Thursday, September 2, 2010

Retail Therapy

Living in the desert like I do, I find there is nothing more depressing or pessimism-inducing than the end of summer. Or rather, the fact that summer feels never-ending here. And not the fun kind of lay-out-by-the-pool and sip lemonade summer, but the unbearable 100+ degree day-after-day summer.

Yesterday was September 1st, which means to most of you reading, nice cool, fall weather is fast approaching. But not here. Here I will have to endure at least another month of 100+ temperatures. Here it has already been over 100 degrees since May, and to tell you the truth, I'm so past sick of it at this point, I'd consider moving to Alaska.

These past few weeks I've been trying to be optimistic about the heat, forcing myself to spend time outside and pretend it's not as bad as I think it'll be. (It usually ends up being worse). On Tuesday, younger child and I showed up at the park, and we were the only people there. The slides were too hot to slide down, and we left less than ten minutes later both red-faced and soaked in sweat.

But, I am trying to be optimistic here, so yesterday, I went shopping for some winter clothes for the kids. As I sorted through jeans and sweatshirts and long-sleeves, I started to feel a little better. Cooler weather can't be that far away, right, if the stores already have all the cooler weather stuff on sale?

What's your least favorite season, and how do you stay optimistic during it?


  1. I think I like winter better than summer these days. Each comes with its share of annoyances. Either it's too hot or it's too snowy. I like the aspects of winter that involve having hot chocolate every day and warming up by a fireplace. Love wearing sweaters too. As for summer and the heat, always a good excuse to run through the sprinkler and then have an ice cold glass of lemonade. Popsicles are another reason to enjoy summer. :)

  2. I agree with all of that -- it reminds me of how I used to feel where I grew up in Pennsylvania. But since I've been living in the desert where summer heat is extreme and winters are usually sunny and in the 60s, I've really changed my perspective!