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Broiled, Baked, and Bothered

There are days that are hot, and then there are days that are oppressively hot. The days that suck all the energy out of you, faster than you can guzzle ice water to keep up. The days where you can't do anything more than just lay around, only that would be boring, so you do things anyway. We've had a string of those. It bites. It's days like this that give me a new respect for Mom Pony. Thirty years ago, she endured heat like this, more humidity, and was in her last couple of months of being pregnant with me. That would take endurance. I think it's not by accident that Little Sister Pony's birthday is in January.

The heat has provided one rather dubious benefit, though. I don't think I'll have to worry about how to move my plants to Chicago. Dilly the Lavender and Guido the Parsley are both pretty much roasted, and Lexi the Begonia is fading fast. Of course, Peter Parker is fine. Nothing can kill a spider plant.

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meggins
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
Whereas we've just had two tolerable days in a row.

It's so hot in the British Isles that the roads are melting!
frenchpony
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Whoa. . . I didn't think the British Isles ever got that hot, they're so far north! Hello, Global Warming!
meggins
Jul. 26th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Heat is relative and much depends on what you're used to. They were freaking out in Scotland because it was going to be 88 degrees F. For the second day in a row! Hah! But it was much warmer and more humid than is normal for them, so I'm sure it felt dreadful.

As for the roads, it may be a problem because of the material used to build them. A friend described them as macadam roads. They're not so much literally melting as they are soft, and the material sticks to tires (or tyres, if you prefer). When we had mostly "blacktop" roads around here, the same thing would happen in summer. You could step on a road and feel the softness. Doesn't happen with the much more common (nowadays) concrete (or is that cement--never can keep them straight) roads.
frenchpony
Jul. 26th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Perhaps I should consider spending time in Scotland. I already like Scottish country dancing. Maybe there are Jewish communities in Edinborough or Glasgow that are big enough to merit ethnomusicological interest.
dawtheminstrel
Jul. 25th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Poor FP. This kind of weather wears you down.
frenchpony
Jul. 25th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
And makes you wake up hungover without even the benefit of having been drunk the night before.
sealover_astara
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
*rolls eyes* Same here. Meh.
frenchpony
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, well. It can't last forever. It'll be winter again before we know it, and we can drink hot chocolate and be happy.
meggins
Jul. 26th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, she said hot chocolate.
frenchpony
Jul. 26th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
I like it made with milk, cocoa powder, and just enough sugar that it isn't entirely bitter but not quite sweet. Cinnamon sticks or candy canes are fine garnishes.
meggins
Jul. 27th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
I'd probably go for more sugar than you but otherwise right on! Also, and you probably know this but I'll say it anyway, a drop or two of vanilla really enhances the chocolate taste.
frenchpony
Jul. 27th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Weird how that works. But one does not question. One simply adds the vanilla and enjoys. I don't do vanilla if I'm doing cinnamon or peppermint, though.
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