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I am not a lizard

I seem to have transformed, over the last few days, into a character from a Somerset Maughan novel. Specifically, one of those frail women who droop over chaises longues, in states of perpetual fragility and weakness. It is, quite simply, both too hot and too humid. I can cope with one at a time, but both together... No. Nothing is getting done, I can't concentrate.
Dizziness, headaches, lethargy... If you want me, I shall be reclining on the daybed, cologne-soaked handkerchief in hand.
(It's not heat-stroke. I know the symptoms -- been there, done that -- and how to avoid it. I'm just no good at this kind of weather.)

Skirt of the day: long blue cotton.


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Aug. 20th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
How hot does it get where you live? This seems to be the year for heat and humidity together. It's atrocious.

A few years past, we had 0% humidity. We live in a desert region, after all.

Last week? 104 degrees with 60+% humidity! Argh! Thought we'd die!

Sending you cool thoughts.
Aug. 21st, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
We're definitely not in that heat band (which would finish me -- the one time I met it, I fainted). Sympathy.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've been all pale and lan-gwid myself. The heat I can cope with (I have Italian ancestry after all) but the humidity on top of 30+c is making concentrating upon work a near impossibility and I have deadlines to meet!
Aug. 21st, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
I know the feeling.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with you entirely (with the additional realisation that going out and walking, or even sitting in the sunshine eating a meal, is a direct trigger for FMS exhaustion). Maths brain doesn't much like the heat, either. Am not pleased.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
It is sticky and bleaurggggh. We need a thunderstorm.
Aug. 21st, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
We do. We nearly got one yesterday, and then...
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
You have my sympathy.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I am glad it's not just me. I have achieved nothing the past few days: too hot, too humid, not enough good-quality sleep...
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Me too. I have been lurking in the deep woods refusing to come out until the nasty sun thing goes away...
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ha! There is an advantage to living halfway up the Pennines. We have had neither the heat nor the humidity, thank goodness. It has been blissfully cloudy and a steady 21 degrees, reducing to a low of 13. Yay! I don't do well in heat, especially when combined with humidity. Lat time we played Bethlehem Musikfest it was 104F and something like 80% humidity. And THEN they switched on the stage lights, each one a 500W radiant heat source. I thought I was going to die. I sympathise with your decorous drooping. I trust you look pale and interesting rather than (as I do in that kind of weather) something closely akin to a beetroot - a sweaty beetroot.
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
If anyone *actually* looks pale and interesting in this kind of weather I propose we sweaty beetroots all get together and lie on them until they too are red, swollen and sticky.
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Aug. 20th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
It seems to be getting a little cooler at last. I'm doing rain dances here. So are both cats and that's not something you see every day.
Aug. 20th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I've been taking to my bed in the afternoon. Of course, the dogs have to be walked, and my American beta is making me doubt that I have any fanwriting competence, so I'm sulking too, but what the hey...
Aug. 21st, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
Hmm. Well, I disagree with your beta. You are a fine writer.
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Aug. 20th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yep, pretty much where I was a few weeks ago, in NYC. You have my sympathies...

Aug. 21st, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
I've been thinking of you, in fact.
Aug. 20th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
The trio are suffering too (even though they have already told me very clearly on several occasions that they wanted the sun turned down now)and send messages of support.
Aug. 21st, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Moon is complaining, Ish is avoiding laps but otherwise fine. Horus wants to cuddle. He isn't hot enough, apparently.
Aug. 20th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we've got it too. When it's in the nineties and ninety-five percent humidity, I am a soggy old dog.
Aug. 20th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
I hate hot'n'humid, too. Please help yourself to some of our 'toys with idea of being hot and humid and then does sudden downpour instead' - we have plenty.
Aug. 21st, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Oh, yes please!
Aug. 20th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Here it's cool with occasional fits of showers. I am making mental image of our clouds and weather moving across to you. Alas, Northern Europe weather usually moves West to East, so ...hard work. Buy I'll keep trying. Hope things improve soon. Hugs, M.
Aug. 20th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
It cooled off here significantly this weekend. However, today, the humidity's back.

I can handle both heat and humidity together, as long as I have lots of water to drink, lot of t-shirts to change into during the day, and showers to take -- and most of all, if there isn't a lot of pollution and air-born toxins around.

My favorite though is what it used to be like in New Mexico hot and DRY! All you needed was to be out of the sun, a bit of moisture in the house via the swamp cooler, and you were great! It cooled off at night, and there were no mosquitos!

Love, C.
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