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I don't like the heat.
The last two days it's hit triple digits here on the eastern end of Kansas. It was 101ºF (or 38ºC) today. One-Hundred-and-Freaking-One Degrees Fahrenheit! So early in the summer too. This does not bode well for August, that's for damn sure.
It's exhausting, this heat. And here it comes with a humidity that seems to suck the moisture from your bones and throw it in the air. It's hard to breathe. It's hard to move. It's hard to think.
I don't do well in such heat, and long for the summers of my youth when 90ºF seemed stifling. I would not want to live anywhere hotter. And feel sorry for those that do.
Air conditioning helps, but in some ways it makes it worse too. The house smells . . . different. We can't open up the windows and air it out. Of course, we don't do that much anyway. My father hates nature and can't tolerate anything that reminds him of it, even a gentle breeze. I know, it's weird, but what do you expect from a man who hates music? He worships the television, though.
It's strange here in the summertime. The air is wet, it's like walking through soup, but the ground is dry and cracking. If I had a garden maybe it'd be better. I'd have a reason to water on the regular, and mulch to keep the soil from drying out too much. Maybe next year. I need to start it soon. Sooner than soon.
In other news:
Another disappointment on the job front. It's farcical at this point, really. Now I'm hearing things like, "You haven't had a full time job in years!" as reasons for the joylessness of my search. Well, yeah, because no one will freaking hire me!!! Whatever. I'll try again tomorrow. As always.
I've been negligent in my correspondences. A letter writer by nature and preference, I've fallen behind and have lost a letter I began to my best friend weeks ago. Sorry, Leanne! I'll catch up. I promise.
My allergy pills are useless this summer. That could be because allergens are more prolific, or the St. John's Wort I take to manage my depression is interfering with them (which is one of the side effects of St. John's Wort), or simply because I've been taking them too long (which is one of the side effects of being me). Whatever, I'll deal. At this point my mental health is more important to me than my physical comfort, so there's no way I'll stop the herbal help right now. OF COURSE it could be that my allergies aren't all that worse at all, but I've had a sinus infection. After the horrible experience I had last week, literally not being able to breathe through my nose, and having the inside of my face feel incredibly, painfully swollen, I'm guessing it's the latter. It's cleared up–for now–but I'm determined to succeed in quitting smoking to better my chancing of avoiding such a feeling in the future. Wish me luck!
Except for the few days in which I could barely breath—seriously, it was awful—I've started meditating daily. It's nice. It's something I need to keep up. I have to be very careful because I have a tendency to lose interest in things, or get distracted, or get frustrated and just give up. Which is probably why I have at least a dozen novels in various stages of completion, but none–not one!–even close to being done. I've got to change that, get better, focus. Hoping regular meditation will help. Plus it just takes the edge off life.
'Bye for now!