme temperature. They love to play outside when it is 20 degrees. They love to play outside when it is 90 degrees. I don't think I've ever heard them complain about the weather.

However, they have become experts at conniving to get decadent snacks at the extreme temperatures. Who can say "no" to a strawberry ice cream cone when it is sweltering? Who can refuse making a cup of hot cocoa topped with whip cream when it is frigid?


Anonymous said...

Woman - you are insane. Air-conditioning is like manna from heaven around here, where the high has been 100+ for about a month now. I do all I can to avoid leaving the house this time of year, because walking outside is like walking into a heated oven. The heat smacks you. I literally get lightheaded walking from the car to a store. I don't let the kids outside between noon and 5 p.m.

Then again, when it gets to a frigid 30 F here in the winter, I am giddy with coziness and delight!

Andrea, your Texan and A/C-loving friend

Diva Mom Vicki said...

We start running the AC full time in May. And it's only set at 80F.

My carmometer read 117F yesterday. (But it's a dry heat, as they say out here...)

80 with humidity sounds heavenly!

Philip said...

There is no such thing as "hot" in Wisconsin!

Just go take a dip in one of those icy cold in August lakes.

LisaS said...

when I start smelling books, the AC goes on. but it's more about humidity not heat.

i often wonder if air conditioning is more to blame for kids staying inside all the time than video games. or at least complicit.