June 21, 2010

summertime and the livin' is easy...

It's hard to believe today is the first day of summer. I was reminded of this when reading lovely Salt's tweet this morning. I guess it makes sense that the thermometer in my Jeep is currently reading 101, since it is in fact the first day of hell here in the South. My Jeeps thermometer isn't really very accurate - often times it will read 84 when it feels like 104 in the car and outside the car. I have black leather interior as well so I'm sure you all know how that feels on a HOT summer day. No me gusta!

All this bitching aside I really do enjoy the summer. It means grilling out,  longer days, long floats down the creek in our new kayaks and lots of fun with friends outdoors, when the weather permits.

Sadly this weather also means a lot of health concerns and worries. Neither Mike or myself have ever truly been affected by the weather here. We usually stay inside if it is hot or you know get dressed up, sweat a ton and bitch about the heat. Neither of us was very happy when his brother decided to get married in the dead heat of summer, outdoors two year ago. We survived but we were not pleased. All in all it was a great ceremony but way too hot for that shizz.

Currently we try to use the AC in the Jeep as little as possible. (Mostly because my Jeep is already a gas hog, it's a 4x4 with all time 4 wheel drive people, it sucks down some gas, add AC to that and it's just a mess). That being said days like today riding without air isn't an option. We leave it off during our morning commute. This morning it was a perfect 80 degrees while riding through downtown and not too humid. That didn't last at all.



I bring up health concerns because yesterday Mike suffered his first bout of heat exhaustion. I felt so horrible - I've never felt so helpless or seen him so helpless in all of our years together (going on 6 years this Fall). I finally got him feeling better after many doses of Gatorade and a cool shower but it freaked me out and it really freaked him out. When your boyfriend tells you to call his mother to ask her what to do, you know he's worried. He was mowing the lawn when it hit him. He's done the lawn a million times but I guess the heat was just too much yesterday. I urge any of you that like to run, or workout or be in the sun all day outdoors to do your best to hydrate yourself and try to take shade cover when you can.

I've had my share of times that I thought might have had heat exhaustion. Once when living in Ft. Lauderdale I took a day trip to the beach on my own and stayed out too long in the sun - while walking back to my Jeep {different jeep, yes, I'm a jeep girl} I started to feel faint - thankfully I made it to the vehicle but my vision was blurred and I felt sick. After sitting in the AC for 20 minutes I finally felt better and went home but I was wiped out for the rest of the day. Mike was extremely ill yesterday and just truly should have stayed in bed but we had to do Father's Day things with his family. He was a trooper but the look on his face read, please take me home the entire time.

All I can say is the summer heat is no joke. And I hope that he will get to feeling better soon. I've offered to finish the yard for him and when we go floating down the creek this weekend (if we go, depending on how he feels) it will be with water and gatorade only, no beer this time kids!

I hope you all had a great weekend and gave your father's lots of love and to those of you that are fathers I hope you enjoyed the day with your family and friends!!!

STAY COOL EVERYONE AND BE SAFE IN THE SUN!!!

Side note: Miss I LOVE SPF over here ended up getting a sun burn on her legs while out on the creek this weekend - trust me no one is more disappointed than I am. SHAME ON ME FOR NOT REAPPLYING!

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23 comments:

Carolyn @ life, love and puppy prints said...

Oh no! Glad the man is feeling better!! Heat exhaustion is scary!! :(

Hollie said...

I'm glad I'm not the only ones who likes sto bitch about the heat. I can't stand it!

SurferWife said...

Keep drinking lots and lots of fluids!

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fojoy said...

I feel for Mike - i got heat stoke last spring in DC. It is awful! Add to that, I am allergic to the sun...so even the highest SPF is rarely a match for the sun on a super hot day and I end up with big, ugly, red welts.
I try not to let stop me though - I love the sun, I just have to be extra careful...as everybody should.

Congrats on the giveaway - what didja win?

Andi said...

Heat exhaustion is no joke! At all. So glad Mike is ok. There were two teenagers who died from heat exhaustion in our high school area during football practices. So devastating.

And...your goodies are on their way :)

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Andi that's horrible!!! YAY I can't wait to get my goodies they'll be just in time for my vacation!!!

Kari said...

Poor Mike. I've never allowed myself to get close to heat exhaustion. I am all about the ac. I'd be delighted to live in a series of interconnected tunnels from May to September down here in this ridiculous heat. I blame Al Gore. Didn't he invent global warming? :)

The Only Girl said...

What a coincidence - my husband just had heat exhaustion today, or at least something just like it. That'll teach him for golfing instead of working!

Shana said...

Poor Mike. One day J and I went for a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge one day in like 95 degrees, 100% humidity. We only brought house keys...no water, no money. It was not smart. I was sick as a dog when we got home.

I hope Mike feels better.

Big Mama Cass said...

Cool! What did you win?

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

Glad your boyfriend is ok, but yikes! I know what you mean though, it was 102 by noon here in Northwest Arkansas yesterday. This is exactly why I'm a winter girl!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

Glad your boyfriend is ok, but yikes! I know what you mean though, it was 102 by noon here in Northwest Arkansas yesterday. This is exactly why I'm a winter girl!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

We implement tons of panflets, sigs, etc at work for the heat. Being that I'm from an island I love my hot weather, but I also know how dangerous it can get if you are not careful.
Hope he is felling better now. maybe he can add this to the list of stories on his blog.

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jessalyn said...

craziest thing- on saturday, my jeep told me it was 101 & i was getting burned by my leather too (gray though)! i did not realize the ac used more gas (mine is full time 4x4 too...) i will lay off of that now- thank goodness for sun roofs!


heath exhaustion=tres scary. manfriend felt like hell after mowing this weekend too (apparently we have the same life- in lots of ways...), but thankfully he wasn't that sick! i'm glad mike's ok!!

Amanda said...

Imagine summer in the south and being PREGNANT!! So far it hasnt' been too bad but I know it's going to get worse. It's so bad this year, don't you think? This is our third summer and I don't remember it being this hot before. Stay cool dear!

Sara said...

I am an SPF judgmental whore and I got supah burned on Monday.

Oh, how very pasty I truly am...

freckleonthenose said...

I'm a little bit to the north of you in NC and I can sympathize with this ridiculous heat. I love having my windows open but life without A/C is hardly possible these days. I'm pretty afraid for my next electric bill...

The Lil Bee said...

Geez Louise, that is no joke! Heat exhaustion sounds awful. Bad summer issues aside, I think in real life we would be great friends...six packs and bonfires on the beach? Sign me up, buttercup! xx

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

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Kate said...

First, that's so scary about the heatstroke. Glad all is okay now.

Second, I can't believe you have a creek. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED A CREEK.

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Yikes!! Glad he's okay! My husband mows all the time and is always outside working on something in the summer, even in the heat of the day. I try to make sure he always drinks something and puts on SPF, but you never know when it might hit you!

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