May 06, 2009

Conversations with Boyz

Lest you don't believe that I don't watch TV, the following conversation happened with Bones tonight.

Sidenote: My husband is a Republican, pretty conservative. (I'm an Independent.) He watches Fox News every night, and Bones can hear it from his bedroom when he sleeps. So when my husband is out, Bones asks me to turn on Fox News so he can sleep.

My husband was out tonight.

Bones from his bed: Hey, Mom.

Me, from the kitchen: Yup.

Bones: Can you turn on the news for me...

Me: Yes.

Bones: Take that black channel changer and there is a big green power button. That turns the TV on. Then take the silver channel changer and punch in 44.

Me: Thanks.

Bones: No problem...

Hey, at least my kids are aware.

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We were driving home from school today when the following conversation ensued with Ringo.

Sidenote: I am wondering if I'm starting menopause. I'm just frickin' hot all the time. Or... maybe it's just summer...

Me, cranking the a/c in the car, pointing it at my face: Is it me, or is it hotter than three hells?

Ringo, looking up from his book: It's Hot. *looks back down at his book*

*silence*

Me: It's only 86 degrees. I think I'm going to die.

Ringo, looking back up: It's really really humid, Mom. It's miserable.

Me: Ok, I just needed a sanity check. Because... holy crap... summer is coming. I hate this.

Ringo, looking very philosophical: I'd rather be cold than hot.

Me: I'd rather have four even seasons. I don't mind if it's 'I'm Mister Freeze Miser" cold as long as its only for three months. Same with this heat. I want a fall and a spring...

Ringo: You know... I think I'd rather freeze to death...

*silence*

Me: I think no weather related death would be best.

Ringo: I mean, really, you just go numb and die.

Me: No really. I'd rather not do either... really.

Ringo isn't going to settle down here. He hates the weather as I do. The extreme heat for 8 months is more than I can handle, add our horrible humidity and I'm down right miserable.

I don't intend to stay down here either, once Bones is in college.

Meanwhile, my husband is struggling with the thought of permanently leaving S. FL. That is not an internal struggle I relate to.

My answer to him may be, "Two words, baby... Conjugal Visits".

I hate this heat...

Posted by Boudicca at May 6, 2009 09:04 PM
Comments

4 seasons here in Iowa... Just sayin'...

Posted by: Jody at May 6, 2009 09:58 PM

When is the last time (if ever) you or Ringo have been somewhere it was so cold your snot literally froze in your nostrils after taking a single breath?
Or when the moisture on your eyeballs starts to freeze?

Freezing to death isn't all that pleasant....

Posted by: Graumagus at May 6, 2009 10:00 PM

we have 4 even seasons here in PA . . . 4 even seasons . . . I'm just saying!

Posted by: oddybobo at May 6, 2009 11:25 PM

One of the many reasons I'll never live in Florida. Maximum heat and humidity. Add to that no change in seasons, huge bugs, monster thunderstorms, terrible tasting water, hurricanes, etc.

Posted by: diamond dave at May 6, 2009 11:31 PM

As much as one would like to believe, here in the great white north seasons are not a tidy 3 months.

The cold starts in late Sept/early oct and doesn't end to around May.

While 50 degrees may not sound cold but you add a cold wind to it and it's cold.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 7, 2009 08:38 AM

Grau- I've been that cold, but he hasn't. That's why I was like, "No."

QW- I don't view the great white north as four seasons at all! I view it as the opposite of us! Blech! To hit the four even seasons, you have to hit mid-country. TN, GA, NC... those states. Honestly, you'd not pay me to live in Michigan again. It's too daggum cold!

Posted by: Bou at May 7, 2009 08:45 AM

I hate the heat. Hate it!

I've told my husband I'm going to start looking for a job out of state.

I went running at 740a today, and it was already too bloody hot. I was miserable. Also, how the heck did I complete a marathon in January? I can't even do five miles in this heat!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at May 7, 2009 09:07 AM

Y'all are upset about the heat and we're not even in prime asphalt-melting season yet. Wait until July or August.

Every time I think I'd love to move to the mountains or other cool places I love, I think of the webcams showing snow or gloomy skies for months while it's sunny and warm down here.

Posted by: George at May 7, 2009 09:24 AM

Out here in Oklahoma we generally have 4 seasons. The summers get really hot. One of my nephews is going to college in S.Dakota because he prefers the cooler weather there to Oklahoma's heat & humidity.

Posted by: Tina at May 7, 2009 11:42 AM

Tina: I doubt if the humidity is as bad, but friends in Bismarck, NORTH Dakota suffered hotter temperatures last summer than we had in South Florida.

I hope your nephew's college is near the Black Hills, it's BEAUTIFUL. Tell him to be sure to visit Custer State Park if he's into seeing lots of pronghorn and bison.

Posted by: George at May 7, 2009 12:05 PM

I can guarantee you don't want to be in the midwest then. Suffocating miserably hot summers and frigid cold winters. St. Louis is worse for summer (even people from the south have problems there) and Chicago is worse for winter (the wind gets ya every time).

We've thought about moving down to one of the states you mentioned when we retire, but I don't know if I could take the summer heat down there and I really don't know if my husband could survive Spring allergy season.

I guess we'll see, we may never be able to retire so it might be a moot point. LOL. Personally I don't ever see myself as retired. Ever.

Posted by: Teresa at May 7, 2009 12:37 PM

Teresa is right about St. Louis. Last year I was in St. Louis and talking to a friend if mine's son who had lived in both St. Louis and Atlanta. He kept trying to tell his St. Louis friends that St. Louis summers were worse that Atlanta summers. He asked me if I concurred, since I was a St. Louis native living in Atlanta. I did. It is both hotter and more humid in St. Louis than in Atlanta.

Posted by: Denny at May 7, 2009 12:48 PM

We have four seasons here. Deer, Duck, Dove and Turkey. I wouldn't say they're even, but we have 'em.

Posted by: Dash at May 7, 2009 04:56 PM

See your problem, Bou, is that you were in Ann Arbor on the east side of the state. Over here on Michigan's West Coast (tm) the weather is "moderated" by the "lake effect". Ann Arbor is more like St Louis or Chicago in that it gets whatever weather gets thrown at it.

Over here, with our "lake effect", we may get hella snow (lots and lots and lots), but the temperatures never get over warm or cold. Take this last month, April 2009. Mean temperature is 47F10 with the extremes being 27 and 85 and a trace of snow somewhere in there.

This last winter we had 105 inches of snow, but it didn't come all at once, so you could shovel a couple inches every day or so and keep the drive clean. (Thats what sons are for.)

All told, even though it wasn't as cold as in the 70's and I didn't even wear boots to work, you would feel cold the whole time. You've been in Florida too long and gotten used to the warm.

My Dad's mother emigrated to the US at the beginning of the last century. It took her until she was out of high school before she needed to wear more than a sweater in the winter in Chicago. See she was used to the Arctic temperatures from an Oslo winter, so Chicago felt warm.

With you coming from South Florida, anything north of say Memphis is going to make you feel too cold.

Posted by: The Thomas at May 7, 2009 08:25 PM

Waving at you from the beautiful mountains of NC...
Where it has rained off and on for about 10-12 days now. Before that it was sunny... for a day... the morons on "the news" keep referring to a rain deficit. We are in on going flood watches, and they had several tornado warnings a couple days ago... one right over my house - of course tornados have no chance of organizing in the mountains and, as has happened several times in the past, there was no tornado right over my house. They just like to call warnings if the weather conditions are right, never mind the terrain - gotta keep the folks in a constant state of alarm ya know. um, just got decidedly darker out there, more rain.
And far too many snow birds are coming here because they "love it here" only to try to change all the laws, ordinances and such to try to make our mountains just like the places from which they came... result? far too much traffic, far too many subdivisions being built on ridges and former forrested lots, old timer locals being told how to live their lives and manage the land that has been in their families since Daniel Boone...

Beautiful here, just too many people :) We might still have just enough room for you though :)

Posted by: patti at May 8, 2009 07:59 AM