7 day forecast: in the 90’s

dear world,

it’s really hot. just in case you live somewhere in the southern hemisphere or way up north by the arctic circle, here in ohio it’s been in the 90’s every day for weeks and the next week is forecasting more of the same.

MHM is not a big fan of air conditioning, but earlier this summer we had a pretty frank discussion about climate control in our household. (aside: the weather man just said while it will be a mere 91 degrees today, it will feel well into the 100’s. awesome.) i explained my position: turning on the AC is up to you. you can turn it on and i’ll be happy or you can leave it off and listen to me complain. the air is on.

for a pregnant person, i did not realize that no matter what the temperature, it actually feels about 10 degrees hotter all the time. i used to be a person who needed an inside sweater for those chilly conference rooms. now, i sit in the same room and sweat. i attended a baby shower last weekend that was held outside at a park. i could only stay for about 25 minutes. i was so hot i didn’t know what to do with myself. i couldn’t sit. i couldn’t stand. i didn’t even want to stay to watch her open gifts.

on the working mother website, i read a blog post yesterday about managing the heat of a pregnant summer. rozalynn goodwin writes a list of recommendations for survival the first of which says:

1.    Only go outside between the hours of 9 pm and 9 am.  Exposure to bright light was a disaster for Gizmo and the Gremlins, and it’s just as dangerous for already irritable pregnant women.  Don’t even go outside for a daytime fire drill at your job.  I’m sure you’re asking, “How will I get in my car to go home from work?” I’m glad you asked. Have a considerate co-worker (maybe one who owes you money) drive your car around to the front door for you with the air conditioning on its highest setting, and have them escort you to your car. Make sure they shield you from the bright light much like MJ shielded Blanket and his other children from the paparazzi.

and she goes on. i laughed out loud as i read it. particularly because i dread walking out of my office at the end of the day and climbing into my steamy car. anticipating that first humid breath of hot air blowing in my face before the cool air kicks in is just gross.

a little melty,



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