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COVID Diaries: Day 467

Today is the third day in a row that it has felt hotter than the surface of the sun here in the Pacific Northwest.  The predictions for a record breaking heatwave were not exaggerated.  Both yesterday and today, we have broken an the all-time high temperature for my city.  96 degrees yesterday, and 99 today.  Out in the county, and further south the temps are about 10 degrees hotter.  Where my mom lives, it topped out at 108 today. 
 
I know many of you probably read this and wonder why we Northwesterners can’t handle the heat.  But hear me out.  We rarely (or never?) get temps this high here.  Only about a third of the homes here even have air-conditioning.  Our temperatures are moderate year round, so our homes aren’t insulated in a way that keeps out the heat.
 
My non-air-conditioned home reached a high of 93 degrees yesterday and 95 today.  Yes, that’s INSIDE.  And that’s on the first floor, where the thermostat is.  I would guess that upstairs is about 10 degrees hotter.  And before you say, just go somewhere cool, there really isn’t someplace cool.  Many of our restaurants and public buildings don’t have air-conditioning either.  In fact, many of our restaurants have shut down because of the heat.  Even if they were open, we are still dealing with COVID capacity limits…  UGH.
 
The pavement on some of our roads is literally buckling.  They have closed roads and highways to assess the safety of the roads and the damage.
 
I’ve been chilling wet food for the kitties, and giving them cold, cold water.  They are basically just lying around in a puddle. That’s pretty much how I feel.  I’ve been drinking so much water and iced tea and moving a fan around wherever I go.  I’m still hot!
 
Last night I went out for a cocktail with a friend in the glorious air conditioning!  It was hard to leave.  Seriously.
The good news is that today is supposed to be the last day of the crippling heat.  Tomorrow’s high forecast temperature here is 83 degrees.  I imagine I’ll have to put on a sweater – HA!  I have been sleeping on the couch because my bedroom is upstairs, and I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tomorrow night.  Right now 5 minutes upstairs has me sweating like I’ve been pouring water over the rocks in a sauna!  I just have to make it through tonight!
I hope you are all staying cool!

COVID Diaries: Day 464

It’s the weekend! Unfortunately, it is going to be a scorcher! The Pacific Northwest is going to have record breaking heat through Monday, and in an area where most of us don’t have air conditioning! It is supposed to be 96 degrees here on Monday!

Still, I made it through my workweek and I’m glad to get a few days of a break, so that’s cause for celebration.

I’m hoping to get some home purging done, going through closets and drawers, and getting rid of things I don’t need. Let’s see how I do!  I’m sure I’ll have to carry the fan around throughout the house as I go, and point it directly at me.  I also want to give this blog some attention, and go through the photos from my trip!

Next week, our state is going to fully reopen.  It’s been a long time coming, as we are one of only four states yet to reopen.

On my flight home on Sunday, I watched Nomadland, with Frances McDormand.  First of all, she is an incredible actress.  Second of all, even though the movie was hyped as super-depressing, I was inspired!  I have been thinking an awful lot over the last year about my road trip and getting back on the road.  I’ll admit that I plan to do it with quite a bit more of a safety net in terms of money but traveling around and seeing the country (and the world), has such an appeal for me!  I’ve been focusing on saving money for my early retirement throughout COVID, and this just makes me want to buckle down and get there faster!

Life is short, and nothing is guaranteed, so we should do what we can to achieve our dreams.  I always feel so grateful that my parents had 20 years of retirement to enjoy before my father died, but that was only because he retired at 53.  What if he had waited until he was 65?  If there is anything that I have learned, it is that I’m not working a day longer than I have to.

Happy Friday everybody!

COVID Words of Wisdom: “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” ― Confucius