I was all excited to write something fun and witty and charming this morning but I've been distracted. And I'm a little cranky.
September utility bills came and our electric bill was so high I had to use math with "carrying". After graduating from college, I vowed to NEVER do that again and being forced to by TXU made me a little bitter.
Trey thought it was high-time for a Hill Household Experiment - No AC for the Whole Month of October.
Thankfully, we started October with a blessed cool front and were able to shut off the AC without being miserable. Actually, we were out of town - staying at our friends' who believe strongly in the air conditioner - and the big boys were home being sanctified through our frugal-ness. At least that's what we told them.
We probably should have brought them a T-shirt or something.
Since then, we've been enveloped with what has to be the hottest October in history. Mornings are fine but afternoons are a killer and even though I look at Trey with my 'sad face', and the kids have made subtle comments like, "WE'RE GOING TO DIE!!!", Trey has not budged.
I usually like his tenacity. Sometimes, it's a thorn in my side.
This afternoon, highs in Dallas are already at - wait, let me check my weather app. - Oh my stars!!! 78 degrees!!!
Ok, as I write that, it just doesn't sound as horrible as it is but hear me out. Cooking dinner is a torture because the oven heats up the whole kitchen. I beg for reasons to run errands just so I can drive in my car which has fabulous, and unmonitored AC, and I've resorted to drinking iced tea because as much as I hate to admit this...it's far more refreshing than Diet Coke.
I will regret saying that as long as I live.
I used to long for the cool, crisp Autumn weather so I could wear boots and scarves and have an excuse not to exercise. Now, I have a bigger dream and it involves being able to blow-dry my hair without sweating.
I'm sorry you've just spent two minutes of your life reading my rant. They're minutes you've lost forever - you can never get them back.
And, I know there are people all across this country and world who never have AC and I really should treat this experiment as an opportunity to learn patience and lots of other things I can't type out right now because the keyboard is making my wrists hot.
You're right and, by golly, I'm going to start... right after I go stand in front of the open freezer.