It's carnival time over at One More Thing, and today's topic is one that's been on my mind the past few weeks - Summer. Why? Because I.HATE.SUMMER.IN.AUSTIN.
I hate it, there's no other way to put it. I hate the heat, the days on end with blistering sun and white-hot skies, the Ozone Action days that cause migraines and asthma flare-ups.
I really and truly believe I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder in the summers. I get depressed and hate having to leave the house. My running, which has a tremendous effect on my mental health, always suffers in the summer heat, which makes me feel even worse.
Right now, the weather in Austin is spectacular. (Well, not today - we're supposed to have storms.) The mornings are cool and the air just feels good. And as much as I love the springs here, I know they are harbingers of the heat to come.
If I ever win the lottery, which would require my actually buying a lottery ticket, the first thing I'm going to do is buy a summer home in the Adirondacks. I know it can be cool and rainy in the summer up north, and my mom swears that it snowed during a camping trip in July in New York, but I'll take cool and rainy with a chance of snow any day over 100+ degree heat for weeks on end.
We have lots of resources here in Austin to escape the heat. The city is rife with pools, but the idea of loading everyone into a hot car to go somewhere just exhausts me.
So I tend to hibernate inside with the AC cranked up to 11 and deal with whiny frustrated kids who seem to be impervious to the heat. Perhaps they don't mind the heat because they're native Texans, while I am, as my husband likes to remind me, merely a Yankee.
Until the heat arrives, I'll be spending as much time outside as I can and throwing the windows of the house open wide, enjoying the cool spring air while I can.