Thursday, November 06, 2008

Where Are My Flip Flops?

Ahhh!  I do love the advent of springtime.  The scent of fresh earth.  The gentle breezes.  The soft patter of spring rains...so beautiful.

Except when it is November.  I find that to be somewhat confusing.

The temperatures remained balmy today in the wilds of Maine.  With the addition of a little bit of precipitation, we also had a decent bout of humidity going on.  I turned off the heat in the classroom and opened up the windows to try and offset it, but it really did no good.  By lunchtime, the kids were down to their t-shirts and tank tops and still complaining about the classroom conditions.  Due to a staff absence, I had but one Teaching Assistant and we were both of little use.  It was sticky and hard to move around, hence our teaching was less than vigorous.  The darkened skies and soothing rains made us drowsy and incapable of rational decision making.  Plus, we were on a "B" day schedule which meant that lunch was early today.  The afternoon seemed endless.  Sticky, overly humidified, too warm for the season and endless...

I know what you are thinking.  It was mere days ago that I seemed put out by the chill in the air.  I realize that I have Weather Issues.  I'd go to a support group or something, but I can't find one that has a decent climate control system in the building.

The fact of the matter is this:  I just don't care for extremes.  I'm not one of those people who can say that I'd "rather be too hot than too cold."  Or vice versa.  I prefer moderation.  And seasonal temperatures.  I'm a knitter, for heaven's sake!  I enjoy knitting for the whole process part of it, but it is even better to know that I have a purpose behind the activity.  At this rate, I'll be knitting myself some nice Bermuda shorts for the winter...

I suppose I should just be grateful for the fact that the snows haven't decided to fall yet and call it a day.  I guess I'm maybe too drowsy from all the humidity, not to mention slightly brain damaged from the lack of oxygen that one experiences after holding one's breath for minutes at a stretch due to the effect humidity has on teen-aged boys.  I can't seem to get my head around the logistics of being grateful for a little late autumn gift from Mother Nature...

Now that I think of it, I suppose it is rather nice to not have to turn on the heat.  I'm probably saving vast sums of money these days.  And getting dressed in the morning is pretty easy when you don't have to layer fifteen different articles of clothing.  Sure, it is going to be a little difficult to motivate myself to knit holiday gifts or get a head start on the baking of Thanksgiving breads.  But you gotta work with what you've got, right?

It's still pretty confusing, though.  My head says, "prepare for winter before it's too late, dummy."  My heart says, "stock up on sunscreen and go run barefoot through the grass."  Most perplexing...



The Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty has decided to just wedge himself into his napping basket and wait for the seasons to straighten themselves out.


That's fine for him.  It's not like he can fit into a bathing suit anyway...

SA

16 comments:

Deb said...

Oh - just wait. It's coming. We dropped 20 degrees in 2 hours today. Big storm brewing in the Dakotas heading toward us tomorrow. Must be coming your way for next week....

trek said...

On behalf of the AGK, that last bit was rather a low blow, don't you think?

And what's with Deb sending us snows? We are not yet ready for the snows: it is not yet Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the official kickoff of the potential snows!

April said...

I just need to put gas in the car and I'll be on my way to pick up the AGK. Please remember to pack his sunscreen.

My verification word is GAROPA.

That's what I'm gonna do to the AGK; I'm gonna garopa him right out of yer house.

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

what is up with the weather? It's been warm here too.

AGK is adorable, always!

Beth said...

It was warm here today, too. When I took the dog out, I had to take off my jacket and I was wishing I had worn capris. Maybe you won't have any snow days this year!

Jeanne said...

Oh, how I will miss the warm weather. Four months of drek coming right up. Or maybe not. Maybe global warming will be kind to us this year.

AGK could probably ingest an entire swimsuit...

Mia said...

It is strange.. but I'm lovin' this warm break.

And i LOVE todays AGK pic!

Donna Lee said...

I was pondering upon the 70 degree predicted temp today as I was getting dressed for work. The heat is on in the building and it's hot. The windows are open and the fan is on but it's not enough. Staying awake today will be tough. I did hear they got 4 feet of snow somewhere out west so I guess that is the storm deb must be talking about. Maybe it'll blow itself out by the time it gets here?

Karen said...

Balmy and Maine in the same sentence?? What is it July already??
Oh look how cute AGK is when he's sleeping...

kmkat said...

As Deb said. There is a foot of snow in the Black Hills and Rapid City, and it's headed our way. Which means it is headed your way, just later. I have been using my powers of awesome to [attempt to] keep it away, but the results are still unknown.

Cathy said...

I guess the high winds we had yesterday are sending the storm your way. Do you want the 21 low, too? And arid? I wouldn't mind some of your humidity. Not much, mind you, just some.

I discovered the callous between my toes the other day. I guess I'm a dedicated flip flop wearer. I may have to crochet a pair of flip-flop capable socks so I can continue to have the best of both worlds.

Cursing Mama said...

The Snow Is Coming! The Snow Is Coming! The Snow Is Coming!

I feel like the little red hen today.

Luna said...

It was in the 60s here and even over 70 on Sunday and Monday. Then yesterday the temperature dropped. And we woke up to snow this morning. Not just a few flurries falling. Oh no. This was Real Snow that sticks to the grass and trees. (Fortunately not to the roads yet.)

And we're sending it your way.

Yarnhog said...

We had two lovely, cool, rainy days. I think that was winter, because it's over 80 again today and even the indomitably cheerful weather forecasters on the local news have taken to using phrases like "endless summer", "climate change", and "&#%^!"

Lorraine said...

As I sit shivering, I'm predicting HM will make an appearance very soon. The rapid temperature fluctuation here was way too shocking. Shorts on Monday, Snow on Friday. Something weird going on here.

crzjane said...

I am confused by these temperatures. We went to the LL Bean store in Albany,NY and I bought turtlenecks, just because it's November. I can't wear them yet, because it's just too darn warm! I'm not complaining about the warmth, just confused. After all, we had snow on the ground a couple of weeks ago.